First Click: Your favorite podcast

August 12th, 2015


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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