I have been asked a fair few times about the different podcasts I listen to. I not only have a lengthy commute to work, but also travel a fair bit for work, so it’s vital to me to have something to listen to. This series will discuss and review the different podcasts I listen to or have listened to. In a previous blog post I spoke about the why and how I listen to podcasts, now we look at the actual podcasts I listen to.
This week’s podcast is This Week in Google.
Leo Laporte, Gina Trapani, Jeff Jarvis and their guests talk about the latest Google and cloud computing news.
I have already mentioned in this series, This Week in Tech and MacBreak Weekly which come from the TWiT stable of podcasts. Whereas This Week in Tech covers the general tech news, MacBreak Weekly covers Apple, what you get with This Week in Google is, well you would think it would be Google, but it’s a lot more than just Google, it also covers the cloud, Facebook, Twitter and other social web services.
Though I listen to the audio version, it is also available as a video download too.
Initially the episodes did just cover the Googleplex, but soon it covered cloud computing in general. It also covers some general tech news, but with a slightly different slant due to the regular panel members.
There are three regulars on the show, Leo Laporte, Gina Trapani and Jeff Jarvis. They are all very different individuals with unique personalities. Together they work well covering the different viewpoints of the week’s news. They certainly speak their opinions and are critical of both the US and European governments in their “treatment” of the internet. The podcast can be somewhat geeky in nature, but this is not a criticism, more one of the things I like about it.
Some people I know will probably listen to a recent episode and might not enjoy it. As with many podcasts you need to listen for a few weeks to get a feel for it, as a single episode may not be a true reflection of what the podcast is like. For me a podcast is more than a single episode as in a one off radio style show, it is the series of shows that really make a podcast. The growing relationship between the presenters and the listener over time is for what makes you want to subscribe to a podcast and listen on a regular basis.