I’m on the road a lot, so podcasts have become a big part of my daily life. The coolest thing about podcasts is, just like most forms of entertainment these days, there is a podcast for every topic and every guy. Whether you’re looking for self-growth, sports talk, health and fitness tips, or anything in between, there’s probably 10-15 podcasts right up your alley. With thousands of podcasts out there, it can be a bit overwhelming. Below are the top five podcasts I’ve been listening to. Come them out and let me know what you think!
The Tim Ferriss Show
If you aren’t familiar with who Tim Ferriss is, I highly suggest checking him out. You could basically call Tim a “life-hacker”, however I would probably steer more towards a “life-optimizer”. In his self-named podcast, Tim interviews world-class performers in everything from business to sports to entertainment, and everything in between. Some of the guests tend to be really well known, such as Ed Norton or Tony Robbins, while others are very behind-the-scenes unknown. Throughout the course of anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, Tim picks the brain of his guest, dissecting tactics, tools or habits these performers use that make them so successful. Honestly, I walk away from each podcast feeling motivated and ready to tackle just about anything.
Freakanomics is just phenomenal. Have you ever heard the phrase “explain this to me like I’m 5”? Well, this podcast is essentially that. For starters, if you haven’t seen the Freakanomics movie, stop what you’re doing and go watch it right now. For those who have seen the documentary, you’re going to love their podcast. Continuing with the refreshing, pop culture rapport, the Freakanomics team explores the riddles of everyday life and the strange, yet intriguing, habits of human nature. Throughout the podcasts, the hosts will bring in some of the most intelligent, yet relatable guests to help compliment that week’s topic.
We all have the TV series that we love. You know, the one you spent 48 straight hours binge watching, only getting off the couch to use the bathroom or pay the take-out Chinese delivery driver. We’ve all been there… right…? Well, consider Serial the Breaking Bad or the Game of Thrones of podcasts, except true. Throughout the entirety of a season, Serial’s host Sarah Koenig tells one true story Each week a new episode is release and leaves on the edge of your seat by the end of it. Lucky for you, two seasons of Serial are completely out and available to listen to here. Binge 4 full work days away with these captivating stories, but fair warning: don’t expect to get much work done. Or, be a responsible adult and listen to one or two episodes during your daily commutes (this option is way less fun).
Big date tonight with someone way out of your league, and need to get cultured – fast? Need a few talking points other than how nice the weather is? Well, 99% Invisible is right for you. Centered around architecture and design, 99PI (lingo for 99% Invisible) basically takes a look at the thought that goes into everything we never think about. From the origin of the fortune cookie to how the space race is affecting archaeologists, 99PI notices the unnoticed. Most episodes are between 20 and 40 minutes long, making it easy to learn enough about 2 or 3 topics to talk about it on that big date tonight.
The Bill Simmons Podcast (The Ringer)
You may remember Bill Simmons from his time on ESPN. He was pretty great on ESPN, I thought. Well, Bill now runs his own podcast and he’s so much better now. Why? Well when Bill was with ESPN, he was restricted on what he could say and who he could criticize due to ESPN’s corporate interest. Now, Bill has gone rogue and tackles every sport and every league and shows how easy it is to be a sports commentator and still be a fan. Bill also moves away from sports and just talks pop culture. Whether you agree with his takes or not, The Bill Simmons Podcast is the ultimate sports guy podcast.