Ten podcasts worth listening to
Love this challenge! I'm a big fan of podcasts. Here are a few of my favorites.
Disclaimer: I know this is basically sacrilegeous, but you won't find any true crime here :D
1. The All-In podcast
"Industry veterans, degenerate gamblers & besties Chamath Palihapitiya, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks & David Friedberg cover all things economic, tech, political, social & poker."
This is probably my favorite podcast. It keeps me up-to-date on current events, happenings in science and tech, and business news. Plus, I really like the dynamics of the "besties"- they don't always agree with each other, which makes for great debate, but their friendship withstands their disagreements. They're also funny.
2. Lexicon Valley
"A podcast about language, with host John McWhorter."
For my fellow lovers of linguistics. This podcast is such a treat.
3. The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos
"Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale -- the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history -- Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness."
I really like the subject of this podcast, and the host is so intelligent yet simultaneously so soothing.
4. The James Altucher Show
"The James Altucher Show brings you into the lives of peak-performers: billionaires, best-selling authors, rappers, astronauts, athletes, comedians, actors, and the world champions in every field, all who forged their own paths, found financial freedom and harnessed the power to create more meaningful and fulfilling lives."
I'd be remiss not to include this one! In truth, it's one of my favorites to listen to. Beyond the interview style, which I love, I really appreciate the sheer number of episodes there are. I can look through the archives to find specific subjects and people that interest me.
5. Planet Money
"The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening."
I love NPR (I know, so cringe), so it basically follows that I love Planet Money. The hosts are so relateable and wholesome, and they do an excellent job of explaining complex subjects and making them easy to understand.
6. On Purpose with Jay Shetty
"My name is Jay Shetty, and my purpose is to make wisdom go viral. I’m fortunate to have fascinating conversations with the most insightful people in the world, and on my podcast, I’m sharing those conversation with you... Live life today ON PURPOSE."
Jay Shetty takes principles from classic wisdom, from east and west, and makes them relevant today. I really like how he prioritizes kindness in his interactions and how he makes his recommendations actionable. I've been listening less lately, because the podcast feels like it's become a bit "Hollywood," but there's still a lot of great content there.
7. Nothing much happens; bedtime stories to help you sleep
"Having trouble sleeping? Join Yoga and meditation teacher Kathryn Nicolai for bedtime stories where nothing much happens to help you relax and sleep peacefully. The stories are a soft landing spot for your mind. Rather than letting your brain race through the same thoughts you’ve been chasing all day, we are taking a detour to a calm and comfy place."
This podcast works wonders! I don't usually have trouble sleeping, but when I do, this is my go-to.
8. The President's Inbox
"The President’s Inbox podcast examines the foreign policy challenges facing the United States. Each week, CFR’s James M. Lindsay sits down with experts to discuss pressing topics like trade, immigration, China, climate change, and much, much more."
This podcast is drier, and less "exciting" than the other reccomendations on this list, but it's deeply analytical and examines today's major foreign policy challenges in great detail. A must for people like me who love history and international relations.
9. Philosophy is Sexy
"Philosophy Is Sexy n’est pas qu’un podcast, c’est une parenthèse intime, un pas de côté, pour oser la philosophie, la désacraliser, la remettre au cœur de notre vie et se laisser inspirer. Marie Robert... nous interpelle de son ton complice et entrainant. La prof qu’on aurait aimé avoir, celle surtout qui va faire des philosophes nos précieux alliés."
This one is in French, so it's not for everyone. But I love the subject matter, and I love listening to podcasts in foreign languages becuase they help me to keep my language skills in good shape.
"Bollywood tunes make compulsive hummers out of us. But wait, do you know the meaning of every word you hum? Especially the ones in Urdu? Urdunama, with FabehaSyed, takes one word at a time and we slice and dice it for you."
Another foreign-language recommendation. Ok, so my Urdu is beginner-level at best, but one day I hope to get through episodes of this podcast without a relative to translate by my side!
11. (BONUS) Blinkist
So, this isn't exactly a podcast, but I *love* Blinkist and wanted to plug it here. Basically, Blinkist is a service that condenses books and reading material (primarily non-fiction) into short, podcast-length audio summaries. I've used it to explore classical works of philosophy that I wouldn't read in whole, and there are so many other subjects to cover. It's the perfect way to learn about a new topic, or to delve into a subject of interest, without devoting many hours to reading.