My Favorite Podcasts 2008

I was talking to a friend the other day and he asked me for my favorite podcasts. After rambling off a couple he said “That is something you need to put on your website,” so blog post to the rescue!

Most of the podcasts I listen to are tech-heavy. Just a warning. I will list each one and give a short description of each an whether its an audio or video podcasts. I have 3 categories: Tech, Gaming, and Misc. I personally use a 30GB Zune (Brown) to listen  or watch my podcasts only because it was such a good deal. I purchased it for $85 on woot.com! The podcast list is shown after the break.

TECH SHOWS

This Week in TechThis Week in Tech (TWIT) [Audio]

TWIT is hosted by Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries. They discuss the latest tech news highlights. Another element to the program is TWIT Live where you can watch Leo live as he records TWIT with his guests. You can even see some of his guests via Stickam. You can also see the links to the stories they talk about via delicious (a bookmarking site). Each show has their own links so the url is http://del.icio.us/twit/[Show Number]. This is quite a long podcast and it varies from 1 1/2 hour to 2 hours. The dynamic between Leo and the guests are very entertaining if you follow the latest tech news. If you don’t follow tech news, this is a good way to learn and stay informed. The mood is very casual

GeekBrief.TVGeekBrief.TV [Video]

This show is hosted by Cali Lewis who does her show out of Dallas,TX with her husband Neal Campbell. The show focuses on a few tech news topics which makes for a short 3-5 minute show . They have self labeled their show as “shiny, happy tech news.” Another exciting endeavor they will be doing later this year is called The Big Trip. They are taking their show on a cross-country road trip on an RV across America.

TekzillaTekzilla [Video]

Hosted by Patrick Norton and Veronica Belmont. Both internet celebrities. Patrick Norton is a TechTV and Screensavers alumni. Veronica Belmont was previously on CNET TV as well as previous host of Mahalo Daily. Every week they do product reviews, tech tips, DIY Projects, Freebie of the week, etc. Their show is usually 30 minutes to 1 hour. They also have a daily show called Tekzilla Daily Tip where they cover one topic in a minute from how to use Googe images better, to de-cluttering your desktop.

Webb AlertWebb Alert [Video]

Hosted by the beautiful Morgan Webb from such shows as Screensavers and X-Play on G4. This is a daily videocast, covering the day’s developments in tech news, video gaming, gadgetry, and digital culture. It’s engineered to keep tech-interested people current on the news and trends that move the industry with a small investment of just a few minutes per day.

Systm

SYSTM [Video]

SYSTM is a hand-on tech show created for the hardcore DIY Hardware crowd. It’s also hosted by Patrick Norton but the show was originally started by Kevin Rose back when he worked for TechTV and G4. You will learn such things as Building your own NAS, DIY WiFi Antennas, and DIY Power Packs.

Diggnation

Diggnation [Video]

Diggnation is a weekly tech/web culture show based on the top digg.com social bookmarking news stories. The hosts are Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht who are both G4 Screensavers alumni. Kevin Rose started the Digg.com website as a news site where users “digg” or vote for the stories they like the most and the most popular hit the frontpage. Well Kevin and Alex review the top stories while drinking tasty beer beverages out of their houses which make for some colorful commentary. You can see why their show is so popular LoL. Recently they have been branching out of their California homes and starting going to areas around the country to meet their fans. Their show usually ranges from 30 minutes to 1 hour. They have a email answer segment at the end of the show and usually show fans in Digg shirts around the country.

GAMING

1UP Yours Podcast

1UP Yours [Audio]

1UP Yours is the premier videogames podcast where hosts Garnett Lee, Shane Bettenhausen and John Davison report on the videogame industry and the community that surrounds it. This is a really long podcast and it can range from 1:30 hours to 2:30 hours. This is a casual gaming podcast and they stray sometimes from their own format to talking on a variety of subjects. The hosts are editors and game testers from some of the popular gaming publications like EGM, 1Up, GameVideos.com, etc. You will hear them talk about game current on the market as well as those still in production. One of the best segments is “What are you playing?” where the hosts and guests talk about what games they are into at the moment.

1UpShow

1UP Show [Video]

Each week, the editors of 1UP cover new titles and discuss the latest topics in gaming – all the while giving you a behind the scenes look at the on goings at the offices of 1UP, Electronic Gaming Monthly, and Games for Windows magazine. The show gives some great insight into the games they review by doing interviews with the staff of 1up while showing you game footage. They also have some great interviews with game developers as well. You can also see great field reporting from such places as E3, Quakecon, and Comicon.

MISC

The Totally Rad Show

The Totally Rad Show [Video or Audio]

The Totally Rad Show is the summer blockbuster of geek news shows. Every week, hosts Alex Albrecht, Dan Trachtenberg, and Jeff Cannata rip into the world of movies, video games, tv, comics, and more and pull out what’s rad. Most shows last 1 to 1:30 hours. They have either a audio or video feed. They have a quirky and fun approach to their reviews. Every show is started with the guys recreating a scene from one of their favorite movies of the past.

NPR: Fresh Air

NPR Fresh Air [Audio]

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio’s most popular programs. The show gives interviews as much time as needed, and complements them with comments from well-known critics and commentators.

This American Life

This American Life [Audio]

The radio and TV shows follow the same format. There’s a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It’s mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There’s lots more to the show, but it’s sort of hard to describe. Ten Commandents was the last program I listened to and Ira Glass goes over the real ten commandents by personal interviews with each person’s account of one of the ten.

RadioLabWNYC’s RadioLab [Audio]

Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Bring your curiosity, and we’ll feed it with possibility. This is the tagline in RadioLab’s about section. This show is truly saving the best for last. RadioLab is entertainment for your ears. Their topics range from such simple subjects as Time, Laughter, Sleep, and memory. The real joy to the ears is how they investigate these ideas through sound. That is where the real fun begins. The last one I listened to entitled, “Earworms” talks about those songs that get stuck in your head and the ways to get rid of them.

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