You probably can guess that as someone who makes podcasts, I also subscribe to quite a few myself. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s currently on my phone.
Real quick – let me state that the BEST app for subscribing to podcasts is Instacast. Instacast uses the iTunes directory so everything is easy to find. I subscribe and unsubscribe to stuff when it all gets too cluttered and Instacast is really the best way for me to manage all of this. Its a universal app so you can use it on iPhone, iPod or iPad. I believe it will sync devices, though I only have it on my phone right now so I can’t confirm. I love Apple, but the native “Podcasts” app needs a ton of work. I prefer Instacast.
Shows I’m currently listening to:
WTF is produced by comedian Marc Maron and is one of the top podcasts in iTunes. Marc is amazingly funny, but what makes this show so amazing is the guests. Maron literally knows everyone. Adam Schlesinger, Michael Keaton, Jakob Dylan, Seth Green, Elizabeth Banks, Dave Grohl, John Hodgman, Tim Ferris, Lucinda Williams, Gary Gulman, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Tom Green (I’m listing these in order folks). The line up is amazing and so is Marc.
Comedy Bang Bang
Another well known and successful comedy show. Hosted by Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts, Comedy Bang Bang is a TV show on IFC, a weekly live show in Los Angeles and a podcast. Reggie Watts is worth the show by himself. He’s a comedian and a very talented musician who brings an element to this show that makes it much different than other comedy stuff. They also have an endless stream of big name guests.
Roman Mars is a recent find for me. 99% Invisible is a radio style show that Roman produces that is very impressive. The subject matter ranges from design to architecture and I’ve learned something new with every episode. This show really is impressive from Roman’s own research to his ability to tell a story. Amazing. For a long time I only knew this as a show that was always beating The Art of Photography in the iTunes store ratings. I can now see why.
Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
I used to listen to Jesse Thorn’s “The Sound of Young America” constantly and it was one of the first shows that inspired me to get into podcasting. Jesse is amazing. He’s extremely talented and does amazing interviews with an eclectic assortment of guests. Bullseye is his new show. Its a natural extension to the Sound of Young America. Wonderfully produced.
Put This On
A new video podcast from Jesse Thorn on men’s fashion. This show is impressively produced on little budget and takes you around the world to discover style, textile makers and fashion.
Online Marketing Made Easy
Amy Porterfield used to work for motivational speaker, Tony Robbins. She’s now a marketing consultant specializing in online strategies – particularly social media. She just started doing this podcast this year. If you are interested at all in online marketing, Amy’s podcast is the place to start. She speaks well and the show is wonderfully produced.
Seth Godin’s Startup School
Seth Godin is always amazing. This isn’t so much a podcast really – its a set of recordings taken from a workshop Seth did last year with a group of entrepreneurs. Don’t expect new episodes, but what’s here is gold. Targeted towards business owners but I think its essential to anyone who cares about what they do for a living.
Back to Work
I go back and forth on this one. I’ll subscribe and then I’ll quit. Dan Benjamin and Merlin Mann are wonderful personalities and this is a casual show about work more or less. When its on its better than anything else out there. Unfortunately they tend to burn the first 20 minutes and sometimes the first hour chatting about comics, telling marginally funny jokes or whatever. I don’t mind a little of that, but sometimes its too much.
I’m back on the wagon for the moment and enjoying it however. Lets see if it sticks this time.