We recap the finest podcasts, bringing you the best highlights from great humor to insightful commentary.



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#94: Security Now (2007)
A whirlwind guide through the world of internet and computer security, Security Now is a rare beast: a tech-centered show that appeals to and can be enjoyed both by computer enthusiasts and strict pedestrian laymen. Hosted by Steve Gibson, the man who coined the term spyware and created the first anti-spyware program, creator of Spinrite and ShieldsUP, and veteran broadcaster Leo Laporte, the show addresses all kinds of security issues, both breaking news and long-standing problems, concerns, or solutions. Always informative and entertaining, it is impossible to leave Security Now without knowing much, much more about the internet than when you came in. (Description adapted from the show's website.)


April's most popular episodes

#90: This American Life (101 to 125)
Here’s what This American Life is not: it’s not a news show or a talk show or a call-in show. It’s not formatted like other radio shows. Each episode has a theme, and there are a variety of productions on that theme. There are people in dramatic situations. Things happen to them. There are funny moments and emotional moments and—hopefully—moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. It has to be surprising. It has to be fun. (Adapted from the official This American Life about page.)

#92: The Why Factor (2012)
Why do we do the things we do? Mike Williams searches for the extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions to inform us about the way we live in the 21st Century. All manner of topics are considered, from the slightly unnerving, like fear, horror folklore, and bullets, to the seemingly mundane, like cigarettes, neck ties, and the drum. Creative, punchy, and thought-provoking, The Why Factor goads you into scrutinizing every aspect of modern life. (Description adapted from the show's official website.)

#91: Political Gabfest (2013)
Slate’s political commentators David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon cover the week’s major political topics. The trio, who began the show in 2007, gab back and forth about domestic and international issues, turning out a show that is always entertaining and usually insightful. Topics in the 2013 year included the NSA and government spying, drones, gun control, marijuana, Syria, drones, and the government shutdown. When it comes to political podcasts, the Political Gabfest must surely be at the very top.


Other popular episodes

#21: Giant Bombcast (2011)
Repeatedly rated amongst the most popular gaming podcasts, the Giant Bombcast continued its fervent run in 2011 with the canny humor and free banter typical of the show. The addition of Patrick Klepek as the site’s news editor bolstered the show’s ranks in what was the Bombcast’s fourth year. The show’s steadfast quality led it to become the longest running mainstream gaming podcast, and it continues to go from strength to strength.

#32: This American Life (26 to 50)
Here’s what This American Life is not: it’s not a news show or a talk show or a call-in show. It’s not formatted like other radio shows. Each episode has a theme, and there are a variety of productions on that theme. There are people in dramatic situations. Things happen to them. There are funny moments and emotional moments and—hopefully—moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. It has to be surprising. It has to be fun. (Adapted from the official This American Life about page.)

#S5: Ryan Davis Memorial
Ryan Davis will go down as one of the greatest podcasters in history. He was a consummate host, an exceptional humorist, and a more than upstanding individual. He chalked up eight years behind a microphone (2005-2013), three spent as a supporting member on The HotSpot, and five spent as host of the Giant Bombcast, the longest running and most popular mainstream gaming podcast. With his passing we have lost one of the most charming and talented performers in the gaming media. We take a look back at his greatest moments, from his early days on The HotSpot to his last days on the Giant Bombcast.