As a personal development and news junkie, I spend most of my travel/commute reading or listening to podcasts that cover topics like social issues, women entrepreneurs and their life advice, the meaning of life (is there one?) or simply catching up on the daily news. Either way, the following podcasts (and my commute) are essential in prepping for and decompressing from my day.
However, if you don’t have a commute or hardly travel, I’d recommend making time to listen to podcasts. Whether you’re interested in wine, marine biology, history, or how to unclutter your home, chances are there’s a podcast for that.
Below are my current go-to’s and I’m grateful you’re reading this. I hope you get something out of it.
From the economists that brought you the book series Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner host Freakonomics Radio and discuss a broad range of topics from everyday life problems to complex societal issues. They always host a couple – if not more – experts on the podcast including philanthropists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and sociologists to add their personal expertise to each topic.
As you can see from the podcast name, most of the subject matter covers ideas/issues with some sort of economic impact. I typically enjoy their more oddball episodes – like this one about the Demonization of Gluten.
Nasty Gal Ex-CEO, Sophia Amoruso, hit the ground running by launching the GirlBoss brand. A network of ambitious women entrepreneurs, creatives, marketers, developers, philanthropists, and people of the like create a community of savvy professionals. GirlBoss prides itself on redefining success for millennial women by providing the tools and connections they need to own their futures.
On GirlBoss Radio, Sophia hosts and interviews women in a broad range of industries, from fashion to technology, that break the mold and asks them hard-hitting questions to reveal the lessons learned along the way.
A new episode is available every Wednesday in the Apple store.
*Shout out to my coworker Anisha for this one* 😚
I recently discovered the NPR One app and holy shit. If you’re interested in getting your brief – or full – dose of the daily news, this is for you! With all of the mainstream media shoving garbage down our throats, it’s difficult for us to filter the clickbait and hone in on what we truly care about.
NPR One solves that problem and this what I love most about it: sign up for free and it customizes the content that plays for you. And, podcast clips are no more than seven minutes (from what I’ve noticed). So if you don’t have an hour to listen to an entire podcast, you can quickly select something and be done in under ten minutes. How awesome?
You can learn more and download it here.
Are you familiar with Sam Harris? Here’s a quick intro: Sam Harris is an American author, philosopher, neuroscientist, critic of religion, blogger, and podcast host. He discusses matters such as spirituality, morality, neuroscience, free will, and terrorism.
As you can tell, some of these topics are considered ~ controversial ~ yet it’s compelling to hear an atheist neuroscientist – who BTW experienced psychedelics – talk about these topics openly and freely. He converses with experts in these fields and gets their point of views and expertise. I believe in what he is doing so much so, that I am a monthly contributor ($1) to the podcast.
If you’re interested in anything from bio-tech to religion, Sam Harris does a great job at zeroing in and asking difficult questions to uncover the truth.
Catch a new episode every Thursday here.