If your New Year’s resolution for 2017 involves spending less time staring at Facebook and more time expanding your mind, listening to a few podcasts is a good place to start. It’s not hard to keep it local — Austin’s got a fair share of solid shows produced within its city limits, but you have to know where to look.
Here are ten great Austin podcasts currently producing episodes to get you started on your listening journey — and if you don’t see one you like, it’s never been easier to start your own, find some guests or become a guest, and carve out a space in the local media landscape.
Produced semi-weekly by the Austin American-Statesman, this local podcast hosted by tech journalist Omar L. Gallaga and writer Tolly Moseley covers everything from the history of Austin’s counterculture to local music acts, cooking, and film.
Also produced by KUT, this show’s focus is food — not just eating, but the distribution, production, and history of what we eat. Past ingredients: Quinoa, sugar, and….Jesus?
Hosted by Studio Neat cofounders Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost, this podcast primarily covers product design and entrepreneurship in the digital era.
An investigation of television shows that only lasted for one season or less, hosted by local comedian Chris Cubas. If you’ve ever longed for episode-by-episode analysis of short-lived teen drama My So-Called Life, today’s your lucky day.
Produced by the Austin Film Festival, On Story covers the creative process of filmmakers and the nitty gritty of the movie industry, featuring interviews with directors and screenwriters from inside the business. Previous guests on the show include Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz and Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace.
Basically, all you need to know is right there in the name. Each week, the history department of the University of Texas brings your ears a brief discussion of topics in global and national history, sponsored by Hemispheres, the university’s international outreach program, and Not Even Past, the blog of the history department.