Perspective on Podcasts

Perspective on Podcasts

This week’s #FreshTip blog is all about podcasts. How did we live without them? Like the radio shows of yore, there’s something special about absorbing information through your ears. Listening to podcasts remind me of listening to baseball games as a kid. Through the great stories and descriptions of the players, the stadium, the weather that my favorite announcers, Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas, I felt like I knew more about the world and the people living in it. Perhaps that’s why I like these particular podcasts – they take me to places and teach me about the people who live there.

Here’s what’s currently on my Podbean download list:

How I Built This

Guy Raz is a busy guy. He is the host, editorial director and co-creator of 3 of NPR’s most popular podcasts, including How I Built This. This particular podcast fills my entrepreneurial gas tank, encouraging me with the thoughts that average people can do above average things. I’ve How I Built Thislearned how Sara Blakely got Neiman-Marcus to carry her first Spanx prototypes, why Jerry Murrell named his burger business Five Guys and how Ron Canion put himself out of business after creating Compaq Computers. Raz’s pleasant demeanor appears to put his interviewees at easy, as they share the good, the bad and the ugly of their entrepreneurial journeys. Listeners get a glimpse into these individuals’ past, what motivated them to start their business, where the pitfalls and challenges arose and what they suspect the future will hold. At the end of most podcasts, there’s often a segment, “How You Built That”, featuring newer startups that are still working on “making it”, which provides great perspective for those of us who are still building our dream businesses.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

As the author of the #1 bestselling titles, The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, Rubin has dedicated most of her career to discover Happier with Gretchen Rubinwhat makes some people happier than others. She co-hosts this podcast with her sister, Elizabeth Craft, a screenwriter in Los Angeles, who provides a nice banter (and guinea pig, in some cases) to drive the potentially overly sweet subject matter in a thought-provoking and down to earth manner. Rubin and Craft use many of their own real life experiences, as well of those of their dedicated listener base, to dive deeply into topics that I often ponder, but don’t often have the words to fully articulate. Through her human habits and natural instincts studies, Rubin has developed the Four Tendencies framework (learn more here) to which she and Craft refer quite a bit.  It’s been a helpful tool to make sense of everyday interactions with family, friends and clients. Rubin and Craft’s casual banter makes me feel like I’m part of a conversation with friends.

The Life Coach School Podcast

The Life Coach School PodcastThis is a new addition to my podcast rotation. I enjoy Castillo’s direct explanations of emotional ideas. Messages such as “Our thoughts drive our actions” and “Our thoughts create our reality and we can change our thoughts” are things that I know, but sometimes have more impact when delivered from a third-party… see, even consultants need consultants! Castillo is a practicing life coach, offers a certification program and has authored four books. I like her presentation style and her podcast topics resonate with me.


Everybody’s Got Something

My most recent discovery, Everybody’s Got Something, is an interview podcast hosted by Good Morning America’s (or in my point of Everybody’s Got Somethingreference – ESPN’s) Robin Roberts. The show’s title is one of Roberts’ late mother’s favorite adages and a good reminder that in fact, everybody has some issue, challenge or struggle that we don’t know anything about, so it’s important to be kind, not judge and use this lens when dealing with others. Roberts interviews celebrities from the sports and entertainment world, plus others who inspire her. So far I’ve enjoyed the conversations, but my favorite part is the “Don’t Think, Don’t Blink” segment, where guests pull a question from a fish bowl and have to give the first answer that comes to mind. Who knew that Giada De Laurentiis keeps teeth whitening gel in her refrigerator?


Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me

Life’s too short to be taken seriously and the Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me crew delivers the week’s top news stories in a quiz show format with Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Mejust the right dose of humor. The podcast is a re-broadcast of their weekly over-the-air show, so we often listen to this podcast as a family on our own schedule, learning about current events and how to discern fact from fiction (and how very close they are) in our favorite segment, “Bluff The Listener”, where each of the three panelists delivers a news story, but only one is true. Each episode also has a special guest as well. After a short interview,each guest participates in their own game of “Not My Job”, in which the show’s creative team creates three questions that are loosely based on that guest’s unique quality (their name, job or how they achieved fame). A great podcast when you just need to laugh about current events.

Ted Radio Hour

Guy Raz hosts this podcast, too. According to the NPR website, “TED Radio Hour is a co-production of NPR and TED that takes listeners on Ted Radio Houra journey through the world of ideas. Each week, the world’s greatest thinkers, scientists, artists, and visionaries join Raz for an exploration into the common experiences that make us human. The TED Radio Hour asks questions like “Why do we have the capacity to imagine?” “What animates us?” “What does it mean to live in the Anthropocene?” It is also the fastest-growing NPR radio program in history and the third most-downloaded podcast in America.” This is a must listen for anyone who is inspired by TED Talks and want to learn more about the world around them. I always learn something from these podcasts and gain a better appreciation for how others view the world.


What are some of your favorite podcasts?

One thought on “Perspective on Podcasts”

  1. Not surprising the podcast lists to which we listen are similar. I also regularly listen to The Leadership Podcast with Jim Vaselopulos and Jan Rutherford. They interview great leaders, review the books they read, and speak with highly influential authors who study them. And, as a kid, Marty Brennaman was the radio voice that provided the player, team, and community stories in my world.

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