Not all podcasts are created equally. There's a lot of tripe out there, that's for sure. But a quality podcast can tickle your auditory canals and make commutes; dull lectures and even trips to the dentist slightly more bearable.
I've listened to my fair share of podcasts, from science and technology to science fiction and film, but only a few have stood up to repeat listening. Here's a small list of choice podcasts that deserve a listen.
The WIRED UK's podcast is probably one of the best that combines interesting science stories with some of the latest off-beat technology. With typically British stylings and a reasonable pace, this sub-40 minute weekly show is worth checking out if you're at all interested in the kinds of things WIRED UK covers.
The Nature podcast is one of the most interesting science podcasts I've come across to date. Coming out of the best-known scientific journal publisher, it features news, interesting features and analysis. It's all pretty high-brow science, but is explained well enough that almost anyone with a vague interest in science will be able to understand and enjoy it. One of my must-listens every week.
If you're looking for a UK angle from a tech podcast you can't go far wrong with T3's weekly show. It's got decent pace, is around the 40-minute mark and funnels the week's tech news direct into your lug-holes.
If you're after witty, trust worthy and just plain entertaining reviews, chatter and analysis of the week's film releases then you must check out Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews from BBC Radio 5 Live. They interview a myriad of personalities from both infront and behind the camera, while maintaining some of the best inter-host banter you're likely to find anywhere.
OK, so this one's a departure from the UK, but it's worth the trip across the pond for. Full of in-jokes, hilarious content and light hearted chat, the daily 404 Podcast is one of those shows that'll have you laughing out loud on the bus. It may take a few episodes to get into it, but I can safely say this is the first show I listen to every day and it genuinely makes my commute bearable.
That's your lot for this selection. Try them, and if you don't like them, unsubscribe. They're all free and pretty great in my eyes, but if you've got some suggestions of better ones chuck them down in the comments and tell us why they're deserving of our ears.