If you’re anything like us, people are always making suggestions on what to read, what to buy, or what to listen to during all that downtime in your schedule. Yah right. Downtime is that other word for your daily commute or maybe the few minutes between brushing your teeth and that morning cup of coffee.
Time is valuable to say the least and no one has the bandwidth to research the plethora of material out there to make your work life just a little more bearable, exciting, or entertaining. That’s why our band of weary techies put together this list of what we feel are the 50 best IT podcasts on the web today. Originally created in 2017, we’ve refreshed and updated our top podcasts list for 2018 to reflect the most informative, regularly updated podcasts for today’s IT professionals.
They aren’t ranked or rated in any particular order of importance (we don’t play favorites), but they are categorized for easy reference.
It saves time that way. Enjoy.
- Security Podcasts
- Technology News Podcasts
- Health IT Podcasts
- Podcasts for IT Managers and CIOs
- Cloud Computing and IoT Podcasts
- Q&A and Tutorial Podcasts
Data Breach Today is part of Information Security Media Group, Corp. and brings you the most up-to-date news and insights on data breach detection, notification, and prevention laws. In addition to the variety of written content offered by Data Breach Today, they also feature interviews with thought leaders and experts spanning topics from risk management and compliance to fraud, information security, and more.
Three episodes we like from Data Breach Today:
- 4 Pitfalls of Privileged Access Management
- Ransomware: Why Some Victims With Backups Still Pay
- Framework Aims to Improve Patient Data Matching
Data Driven Security is “a podast on the journey to discovery and decision making through data in information security by Bob Rudis and Jay Jacobs.” It’s a bi-weekly show, covering data analysis and visualization from every possible angle.
Three episodes we like from Data Driven Security:
- Data Driven Security – Episode 28
- Data Driven Security – Episode 27
- Data Driven Security – Episode 25
A data networking industry podcast, Packet Pushers is hosted by engineers who discuss the latest networking topics with featured guests. Topics touch on networking, data centers, enterprise IT, and more.
Three episodes we like from Packet Pushers:
- Network Break 168: Oracle’s Big Batch Of Patches; Spectre, Meltdown Update
- Show 373: Cisco’s Model-Driven Telemetry (Sponsored)
- Network Break 167: Meltdown & Spectre Strike; Oracle CEO Predicts IT Shakeout
Established in February 2007, Risky Business is one of the most prolific IT podcasts today, featuring host Patrick Gray who delves into the toughest topics and pressing issues facing the industry. It’s also a favorite among our in-house IT experts here at VertitechIT. Guest contributors join in the fun to offer expertise and opinions on the topics du jour.
Three episodes we like from Risky Business:
- Risky Business #482 — Meltdown and Spectre coverage without the flappy arms
- Risky Business #481 — Inside the Anthem breach with someone who was there
- Risky Business #479 — Oh, Uber. Oh, Apple.
A podcast by TVP Strategy, The Virtualization Security Round Table Podcast provides an open forum for discussing all things virtualization, cloud computing security, virtual environments, and related topics. Episodes are hosted on Talkshoe, and you can find the after-podcasts writeups and notes at VirtualizationPractice.com.
Three episodes we like from The Virtualization Security Round Table Podcast:
Technology News Podcasts
The Accidental Tech Podcast, created accidentally while trying to do a car show, features Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa. The hosts cover everything from gadgets to general tech, Apple, programming, and everything in between.
Three episodes we like from Accidental Tech Podcast:
Andreessen Horowitz, founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, supports entrepreneurs who are building the next biggest things in tech, offering expertise and access to executive and technical talent, market intelligence, policy and regulatory affairs, and more. The Andreessen Horowitz a16z Podcast features interviews and discussions with bold thinkers and game-changers in tech.
Three episodes we like from Andreessen Horowitz a16z Podcast:
- Beyond CES: Connected Home Devices, Voice, and More
- Fintech for the People
- The $200 PC in the Enterprise
Bad Voltage is a podcast about Open Source, technology, and having fun (not necessarily in that order). Hosted by Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and Stuart Langridge, Bad Voltage features reviews, interviews, and entertainment.
Three episodes we like from Bad Voltage:
Channel 9 is your source for all the behind-the-scenes happenings at Microsoft, straight from the people building the latest products. Channel 9 is managed by a group of developers and technical enthusiasts from Microsoft who aim to bring the community at large into the conversation.
