Wired NewsTracker Blog 3: Podcasts

Ah, podcasts. From the onset of Serial in 2014, and some would argue even before that, podcasts have captivated new generations of listeners. Known as the “backseat babies” who grew up catching secondhand NPR broadcasts as they traveled with their families, the 20-35-40 year old demographic seem to be entranced by this medium. 

Truth be told, I love them. Podcasts are like having a friend telling you stories or reporting the news right in your ear. It’s a great way to energize yourself for the day while commuting to work, or really any other time. Not to mention, they are easily accessible (as long as you have a smart phone or access to a computer). 

WIRED’s own podcast has been around for a shockingly long time. The Gadget Lab podcast had its inaugural episode launched in 2007. Seven whole years before Serial!   


The Gadget Lab podcast covers a variety of technology news, including product reviews, criticism on Apple and Facebook, VR, and ASMR. The format of the podcast is mostly interview driven and doesn’t alter too much from episode to episode. The production quality is actually really sound (which shouldn’t be surprising since this is a tech publication). 

I realize that the people who listen to Gadget Lab are probably REALLY into technology, but still, they can be a little heavy on the tech jargon. For listeners who don’t really know a lot about the intricacies of tech, that may be a turn-off. 

WIRED also produces the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, a podcast hosted by author David Barr Kirtley and Lightspeed Magazine editor John Joseph Adams. Geek’s Guide is exactly what it sounds like– it’s a podcast for fantasy/science fiction lovers of books, movies, comics and anything else in the galaxy. WIRED has produced Geek’s Guide since season three. They are currently in the middle of the ninth season of the show.  

And they actually have some really cool guest interviews! Author Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and Astrophysicist extraordinaire Neil DeGrasse Tyson have contributed to episodes. 

I actually preferred Geek’s Guide because of it’s more lighthearted approach to a topic. It’s fun, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I wanted to keep tuning in. Also, I love that they reviewed Netflix horror show The Haunting of Hill House in a recent episode. It’s so good and I highly recommend. 

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