Five Podcasts I’m Enjoying Right Now

[vc_row][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_column_text]I was in a bit of a strange accident this week, which resulted in a concussion, some eye trauma, and a trip to the ER. So…the last few days have consisted of me sitting propped up in bed with my eyes closed, catching up on episodes of my favorite podcasts.

Since writing a normal post was not in the cards this week, I thought it might be a perfect time to share some of the podcasts I’m enjoying – and also ask you to share some of your favorite podcasts too.

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1: How I Built This with Guy Raz

Essentially a podcast about “origin stories,” if you were ever curious about the behind-the-scenes stories about Toms (5/28/2017), Ben & Jerry’s (11/19/2017), and Dyson (2/11/2018) – (as well as Chuck E. Cheese, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Five Guys, Dell, CLIF Bar, Kate Spade, etc., etc.) with all the ups and downs and lessons learned along the way, you’ll enjoy these fascinating interviews with the founders of these companies.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_use_pixel=”yes” shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image media=”37229″ media_width_use_pixel=”yes” media_ratio=”one-one” alignment=”center” media_width_pixel=”150″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

2: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Though this podcast is aimed at children (and there are only four episodes so far), I think the kid in all of us will appreciate the courage evident in these profiles of remarkable women.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_use_pixel=”yes” shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image media=”37230″ media_width_use_pixel=”yes” media_ratio=”one-one” alignment=”center” border=”yes” media_width_pixel=”150″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

3: Revisionist History, by Malcolm Gladwell

Kind of a no-brainer, whether it’s getting into the fascinating backstory behind basketball great Wilt Chamberlain’s free throw woes, the unexpectedly complex and nuanced problems with having great food on college campuses, or why McDonald’s fries don’t taste as good as they did back in the 80’s (it’s not just your imagination), Malcolm Gladwell is a compelling storyteller.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_use_pixel=”yes” shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image media=”37231″ media_width_use_pixel=”yes” media_ratio=”one-one” alignment=”center” media_width_pixel=”150″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

4: The Moment with Brian Koppelman

The in-depth interviews between writer/producer/director Brian Koppelman and folks ranging from Jenna Fischer (The Office), to Alton Brown (Good Eats), Jon Bon Jovi, and the one and only Seth Godin shed light on what it’s like to be an artist outside of classical music, in a way that I think can be rather enlightening, inspiring, and help with outside-the-box thinking.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_use_pixel=”yes” shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image media=”37232″ media_width_use_pixel=”yes” media_ratio=”one-one” alignment=”center” media_width_pixel=”150″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

5: Stand Partners for Life

I’ll admit to being a little biased with this one, as Akiko is an old childhood friend, and Nathan and I have not only collaborated on a few posts (here and here) but crossed paths way back in high school at an ASTA competition. But if you’ve ever wondered if there were any stand partner do’s and don’ts (spoiler alert: there most certainly are), or whether professional orchestra players ever do any “faking” (you’ll just have to listen to the episode to find out!), it’s entertaining and enlightening to listen to these LA Phil violinists – who are married and serve as assistant and associate concertmaster – chat about the various questions we all have about life as an orchestral musician (and the path to getting there).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/1″ column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_column_text]

Your turn!

So what are some of your favorite podcasts? Please share one of your favorites in the comments below – please share a) the name, b) a link to where we can listen to it, and c) one reason why the podcast is awesome and we should subscribe asap![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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21 Responses

  1. This is Criminal Podcast, also downloadable through iTunes and most podcatchers.
    This is Criminal consists of true stories told by real people, often witnesses, law officials or the convicted themselves. It is great story telling. Well worth listening to.

  2. 1) No Such Thing as a Fish ( – Didnyou know there is no such thing as a fish? Well, you will learn this and a million other interesting (bizarre) facts about our world as James, Anna , Dan and a Andrew hilariously share their facts of the week.
    2) Hardcore History – ( – you want to listen to Wrath of the Khans. But if you want to start with something free, Bkueprint for Armageddon will explain whinge European nationalism is a terrifying concern.
    3) Tumanbay ( – enough with the talk heads. This is a wonderfully immersive radio drama by the BBC of a city under the siege of a nearly mythical network of spies who will conquer and over throw them. Palace intrigue galore. Bingeable radio drama at its best.

  3. Finding mastery, Michael Gervais. Michael Gervais is psychologist for Seattle Seahawks and interviews people on the path of Mastery from all walks of life: ceo’s, athletes, musicians, military.

