Best Tech Podcasts

Best Tech Podcasts

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New technology is emerging every day, and it can be difficult to keep up with the latest research and trends. That’s why our team at The Mission has compiled this list of our favorite tech podcasts!

These 35 shows will teach you the history of innovation, keep you up-to-date on current advancements, and help you peer into the future of tech. 💻 🤖 🎧

Happy listening!


The Mission Daily

The Mission Daily is a podcast dedicated to accelerated learning and helping you become healthier, wealthier, and wiser.

The world is changing faster than ever. Researchers estimate that technology and automation will replace half of existing jobs over the next decade. Crazy dictators are trying to start wars, there’s poverty, suffering… Humanity isn’t a multi-planetary species yet…

It seems like there have never been more challenges facing humanity.

So how can we evolve, escape, and overcome?!?

Learn. As fast as we can.

That’s what this podcast is here to help you do.

Subscribe to The Mission Daily today, and we guarantee that you’ll see positive improvements in your life!

American Innovations

No doubt about it — tech has completely transformed our world. But when did this digital takeover begin? And how?

American Innovations argues that today’s technology is “the result of hard work, teamwork, and competition. And incredibly surprising moments.” It’s hosted by Steven Johnson, the bestselling author of How We Got To Now, and it’s a must-listen for anyone interested in the stories of the great scientists and engineers of the past century.

Start here: “DNA | Lost Pioneers | 1”

Humankind’s discovery of DNA revolutionized the science and tech industries forever. Tune in to this episode for the details.

Analog(ue)

There are a plethora of podcasts about our digital devices in the world today, but Analog(ue) takes a unique approach to the recurring theme. This is a podcast about how our technology makes us feel and how it changes us… for better and for worse.

Start here: “Don’t Blame the Coffee, Blame the Moron”

In this episode, hosts Myke and Casey discuss the Apple Watch, Casey’s blog, and New York.

IRL

“Our online life is real life.”

In this podcast, Veronica Belmont tackles the real-life issues of our modern world: privacy breaches, hacking, fake news, and cyberbullying. She believes that we have the power to “change the course of the Internet,” and that’s what IRL is all about.

Start here: “Bot or Not”

Sad reality: Most website visitors are bots. This fact influenced everything from the 2016 election to the net neutrality vote. Join Belmont for a discussion on social media bots and how they influence politics. Plus, guest speaker Ben Nimmo teaches listeners how to “take down bot armies.”

Exponent

Exponent is all things tech and society — because whether or not we work at a technology company, we’re still affected by the digital world. It’s hosted by authors Ben Thompson and James Allworth.

Start here: “Legacy Leverage”

Tune in for an in-depth discussion of Microsoft’s recent acquisition of GitHub.

Future Tense

This podcast takes a deep dive into the latest tech innovations — devices, approaches, and mindsets. Tune in for episodes on politics, media, environmental sustainability, and how it all relates to the world of tech.

Start here: “The Tyranny of Metrics; and the Dark Web”

Have we become so obsessed with metrics that we’re losing sight of the big picture? And seriously… how bad is the Dark Web?

Twenty Thousand Hertz

Twenty Thousand Hertz covers “The stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds.”

Start here: “THX Deep Note”

Since 1983, THX has been playing their signature “Deep Note” in theaters. But what is THX? Where did “The Deep Note” come from? And what keeps listeners “fascinated, terrified, and mystified”? Find out from the creator of “The Deep Note” himself, Andy Moorer.

Anatomy of Next

For the BIG thinkers out there who are into technology and building a definitely better future for humanity… Anatomy of Next is a must-listen. It’s brought to you by Founders Fund. They are the world-renowned venture capital firm behind investments like SpaceX, Airbnb, and Stemcentrx. With episode topics ranging from Fermi’s Paradox to breakthrough technologies and the people creating them, this show is not to be missed.

Start here: “Fermi’s Paradox

If it’s probable that intelligent alien life exists, where’s the evidence? In this episode, the Anatomy of Next team explores the worlds beyond our own.

The Upgrade by Lifehacker

Just like our phones, laptops, and pretty much everything else in life, we require the occasional upgrade. In this podcast, hosts Melissa Kirsch and Alice Bradley tackle the big things, like how to be happy, how to buy a TV, and how to tell if you’re dating a psychopath.

Start here: “How to Become Financially Independent and Retire Early, With Vicki Robin

In this episode, guest speaker Vicki Robin chats about our relationship with money and redefines what it is to live a rich, full life.

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Hosted by renowned NPR journalist Guy RazHow I Built This dives deep into the stories behind how some of the most well-known companies were built.

Start here: LinkedIn: Reid Hoffman

LinkedIn is by far the most well-known job and career networking site. Ever wonder how this monster of a company was built?

Learn how Reid Hoffman’s vision for the future of the Internet turned him into one of the wealthiest figures in Silicon Valley and LinkedIn into one of the most useful career tools around.

