6 podcasts that makes me smarter (and happier)
I love podcasts. It's the perfect way to survive the subway to work, a long walk or maybe when you have to do boring things at work. So, here are some of my favorites! (And I'm always interested in finding new ones.)
This American Life
You simply can not make a list of great podcasts and fail to include This American Life. Every episode starts with Ira Glass and an introduction to the theme of todays show. Then follows different stories on that theme. It's pretty much always awesome.
- Recommended episodes: What happened At Dos Erres, So Crazy It Just Might Work.
- Also note: You should also download their own app, for access to all of their content.
Stuff To Blow Your Mind
On Stuff To Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie talks about different subjects that, well, pretty much blow your mind. They manage to make science both easy to understand and entertaining to listen to.
- Recommended episodes: Newton: The Chuck Norris Of Science, The Bystander Effect And You.
- Also note: HowStuffWorks has more awesome podcasts, such as Stuff Mom Never Told You.
For everyone working as a project manager, the Manager Tools podcast provides some good tips and tricks, in a way that makes it easy to digest.
- Recommended episodes: The Basics is a good start.
- Also note: They have listed a bunch of usable forms here (that has been mentioned in the podcast).
Planet Money is the podcast for all the people who thought they weren't interested in economy. News flash: You are. You just haven't listened to this podcast yet.
- Recommended episodes: The Secret Document That Transformed China, Europe Turns On The Bat Signal.
- Also note: The blog is also worth following.
Communication Research Center
Not sure if they still update this podcast, but the archive is well worth your time. This is a podcast from Communication Research Center in Boston, where they publish some of the lectures from classes. A lot of them is really good, even though the sound is not always the best.
- Recommended episodes: Steve Lacy - Digital journalism: Framing transformation and understanding impact, Denis Wu – Journalism + public relations ≈ News media of Taiwan.
- Also note: Most of the speakers have published books, articles and studies that could be worth looking into.
HBR IdeaCast is a weekly podcast from Harvard Business Review, with interviews with a lot of really interesting people.
- Recommended episodes:Whole Foods' John Mackey on Capitalism's Moral Code, Unilever's CEO on Making Responsible Business Work.
- Also note: There are transcripts for each episode, if you want to find a paragraph later.