The field of philosophy is blessed to have so many exceedingly good podcasts available to choose from. Some are short bite-sized chunks while others go moderately in-depth on philosophical topics. For serious users, there are even a few excellent full course podcasts available on iTunes University; listening to such a series takes many, many hours, but it can be well worth the time investment if you’re fully interested in the topic.
Short-form philosophy podcasts:
- Philosophy Bites (itunes, blog): 15-20 minute weekly interviews of philosophers on philosophical topics by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. Highly recommended.
- The 10-Minute Puzzle (site): 10 minute sporadic introductory discussions on philosophical puzzles by Federico Luzzi and Aidan McGlynn. Highly recommended.
- Ethics Bites (itunes, site): 15-20 minute sporadic interviews of philosophers on ethical dilemmas by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. Highly recommended.
- Morality in the Real World (itunes, site): 20 minute sporadic episodes on desirism by Alonzo Fyfe and Luke Muehlhauser. Shows the thinking process of specifically explicating a theory over time, making changes along the way. (Note that desirism is not a theory I subscribe to.)
- The Big Ideas (itunes): 10 minute sporadic mini-introductions on the main ideas in philosophy.
Medium-length philosophy podcasts:
- The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps (itunes, blog): 20-30 minute weekly discussions on the history of philosophy by Peter Adamson. Highly recommended.
- Elucidations (itunes, site): 25-45 minute weekly interviews of philosophers on philosophical topics by Matt Teichman and Mark Hopwood.
- The Moral Maze (itunes, site): 45 minute weekly heated debates on practical moral issues by non-philosophers.
- The Philosopher’s Zone (itunes, site): 25 minute weekly discussions on philosophical topics by the late Alan Saunders. (A replacement host has not yet been chosen; episodes resume in 2013.)
- The Public Philosopher (itunes, site): 45 minute sporadic talks by Michael Sandel. Includes a lot of audience participation.
- Minerva (itunes, site): 30 minute monthly episodes on major philosophical topics.
Long-form philosophy podcasts:
- The Partially Examined Life (itunes, blog/forum): 2 hour weekly discussions on philosophical readings aimed at a moderately informed audience. Their forum includes reading groups where listeners can discuss topics more in-depth, which is perhaps the most awesome thing ever. Highly recommended.
- Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life (itunes, site): 1 hour bi-weekly interviews on philosophical topics with Jack Russell Weinstein. The host is very good at asking great questions of guests that cut to the heart of philosophical positions. Highly recommended.
- Philosophy Talk (site/forum): 1 hour weekly discussion on philosophical topics with a call-in audience. Their podcast feed goes through iAmplify, which is terribly confusing and irritating, but each week’s episodes are free to download if you can figure it out. Be aware that past episodes are not freely available, making this show impossible to use with philosophy discussion groups.
- New Books in Philosophy (itunes): 1 hour biweekly interviews with authors about their newly published books on philosophy. These are easily the most dense of all podcasts listed here, as they go fairly in-depth on specific topics — but every episode is accessible to a moderately well-informed philosophical audience. Unfortunately, the audio quality is not ideal.
- Philosophy Now (itunes, site): 1 hour sporadic interviews on philosophical topics.
- Such That Cast (itunes, site): 1 hour monthly interviews with philosophers. Does not focus on specific philosophical problems, but just consists of a freeform conversation between the interviewer and interviewee. This sounds terrible, but is actually really good.
The above is taken from my recent blog entry on my favorite podcasts. […] I’m hopeful that this admittedly subjective list of the best philosophy podcasts will be useful to some of you. While I personally subscribe to and listen to every episode of each of the above, your personal experience might vary. In any case, feel free to point out any philosophy podcasts I’ve neglected to mention in the comments.
Edit: Commenters have rightly brought up a few additional podcasts:
- In Our Time: Philosophy (itunes, site): I completely neglected this podcast in my original list, although I’m subscribed to their main feed. I apologize for forgetting to list it, but I had categorized In Our Time as a history podcast, not a philosophy one. I do highly recommend this. (Thanks to samiiRedditBot for noticing this omission.)
- The Thirst (itunes, site): I have yet to listen to one of these episodes, but MaceFraser & BottleCap42 in the comments both vouch for this as a good philosophy podcast.
- Public Ethics Radio (itunes, site): Another podcast I’ve yet to listen to. Theobold in the comments vouches for it.