Looking for the perfect podcast for your morning commute or during your downtime? Here’s a list of the best podcasts in data (in alphabetic order).

Data Skeptic
Unusual Angles

Data Skeptic takes a different take on how we review data—thanks to some healthy skepticism, listeners come out with unusual information and knowledge. The show alternates between interviews with industry experts, and mini­episodes wherein the host explains data science tidbits to his non­data scientist wife. The tone of this show is simultaneously intellectual and a bit off­beat. It’s fun, and easier to follow than highly technical podcasts. If you need a series with nice production quality and clear, friendly radio­voices, this may be the one.

Data Stories
Storytelling Through Data (and other more artsy topics)

For those that believe “data is beautiful,” this may be of great interest. Rather than focusing only on science, hosts Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner discuss data visualization and storytelling. Featuring interviews, projects, and plenty of images on their website, Data Stories can be a bit more philosophical than other podcasts. For example, in one episode they discuss an outside project called “Dear Data.” This project involved “two women who switched continents get to know each other through the data they draw and send across the pond.” The show is both informative and a lively break from other highly technical, science ­heavy series. Some interesting sample topics include visualizing your Google search history, discussions on data art, and bridging academia and industry.

IBM Analytics Insights
High­Level and Highly Specific

This series is not everyone’s cup of tea. It can be very technical and, as the speakers are often big names with big products, they may speak about their own projects often. Still, for thosewho work in the fields of data, this podcast tackles some very specific topics, like zone architecture and telematics, but also more “hot” topics like big data myths and trends.

Learning Machines 101
Academic and Educational

The self ­termed “gentle introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning” is very technical and has plenty of depth to offer. It can feel a bit like a narrated science textbook, allowing for a lot of information with a touch of storytelling. The well­ established Dr. Richard M.Golden uses each episode to address one topic at length. Luckily, Dr. Golden focuses specifically on including both beginners and those working on a higher ­level. Whether you’re a hobbyist,student, or scientist, you can come out of these podcasts with a real and deep level of technical knowledge.

Linear Digression
Short, Sweet and Silly

Katie Malone and Ben Jaffe of online education startup Udacity host this upbeat and accessible series on data science and machine learning. This podcast may not be ultra­ professional, but the hosts are very entertaining and informative. Through their discussions (which are often goofy) listeners get a peek into very specific concepts. They often discuss real­world problems and examples average folks may see in daily life (example: how can computers learn to tell jokes?). Each episode is relatively short, running between 8­20 minutes, making it easy to tune in.

Obsessive ­Compulsive Data Quality Radio
Highly Technical, Highly Informative

What exactly is data? Meta­data? International quality data? Big data? If data is your poison, this will be work and play simultaneously. This podcast is the audio accompaniment to ocdqblog.com, and is proud to be vendor­neutral. It’s good for data nerds, tickling several different topics and featuring several special guests and relatively easy ­to ­follow discussions. The series’ topics will be useful to business­ types, who want to utilize data in their own work. Topics often include data governance, master data management and business intelligence.

O’Reilly Data Show
Big Names and Big Business

One of the biggest perks of being a big name like O’Reilly means access to a lot of important and insightful guest speakers. Rather than just talking about big names like Cloudera, Apache Spark and Google data flow technologies, host Ben Lorica gets to talk with them in person. It can be very technical, but the speakers and topics keep each episode lively. Plus, the usefulness of the information makes it well worth the effort. Hearing from these important people adds a level of inspiration and depth to the entire show that is hard for smaller shows to rival.

Partially Derivative
Drunk Yet Informative

Hosts Chris Albon and Jonathon Morgan make data both fun and inspiring. From sports to art to space to “Can Killer Robots Marry Their Cousins?” this podcast has worked its way into peoples’ hearts around the globe. Oh, and they spend the entire episode drinking, making it particularly fun and easy to listen to. Plus, Partially Derivative’s production quality is comparatively high, with a clear focus on making their podcasts entertaining. They speak openly about cultural, social and any other kind of topic, and many listeners find this series to be particularly inspiring and relatable to life in general, rather than just in the lab.

Talking Machines
The Crowd Favorite

Many consider The Talking Machines the best data podcast around. The information and production quality of this show is top notch, and the hosts very professional. They discuss machine learning, and balance the complicated technicalities with extreme clarity. The podcasts are carefully constructed and delivered to make technical information accessible and usable. Hosts Katherine Gorman and Ryan Adams interview an array of industry names, and also discuss data in relation to different spheres, including economics, interdisciplinary data, and even video games. With its insightful discussions and precise answers, this high ­quality podcast is hard to top.

What’s The Point?
Politics, Economics, Society

Polling aggregation website FiveThirtyEight is behind the podcast What’s The Point? The series is incredibly deep and the discussions extremely insightful—possibly because they focus on topics like politics and how data is changing business, including its impact on workers’ understanding of their role in the workplace. Host Jody Avirgan does a fabulous job of really engaging with interviewees, making discussions thought­ provoking instead of one­ sided lectures.

Need more? Check out Not So Standard Deviations, Freakonomics Radio, or Data Driven Security

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