Terrestrial radio has mostly gone the way of the dinosaur. The modern airwaves are populated with outdated DJ’s still doing their morning zoo shtick, and let’s face it, that farce was old in the 80’s. You’re a refined man of the current era, which means you want entertainment that informs, educates, and entices you to improve your life. The solution lies in arming yourself with a load of podcasts for your listening pleasure that keep you up to date, amuse you, and give you the tools to be your best.
The problem with finding a decent podcast is that everyone seems to be making them. Your neighbors have one where they review store-bought cheeses and you’ve noticed some recording equipment near your dog’s bed that leads you to believe he might be filling the digital airwaves with hot talk about hair bands. So that you don’t have to cut through the white noise, we’ve done it for you by finding the 25 best podcasts for men. Whether looking for advice on love, psychology, finance, fitness, nutrition, the outdoors, or the world of tech, we’ve got something for every taste.
From the authors of the bestselling Freakonomics books comes a podcast that looks at the hidden nature of the world from a strictly scientific perspective. They’ll tell you why quitting is the best thing for you, explore whether David Lee Roth is actually a genius, and find out if tipping is killing the economy. From the cerebral to the strictly bizarre, it’s the weirdest education you can possibly get.
Chris Hardwick was a nerd from birth, and he’s devoted his life to pursuits of all things in the geek culture. He engages in in-depth interviews with taste-makers and all the key figures of popular culture, then takes listeners behind the scenes on the latest in tech, video games, gadgets, and more. Whether you identify as a nerd yourself, or haven’t yet come out of the closet about the things that make you geek out, The Nerdist will appeal to your inner dork.
WTF with Marc Maron
Insecure, neurotic, and not afraid to share that with the world, the sometimes hilarious, sometimes insightful Maron delves into the biggest personalities around while sharing his own twisted views. Funny, thought-provoking, and truly unique, if you’ve somehow not heard of this show, do yourself a favor and try it now. It will make you laugh, make you think, and make you see the world a little bit differently.
TED Radio Hour
TED stands fro Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and while this podcast builds on those themes, it is so much more. Based around the popular TED Talks, the TED Radio Hour tells inspiring stories, looks deeper at what it means to be human, explores the world of innovation, and dares listeners to challenge the norm with an open mind, a personal vision, and an exploratory spirit.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Admittedly, history is probably the only subject in school that can make math look interesting. While trying to learn it the old-fashioned way means dusty books and black and white pictures, Stuff You Missed in History Class tells the story of the world in a way that is exciting and engaging. You’ll quickly forget that you’re learning something and be rapidly transported into the events that shaped our world and the incredible people who populate the past, even as they define the future.
Very Bad Wizards
You wouldn’t expect a conversation between a philosopher and a psychologist to be quite as funny as Very Bad Wizards is, but in between looking at morals and values, they’re cracking inappropriate jokes and making enough geeky references to make Aaron Sorkin sit up and take notice. They’re more than happy to court controversy and speak their minds in a way that is as hilarious as it is cerebral, and as bawdy as it is brilliant.
Welcome to Night Vale
In the desert town of Night Vale a faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home is running against a 5-headed dragon for the position of mayor and that’s just one of the oddities going on. The entire surreal world is offered up to you via the Night Vale radio station and its tireless DJ, Cecil. He’ll help you understand why no one can go into the dog park, how to survive street cleaning day, and why you should fear librarians but not the unmarked helicopters of the secret police.
Get Fit Guy
Ben Greenfield isn’t speaking from some imaginary perspective, he’s offering up real world advice for everyone on how to get lean, stay fit, and build the body you’ve always wanted. His tips, tricks, and tactics are goal-oriented and simple to follow. He’ll get you ready to go from the couch to a 10K, get ripped abs, more stamina, and those 32-inch pythons you’ve always wanted to take to the gun show.
The Indoor Kids
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon were raised on video games, and their love of the medium shows. Not only do they tell you what is worth playing, but they delve into how gaming can help your relationships, how games change society, and the social pressures that surround the industry. The Indoor Kids is part social commentary, part interview, part gaming news, and partly a history of the world as seen by a generation brought up with controllers in their hands.
Take a Knee
Adam Carolla has become one of the premier podcasters in the world with innumerable shows on his network. Among them is the inspirational Take a Knee, which moves away from the comic’s usual acerbic sensibilities and discusses the paths to success with some of the most remarkable people in the world. Funny and touching in a macho way, this is the way for a man to follow his bliss.
