Podcast Suggestions


It never ends: there is always something new and interesting to stuff into our brain. Whether or not that information is useful right away is unimportant. It's worthwhile regardless.

Finding that information, however, can be time-consumin. Some people have made it their day job to research and share relevant content. So why not cut to the chase and benefit from their work, right?

Let me introduce you to a few of my favourite podcasts. I've done the research work; believe me, they are worth your time. Get on board...


1. Stuff You Should Know

Josh and Chuck are just plain hilarious and always great fun to listen to. They are also excellent at explaining concepts of all kinds (without the use of visuals, remember? This is radio!) to make such things as rogue waves, entomophagy, street gangs, the debt ceiling and colour simple to understand.

With over 700 podcasts done so far, there is plenty to keep you learning for a while...

This podcast is for you if you want to know:

- whether the Wow! signal was actually sent by aliens,

- why you should never scare a vulture,

- if it is possible to sweat color.


2. Under the Influence

Terry O'Reilly is a veteran marketer and his long career fuels his very entertaining take on the advertisting industry. In his own words, his "face is more suited to radio than TV" and that this makes him an excellent radio host. We'll let you decide whether he says the truth about his looks, but you should give it a try regardless. This podcast airs on CBC every Saturday, around lunchtime.

This podcast is for you if you want to know:

- how a product's packaging persuades you to buy,

- why the lady who sued McDonald's because their coffee was hot actually won her case,

- if you can really "brand" raindrops to make them smell like your company.


3. Freakonomics

Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt mix economics with human behaviour to shed light on the "hidden side of everything". They link unexpected situations to help explain away the world around us, with fascinating results.

This podcast is for you if you want to know:

- how the legalization of abortion led to a decrease in crime levels,

- whether we should not live our lives perfectly in line with economic theories,

- why quitting is sometimes the best option.


Even more podcasts to consider:

HBR Ideacast: Harvard Business Review's Podcast

Serial: A fascinating dive into a legal case that confounds everyone

This American Life: Storytelling at its best, centered around a weekly theme

Longform Podcast: Interviews with writers and authors of all genres

Death, Sex + Money: Tackling these three subjects head on, with honesty, humility and insight

Love + Radio: Intimate and entertaining stories on a variety of subjects

The Why Factor: a BBC podcast that explores why we do the things we do

Invisibilia: Stories and interviews about the invisible forces that control human behaviour

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