What is a podcast?

Podcasts are audio files that can be downloaded onto a smartphone for offline listening. Podcasts can be released as a series and subscribed to so that the most recent release is automatically downloaded onto your phone.

Just search "podcast app [type of phone]" to find out the best way of listening to podcasts on the phone you have. Most podcasters will publish to online services like soundcloud as well as iTunes etc.

Below are the top podcasts in my experience:

I have been listening to podcasts for the best part of 3 years now to and from work. You can get your head away from the commute and into an intellectual conversation. 

Best Podcasts by the BBC

Best Podcasts NOT by the BBC

If you know of any others that give a reliable non-rambling sense of intelligence on subjects such as personal finance, science and software development then just let me know - I'll add it to this list and thank you for the recommendation.