5 Python Podcasts to Listen To

As most of us settle into the new normality of “shelter in place”, it can be a challenge to keep yourself entertained while quarantined at home.  Podcasts are a great medium of entertainment during these unprecedented times, and many categories have seen a recent uptick in listeners worldwide. People are turning to podcasts to de-stress and gain insights into new topics and conversations, and there are several Python and developer-oriented shows to help keep you informed on the latest programming news.

The Python community hosts a wealth of helpful resources for both newcomers and experts, and the open source knowledge base is constantly expanding. “Great software is supported by great people, and Python is no exception” — in particular, the community produces several podcasts that will give you something new to tune into each week, along with a significant backlog of past episodes to binge.

We’ve rounded up a list of regularly updated podcasts spanning an array of topics, from Python updates and tips to anecdotes from industry professionals.

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“Since its beginning in March of 2014 Podcast.__init__ has brought you stories of the people that make the Python community great. Every week a new episode provides useful and informative insights into the projects, platforms, and practices that engineers, business leaders, and data scientists need to know about to learn and grow in their career.”

Podcast.__init__takes a deep dive into the details of technical implementations and edge cases of real-world scenarios, so you can learn how actual organizations solved problems. A wide range of topics ensures you can always learn something new, including episodes discussing DevOps, web application development, scientific research, open source sustainability, machine learning, and more.

Recent episode: Managing Distributed Teams In The Age Of Remote Work

More of us are working remotely than ever before, many with no prior experience with a remote work environment. In this episode Quinn Slack discusses his thoughts and experience of running Sourcegraph as a fully distributed company.

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The Real Python Podcast

“A weekly Python podcast hosted by Christopher Bailey with interviews, coding tips, and conversation with guests from the Python community.

The show covers a wide range of topics including Python programming best practices, career tips, and related software development topics.”

A newer podcast by Real Python that started this year, every week features different guests from the Python community to discuss a variety of subjects. Each episode also has a handy list of timestamps so you can skip ahead to what is most relevant to you.

Recent episode: Docker + Python for Data Science and Machine Learning

Docker is a common tool for Python developers creating and deploying applications, but what do you need to know if you want to use Docker for data science and machine learning

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Talk Python to Me

“Talk Python to Me is a weekly podcast hosted by Michael Kennedy. The show covers a wide array of Python topics as well as many related topics (e.g. MongoDB, AngularJS, DevOps). Our goal is to bring you the human story behind the Python packages and frameworks you know and love.”

Each episode features a casual 45-minute conversation with industry professionals and highlights the vastness and diversity of the Python community. The conversational style is easily accessible to all listeners, whether you’re just getting started with programming or an experienced developer.

Recent episode: Talking to cars with Python

Modern cars have become mobile computer systems with many small computers running millions of lines of code. On this episode, we plug a little Python into those data streams.

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Python Bytes

“Python Bytes podcast delivers headlines directly to your earbuds. If you want to stay up on the Python developer news but don’t have time to scour reddit, twitter, and other news sources, just subscribe and you’ll get the best picks delivered weekly.”

A counterpart to the long-form interviews of many tech podcasts, Python Bytes provides a quick rundown of news in the Python community each week, so you can stay up to date on the go. Check out the show notes for each episode for an even more concise summary of headlines and helpful links to new updates.

Recent episode: Coding is 90% Google searching or is it?

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What the Dev?

“What the Dev? is a podcast by the SD Times editorial team. We cover the biggest and newest topics in software and technology.”

If you’re short on time, What the Dev features quick, 10-20 minute episodes interviewing various industry thought leaders and experts. Get commentary on current trends as they emerge, such as the latest on VR/AR technology and machine learning.

Recent episode: Making the move from Python 2 to Python 3

As Python 2 reaches its end of life, we talk to Jeff Rouse, vice president of product at ActiveState about what this means for organizations and how they can successfully move to Python 3.


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Katie Chang