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Techies’ Favourite Podcasts – From Tech To The Universe & Everything

19 Dec 2018 by Maria Kotaniemi

Tune in to the Holiday Season with the Talented Network’s favourite podcasts! Well actually, Christmas holidays aren’t enough as there are 52 recommended podcasts in this listing – one podcast for every week of 2019. We at Talented hope that this listing of the favourite podcasts of both the Talented Network of 1300 techies and the Talented crew will enrich your free time!
There are podcasts about a variety of topics in this listing, so pick a topic of your interest and start exploring! The topics/categories are:

Techies’ Favourite Podcasts – From Tech To The Universe & Everything

Please note that some of the descriptions of the podcasts have been borrowed from the podcast makers themselves. After all, they know what they are talking about. 🙂  

All Things Tech

At Talented our focus is on finding the best places to work for experienced developers and designers. But to be great at your job requires learning new things and being curious. That is why we start this podcast listing with our network’s favourite tech podcasts.

UX & Growth Podcast

Deep dives on design, conversion, and leadership. As part of this, the host Austin Knight welcomes a different co-host with every episode, giving you access to unique and fresh perspectives that are designed to challenge the ways you think.

The Bike Shed

On The Bike Shed, host Chris Toomey and guests discuss their development experience and challenges with Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and whatever else is drawing their attention, admiration, or ire that week.

Dlighted Datafit Podcast

Data, Data Science, Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence. All these topics are constantly in the media right now and drive everything in our lives. In the Dlighted datafit podcast, Tizian Kronsbein and Simon Frey interview data experts and go on a learning journey so that you can become datafit.

The Accidental Tech Podcast

Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa were supposed to make a car show but ended up  discussing tech, Apple, programming, and loosely related matters. At the moment we’re writing this blog post there are 304 episodes out, so there is a lot of stuff to listen to :

The Fullstack Podcast

A podcast for developers interested in building great software products. Every episode, Adam Wathan is joined by a guest to talk about everything from product design and user experience to unit testing and system administration.

The Changelog

The Changelog actually has four different podcasts with conversations about developer culture, software development, open source, building startups, creative work, and the people involved.
The podcasts you can listen to here are: The Changelog, JS Party, Founders Talk, and Away from Keyboard

The Women in Tech Show: A Technical Podcast

Have you noticed that the tech field is very dominated by male experts? If you’d like to get another perspective on tech, this might be a podcast for you. This podcast features technical interviews with prominent women in technology. The interviews explore topics in software engineering, software design, artificial intelligence, research, entrepreneurship, career strategy, machine learning, security, and more. It is hosted by Edaena Salinas.

Software Engineering Daily

This is a list within the list! The software engineering daily has made an excellent list of tech-related podcasts for you who want to dive head-first into tech topics – why re-do something already done?

Cyber Security Sauna

We invite you to Cyber Security Sauna (#CyberSauna), a podcast bringing you expert guests with sizzling insights into the latest information security trends and topics. F-Secure’s self-proclaimed “cyber translator” Janne Kauhanen hosts the show to make sure you know all you need to about the hotter-than-ever infosec game.

Developer On Fire

Dave Rael started Developer On Fire in 2015 as a way of stepping outside the comfortable and raising his profile incrementally. After toiling in complete anonymity for years and thinking himself good with machines but not with humans, he changed his thinking and decided it was time to “punch fear in the face” and take action. The approach was to ask developers for interviews and the result was Developer On Fire, the podcast that shares the humanity of developers and tells stories of some of the amazing people in software.


Scott Hanselman makes three different podcasts about technology, culture, gadgets, diversity, code, the web, where we’re going and where we’ve been. He is excited about community, social equity, media, entrepreneurship and above all, the open web.
Hanselminutes Podcast is “Fresh Air” for developers. Scott interviews movers and shakers in technology in this commute-time show. From Michio Kaku to Paul Lutus, Ward Cunningham to Kimberly Bryant, Hanselminutes is talk radio guaranteed not to waste your time.

This Developer’s Life is Rob Conery and Scott Hanselman’s homage to This American Life, from the point of view of a programmer. What’s it feel like to get fired? To hit a home run? To succeed and to fail. Meticulously edited and lovingly created, This Developer’s Life isn’t just for developers, but also those that love them.

Azure Friday is a Video podcast, with a few 10-15 min episodes released each week. I sit down with the actual developers of the Azure Cloud as they teach me what I need to know to be an effective developer. We’ll talk VMs, Web Sites, node, ASP.NET, open source, architecture and more.

Ratchet and the Geek is a bridge between pop culture, social media, and technology. Scott Hanselman and Luvvie Ajayi talk TV (like Scandal!), gadgets, social media, current events, and give tips on the best sites, tools and products to make your life better.

Darknet Diaries Podcast

True stories from the dark side of the Internet.

.NET Rocks

.NET Rocks! is a weekly talk show for anyone interested in programming on the Microsoft .NET platform. The shows range from introductory information to hardcore geekiness. According to our Talent Network, this podcast is worth listening to even though you don’t do .NET – and they recommended especially the Geek Out -episodes.

