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The best of the best technology podcasts lists

So many podcasts, so little time. To find the highest rated shows, we compared lists of technology podcasts to find the ones most commonly deemed "the best."

My name is Judy, and I'm a podcast hoarder.

It's hard for me to hear about a new podcast without subscribing. That has led me to a bulging library of random shows, where the episodes keep coming. But every week, I'm dedicated to only a handful.

It's especially daunting to know that there are more than 750,000 podcasts on every subject imaginable, according to podcastinsights.com.

A cursory glance at the iTunes podcast library brings up 1,680 technology entries alone—and that's just the ones starting with the letter "A."

So, how do you find the gems that keep you engaged, episode after episode?

We took a nonscientific approach, looking at 14 lists of "best technology podcasts" from trusted sources, including Wired, Forbes, The Muse, Business Daily News, and TechRepublic.

 

No one podcast was on all the lists, but these five came up most often:

This Week in Tech (TWiT)

Show's description: "Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech."

Briefly: No surprise here. This long-standing podcast is enthusiastically embraced by the "top podcast" lists. Host Leo Laporte talks with other technology experts about tech trends.

The TWiT group produces several podcasts, including This Week in Enterprise Tech, which is also on this list.

Why listen: "Each week, there is a different panel of people with varying backgrounds, which gives unique perspectives on how the tech world affects not only technologists but everyone else as well. The host, Leo Laporte, does a great job of providing alternative views on the issues to prevent group-think. – Hubert Liu, Rigor, Forbes

Recent guests and topics:

Jason Howell, Ant Pruitt, and Mikah Sargent: Apple Pay, Pixel 4, and Facebook News

TED Talks Technology

Show's description: "A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of technology."

Briefly: It's the TED Talks you love, using the "technology" filter to go straight to more than 870 tech-oriented talks.

Why listen: "This collection of technology-themed mini-lectures from the TED back catalogue makes ideal coffee-break viewing, and contains such marvels as a robot which moves like a salamander, computers that can write convincing poetry, and a man who decided to write back to the spammers." – The Telegraph

Recent guests and topics:

Claire Wardle: How you can help transform the Internet into a place of trust

Janelle Shane: The danger of AI is weirder than you think

Emmett Shear: What streaming means for the future of entertainment

This Week in Enterprise Tech (TWiET)

Show's description: "This Week in Enterprise Tech explores the complex, cutting-edge world of enterprise technology. Hosted by Lou Maresca, TWiET features IT professionals explaining the ins and outs of enterprise solutions."

Briefly: Part of the TWiT franchise. Host Lou Maresca talks with guests each week focused on issues surrounding enterprise technology.

Why listen: "While the discussions stay firmly rooted in enterprise IT, from week to week the show might cover a single practical topic or focus on relevant news of the day." – Business News Daily

Recent guests and topics:

Alex Rosen: Ridge Ventures: Money tech

Said Ouissal: IoT and the edge

Curt Franklin and Heather "Mo" Williams: Al Dente security tools

The Cloudcast

Show's description: "Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely host the industry's leading independent cloud computing podcast. Each week, they discuss the technology and business changes that are driving digital transformation, DevOps, cloud-native applications, and hybrid cloud."

Briefly: The hosts talk with subject-matter experts about all things cloud, including changes in technology and business that push industries forward.

Why listen: "Brian Gracely of EMC (@bgracely) and Aaron Delp of SoldFire (@aarondelp) walk you through a constantly shifting landscape of technologies, projects, and products that make up the mosaic of next-generation application development and deployment." – Druva

Recent guests and topics:

Nicolas Vandenberghe: Buying and selling SaaS services, how to streamline interactions, and how to better engage with potential SaaS users

Sarah Catanzaro: How to evaluate complex markets and business models

Joseph Landes: Building a cloud practice in Azure

Accidental Tech Podcast

Show's description: "A tech podcast we accidentally created while trying to do a car show."

Briefly: Three developers—Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa—talk tech from pop culture to deep DevOps discussions. Each episode includes many topics, follow-ups to audience questions and comments, and a #askatp section.

Why listen: "If you're fascinated about everything tech—from the minutiae of programming languages to the latest industry news—ATP is the podcast for you." – The Muse

Under the radar

These podcasts may not have ranked as high on the lists we looked at, but they're some of our favorites and ones we hear discussed and touted.

Rocket

Show's description: "Accelerated geek conversation."

Why we love it: Hosts Brianna Wu, Christina Warren, and Simone de Rochefort nerd out in lively conversation about everything tech, from Oculus Quest to the Joker, and the tech news of the day.

Future Perfect

Show's description: "Finding the best ways to do good."

Why we love it: It's Vox. It's the Rockefeller Foundation. But most of all, it's about how technology can make—and is making—the world better.

Masters of scale

Show's description: "An original podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and investor at Greylock. In each episode, Reid shows how companies grow from zero to a gazillion, testing his theories with legendary leaders. Masters of Scale is the first American media program to commit to gender balance for guests."

Why we love it: Insights from top tech pros about the start-up space.

The Element

Show's description: "Demystifying the tech behind today's headlines by talking directly to the experts and business leaders driving the trends."

Why we love it: Host Maribel Lopez, industry analyst, speaker, and business adviser at Lopez Research, focuses on digital transformation. Produced by HPE, Lopez talks with IT leaders who offer thoughts and tips on innovating technology.

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