Podcasts continue to gain momentum in popularity, quality, and legitimacy as a means of storytelling and imaginative exploration of nearly any subject. The medium provides a rich and advantageous format for the curious to delve into niche topics and spontaneously follow where their questions and interests take them.
While the low barrier to entry means the world of podcasts is as diverse as its community, its content can be overwhelming. We hope that our recommendations help to spotlight a few good places to start.
How I Built This
NPR’s “How I Built This” is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Hosted by Guy Raz, each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world's best known companies and brands. Recommended by Gary Furukawa
Up and Vanished
“Up and Vanished” is an investigative podcast that explores the unsolved disappearance of a Georgia Beauty Queen and High School Teacher, Tara Grinstead. It chronicles an 11-year mystery that is the largest case file in Georgia’s history. Podcast host Payne Lindsey examines old case evidence, re-interviews persons of interest and uncovers new leads while guiding listeners through his real time investigation. If you like true crime stories, this is well worth a listen! Recommended by Kim Hansen
Waking up with Sam Harris
This podcast features interviews with scientists, journalists, technologists, and a whole host of interesting people. The conversations cover a wide range of topics from the ethics of artificial intelligence to the benefits of meditation. Some episodes are controversial, but always interesting and thought provoking. Recommended by Jason Mann
Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink and Director Echo Charles discuss discipline and leadership in business, war, relationships and everyday life. During his career, Jocko was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards. In 2010, Jocko retired from the Navy and launched Echelon Front with Leif Babin where he teaches the leadership principles he learned on the battlefield to help others lead and win. Clients include individuals, teams, companies, and organizations across a wide-range of industries and fields. Recommended by Bobby Gentry
Rich Roll Podcast
Focused on all things fitness, this podcast is comprised of intimate, deep and often intense conversations between the host Rich Roll and some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality. Recommended by Robb Carter
Hosted by Malcolm Gladwell, “Revisionist History” goes back and reinterprets something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood. “Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.” Recommended by Christine Opp