Notepad: Educational Podcasts

You asked for it, now its here: my favorite podcasts that you can learn a thing or two from. As someone who has grown up loving documentaries, these “educational” podcasts are an exciting addition to my morning routine. Nerdy? Sure. Maybe you’ll tag along.

To learn more about this blog series, “Notepad”, click here. 

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Category: Daily News

The Journal

This is my favorite daily podcast- the 15-20 minute episodes share a succinct recap on important and timely news focused on “Money, Business, and Power”.

The Daily*

Think “The Journal”, but hosted by the New York Times… this podcast covers more international events or issues, hosted by incredible journalists. From what I can tell, it’s less category-focused, and more big picture things that are going on around the world that are probably good to know about.

Category: Business

Business Casual*

Hosted by one of the writers of The Morning Brew, Kinsey Grant sits down with high-profile experts and CEO’s to talk how they started their businesses and what that industry looks like today.

Business Wars*

This podcast discusses major industry leaders battling it out (recent examples: Facebook vs Snapchat, Cereal Wars)… Each topic has a few episodes each so you are sure to get deep into each topic. Worth checking out their page to see if there is a specific topic that interests you!

How I Built This

One of my favorite podcasts (hosted by one of my favorite podcast hosts, Guy Raz). Raz chats with successful business owners about where they came up with their ideas, how they started their business, and why it grew.

Some of my favorite episodes: Glossier: Emily Weiss; Dyson: James Dyson; Stacy’s Pita Chips: Stacy Madison; Away: Jen Rubio

Citations Needed*

Their own bio says it better than I’ll be able to- “the intersection of media, PR, and power”. Sounds great for anyone interested in Communications.

Category: Law

More Perfect*

This legal podcast focuses on Supreme Court cases and how they might be affecting our lives in ways we haven’t realized or noticed.

Against the Rules*

This could probably fall under business or law, but this pod covers “fairness” in a multitude of industries and professions.

Serial- Season 1

Ok, this isn’t exactly educational, its more of a story line. But it is amazing, and arguably educational to learn about how the court and journalism system works when it comes to murder cases.

Category: Internet

Reply All*

“A podcast about the internet that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it.” – The Guardian.

IRL*

This podcast gets real about what we might consider distant and intangible. Data breaches, ethics, and fake news are some topics covered in IRL.

Category: Startups

Start Up*

“A show about what it’s really like to start a business”- this pod covers the journey of a startup to its selling point, and the ins and outs that might be helpful to someone on an entrepreneurial path.

This has been recommended to me by 3 different “sources” and I’ve started listening- its addicting, and offers a unique and interesting perspective about what it really takes to start a business, from perfecting a pitch to orchestrating your “exit”.

The Pitch*

My professor described this as, “The audio version of Shark Tank”. Say no more.

My First Million*

As you may guess from its Namesake, this podcast interviews millionaires about how they made it- their strategy and how they found their success.

Category: History 

Hard Core History*

Hosted by “one of the best storytellers in the world”, Dan Carlin “weaves historical information with deep questions and Twilight Zone-style twists to help illustrate the power and continuing relevance of the past.”

Second Decade*

This history pod examines notable people and events from all around the world, and over all times.


 

Podcasts with an * were recommended to me. BEAR WITH ME- I know most of them have the “*” but I only have so many hours in the day to listen to all of these podcasts myself! These were all recommended to me by trusted sources (i.e. professors and smart friends). If you listen to any of these already or start listening now, let me know how you like them!

Special “thank yous” to Professor Peruta and my older brothers Eric and Peter for most of these recommendations! 

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