Posted by: kurtsh | May 19, 2012

COMMENTARY: Tech podcasts I’m currently listening to on my Windows Phone 7 & Zune (5/19/12)

Almost exactly a year ago, I posted a list of the podcasts I’m currently listening to.  I realized that I’m asked for this list more often than I ever thought I would so I guess it’s time to promote this list to it’s own blog page as well as publish some of the new podcasts that got added to the ol’ OPML file for my Windows Phone podcast list.

In addition to the podcasts I’d listed before, here’s a little more of the stuff that keeps me awake while I’m driving from Irvine to Simi Valley to Pasadena to Downtown Los Angeles:

  • imageFreakonomics Radio 
    This isn’t obviously a ‘tech’ podcast however I think it appeals to the same audience in many ways because it’s thoughtful and insightful.  Stephen Dubner carries on the Freakonomics torch past the books he co-wrote with Steven Levitt, “Freakonomics” and “SuperFreakonomics”.  Every topic discussed on the show is backed by economic statistics, direct interviews, and reveals unlikely linkages between things like the motivations of public school teachers & Japanese sumo wrestlers.  Easy to listen to and entertaining to think about, this is one of my favorites.
  • imagePC Perspective 
    Ryan Shrout, renown PC hardware expert and master of gaming rig components, continues to run his long-time podcast on the latest hardware, the most recently published benchmark tests, and the plans that hardware manufacturers have for evolving their product lines.  Always on the spot for improvements to components from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, and other major label manufacturers, this is an IT person’s must listen to podcasts.  Note that this is a different podcast that what is published by TWiT’s podcast network run by Leo Laporte. Ryan does a podcast called This Week in Tech Computer Hardware (TWiTCH) on that network that I also subscribe to but I think PC Perspective is better in some respects.
  • imageWhat The Tech
    Andrew & Paul Thurrott talk openly about all thing techie, with a major on Microsoft related subjects being that Paul’s an expert on the subject.  This is a more free form discussion compared to the Windows Weekly podcast Paul does with Leo Laporte and can be more diverse and thus sometimes more interesting.  I listen to it when I can but I usually start with Windows Weekly because they talk about more timely matters but on the other hand, I don’t find myself facepalming like I do when listening to Leo’s “WTF?” type questions so often times, What The Tech is less aggravating to listen to.


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