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7 Best Podcasts to Raise Your Tech IQ

Posted on July 18, 2016 by Guy Weismantel

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Technology is everywhere.

Shocking news, right? While we are obviously aware of the immense role tech now plays in seemingly everything we do in today's day and age, it's easy to get wrapped up in our own busy lives and quickly fall out of the loop. Technology is fast moving, and it's more important than ever to keep up with current trends and keep an eye on what’s coming up next. Stealing a few minutes in a hectic work week can be certainly be a challenge though.

Enter podcasts.

Podcasts have become a part of my day-to-day life in recent years and are now a preferred medium of mine to keep up-to-date with industry trends. Here are the 7 technology podcasts (in no particular order) that I think are worth checking out.

1. Ted Radio Hour

TED radio hour podcast

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks are highly regarded and often shared virally, so it only makes sense that TED Radio Hour is one of the most popular tech podcasts. Guy Raz is the host of TED Radio Hour and delivers exceptional content that is well-organized, thoughtful, and interesting. The weekly podcast has hour-long segments featuring a given topic each week with several presenters from around the globe speaking from different perspectives. However, the material doesn’t just focus on Technology – Raz also explores other fascinating ideas ranging from inventions to fresh approaches for old problems with new ways to think and create.

2. This Week in Tech

This week in tech podcast

TWiT is not only widely-known as one of the best tech podcasts but is also one of the oldest podcasts (their first segment dating back almost a decade ago). As the title suggests, this weekly podcast averages a length of 2 hours – perfect for those of us with longer commutes! TWiT consistently features industry leaders and journalists to shed light on the the most current trends in tech and current events. If there’s one podcast you only have time to listen to, this would be the one to stay up-to-date with current events and trends.

 3. AMP: Marketplace Tech

AMP market place tech podcast

A segment of the powerhouse, American Public Media’s Marketplace, also airs daily but in the format of short, 5-10 minute episodes. AMP Marketplace is known for its high-quality business journalism and they certainly don’t fall short with Marketplace Tech by featuring the show’s top tech segments of the day. Marketplace is perfect for those with busy schedules or need a quick 10 minute break from their daily routine while also getting their daily dose of tech deep dives.

4. Note To Self

Note to self tech podcast

The host, Manoush Zomorodi, challenges each listener to question everything. With podcast’s descriptions like, “Is your phone watching you?", "Can texting make you smarter?", and "Are your kids real?”, Note To Self provides engaging and comical discussions regarding all walks of the digital age.  Each week, Zomorodi focuses on the complications and implications we face in the digital age and how to tackle them. Each episode averages roughly 30 minutes - short and sweet - but long enough to keep you engaged and informed.

5. The VergeCast

Vergecast tech podcast

The Vergecast, brought to you by the team at The Verge, features three hosts who are genuinely funny. The hour-long podcast episodes are focused on general technology, culture, and other relevant news. Podcasts go up weekly and give off the feel of your conventional morning radio talk-show.

6. Tech Talker’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Navigate the Digital World

Tech talker podcast

Despite the mouthful of a title, this podcast is quite literally, quick and dirty. Episodes run twice a week with short 5-6 minute segments on just about anything and everything tech. Topics vary greatly but the central theme is to demystify technology and providing plenty of practical advice and how-to’s in the case of technology going awry.

7. Tech Stuff

Tech stuff podcast

This podcast stems from HowStuffWorks.org, so you can imagine how each episode is packed full of information displayed in a light and entertaining manner. New episodes come out weekly with two hosts: Jonathan Strickland and Lauren Vogelbaum. The hosts offers their fair share of puns along with opinions on all things tech, making the podcast feel all the more personal. It’s not JUST how technology works – it’s also about the people and company behind them.

Do you listen to any of these  podcasts? Did we miss a podcast that you think is worth checking out? Let us know in the comments!


Mr. Weismantel is the Vice President of Marketing at Vertafore. With 20 years of marketing and financial leadership in companies such as Microsoft, Business Objects, Baxter HealthCare, Caremark International, and Expedia, Guy’s career has focused on bringing differentiated products to market and providing the “compelling reason to purchase” for customers and prospects alike.


Guy has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

 

 
 

 

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