Three episodes we like from Channel 9:
- Part 1/8 Contoso HVAC’s Digital transformation through Internet of Things solutions
- Interview with Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
- Snack Pack | The New Xamarin Android Device Manager
Hosted by veteran podcaster and industry analyst Tom Merritt, joined by tech veteran Sarah Lane, the Daily Tech News Show delivers the top stories in tech along with analysis from both regular contributors and experienced thought leaders.
Three episodes we like from Daily Tech News Show:
- DTNS 3204: Rapport-Based Security Solutions
- DTNS 3202: Making Animation More Nimble
- DTNS 3169: Round Table: Social Media, Keeping Secrets, Drive-By Mining and Net Neutrality
Bloomberg Technology’s Brad Stone hosts the Decrypted podcast each week. Along with reporters, Stone aims to uncover what actually happens behind closed doors in the mysterious and innovative world of technology.
Three episodes we like from Decrypted:
- How Extreme Risk-Taking Pushed Uber to the Brink
- The Worst-Case Scenario After the Equifax Hack
- Human vs Machine: Robots on the Assembly Line
The best and brightest people and projects in Free Libre Open Source Software are brought to you each week through the FLOSS Weekly netcast. Hosted by Randal Schwartz and Aaron Newcomb, FLOSS Weekly is your weekly source of knowledge on all things Open Source.
Three episodes we like from FLOSS Weekly:
Focused on news and trends, as well as career development advice for IT professionals, IT Pro Show was founded in 2010. Hosts Tom Kresic, John Kresic, and Mike Kresic walk through the most important enterprise IT news each week and offer listeners their perspectives on how it impacts organizations and IT pros.
Three episodes we like from IT Pro Show:
Jupiter Broadcasting is home to some of the best shows on Linux, Open Source, development, community, privacy, and even news and politics. LINUX Unplugged is an opinion-based show that’s powered by community, taking the best attributes of open collaboration and focusing them in a weekly lifestyle show about Linux.
Three episodes we like from LINUX Unplugged:
- The Secret to Future Linux Success | LUP 232
- Hacking the Community | LUP 225
- No Escape from Google | LUP 224
PC Perspective discusses the latest in-house product reviews as well as news related to PC hardware and technology.
Three episodes we like from PC Perspective:
- Podcast #482 – Spectre, Meltdown, Cord Cutting, and more!
- Podcast #478 – Windows on ARM, Intel 10nm rumors, and more!
- Podcast #479 – NVIDIA Titan V, AMD Adrenalin, and more!
Kara Swisher, one of tech’s most prominent journalists, hosts Recode/Decode, interviewing influential business leaders and outspoken personalities in the tech sphere.
Three episodes we like from Recode/Decode:
- Full transcript: Spark Capital partner Megan Quinn on Recode Decode
- Full transcript: Author Noam Cohen calls social media a ‘wrecking ball’ on Recode Decode
- Full transcript: Luxury design marketplace 1stdibs CEO David Rosenblatt on Recode Decode
No time to read lengthy articles? Listen to Gizmodo’s SpokenEdition podcast for the latest information, articles, and news about design, social trends, and technology.
Three episodes we like from SpokenEdition:
- Apple Might Finally—FINALLY—Kill the MacBook Air
- Your Chromecast or Google Home Might Be Screwing Up Your Wi-Fi
- VR Takes the Next Step Forward with the Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor
A live show taking place each weekday, Tech News Today explores the most important tech stories of the day in conversation with the world’s leading tech journalists.
Three episodes we like from Tech News Today:
- Tech News Today 1864: Big Friendly Rocket
- Tech News Today 1861: No S-Pen Left Behind
- Tech News Today 1853: Notch Half Full
Tech Policy Podcast features interviews with experts in technology policy focused on current policy issues, regulations, and legal matters.
Three episodes we like from Tech Policy Podcast:
- #212: Department of Labor Saves Gig Economy
- #210: Watching the Watchmen: Surveillance in 2017 … and Beyond
- #208: Data Danger: Keeping Information Safe Online
Techdirt was first started back in 1997 by Floor64 founder Mike Masnick. The website grew to become a collaborative, group blogging effort, and today Techdirt uses a proven economic framework to analyze and offer insights on news stories spanning government, technology, and law, both through articles and through the Techdirt podcast.