Functional Geekery

Functional Geeks, Geeking Functionally – A podcast about Functional Programming, covering topics across multiple languages.


Each week our hosts will discuss their development experiences. We’ll talk about Ruby, Rust, Go, and anything else that has drawn our interest this week.


Economy & Politics


The Economist Radio

Are you too busy to read the news and struggle to keep up with what happens in global business? The Economist radio has a good selection of free content where you get a compact highlight reel of the latest news in politics and economy.

Tech News Briefing

Are you interested in both business and tech and want to stay on top of the lastest news? Then the Wall Street Journal’s Tech News Briefing might be something to add yo your weekly listening list as Wall Street Journal reporters join Tanya Bustos to cover leading companies, new gadgets, consumer trends and cyber issues. From San Francisco to New York to the hottest conferences, our journalists help you stay plugged in.

Freakonomics Radio

It all began when New York journalist and author Stephen J. Dubner went to Chicago to write about award-winning economist Steven D. Levitt for The New York Times Magazine. Levitt and Dubner hit it off and wrote Freakonomics, a book about cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, and crack-selling mama’s boys that went on becoming a global best-seller.

Freakonomics Radio is a weekly podcast that discovers the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. (Archived episodes)

The Inquiry

The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world. The podcasts tells you more about why Brexit is so hard and why this might be the most dangerous time to be a journalist.

New Perspectives on Business & Work Life


Everyone Hates Marketers

Hate marketing, but want to know more about it anyway? Everyone Hates Marketers is a no-fluff, actionable marketing podcast for people sick of shady, in-your-face marketing. This podcast might be very useful especially if you are running a small business or startup of your own.

WorkLife with Adam Grant

We spend a quarter of our lives at work, but too little time thinking about how to make it better. Introducing WorkLife with Adam Grant, an original podcast from TED. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside unconventional workplaces to explore the ideas we can all use to make work more meaningful and creative.

Boss Level Podcast

In short, Boss Level is a podcast with interviews with interesting people doing awesome things. The focus of the podcast is on on people and organizations breaking existing paradigms and building new ones. The podcast discusses how we should change our organizations now that the world around us has already changed.


A show about what it’s really like to start a business. StartUp is a documentary series about entrepreneurial life. The show has been downloaded tens of millions of times since its launch in 2014. Its first season has been adapted into an ABC sitcom called Alex, Inc. starring Zach Braff. StartUp has won a Gracie Award and the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.

Build Your SaaS

37signals started an indie SaaS revolution when they launched Basecamp and Ruby on Rails. Since 2004, thousands of entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and product people have tried to capture some of that success by launching their own web apps. But what does it take to launch a Software as a Service business in 2018?

Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.

Manager Tools

Manager Tools is a management consulting firm whose dual mission is to make every manager effective and every professional productive. And they made a rather decent podcast about it.

History-Related Podcasts


Hardcore History

He’s been called a lot of things, but no one says that Dan Carlin is boring. Part storyteller, part analyst, Carlin has mastered the art of looking at subjects from multiple angles and dissecting and thinking about them in original ways. He isn’t afraid to go deep or to inject historical context into modern debates. Whether it’s history or current events he’s discussing, his passion is contagious, his approach refreshing and his ideas tickle your brain in all the right places. He’ll make you mad too.

Internet History Podcast

Would you like to understand all the many pieces that came together to give us the Internet as it is today? Then this is a podcast for you. Brian McCullough  set out to do the research and record the oral histories of what became the internet.

Games & Gaming



A show about playing games and making games. Federico and Myke have long been thoughtful observers of the games industry, an industry Shahid has been a part of for over 30 years. Coupling this life-long love of games with a lifetime of experience makes Remaster a show you don’t want to miss.

Giant Bombcast

Probably the most famous gaming podcast out there. It’s run by the top-notch crew of and is an absolute must for all gaming fans. It’s been around since 2013, often tops the iTunes Podcast charts, and as of now has about 300 episodes of great content. You also can check out “The Giant Beastcast” (the name being short for Giant Bomb East) – the video game podcast by their New York-based team.

The Retro Hour

Your Weekly Dose of Retro Gaming and Technology News, Views and Interviews



Strong Songs

Music: it’s good! On each episode of Strong Songs, host Kirk Hamilton takes listeners inside a piece of music, breaking it down and figuring out what makes it work.

Song Exploder

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode is produced and edited by the host and creator Hrishikesh Hirway in Los Angeles. Using the isolated, individual tracks from a recording, Hrishikesh asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating their work. Hrishikesh edits the interviews, removing his side of the conversation and condensing the story to be tightly focused on how the artists brought their songs to life. Guests include Björk, U2, Metallica, Solange, and over a hundred more.

Human Behaviour



Unseeable forces control human behaviour and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.

Hidden Brain

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

You Are Not So Smart

You Are Not So Smart started as a blog to explore self delusion. Like lots of people, David McRaney used to forward sensational news stories without skepticism and think I was a smarty pants just because he did a little internet research. He didn’t know about confirmation bias and self-enhancing fallacies, and once he did, he felt very, very stupid. He still feels that way, but now he can make you feel that way too.

