A few months back, I wrote a post highlighting some of my favorite podcasts. I have increased my consumption of podcasts quite a bit since then and, as a result, feel that I should expand my list of recommended podcasts. In no particular order, here are a few more of my favorite.
1. Philosophize This – This has probably become my favorite podcast, and I think anyone with even a passing interest in philosophy, broadly defined, should add this to their list. The host, Stephen West, is both informative and absolutely hilarious, and he covers a wide variety of topics ranging from the philosophy of language to cultural Marxism. Unfortunately, he posts episodes somewhat irregularly. But the good news is that there is, by this point, quite a backlog of episodes, so there’s no risk of running out of content.
2. ECFR Podcast – This is a fantastic series that covers a range of topics related to current events and international affairs. Unsurprisingly, the podcasts generally focus on European issues. However, the discussions are rarely repetitive and never parochial. It’s worth noting that the audio quality is not always the greatest – sometimes the background noise of London creeps in – but I have never found this to be a problem.
3. The Neolib Podcast – This is a new podcast, so it is still trying to figure out where it wants to go and how it wants to get there. Nevertheless, the guests are consistently interesting and the topics reliably stimulating (even if the host’s voice reminds me of a particularly annoying housemate from my past). I know that some of you will be turned off by the name given that certain elements of the left and right use neoliberal as a pejorative term. Don’t be fooled, though. The name is deliberate and intentionally provocative, but the podcast isn’t full of annoying provocateurs. While the speakers definitely have their ideological leanings, it’s not as if any of the ideas discussed are crazy or extreme. And with Trump’s protectionist tendencies and Sanders’ and Ocasio-Cortez’s stupid economics, we really could use some more explicitly pro-market voices out there.