Roll Call - Our team sounds off on their top podcasts.

By Dean Elissat

6 minute read | May 1, 2018

As I write this, I am literally listening to a podcast (The Daily by The New York Times). This is something I do everyday, not always at work mind you. But what I listen to at work vs. at home does reflect what's important to me at that moment.

At work I need to be informed, whether on the current business environment and/or the latest digital technology trends. At home, I want to be entertained, and in some cases, enlightened. In both cases, there is a structured narrative and very specific voice that is the foundation of how all Podcast information is shared. Consider this type of information sharing as the newest form of storytelling - even though “new” is relative, given that podcasts have been around since 2004 (thanks to Dave Winer and Christopher Lydon).

What makes Podcasts unique, apart from the wide ranging and yet specialized subject matter content, is the ability to slow down the listener's mind and capture attention in a way that is counter to how many other digital media share content today - typically in bit size form, delivered rapid fire. This more thoughtful approach to digital content creation and delivery is a revolution in how this format will continue to influence the next generation of content consumers.

Here are some of the Podcasts that are influencing us here at Engine Digital:

Dean Elissat - VP Client Engagement

The Daily

Delivered from The New York Times, a 20 minute roundup of the day's global news and what impact they have on our everyday lives.

https://www.nytimes.com/podcasts/the-daily

Here's The Thing

Alec Baldwin speaks with artists, actors, newsmakers, and people who make a difference, to learn what inspires them.

https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/heresthething

The Future Of Everything

The Wall Street Journal's take on what technology will do for all of us in the future.

https://www.wsj.com/podcasts/browse/wsj-the-future-of-everything



Yawen Chen - Producer

Reply All

A podcast mostly about the Internet hosted by two unique characters, providing original takes on technology, in an unfailingly emphatic way.

https://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all

Snap Judgement

There are many storytelling podcasts but few are so consistently engaging with strong well-curated narrative pieces.

http://snapjudgment.org/podcast



Andrew Huang - Engineer

This American Life

A journalistic nonfiction program, it has also featured essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage.

https://www.thisamericanlife.org

Radiolab

Weaving stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries.

https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/radiolab/

Revisionist History

Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood, where he re-examines something from the past and asks whether we got it right the first time.

http://revisionisthistory.com/



Matthew Smith - Designer

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman

The significance and influence of music in relation to the film-making is explored in this interview series.

https://audioboom.com/channel/soundtrackingwithedithbowman

The West Wing Weekly

An episode by episode dissection of the landmark tv show provides to an idealistic antidote to today's tougher political climate.

http://thewestwingweekly.com/



Michael LaRoy - Engineer

Break It Down

General interest discussion about a wide range of topics of the day from blockchain to learning to play guitar.

http://www.breakitdownpodcast.net/

The Indicator

Brief episodes about finances and the economy, The Indicator is also an offshoot of NPR's Planet Money (also on our list).

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510325/the-indicator-from-planet-money



Gracelle Mesina - Designer

The Sporkful

Nerdy food podcast for people who like to eat.

http://www.sporkful.com/

2 Dope Queens

Two hilarious comedians who talk about everything.

https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/dopequeens



Ehren Graber - Engineer

A16z

Leading Silicon Valley VC firm Andreesen Horowitz discusses software, technology, and startups.

https://a16z.com/podcasts/

Hardcore History

Dan Carlin's in depth research and analysis on history, with a visceral touch.

https://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/

Philosophize This

Philosophy and ideas that changed the course of history.

http://philosophizethis.org/



Roxanne Henschke - Strategist

The Collective Podcast

Ash Thorp leads discussions with different industry creatives.

http://www.thecollectivepodcast.com/

Criminal

This is about true crime. Often the stories are more based around people who have been wronged within a situation, or just strange, complex cases.

http://www.thisiscriminal.com/

Song Exploder

Musicians break down their songs piece by piece.

http://songexploder.net/



Nikki Jones - Engineer

Invisibilia

The science behind invisible forces that influence human behaviour, ideas, etc. - very psych based.

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia

ShopTalk

Hosts Chris Coyier – Co-Founder of CodePen, and Dave Rupert chat about web development trends, and answer listener submitted questions.

http://shoptalkshow.com/

Beautiful Anonymous

1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. That's the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard.

https://www.earwolf.com/show/beautiful-anonymous/



Nolan Dueck - Strategist

99% Invisible

About all the thought that goes into the things we don't think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.

https://99percentinvisible.org/

Stuff You Should Know

Two funny personalities who research and discuss totally random topics in an informative, light-hearted, and funny manner.

https://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/

Recode Decode

A show about tech and media's key players, big ideas, and how they're changing the world we live in from one of tech's most prominent journalists, Kara Swisher.

https://www.recode.net/podcasts



Stephen Beck - CEO

How I Built This with Guy Raz from NPR

Through founder interviews, Guy takes us on an origin story journey of some of the most interesting businesses from Atari & Chuck E Cheese (yup, same founder created both), to Dyson.

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this

Planet Money

For the past 10 years, NPR's Planet Money has been covering the ins and outs and ups and downs of the global economy, making each episode incredibly interesting at the same time.

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

With an unparalleled network, Hoffman uses his platform to tell the story of some of the biggest successful entrepreneurs from Stewart Butterfield of Slack to Howard Schultz of Starbucks. A great show, just don't mind the over-production.

https://mastersofscale.com/