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.
They aren’t ranked or rated in any particular order of importance (we don’t play favorites), but they are listed in alphabetical order for easy reference.
It saves time that way. Enjoy.
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:
- Monetizing Open Source (Or, All Enterprise Software)
- The Changing Culture of Open Source
- Cryptocurrencies, App Coins, and Investing in Protocols
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 – so the best is yet to come.
Three episodes we like from Ask Noah Show:
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:
BrianMadden.com, now a TechTarget site, was first launched back in 2002 by Brian Madden, a desktop virtualization expert. Today, the site is home to several podcasts, including the Desktop Virtualization Podcast, and features expert insights and opinions on enterprise mobility management, VDI, DaaS, mobile trends, and more, hosted by independent analyst and application delivery expert Gabe Knuth, enterprise mobility expert Jack Madden, and others.
Three episodes we like from Brian Madden – Desktop Virtualization Podcast:
- BrianMadden.com Podcast #124: Gabe and Jack talk VMware, Citrix, Identity, and Macs
- BrianMadden.com Podcast #118 (Special Edition): Workspot talks about the future of the workspace
- BrianMadden.com Podcast #76: VMworld and what Citrix needs to do to stay competitive.
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:
- Microsoft Data Amp Keynote
- SQL Server 2017: HA and DR on Linux
- Driving Skype for Business adoption through service improvements
If you want to stay on top of the latest happenings in tech, but don’t have hours and hours of spare time to click through endless news stories, join thousands of other listeners who tune in to Charged Tech for the latest tech news in a condensed format.
Three episodes we like from Charged Tech Podcast:
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
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:
Ctrl-Walt-Delete is hosted by Walt Mossberg, Executive Editor and Columnist at The Verge, along with Co-Host and Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel. The pair delve into the modern tech landscape, utilizing Mossberg’s in-depth expertise to tell stories in new ways in each episode.
Three episodes we like from Ctrl-Walt-Delete:
- Walt and Nilay rescue the internet
- Walt and Nilay compare toasters to smartphones
- Walt and Nilay reinvent the PC
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:
- Douglas Brown Shares His Journey from 7 year old to a Global Technology Evangelist – Episode 270
- DataCore Software: Hyper-Converged Storage Podcast – Episode 268
- Hyper-converged: A Noun or a Verb? Podcast with DataCore Software – Episode 262
Hosted by veteran podcaster and industry analyst Tom Merritt, 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 3013: Does This Smell Anti-trust-y to You?
- DTNS 2012: Nintentional Scarcity
- DTNS 3010: You Must be at Least This Tech-Savvy to Drive
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 Tech Companies Stake Out Hackathons for Future Stars
- Why It’s So Hard to Build a Startup Outside the Big Tech Hubs
- How Experts Traced the DNC Hack to Russian Spies
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 a rotating panel of co-hosts, FLOSS Weekly is your weekly source of knowledge on all things Open Source.
Three episodes we like from FLOSS Weekly:
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:
- hpr2272: In Which Our Hero Takes 4 Hours to Install Hyper-V Server 2012
- hpr2263: Freak Does Geek
- hpr2226: FOSDEM 2017 AW Building
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 2126 – How to Write Bash Bunny Payloads & Contribute on GitHub
- Hak5 2117 – Escalating Privileges in Windows & Staged Reverse Shells
- Hak5 2109 – Hardware Hacking with Samy Kamkar
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:
- Diverse Open Source Community Drives Innovation for OpenStack - Intel® Chip Chat episode 489
- Ittiam Talks Media Solutions With Intel’s Visual Compute Accelerator – Intel® Chip Chat episode 481
- ATEME and Intel Collaborating to Transform the Media Industry – Intel® Chip Chat episode 479
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 108: Owning digital property could save our privacy
- Episode 107: How the internet of things came to be
- Episode 104: Vint Cerf has a lot of questions on IoT
A daily Q&A session with KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid, this podcast is a helpful source of both news and expert insights on technology trends and happenings.
Three episodes we like from Larry Magid’s Hi Tech Reports:
- Magid Tech Report: Technology and the Environment
- Magid Tech Report: Protecting your privacy on the web
- Magid Tech Report: Lack of diversity in tech
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:
Linux Voice is an independent magazine featuring content from some of the most experienced journalists in the industry. Fifty percent of the publication’s profits go back into the free software community, developers, and events. The Linux Voice Podcast is an extension of the publication, offering the same valuable news and insights in an audible format.
Three episodes we like from Linux Voice Podcast:
- PODCAST SEASON 5 EPISODE 6: Y U N I T
- PODCAST SEASON 5 EPISODE 3: FEELS OVER REALS
- PODCAST SEASON 4 EPISODE 16: CIBER CYDER
Grady Booch has earned international recognition for his work in software architecture, software engineering, and modeling. In his On Computing podcast, Booch reads from his columns in IEEE Software magazine, making his valuable insights and opinions accessible for busy IT professionals who prefer the listen-anywhere, multitasking-friendly convenience of podcasts.
Three episodes we like from On Computing with Grady Booch:
A data networking industry podcast, Packet Pushers is hosted by engineers who discuss the latest networking topics with featured guests, including security, wireless, route, switch, and all things data networking.
Three episodes we like from Packet Pushers:
- ZeroStack Adds Learning To Their Automated Infrastructure
- A Simplified Approach To SDN And Network Disaggregation
- Cloud Computing By The Numbers – New Interop ITX Cloud Survey
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 #446 - Radeon RX 580, Open Benchtable, DAN Cases, Intel Rumors, and more!
- Podcast #443 - Thermoelectric Coolers, Storage Reviews, and a StarCraft Remaster. oh my.
