I love podcasts. I listen to them on coach rides, on my walk to town, while I’m getting ready in the morning, while I’m cooking…just any time I have to myself, really. These podcasts are all free to subscribe and listen to, so you really cannot go wrong with them! They’re funny, they’re informative, they’re interesting, and they’re all topics you’re genuinely interested in. What better way to have more interesting but useless facts in your head? Like I always say, the more party tricks you have up your sleeve, the better!
I can’t stop listening to this one! It’s my go-to for podcasts. In this podcast, Guy Raz interviews creators of business empires (like Kate Spade, Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s, Airbnb, etc) and they tell their stories of how their business ventures came to be the big brands they are now. A common thread is that they all have so much grit and passion for their projects, so it’s really quite inspiring to listen to these stories. These podcasts run about an hour long, so great for long car or train rides, or for listening to while cooking.
Ted talks are just classic. The podcast is no different than the actual Ted talks – they’re just the audio recordings. And these ones are quick; they’re about 15 minutes long on average, so they’re perfect to listen to while getting ready in the morning. The inspiration and motivation you can draw from a lot of these Ted talks are a great way to start off the day. And ideally, you’d be learning one new thing every day!
This one is less of a conventionally ‘educational’ one, and more of an indulgent educational one. I love films and the film industry; specifically, I love learning about the stories about how films got made, what incidents happened on set during filming, why a director decided to make a particular film, etc. Josh Horowitz, the host of the podcast, sits down with directors and actors to talk about their films from their perspectives and they delve into some really cool back stories to some really cool films. These are about an hour in length.
This one is just straight-up non-educational/informative and for pure joy. This one is really fun to listen to! The premise is that people share their childhood diaries or journals and read them aloud to a live audience. The podcasts are the recordings of these nostalgic and cringey adventures, and they really make me laugh out loud. Some people were really weird as children, myself included – I don’t even want to know what awful, adolescent laments are in my childhood diaries! These podcasts are about 30 minutes in length.
Some notable podcasts on my list that I haven’t started listening to yet (and there are a lot of them) are:
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard (aka the husband of Kristen Bell/Princess Anna from Frozen)
The Bottom Line (this one’s amazing for commercial awareness)
Good Life Project (I’ve only listened to one so far and I wrote a blog about it, so I have a good feeling about this one)
I hope you get into podcasts as much as I am! It took me a while to be able to listen to the heavier, more informative ones, but it’s just like training yourself to listen to a lecturer, only you get to choose what you want to listen to!