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When I listen to podcasts, it is to stay informed in the world of technology and to be able to keep up with the latest developments in my podcast.
But it is at least as often to learn about something completely different, to be surprised, and to dive into new narratives.
Here are three podcasts I look forward to exploring (or returning to) during my summer break.
The American biotech magazine STAT has an excellent podcast, which has been my go-to source of information about viruses and vaccines throughout the corona crisis. It is both nerdy and educational, and with the advantage that one can sound really smart at the dinner table after listening.
My favorite paper magazine has several excellent listening solutions, from reading aloud articles to real radio. They cover politics, economics, social conditions, tech and science. Another good input for impressing guests at this summer's barbecues.
Frank X Gallagher is an experienced guy who has been the sound engineer for a host of bands since the 1970s. He talks to old and new friends and discusses anecdotes and sound technique. In the podcast you will meet people from bands and solo artists like Talking Heads, B52s, Frank Zappa, David Bowie and more on a completely relaxed line. Sometimes excellent - other times journalistically unsuccessful, but often quite funny for a music nerd.