18 Hand-Picked JavaScript Podcasts in 2021

Hacker News, Twitter, Reddit, Stack Overflow, newsletters, Twitch streams, YouTube, meetups... 🤯 Trying to keep up with web dev can be exhausting!

Still, this fast-paced industry makes it essential to do so especially when it comes to JavaScript.

Granted, spending all day (and/or night) in front of a screen sometimes calls for a break. But stepping away from your computer doesn’t mean you can’t keep learning.

It’s 2021, and top-notch podcasts are always a few taps or a shout to your voice assistant away!

The medium has probably reached a peak mainstream appeal, thus multiplying listening options in the last few years. Even Barack Obama launched his own podcast, and a production company.

Plus, their audio format lets you optimize time spent exercising, commuting, or cleaning up.

Now the tricky part is, you guessed it, finding the right ones.

This article was first published in 2020, and the good news is that I made a brand new curated list of the best JavaScript podcasts for 2021.

Not much has changed since last year, except maybe that Spotify is arguably becoming the biggest player in the podcasting world.

So, I discarded all of the dead or sunsetted ones, then hand-picked and sorted through the rest.

The result? A fresh list of JavaScript-related podcasts you’ll draw value from.

Let’s get to it.

How these JavaScript podcasts were selected

You’ll find all our best JavaScript podcasts for 2021 below. But first, here's how I built this list.

Podcast selection criteria

  • Podcast must be still running (at least one new episode in 2021)—no dead or sunsetted shows.

  • Podcast doesn’t have to be strictly JS-related but should cover JavaScript regularly.

  • Podcast must have social proof (Google/ Apple Podcasts rankings, featured in publications, personally recommended by seasoned developers).

List methodology

  • Ratings and stars are fetched from Apple Podcasts directly.

  • Description is fetched either from Apple Podcasts or the official site.

  • Featured episode must talk about JavaScript and be relevant to web development.

  • Podcast platforms linked to, when available, are Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.

Contribution: The more, the merrier! We are happy to take requests to add new relevant shows or podcast platforms. Just add a comment below.

JavaScript podcasts for web developers

Note: podcasts are listed based on ratings.

  • Full Stack Radio - 5.0 • 30 ratings

    A podcast for developers interested in building great software products. Every episode, Adam Wathan is joined by a guest to talk about everything from product design and user experience to unit testing and system administration.

  • Front End Happy Hour - 5.0 • 20 ratings

    A podcast featuring panelists of engineers from Netflix, Twitch, & Atlassian talking over drinks about all things Front End development.

  • Ladybug Podcast - 5.0 • 16 ratings

    We're Emma Bostian, Sidney Buckner, Kelly Vaughn, and Ali Spittel - four seasoned software developers working in different sectors. Since there's a major lack of technical podcasts out there, we've decided to start one. Just kidding -- there's already a ton! But, we wanted to add our voices to the space and share our experiences and advice. We'll have great discussions around how to start coding, the hot technologies right now, how to get your first developer job, and more!

  • HTTP203 - 5.0 • 1 rating

    Surma and Jake talk about whatever's going on in the world of web development.

  • Purrfect.dev - 5.0 • 1 rating

    Purrfect.dev is a development podcast made by developers for developers. Learning how to be a developer is hard, Purrfect.dev will show you how to grow as a developer bit by bit.

  • That's my JAMstac‪k - 5.0 • 1 rating

    That's My JAMstack! is an interview podcast outlining various developers' methods of utilizing the JAMstack

  • The Vanilla JS Podcast - 5.0 • 1 rating

    A show about JavaScript for people who hate the complexity of modern front‑end web development.

  • ShopTalk - 4.9 • 478 ratings

    A live podcast about front end web design and UX.

  • Web Rush - 4.9 • 37 ratings

    Dive into JavaScript and Web development stories with hosts John Papa, Ward Bell, Craig Shoemaker, and Dan Wahlin. A weekly podcast where we tackle the challenges facing Web developers today and invite expert guests on the show to share their experience solving concrete problems while building real Web applications. Listen for practical insights and honest talk about the topics you are facing today, with Web Rush. Sponsored by AG Grid and Nrwl.io

  • iteration - 4.9 • 15 ratings

    A podcast about development and design. We do our best to be code-agnostic but we talk a lot about Rails, JavaScript, React, React Native, design, business and startups.

