During these long, hot days of summer, you probably don’t feel like taking an online course or even attending a networking event. But it’s the perfect time to up your knowledge base with a podcast or two — whether you’re hiking in the woods or lazing at the beach. While there are literally thousands of podcasts to choose from, here are a few of our favourite picks that are as entertaining as they are informative.
The three female hosts of this weekly podcast refer to Rocket as “accelerated geek conversation,” all about tech, comics, movies and video games. Plus, it’s one of the first all-female tech podcasts, with a stellar panel made up of Mashable senior tech correspondent Christina Warren, Giant Spacekat head of development Brianna Wu and Polygon video producer Simone de Rochefort. It’s informative, while irreverent, with plenty of strong opinions about all things tech.
No Such Thing as a Fish
This British podcast series has taken the world by storm — and for good reason. Produced by the minds behind the hit BBC show QI, the ‘QI Elves’ (Dan Schreiber, James Harken, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski) offer up their favourite fact of the week, whether that’s how prohibition moonshiners used ‘cow shoes’ to hide their footprints and evade customs officials, or how Dutch trains use lasers to fire at leaves on the line. Full of fascinating facts, No Such Thing as a Fish is small-talk fodder for your next BBQ.
If you’re a fan of this top-rated tech magazine, you’ll enjoy its spinoff Wired UK podcast. Whether you want to find out why you’re so grumpy when it’s hot outside or get an inside peak inside North Korea’s elite hacker army, new episodes of this award-winning podcast hosted by James Temperton (and crew) drop every Friday on a range of technology, science, business and cultural topics.
Every Friday, Kara Swisher — renowned tech business journalist and former writer for The Wall Street Journal — teams up with NYU professor Scott Galloway to offer “sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business and politics.” On Pivot, the two bicker and banter over topics ranging from deepfake takedowns to space mirrors to tech addiction. Swisher also hosts candid interviews with tech execs on her other podcast, Recode Decode.
Like its name suggests, Science Vs uses science to take on fads, trends and opinions, separating fact from fiction with a team of “friendly fact checkers that blow up your firmly held opinions and replace them with science.” By taking on controversial topics like placebos, peanut allergies and emotional support animals, this podcast might just get you thinking about the world a little bit differently.
For more summer podcast suggestions that are as entertaining as they are enlightening, check out our Top 10 podcasts for IT pros.