Which episode of which podcast got you into podcasts?

You never forget your first…

Thinking about compiling 101 Podcasts to Hear Before You Die list and I’d love your input.

For me, it was Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, specifically the 3-part series about how Airbnb first affected NYC.

Which podcast episodes do you think belong on an Ultimate Podcast List?

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First show I subscribed to:

One of the best episodes I heard in the last year:

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I haven’t listened to one yet. Any suggestions on programming advice?

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Hey Matthew! I’ve heard https://www.laravelpodcast.com/ is good but can’t say I’ve listened to it myself.

Also found this when searching hacker noon - https://hackernoon.com/how-i-built-programming-podcasts-8089a0800a38 - maybe a starting point… Let me know what you find!

Thank you @natasha, I’ll check these out!

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Oh, this rabbit hole. Let me shout a bit louder for the people in the back: I LOVE PODCASTS. And I have these podcasts episodes to thank for:

Again - can’t stress this enough. I LOVE PODCASTS. Let me know yours <3

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I was definitely a podcast skeptic. I was won over by the episode of 99% Invisible about Hostile Public Space: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/unpleasant-design-hostile-urban-architecture/

The first series to suck me in? Dirty John. https://wondery.com/shows/dirty-john/


@jame - YES. I lost so many hours of life to Dirty John: did you also watch the Netflix version? (If not, don’t.)

If you liked Dirty John as much as I did though, did you also love Wondery’s Dr. Death? (https://wondery.com/shows/dr-death/)

Ah, I too am a huge Radiolab fan @linh. The first Radiolab episode I ever heard was this one, and it blew my freaking mind:

Black Box by WNYC’s Radiolab
This hour, we examine three very different kinds of black boxes—those peculiar spaces where it’s clear what’s going in, we know what’s coming out, but what happens in-between is a mystery. From the darkest parts of metamorphosis, to a sixty year-old secret among magicians, to the nature of consciousness itself, we confront the stubborn gaps in our understanding.

Also love Mortified; Spanx is news to me - thank you! :heart:

This is a great question. I first started listening to This American Life (even though I’m British) and that got me into Reply All, which I absolutely love. I love it.

I’m a bit of a completist, so I started at the beginning and worked my way through.


Love this phrasing :star_struck:

@ros.bell Thanks so much for contributing - this American Life is so great. Does any particular episode stand out in your memory? I’ve heard so many good things about Gimlet; great inclusion for this list.


Oh this one was so good.

@natasha I did watch the show. It was amusing as well (I love Lifetime movies - so this was the same vein for me). I think what killed me was how the story seems utterly crazy - and it was real. The show made all of them seem way more annoying.

Dr. Death was also a crazy story! I just couldn’t believe it. I mean basically he was like “I like surgery, I’m gonna do it. No training needed.” :open_mouth:

I also enjoyed: Atlanta Monster. This does such a good job of sharing the story and framing the context around it locally and nationally.

@ros.bell, I have been just getting into Reply All. The Super Tech Support stories are my favorite!

season 1 of the startup by gimlet was very meta, and a bit addicting.