  4. Hope you feel better soon! Here are 3 podcasts that I enjoy:

    The Art of Charm covers ‘advanced social skills training for top performers’ in an interesting way

    Tim Ferriss Show has some really amazing interviews and he has great insights on things to try to be a better person (outside and in)

    Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Exec podcast revolves around biohacking and he also interviews some amazing folks:

  5. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Your Sunday posts bring my life so much meaning and I look forward to them every week. One of my favorite podcast right now is the Gary Vee show because it pushes me to be more aggressive than I normally would be. Also really enlightening about social media and applying it as a musician

  6. The Working Songwriter (, hosted by Joe Pug, is fantastic. Joe and a (usually famous) guest go deep into the creative process of songwriting. Some of the clearest, most in-depth conversations I’ve heard on a topic that’s always been shrouded in mystery for me.

    1. Had not heard of this one. My husband and I are songwriters who spend a LOT of time on the road, so we will be adding this one to our list. Podcasts are such a great way to make the miles go by faster. Thank you!

  7. Stand partners for life is my favorite!! And I like From the Top and the BrettyBang show done by TwoSet violinist Brett.

  8. Feel better, Noa! sounds like a scary accident 🙁
    My favorites are:
    1) How I Built This with Guy Roz (guess why and who recommended it! 🙂
    2) Hidden Brain;; I love this one because it helps me understand why we do the things we do. I especially love the episode called ‘Getting Unstuck’.
    3) Invisibilia;; I love this one because it delves into the secret and mysterious forces that guide our actions. I was delighted to hear someone I know profiled in the most recent episode, called Everything Good – a moving accounting of the hidden and in-between lives we lead and what we do for love of others and for love of ourselves.
    4) This American Life;; classic, thoughtful, moving.

  9. Contrabass Conversations is a GREAT podcast with over 400 episodes on all aspects of music-making (and not just for bassists!), on topics like auditioning for music schools, the future of the orchestra, steps the pros go through in learning a new piece, and of course lots of great interviews with fascinating musicians.

    And, if you liked S Town, you might like Missing Richard Simmons, just as compelling a story, but about an 80s icon.

  10. Ooh – concussion doesn’t sound good 🙁
    Hope you’re recovering well and feel better soon.

    Pretty much all my podcast listening at the moment centres on history of one kind or another.

    Mike Duncan’s Revolutions podcast: Mike’s a really engaging speaker who is clearly interested in his subject and knows how to make it interesting for his listeners.

    The History of English podcast: Explains why English spellings are so irregular, why we have so many synonyms and also touches to some extent on what was going on historically at the time each language was spoken.

    In Our Time: Not so much a podcast as a radio show that’s also released in podcast format, In Our Time is programme about the History of Ideas that varys widely in topic – Culture, Philosophy, History, Religion, Science and the guests are often specialists in topic’s field so the discussions are always terrifically interesting.

    Does anyone know of a good History of Music podcast? I’ve tried to find one for years (and considered doing one myself but realised quite quickly that licensing the required music would take a bank account far deeper than my own) so if anyone has any suggestions?

  11. Gosh Noa, so sorry to hear. Wishing you a speedy recovery! Some of my favourite podcasts include the Tim Ferris Show (already mentioned but worth mentioning again), the Creative Piano Teaching Podcast by Tim Topham, Rich 20 Something Podcast by Daniel Depiazza and Pick of the Bunch by Basic Bananas on marketing. All of these podcasts are mostly interview-based with very practical tips and approaches to living. Love the other suggestions made in these earlier comments, will check them out for sure!

  12. Some really great classical music pods out there now!

    Pathways (longform interviews with great horn players)

    Sticky Notes: the Classical Music Podcast (learn about great music with Josh Weilerstein hosting)

  13. So many to choose from, but recently I’ve been listening to the iProcrastinate series, which meshes very nicely with some of the themes you cover:

    Psychologist Tim Pychyl runs the Procrastination Research Group at Carleton University (in Ottawa, Canada) and has produced dozens of podcasts dealing with goal pursuits, time management, willpower and more general existential issues. He bases his advice on the latest research and also interviews colleagues and students who’ve developed their own solutions to these problems. And the episodes often begin on a humorous note as Pychyl apologizes for the frequent delays in releasing these podcasts!

  14. I also love How I Built This and Revisionist History

    I really like the Relevant podcast. It starts with nonsense and positive news, and then has very compelling interviews with artists and deep thinkers involved in Christianity.

  15. Unmistakable Creative by Srini Rao- great interviews with creative people
    Interview with Noa:

    Guided Meditations by Tara Brach, author leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation

    A Noise from the Deep by Dave Douglas – interviews with renowned jazz artists

    Akimbo by Seth Godin

  16. Side Hustle School by Chris Guillebeau. I’m not terribly interested in starting a small side business, but I like hearing the stories of what others are out there doing.

    Scriptnotes by John August and Craig Mazin. An “inside baseball”-type podcast about screenwriting.

    Code Switch by Gene Demby and Shireen Marisol Meraji. A podcast about race, identity, and the minority experience in the United States.

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