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16 Podcast Recommendations from a Senior iOS Developer

Michelle Ross

This handsome gentleman is Brett Keck, one of our senior iOS developers, and he is a master at multitasking. When we say multitasking, we don’t mean cursory, but getting the job done efficiently and expertly. Brett can digest podcasts while coding which is very impressive considering he’s typing in one language and listening to another. We sat down with Brett to talk about his favorite podcasts and why he’s hooked on them.

The Incomparable

What They Say: The Incomparable is a weekly dive into geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, comics, and more, featuring a rotating panel of guests and hosted by Jason Snell.

Brett’s Takeaway: “Not even sure how to describe this podcast because they do so much. One episode will talk about the latest season of a TV show, the next will be about Hugo/Nebula award nominees, the next will be about two movies from the 50s, and then they do one-to-four episodes for every Star Wars movie. Or a draft where they pick their favorite TV characters and make a show with their picks. Or a multi-episode run where they do a March Madness style bracket of superheroes.”

# of Episodes: 500+

Accidental Tech Podcast

What They Say: Three nerds discussing tech, Apple, programming, and loosely related matters.

Brett’s Takeaway: “Apple heavy, but a good balance of being positive and super critical.”

# of Episodes: 360+

The Mastin Kipp Podcast 

What They Say: Mastin Kipp is an American entrepreneur, best-selling author, and renowned public speaker and the creator of Functional Life Coaching™. He is the author of the best-selling books Daily Love and Claim Your Power, and has been featured in outlets like Well + Good, Huffington Post, and has appeared on Fox News, ABC, CBS News, and more.

Brett’s Takeaway: “Mastin is a ‘functional life coach.’ Each episode talks about how we can be aware of our behaviors and actions, and how we can change them to be more authentic. Super helpful in making me be a better version of me.”

# of Episodes: 230+

Under the Radar

What They Say: From development and design to marketing and support, Under the Radar is all about independent app development. It's never longer than 30 minutes. Hosted by Marco Arment and David Smith.

Brett’s Takeaway: “Two iOS programmers talk about different aspects of programming ranging from planning an app to how to use a new feature, to marketing, to deployment, etc.”

# of Episodes: 180+


What They Say: A weekly Apple news and rumors podcast from a developer's perspective. Hosted by 9to5Mac's Gui Rambo and John Sundell.

Brett’s Takeaway: “Two iOS programmers who deep dive into programming ideas. They discuss Apple news (one of them literally decompiles Apple’s code to see what Apple is working on ‘in secret’) and talk about what it might mean for themselves as developers.”

# of Episodes: 70+

The Good Place: The Podcast

What They Say: Holy motherforking shirtballs! This is the official comedy and entertainment podcast for NBC's TV show The Good Place. Subscribe and you'll get weekly behind-the-scenes stories, episode and performance insights and funny anecdotes. Hosted by actor Marc Evan Jackson (Shawn) with a rotating slate of co-hosts and special guests, including actors, writers, producers and more, this podcast takes a deep dive into everything on- and off-screen.

Brett’s Takeaway: “An episode of the podcast for each episode of the television show. If you like the show, I feel like this is a must.”

# of Episodes: 65+

The Flop House/How Did This Get Made

What They Say: A great listen for movie fans..." --The New York Times. "The Internet is studded with geeks mocking bad movies from the safety of their podcasts, but The Flop House might just be the best of the bunch." --The Onion. A.V. Club Pick - Entertainment Weekly's "Must List."

Brett’s Takeaway: “Two podcasts in a tie for me. Both talk about movies that failed at the box office. All of them are comedians (two of The Flop House guys used to write for The Daily Show, two of the HDTGM hosts were on the Good Place).”

# of Episodes: 300+

Reconcilable Differences

What They Say: John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way.

Brett’s Takeaway: “Two tech guys that approach things in mostly different ways, learning about each other and the weird things that makes them them. They also sometimes talk about a TV show or movie that they both find interesting. Amazing to listen to two people that can be so different and yet still be similar. And makes me feel better about my oddities often.”

# of Episodes: 125+


What They Say: Upgrade looks at how technology shapes our lives, from the devices in our hands and pockets to the streaming music and video services that keep us entertained. Hosted by Myke Hurley and Jason Snell.

Brett’s Takeaway: “Tech news show, somewhat Apple heavy, but branches out more. It usually has a lengthy segment on media (YouTube, streaming services, etc.).”

# of Episodes: 285+

Hello From the Magic Tavern

What They Say: Arnie Niekamp fell through a dimensional portal behind a Burger King into the fantastical land of Foon. He's still getting a slight wifi signal, so he uploads a weekly podcast from the tavern the Vermilion Minotaur where he interviews wizards, monsters and adventurers. It's a major discovery!

Brett’s Takeaway: “An improv comedy podcast that I really can’t do justice with a description. A man named Arnie is sucked through a portal into the magical land of Foon and talks with a shape-shifting badger and a wizard in an attempt to defeat the Dark Lord and get Arnie back to earth. I think I’ve had to pause this podcast because I can’t stop laughing more than any other podcast.”

# of Episodes: 200+

Star Wars Minute

What They Say: Alex Robinson and Pete The Retailer analyze, criticize and philosophize the STAR WARS movies, one minute at a time.

Brett’s Takeaway: “There’s loving Star Wars, and then there’s loving Star Wars too much. This is the latter. Each episode covers one minute of a Star Wars movie in release order. They are currently in Rogue One. Also related: Back to the Future Minute, Indiana Jones Minute, Cornetto Minute, Two Minute Terminator.”

# of Episodes: 200+

Do By Friday

What They Say: A weekly challenge show hosted by Merlin Mann, Alex Cox, and Max Temkin.

Brett’s Takeaway: “On the surface, this podcast portrays itself as a weekly challenge podcast, where one of the three hosts gives a challenge for everyone to complete. In reality, it’s three funny people (two of them work for Cards Against Humanity, one being the owner) just having funny conversations for 45 minutes (often politics related) and then spending 5-15 minutes talking about the challenge.”

# of Episodes: 175+

99% Invisible

What They Say: Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars.

Brett’s Takeaway: “Each episode dives into something design related that most people don’t notice, have forgotten about, or don’t even know about. Like the ELIZA chatbot from the 1960’s that allowed people to chat with a computer. Or Vantablack. Or the origin of fortune cookies. Or gerrymandering. Or the origin of ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’.”

# of Episodes: 390+

Top Four

What They Say: An opinionated podcast by opinionated people. Hosted by Marco Arment and Tiffany Arment.

Brett’s Takeaway: “A husband and wife rank their top four of a category. Past episodes include one-hit wonders, band names, TV couples, breakfasts, Ben & Jerry flavors, and bottled water. If nothing else, worth listening to as they each start to feel sick around the 15th pint of Ben & Jerry’s.”

# of Episodes: 60+

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me

What They Say: NPR's weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what's real and what we've made up.

Brett’s Takeaway: “Weekly news trivia show, but funny.”

# of Episodes: over 1,000...

Doug Loves Movies

What They Say: Comedian Doug Benson (Super High Me, Last Comic Standing) invites his friends to sit down and discuss his first love: movies!

Brett’s Takeaway: “Movie trivia games involving comedians and/or movie experts.”

# of Episodes: 45+

At this point, we think Brett should have his own podcast about podcasts. The rate at which he retains information from podcasts while swiftly completing some seriously challenging projects makes us think there are two Bretts. He does work remotely after all so a clone would be easy to hide. Anyway, we hope that you’ve enjoyed hearing about his picks and are intrigued to subscribe to one of the selections above!

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