Podcasting as a medium and media industry has changed dramatically over the course of the past ten years. The medium is young and, as of yet, still fairly decentralized. In 2005 Apple added podcasts to its iTunes roster, but in the past three years though, since 2013, the number of podcasts available through iTunes has doubled. This surge in content suggests that the medium may be experiencing a boom similar to what was experienced in blogging throughout the early 2000’s. You can find more information on the statistics of the podcast boom here.
A benefit of an industry that is young, promising, and fairly unregulated is a wide array of ingenious content attempting to distinguish itself from an ever-growing field. It can be difficult, then, to sort through it all in order to find what is valuable. We have listed below five podcasts we find indispensable for anyone interested in technology and security today, have a listen and let us know what you think.
- Modules Unraveled: Modules Unraveled is for the true Drupal enthusiast. It is a weekly show hosted by Brian Lewis, a site-builder who began using Drupal in 2008. The podcast as a whole focuses on the website building capacity of Drupal and each episode highlights a distinct individual who is using the service in new and exciting ways. It has been running since 2011 and has a deep backlog of episodes to sipher through. The latest episode features Jon Peck, a software architect at Four Kitchens. You can find it here, or download it in iTunes or other podcasting apps.
- Exponent Podcast: Exponent podcast is hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth. Each episode features a conversation between these two at the intersection of the latest technological trends and society. What sets this show apart is the caliber of its hosts. Ben Thompson is a thinker who is at the forefront of technological thought, producing his incredibly popular daily Stratechery newsletter and James Allworth, a previous Harvard fellow, is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and author of How will you measure your life. The conversation fostered between these two is always insightful and offers a valuable perspective on trending tech and security concerns. In a recent podcast, “082 – A Podcast About Podcasts,” the two actually explore podcasting as a technological innovation and consider its future. You can find that episode, and others, here (or via other podcast platforms).
- a16z: a16z, hosted by Andreessen Horowitz (a private American venture capital firm founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz) is a podcast which hosts leading voices on technology, business, and other industries to discuss “the future of a world being shaped by technology.” The guests featured on the podcast are often industry experts and world-renowned within their fields. It’s for this reason that a16z has remained atop iTunes charts. With a keen eye for innovation, the show invites ideas that anticipate the future of technology in society. You can find the latest podcast and more here (or via other podcast platforms).
- Ctrl-Walt-Delete: Ctrl-Walt-Delete is a new podcast featuring legendary technology writer Walt Mossberg. Many would consider Mossberg one of the, if not the number one, reviewer of technology in the past two decades. Where other tech podcasts are defined and deemed significant by their ability to predict the future of technology, Ctrl-Walt-Delete is valuable for precisely the opposite reason. Walt has the capacity to look back on the history of technological development and get a contextualized sense of how to best navigate the current landscape of technology. You can find the latest episode here (or via other podcast platforms).
- Accidental Tech Podcast: Accidental Tech is a show that is as entertaining as it is informative. The show features casual conversations between Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa who are iOS and web developers. The carefree attitude of the podcast is a refreshing shift from other tech shows which take themselves incredibly serious. Make no mistake, the podcast deals with pertinent technology and security issues in an intentional manner – it does this, though, in a way which is as relatable as it is relevant. You can find the latest episodes here (or via other podcast platforms).