Favorite Podcasts – Part 1

Over the past year I have become a big fan of listening to podcasts. I have gone from subscribing to a handful to being borderline obsessed with podcasts. I have been using Downcast as my preferred means of listening. I have tried other apps in the past, but Downcast has stood head and shoulders above the rest. I tried Apple’s podcast app, but found it to not be very well done. I was pretty disappointed in it, but I can save that rant for another day. If you are looking for a solid podcasting app for iOS, I highly recommend checking out Downcast. It is worth the money.

Downcast gives you the ability to add podcasts to playlist. I currently have the 33 podcasts split over the following 9 playlists:

  • Sports
  • News
  • Programming
  • Education
  • Fitness
  • Positivity
  • Rogan and Friends
  • Science
  • Tech

I’m going to go through each of these playlists and mention the podcasts that I find to be the most important and influential.


My favorite podcasts in this playlist would be The Dan Patrick Show, Pardon the Interruption, and Around the Horn. There are others in this playlist, but I find these three give me the best snapshot of what is happening in the world of sports on a daily basis.

I love the DPShow because it reminds me of how my friends and I sit around and talk about sports. There is a friendly atmosphere associated with the show. I love the interaction between the “Dan-ettes.” I really enjoy Fritzy’s mock headlines, especially when they are on the perverted-side (as they often are with him). I enjoy McLovin’s daily antics and how Dan and the other Dan-ettes react. He had one installment of his Against the Grain segment involving Fritzy’s miniature football helmets that was a complete disaster in the studio, but it was an amazing listen. Seton and Paulie also bring a lot to the show, but I’ve always been more of a fan of boys in the Back Row.

I’ve been watching PTI and ATH for years now, and don’t always have the time to sit down at 4:00 to watch both the shows on ESPN. Having the ability to listen to them via podcast is a welcomed treat.


I only have a single podcast in this playlist: NPR 7am News Summary. This podcast is only 5 minutes, but it gives me a good idea of what is going on across the world. I normally listen to this as I’m making breakfast in the morning, so I have a handle on what is happening in the world of news. Unfortunately the majority of what I hear involves violence and death, but that’s not NPR’s fault. That’s more a problem of human nature.