Podcasts are one of the greatest inventions of the last decade or so. If you are not currently listening to any podcasts you are denying yourself access to some of the greatest minds of our era, not to mention, they are free and largely without commercial interruption. In this post I hope to open your eyes to the world of podcasting and introduce you to a few of my favorites.
First, if you are still using a flip phone, this post is probably not meant for you unless you are web savvy and know how to download apps on your PC or Mac at home. Next, if you’re still using a flip phone, maybe it’s time to wander down to the cell phone store and pick up an older model iPhone or something similar (for next to nothing). It would be worth the trip just to connect with one of the many podcasts available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and Sound Cloud, just to name a few. They are intended to educate, entertain and do a darn good job on all fronts.
Downloading Podcasts is easy and you can simply click below to watch a short video to learn how it’s done.
Of course, I’m going to start off with my favorite podcast about capital markets and the economy and will work my way into a few that are a bit more “infotainment” oriented.
#1 Masters in Business by Barry Ritholtz
Barry is a financial advisor, author, columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg and an accomplished interviewer of some of the giants of finance over the last few decades or so. This podcast takes a deep dive into the people and ideas that shape markets and investing. Barry’s interview style is easy going and informative but he always manages to entertain while getting his guests to answer questions on timely topics in the world of finance and investing. His guests have included such greats as Nobel Laureates William Sharpe and Danny Kahneman to Tech guru Scott Galloway along with dozens of other noteworthy and interesting personalities. This is my ‘go to’ for a long drive or airplane flight and got me going in the podcast world a few years ago.
#2 Planet Money
A cadre of investigative journalist from NPR host Planet Money and they do a great job of exploring and explaining the economy and the world of finance from a unique and simplified perspective. Most episodes are 15-20 minutes long and are ideally suited for the quick trip across town. This one will make you laugh and definitely will make you the life of the party when economics and finance become the topics du jour.
#3 Freakonomics Radio
Hosted by best-selling author of a book by the same name, Stephen Dubner never fails to take the oblique angle when delving into “The Hidden Side of Everything.” Recent episodes include an interview with economist, Larry Summers, the economist everyone loves to hate along with a scientific look at the “Demonization of Gluten.” Usually about 45 minutes to one hour in length these never cease to entertain and inform.
#4 Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell
Produced by iTunes and hosted by the best-selling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, this is one of my all-time favorite podcasts. Gladwell is a master storyteller and probes such riveting topics as foul shooting underhand in the NBA, to “Why Golf is Evil.” Fun, entertaining, unique and thoroughly enjoyable if not occasionally disturbing but this one usually runs at least an hour so plan accordingly.
#5 Genius Network
Hosted by iconic marketing guru, Joe Polish, this podcast features brief talks by members of The Genius Network, a high level entrepreneurial networking group. Joe’s guest speakers have included Cal Newport, author of one of my favorite books: Deep Work along with The Strategic Coach, Dan Sullivan, Tony Robbins, Richard Branson to mention just a few. Brief yet informative, this podcast is a good way to get your day started and rarely last longer than 15 minutes.
There are at least a dozen other podcasts I subscribe and listen to frequently, but like so many things, there never seems to be enough time. Give these five a listen and let me know what you think.
One final note: we are experimenting internally with producing our own podcast and hope to launch sometime in 2018!