Danny's Podcasts

I get asked a lot about the podcasts I listen to. Here is some info on them :)

Favorites #
My absolute favorites.
the memory palace
From award-winning public radio producer, Nate DiMeo, comes The Memory Palace. Short, surprising stories of the past, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, always super-great.
Criminal
Criminal is a podcast about crime. "A true-crime podcast that understands crime as something sociological, historical, even anthropological—that crime is a function of people, time, and place. With incredible sound design, marvelous writing, and a boldness in the way it makes its choices, there are few shows that feel more alive."– Vulture
99% Invisible
A tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.
Reply All
"'A podcast about the internet' that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it."–The Guardian. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, from Gimlet.
Heavyweight
A podcast about journeying back to the moment when everything went wrong. Hosted by Jonathan Goldstein. From Gimlet Media.
The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
A bi-weekly American history podcast. Each week, comedian Dave Anthony reads a story from American history to his friend, comedian Gareth Reynolds, who has no idea what the topic is going to be about.
Informational: "I want to learn about a thing" #
Podcasts which break down topics into easy-to-understand pieces.
50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
Tim Harford tells the fascinating stories of 50 inventions, ideas and innovations which have helped create the economic world.
Planet Money
The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what we’re going for at Planet Money.
99% Invisible
A tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.
The Allusionist
Small adventures in language
The West Wing Weekly
An episode-by-episode discussion of The West Wing, one of television’s most beloved shows, co-hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder.
The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
A bi-weekly American history podcast. Each week, comedian Dave Anthony reads a story from American history to his friend, comedian Gareth Reynolds, who has no idea what the topic is going to be about.
Ear Hustle
Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it.
Presidential
Leading up to Election Day 2016, The Washington Post’s Presidential podcast explored how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief, starting with George Washington in week one and ending on week 44 with the president-elect. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward.
Constitutional
With the writing of the Constitution in 1787, the framers set out a young nation’s highest ideals. And ever since, we’ve been fighting over it — what is in it and what was left out. At the heart of these arguments is the story of America. As a follow-up to the popular Washington Post podcast “Presidential,” reporter Lillian Cunningham returns with this series exploring the Constitution and the people who framed and reframed it—revolutionaries, abolitionists, suffragists, teetotalers, protesters, justices, presidents—in the ongoing struggle to form a more perfect union across a vast and diverse land.
What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law
A Con Law professor teaches a radio producer about the US Constitution using examples from Trump’s bizarre tweets and executive actions.
Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate
You think you know the story, or maybe you don't. But Watergate was stranger, wilder, and more exciting than you can imagine. What did it feel like to live through the scandal that brought down a president? Join Leon Neyfakh for an eight-episode podcast miniseries that tells the story of Watergate as it happened—and asks, if we were living through Watergate, would we know it?
Code Switch
Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.
Imaginary Worlds
A show about sci-fi and other fantasy genres - how we create them and why we suspend our disbelief. Hosted by Eric Molinsky.
Reply All
"'A podcast about the internet' that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it."–The Guardian. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, from Gimlet.
Twenty Thousand Hertz
The stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds.
Bay Curious
A podcast exploring the Bay Area one question at a time. KQED Public Media for Northern CA.
The Anthropocene Reviewed
Reviewing different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale. Hosted by @JohnGreen. New episodes on the last Thursday of every month.
Narrative: "I want to hear a story" #
Fiction and non-fiction podcasts which are more narrative-driven.
the memory palace
From award-winning public radio producer, Nate DiMeo, comes The Memory Palace. Short, surprising stories of the past, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, always super-great.
Millennial
A podcast series about maneuvering your 20s, captured in real time.
Criminal
Criminal is a podcast about crime. "A true-crime podcast that understands crime as something sociological, historical, even anthropological—that crime is a function of people, time, and place. With incredible sound design, marvelous writing, and a boldness in the way it makes its choices, there are few shows that feel more alive."– Vulture
This is Love
Stories of sacrifice, obsession, and the ways in which we make it up as we go along.
Crimetown
A new podcast from Gimlet Media exploring the tangled web of crime and corruption in American cities. Hosted by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier.
Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty
One man’s story, from the first breakbeat to the last heartbeat. A hip-hop miniseries from Gimlet Media and Loud Speakers Network, hosted by Reggie Ossé.
Serial
A podcast from the creators of This American Life
S-Town
S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been br
Undone
When big news happens, the world tunes in and then moves on. But often the stories we thought were over haven’t really ended; they were the beginning of something else. Undone is a new show from Gimlet Media that digs up the surprising things that happe
Heavyweight
A podcast about journeying back to the moment when everything went wrong. Hosted by Jonathan Goldstein. From Gimlet Media.
