I was looking in my podcast app today and discovered that I’m subscribed to 41 shows. Episodes pour in every week, but I don’t have time to listen to anywhere near all of them.
I’ve realized that I’ve essentially put my podcasts into two categories:
- Those that I listen to every episode.
- Those that I pick and choose based on the title.
Of the 41 that I subscribe to, only seven of them make the “every episode” cut. These are shows that I know I’ll get something out of regardless of what the exact subject is, so they make the cut every time.
In no particular order:
I’ve referenced Hidden Brain on here a few times, as it’s a very thought provoking show.
Malcolm Gladwell’s amazing show about things “overlooked and misunderstood”. The first two seasons of this show are among my favorites of any show ever (with his episode about Wilt Chamberlain perhaps my top pick), but the more recent ones are still ones that I won’t miss.
These guys talk about the “art of creative entrepreneurship” and they do a great job. There are some episode titles that just don’t sound super exciting to me, but I always get something out of them.
You’ll notice Seth Godin’s work sprinkled liberally around this blog, and his weekly podcast is one that I never skip.
Mike Rowe’s podcast, where he tries to channel Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story” and does an exceptional job of it. His more recent episodes include some long conversations at the end that I often skip, but the core stories are incredibly well written and fascinating.
A weekly tech podcast that helps me stay on top of the latest news and trends from the tech world.
This show has gone through some major changes this year, including letting one of the main hosts go, so we’ll see where it ends up. For now, I’ve enjoyed it enough over the years that I’m still in for every episode and we’ll see what happens.
With 34 other podcasts in my player, I certainly listen to a lot of other individual episodes beyond those seven shows. However, those are seven that I don’t skip and they all are excellent.
What are some of your must-hear podcasts?