Coffee Talk: What are your favorite podcasts?


Hello everyone!

First Coffee Talk of August, and while some of us are still on holidays (or might be heading soon), I’d love to know what you think of Podcasts and which ones are your favorite.

Podcasts have become more and more popular in the last few years, and I don’t know about you, but I’m quite obsessed with them! On my way to work, in the gym, or in the car… I basically listen to them anytime I’m on my own, with a bit of time to spare.

I have always been passionated by politics and history, so these are my favorite ones but I’m also very curious and love anything related to science! Weirdly, I tend to listen to a lot of them in my native language (French), but I also have some good ones in English (I’ve listed my favorites ones below).

So what about you? When do you listen to them? Which ones are your favorite?

BBC Witness (
Stuff you missed in history class (
No such thing as a fish (
99% invisible (

Affaires sensibles (
La marche de l’histoire (
Au coeur de l’histoire (
Le temps d’un bivouac (
Boomerang (

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Great topic, @Marie

I’m also obsessed with podcasts. I associate certain ones with washing the dishes, others with commuting and some with long car journeys.

Here are my current favs:

Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review (aka Wittertainment) (
More or Less: Behind the stats (
The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (@Marie, that one’s all about science, so I think you’d love it) (
Ear Hustle (
My Dad Wrote a Porno (quite rude but hilarious) (

I also love:

This American Life (
Freakonomics (
Here’s the Thing (
The Infinite Monkey Cage (another brilliant science one) (

I just wish I had more time to listen to them all!


Glad to see I’m not the only one obsessed @Mark_Hudson :see_no_evil:I’ll definitely give a shot to “The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry” and “The Infinite Monkey Cage”, thanks for sharing them!

Out of curiosity, do you also listen to the radio a lot? I’ve no TV at home, so I do listen to the radio a lot… and whenever I miss my favorite show, I know I can catch it on Podcasts :slight_smile:


I never really listen to the radio at home, mostly because my children make so much noise I’d never hear it! So I rely on catching up later either by downloading or using the BBC iPlayer app. My wife and I did listen to a radio play a few weeks ago, though, when the kids were in bed. It was such a nice change switching off the TV and just listening to something together, so I would like to do more of that.

I’m hoping that the Serial podcast returns soon (, because that has was really compelling.


oh yeah @Marie - you’re really opening Pandora’s Box with this question. There’s so much good content out there these days that it’s overwhelming. But some that I enjoy (sorry, not including links)
My favorite Business/Leadership podcasts:
HBR Ideacast
Scaling Up Business Podcast
Building a StoryBrand
How I Built That
Ben Franklin’s World
Revisionist History
Human Interest
This American Life
Stuff You Should Know
More Perfect
Reply All
Purely Entertainment
Good One
The Turnaround
And of course, from the early 2000s, old recordings of The Ricky Gervais Show, with him, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington. They never get old.


Thanks for sharing @Joel_Charles, so many new things to listen to! :hugs:I have listened to RadioLab before, excellent podcasts!


I listen to several professional/personal development podcasts. I generally only listen while taking my walks so I get to kill two birds with one stone. Here are my top two:

Productivity Straight Talk
Speaking Your Brand


Excellent. Thanks for the recommendations, Shannon. :slight_smile:


I’m a HUGE podcast consumer. My commute would be unbearable without them.
From my stored subscriptions on PocketCast:

  • This American Life

  • Serial

  • Reply All

  • Heavyweight

  • Uncivil

  • Science vs

  • Reveal

  • Stuff You Should Know

  • Geeks & Beats

  • Malcolm Gladwell- Revisionist History