Podcasts, podcasts, podcasts!

I have a slight obsession with podcasts. Since I first discovered them back in the good ole iPod days, I have been a regular listener. The EdTech Crew was the first education podcast to grab my attention and I would often extend my drive (the measure of a podcast in my mind) to finish an episode. I caught up with Tony Richards (@itmadesimple) recently and was hounding him to get the band back together so here’s hoping! Since then my listening tastes have shifted. I still enjoy education podcasts but find my interests lie now in more diverse areas.

For education, I personally can’t go past the TIDE (Today in Digital Education) podcast by Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw) and Dai Barnes (@daibarnes) or The Education Review (TER) podcast by Corinne Campbell (@corisel) and Cameron Malcher (Capitan_Typo). Both provide tremendous perspective and depth to all things education.

Podcasts that align with my values in life have been growing in popularity on my podcast list. This all started with the Minimalists podcast, a podcast about two guys who gave up six figure jobs and a live of gathering wealth and possessions to live a life of value, joy and fulfillment. The reason I love this podcast is that it makes you question where your values lie and then challenges you to do something about it. This podcast led me to 10% Happier by Dan Harris and Waking up with Sam Harris. Dan Harris is an ABC news anchor that had a panic attack on national television, which led him to take up meditation. Dan claims that meditation makes him about 10% happier, hence the name and he regularly talks to inspiring people about their meditation habits on his show. Being a Weezer fan, I especially loved the Rivers Cuomo episode. Sam Harris (not related) is unbelievably intelligent and his podcast challenges contentious issues in the world as well as discussing the most interesting of topics.

My latest favs are the Unmistakable Creative by Srinivas Rao and The Tim Ferris Show by Tim Ferris. Both Srinivas and Tim look at business, learning, creativity and innovation through interesting perspectives and by interviewing amazing guests. Local representatives on my list are the Huddle Show by Huddle, a human centred design firm based in Melbourne and Future2 by Steve Glaveski (@steveglaveski). I have had the pleasure of getting to know Steve through his coworking space Collective Campus over the past year and his knowledge as well as the calibre of the guests on his show are second to none when it comes to innovation and entrepreneurship expertise. Although this one was a once off podcast series, Seth Godin’s Startup school was also a great listen. I find Seth to be an amazing thinker who can take complex topics and make them accessible through clear narrative and anecdotes. He always blows my mind.

Other great podcasts to check out are Finding Mastery with Michael Gervais, IDEO Futures by IDEO, Office Hours by Dan Pink, Stanford Entrepreneurship videos, Stanford Innovation Lab and Freakonomics radio.

What’s on your podcast list?

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10 thoughts on “Podcasts, podcasts, podcasts!

  1. Great list Steve. Two that I would.add are:
    RN Future Tense – for a perspective on the future
    Team Human – Douglas Rushkoff’s new podcast that attempts to reposition technology

  2. Hi Steve, thanks for the list. I’m also a podcast junkie, and when i had a “real job” (ie, one with a daily commute back and forth to a place of work) I probably consumed 5 – 7 podcast episodes a week. These days I work from home a lot more, so I’m not getting through as many, but still like to listen as I walk the dog, go to the gym, etc.

    Some of my favourite podcasts include (and it’s a pretty diverse list)…
    This Week in Tech
    This Week in Google
    Macbreak Weekly
    Material Podcast
    Meanwhile in the Future
    Judge John Hodgman
    Curious Minds
    Six Pixels of Separation
    Sex with Emily
    TED Radio Hour
    Living your Journey

    To name a few…

    So much outstanding listening out there.

    I also want to give Pocketcasts a shoutout too. It’s made by Shifty Jelly, an Adelaide based app developer. It’s a great podcatcher.

    Chris

    1. So many gems in here Chris, thank you. Like you my transit is much reduced these days but I steal any moment to catch a podcast. Will check out Shifty Jelly (best name!) as well. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Keep nagging at Tony & Darryl; they’ll cave eventually 😉
    I’m with you on TIDE and TER Steve and I’ll throw Edutalk into the mix (http://edutalk.cc/). More generally the BBC turns some of their great Radio shows into podcasts (http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4 – not sure whether they’re available outside the UK though – e.g. Infinite Monkey Cage, More or Less, Inside Science, Seriously etc)

    On a less academic(?) thread, The Bike Show (http://thebikeshow.net/) speaks to my enjoyment of cycling.

    Just glad that audio is still alive and kicking. A much underrated medium.

    1. Thanks for sharing Ian, will most definitely keep pestering Tony and Darrell to get the band back together. Have added Edutalk to the list but haven’t come across the BBC podcasts yet. Will keep digging. Thanks for adding to my audio learning!

  4. Wow… where to start…

    My absolute favorite (which almost always fits nicely into a commute) is 99% Invisible. The topics are always fascinating and the delivery is spot on.

    I will just go with a list instead of dragging this out:
    99% Invisible
    This American Life
    Hidden Brain
    RadioLab
    Reply All
    How I Built This
    Design Matters
    HBR IdeaCast

    I also really enjoyed Seth’s Start Up School. Another great series that has since ended is Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell.

    Thanks for all the suggestions from your blog!

  5. What a list Steve. As much as I love listening to my podcasts driving to work, I am a little behind in listening to educational podcasts. Currently I listen to podcasts as a way to chill out before and after school and that’s why I listen to a few USA based sports podcasts as in Mike and Mike and Baseball Today. Cheers Cam

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