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The Ultimate Podcast Roundup
From Stoics to startups, from programmers to pastors, these shows cover the gamut.
I have a pretty short list of things I don’t believe at face value when I hear them.
“No, it’s fine.” It’s definitely not fine.
“With all due respect…” So, probably no respect.
“I don’t like chocolate.” Okay, maybe some people genuinely mean this, but I just can’t relate.
“I’ll never find a podcast I enjoy.” You just haven’t tried the right ones.
I know it’s a strong belief, but I’m convinced there’s a podcast out there for everyone—and anyone. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed podcast junkie or still believe they’re not the vibe, this week’s post is for you.
Podcasts for the “I don’t have a long attention span” people
The Bible Recap - Typically under 10 minutes, these episodes give a high-level rundown of the Bible over the course of a year. They’re full of interesting detail and application without getting too far into the weeds, and whether you use it to kick off your Bible study time for the day or just as a mood boost at a low point in the day, you’ll find it valuable.
The Pour Over Today - If you want to be an informed citizen but not a triggered citizen, check this one out—again, less than 10 minutes, but a good way to get a quick round-up of what’s happening in the world each day.
The Daily Stoic - Most episodes are less than 12 minutes, and they’re usually in two parts so if you can handle 5 minutes you’ll be good to go. And, don’t worry, it’s not obnoxiously academic—Ryan applies philosophy to real life in a easy-to-relate-to sort of way.
Podcasts for the “I don’t like when it’s too scripted” people
The Vance Crowe Podcast - Always a meaningful listen for those of us who enjoy hearing genuine answers to thought-provoking questions. Vance does an exceptional job at allowing his guests to share their own stories while also opening them up to share ideas they didn’t even realize they had. I’ve never listened to an episode I didn’t find worthwhile.
The Haley Smith Podcast - When she says she keeps it real, she means it. A great listen especially for those of us young folks handling big life decisions and transitions when we don’t feel qualified.
Podcasts for the “I like learning but I don’t want to feel like I’m getting a college lecture” people
The Future of Agriculture - Tim does a great job of hosting this podcast because he is genuinely curious yet already has such a vast array of knowledge on the industry. The guests cover a wide range of roles and sub-sectors of food and agriculture, painting both a broad and nuanced picture of what’s happening now and what’s to come.
Motley Fool Money - If you want to learn about investing and making wise financial decisions, but you hate finance, this is the show for you. The hosts are lively, the content is relevant, and you’ll quickly be surprised by how much you’ll end up learning about obscure companies that no one has heard of yet are thriving on the stock market.
Podcasts for the “I don’t want to listen unless it makes me want to go back to school for a philosophy degree” people
Lex Fridman Podcast - Lex has got to be one of the most compassionate, optimistic, and intelligent, humans on the planet. There is incredible depth in all of his conversations and such a clear desire to bring good to the world. He invites guests from a variety of fields, and always seeks the truth.
Unbelievable? - If you love a good debate, this one is calling your name. Even if you don’t typically enjoy conflicts of opinion, you may still enjoy these episodes as they are typically moderated exceptionally well. Most of the topics are centered on Christian theology, but range from very specific, seemingly minor, theological points to bigger questions about the existence of God and the meaning of life.
So, there you have it. I challenge you to give these a try and let me know if you still don’t enjoy podcasts—truly, I want to know. And if you already are on board the podcast train, let me know which shows you enjoy! Each of these shows have changed my life in some way, even if very small, and I hope to share those nuggets of wisdom with you here. Thanks for giving these a chance.