  • JavaScript Jabber - 4.9 • 7 ratings

    Weekly podcast discussion about Javascript on the front and back ends. Also discuss programming practices, coding environments, and the communities related to the technology.

  • Syntax - Tasty Web Development Treats - 4.8 • 107 ratings

    Full Stack Developers Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski dive deep into web development topics, explaining how they work and talking about their own experiences. They cover from JavaScript frameworks like React, to the latest advancements in CSS to simplifying web tooling.

  • Jamstack Radio - 4.8 • 13 ratings

    A show all about the JAMstack, a new way to build fast & secure apps or websites.

  • CodeNewbie - 4.5 • 27 ratings

    Stories and interviews from people on their coding journey.

  • JS Party: JavaScript & Web Dev - 4.5 • 6 ratings

    Your weekly celebration of JavaScript and the web. This show records LIVE on Thursdays at 1pm US/Eastern time. Panelists include Jerod Santo, Feross Aboukhadijeh, Kevin Ball, Emma Bostian, Nick Nisi, Divya Sasidharan, Mikeal Rogers, Chris Hiller, and Amal Hussein. Topics discussed include the web platform (Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, Brave, etc), front-end frameworks (React, Ember, Angular, Vue, etc), Node.js, web animation, SVG, robotics, IoT, and much more. If JavaScript and/or the web touch your life, this show’s for you. Some people search for JSParty and can't find the show, so now the string JSParty is in our description.

  • Software Engineering Dail‪y - 4.5 • 2 ratings

    Technical interviews about software topics.

    *Note: Currated list of JavaScript related episodes n Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts

  • Modern Web - • No rating

    Modern Web is a podcast that covers the latest news on topics such as EmberJS, ReactJS, AngularJS, ES2015, RxJS, Functional Reactive Programming, and more.

  • JavaScript Talks - • No rating

    JavaScript Talks / Conferences as Podcasts


Framework specific podcasts

  • React Round Up - 5.0 • 6 ratings

    A weekly discussion among React developers

  • Views on Vue - 4.8 • 23 ratings

    A weekly discussion among Vue developers about Vue and it's ecosystem.

  • The Official Vue New‪s‬ - 4.0 • 4 ratings

    We cover the latest Vue news and tutorials in about 5 minutes. Our goal is to give you the information you need to stay on top of your game as a Vue developer.

Honorable mentions

Let's finish this list with a few honorable mentions.

  • The first one has not been active since September 2020 (and probably sunsetted). Hence it didn't make the list, but it's still valuable.

    My JavaScript Story - • No rating

    A weekly exploration into the people who make JavaScript what it is.

  • The second one is a new show from 2021. Might be too early to say it makes the cut as one of the best JavaScript podcast, but it's still worthy of a listen.

    JavaScript Jam - • No rating

    Ishan Anand and Mark Brocato host JavaScript Jam, a podcast for frontend and full-stack developers. Tune in for conversations about site speed, web performance, Jamstack and the future of the Web.

  • The last one on this mention list is a podcast from the Stack Overflow team. Not focused on Javascript, but it's a great resource for everything dev-oriented.

    The Stack Overflow Podcast - 5.0 • 1 rating

    The Stack Overflow podcast is a weekly conversation about working in software development, learning to code, and the art and culture of computer programming. Hosted by Sara Chipps, Paul Ford, and Ben Popper, the series will feature questions from our community, interviews with fascinating guests, and hot takes on what’s happening in tech.

Closing thoughts

I hope you find both value and entertainment in the JavaScript podcasts listed above.

Maybe it will even make your next commute (with this world pandemic, probably from your desk to your kitchen) more enjoyable and educative.

Oh, and if you’re new to the JavaScript world, I highly recommend you check out the following posts:

JavaScript Beginner? Start Here (Exercises Included)

Reasons Why JavaScript is Omnipresent in Modern Development

You SHOULD Learn Vanilla JavaScript Before JS Frameworks

Open source list of resources to learn vanilla JavaScript - GitHub

Happy listening/reading/coding! ✌️

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About the author

François Lanthier Nadeau
CEO, Snipcart

Francois has worked in SaaS & digital marketing for over 7 years. He’s been published on Indie Hackers, The Startup, freeCodeCamp, Baremetrics, Wishpond, and Growth.org—among others. He’s spoken at 13+ startup and web development conferences in Canada, U.S.A., and Europe. He's been a vocal bootstrapping and Jamstack proponent for years.

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