Podcasted Out

One of the things developers do well is obsess about how to be better developers. The proof is with how much content one can get on the topic: Blogs, link blogs, screencasts, podcasts, presentations, code samples, open source projects, and books (Oh, so many books I've bought and will never read completely.) Even if technology stopped advancing, there is more content out there than any one person could ever consume.

Recently I was talking about this with my friend Calvin. I told him about some of the podcasts I've started listening to and I'm so glad that I did. He gave me a few more and now I've got a enough non technical content to fill 4-5 hours of commute time weekly. Goodbye tech podcasts, I'm using those hours to ponder on new things:

The past few weeks of commuting have been pure awesome because of the above shows. I spend most of my awake time thinking about software and I was just burnt out on listening to people talk about it. After a while, it started to feel like every episode is just a repeat of the same things from a few years back. It's refreshing to hear stories about things I've never thought about. There is more to life than writing code.

Do you listen to any podcasts that stand out? I'd love to hear about them.

Bonus: Calvin insisted I listen to the This American Life episode "The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar" from 2008 and it did not disappoint.

5 Comments so far

  1. CalvinBottoms @ February 12th, 2014

    So glad you’re enjoying these shows. There is indeed more to life than writing code. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Karlkim Suwanmongkol @ February 13th, 2014

    Thanks for the list of non-tech podcasts! They should help with my daily commute. I always listen to NPR Money podcast. It’s not a very long, but I always learn something new from it. Some makes you think about the tech stuff you are doing like the recent one about using computer to select job candidates. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/01/15/262789258/episode-509-will-a-computer-decide-whether-you-get-your-next-job

  3. Josh Bush @ February 14th, 2014

    I’ve listened to a few of the planet money podcasts. I’m still on the fence with that one.

  4. Chris Ammerman @ February 14th, 2014

    I have a handful that I love and listen to every week:

    * “The Incomparable” http://5by5.tv/incomparable – *The* definitive geek pop culture podcast. Movies, tv, games, books, comics, you name it. Hilarious, thoughtful, occasionally touching. Great.

    * “Back to Work” http://5by5.tv/b2w – Nominally about building productive habits. Often diverges into geeky culture stuff.

    * “The History of Rome” https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-history-of-rome/id261654474?mt=2 – Long-running, now-complete podcast covering the rise and fall of Rome over the course of about 1000 years.

    * “Revolutions” https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/revolutions/id703889772?mt=2 – New podcast by the “History of Rome” guy, about different revolutions in history. Just finished the British revolution and starting up the American revolution soon.

  5. Victor Alves @ September 30th, 2014

    Those are great podcasts.

    Can I add some suggestions?

    (Stuff you’ve missed in history class)[http://www.missedinhistory.com/]

    Terrified with Dave Ross. (http://www.nerdist.com/podcast_channel/terrified-channel/)

    Save it for the show (http://www.saveitfortheshow.com/)

    Freakonomics radio (http://freakonomics.com/radio/)

    Risk (http://risk-show.com/)

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