Part of my 2014 learning journey is listening to fascinating podcasts. And I mean good ones packed with information and thoughts that really get the gears turning. And with the exception of This American Life, I really do listen to almost everything at 1.5 or 2 times speed. (BTW, if you know a good way to listen to podcasts on iOS faster, please let me know.)
Here is what is on my podcast subscription list:
- Freakonomics – I enjoyed the first book about the “hidden side of everything” through the lens of economics. Then the second book. So, why not listen to the podcast? The recent episodes on studying direct transfers as a anti-poverty strategy have been fascinating. (And Yale and IPA’s own Prof. Dean Karlan was featured recently, too.)
- Long Now’s Seminar About Long Term Thinking -What if we take a long long term view of our planet, selves and challenges? What do we learn or come to understand? Amazing speakers that often explore a topic in a totally new way or push my thinking forward in an important way. One of my favorites was Ed Lu’s talk on B612.
- Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – A rotating deep dive on various historical topics with an emphasis on grand events, wars, struggles or other “hardcore” items. I have learned a lot here. (While he can be a bit verbose, it is great at x2 speed!)
- EconTalk – While I don’t agree with all the guests or opinions expressed on this show, this is the most intellectual of this list and really enjoy the level of discourse. You probably figured out from the title that this podcast is focused do economics.
- Planet Money – A much lighter take on economics and finance and how it touches our everyday lives. Won’t challenge you although may provide some concrete examples of things you only know about in theory. Or my favorite is when they take you behind the scenes at a mint or similar.
- This American Life – As they say, hard to describe, but here is how they try: “There’s a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It’s mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always.”And no, this podcast does not have much to do with economics. But you should give it a try if you have not already.
Also, I think I listened to (almost) every episode of the amazing podcast The History of Rome. Definitely an interesting tour through Roman history told very well.
I will occasionally listen to the Humanist Hour (depends on the topic/guest).
I used to listen to NPR’s On the Media and Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders (from Stanford) very regularly. For some reason, I have been listening a bit less frequently. I really enjoyed Venture Voice which was stories from entrepreneurs, but I think they stopped publishing new ones. If you know of something like that or can start it up yourself, I’ll be a fan. I’m sure there are a few others I listen to here and there although these are the ones that are top of mind.
What am I missing? What would you recommend?