MISC – Podcast About The Universe And Everything


Reply All

A podcast about the internet’ that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it. Reply All is hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, who launched the show in 2014

Very Finnish Problems Podcast

What‘s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British writer and Helsinki resident Joel Willans, the creator of Very Finnish Problems, and author of 101 Very Finnish Problems: The Foreigner’s Guide to Surviving in Finland and More Very Finnish Problems: The even more essential guide, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, life in his much-loved, adopted country.

The Skeptics Guide To The Universe

In 2005 when podcasting was just starting out Steve, Bob, Perry, Evan and Jay decided to create The Skeptics’ Guide To the Universe (SGU). The podcast is based on the love for science and critical thinking and this led the makers to a now over 13 year journey with 650 episodes and  have almost 100,000,000 downloads… and they feel like they are just getting started.


Jonathan Goldstein goes back to the moment everything changed. On the podcast, he acts as a kind of social instigator and meddling therapist. With gumption, empathy, and comic awkwardness, he ventures into people’s lives and tries to help them resolve things from the past.

Comedy Bang Bang

Comedy Bang! Bang! is a weekly comedy audio podcast, which originally began airing as a radio show on May 1, 2009. It is hosted by writer and comedian Scott Aukerman, best known for his work on the 1990s HBO sketch comedy program Mr. Show with Bob and David, creating and hosting the Comedy Bang! Bang!

The Why Factor

The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions, like why do we collude with corruption when it is unfair and costs billions of dollars or what the connection between humans and horses are?

The Curious Cases Of Rutherford & Fry

Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.

The Indiana Jones Minute

The Indiana Jones Minute is a daily podcast about the Indiana Jones movies. Each episode is devoted to one minute of the movies (in order) starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark

Die Hard Podcast

A new 8-part series examining the best American action film of all time: Die Hard. This podcast may center around the original 1988 film, but it explores more than just what happened inside Nakatomi Tower that fateful Christmas Eve – everything from action movies to film production to the evolution of the American hero. Die Hard is at once a product of its time, and the start of a new kind of moviegoing experience. Get ready for a fun ride through film history… and yippee-kai-yay, motherfuckers.

Intrigue: The Ratline

A story of love, denial and a curious death presented by Philippe Sands. Hear the first episode on 18 Sept 2018.

Podcasts In Finnish



Kuuntele tämä podcast, niin työstä häviää rangaistuksen maku. Podcastissa Satu Rämö ja Hanne Valtari keskustelevat eri alojen unelmaduunareiden kanssa siitä, kuinka loikka unelmien töihin tehtiin – ja mikä meni pieleen.


Nordnetin #rahapodi on podcast, jossa puhutaan taloudesta, säästämisestä ja sijoittamisesta. Podia vetävät Nordnetin talousasiantuntija Martin Paasi sekä yhteistyökumppanuuksista vastaava Miikka Luukkonen.

Akonniemen Avara Luonto

Akonniemen Avara Luonto on komiikalla höystetty podcast ennen kaikkea itsensä kehittämisestä, hyvinvoinnista, urheilusta sekä digialan evoluutiosta. Samalla se on tutkimusmatka kiinnostavien ihmisten elinympäristöihin ja kasvutarinoihin.


Kyberykset on Suomen ensimmäinen yksinomaan tieto- ja kyberturvaan keskittyvä podcast. Tässä podissa puhutaan päivänpolttavista kyberasioista selvällä suomen kielellä sekä tarkastellaan alan tapahtumia suomalaisesta näkökulmasta. Kyberykset-podcastia isännöivät tietoturvan ja riskienhallinnan erikoisasiantuntijat Marko Buuri ja Tuomo Makkonen.


Yes, we might not be completely neutral when it comes to suggesting this podcast – because we made it ourselves! Notcast is a laid-back tech podcast by Talented, where we chat with technology startup CEOs and founders, IT-experts and even brain researchers. Note that the interviews are in Finnish. Wondering about the name? Notcast =Not professional enough to be a podcast.

The Ulkopolitist

The Ulkopolitist on vuonna 2011 perustettu kansainvälisen politiikan ilmiöitä sekä suomalaista ulko- ja turvallisuuspolitiikkaa käsittelevä sitoutumaton verkkolehti. Sen sisällöntuotannosta vastaa yli kuusikymmentä eri ulkopolitiikan ja kansainvälisten suhteiden osa-alueiden asiantuntijaa. Verkkolehden varsinaisesta toimituksesta on vastuussa 11 hengen toimituskunta.

Pyöreä Pöytä

Tulista väittelyä ajankohtaisista aiheista. Puheenjohtajana Pauli Aalto-Setälä.

Maailmanpolitiikan arkipäivää

Ylen ulkomaantoimittajien, kirjeenvaihtajien ja avustajien tekemä ohjelma maailman uutistapahtumien taustoista. Se kertoo ihmisistä ja elämästä uutisvirran takana ja vie radionkuuntelijan matkalle toisenlaiseen todellisuuteen

Phew! There was our techies’ favourite podcasts listing. Happy listening!!


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