My day starts out by Mac licking my face to wake me up. He’s ready for the walk. I walk the dogs around the neighborhood for 30 minuets, do a cinder block workout, shower, down a few eggs and I’m out the door. Podcast time! My commute rages from 20-40 minutes and listening to podcasts makes it not only tolerable, but something I look forward to.
Something for Everyone
17% of American regularly listen to podcasts. The other 83% are missing out.
There are 250,00+ podcasts available with more starting all the time. There is definitely something for everyone. Here’s a quick list of the main categories;
- Games & Hobbies
- Government & Organizations
- News & Politics
- Religion & Spirituality
- Science & Medicine
- Society & Culture
- Personal Journals
- Places & Travel
- Sports & Recreation
Expose Yourself to Different Ideas
Have you ever heard the expression, “you never know what you don’t know?” Well, it’s true. You have absolutely no idea what you’ve been missing until first contact. Instead of simply producing more fluff like the radio, Podcasts offer a very streamlined method to expose individuals to many different ideas. I have become a more knowledgeable and more rounded man. But, be warned that some of the well produced material is created by people with degenerative views such as leftism, feminism, and socialism. You will have to do some work testing different podcasts to figuring out your preferences, but it’s absolutely worth it.
My Top 10
I have 25+ podcasts I jump back and forth listening to, but here are my current Top 10 in alphabetical order with their iTunes descriptions and my comments:
“99% Invisible (99 Percent Invisible) is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture.”
I recommend Episode 83: Heyoon, which is a story of a local “secret spot” for teenagers in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“Victor Pride is the man behind Bold and Determined – The Website for Winners and the author of Body of a Spartan and 30 Days of Discipline. Victor offers insight into the mind of a successful online entrepreneur as he discusses making money online, men’s fitness and motivation.”
Dan Asks Victor Pride…
Victor Pride had a Q & A episode all about Vietnam. Dan’s question and Victor’s classic response is contained in the clip below:
“Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the “if it bleeds, it leads,” kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.”
Episode Seventeen: Final Exit, in which an elderly lady is an “exit guide” for those who want to commit suicide, was extremely powerful.
“Design Matters with Debbie Millman is a thought-provoking internet podcast, which profiles industry-leading graphic designers, change agents, artists, writers and educators.”
I really enjoyed the interview with Tina + Ryan Essmaker and their story of basically quitting their day jobs and pursing their passion.
“Nick van der Kolk’s Love and Radio features intimate and otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime.”
I recommend The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt, which is a story of a larger than life at-home strip club manager.
“Welcome to Ludology, an analytical discussion of the how’s and why’s of the world of board games. Rather than news and reviews, Ludology explores a variety of topics about games from a wider lens, and discusses game history, game design and game players.”
I love all types of games and am an aspiring designer (hortongames.com). Ludology does a great job breaking down the mechanics of games.
“Mike Cernovich, author of Gorilla Mindset, has helped millions of people change how they think and feel through his mindset techniques. His podcast is the most-popular mindset podcast in the world. To learn more about Mike Cernovich, whose writing has been covered in the Washington Post, MSNBC, and other outlets.”
Mike is very knowledgeable over a broad range of subjects, and, most importantly, he’s brutally honest. I believe he simply turns on the microphone and starts talking about whatever is on his mind. I don’t have a particular recommendation, because they are all solid.
“About pipes: smoking, buying, trading pipes, reviewing tobacco, interviews with carvers, tobacconists, collectors and pipe smokers. This is all about the hobby, and educating new pipe smokers as well as entertaining anyone interesting in smoking pipes.”
“A podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.”
You have to check out Episode 40: Ramin Djawadi on the Game of Thrones Theme!
“The Mortified Podcast is a storytelling series where adults share the embarrassing things they created as kids– diaries, letters, lyrics & beyond– in front of total strangers.”
If you’ve ever been to summer camp, Episode 21: Mortified’s Summer Camp Spectacular is a must.
Go Get Started
There’s no reason to wait: get on the podcast train and start exploring today. Here’s my setup below. Just an old school iPod with an FM transmitter to my car radio.
What Podcasts are you listening to?
Chase your raison d’être,