Last year saw an impressive rise in podcasts, largely thanks to the pandemic and people's need to feel connected. There are currently over 850 000 active podcasts available across platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud. And tech podcasts have become popular with listeners all over the world. Now, we're asking the question - what are the best tech podcasts to listen to in 2021? If you're interested in technology, or just the modern world in general, here are 10 top tech podcasts to lend your ear to this year...
Top 10 tech podcasts in 2021
1). The Vergecast
Hosted by Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn, alongside a cavalcade of tech luminaries, Vergecast is the only podcast you need to make sense of the week in tech news. The weekly show gives an irreverent and informative look at what's happening right now (and next) in the world of technology and gadgets.
2). Reply All
Reply All is hosted by PJ Vogt, Alex Goldman, and Emmanuel Dzotsi. Their show first aired in 2014, and nowadays is downloaded around 5 million times per month. The Guardian called it "a podcast about the internet’ that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it."
3). Two Irish Guys Discussing Software
Hosts Tomás O'Leary and Brendan Walsh chat about what's going on in the world of technology and what mischief mega-vendors are getting into, before chatting to exciting guests to get their unique insights. If you can get used to the accents, Two Irish Guys Discussing Software could become one of your favourite tech podcasts.
4). ThoughtWorks Podcast
From deep technical topics to digital transformation and innovation, ThoughtWorks podcasts feature captivating conversations on the latest in business and tech. Explore and listen in your own time, on the channel of your choice, from Apple Podcasts to SoundCloud.
5). Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War II, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. The site is now a museum and heritage attraction, open daily.
The Bletchley Park Podcast brings you fascinating stories from Veterans, staff and volunteers on the significance and continued relevance of this site today.
6). TED Talks Technology
Some of the world's leading inventors and researchers share demos, breakthroughs and visions onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. In the TED Talks Technology podcasts, experts cover everything from AI and surveillance technology to global biodiversity. Definitely worth a listen.
7). Accidental Tech Podcast
Three nerds discussing tech, Apple, programming, and loosely related matters. Hosted by Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa, the Accidental Tech Podcast looks at tech and the world at large. While those are interesting topics, the friendship between the three hosts is what reels you in. Highly enjoyable.
8). Exponential View with Azeem Azhar
How will the future unfold? What is the impact of technology on business & society? As technology reorders the world in which live, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Join Azeem Azhar's podcast, curator of the Exponential View newsletter, in deep conversation with the world's leading thinkers and practitioners exploring these and other important questions.
9). This Week in Tech
Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join the top tech pundits in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech. Leo Laporte and friends cover everything from cryptocurrency and social media trends to the latest in wearable tech. This Week in Tech is a great starting point for the tech podcast aficionados.
Exponent, a production of Stratechery.com, is hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth. In this program they seek to explore the massive effect technology is having not just on technology companies, but also on society as a whole. Ben Thompson is the author of Stratechery, a blog about the business and strategy of technology. James Allworth is the co-author with Clay Christensen of "How Will You Measure Your Life" and a writer for the Harvard Business Review.
Time to get out those headphones and get listening...