what Podcasts do you recommend?

First I should point out that this isn't the first thread on this topic:
what Podcasts do you recommend?
What podcast/audiobook are you listening to?
It may not be a bad idea if these were merged and made into a sticky.

If you like science explained in simple terms and that sort of thing, Quirks and Quarks is very good. They cover 4 or 5 topics each week relating to topical scientific stories on any thing from nature to astronomy. It's a podcast version of a long running CBC Radio program.

They package it two different ways. One is as the full 55 minute program in one MP3. The other is split into separate 5 to 15 minute segments as separate MP3 files. I would recommend the segment version, as it makes it easy to skip on to the next one if you decide the current segment is something that doesn't interest you.

Podcasts | Quirks & Quarks | cbc.ca Podcasts | CBC Radio
Podcasts | Quirks & Quarks - Segments | cbc.ca Podcasts | CBC Radio

They only seem to keep the most recent 5 or 6 months available for download, so it's probably worth getting whatever is listed now in one go for later listening if you decide you like it. Since it's a radio show, they follow a regular broadcast season schedule and will be off for the summer.

Here's the RSS feed for the segments. It's probably the easiest way to follow the show, although the RSS feed doesn't list the shows as far back the web page.

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terminal thanks for the heads up. Threads merged and stuck.

I listen to the audio version of the economist. About 7 hours a week and it makes me jolly interesting at dinner parties, even if I do say so myself. And I don't even get invited to dinner parties anymore!

The Economist in audio | The Economist
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The History of Rome, Mike Duncan.
The History of Rome
Excellent. Small chunks of 20 - 40 minutes covering the birth to the fall of Rome (the Western Empire).
Just finished all 178 episodes.
Just starting on his Revolutions podcasts.
If you've Spotify or iTunes, his podcasts are on there too. FREE!
I've been listening to a fair few of the Joe Rogan ones. He can stray into Bro-science a bit but does have some good guests.
Yes he does tend to crap on a bit but it is the guests he has.

Still if we get bored there are always the towering BBC approved intellects available on the Jeremy Vine shitshow..


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Steve Wright in the Afternoon, 'Serious Jocking' - no g. Fascinating, cultural and very classy. A must-have for any collection.:cool:
I've just found this podcast whilst following links from one to another:

1: Introducing Covert | Covert on acast

It's fairly new, a bit 'Ooo-rah! 'Murica - **** yeah!' but quite interesting and easy listening, covering 'turning point' events - first three episodes cover the operation to kill/capture Osama bin Laden. The story is told in a pretty straight-forward fashion, with some accounts from people involved (albeit not absolutely first-hand). 7/10 so far...
I listen to Adam Carolla's podcast. It may be too U.S.-centric for most here, but I like it a lot. He goes for about 2 hours every day and the show is basically a radio call-in show format. Carolla is kind of an interesting guy, he just graduated high school and then went to work in construction. Eventually he got a big break and has had a successful career in entertainment, but he has kept a regular guy perspective on things which results in interesting rants on politics and life. The show isn't focused on politics, like most talk radio, and Carolla doesn't pretend to have any kind of expertise, but he makes a lot of interesting and cogent points.
Mike Duncan's history of Rome and follow-ons are pretty good, if exhaustive in detail (I think the Haitian Revolution ran to over a dozen episodes)
Freakonomics was good but has run its course and is getting repetitious
The Classic Tales has had some good, if slightly off the main track novels which are free as released but go behind the wall when the book is complete
Dan Snow's History Hits varies. Often good, sometimes hilariously poor and right on: plenty from the dodgy left but no woman or non-WASP will get through an interview without Dan trying to blame something on the British Empire, even when the token ethnic argues that it wasn't. His podcast on Waterloo describes it as "a day that will live in infamy" which suggests that his view of the battle differs from mine.
Plenty of decent BBC stuff, including From Our Own Correspondent and some of their documentaries.
Ditto The Economist
Not mentioned above but The International Spy Museum in Washington has a postcast, much of which is worth listening to, with some good players interviewed and books reviewed. But there's a lot of dross and you can get a belt-way bandit wibbling away for an hour

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