I am forever trying to get my learn on, y'all. Like all. the. time. Even when I'm cleaning, working out, or driving, my gray matter is in download mode. But that doesn't mean I'm always about business.
A girl's gotta expand her mind past algorithms and social media reports, y'know?
So for me, listening to exceptional Podcasts is the Ultimate in life-enriching multi-tasking. I depend upon them to keep me well-rounded. Otherwise, I would be the super boring one at parties that can't talk about anything besides Facebook.
Here it is! The list of the podcasts that make me a better human. And by extension, a better business owner, too.
it quickly became one of my favorite podcasts ever - and not just because Glynn believes his stories are “best served with cocktails.”
Each episode centers around a compelling theme, like “Suspicious Behavior,” “Original Prankster,” or “Outside Looking In” Glynn introduces the episode with a story from his own life and then launches into tales told by friends and listeners.
Snap Judgment is high-quality content, to be sure. But what catapults it to the top of my list is its soundtrack. The show’s Music Editor Pat Mesiti-Miller samples the beats that give The Snap its signature sound. The music is such a vital and appreciated part of the podcast, in fact, that the website breaks down each of the songs sampled by episode.
Bottom Line: It's Like Mos Def and Maya Angelou Making A Baby In Your Earhole.
Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, RadioLab EXCELS at discovering some of the most fascinating, unbelievable real-life stories you'll ever hear.
Master of the plot twist and told with a real flair for the dramatic, Radio Lab will have you on the edge of your seat for the whole show.
The level of research and production for this wholly exceptional podcast allows for just one full-length episode a month. Its fans find it so hard to wait that Radio Lab has started issuing "Shorts" just to get us by. Hands down, a do-not-miss.
Bottom Line: It's like Champagne and Caviar for Your Brain.
Hosted by Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, The Dinner Party Download benefits from a truly original concept and format. The whole show is structured like a dinner party:
DPD mixes it up so that you get a little bit of everything.
Bottom Line: It's The Cheapest, Most Delightful Date Night Ever.
Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers from around the world about slang, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects,and family expressions.
You'll get the history and stories behind idioms, the stuff your grandma used to say, and plenty of pop culture weirdness.
This is NOT a stuffy grammar show. Not even close. A Way With Words celebrates the nuances, hilarity, and a deep, universal love of language.
Bottom Line: Become The Punniest of Your Friends.
She possesses a gift for locating and exploring the moral imagination in the smallest and greatest human experiments. She finds philosophy in astronomy. Science in poetry. Wisdom in chaos.
You'll lose yourself in the story of a paraplegic yoga instructor. Hear a moving and civil conversation between a traditional marriage advocate and an expert in gay public policy. Learn what an astrophysicist has learned about human meaning and purpose by pushing the limits of mathematics.
On Being is alone in its class and host Krista Tippett excels at pulling out an accessible common human denominator in everything we create.
Bottom Line: Every Episode Is Like Going To Church AND Getting A New College Degree.
Each episode centers around a theme - varying from the intensely serious to the absurd - divided into 3-5 stories (or Acts, as it calls them). Mots often told first-hand by those who lived it, each tale is related slowly, carefully - as if it were foreplay for your ears.
Bottom Line: You'll Have Dreams Where Your Grandfather is Ira Glass Reading You Bedtime Stories.
Brilliantly driven by Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone, On the Media essentially focuses on how the media presents the news.
On the Media gets that there is more to learn about HOW the media presents and discusses the most important subjects of our time than WHAT they actually say. In a nutshell, It is meta-analysis - it talks about how people talk about current issues.
But don't let that turn you away - On the Media is entirely accessible, super entertaining, and acutely smart.
Bottom Line: Learn More About the News Than the News Ever Will.
Terry Gross is among the most probing, intuitive interviewers there is. Her guests come to talk about the right-now and get Terry's famously intense and revealing questions.
From politics to the latest book, newest movie or TV Show, Fresh Air delivers the NOW stories the way they should be told.
Mainly, it's like People Magazine for Really smart people. Terry asks the questions YOU would ask of her guests. And takes you deep into the hidden heart of whomever she's talking to.
Bottom Line: It's Like Listening to Important People Being Interviewed By Their Shrink.
Award-winning economist Steven Levitt and Journalist Stephen Dubner paired up in 2005 to compile a series of essays that apply the logic of economics to the seeming randomness of human behavior.
Lucky for us, that book is now a podcast of the same the name. This is seriously fun stuff. And it's totally legit. Freakonomics does us the favor of taking on our human weirdness with the unimpeachable laws of supply & demand, opportunity, and profit & loss.
Want to know how the basic economic principles brilliantly and easily explain how we park, how we tip, parenting peer-presure, or why Americans just don't get Soccer? This is your listen right here.
Bottom Line: It's like Human Behavior and Measurable Data Had a Head-On Collision and Everybody Got Hurt.
Like how castles work, how TV ratings work, how the Placebo Effect works, and, yep, how temper tantrums work. The list is literally never exhausted. And every single one is fascinating.
Stuff You Should Know is part of a pretty incredible group of podcasts, actually. Like Stuff You Missed in History Class - drop-your-draw, real-life stories that never made your textbook. And Stuff Your Mom Never Told You - a woman-centric look at gender issues from legislation to shaving your legs. Finally, Stuff to Blow Your Mind is paradise for those who revel in pushing the limits of what we think is possible. All. Good. Stuff.
Bottom Line: You'll Know More Stuff and Have Cooler Stuff To Talk About At Parties.
Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones make your life (and you) better?
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