Podcast Recommendations

Hey guys,

I haven't seen a recent forum about this so wanted to make an updated one. During this last summer, I started getting into podcasts during my commute (I listen to Joe Rogan, Planet Money, NPR Politics, TED daily) and were curious about what others on WSO listen to.

I would like to find some more good finance/economics podcasts, a good news wrap-up, and just generally interesting ones like Joe Rogan. Would love to hear what you all recommend!

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Dec 30, 2019 - 11:15am
larry david:

The Portal

Came here just to recommend this. I listen to The Artificial Intelligence Podcast by Lex Fridman. His episode with Eric Weinstein is fantastic

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Dec 30, 2019 - 11:17am

Just throwing this out there--I don't understand the popularity of Joe Rogan. He isn't a particularly great interviewer. I've really been open-minded to his podcast, but I just can't get into it. And as far as his own personal commentary, it's really of no greater insight than that of any person you'd meet on the street. If you're not a great interviewer or if you don't bring great commentary then I don't see the point. And yet Joe Rogan is the dominant figure of our era in podcasting.

Also, why on Earth does NPR have a politics podcast? NPR is partially financed by the American public. It has no business covering politics the way it does. There is so much news out there that the for-profits don't cover. Why isn't NPR taking greater pains to cover the news that the for-profits no longer cover? Everyone is covering politics--no one covers, ya know, real news anymore.

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Dec 30, 2019 - 12:30pm
larry david:

Joe is that somewhat shit-headed pot smoking older brother we never had

His overwhelming popularity is further evidence to me that the general public is full of morons.

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Jan 1, 2020 - 8:45am

joe mama getting POUNDED IN THE ASS

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Dec 30, 2019 - 1:07pm

I think the best way to understand Rogan's popularity is that he's the modern day Johnny Carson. Not that his show is similar. But their popularity is similar that Rogan was a first real mover in his space (long form podcast interviews) as Carson was a first real mover in late night. Neither of them had to be particularly good at what they did, they just had to be decent enough to build a following before others, which leads to top guests, which which leads to more of a following and so forth.

To be clear I know neither of them was the first mover. But each of them took it from a more basic stage to something more mainstream.

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:12pm
PteroGonzalez:

To be clear I know neither of them was the first mover. But each of them took it from a more basic stage to something more mainstream.

Agreed. It's easy to listen to it passively. The Portal is quite the opposite, the first episode with Peter Thiel is very dense but packed with amazing information. That being said, you need to be alert while listening or else you'll likely get lost. Same with the Artificial Intelligence Podcast that I recommended. To really extract the value, you need to pay attention. JRE you can zone out in traffic and laugh a little. It's easier to digest. It's philosophical (usually) at the high school level, which are full of fun thought experiments.

Look at TV and books of the modern era. It's full of easy watching/ reading/ listening.

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Dec 30, 2019 - 7:17pm

Maybe you haven't listened to his more interesting episodes. The ones with comedians and MMA guys are typically just them bullshitting and hanging out. The ones with Jordan Peterson, Alex Jones, and David Goggins for example are extremely entertaining and worth listening to

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:47pm
sixshooter69:

Maybe you haven't listened to his more interesting episodes. The ones with comedians and MMA guys are typically just them bullshitting and hanging out. The ones with Jordan Peterson, Alex Jones, and David Goggins for example are extremely entertaining and worth listening to

I have. They aren't good interviews compared to Rogan's competition interviewing the same people. This country is just full white trash idiots with no taste in anything.

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Dec 31, 2019 - 7:07am
real_Skankhunt42:

Just throwing this out there--I don't understand the popularity of Joe Rogan. He isn't a particularly great interviewer. I've really been open-minded to his podcast, but I just can't get into it. And as far as his own personal commentary, it's really of no greater insight than that of any person you'd meet on the street. If you're not a great interviewer or if you don't bring great commentary then I don't see the point. And yet Joe Rogan is the dominant figure of our era in podcasting.

Also, why on Earth does NPR have a politics podcast? NPR is partially financed by the American public. It has no business covering politics the way it does. There is so much news out there that the for-profits don't cover. Why isn't NPR taking greater pains to cover the news that the for-profits no longer cover? Everyone is covering politics--no one covers, ya know, real news anymore.

For Rogan, it depends on the single podcast. He's very open when it comes to welcoming guests with any kind of controversial views, which results in rare gems of podcasts among a sea of shit. A large number of podcasts are actually just boring for the most, however it's always a topic with a niche audience, which guarantees there's always someone interested in listening.

Kind of a unique business model, difficult to replicate. Rogan gets away with everything because he doesn't take himself seriously and he doesn't care anyway.

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.

Jan 3, 2020 - 12:27pm

You're missing the point of why Rogan is popular. His strength isn't in being a commentator, and intellectual, or otherwise public thinker, and he doesn't claim to be. He has an uncanny ability to connect to almost anyone and get them to talk about themselves, their thoughts, and their lives for hours on end. He's a tool used to pry open interesting people.

