The Real Python Podcast

The Real Python Podcast

Python Tips, Interviews, and More

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.

Join us every Friday morning to hear what’s new in the world of Python programming and become a more effective Pythonista.

What Listeners Are Saying

“Thanks for starting this channel! Loving Real Python for its courses, articles and exercises. I was looking for something to listen to, to hear some experiences, and keep updated and this is perfect for this. A baby Python from France!” (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Lamia (via Apple Podcasts)

“Hello Christopher and Real Python Podcast team,

I’ve quickly become a regular listener of your podcast, and just wanted to drop you a quick email and say how glad I am that you’ve launched this podcast, and how much I appreciate your episodes.

Like you, I’m relatively new to Python. I’ve recently begun using it regularly at work, so the topics and the libraries you highlight have been extremely helpful to me.

A perfect example is your recent episode on Python packaging. This is something veterans are probably all familiar with, but there are a lot of confusing examples out there. I was able to listen to your episode, head over to the tutorial you were talking about, and create my first Python package, which I then shared with several other non-profits.

That’s just one of many examples. But I wanted you to know that your efforts are very helpful, and very much appreciated.

Thanks and keep up the great work!”

Bryan Hermsen (via email)

“Good interview and great job with the podcast! It is amazing how good this podcast is in such a short time. The timecodes and copious show notes and links really set it apart. Keep up the good work!”

@DrewEcherd (via Twitter)

“The Real Python Podcast is amazing! Don’t change a thing.” (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Farlearner (via Apple Podcasts)

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Episode 37: Teaching Python and Finding Resources for Students

Nov 27, 2020 49m

One of the best ways to learn something well is to teach it. This week on the show, we have Kelly Schuster-Paredes and Sean Tibor from the Teaching Python podcast. Sean and Kelly teach middle school students Python and share their art and science of teaching Python on their podcast. They wanted to come on the show to talk about the Real Python articles, quizzes, and other resources they use when teaching their students.

Episode 36: Sentiment Analysis, Fourier Transforms, and More Python Data Science

Nov 20, 2020 57m

Are you interested in learning more about Natural Language Processing? Have you heard of sentiment analysis? This week on the show, Kyle Stratis returns to talk about his new article titled, Use Sentiment Analysis With Python to Classify Movie Reviews. David Amos is also here, and all of us cover another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects.

Episode 35: Security and Authorization in Your Python Web Applications

Nov 13, 2020 51m

So you built a web application in Python. Now how are you going to authorize users? Security goes beyond authentication. Who gets to do what, where, and when? This week on the show, we have Sam Scott, chief technology officer from Oso. Oso is an open-source policy engine for authorization that you embed in your application.

Episode 34: The Python Modulo Operator & Managing Data With SQLite and SQLAlchemy

Nov 06, 2020 52m

Are you ready to move beyond flat files for your data in Python? Maybe you're not sure where to start with databases and SQL. This week on the show, David Amos returns with another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We cover a Real Python article about managing data with SQLite and SQLAlchemy.

Episode 33: Going Beyond the Basic Stuff With Python and Al Sweigart

Oct 30, 2020 1h 27m

You probably have heard of the bestselling Python book, "Automate the Boring Stuff with Python." What are the next steps after starting to dabble in the Python basics? Maybe you've completed some tutorials, created a few scripts, and automated repetitive tasks in your life. This week on the show, we have author Al Sweigart to talk about his new book, "Beyond the Basic Stuff with Python: Best Practices for Writing Clean Code."

Episode 32: Our New "Python Basics" Book & Filling the Gaps in Your Learning Path

Oct 23, 2020 50m

Do you have gaps in your Python learning path? If you're like me, you may have followed a completely random route to learn Python. This week on the show, David Amos is here to talk about the release of the Real Python book, "Python Basics: A Practical Introduction to Python 3". The book is designed not only to get beginners up to speed but also to help fill in the gaps many intermediate learners may still have.

Episode 31: Python Return Statement Best Practices and Working With the map() Function

Oct 16, 2020 46m

The Python return statement is such a fundamental part of writing functions. Is it possible you missed some best practices when writing your own return statements? This week on the show, David Amos returns with another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We also talk functional programming again with an article on the Python map function and processing iterables without a loop.

Episode 30: Exploring the New Features of Python 3.9

Oct 09, 2020 1h 14m

Python 3.9 has arrived! This week on the show, former guest and Real Python author Geir Arne Hjelle returns to talk about his recent article, "Python 3.9: Cool New Features for You to Try". Also joining the conversation is Real Python video course instructor and author Christopher Trudeau. Christopher has created a video course, which was released this week also, based on Geir Arne's article. We talk about time zones, merging dictionaries, the new parser, type hints, and more.

Episode 29: Resolving Package Dependencies With the New Version of Pip

Oct 02, 2020 1h 9m

If you use Python, then you probably have used pip to install additional packages from the Python package index. Part of the magic behind pip is the dependency resolver, and there is a new version of it in the latest version of pip. This week on the show, we have Sumana Harihareswara and Georgia Bullen, who have been working on the recent releases of pip. Sumana is the project manager for pip, and Georgia has been working on pip's user experience (UX).

