The Benefits of Listening
Multi-tasking is mostly a myth. But the ability to walk and chew gum is akin to walking/riding/traveling and listening to a podcast.
- We all have daily activities that don't require perfect concentration on one thing. Exercise, commuting, waiting, eating alone are examples.
- Podcasts is the new form of the old habit of listening to a radio newscast.
- Give up some time from your music playlist to learn something, be informed, activate your subconscious, absorb.
- Be smart about it. I set all my podcasts to play back at 1.25X to save some time. Your brain can quickly adapt.
- Links are generic. I'm in the Mac/iPhone world. Your mileage may vary.
Categories and Favorites plus Options
Here are favorites. Also some that drop into categories you might find interesting. There are other worthy options below. I'll give you a quick opinion on all.
Revisionist History- Malcolm Gladwell is my pick for the master non-fiction author and audio deliverer of the day. I first found "Tipping Point" a revelation and have read every long-form piece he's written since. Yes, sometimes simplistic in analysis but I haven't had the pages turn as fast since the heyday of John McPhee. His first pods were a little clunky but he's polished himself into a compelling narrator. Revisionist History is his prime milieu. Fact. History that it turns out isn't or wasn't as it was first revealed. Surprises. Revelations. Rethinking. The perfect grist for examples I've used with clients over the years. This pod is now in its 7th season and just as delicious as it was the first time around. You won't look at Toyota, elite colleges, the Vietnam War, or Brian Williams the same way again.
Freakonomics - Stephen Dubner has assumed the mantle of the partnership that originated unexpected knowledge in the book. Still great stuff. Incisive examination of stuff that was passed off as true, but ... Why do most drug dealers live with their mothers? Because it's a really bad business model - and other hits just keep on coming. I don't listen to every episode but whenever I do it's a mind-changing experience. Wide ranging subject material.
Inside the Strategy Room - If you're a corporate or big org denizen you'll probably find this interesting and insightful. I'm less a fan of McKinsey after their embracing of evil clients. Can't criticie trheir chops when it comes to interviewing real-life clients who've been through strategic challenges.
Against the Rules - Surpassing Gladwell as a narrator is another of the best class of non-fiction author. Michael Lewis. The guy who broght us MoneyBall, The Big Short, The Premonition, and more. Under the banner of Gladwell's Pushkin Industries he's built a solid reputation as a podcaster. John Williams of the NYTimes Book Review wrote, "I would read an 800-page history of the stapler if he wrote it." He's just as good with the spoken word. Probably because he wrote it. Gifted.
News and General - I do a lot of scanning in my work so I don't often look for news sources. But here are just a couple if you feel you want to fill out your exposure:
The Globalist - I couldn't NOT mention this institution. But damn Terry Gross. I just don't have the hours to keep up with her. Always polished, well-prepared. This is perhaps the most topical of podcasts out there except for some of the pure newscasts. If you've got the time and the inclination, good on you.
Stuff You Should Know - General interest of the best kind. Yep, selecting is key here. Too much "stuff" IMO. Like Terry Gross below. But worthy.
Fresh Air - I couldn't NOT mention this institution. But damn Terry Gross. I just don't have the hours to keep up with her. Always polished, well-prepared. This is perhaps the most topical of podcasts out there except for some of the pure newscasts. If you've got the time and the inclination, good on you.
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