Clockwise

Are you up for a rapid-fire discussion on current technology issues? Then Clockwise is prepared to deliver. Each week, this podcast features two special guests, and each episode is 30 minutes max.

Start here: “Guinea Pig Hate Mail”

The annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has come and gone, and Clockwise hosts Dan Moren and Mikah Sargent are here to share their thoughts on the event.

Decrypted

It’s impossible to ignore the impact of technology on society, but what really happens behind the closed doors of large and small tech companies? As it turns out, there’s a lot more to these innovators than meets the eye. Join host Brad Stone as he unveils “hidden projects, quiet rivalries, and uncomfortable truths” in this massive industry.

Start here: “Update: Affirmative Action in Silicon Valley”

This episode first aired in January 2017 but was published for a second time this June to include an update on Penny, Mitchell Lee’s startup. Penny is an ultra-convenient personal finance app, and Lee is an entrepreneur who is breaking the typical Silicon Valley mold.

Note To Self

In this digital age, we’re forced to ask ourselves tough questions about our technology. Are our TVs watching us? Are our phones a danger to our communication skills? Are we all going to be replaced by robots? You know — lighthearted stuff.

In this podcast, Manoush Zomorodi encourages you to question everything you think you know about the world.

Start here: “Your Metadata is Showing”

How much can one photo say about you? As it turns out, a lot. Tune in to find out how a simple Google image search and some metadata can give away where you are, who you are, the color of your phone… and more.

Crazy/Genius

Crazy/Genius tackles your biggest questions about tech and culture. From Facebook to the local news, host Derek Thompson covers it all.

Start here: “Who Killed Local News?”

In this episode, Thompson speaks to the former managing editor of The Denver Post for a lively debate on how we can save journalism in a digital world.

a16z Podcast

“As software eats the world” a16z discusses industry trends, emerging tech, new brands, and evolving culture. If you want to stay on top of the news that really matters, then this is a podcast you must check out.

Start here: “Platforming the Future”

Transformative change and disruption come standard in the tech community these days. Even though history may not repeat, it certainly does rhyme. In this podcast episode, you have a thoughtful VC from Andreessen Horowitz, Benedict Evans, chopping it up with Tim O’Reilly, who founded O’Reilly Media. Together, they talk about “technologies that are perhaps more transformative than any we’ve seen before — and how we think about the capabilities they might have that we haven’t yet even considered.”

Rocke

This podcast brings you the best in “accelerated geek conversation.” Hosts Christina Warren, Brianna Wu, and Simone de Rochefort talk tech, books, movies, games, and more each week.

Start here: “Blue Bubble Elitist”

There’s a lot happening in the tech world right now. Microsoft bought GitHub… and there’s been backlash. iOS 12 is coming for all phones that currently use iOS 11. And Mac OS is getting an update, too! Get all the details in this episode of Rocket.

This is Only a Test

This is Only a Test is all about this week’s news from the tech and science industries. No complicated jargon to be found here — just hosts Will Smith, Norman Chan, and Jeremy Williams going over what’s new in the world. Be sure to listen to the very end of each episode for their signature fake outtakes.

Start here: “Let’s Talk About Solo”

In this episode, the hosts and special guest Kayte Sabicer discuss Solo: A Star Wars Story, along with the latest in tech and virtual reality. Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Solo!

Stuff You Should Know

From the HowStuffWorks team, this podcast explains how anything works. From police body cameras, to giraffes, to dictators, to porta potties… You name it, and they probably have an episode on it.

Start here: How Junk Food Works

We all crave some french fries and greasy fast food at times, but do we really know why we crave it or what those cravings might mean? In this episode, they explore how junk food works. Wait…whaaat? Yes, how it works. Listen in for more.

The Story

In The Mission’s podcast, The Story, you’ll discover the unknown backstories of trailblazers who changed the world! Each episode of The Story is carefully designed to help you increase your health, wealth, and wisdom. You’ll get to walk a mile in the shoes of a heroine or hero, and the person’s identity is a mystery until the climax.

Season 3 of The Story features twelve technology trailblazers who used innovation and forward-thinking to create the world we live in today

Subscribe today on iTunes or Google Play.

Start Here: Burn Your Plan A

This is the story of two men who tried to sell a company that nobody wanted to buy… so they had to turn to plan B.

Techdirt

Get all the dirt on the latest tech with this podcast, hosted by Michael Masnick.

Start here: “Are E-Scooters A Problem?”

Electric scooters are on the rise in San Francisco and other major cities, but not everyone is a fan. Tune in for the ultimate e-scooter pro/con list.

Reply All

According to The Guardian, this is “‘a podcast about the internet’ that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it.”

We agree.

Start here: Underdog”

How did a dog go from near death at a shelter to becoming “Marnie the Dog”, one of the most well-known dogs on the internet? In this episode, the Reply Allteam dissects the formula for achieving internet dog fame.

Tech Talker’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Navigate the Digital World

 

Tech Talker is all about demystifying technology “so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what’s going on with their computer or smartphone — and what to do when something goes wrong.” If you’ve never listened to a tech podcast before, this is a great place to start.

