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.

So without further ado, here they are:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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!

About Noa Kageyama, Ph.D.

Performance psychologist and Juilliard alumnus & faculty member Noa Kageyama teaches musicians how to beat performance anxiety and play their best under pressure through live classes, coachings, and an online home-study course. Based in NYC, he is married to a terrific pianist, has two hilarious kids, and is a wee bit obsessed with technology and all things Apple.

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