Three years ago, guess how many podcasts I was listening to.
My how things have changed. Now, whether I’m on an early morning walk or run, picking up groceries, driving my car somewhere, or even doing a monotonous task at work, I’m always listening to a podcast. As a maximizer, I love podcasts because they allow me to learn while doing ordinary, mundane things.
If you’re anything like me, you’re interested in doing the same. So, without further ado, here are 12 of my favorite podcasts (in no particular order).
Podcasts on Business, Leadership, Work, Platform Building, Blogging, Writing
- The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, Jeff’s podcast has been one of the most encouraging things for my work life I’ve heard in the last nine months. Though Jeff’s blog is largely focused on writing, this podcast is much broader. The Portfolio Life is dedicated to helping you find your calling and pursue work that matters. I highly recommend it to all of my friends, especially those in their 20s.
- Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn
If you’ve never heard of Pat’s blog or podcast, you gotta check it out. This guy has helped tons of people start online businesses, write eBooks, and grow their platform.
In my last Weekly Roundup, I mentioned that this podcast has become one of my recent go-to’s. Koppelman is a former record producer turned screenwriter, movie producer, and filmmaker (he cowrote Rounders and Oceans 13) who interviews a wide range of interesting and inspiring guests (writers, actors, directors, musicians, and even chefs). Very insightful and entertaining.
If you’ve never heard of WTF, you’ve got to check it out. Maron is a comedian who mainly interviews folks in the entertainment industry (comedians, actors, musicians, etc.). While it may sound a lot like Koppelman’s podcast, it’s not. Maron is a slightly neurotic but often hilarious mess who’s been divorced twice and been through rehab for substance abuse. Surprisingly, his interviews are full of incredibly deep, vulnerable moments–both from him and his guests.
If I was ranking these podcasts, Ira Glass’s storytelling podcast would be awfully close to the top. Every week TAL features three stories around a particular theme, like Notes on Camp, Father’s Day, Babysitting, or Switched at Birth. This podcast is a must listen.
“Snap Judgment (‘storytelling, with a beat’) presents compelling personal narratives, mixing music with real drama to produce cinematic and compelling storytelling.” Like This American Life, Snap features three stories a week around a particular theme. I must admit, this podcast has become one of my recent favorites. Snap in particular does an amazing job with their sound design and music during the stories. Host Glynn Washington is also hilarious.
Ira Glass himself said this of Snap: “Amazing. Like a cousin of This American Life that grew up in a wildly different neighborhood…”
Note: Serial would most definitely be on this list if it was still running (which, in fact, it will be again very soon). If you haven’t listened to Season 1, go ahead and block off a weekend and do it.
You’ve probably heard of the now famous TED talks. Another NPR staple, this podcast features the best of those talks adapted for radio. The great thing about this podcast is that the producers pick one topic each episode and combine several TED talks into one show, providing many different perspectives on the same topic.
- The Briefing with Dr. Albert Mohler
Proving “daily analysis of current events from a Christian worldview,” Mohler’s 20-min podcast has become a part of my morning routine. Dr. Mohler, the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, offers incredibly insightful and relevant commentary headlines and trends.
- Renewing Your Mind with Dr. R.C. Sproul
A vital arm of Dr. Sproul’s Ligionier Ministries, Renewing Your Mind features 20-min teaching segments on everything from the Holy Spirit to the person and work of Jesus. This podcast is basically like a seminary course for the average Joe.
APJ is definitely on my short list of all-time favorites. In it, Piper tackles listeners’ tough theological and pastoral questions. Another great feature: podcast episodes are super short, typically running somewhere between 7-10 min.
This podcast features a mix of roundtable conversations and sermons/talks from TGC conferences. Solid, gospel-centered content.
Though I realize this one may not be logical to those who don’t live in Charlotte and don’t go to Hope (my wife and I’s home church), hear me out. In my humble (albeit biased) opinion, the preaching at Hope is some of the best I’ve ever heard. The gospel-centered teaching, vulnerability, and humility of our pastors has been revolutionary in my understanding of the gospel. I highly recommend it with all that I am.
Honorable Mentions: Let My People Think with Ravi Zacharias, Timothy Keller Sermons, John Piper Messages, 5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols, RELEVANT magazine podcast, and The Liturgists podcast.
Your Favorite Podcasts
What about you? What do you recommend? What podcasts should I should add to my list? Leave your answer in the comments below or share it via social media.