The return of podcasts


Lots of excitement has been generated in the print media, regarding the return of podcasting.

This is mainly due to the success of “Serial” the true-crime drama that was a spinoff from the “This American Life” podcast and StartUp a podcast for startups, obviously.

Marco Arment has written about the supposed comeback.

 Podcasts in 2010 were a lot like podcasts in 2007, which were a lot like podcasts in 2004, which are a lot like podcasts in 2014. There’s a lot of tech shows (and a lot of tech listeners), but most of the biggest are professionally produced public-radio shows released as podcasts, with other strong contingents in comedy, business, and religion, followed by a huge long tail of special interests with small but passionate audiences.  Marco Arment

So I’ve been listening to various podcasts since around 2004, about the same time as I switched from Windows to a Mac. The first podcast I listened to was one that helped in that switch and that I still listen to, Adam Christianson’s MacCast “A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks.” I never looked back and soon my daily drive to work was usually spent listening to podcasts via my first iPod. Though I don’t have that daily hour each way drive I still listen to a lot of podcasts. I’ll highlight some of the best.


Adam Christianson’s MacCast

The original and best podcast on all things Mac.

Relay FM Upgrade

Jason Snell and Myke Hurley look at how companies including Apple, Amazon and Google shape the technology in our lives and how people do creative work in the digital age.

Relay FM Clockwise

Hosted by Jason Snell and Dan Moren. Clockwise is a discussion of technology issues hosted by Jason Snell and Dan Moren. Four topics, five minutes each, and no more than 30 minutes per episode.

MacBreak Weekly

Get the latest Apple news and views from the top names in Mac, iPhone, iPod, and iPad journalism.

Accidental Tech Podcast

A tech podcast we accidentally created while trying to do a car show.
Featuring Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa.


Popular Culture

The Incomparable

“A collection of pop culture podcasts full of smart, funny people who love talking about TV, movies, books, comics, games, and much more.”

Sword and Laser

“The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club, video show and podcast, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of sci-fi / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres.”

Doctor Who: Verity!

“A Doctor Who podcast where a rotating cast of six women, from across the globe, talk all things Doctor Who. We have opinions.”

The Cycling Podcast

“THE CYCLING PODCAST takes you to the heart of professional cycling in the company of three experienced journalists. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe for weekly episodes, with more regular episodes at key times during the season.”

Word Podcast 

A continuation of the much missed Word magazine via a podcast with Mark Ellen, David Hepworth and Fraser Lewry.


In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of ideas – including topics drawn from philosophy, science, history, religion and culture.

Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Review

Mark Kermode discusses the latest film releases with Simon Mayo. Lively, controversial and unmissable movie discussion. Broadcast live on Fridays at 2pm on BBC Radio 5 live

Friday Night Comedy

Bringing you a satirical take on the week’s news with The News Quiz and The Now Show from BBC Radio 4. Enjoy a satirical take on the week’s news with the cream of UK comedy talent.

Wireless Nights with Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker takes listeners on a nocturnal journey around stories of night people. Winner of the Prix Italia for Extraordinary Originality and Innovation, a top European radio prize. Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Podcasting Apps

For listening to podcasts, I’m Mac centric so these recommendations are for iOS only. For Android have a look at this article on best apps for Android.

The apps below I’ve all used and like. I currently use Overcast.