I read a lot. I read to keep up with the latest trends and best practices in Web development and I read for entertainment. But there are times when reading isn't practical (driving comes to mind), and there are words that don't make it to the printed page, but are instead spoken and recorded.
To take advantage of those words and the thoughts they convey, I've subscribed to a number of podcasts covering everything from cooking to philosophy. Below are a few of my favorites—the shows I make time for each week.
Boagworld, "the longest running and most popular web design podcast," offers insightful and practical advice on all aspects of Web design—conveyed with a sense of humor that makes it as entertaining as it is informative.
BBC series featuring hour long academic discussions on topics ranging from literature to science.
Ted (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an annual conference which "brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes)." Attendence at the conference is limited (invitation only) but for those of us who can't attend Ted posts videos from the event on the site and distributes them through audio and video podcasts.
"The Skeptics Guide to the Universe is a weekly Science podcast talkshow discussing the latest news and topics from the world of the paranormal, fringe science, and controversial claims from a scientific point of view. "
Hosted by Leo LaPorte, This Week in Tech, features discussions about the latest technology news and trends.
"A collection of public affairs lectures, panels and events from academic institutions all over the world."