Do you know what a podcast is?
I don’t ask that rudely. A lot of people don’t and today I want to share my favorites because you might be missing out on some good stuff! Just as everyone was sure old media forms were dying (translate: radio, newspapers, TV) thanks to the internet, the internet brought me one of my new favorite things: podcasts!
You, yes you, could make a podcast for pretty much nothing (if not nothing) and share it with the whole for for pretty much nothing and that is cool because we now have access to stories, information, people we might’ve never known before. So many are free. Unlike radio, they’re stored and ready whenever you are. You can come back to them again and again. It’s now my preferred listening material when I exercise or drive.
And if you’ve never listened to any, here are some of my current favorites:
You might not know that you know Hank. He is a husband, father, adventurer, storyteller and founder of Adopt Together. If you’ve seen photos of smiles drawn on the palms of hands, you’ve met Hank Fortener. His podcast is thought-provoking, steeped in history and research and connects brain with spirit in a refreshing way. I just finished listening to his January podcast and set an intent to celebrate my goals and directions every month versus set an intent and forget. Every month I want to remember that I am new instead of waiting for January. And I decided that while getting ready for work in the morning, Typically Hazardous playing in the background. It was a productive morning to say the least.
Tim Ferriss is the author of the 4-Hour Workweek and his podcast has been rated #1 on iTunes. When I say it’s a business podcast, please don’t read “stuffy”. It’s the opposite. Tim interviews creators of all types to pull tools and tips for success. I recently listened to an amazing episode with BJ Novak who is a comedy writer but offered tools that would help anyone who was trying to be productive. Whether you’re starting a business, writing, managing time and expenses, pretty much anything, Tim has resources to help.
Think of TED Radio Hour as like 5 TED talks put together on a common theme.
I listened to the one about love and how to find it. Honestly, it made me less afraid of online dating and more willing to be open and vulnerable. Recently, I’ve been reading “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion and it’s making me want to check out their episode called “Rethinking Death”.
The Moment with Brian Koppelman is a dive into pinnacle moments in the lives of creative minds. Brian has had interviews with folks like Tim Ferriss, Amy Schumer, Cary Elwes, Dave Ramsey, everyone. It’s their stories of being afraid, their stories of trying anyway. And I’m about that.
The Liturgists is now a collective founded by two men (Michael Gungor and Mike McHargue) who discuss science, faith and art in a way that is approachable and sacred. I was turned on to the Liturgists when a friend sent me an episode called “Vapor” which walked me through one of the most amazing meditation experiences of my life.
So what are you listening to? What are you filling your tank with?
Might I suggest one of these. You won’t regret it.