Three episodes we like from Techdirt:
- Techdirt Podcast Episode 151: Facebook Won’t Save Democracy
- A Perfect Storm Of Comcast Unaccountability Is Brewing
- Teen Hacker Who Social Engineered His Way Into Top-Level US Government Officials’ Accounts Pleads Guilty To Ten Charges
A weekly systems, network, and administration podcast brought to you by Jupiter Broadcasting, TechSNAP covers the stories that impact the people in the tech industry.
Three episodes we like from TechSNAP:
- Performance Meltdown | TechSNAP 351
- Cloudy with a chance of ABI | TechSNAP 342
- Laying Internet Pipe | TechSNAP 339
Scott Hanselman is a teacher and author who has been blogging for more than a decade. In the Hanselminutes Podcast, Hanselman interviews the movers and shakers in the technology industry for convenient listening on your commute.
Three episodes we like from The Hanselminutes Podcast:
- Staying Secure and “Getting Pwned” with Troy Hunt
- Functional Programming, F#, and Cloud Containers with Lena Hall
- Machine Learning 101 with Paige Bailey
Hosted by Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Brian Chee, Curt Franklin, and Louis Maresca, This Week in Enterprise Tech explores the complex, cutting-edge world of enterprise technology.
Three episodes we like from This Week in Enterprise Tech:
- This Week in Enterprise Tech 273: The EU Cracks the GDPR Whip
- This Week in Enterprise Tech 272: Microservices in the Enterprise
- This Week in Enterprise Tech 270: How to Explain Net Neutrality
Three Devs and a Maybe is a weekly(ish) podcast covering anything and everything pertaining to software development.
Three episodes we like from Three Devs and a Maybe:
- Web Application Security, Part 1 with Scott Arciszewski
- Everything Serverless with Andy Raines
- Cyber Security with Colin Hardy
Each week, Leo Laporte and other This Week in Enterprise Tech podcast hosts talk to the world’s most brilliant people about the most crucial tech topics in the Triangulation podcast, produced by TWiT.
Three episodes we like from Triangulation:
- Triangulation 328: Larry Sanger
- Triangulation 327: The Year’s Best Interviews
- Triangulation 326: Nigel Cameron
Health IT Podcasts
Health IT in Action is a podcast offered by HIMSS and focuses on the collaborative effort necessary to improve health and healthcare by leveraging information technology. Learn from physicians, nurses, pharmacists and professionals with the CAHIMS and CPHIMS credentials who offer insights on their careers, their daily work, and programs and organizations that aid in advancing their career goals.
Three episodes we like from Health IT in Action:
- Episode #6: Nurses Saving Lives With the Help of Health IT
- Episode #3: The Value of Interoperability and Informatics from the View of a CMIO
- Episode #2: The Role of Research Informatics in the Care of Children
Healthcare Informatics is a leading source of information for “professionals involved in the planning, development, and implementation of important technological strategies that define tomorrow’s healthcare.” The Health Informatics podcast, hosted by Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, Gabriel Perna, Adam Armstrong, and others, touches on topics such as MACRA, patient access to healthcare records, interoperability, and a variety of other subjects pertinent to today’s health IT professionals.
Three episodes we like from Healthcare Informatics:
- Beyond the Hype: Can Apple, Others Bring PGHD to the EMR?
- What Will Push Interoperability Forward?
- Health IT Analysts React to Biden, Faulkner, and Patients’ Access to Medical Records
Healthcare Info Security covers all things relevant to today’s health IT professionals and healthcare practitioners, from EHR to governance, fraud, mobility, HIPAA, and more. The Health Info Security Podcast features interviews with leading experts on the latest innovations and most pressing topics in the industry.
Three episodes we like from Healthcare Information Security Podcast:
- Blockchain in Healthcare: The Potential and Limitations
- Framework Aims to Improve Patient Data Matching
- Is Healthcare Ready to Comply With GDPR?
Healthcare Tech Talk is “where health technology experts come to talk.” Hosts Terry Baker and Kelley Hill discuss the technologies used in the delivery of healthcare, including healthcare information technology and clinical/biomedical engineering technology.
Three episodes we like from Healthcare Tech Talk:
- AAMI Episode 22: Patch Management in Healthcare
- AAMI Podcast 21 -Tips to tackle the wireless challenge.
- HTT 61- Interoperability, the key to precision medicine?
Podcasts for IT Managers and CIOs
Career Tools is a part of Manager Tools, a management consulting firm with a mission of making every manager effective and every professional productive. One of the favorite podcasts of our in-house thought leaders here at VeritechIT, Career Tools is worth a listen for anyone wanting to stay at the top of their field.
