Now more than ever, it’s acceptable to be a tech geek.
It’s preferable, really. Being proficient with the latest gadgets and software will give you the edge both at work and in day-to-day tasks.
In order for my relatives to stop saying “Get off that computer” and for me to earn the title “The Computer Gal” among them, I had to do more than just play Warcraft III all day.
Modern technology is evolving at an exponential rate. There’s no way of keeping up with it without regularly absorbing new information.
So, why not turn the weekday commute into time well spent by listening to a tech podcast?
Without further ado, here are the 17 tech podcasts that will make every geek’s CPU turbo boost. They’re not listed in any particular order, so give them each a test listen.
1. The WAN Show
Let’s start with the obvious one.
The WAN (Weekly Analysis & News) Show is mainly hosted by Linus Sebastian and Luke Lafreniere, and occasionally, a couple of other tech guys. Linus’ YouTube channel is arguably the most popular tech channel on the platform.
Every week, the duo gives their listeners insight into the latest news from the IT industry.
They’re not afraid to speak their mind, and they never hesitate to discuss sensitive topics.
For example, Linus Sebastian himself is known to question Apple’s design philosophy. He accepts nothing less than perfection from any product that he’s reviewing.
It’s a straightforward tech podcast with entertaining hosts and many, many inside jokes.
Linus Tech Tips YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/LinusTechTips
2. Reply All
Reply All is a tech podcast about the Internet. More precisely, about how people shape the Internet and how the Internet shapes people.
On occasions, the hosts, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, help their listeners solve unusual tech-related problems.
But don’t expect only high-level tech lingo on this podcast. As one of the reviewers noticed – Reply All is a podcast that tells gorgeous, painfully human stories that happen to have bits of technology sprinkled in.
This awarded tech podcast airs weekly, and it’s available on many platforms.
Also, it’s extremely well produced, and the episodes last anywhere from 25 to 60 minutes.
3. WSJ Tech News Briefing
The WSJ Tech News is a tech podcast ideal for those who are short on time.
In less than 10 minutes, it informs the listener only about the major ongoing events. And there’s a new episode almost every day.
As you’d expect from a company such as The Wall Street Journal, it’s a very professional podcast.
The economy and politics are usually intertwined with the tech news covered.
Additionally, the host usually calls in an expert to give their two cents on the main topic of discussion.
4. Mac Power Users
Personally, I’ve never owned an Apple device. I’m too used to the flexibility of Windows machines to make the transition.
However, there are plenty of people that swear by their iPhones and MacBooks.
So, those who pity the peasants that still use headphone jacks should get a kick out of Mac Power Users.
In this tech podcast, Katie Floyd and David Sparks teach Apple users how to get the most out of their devices.
Every Sunday, the hosts discuss the new features, devices, and events related to Apple.
At times, a guest joins the show to talk about how the company’s products affected their career and personal life.
Update: As of November 26, 2018, Katie Floyd has left the podcast and Stephen Hackett has stepped in to fill her shoes.
5. This Week in Google
The hosts of This Week in Google are some extremely busy people. They must be.
Every Wednesday, they release a new 2-hour episode. Whoever had to do even a 30-minute presentation at work knows how much effort a show like that can take.
In this tech podcast, Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham and their guests discuss the latest Google and cloud computing news.
And they really take their time doing that. I’ve never seen podcast hosts be that thorough.
Undoubtedly worth the respect.
6. Accidental Tech Podcast
Accidental Tech Podcast was created, as anyone could’ve guessed, by accident.
It was originally intended to be a car show.
The hosts Marco Arment, Casey Liss and John Siracusa never miss a chance to tell a fantastic joke. Or, more often, a cringy one.
Each host gives off friendly vibes, which makes this show easy to get into.
Also, Accidental Tech Podcast provides follow-up links for each episode on their website.
7. The Vergecast
Many people consider The Vergecast to be the tech podcast.
And that’s no surprise – the first episode aired way back in 2011.
Since then, the hosts have become very comfortable behind the mics. And it shows.
Listening to Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn is basically listening to a couple of buddies talk. The hosts are obviously comfortable with each another.
On average, they find something to laugh about every minute. Yes, I did the math (roughly).
Still, that doesn’t mean that they offer no content.
Those guys really know their stuff and are definitely worth a listen.