Start here: “4 Puzzling Technology Questions from Listeners”

Jump straight into the action with this episode, where Tech Talker answers several tough questions from listeners.

99% Invisible

 

There’s design in everything around us; we just don’t see 99% of it. This is a podcast about the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about.

Start here: “Ways of Hearing

Digital has not only changed the way we experience sound; it’s also changed how we perceive time itself.

NPR’s TED Radio Hour

 

This is a fun mash-up between two great knowledge and news-focused brands. The first, TED, made world famous for their highly intelligent and mind-stretching TED Talks. The other, a national resource that’s been sharing news for well over a century. Together, you’re getting a little magic. Let the wisdom seep in and make you a tiny bit smarter, one hour at a time.

Start here: “Big Data Revolution”

Every detail of our lives can be tracked…. Will this make life easier or more complicated?

This Week in Google

 

This Week in Google brings you all the latest in Google and cloud computing each week. These episodes can run upwards of two hours and are packed full of need-to-know content.

Start here: “A Confusing Number of People”

Microsoft, GitHub, Apple, Facebook, and… flying cars?! It’s all covered in this recent episode.

Innovation Now

 

Innovation Now covers “revolutionary ideas, emerging technologies and the people behind the concepts that are shaping our future…” in just 90 seconds per day. This is a great podcast for anyone with a packed schedule and insatiable curiosity surrounding tech.

Start here: “Follow Your Nose”

“No robotic skill may be more important than the ability to sniff out a problem.”

The Future of Everything

How will future technology transform business and culture? In this podcast, Wall Street Journal reporters evaluate current affairs and try their hand at predicting… well… the future of everything.

Start here: “Can Food Waste Save the World?

Does the food we throw out every day have the potential to do more?

Mac Power Users

 

Calling all Mac users! This podcast is all about getting the most out of your Apple tech, including focused topics and workflow guests.

Start here: ‘Creating the iPhone Field Guide

In this episode, host David Sparks talks about the creation of his latest multimedia book, iPhone Field Guide.

Hackable?

 

According to movies and TV shows, most tech is totally hackable. But is that fiction or reality? Find out in this podcast.

From malicious cat photos to sketchy WiFi networks, Hackable? covers it all. Comparable to the popular TV series Mythbusters, this show won Best Branded Podcast in the 10th Annual Shorty Awards.

Start here: “The Evil Twin”

Not all public WiFi networks are safe. Listen in as the Hackable? team hacks the WiFi at a local cafe to “prove just how easy it is to give away all of your information without ever knowing it.”

Epicenter

 

Epicenter is a weekly podcast that will keep you up to date on the latest news and developments in the world of cryptocurrency, bitcoin, and blockchain.

Start here: “Andrew Trask: OpenMined — A Decentralised Artificial Intelligence Platform

What do you get when you mix AI with blockchain with machine learning and then sprinkle in private user data? OpenMinded’s new platform.

The Talk Show

This is the director’s commentary track for Daring Fireball and an excellent source for the latest tech news.

Start here: “Live from WWDC 2018 With Greg Joswiak and Mike Rockwell”

John Gruber, Greg Joswiak, and Mike Rockwell are live from WWDC to bring you the scoop on Apple. Find out everything you need to know about iOS 12, the MacOS update, and more.

If Then

Technology, society, and power are all major themes in this podcast. Covering everything from fake news to “the algorithms that want your job”, If Then is packed with fascinating interviews and mind-boggling facts. Hosts April Glaser and Will Oremus deliver “the ideas, ideologies, incentives, and biases that underlie” the technology that makes up our world.

Start here: “The Failed Promise of the Gig Economy”

In this episode, Oremus and guest co-host Maya Kosoff discuss e-scooters, as well as the recent layoffs at Tesla. Oremus then speaks with journalist Sarah Kessler about her new book, Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work.

Accidental Tech Podcast

The iTunes description sums this podcast up best: “Three nerds discussing tech, Apple, programming, and loosely related matters.”

Start here: “It’s Difficult When You’re a Billionaire”

Tune in as the hosts discuss everything from changing your mind to Elon Musk.

Why’d You Push That Button?

Why’d You Push That Button? dives into the multitude of choices that technology forces us to make each day. It features interviews with both developers and consumers to answer your biggest questions about the relationship between tech and social life.

Start here: “Why do you turn on read receipts?”

Read receipts allow your contacts to recognize when you’ve seen their recent messages… and haven’t responded. Do you have your read receipts feature turned on? Why or why not? Get some insight into how others make this decision in this episode of Why’d You Push That Button?.

Linear Digressions

In Linear Digressions, you’ll investigate machine learning and data science through unexpected applications. This is a great podcast for beginners as well as those looking to expand their knowledge base.

Start here: “GDPR”

You’ve likely heard a bit about GDPR, the EU’s new data privacy law; your inbox is still trying to recover from the onslaught of updated privacy policies. In this episode of Linear Digressions, the hosts discuss the new law and its place in the world of data science.

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