Three episodes we like from Career Tools:
- Working Remotely – Chapter 2 – Meet Up Whenever Possible
- Preparing For Your One On One
- Pay Attention To Behavior
Intel Chip Chat is a podcast series featuring informal, one-on-one interviews with industry leaders. Designed for IT managers, Intel Chip Chat covers all things data center, from advanced analytics to AI, cloud, and more.
Three episodes we like from Intel Chip Chat:
- Datacenter Transformation Challenges, Software-Defined Solutions – Intel® Chip Chat episode 568
- How HPE is Making Storage Invisible – Intel® Chip Chat episode 567
- HPE Connect IoT: Putting IoT to Work in Industry – Intel® Chip Chat episode 566
Another favorite among VertitechIT’s senior leadership staff, Manager Tools is run by the same management consulting firm as Career Tools, but this podcast is targeted to management professionals. Like Career Tools, it’s focused on providing insights and guidance to enable today’s management professionals to advance their careers and improve performance.
Three episodes we like from Manager Tools:
- The Manager Tools Performance Review System – Part 4
- The Basics of Calendar Management – HOF
- How to Prewire a Meeting – HOF 2017
SearchCIO features several podcasts focused on various issues of importance to CIOs, including business software, data centers and virtualization, IT and business management, and more.
Three episodes we like from SearchCIO Podcast:
- How to manage mobile devices: Tech investments and a feature wish list
- Data storytelling is the next big thing in collaborative computing
- Information technology adoption: CIO Ted Ross discusses LA’s strategy
Cloud Computing and IoT Podcasts
Cisco Data Center Podcasts feature conversations on current technology issues in the data center with guests from development, engineering, and IT. In each episode, the data center topic of focus is reviewed briefly followed by a discussion of recent technology developments and real-world case studies.
Three episodes we like from Cisco Data Center Podcast:
- Data Center TechMinute: Integrating Cisco UCS
- The New Economic Realities: The Right Architecture
- Cisco + Intel = Acceleration
An enterprise IT talk show, DABCC Radio is hosted by Douglas Brown, a 20+-year industry expert. Brown interviews thought leaders spanning IoT, desktop, cloud, mobility, virtualization, and all the hot topics in IT today.
Three episodes we like from DABCC Radio:
- 890% Growth and Still Growing, Why all the Fuss About IGEL Technology? – Podcast Episode 288
- DataCore MaxParallel for Microsoft SQL Server – Speed up SQL with Parallel Processing – Podcast Episode 293
- Coretek Services: Changing the Landscape of Virtual Desktop Deployments – Podcast Episode 29
Hosted by Stacey Higginbotham, a journalist who has covered technology since 2001, the IoT Podcast focuses on the current state of technology – as she describes it, “a pivotal moment in the evolution of human creativity, business creation and productivity gains.”
Three episodes we like from IoT Podcast:
- Episode 147: Okay Google, manage my home
- Episode 146: ARM’s CEO on Spectre and Meltdown, plus hot CES 2018 takes
- Episode 145: The block-less blockchain
Ivan Pepelnjak has been “designing and implementing large-scale service provider and enterprise networks as well as teaching and writing books about advanced technologies since 1990.” He hosts ipSpace Software Gone Wild, where he talks about all things software, from Linux to data centers, networking trends, and more.
Three episodes we like from ipSpace Software Gone Wild:
- Self-Driving Networks with Kireeti Kompella
- Networking Trends Discussion with Andrew Lerner and Simon Richard
- Network Testing on Software Gone Wild
A weekly cloud computing podcast, The Cloudcast podcast covers topics ranging from Azure to DevOps, IoT, SaaS, and, of course, cloud computing, among others. Hosted by Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely, The Cloudcast is an award-winning show you won’t want to miss.
Three episodes we like from The Cloudcast:
- The Cloudcast #330 – Oracle’s Next-Generation Cloud IaaS
- The Cloudcast #327 – 2017 in Review & 2018 Predictions
- The Cloudcast #325 – The Next Step in Development Automation
SearchVMWare’s bi-weekly podcast, The Hypervisor Huddle is your source for the latest VMWare happenings in the virtualization space, hosted by site editor Hannah Drake and news writer Bridget Botelho.
