I've recently discovered the world of podcast and needless to say I've been a big enthusiast since then. Listening to it also proves helpful during my long commutes particularly considering how crappy traffic discipline in my city tends to be. I'm so far preferring them over audio books as the latter requires more effort to follow while commuting.
It doesn't stop at his though, I was surprised to find some great podcasts in even something as technical as professional software engineering. (More on this later) So without any further ado let me start with the ones that I delight in listening to and I suggest you check these out as well. I did mix technical podcasts in between by the way. Here goes:
Planet Money : Covers economics in a refreshingly different manner.
Radiolab : Initially, I just wondered why there was such a hype surrounding this. But recently listening to an episode called La Mancha Screwjob I'm sold. And yes, the background score is without any doubt amazing.
Intelligence Squared : One word: debates. And that too on the pressing issues faced by the society by and large. They don't shy away from discussing even taboo topics.
Software Engineering : Recently came across this. I do think the emphasis is on the Java ecosystem and Enterprise systems. If you're done with it I would love to hear what were your favourite episodes.
This was undoubtedly the most popular podcast about Java. I've also been to a few live recordings, at the Devoxx conference. Unfortunately they have stopped now, but ofcourse you can still listen to the archived episodes.
A little late comeback to the thread but I've liked these so far: The Skeptics Guide to the Universe and Java Posse. I listened to an episode of Snap Judgement but wasn't quite engaged. I'm not sure if I rushed through it though.
Ahsan Bagwan wrote:After couple more episode in I'm sold. I particularly liked the background score.
The way they integrate the music and effects, and the mixing in general is really something. Their motto is "Storytelling with a beat". I can listen to it while I'm doing something else and catch most of the story. I especially like to listen to it on the radio while driving at night, which is how I discovered it.
coverville is about it for me. I can't listen to spoken word podcasts (nor books on tape for that matter), for whatever reason 20 minutes down the road I realize I have no idea what happened for the last 19 minutes.