I love podcasts. I think the reason for this is it lets me learn and gain knowledge and achieve more, even when I'm doing the most boring of tasks. Whether it's a bit of housework, walking to work, or an intense weights session at the gym (yes weights, not cardio - don't listen to podcasts when you're doing cardio, it's incredibly annoying), I can keep my mind occupied on something that's not the task at hand.
I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting podcasts that cover the range of topics I'm interested in. I thought it would be quite valuable for people if I shared the list of podcasts I listen to on a regular basis, and to expand the benefit of the countless hours I spent trawling through iTunes and Google to find these gems.
Click through to see the list as of April 2014. I'll be posting updated lists as my interests vary enough to mean the list has changed to a sufficient degree.
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
This podcast offers a look back through history from the perspective of Dan Carlin. Dan's not a historian, however he probably should be - he knows an amazing amount about history and has a huge passion for it. Written and voiced by Dan, it's amazing in it's depth and quality for something that's given away for free. It's no wonder the episodes are so infrequent (and many people complain about that too).
Get it at www.dancarlin.com/disp.php/hh.
Common Sense with Dan Carlin
Another podcast written and voiced by Dan Carlin, this one is instead about a range of modern day issues and Dan offers his thoughts and opinions on them. What makes these thoughts and opinions so special though is the fact that he knows so much about history, and has learnt what works and what doesn't from it. I remember one recent podcast he was talking about the book Dracula, by Bram Stoker, and that he thought that Dracula's greatest power was the wisdom gained from living for 500 years. In that sense, due to his in-depth knowledge of history, Dan's like a good Dracula (without the fangs of course).
Get it at www.dancarlin.com/disp.php/cs.
Groove Therapy is a recording of DJ Shan Frenzie's weekly radio show aired on the 2SER radio station here in Sydney. It's a long mix of top Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, Disco, Breakbeats, House, Boogie, and more tracks. The number of times I've been listening to this podcast and thought "wow, so that's where the beat for <insert 90's/00's/10's song> came from".
Get it at www.groovetherapy.com.au.
A Formula 1 podcast from a man and a woman who are seriously passionate about the sport. The theme music is a bit strange (it sounds like it should be a TED talk about personal development, not the adrenaline-fuelled sport that F1 is), and at times I can find their opinions quite grinding, as it's clearly from the point of view of fans with no contact inside the sport. The most enjoyable part of this podcast is the "An aside with Joe" episodes, where Joe Saward dials in and offers his extremely well reasoned thoughts and insider info. I don't think theres ever been a time where I've read or heard Joe say something and thought "that doesn't make sense at all" and he's probably one of the journalists in the F1 paddock that I most trust to not get swooped up in the rumours and see through the mist of politicking with a straight head.
Get it at www.sidepodcast.com.
A podcast which offers an alternative view to what you would hear in the western mainstream media. It talks from an American viewpoint, sometimes about US-specific issues, however as the US is generally a leader in the world (especially with their foreign policy) it has quite a large amount of relevance to Australia. They've covered the NSA leaks every week since day one.
Get it at www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/show/unfilter.
A System Administration and Networking podcast from the Jupiter Broadcasting network.
Get it at www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/show/techsnap.
Chequered Flag Formula 1
Offers preview and review episodes for each Formula 1 race of the season. A good warm-up and cool-down after a race weekend, keeping you up to date on all the issues that are likely to play out, and have played out throughout.
Get it at www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/cff1.
A hilarious, satirical look at current events from long time friends John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman. John Oliver just last year hosted The Daily Show on Comedy Central while Jon Stewart was away, and he did an amazing job. He has now left that show to start his own show which is looking to be great.
Get it at www.thebuglepodcast.com.