#TryPod : Try Podcasts!

by Brittany Martin in

During the month of March, a movement called TryPod is being celebrated. The idea is to tell a friend who normally doesn't listen to podcasts to try one out. Podcasts are an integral part of my learning, entertainment, weirdness and immersing myself into the various communities I love. 

Without much further adieu, here are my recommendations: 


  • Changelog - A weekly podcast that covers the technology and people of open source. It's about the code, the people, and the community.
  • CodeNewbie - Stories from people on their coding journey.
  • Ruby on Rails Podcast - A weekly conversation about Ruby on Rails, open source software, and the programming profession.
  • The Bike Shed - Hosts Derek Prior, Sean Griffin, Amanda Hill, and guests discuss their development experience and challenges with Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and whatever else is drawing their attention, admiration, or ire this week.
  • ShopTalk Show - An internet radio show about the internet starring Dave Rupert and Chris Coyier.
  • AWS Podcast - Simon Elisha discusses various aspects of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) offering. Each podcast include AWS news, tech tips, and interviews with startups, AWS partners, and AWS employees.
  • Learn to Code With Me - Coding is tough, but rewarding. Get weekly motivation with this podcast.


  • User Defenders - Inspiring interviews is UX superheroes. 
  • Tentative - All about digital product design. Hosted by thoughtbot Chief Design Officer Kyle Fiedler & Reda Lemeden.

People Behind Code

  • Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots - A weekly podcast discussing the business of great software products. Hosted by Ben Orenstein and a rotating panel of fellow developers and entrepreneurs, we delve deep behind the scenes of thoughtbot's SaaS products.
  • Greater Than Code - A charming podcast about how #peoplematter in tech. 
  • Request for Commits - Exploring different perspectives in open source sustainability. It's about the human side of code.


  • Missing Richard Simmons - On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him - and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. It is Dan’s search for Richard - and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets.
  • Hell Yeah Roller Derby - An awesome podcast that details a new passion of mine: roller derby. 
  • Anna Faris is Unqualified - A hilarious podcast where not-so-great advice comes from unqualified Hollywood types.
  • Women of the Hour - a podcast hosted by Lena Dunham and produced by BuzzFeed, will feature conversations with women about love, sex, work, bodies, friendship, and more.

Weird at Last, Weird at Last

  • Welcome to Nightvale - a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
  • Alice Isn't Dead - A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.
  • The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) - Atop the Eiffel Tower, a lonely janitor stumbles into a series of alternately surreal and comic adventures as he becomes part of a mystery: what is the secret behind the wildly popular, bizarrely impossible live radio variety show being broadcast from the tower’s top?

That should give you plenty to choose from! If you're new to listening to podcasts, Ira & Mary give a wonderful explanation on how to get started here. I personally enjoy the iTunes podcast app on my phone and SoundCloud at work. 

Podcasts are near and dear to my heart. Please let me know if you decide to give them a try. Thank you dear readers and good night.