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A rundown of podcasts worth listening to

It turns out we’ve never really gotten over the comfort of voices on the radio.

Whether you’re making dinner to public radio or driving across Nebraska listening to paranormal radio legend Art Bell’s UFO-addled show, there’s something to it.

And that’s why podcasting has seen a massive resurgence. (Well, the mobile tech boom is the real reason, but you get the point.)

The medium, which has alternately spiked and then been left for dead every few years since first emerging in the 90s, has never been hotter.

With that in mind, we thought it was worth a rundown of some of our favorite podcasts.

As for purely startup-related content, there’s the twice-weekly show from tech blogging fixture Jason Calacanis, called This Week in Startups. The show’s been going strong for four years and new episodes draw an audience of 100k+.

Ze Frank’s podcast, from the Buzzfeed EVP of Video, is good for a laugh. If you’ve seen his Sad Dog Diary on YouTube (approaching nine million views), you get the idea.

BBC Radio Five’s podcast Let’s Talk About Tech is a solid option for an international take on tech and web news, and while we’re not sure quite why, it includes a regular take on the gaming sector called Game On.

For the science set out there, there’s Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk Radio from science’s man-of-the-hour, who was also the keynote speaker at SXSW Interactive in 2014 (separately, did you know Dr. Tyson invented a physics-based wrestling move?).

To the disappointment of many in the tech sector, the Verge shut down its excellent show, VergeCast, earlier this year. While there’s lots of speculation as to why (note that Re/code’s Kara Swisher says during the exchange that they will be launching their own podcast), the 100+ episodes in the VergeCast archive remain available here.

Last, but not least, Wakefield is now turning out our own show. Check out this new discussion with our own Tarek Pertew and Gust’s founder and angel investor David Rose, talking about the future of education and why everyone’s going to be unemployed.

Now go forth (and spin the dial).


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