Twice Removed
A new family history podcast from Gimlet Media. They say we’re one big family: this is the show that proves it.
Welcome to Night Vale
Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Alice Isn't Dead
A new fiction serial from the creator of Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn’t Dead follows a truck driver in her search across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman. The complete Part 1 available now. Part 2 every other Tuesday until August 8. Performed by Jasika Nicole. Written by Joseph Fink. Produced by Disparition. Part of the Night Vale Presents network.
Cabin Pressure
Cabin Pressure is a radio sitcom written and created by John Finnemore and directed and produced by David Tyler. It follows the exploits of the eccentric crew of the single aeroplane owned by MJN Air as they are chartered to take all manner of items, people or animals across the world. The show stars Finnemore, Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Current Events #
News podcasts and such.
The Daily
This is how the news should sound. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism.
The New Washington
“The Daily” is launching a new series of interviews that take you inside Trump’s Washington. Every week for the next few months, you’ll hear an interview with the political character you want to hear from most, with analysis and commentary from Michael Barbaro, Carl Hulse and their colleagues in the D.C. bureau of The New York Times.
FiveThirtyEight Politics
Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and “game-changers” every week.
History #
Historically-focused podcasts & audio
the memory palace
From award-winning public radio producer, Nate DiMeo, comes The Memory Palace. Short, surprising stories of the past, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, always super-great.
The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
A bi-weekly American history podcast. Each week, comedian Dave Anthony reads a story from American history to his friend, comedian Gareth Reynolds, who has no idea what the topic is going to be about.
Presidential
Leading up to Election Day 2016, The Washington Post’s Presidential podcast explored how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief, starting with George Washington in week one and ending on week 44 with the president-elect. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward.
Constitutional
With the writing of the Constitution in 1787, the framers set out a young nation’s highest ideals. And ever since, we’ve been fighting over it — what is in it and what was left out. At the heart of these arguments is the story of America. As a follow-up to the popular Washington Post podcast “Presidential,” reporter Lillian Cunningham returns with this series exploring the Constitution and the people who framed and reframed it—revolutionaries, abolitionists, suffragists, teetotalers, protesters, justices, presidents—in the ongoing struggle to form a more perfect union across a vast and diverse land.
Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate
You think you know the story, or maybe you don't. But Watergate was stranger, wilder, and more exciting than you can imagine. What did it feel like to live through the scandal that brought down a president? Join Leon Neyfakh for an eight-episode podcast miniseries that tells the story of Watergate as it happened—and asks, if we were living through Watergate, would we know it?
Undone
When big news happens, the world tunes in and then moves on. But often the stories we thought were over haven’t really ended; they were the beginning of something else. Undone is a new show from Gimlet Media that digs up the surprising things that happe
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
This isn’t academic history (and Carlin isn’t a historian) but the podcast’s unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.
Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: From Nixon to Carter (1969-1980)
From America’s great hope after Nixon’s election victory, to disillusionment after Watergate through to President Carter’s election. Alistair Cooke’s account of American life.
Others #
Everything else.
Dear Hank and John
Hank and John Green (the Vlogbrothers) answer questions, offer dubious advice, and bring you all of the week's news from both Mars and AFC Wimbledon.
I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats
Welcome to Night Vale creator Joseph Fink and the Mountain Goats singer/songwriter John Darnielle discuss what it means to be an artist, a fan, and both at once. They explore the stories behind the Mountain Goats’ album All Hail West Texas, one song at time. Plus, brand new covers of each episode’s song, from artists like Amanda Palmer, Andrew Bird, and Dessa. Episodes every other Thursday.
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
This isn’t academic history (and Carlin isn’t a historian) but the podcast’s unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.
The Run-Up
Your guide to the most delirious stretch of the campaign.
Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: From Nixon to Carter (1969-1980)
From America’s great hope after Nixon’s election victory, to disillusionment after Watergate through to President Carter’s election. Alistair Cooke’s account of American life.
Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project
Don’t try this at home!
Podcast Apps #
Need a better app for listening to your podcasts?
Overcast
"A powerful yet simple podcast player for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch."
I love this app, and recommend it strongly if you have an iOS device. The developer cares deeply about making the app ever better, and it contains lots of great features, such as per-episode speed settings, Smart Speed to dynamically shorten silences, voice-boosting EQ, and smart playlists so you can group your podcasts into listening bundles, like I have above :)
Pocket Casts
I do not use this app myself, but I have heard good things. Many similar features to Overcast, and it's available on Android as well as iOS.