WHOA. it's been a year since I last shared my favorite podcasts!! WHERE does the time go? In the last year I've changed many of the podcasts I listen to; ditching some and adding others. Also, I recently switched to a new method of listening to podcasts. In the morning, while driving to work (~25 mins) I listen to a work-related podcast. Any other time in the day, I listen to my other podcasts. So I'll break them into those two groups in this post.


I got smarter after writing my last podcast post and in this post I decided to copy in the podcast description from iTunes, so you can actually read about what the show is about. I am not good at summarizing, haha.


Also, as I mentioned in last year's podcast post, I don't listen to EVERY episode of these podcasts. I pick and choose episodes that sound interesting. So yes, this is a very long list, but I don't spend 24/7 listening to all the episodes.


Oh! And in case you're in the market for a podcast app, my podcast player of choice is Overcast. I like it much better than the one built into the iPhone. It takes a bit to get used to how to build playlists and how to include a show in that playlist, but once you're up and running it's a great app. (I think at some point I paid a small fee to get the premium version so I don't have ads on it)



Work Related:

Manager Tools

Manager Tools is a weekly business podcast focused on helping professionals become more effective managers and leaders. Each week, we discuss specific actions for professionals to take to achieve their desired management and career objectives.

I am a team lead at work and this podcast, while it definitely is made for actual managers, helps me learn how to be a better team lead.  It also helps me as an employee learn what managers are looking for in my performance. I will warn you that this feels more like a classroom lecture than like a traditional podcast (aka... it can be kinda dry), but it's worth listening just for the knowledge.


Radical Candor

A show about how not to hate the boss you have...or be the boss you hate. Hosts Kim Scott and Russ Laraway, Candor, Inc. co-founders and Silicon Valley veterans, will share stories from their experiences and change the way you think about management. Join us each week for actionable tips for doing the best work of your life and building the best relationships of your career.

I recently started listening to this one; it's also very manager focused but is a little more down to earth (aka, they laugh and joke around). I really like that the hosts are more casual; it feels less like a lecture and more like a traditional podcast. It has good knowledge for managers (or team leads!) and also for employees.


Beyond the To-Do List

Learn how to choose the right projects, tasks, and goals in work and life. This show will help you do that with conversations with the people behind the productivity. We talk with people on all aspects of productivity, including getting the right work done, getting good work done, and the true end goal of productivity: living a meaningful life.

I'm a sucker for anything related to productivity. I recently started listening to this and am liking it so far!






(in order of how much I love them)


The Lively Show

The Lively show is a weekly podcast designed to uplift, inspire & add a little extra intention to your everyday. Episodes touch on various aspects of our lives including possessions, personal habits, relationships, and career. Entrepreneurship and online business also appear from time to time.

I've been listening to The Lively Show for probably 3 or 4 years now, and I've really been loving her episodes lately! She talks about a lot of "woo woo" stuff like the law of attraction but also shares some very practical advice. I am loving listening to her recently because she's always so positive about life.


Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s cohost and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully.

As I've posted many times before... I love Gretchen Rubin! This podcast is great; I love the tips she and her sister share and the subjects they talk about. There's always something new they introduce that makes me think.


Reply All

A show about the internet. And trained rats, time travel, celebrity dogs, lovelorn phone scammers, angry flower children, workplace iguanas, and more.

I don't even know how to describe this podcast (and that official description above doesn't really help either, haha) It's basically just really funny and discusses technological problems/stories. (like a recent 2 part episode where an uber account was hacked by someone in Russia, and NO one could figure out how it got hacked) It gets even funnier as you get to know the hosts of the show better. My favorite episodes are when they do "Yes/Yes/No" - their boss comes to them with a social media post that he doesn't understand, and the two hosts try to explain it to him.


The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.

Listening to this podcast keeps me motivated to remain minimalist :) Once you've been listening for awhile, sometimes the show does seem repetitive, but I want to keep filling my brain (brainwashing myself? haha) with ideas about minimalism so I don't mind when it gets repetitive. And in their defense, what should I expect, how many new ideas can you have about minimalism? It's a pretty simple concept.


By the Book

By the Book is half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. Join comedian Jolenta Greenberg and her skeptical friend Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might actually be life changing.

The first (and only, so far) episode was based on the book "The Secret", so they tried to follow the suggestions of that book and learned what benefit that gave to their life. I've never read The Secret but have heard of many of the concepts, so it was funny to listen to two skeptics implement the ideas in their lives. They announced that their second episode would be based on The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and I can't wait to hear what they say about that book!


Planet Money

The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.

Just started listening to this one- it sounded boring by the title (even though I like money stuff) but it's more like little mini stories that just happen to do with money or the economy.


Side Hustle School

A daily show for everyone who works a regular job and wants to start an income-earning project on the side. In each episode, listeners will hear a different story of someone who's started a side hustle—along with what went well, how that person overcame challenges, and what happened as a result.

Super short (usually around 5-8 minutes) daily (yes, DAILY- I skip many of them when they start backing up in my playlist) episodes about people building side businesses. It's very motivational if you're into the side business thing.



Each week, hear surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports.

I skip many of these episodes, but the ones that do catch my attention are really good! I like when they talk about motivation and building habits.


Stuff You Should Know

How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

I skip a lot of these that don't sound interesting, but the episodes that DO sound interesting are really cool. The hosts dive into one subject each episode and explain how things work. The hosts themselves are really funny which brings humor into some very dry topics.


The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him "the world's best human guinea pig," and The New York Times calls him "a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk." In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.

I used to have this in my feed, then got rid of it, then brought it back when he interviewed my hero, Mr. Money Mustache. (listen to that episode here) I still skip a lot of the episodes (like the ones focused on fitness or nutrition) but there are a few good ones that will catch my attention and I'll listen.



On hold pending a new season: Serial and Mystery Show... although in researching the website to link to for Mystery Show, I just now discovered that the show was cancelled!!? So I guess no new season :(




Phew... That's a long list.


What podcasts do you listen to??