Dan Walsh listening to a podcast

Ah, Summer. That time of year when our planet’s rotational axis is most inclined towards the sun. Yeah, whatever. It’s hot outside and the trains don’t work.

On the bright side, this is a time of year when the Tribe here at Valiant gets to slow the pace down a bit. You’ll find many of us doing more of what we love – working on personal tech projects, spending time at the beach, hiking trails, and enjoying everything New York City has to offer.

While we all have different ways to enjoy this time of year, the one thing that we all agree on is that a good podcast just makes everything better.

Here are some of our staff’s picks:

Cortex

https://www.relay.fm/cortex
Two guys discussing productivity, life, and a strange addiction to (and affliction from) Apple products. Hosted by @GCPGrey and @imyke.


Data Stories

http://datastori.es
A podcast on data visualization, @datastories recently celebrated their 100th episodes! This is definitely a go-to for anyone interested in data visualization, and their 100th episode is a great way to get in to what Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner cover every other week.


The Art of Manliness

http://www.artofmanliness.com/podcast
The Art of Manliness Podcast is a Top iTunes podcast that aims to help men become better men. Show topics cover social and professional skills, parenting, self defense and more. Looking to step your game up? This is a good place to start.


99% Invisible

http://99percentinvisible.org
99% Invisible is a weekly podcast about the miracle that is design. Roman Mars takes us on a journey of thoughtful, well considered design and its impact on the world around us.


Reply All

https://gimletmedia.com/reply-all
A podcast about the internet, trained rats, time travel, celebrity dogs, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers… or something like that. Reply All is part humor and part serious discussion, always upbeat, and fun to listen to.


Lore Podcast

http://www.lorepodcast.com
Folklore, explained. From the origin of the Pied Piper of Hamlin (a total mindblower, I will not spoil it, just listen), to japanese demons, Lore takes us deep into the murky, creepy waters of our bedtime stories.


The Tim Ferris Show

http://tim.blog/podcast
A podcast focused on deconstructing world-class performers — is often ranked #1 across all of iTunes (also selected for “Best of iTunes” three years running) and has exceeded 150,000,000 downloads.


Tech News Today

https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-today
Tech News Today explores the most important stories of the day in conversation with the world’s leading journalists live each weekday.


Hardcore History

http://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series
Whether he’s discussing history or current events, veteran journalist Dan Carlin brings his own unconventional approach to the subject matter. His Generation X, non-partisan, “neo-prudentist” outlook provides a fresh look at the headlines in the newspapers and the stories in the history books.


Responsive Web Design

https://responsivewebdesign.com/podcast
In each episode, hosts Karen McGrane and Ethan Marcotte interview that make responsive redesigns happen. Karen and Ethan are absolute authorities on the topic, and anyone interested in RWD needs to listen.


Doug Stanhope

http://www.dougstanhope.com/podcast
Hunter S Thompson died. Doug Stanhope took up the mantle of maniac party animal genius. too many cigarettes, cases of vodka, good friends and no children allowed, the world of Doug Stanhope is an incredible place. He’s a brilliant thinker, a talented writer, great on the microphone. Listen now before he dies of something unpleasant.


Daily Dose

https://thenextweb.com/dailydose
Don’t have time to give some of these podcasts a listen? No worries – Daily Dose is a breakdown of the hottest and latest tech news from the past 24 hours broken down into a five-minute podcast.


We hope you get the chance to relax a bit this Summer, and remember that you can save podcasts to your phone’s and mobile devices for later so you can learn and laugh when stuck on that (A, LIRR, NJ Transit, Amtrak – take your pick) train too.

Happy Summer folks!