- Podcast #437 - EVGA iCX, Zen Architecture, Optane, 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: Apple store creator Ron Johnson on Recode Decode
- Full transcript: ‘Veep’ cast members and its head writer live onstage at SXSW on Recode Decode
- Full transcript: Code Advisors partner Quincy Smith on Recode Decode
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. Guest contributors join in the fun to offer expertise and opinions on the topics du jour.
Three episodes we like from Risky Business:
- Risky Biz Soap Box: Senrio tackles IoT problem for CISOs, developers
- Risky Business #448 -- Dan Geer on cloud providers: Too big to fail?
- Risky Business #444 -- $350m! Wiped! Off! Yahoo! Over! Breach!
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:
- Doing Deployment Right with Johan Arwidmark
- Least Privilege using Group Policy with Jeremy Moskowitz
- Scaling in the Cloud with Corey Sanders
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 desktop virtualization can lower computing costs
- CIO advice: IT strategies in a bad economy
- ITIL market update: Expert podcast series
A podcast by Skytap Cloud, the Skytap Podcast focuses on all things cloud. Skytap aims to eliminate the barriers to cloud adoption for the applications businesses depend on, enabling enterprises to modernize these apps at their own pace.
Three episodes we like from Skytap Podcast:
- What’s Your Cloud Strategy? A “Diversified Portfolio” of Options [Podcast]
- Breaking Down Puppet’s 2016 State of DevOps Report [Podcast]
- Your Room is Ready: Hospitality Modernization at Hotels.com [Podcast]
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 288: Francois Raynaud on DevSecOps
- SE-Radio Episode 287: Success Skills for Architects with Neil Ford
- SE-Radio Episode 285: James Cowling on Dropbox’s Distributed Storage System
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:
- Sorry, But Your iPhone 5 Is About to Become Obsolete
- Nikon Tries to Right the Sinking Ship With a Stupid Swarovski Replica
- Verizon to Turn AOL and Yahoo Into Some Kind of Weird Cult or Something
Steptoe, LLP is an international law firm with offices in Beijing, Chicago, New York, London, Los Angeles, and other major cities around the world. Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast is part of the Steptoe Cyberblog, where the Steptoe team shares insights, opinions and provocative thoughts on pressing issues such as cybersecurity and privacy at the intersection of law, information technology, and security.
Three episodes we like from Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast:
- Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Joshua Corman and Justine Bone
- Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Nicholas Weaver
- Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Debate with Greg Nojeim and Jamil Jaffer
Talking Machines is a podcast featuring human conversations about machine learning. Hosted by Katherine Gorman and Ryan Adams, Talking Machines features conversations with experts in the machine learning field, industry news, and answers to your most pressing questions about machine learning.
Three episodes we like from Talking Machines:
- Automatic Translation and t-SNE
- Fantasizing Cats and Data Numbers
- Computational Learning Theory and Machine Learning for Understanding Cells
TechNet Radio is a Channel 9 production aimed at anyone who is passionate about IT. TechNet Radio takes an in-depth look at the technologies that impact your daily life, as well as the people who build, deploy, and manage today’s groundbreaking technologies.
Three episodes we like from TechNet Radio:
- What's Next in Emerging Technology? Find out on March 29th - CXO Summit 2017
- PASS Summit 2016: Where Data Professionals Connect, Share & Learn
- (Part 1) Disaster Recovery in the Cloud: What's Your Business Continuity Plan?
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 1752: Please Don’t Squeeze the Juice
- Tech News Today 1747: How Long is Your Pig’s Tail?
- Tech News Today 1744: Hasta La Vista
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:
- Why This ISP Supports Net Neutrality, Privacy Rules And More
- The Truth About VPNs
- When A Typo Breaks The Internet
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:
- Wifi Stack Overfloweth | TechSNAP 313
- Cyber Liability | TechSNAP 314
- Cloudy with a Chance of Leaks | TechSNAP 308
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:
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 #296 - KubeCon, DockerCon, Azure Functions and Bears, Oh My!
- The Cloudcast #295 - Integrating Cloud Security and Cost Management
- The Cloudcast #294 - DevOps Before It Was Cool
The Economist is a leading business publication offering news and analysis from a global perspective. The Economist podcast is the audio version of the print publication that you’ve come to rely on for reliable, trustworthy information – each week, broadcasters read the week’s issue of The Economist so you can listen on the go.
Three episodes we like from The Economist:
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:
- Lean Customer Development with Cindy Alvarez
- A new kind of STEM learning with Laron Walker
- Checking in with Joel Spolsky who says I suck at Excel
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
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 236: Honeypots and Deceptive Solutions
- This Week in Enterprise Tech 235: VDI with VMWare Horizon
- This Week in Enterprise Tech 234: Gigamon: The Responsible Man in the Middle
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:
- EVO:RAIL and containers top VMworld highlights
- Cloud competition heating up as Amazon takes aim at VMware
- VMware source code leak: The implications
Each week, host Leo Laporte talks 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 294: Games for Change
- Triangulation 291: The Signals are Talking
- Triangulation 289: Scott Hanselman
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 121 Leveraged Data - You can do it too!
- Episode 113 Software Defined Storage 101 – 1
- Episode 115 Software Defined Storage 101 – 2
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:
- #386 - VMware certifications update w/ Karl Childs
- #382 Photon/CNA @ VMware w/Paul Fazzone
- #381 - SAP Plugin w/David Gallant SAP architect
Created by three virtualization professionals in Europe (and one they borrowed from the U.S.), vSoup covers everything about virtualization – from vSoup to vNuts.
Three episodes we like from vSoup: