Some people have a stack of books by the side of their bed. Me, I have stack of podcasts that pile up on iTunes. I love podcasts because they can go anywhere. When I drove to an office or took the metro to work, I would use that opportunity to listen to podcasts. Not only was it entertaining and educational, it also made me feel productive.Typically, the podcasts I listen to are a weekly series on specifics topic of varying length. On the surface, the topics may not seem relevant to what I do as a marketing consultant and social media strategist – but actually, they feed me great ideas because they present different perspectives.
Like avid readers, I go through ebbs and flows of listening. Now that I work from a home office, I’ve had to carve out time to listen to podcasts. Though I often work with the television on, which requires only a passive kind of listening or attention; when I choose to listen to podcasts, I must try harder to focus on what is being said, which can challenge my active listening skills.
Here are a few different Podcast series that I listen to and that I recommend for those looking for new perspectives.
During the housing crisis, NPR’s Planet Money team spent several episodes explaining about mortgage-backed securities, liquid assets and Moody’s & Standard & Poor’s ratings, which all played an active role. Because Planet Money uses creative ways to explain complex financial concepts, the financial industry has definitely become more interesting to me.
Harvard Business Review IdeaCasts
HBR IdeaCasts are like little golden nuggets of knowledge for your brain. Want to talk to a MIT scholar or nuclear scientist or the founders of Twitter? HBR does, too. For 15 minutes, you’ll get an informative and introspective look into varying topics – all which pertain to elements of productivity, communication and psychology.
On the Media
WNYC produces a weekly series dedicated to examining different elements of the media. From print to digital to trends in television, On The Media presents a thorough investigation guaranteed to pique your interest.
These are the three main podcasts I listen to regularly, but I often supplement them with This American Life, Studio 360 and Radio Lab. Whether on a long car trip, train ride or at my desk, podcasts are the perfect addition to my day.
Do you have a favorite podcast? If so, please share.