Since 2015 the main changes in my podcast listening have been:
- Since BBC Radio added ads to its podcasts outside the UK, I listen to all BBC Radio content directly on the website (which does not currently have advertisements)
- I use Castro for podcasts on my iOS devices because 1) Apple Podcasts app now tracks every podcast you listen to and 2) Castro is a much better application for selecting specific episodes to listen to when you subscribe to a large number of podcasts
I should probably mention as a sidebar that I just stream podcasts, I don’t actually download them, as I am always on wifi or LTE.
I consistently listen to:
- 99% Invisible
- Emperors of Rome – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/emperors-of-rome/id850148806
- When in Rome – https://soundcloud.com/wheninromepodcast – Note that When in Rome is a crowdfunded podcast; you can find funding information on Kickstarter.
- the memory palace – very emotionally powerful yet calm podcast, hard to describe
I also tried the Caesar’s Gallic War podcast but I found the level of detail overwhelming.
I listen to a lot of BBC Radio, but on the website now rather than as podcasts.
I most consistently listen to In Our Time.
For science interviews I like The Life Scientific.
There is also a yearly series of lectures, The Reith Lectures.
I very much like BBC Radio London’s Robert Elms, in particular on Tuesdays when he has Maxwell Hutchinson about architecture and on Thursdays when he has Jason Solomons about movies.
There are also lots of other podcasts that I pick specific episodes from:
- Accès privé – France Bleu Paris – « Tous les jours dans les coulisses ou l’envers du décor d’un lieu insolite avec Murielle Giordan »
- Les années lumière – Radio-Canada – sciences – It has the distinction of being the only Canadian radio I listen to, although I liked it better when Yanick Villedieu was the host.
- BackStory – about American History – I find the topics less of a good match for me than they used to be
- Big Ideas – Australia ABC Radio National (RN)
- Boston Athenæum – mostly book talks
- Boyer Lectures – Australia ABC Radio National (RN) – sort of like the Massey Lectures
- Commonwealth Club of California – various lectures and talks
- La conversation scientifique – France Culture
- Les Cours du Collège de France – France Culture
- La Fabrique de l’Histoire – France Culture
- Philadelphia Free Library Podcast – mostly book talks
- Gresham College Lectures – do a search in your podcast app, or find e.g. on Stitcher
- History Extra – from BBC History Magazine (but without ads)
- Invisible City – urban planning podcast from Jennifer Keesmaat – may no longer be active
- London Review Bookshop Podcast – note this is a separate podcast from the London Review Podcast – you’ll have to search for it
- Long Now Seminars About Long-Term Thinking – because they have experts talking at length about scientific and technical topics
- Science at AMNH (American Museum of Natural History)
- Science Focus – from BBC Focus magazine (but no ads)
- The Science Show – Australia ABC Radio National (RN) – I use the Separate Stories version so I can listen just to the stories I want
- Soft Power – France Culture – « Le magazine des industries créatives et du numérique »
- Talking Headways – about urban transit – I like it but not the new Mondays at The Overhead Wire segment
- La Tête au carré – France Inter – sciences
- Monocle 24 – The Urbanist
And there are some podcasts I haven’t tried yet:
- Les balades à Paris (Balades d’été à Paris) – France Bleu Paris
- Paris insolite et secret – France Bleu Paris – « Chaque jour, Murielle Giordan vous invite à parcourir le Paris insolite et secret, côté coulisses pour faire le plein de curiosités et d’anecdotes. »