Episode 28: Using Pylance to Write Better Python Inside of Visual Studio Code

Sep 25, 2020 50m

A big decision a developer has to make is what tool to use to write code? Would you like an editor that understands Python, and is there to help with suggestions, definitions, and analysis of your code? For many developers, its the free tool, Visual Studio Code. This week on the show, we have Savannah Ostrowski, program manager for the Python Language Server and Python in Visual Studio. We discuss Pylance, a new language server with fast, feature-rich language support for Python in VS Code.

Episode 27: Preparing for an Interview With Python Practice Problems

Sep 18, 2020 47m

What is an effective way to prepare for a Python interview? Would you like a set of problems that increase in difficulty to practice and hone your Python skills? This week on the show, we have Jim Anderson to talk about his new Real Python article, "Python Practice Problems: Get Ready for Your Next Interview." This article provides several problems, which include skeleton code, unit tests, and solutions for you to compare your work.

Episode 26: 5 Years Podcasting Python with Michael Kennedy: Growth, GIL, Async, and More

Sep 11, 2020 1h 27m

Why is Python pulling in so many new programmers? Maybe some of that growth is from Python being a full-spectrum language. This week on the show we have Michael Kennedy, the host of the podcast "Talk Python to Me". Michael reflects on five years of podcasting about Python, and many of the changes he has seen in the Python landscape.

Episode 25: Data Version Control in Python and Real Python Video Transcripts

Sep 04, 2020 1h

Wouldn't it be nice to a use a form of version control for data? Something that would allow you to track and version your datasets and models. Well, that's what the tool called DVC is designed to do. This week on the show, David Amos is here and he's brought another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects.

Episode 24: Options for Packaging Your Python Application: Wheels, Docker, and More

Aug 28, 2020 1h 14m

Have you wondered, how should I package my Python code? You've written the application, but now you need to distribute it to the machines it's intended to run on. It depends on what the code is, the libraries it depends on, and with whom do you want to share it. This week on the show we have Itamar Turner-Trauring, creator of the website We discuss his article "Options for Packaging Your Python Code: Wheels, Conda, Docker, and More," covering the how of sharing your code.

Episode 23: Python Wheels and Pass by Reference in Python

Aug 21, 2020 1h 4m

Have you wondered what are Python wheels? How are they used to package Python code? Does Python use pass by value or pass by reference? This week on the show, David Amos is here to help answer these questions, and he has brought another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects.

Episode 22: Create Cross-Platform Python GUI Apps With BeeWare

Aug 14, 2020 1h 23m

Do you want to distribute your Python applications to other users who don't have or even use Python? Maybe you're interested in seeing your Python application run on iOS or Android mobile devices. This week on the show we have Russell Keith-Magee, the founder and maintainer of the BeeWare project. Russell talks about Briefcase, a tool that converts a Python application into native installers on macOS, Windows, Linux, and mobile devices.

Episode 21: Exploring K-means Clustering and Building a Gradebook With Pandas

Aug 07, 2020 1h 1m

Do you want to learn the how and when of implementing K-means clustering in Python? Would you like to practice your pandas skills with a real-world project? This week on the show, David Amos is back with another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects.

Episode 20: Building PDFs in Python with ReportLab

Jul 31, 2020 53m

Have you wanted to generate advanced reports as PDFs using Python? Maybe you want to build documents with tables, images, or fillable forms. This week on the show we have Mike Driscoll to talk about his book "ReportLab - PDF Processing with Python."

Episode 19: Advanced Python Import Techniques and Managing Users in Django

Jul 24, 2020 51m

Would you like to clearly understand what's happening when you use the Python import keyword? Do you want to use modules more effectively to structure your code? Or maybe you're ready to move to the next level with your Django project by adding user management. This week on the show, David Amos is back with another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.

Episode 18: Ten Years of Flask: Conversation With Creator Armin Ronacher

Jul 17, 2020 1h 17m

This week on the show we have Armin Ronacher to talk about the first 10 years of Flask. Armin talks about the origins of Flask and the components that make up the framework. He talks about what goes into documenting a framework or API. He also talks about the community working on the ongoing development of Flask.

Episode 17: Linear Programming, PySimpleGUI, and More

Jul 10, 2020 49m

Are you familiar with linear programming, and how it can be used to solve resource optimization problems? Would you like to free your Python code from a clunky command line and start making convenient graphical interfaces for your users? This week on the show, David Amos is back with another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.

Episode 16: Thinking in Pandas: Python Data Analysis the Right Way

Jul 03, 2020 1h 2m

Are you using the Python library Pandas the right way? Do you wonder about getting better performance, or how to optimize your data for analysis? What does normalization mean? This week on the show we have Hannah Stepanek to discuss her new book "Thinking in Pandas".

