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I had a new experience this week. I was invited to be a guest on a .NET related podcast called Adventures in .NET. The episode will air in a couple of weeks. I’ll be sure to post about it when it goes live. It was a new experience for me. I’ve done conference presentations, training events, lectures, talks, recitals, concerts, and all kinds of other things over my life. But this was the first time I’ve done this sort of interactive panel discussion or a podcast format. I had a lot of fun doing it. But at the same time it was something new. I hate new things. :)

At the same time, though, I thought it would be a good opportunity to refresh my current podcast list. You know, what I’m listening to now. A lot of the podcasts I’ve listened to in the past (see here for my 2018 list and here for my 2017 list) are either gone or no longer hold my interest.

What I’m Listening To, 2021 Edition

.NET Rocks

Still one of the best podcasts for .NET developers (and developers in general). Carl and Richard continue to have amazing guests and provide insightful commentary on the state of .NET development. They definitely have their finger on the pulse of the industry.

Adventures in .NET

I’ll be honest. Before I was invited to be a guest on their podcast, I hadn’t heard of this one. After I got the invite, I went out and listened to three or four episodes before I accepted. And I was able to listen to a dozen more before we recorded. These guys do a great job in presenting a lot of great .NET related content. I just hope my episode with them doesn’t suck.

Ladybug Podcast

This group of developers have some fantastic insights into the industry as a whole and cover a wide range of topics from development to career and personal development. These ladies always provide relevant commentary into every aspect of being a developer, not just the tech.

Friday Night Comedy

A rotating collection of a handful of BBC radio comedy shows. I’ve been a fan of British comedy since I grew up watching Monty Python’s Flying Circus late Saturday nights on my local PBS station.

Conan O’Brien

One of my new favorites. I’ve always been a Conan O’Brien fan and last year he added a podcast to his empire. While I’m not particularly a fan of some of the guests he has on this podcast, most of them are a lot of fun to listen to.

The Way I Heard It

Long time fan of Mike Row, ever since I started watching Dirty Jobs many years ago. In the vein of the late, great Paul Harvey, The Way I Heard it presents a new story each week about some person or event that we’ve heard of, but with something we might not have known about them. Mike presents these tales in an engaging and entertaining way.

Levar Burton Reads

It’s Levar Burton reading fantastic fantasy and science fiction short stories. What’s not to love? And why aren’t you listening?

Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me

I used to listen to a lot of NPR radio programs. But this is pretty much the only one I still do listen to. An entertaining panel each week, lots of great humor, and some pretty interesting guests.

David Tennant Does a Podcast

Doctor Who himself talks with a number of guests from across the entertainment industry, including a number of his former Doctor Who co-stars. Only two seasons and he hasn’t done a new episode in a while, but the ones he’s done are all highly entertaining and enjoyable. Hoping more podcasts are forthcoming.

The History Guy

I’ve long been a fan of The History Guy’s channel on YouTube. Now he’s added a podcast to the mix. The History Guy provides amazing and well presented information on less known historical events that “deserve to be remembered”. Always informative and inspiring, The History Guy is a must for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge.

So there’s my current podcast listening list. Fun, informative, enlightening. Hopefully you can find one or two you can find worthwhile.

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Barret is a coder, gamer, father, husband, developer, manager, model railroader, writer, blogger, Browns fan, Buckeyes fan