Right now, yes, we are in a weird time in our world, but what I do have to say is that we should use this time to find new things that we can explore and get into so that when this all blows over we can go out into the world with a fresh perspective (and maybe some better hygiene - WASH YOUR HANDS.)
One thing that I would like to offer as something new that you can introduce into your daily routine is listening to a podcast. I mean, I think it is safe to assume that you have already listened to a podcast before, as they seem to be all the rage right now in education and media. But, if I have to sell you on the idea of podcasts, I would honestly have to tell you that they make you a much more interesting person. I mean think about it. You are able to listen to a podcast about amazing things that are happening around you all the time, while you are able to be cleaning your house, making breakfast, or working out.
But what I've noticed is that it's hard to find new and fresh podcasts that you can binge on. I went ahead and made a list of some of my favorite podcasts that I have been listening to, but I invite all of you to go ahead and join the discussion and link down below some podcasts that you love! I need something new in my queue, and I know a lot of you have awesome recommendations!
And yes, all of these podcast links are linked to take you to Spotify. You're welcome :)
1. How I Built This with Guy Raz from NPR
I would have to say that I own Guy Raz not only my career in entrepreneurship, but his podcasts were what got me into the whole "podcasting world" in the first place. If you are someone who really is into the startup culture and is maybe looking to start their own business or become an entrepreneur, this is the podcast for you. I really was drawn into hearing the backstories about some of the companies that I use on a daily basis, like Instagram, Honest Tea, Whole Foods, and TOMS, just to name a few. This show has been out since 2017, and so you have a lot of content on which you can binge. I also think that this show is one that could inspire you to go out and build your own company that could change the world. You never know until you try. Click here to listen!
2. Spectacular Failures from American Public Media
We all heard about ToysRUs closing down, right? But do you know exactly why it closed down? Well, Lauren Ober dives deep into the story behind ToysRUs' failure, and many others like UHaul (Yes, UHaul is internally a failure). Ober is a great storyteller, and she has a wonderful team that goes out of their way to find the best research and interviews. Every single story put out in season one is beyond amazing, and I binged the whole season in two days. (It's so fun to hear about failure!) In contrast to the success you will hear about in with Guy Raz, these are stories of those who took the wrong turn, and they ended up being failures. But not just any old failures - spectacular ones. Click here to listen!
3. TED Radio Hour from NPR
Love TED Talks, but don't have the time to watch them? Listen to them! Well, in reality, this show is a lot more than just listening to a TED Talk. The whole purpose of the show is to compile different speakers about one topic like what is original, internet regulations, or how people can fall in and out of love, and then hearing the different perspectives on the topic. I have gone on and used a lot of these topics that I have heard about from this podcast, and used what I learned from them in my own life. This podcast is also one that helps you build a kind of knowledge that you can use at a party, English class, or even while having a discussion on a date. It makes you a more interesting person, and you are able to acquire knowledge about topics that you knew nothing about before. Think of it as a new crash course on a new topic each week. Click here to listen!
4. StartUp Podcast from Gimlet Media
You can see a trend here, huh. Yah, I really like the idea of startups, and this podcast follows the creation of them. Season one starts with the founder of Gimlet Media, Alex Blumberg, pitching his idea to investors on what will become what we know today as Gimlet Media. It's a hard podcast to explain because it jumps around a lot - but in a good way - and it also makes you feel like you're in on part of this really big creation of something that you know one day will succeed. In season two, they follow a company called Dating Ring, which has now shut its doors. And right now I am starting season 3.. so I don't have much to say about it. But the first two seasons are AMAZING. I recommend it to someone who wants to be in on a story, and really wants to escape today's reality. Click here to listen!
5. Rough Translations from NPR
Did you really think I could write an article on here without mentioning something that has to do with multiculturalism? If I have to be honest, when Rough Translation first came out, I really wasn't a big fan. I thought it was botchy, and just not done in a way that really highlighted other cultures the way that they wanted to be. But, coming back to it after some time and giving it a relisten, I have to say I am a fan. I think what got me is their mini-series about Ukraine. It even went on to inspire me to become very proactive and involved in the discussion around what is happening in Ukraine. And they came out with a new episode last week about COVID-19 and the impact it has on communities around the world. If you are a person that likes to hear stories from around the world, this is a podcast for you. Click here to listen!
What are your favorite podcasts?
I hope you all have a good time listening to these podcasts, and that they are able to take you away from today;'s troubles. Comment down below some of your favorite podcasts, and I'll make sure to give them a listen!