I love programming/sysadmin case studies, I love women's perspectives, and I'm swinging back into listening to podcasts. Help me find more of what I love?
Christie Koehler recently started co-hosting the In Beta
podcast, which discusses technology (focusing more on building and maintaining and using software and hardware, especially open source, and less on moneymaking). I especially got a lot out of last week's episode
, in which she described how her WordPress site got taken down by a big burst of traffic, and what specific steps she took to bring it back up, and what lessons she's learned for the future. I learned about how WordPress works and I now finally understand what "swap" is, which makes me really happy.
Does anyone have recommendations for more podcasts -- series or episodes -- in which women narrate these kinds of technical case studies from their own experiences? I especially enjoy "here's how we recovered from a disaster" stories and "here's how we designed this thing, and why and how we made certain choices" stories. For example, Laura Thomson's "Dumps, disks, and disasters: a detective story"
and "How Not to Release Software"
presentation are examples of the former, and the Architecture of Open Source Applications
books are sort of the textual form of the latter. Basically, I want podcasts by, or interviewing, the people who make things, preferably open source things, and I want many of them to be women.
(I'm also fine with mixed-gender groups, or podcasts with diversity via rotating guests; I just get tired of "all cis men, all the time!" podcasts.)
I don't want podcasts on "what Microsoft/Facebook/Google did this week," "how to IPO," "what's new in iOS 10," and similar. And I don't just want intro-to-women-in-tech stuff about What's The Deal With Sexism In Tech? (I liked how the Motherboard podcast
interviewed Máirín Duffy about her work and
her motherhood; looking forward to the next episode of that.)
Slightly related: history of technology is fun too (I will be adding more Engines of Our Ingenuity
and 99% Invisible
to my rotation as well, even though they're hosted by men, plus possibly TechStuff from HowStuffWorks
), and I am sort of interested in Linux tips/culture podcasts (so I may try The JaK Attack
, DistroWatch Weekly
, Free as in Freedom
, and Sunday Morning Linux Review
, which all (I think) have women). But it seems like those niches are filled, and the "stories told by the people who made/fixed the things" niche isn't.
I followed links from some previous questions and found some stuff to investigate:
Do you have any recommendations?