A young woman mysteriously disappeared in Balitmore back in 1999. Later, her boyfriend was arrested for her murder, but there’s innumerable holes in both his story, and the timeline of events that the police have put forth. Through the Serial podcast, this odd case is cracked open to show the workings and misuse of the justice system, and entices listeners to follow along in this twisting real crime murder mystery.
An inquiry into science and culture, RadioLab seamlessly weaves together laboratory investigations and academic inquiry with modern media to create a product that is as engaging and entertaining as any film, but with real people and real events taking center stage. So fast-paced and engaging that you’ll not even realize how much you’re learning.
How Did This Get Made
Veterans of the Hollywood machine, Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael love bad movies. As a public service, they’re willing to watch the worst of the worst and skewer them for your amusement. Complete with some of the funniest guests around, they’re taking the Hollywood F-grade films to task in hilarious style.
NPR Fresh Air
Perpetually topical, few shows tackle the issues of today in such an even-handed way. Not looking to spread bias or forward its agenda, NPR’s Fresh Air is a look at arts, society, and culture, along with hot-button issues without seeking to incense or inflame. Wise and gentle, yet informative and amusing, you can’t help but be drawn in by this unbiased look at the world around us.
Easily the most famous astrophysicist in the world, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk is science done right. Rather than dull facts he hits you with information about GMO’s, the truth about super heroes, and takes a look at whether science and religion can harmoniously co-exist. If high school science had been half this enjoyable, we might have actually paid attention.
Wired Gadget Lab
At HiConsumption, we love all things gadget and gear related, but it’s possible the people at Wired love them even more. If you want objective breakdowns of some of the best stuff on Earth, upcoming toys to play with, and all the hottest industry news and reviews, this is the second best place to get it besides right here.
John Oliver is a master of finding the lighter side of the news, as evidenced by his days on The Daily Show and now on Last Week Tonight, but you should see what he does when he doesn’t have to answer to a network. Joined by comic Andy Zaltzman, they dissect current events in the most hilarious and absurd way possible. Fans of topical comedy, British sensibilities, or anyone who just wants a hard belly laugh should be a Bugle devotee.
There’s a lot of voodoo science in the media these days that touts itself as honest fact. So that you can separate the truth from the lies, scientific journalist Wendy Zukerman is breaking down the misinformation of the world by comparing it to real science. She’ll tell you if high fructose corn syrup is killing you, whether gender is in your body or your mind, and what in the hell gluten is and why you’re probably not allergic to it.
Good Beer Hunting
The quest for the holy grail is fine and dandy, but if you want to go on an impossible mission, seek out the world’s best beer. That is the goal of Michael Kiser who spends his time interviewing the people at the center of the Great Beer Renaissance as he finds the finest craftspeople behind the hops. You’ll never look at beer the same way again.
Books on the Nightstand
If you’re struggling to find a decent author who writes about more than sparkly vampires, teenage girls in dystopian futures, or bondage sex, then Books on the Nightstand is here to help. Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman are readers of the highest order and they want to help you find the literature worth your time. They dig deep into books past, present, and future so your collection is always full of the best.
Everything you see and everything you experience is just a tiny fraction of what is actually there. For the huge amounts of stuff that makes up the world which is hidden by design, there’s the 99% Invisible podcast. It looks at the hidden parts of existence. From the plumbing in your walls to diseases that kill silently to the very bottom of the ocean, 99% Invisible will take you deeper than you ever knew you wanted to go.
Stuff You Should Know
Supposedly, the philosopher Socrates said “All I know is that I know nothing.” If that’s true of one of the world’s most notable thinkers, what chance do the rest of us have? Well, Stuff You Should Know is happy to help by explaining how the world works. From plants and animals to our own confusing legal system, they’re going to tell you all the information that should be in your head.
This American Life
One of the most popular podcasts in the country, if you’re a listener who hasn’t heard This American Life, then welcome to the world. Each episode revolves around a central theme with a group of stories from real people that highlight how your friends and neighbors live. You’ll see the lives of regular Americans and hear their stories. Glorious, heartbreaking, and everything in between, this is life, for better or worse.
Art Of Manliness
You might have been born a male, but that doesn’t mean you know the first thing about being a better guy. The Art of Manliness is about teaching every boy how to become the man that they are meant to be. It’s not about machismo and bluster, but about bettering yourself so that you can achieve your highest potential in life, love, career, and humanity.
The B.S. Report
Bill Simmons might be the guy you love, or the guy you love to hate, but either way none can deny his take on sports is utterly unique. In the B.S. Report, he sits down with the biggest and most influential names in sports to dissect the world of games. You may find yourself nodding along or ready to throw your mp3 player out the window after cursing Bill’s whole family, but either way, you’re sure to be engaged.
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