I’ve recently been rediscovering podcasts. I’m particularly fond of the NodeUp podcast, but I also listen to podcasts about Rails, Clojure, and Scala. The Scala podcast is by far the most academic; taking a shot every time they say the word “type” makes for a pretty nice drinking game.
For example, the Scala world has two great web frameworks: Lift and Play. It would be nice to hear how they feel, not just about how type safe they are. Granted type safety is one of the main reasons I’m interested in Scala over node/ruby, but programming is about tradeoffs. Things like programmer productivity anecdotes are really worth something to new-comers and are a great fit for a discussion-centric medium like a podcast.
If Scala is going to become a mainstream language, there needs to be more discussion on these touchy-feely and practical subjects. If you know any, please let me know in the comments. Podcasts about Scala are really hard to find.