Episode 15: Python Regular Expressions, Views vs Copies in Pandas, and More

Jun 26, 2020 44m

Have you wanted to learn Regular Expressions in Python, but don't know where to start? Have you stumbled into the dreaded pink SettingWithCopyWarning in Pandas? This week on the show, we have David Amos from the Real Python team to discuss a recent two-part series on Regex in Python. We also talk about another recent article on the site about views vs copies in Pandas. David also brings a few other articles and projects from the wider Python community for us to discuss.

Episode 14: Going Serverless with Python

Jun 19, 2020 54m

Would you like to run your Python code in the cloud without having to become an infrastructure engineer? Do you want to have Python functions that run when triggered by specific events? This week on the show we have Anthony Chu to discuss serverless computing and running python functions in the cloud. Anthony Chu is program manager for Microsoft's Azure Functions.

Episode 13: PDFs in Python and Projects on the Raspberry Pi

Jun 12, 2020 45m

Have you wanted to work with PDF files in Python? Maybe you want to extract text, merge and concatenate files, or even create PDFs from scratch. Are you interested in building hardware projects using a Raspberry Pi? This week on the show we have David Amos from the Real Python team to discuss his recent article on working with PDFs. David also brings a few other articles from the wider Python community for us to discuss.

Episode 12: Web Scraping in Python: Tools, Techniques, and Legality

Jun 05, 2020 50m

Do you want to get started with web scraping using Python? Are you concerned about the potential legal implications? What are the tools required and what are some of the best practices? This week on the show we have Kimberly Fessel to discuss her excellent tutorial created for PyCon 2020 online titled "It's Officially Legal so Let's Scrape the Web."

Episode 11: Advice on Getting Started With Testing in Python

May 29, 2020 58m

Have you wanted to get started with testing in Python? Maybe you feel a little nervous about diving in deeper than just confirming your code runs. What are the tools needed and what would be the next steps to level up your Python testing? This week on the show we have Anthony Shaw to discuss his article on this subject. Anthony is a member of the Real Python team and has written several articles for the site.

Episode 10: Python Job Hunting in a Pandemic

May 22, 2020 1h 19m

Do you know someone in the Python community who recently was let go from their job due to the pandemic? What does the job landscape currently look like? What are skills and techniques that will help you in your job search? This week we have Kyle Stratis on the show to discuss how he is managing his job search after just being let go from his data engineering job. Kyle is a member of the Real Python team and has written several articles for the site.

Episode 9: Leveling Up Your Python Literacy and Finding Python Projects to Study

May 15, 2020 1h 16m

In your quest to become a better developer, how do you find Python code that is at your reading level? What are good code bases or projects to study? What are the things holding you back from leveling up your Python literacy? This week we have Cecil Phillip on the show to discuss all of these common questions. Cecil is a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft.

Episode 8: Docker + Python for Data Science and Machine Learning

May 08, 2020 55m

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? What are the best practices if you want to start using containers for your scientific projects? This week we have Tania Allard on the show. She is a Sr. Developer Advocate at Microsoft focusing on Machine Learning, scientific computing, research and open source.

Episode 7: AsyncIO + Music, Origins of Black, and Managing Python Releases

May 01, 2020 1h 27m

Want to learn more about AsyncIO in Python, with an example where you can see and hear events being triggered in real-time? This week we have Łukasz Langa on the show. Łukasz has created a talk for PyCon 2020 online about using AsyncIO with Music.

Episode 6: Python REST APIs and The Well-Grounded Python Developer

Apr 24, 2020 54m

Are you interested in building REST APIs with Flask and SQLAlchemy? This week we have Doug Farrell on the show. We talk about his four-part Real Python article series on Python REST APIs.

Episode 5: Exploring CircuitPython

Apr 17, 2020 1h 3m

Have you ever wanted to explore using Python with electronics? CircuitPython is a great platform to get started with. This week we have Thea Flowers on the show. Thea has been creating several hardware projects based around CircuitPython, and she talks about getting started on the platform.

Episode 4: Learning Python Through Errors

Apr 10, 2020 1h 10m

Do you get upset and frustrated when you experience errors running your Python code? This week we have Martin Breuss on the show. We discuss how to learn Python *through* errors, and how errors really are your friends.

Episode 3: Effective Python and Python at Google Scale

Apr 03, 2020 42m

Have you been using Python for a while, but want to be more effective with your code? This week we have Brett Slatkin on the show. We talk about the 2nd edition of his book Effective Python.

Episode 2: Learn Python Skills While Creating Games

Mar 27, 2020 55m

Is game programming a good way to develop your Python programming skills? This week we have Jon Fincher on the show. Jon is an author on the Real Python team, and we talk about his recent articles on PyGame and Arcade.

Episode 1: Python Decorators and Writing for Real Python

Mar 20, 2020 50m

Do you want to learn more about Python decorators? Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to create a Real Python article? In this first episode, We have Geir Arne Hjelle from the Real Python team on the show.

Episode 0: About the Show

Mar 06, 2020 2m

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