Top 3 Podcasts
It’s been almost a year since I stepped out of the corporate world. There is one thing I miss, though – my commute. No, not the daily death race on Houston freeways…no, not that. Rather, I miss the commute for the 6-7 hours of weekly solitude when I could listen to several podcasts. Drawing from Dan Benjamin’s 5by5 network podcast catalog, I could easily keep up with 5 to 7 weekly podcasts, then. Now, my limited ear time has drastically reduced my weekly podcast subscriptions to just three.
My current Best of the Best podcast subscription list is:
1) Web Ahead Hosted by Jen Simmons, this podcast is a great resource for coming trends in the changing technologies that affect the web. Discussions with a variety of guests focus on topics like HTML5, CSS, mobile, responsive design, etc. Joined by Eric Meyer (of CSS creation fame), Jen has started an awesome new sub-series called “The Web Behind” where she and Eric interview a Who’s Who list of key web contributors. This series is far better than any “History of the Web” chapter found in a related textbook.
2) Mac Power Users I continue to be amazed at how much I learn from Katie and David, the hosts of MPU. When I first came across this podcast (over 3 years ago), I thought “This is a good podcast but it will quickly run its course and they can’t carry a conversation beyond 20 or 30 episodes.” Boy, was I wrong – now they have incorporated a awesome series of Workflow discussions with a variety of guests who share their best practices in using Apple-related technologies. There is hardly an episode, where I am not inspired to try something new!
3) Systematic This podcast recently bumped another 5by5 production out of my three spot – that being Back To Work. Still a fan of Back To Work, but in making one of those tough decisions, I have subscribed to Brett Terpstra’s Systematic. Another interview-type podcast, this one is “Mac and iOS” geekiness interlaced with discussions on productivity and creativity.
If you are looking to stretch your brain and find some inspiration via podcasts, any one or all three of these would serve as an excellent way to “test the waters”!