1. WTF with Marc Maron
Comedian Mark Maron has interviewed some brilliant creative folks on his WTF podcast, including Claire Danes, Lena Dunham, Moon Zappa, Steve Malkmus and the late Robin Williams. I like how casual and natural his conversations are, and how unlike a lot of interviewers out there Maron actually lets people talk.
2. This American Life
This is a staple podcast that I've been listening to for several years now hosted by the wonderful Ira Glass. Each week there's a theme which binds together true stories by different Americans. It's made me laugh and cry.
3. The Savage Lovecast
Dan Savage is a straight-talking (gay) man who dishes out no-frills sex and relationship advice on his weekly phone-in show. Although I sometimes disagree with his advice it's always entertaining hearing Dan's no nonsense words of wisdom, and you'll find yourself learning interesting new phrases, such as GGG...
A recent discovery after watching the film on Netflix, each podcast takes a different subject and looks at it from an economics perspective. Topics range from how much your name matters to how to make people quit smoking and why people choose to get married.
5. Stuff You Should Know
This is Tom's favourite podcast and is presented by two nice chaps who choose different subjects every week and investigate them. Shows include how chocolate works, how guide dogs work, how bipolar disorder works... quite a diverse range!
Do you have any podcast recommendations? If so please let me know.. (as I get through a lot!)