First Click: Your favorite podcast

August 12th, 2015

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Did you ever play the game I’ll show you mine if you show me yours? This is like that, only with podcasts, not the fleshy bits.

Right now, I have 12 favorite podcasts that I've sorted below in order of my own fickle preference:

**1) My Brother, My Brother and Me — What could be finer than eavesdropping on Justin, Travis, and their itty bitty baby brother Griffin McElroy as they answer Yahoo questions? Nothing, that’s what.

2) Sawbones — Laughing at medical history is way more fun than screaming in terror.

3) What’s Tech — Next time I’m in Austin, I will a) gorge myself on BBQ, and b) cuddle Christopher Thomas Plante. Of these, I will not regret the latter.

4) The Vergecast — Shh, don’t tell Nilay he’s 4th.

5) Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky — Shh, don’t tell Josh he’s 5th.

6) The Talk Show with John Gruber — Love him or hate him, there’s no better place for Apple gossip.

7) This American Life — Two words: Ira Glass.

8) Fresh Air — Three words: Terry Gross interviews.

9) Freakonomics Radio — Who knew that economists could be such freaks?

10) Radiolab — Always listen at 1x speed because it's the benchmark for audio story telling.

11) Invisibilia — You’re probably not as weird as you think, says science.

12) a16z — Often a snoozer but sometimes brilliant, especially when Benedict Evans is a guest.

Honorable Mention:

**Serial — The This American Life spinoff is singularly responsible for the resurgence in Podcast popularity after its 2014 debut. It’ll quickly jump back to my #1 slot when season 2 starts sometime later this year.

So, I’ve shown you my faves — now show me yours.

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