my top 10 podcasts

Podcasts have become a key channel in my information intake process. They are a perfect way to consume information while working out, driving, and even when trying to fall sleep.

I keep two lists, one of podcasts that I subscribe to (and for the most part listen to every episode), and another with podcasts I find interesting but only browse when in need of additional content.

While the majority of what I listen to is productivity or entrepreneurship oriented (but never news), there are a couple of shows I keep in my main list for entertainment purposes:

  1. a16z. A podcast from Anderseen Horowitz, where topics like future industries and technologies, personal improvement and business in general are discussed in a balanced and knowledgeable way. Publishes every 3-5 days and episodes are 30-60 minutes. Highly recommended.
  2. Cortex. A conversation between CGP Grey and Myke Hurley that revolves around their work methods and practices. The hosts respective personalities make always an entertaining interaction. I never miss an episode and it always jumps to the front of the queue. Publishes every other week and episodes are 90-120 minutes. Highly recommended.
  3. HBR IdeaCast. From Harvard Business Review, where some articles from the publication are discussed. This is hit and miss for me, as I am not always interested in the topic. Publishes every 3-6 days and is always less than 20 minutes.
  4. Hello Internet. A conversation between CGP Grey and Brady Harran about almost any topic. I find the interaction between the hosts extremely entertaining and many times hilarious. I never miss an episode and it always jumps to the front of the queue. Publishes mostly bi-weekly and episodes are 90-120 minutes. Highly recommended.
  5. Mac Power Users. All things OSX and iOS. They discuss workflows, tools and best practices to become more productive. Almost every show brings a new guest that shares their tips and techniques to run their diverse businesses. This has been a great source of ideas for me, many already implemented. Publishes weekly and episodes are 90-120 minutes.
  6. The Productivity Show. A podcast from the Asian Efficiency website, focusing on time management and productivity. Publishes weekly and episodes are 30-45 minutes.
  7. Read to Lead. A podcast that discusses business books and publications, often with the authors or editors. It does not summarize the books, but discusses and expands on some of the key ideas. I use this show to discover and evaluate publications before adding them to my reading list. Publishes weekly and episodes are 30-45 minutes.
  8. Still Untitled: the Adam Savage project. Norman Chan, Will Smith and Adam Savage talk about movies, books, projects and many more things. A great source for books and movies. Publishes weekly and episodes are 30-45 minutes.
  9. Smith’s Notes. Books summaries and Reviews. This show dissects the content of the books and presents them efficiently as a list of key ideas, expanding with additional content where required. Another good source for book ideas. Does not have a regular publish cadence, but most shows are less than 10 minutes.
  10. The Tim Ferriss show. One of the most popular podcasts these days, where Tim interviews an influencer and usually evolves into a rich conversation on topics ranging from personal performance to entrepreneurship to spirituality. Publishes every 3-8 days and episodes range from 45 to 210 minutes. He sometimes publishes some “in between” episodes where he alone discusses a specific topic and are much shorter. Highly recommended.

Some honorable mentions include the podcasts on my secondary list, all of great quality and from where I pull content as needed:

Writing: The Creative Penn

Entrepreneurship: The Smart Passive Income podcast, EOFire

Music: A State of Trance, Clublife by Tiesto

Public Speaking: Steal the Show


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