Analog(ue) describes itself as a show about how digital devices change our lives for the better, but also for the worse.
The motto of the show is “there’s space between zero and one.” That’s the geek’s version of “not everything is black and white.”
The show is obviously supposed to air every two weeks, but apparently, it’s not a strict schedule.
Luckily, Myke Hurley and Casey Liss have done 138 episodes so far. I can listen to them while waiting for a new one.
On Rocket, three ladies have what they call an accelerated geek conversation.
Christina Warren, Brianna Wu, and Simone De Rochefort discuss tech and much more.
About two years ago, Brianna Wu contributed to the writing of a book by Tarah Wheeler – Women in Tech.
In case anyone is wondering at this point, this is not a show aimed at women exclusively.
The ladies have a brilliant sense of humor, and they do an amazing job of hosting the show.
They deserve every bit of attention.
10. This is Only a Test
No, that’s not a placeholder heading. It’s the name of a podcast on Tested.com.
For those who aren’t familiar with that website, it’s a project by Adam Savage.
Adam being perpetually animated on camera made me fall in love with the original MythBusters series. Because of that, this tech podcast has a special place in my heart.
The hosts of This is Only a Test are Norman Chan, Jeremy Williams and Will Smith (not the one who saved the USA from aliens).
They don’t always discuss the latest Nvidia GPU or the ups and downs of the Model 3 development.
They are, however, geeks at heart and whatever the topic may be, they talk about it from a tech guy’s perspective.
11. Future Tense
Future Tense is a tech podcast by ABC Radio National, an Australian radio network.
Like the WSJ Tech News Briefing, it’s produced very professionally.
The half-hour episodes sound almost like a radio documentary.
The episodes air precisely 7 days apart, and the host and guest experts take a critical look at new technologies and events.
And, once again, the show often takes into consideration their political aspects.
In TechStuff, Jonathan Strickland explores the people and companies behind the technology.
Since 2008, this tech podcast gradually evolved from a brief 6-minute chat to a full 40-minute show.
What I found interesting is the fact that the host usually does the show on his own. It’s hard to keep an episode alive and dynamic when there’s no one to (verbally) bounce off of.
Despite that, Jonathan pulls it off every time.
TechStuff is perfect for people who prefer a less noisy atmosphere on the other side of the speakers.
13. If Then
If Then is a weekly tech podcast by Slate Magazine, hosted by April Glaser and Will Oremus.
They delve deep into the ideologies, incentives, and biases that underlie modern technology.
Created in November 2017, it’s a fairly new podcast. But, as it’s produced by a renowned online magazine, it’s very well executed from the very first episode.
April and Will know both what they’re talking about and how to talk about it.
14. Download This Show
And download it I shall!
It’s awesome! Never before have I wondered if a delivery drone could decapitate a dog.
Thank you, Marc Fennell, for bringing such important matter to my attention.
Download This Show is another tech podcast by ABC Radio National.
But this one is not that formal. Not even remotely.
Each week Marc, the host, and his guests take an interesting approach to analyzing the latest tech.
Exponent is a brainchild of Ben Thompson.
In the show, Ben and his co-host, James Allworth explore modern technology’s impact on businesses and society.
The tone of the podcast is a bit on the serious side, but it’s easy to absorb.
It’s a must-listen for anyone employed in a tech company, especially for people interested in management and entrepreneurship.
Right now, the duo is taking a post-season break, and new episodes are scheduled to air in the fall.
16. 99% Invisible
In short, this podcast is something different.
99% Invisible was created by Roman Mars in 2010.
His expertise in producing and hosting radio shows is evident in every second of the show.
Furthermore, 99% Invisible is unique in the way it presents the content.
And it all starts with one major question. What’s the origin of fortune cookies, for example? Or, why did Freud opt for a couch over an armchair?
The main concept behind 99% Invisible is taking a deep look into the things that would otherwise go unnoticed.
So, those of insatiable curiosity should absolutely add this podcast to their playlist.
17. Innovation Now
Each weekday, Innovation Now takes 90 seconds to bring us the news about the ideas that shape our future.
And that’s it. Not much else to say, really.
It’s produced through a collaboration with NASA, as a male voice keeps reminding me at the end of every episode.
I guess that’s interesting.