I listen to a lot of podcasts. I've almost always got one on in the background while I'm working (unless I really need to concentrate, in which case I use brain.fm). I'm amazed at how podcasts have taken the place of radio for so many people. With that in mind, I thought you guys might like to see what I listen to. I've broken them into several categories.
Podcasts I pay for
Podcasts are basically free, so you might wonder why I'd pay for a podcast. The following three podcasts are so meaningful to me that I'd be heartbroken if they quit making them, so I actually send these guys money to make sure they don't. These obviously fall into the "Can't Miss" category as well.
Waking Up - Sam Harris does this podcast, and it's always mind expanding. Whether he's discussing religion, politics, or science I always get something out of it.
Common Sense - This is the first of two podcasts by Dan Carlin that I willingly pay for. Common Sense is Dan's current events podcast. His views line up pretty well with my own, and he applies a historical lens to current events.
Hardcore History - This is the other Dan Carlin podcast I never miss and happily pay for. This is a deep exploration of history and he sometimes spends up to 15 hours on a single subject. But it's never boring. Try it once and you'll be hooked.
Podcasts I never miss
Joe Rogan Experience - If you only have time in your life for one podcast, make it this one. It is by far the most wide ranging, irreverent, and hilarious podcast out there. His guests range from comedians to MMA fighters to scientists and bona fide crackpots. Never a dull moment on the JRE.
The Tim Ferriss Show - If you've been following me for a while you know that I'm a Ferriss disciple. His podcast could have gone either way, frankly, but he knocked it out of the park. He uses the podcast to break down the habits and traits of top performers and I always learn something.
We The People Live - Josh Zepps is a relative newcomer to the podcasting game, but he's come out the gate strong. This is mostly a political podcast, though it covers a fair amount of current events as well. Zepps is a comedian by trade, and he's got a snarky take on just about everything.
The James Altucher Show - I've been a fan of James for some time now. I love his radical honesty, and this is another show that delivers every episode. He's not afraid to make it weird.
The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe - This is the most fun you'll ever have in science class. Great ensemble of hosts who have really good chemistry. 100% give this one a try.
The Smart Passive Income Podcast - Pretty much the granddaddy of side hustle podcasts. Pat Flynn was one of the first online marketing gurus to start posting his earnings online, and that brought him a significant following.
The School of Greatness - I listen to this one depending on the topic and/or guest. Lewis Howes is a great podcast host, but his constant positivity grates on a dour old pessimist like me after awhile. That said, he's a really good interviewer and I enjoy his show.
The Tropical MBA - This one is all about location independent business. It's a resource for tips on how to quit your job, how to build a side hustle, and how to do it and live on less than $500 a month in Thailand.
Entrepreneur On Fire - This is the Beast Mode of side hustle podcasts. John Lee Dumas puts out a new podcast every day, seven days a week. Frankly, his volume is too much for me to keep up with so I cherry pick the guests or topics I want to listen to. His format is the same set of questions (roughly) for each guest and each podcast is about a half hour long, so they're easy to digest.
Mixergy - I'm a Mixergy premium member, so that link might be behind a paywall. If so, just look for "Mixergy" in the iTunes store or on Stitcher. Andrew Warner was one of the first small business interviewers and the interviews go back many years. If you go all the way back to December 7, 2010 you'll find this interview with our very own Patrick Curtis.
Unemployable - This is a podcast for the scrappy hustler and wannabe freelancer.
Starting From Nothing - Dane Maxwell has a pretty stout record of success in getting businesses built for people. This podcast (in general terms) will teach you how to SaaS-ify your offering and get people to pay for it before it even exists.
Extreme Productivity with Kevin Kruse - Pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Productivity hacks and tips for the various aspects of your life and business.
The Side Hustle Show - This is probably the one you should start with if you're interested in a true side hustle and not something to replace your job. Really good, timely advice and tips on how to make it rain, sideways.
Tech and Startups
Startup Grind - Startup advice curated by Google for Entrepreneurs.
CTRL-WALT-DELETE - Tech news and trends with Walt Mossberg and Nilay Patel.
The Reboot Podcast - Startup stories centered around leadership.
Recode/Decode - Tech trends and current events with Kara Swisher. If you like Kara, this is the show for you. If you're not a fan, give it a pass.
a16z - This is the podcast of Andreesen Horowitz. It's a blend of tech news and startup advice perspective.
This Week in Tech - Leo Laporte's weekly rundown of all things tech. Cleverly condenses to TWiT.
This Week in Startups - Jason Calacanis's weekly rundown of all things startup. Cleverly condensed to TWiST.
News and Opinion
The Tom Woods Show - Libertarian thinking with a slant toward economics.
Fareed Zakaria GPS - This is the podcast version of Zakaria's show on CNN. Current events and opinion.
The Weeds Podcast - Political wonkery at its finest from the crew at Vox.
The Ezra Klein Show - In case The Weeds wasn't wonky enough for you.
Democracy Now - Left leaning news and commentary.
The Young Turks Audio Podcast - Home of the Aggressive Progressives. Basically a left-libertarian slant for millennials.
Total Human Optimization - Sort of a science-based meathead podcast. Brought to you by the good folks at Onnit.
Bulletproof - Dave Asprey of Bulletproof Coffee fame's podcast. Basically a biohacking podcast with a little business stuff thrown in.
Tara Brach - Your one stop shop for all things meditation.
The One You Feed - General purpose positivity podcast.
Smart Drug Smarts - The gold standard for discussions on nootropics and all other drugs. Heavy duty biohacker podcast.
The Rich Roll Podcast - Entertaining and informative. Rich is an endurance athlete and interviews a broad spectrum of guests.
The Fat Burning Man - Enjoyable show, but the often terrible audio detracts from what you learn. He'd have a real winner if he got on top of that.
Entertainment and Miscellaneous
Sword and Scale - Because people get up to some fucked up shit.
The Survival Podcast - Survivalist/prepper podcast that is surprisingly well done.
Radiolab - Duh.
WTF with Marc Maron - Pop culture interviews given by a truly damaged interviewer.
Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank - Comedian podcast.
The Art of Charm - Life skills podcast geared toward young men. Really solid stuff.
Intelligence Squared - This is going to be heavier, long form stuff. Think TED talk in your earbuds.
Freakonomics Radio - Duh.
Mohr Stories with Jay Mohr - Pop culture stuff with a really funny host. Mohr surprises me a lot.
I realize that's a pretty exhaustive list. On average, I have about 100 episodes saved on my phone and I work from the top or the bottom.
I know I've missed a bunch (or purposely omitted some that may be obvious). I'd love to hear from you guys which ones you like that aren't on this list.
Mod Note (Andy): Best of 2016, this post ranks #45 for the past year