Podcasts started out as “audioblogs” in the 1980’s and the idea of relaying information and stories through audio has been around for almost 100 years. So, why are we so obsessed with them right now? Maybe it has an old time feel with a modern twist? Maybe it gives us the ability to multitask, listen, and learn? Or maybe, just maybe, we want the radio to die?
However, there are so many podcasts it can be difficult to find the right ones for you. We’ve decided to make things easier. Here is our list of podcasts that will help you improve your life, business, and use of technology.
1. Freakonomics Radio (Business, Life, and Technology)
Have fun discovering the hidden side of everything with host Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling "Freakonomics” books. Each week, hear surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs — and his “Freakonomics” co-author Steve Levitt. After just a few episodes, this podcast will have you too thinking like a Freak. Produced by WNYC Studios, home of other great podcasts such as “Radiolab," "Death, Sex & Money," and "On the Media."
2. Marketing Secrets (Business)
Welcome to Russell Brunson's "Marketing in Your Car" podcast. Each day he shares the ups and down of building his multimillion dollar per month SAAS startup C
lickFunnels.com. In less than 10 minutes per day, you can hear stories of what's happening in the trenches and how you can apply it to your company. Learn marketing and sales funnels, traffic and conversion from the worlds # 1 funnel hacker.
3. Analogu(ue) (Technology & Life)
So many podcasts are about our digital devices. Analog(ue) is a show about how these devices make us feel and how they change our lives for the better, but also for the worse.
4. Invisibilia (Life)
Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.
5. The GaryVee Audio Experience (Business, Life, and Technology)
The Garyvee Audio Experience, hosted by entrepreneur, CEO, investor, vlogger, and public speaker Gary Vaynerchuk. On this podcast you'll find a mix of #AskGaryVee show episodes, keynote speeches on marketing and business, segments from DAILYVEE video series, interviews and fireside chats, as well as new and current thoughts recorded originally for this audio experience!
6. Quick and Dirty Tips (Technology)
Whether you're a seasoned tech pro, or just starting out, this podcast will teach you how to leverage technology to be a fun, useful, and accessible tool for all aspects of life.
7. Happiness Podcast (Life)
The path to true happiness is not easy. By listening to this happiness podcast, you will learn the importance of living in the present time and thinking more of this present moment than of the past and future time. This will help you learn to let go of the things that should be released from your life such as your fears, desires and hurt, among others. This will teach you the ways how you can better enjoy your life despite the presence of seemingly endless problems, pain and disappointments. This will help you practice the virtue of acceptance, which is a pre-requisite to being happy. Most important of all, this happiness podcast will share to you the secret to loving your life each and every bit of it.
8. WSJ The Future of Everything (Business, Life, and Technology)
From the end of auto ownership to America's changing battlefields to a revolution in fast food to the next sports superstar, a special Wall Street Journal magazine asks a team of experts and reporters to tell us what lies ahead.
9. TED Talks Business (Business)
Some of the world's greatest innovators, entrepreneurs, and business researchers share their stories and insights from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos for free from TED.com that features interactive English transcript, and subtitles in as many as 80 languages.
10. Hidden Brain (Life & Technology)
The Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain's host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.
Bonus! : S-Town (Entertainment)
“S-Town” is the most downloaded podcast in history (and for good reason). This podcast will have you hooked from the very first episode! S-Town is a podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.