I love podcasts. I don’t have a clever opening line to hook you or something to make you laugh. I genuinely love podcasts. My music intake has plummeted with the rise of my use of podcasts. I first started listening to podcasts during the summer of 2008 whilst doing landscaping with my main man Mathew. Ever since, I try to almost always be listening to someone smarter than me try to teach me something or tell me a story. You’re never alone with podcasts; at least that’s what I tell myself.
Why listen? Well do you like to learn, be entertained, scared or enlightened? There has been a massive explosion of podcasts available to the masses lately which is one reason for this post. What is a podcast? Basically radio on demand covering any subject you can think of. Have a long commute or want to listen to something to help you fall asleep? There’s a podcast for that. Need something to distract you at the gym or something to listen to while your boyfriend talks about his new cute secretary? We’ve got you covered.
The new hottest podcast right now is called S-Town. From the creators of Serial and This American Life, they dive deep in a sort of murder/detective kind of vibe. So hot right now.
My personal favourite is If I Were You. I try to listen to each new episode as soon as I get the chance or save a few for a long flight. Readers email in with questions and hilarity ensues. Teacher Bert approved.
Start listening at 2:40.
They also have their own podcast network so if for some reason you don’t like them, you will find something in their network no doubt.
Waking Up podcast with Sam Harris. A hundred times smarter than the majority of the people on planet Earth. He talks and interviews with people about religion, philosophy, Islam, technology, politics and more. If you want to learn from someone who knows what’s up, check him out.
The Bills Simmons podcast is a must for people who love sports and pop culture. Loves the Patriots and Red Sox which can get annoying but tremendous guests and he’s quite knowledgeable.
Freakonomics. Discover the hidden side of everything. From the Freakonomics books, takes economics and applies it to everyday problems.
The Tim Ferris Show. Probably the most useful, actionable content. He’s a multimillionaire who excels at life and he interviews the most successful and good at life people on the planet. Need to check out at least two episodes. Deep dives so give yourself some time.
Ross Tucker Football podcast for those NFL lovers. He’s an ex-player who has great insight and weekly guests. Overall seems like a stand-up guy.
Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin. Alec Baldwin is all you need to know. Just listen.
The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Interesting take on sports and on life. Might be the best radio host in America.
Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell. The man behind The Tipping Point and Outliers is using his unique mind to blow yours away.
Notable mentions go to Hardcore History by Dan Carlin, Entrepreneur On Fire, Missing Richard Simmons is supposed to be entertaining and How I Built This.
Here is a link to some kid friendly podcasts if that is your current life situation:
Check out a few of mine or go head first into something you find enjoyable but at least try one then when you hear people talking about podcasts at the local watering hole, you can give your 2 cents.
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