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:51pm

On the way in:
-The Daily (NYT)
-The Intelligence (The Economist)
both are out early enough each morning that I don't need to try to read my Bloomberg on the way in.

My go-to work podcasts are Trillions and Odd Lots (Bloomberg) They also put out a good mini-series called 'The ETF Story.' For Politics I like 538 and CNN's 'The Forecast' with 538 alum Harry Enten. For general (read: I'm going to be asleep half-way through) Hello Internet is my favorite, followed by ATP, Liftoff, Cortex, and Delete This.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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Dec 31, 2019 - 7:40am

Who would hit me with anonymous monkey shit for this? If you don't like one or more of the podcasts, say so. If you find it insulting that I'll fall asleep half-way through a 2 hour long podcast that I like, then you have too much free time.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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Dec 31, 2019 - 11:31pm

538 is only okay for sports. Nate silver is a libtard who said Kamara Harris was a top contender and just uses numbers to justify using BS opinions. He's not a statistician or a data scientist, he's a biased POS

Jan 1, 2020 - 1:33am
Lloyd BIankfein:

538 is only okay for sports. Nate silver is a libtard who said Kamara Harris was a top contender and just uses numbers to justify using BS opinions. He's not a statistician or a data scientist, he's a biased POS

Thanks. Respectfully, as someone registered as a Republican I disagree with the 538 opinion (I'm pretty close to a statistician/data scientist, [I've created policy for our Global Investment Performance Standards {GIPS} committee and a friend's business cards do say 'Sabermetrician'[I'm f'ing serious, and he can back it up working for a sports data firm]) I find them to largely report politics in a 'horse race' manner as opposed to having any ideology. I also agree that they completely flopped on Kamala Harris, although who could have predicted her shit-show of a campaign organization? She was also electably a little left of center while not being a geriatric white dude, which is important in a dem primary.

On the other side of the isle, Trump's quite simply redesigning the party. McCain and (HW) Bush were appalled, and Romney is an active Trump detractor. Polling those sort of things are nearly impossible, so they just need to guess.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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Dec 30, 2019 - 1:10pm
Jacoby n Myers:

Jocko Willink Podcast, Ryan Michler's Order of Man, This Past Weekend w/ Theo Von, The Acquirers Podcast, Stuff you Should Know, The Art of Manliness, Radical Personal Finance

To name a few of many

Celino & Barnes is more reliable. (I'm sure nobody has made this bad joke before) They also have a better play.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
Dec 30, 2019 - 1:14pm

Theo is so funny, didnt' even know he had a podcast. Will check that out.

You obviously have good taste so I don't know how you can stand Jocko, to me he is the most cliche self-help guy. Like a combo of Tony Robbins and every cartoonish high school football coach ever portrayed on TV. But more power to you, I wish I could get something out of his stuff.

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:17pm

I respect the hell out of Jocko but I can't get into his podcast either. Tony Robbins pisses me off.

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Dec 30, 2019 - 6:49pm

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Dec 30, 2019 - 7:46pm

"Going Deep with Chad and JT" is hilarious depending on your age

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Dec 31, 2019 - 12:03pm

Google Talks are underrated

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Dec 31, 2019 - 10:12am

Conan O'Brian Needs a Friend
Ask a Cycling Coach - really get into the biology and science of endurance training

Dec 31, 2019 - 12:16pm

I listen to far too many podcasts. Here are the best I've found...

Finance/Economics: IMF Podcasts, The Investors Podcast, Real Vision, Freakonomics, Wall Street Oasis, Planet Money, Goldman Sachs Podcasts (Talks at GS, Top of Mind, Exchanges at Goldman Sachs), Invest Like the Best

General Business: David Rubenstein Show, How I Built This, Masters of Scale, Masters in Business

Health/Personal: The Tim Ferris Show, WHOOP, Ben Greenfield Fitness, The Knolwedge Project, Trained

Other Interesting Topics: Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates, 99% Invisible, Against the Rules (Michael Lewis), Revisionist History (Malcolm Gladwell)

Jan 1, 2020 - 11:07am

Freakonomics and Planet Money are good, but I hate how they'll just re-post an old episode if they don't have new content for a week. I don't want to have to read the episode description to find out that it first aired in 2012 when Apple's saying it was posted on Tuesday. I also like reading Barry's stuff, but never could get into Masters in Business. It is neither low-key enough to sleep to or intense enough to enthrall you.

99 P.I. and Revisionist History are both great, but really require your full attention. It's weird because both Roman Mars and Malcolm Gladwell have voices that should just put you to sleep, (in a good way) but the content is just riveting. For Revisionist History I recommend starting with "My Little Hundred Million" from season 1. It's unfortunately the third part of a three part series but stands on it's own amazingly well, and really sells the podcast's themes.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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Jan 1, 2020 - 2:53pm

yeah, but scott supports BOOMER michael bloomberg for president, so he's ok in my books

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Jan 1, 2020 - 2:54pm

michael lewis' against the rules podcast is pretty great - wouldn't expect anything less from him tbh

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Jan 2, 2020 - 3:25pm
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