Three episodes we like from The Hypervisor Huddle:
- VMware talks overall focus; calls Hyper-V R2 a ‘nonevent’
- VMware vSphere licensing; high availability in Hyper-V R2; Oracle acquires Sun
- 30 percent of VMware users also using Hyper-V, XenServer
A podcast offered by TechTarget’s SearchServerVirtualization, This Week in Virtualization covers all things virtualization, including how virtualization impacts IT managers and system administrators.
Three episodes we like from This Week in Virtualization:
- Cloud competition heating up as Amazon takes aim at VMware
- New VMware vCenter updates: What they mean to you
- Hyper-V, XenServer catching up to VMware
The Veeam Community Podcast aims to give the global virtualization community a new resource to connect with industry peers, bloggers, and experts in the industry. Each 30-minute weekly episode is hosted by Rick Vanover, a writer, blogger, VMware vExpert, VMware Certified Professional, Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Certified IT Professional and a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator.
Three episodes we like from Veeam Community Podcast:
- Episode 131 – VMworld 2017 Recap with Jorge de la Cruz and Jim Jones
- Episode 125 – Cisco HyperFlex & some “Choice” Backup Appliances
- Episode 121 Leveraged Data – You can do it too!
VMware Virtualization Podcasts feature expert insights, interviews with industry leaders, and valuable perspectives on virtualization and other topics of interest to the IT community.
Three episodes we like from VMware Virtualization Podcast:
- #417 – Public/Private/Telco Clouds w/Shekar Ayyar EVP
- #414 – CloudFoundation w/Kyle Gleed
- #411 – All things Security w/Tom Corn
Q&A and Tutorial Podcasts
A community-focused show, the Ask Noah Show is hosted by Noah Celliah, who answers business in tech or technology questions live on the air. This weekly show airs Mondays at 4:00 p.m. PST, 7:00 p.m. EST and first started airing in March 2017.
Three episodes we like from Ask Noah Show:
Codebreaker aims to decipher the complicated feelings surrounding technology by asking straightforward questions. In Season 2, the focus is on whether technology can save us. To listen, you’ll need to crack the code to unlock the next installment.
Three episodes we like from Codebreaker:
Hacker Public Radio first began producing shows nearly 12 years ago, and they’re still going strong. Shows are produced by listeners and cover any subject today’s hackers might want to know. Listeners are encouraged to submit at least one show per year to contribute to the community.
Three episodes we like from Hacker Public Radio:
- hpr2473 :: Frotz – A Portable Z-Machine Interpreter
- hpr2472 :: Forum Failure
- hpr2463 :: Setting up a 32 Bit Ubuntu Server
Hak5 is a weekly show airing on YouTube and syndicated by Discovery Digital Networks. The show covers topics such as open source software, network infrastructure, penetration testing, and more. Hak5 also produces a number of equally informative sister shows.
Three episodes we like from Hak5:
- Hak5 2319 – [[ PAYLOAD ]] – OS Detection Payload
- Hak5 2317 – [[ PAYLOAD ]] – The Situation Response Payload
- Hak5 2315 – 3D Printer Filaments Explained
A weekly internet radio talk show for IT professionals who work with Microsoft products, RunAs Radio features 30-minute segments focused on a particular IT topic from a Microsoft-centric viewpoint. This podcast is hosted by Richard Campbell, a Microsoft MVP, seasoned consultant, and entrepreneur.
Three episodes we like from RunAs Radio:
- Getting Your Data Ready for Analytics with Jen Stirrup
- Microsoft Analytics Stack with Andrew Brust
- Office Macro Security with Karim El-Melhaoui
Software Engineering Radio offers tutorials and interviews with thought leaders on topics of interest to software developers and software engineers. Unlike many podcasts, Software Engineering Radio doesn’t take a news-oriented approach, instead focusing on creating content of lasting educational value with new episodes every 10 days.
Three episodes we like from Software Engineering Radio:
- SE-Radio Episode 315: Jeroen Janssens on Tools for Data Science
- SE-Radio Episode 314: Scott Piper on Cloud Security
- SE-Radio Episode 312: Sachin Gadre on the Internet of Things
A show about technology by HowStuffWorks, TechStuff isn’t just about how technology works, but also the people behind the technology, the companies that market it, and how tech impacts daily life and culture. TechStuff is hosted by Jonathan Strickland.
Three episodes we like from TechStuff:
TED Talks are a valuable source of insights and inspiration from the world’s most recognized thought leaders spanning practically every industry. TED Talks Technology is your source for all TED Talks touching on the topic of technology.
Three episodes we like from TED Talks Technology: