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100+ Must-Listen-To Podcasts Of 2017.

When you take a good look at the word ‘Future’ you will see there are two U’s in it. One represents the old U. And one stands for the new U. These podcasts will help you take you on that remarkable journey to the new ‘U’.

WELL-BEING

Slow Home
Brooke McAlary

A podcast for anyone looking to get out of the fast lane. With first-hand stories and advice from those slowing down, opting out, and occasionally saying no.

Terrible Thanks For Asking
American Public Media

Human-ness, a phrase we shouldn’t shy away from. Nora Mclnerny brings to audio true and honest conversation about being, well, human.

Philosophize This!
Stephen West

Broken down and explained in bite-sized episodes, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in.

The Hilarious World Of Depression 
American Public Media

A podcast with the aim of removing stigmas, gaining insight, having a few laughs, and realizing that those with depression are not alone.

10% Happier
ABC News

Do ambition and enlightenment compliment or contradict each other? Dan Harris dives deep into this question and many more in 10% Happier.

One Part
Jessica Murnane

Successes, setbacks, sweet motivational secrets, and a whole lot of actionable advice. One Part Podcast asks the hard questions, we listen.

On Being
Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett explores the meaning of life with today’s great minds. A pursuit of wisdom, knowledge, and moral imagination behind what it means to be human.

The Human Experience
Xavier Katana

The Human Experience deconstructs, demystifies, and jumps into the fundamental elements that make us all human.

The Reboot Podcast
Reboot.io

An in-depth look at the emotional and psychological challenges faced within leadership start-up culture.

The One You Feed
Eric Zimmer

All things habits, meditation, wisdom, depression, anxiety, happiness, psychology, philosophy, and motivation.


TECH

Wired
Wired UK

To no one’s surprise, and to every tech-lover’s delight, Wired provides an informed rundown of the latest technology, science, business and culture news.

Webby
David-Michel Davies

Webby winners, judges, and other brilliant minds share their stories of the interwebs in this weekly podcast.

Science Vs.
ABC First Run

Tackling everything from climate change to true love, Gimlet Media dives deep into the science that defines this world’s pressing topics.

Radiolab
Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich

Blurring the boundaries between science, philosophy, and human experience, Radiolab publishes a weekly podcast specializing in curiosity and ideas.

Probably Science
Andy Wood, Matt Kirshen, and Jesse Case

Comedians? Yes. Scientists? Just. Matt, Andy, Jesse, and various special guests take you through the week in all things science and life.

Recode Decode
Kara Swisher

Insightful journalist and investigative straight-shooter Kara Swisher hosts hard-hitting interviews with influential tech and business leaders.

Reply All
PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman

Reply All is an exploration into the modern loop of humans shaping the internet, and the internet shaping humans.

Distillations: Science + Culture + History
Chemical Heritage Foundation

Exploring the human stories behind science and technology, tracing a path through history in order to better understand the present.

Inquiring Minds
Indre Viskontas and Kishore Hari

With a strong importance placed on critical thinking, Inquiring Minds explores today’s collision of science politics and society for the benefit of the masses.

NeverTheLess
Pearson Education

A Pearson podcast celebrating the women in tech that are transforming, teaching, and learning through technology.


ENVIRONMENT

Blue Planet II 
BBC

Diving much deeper into the beautiful spectacle that is Blue Planet II, brought to you in podcast form.

Low Tox Life 
Alexx Stuart

A podcast that rejects the notion that there is only one way to do things. Low Tax Life covers all things health and sustainability in a breathable way.

Green Grid Radio 
Green Grid Radio

Pushing beyond the traditional boundaries of terms like “environment”, “energy”, and “sustainability”. An environmental podcast driven by storytelling.

What Doesn’t Kill You
Heritage Radio Network

Interviews with journalists, authors, scientists, activists, and industry experts identifying and explaining some of the key issues in our food system.

Nature 
Kerri Smith and Adam Levy

The nature podcast features in-depth commentary and analysis from journalists covering science around the world.

For The Wild 
Ayana Young

Conversations with philosophers, scientists, activists, healers, artists and others who are leading the movements to restore our beleaguered planet.

The Minimalists
The Minimalists

In this informative cast, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss minimalism, how to live a meaningful life with less.

The Adaptors 
Flora Lichtman and SoundVision Productions

A Podcast that visits those thinking about the future and figuring out how we will adapt to this changing planet.

HumaNature 
NPR

A human reflection on our place in this natural world. Humanature explores where humans and habitat meet.

Costing The Earth
BBC Radio 4

BBC takes a look at man’s effect on the environment, questioning accepted truths, and challenging those in charge.


BUSINESS

Monocle 24: The Entrepreneurs
Monocle

A weekly run through of the most inspiring people, companies, and ideas around the world. From local to global, the stories first-hand.

How I Built This
Guy Raz and NPR

A podcast of innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists, and the stories behind the movements they’ve built.

Seth Godin’s Start-up School 
Seth Godin

Part human, part marketing unicorn, Seth Godin’s startup school is equally as satisfying as his daily blogs.

Bitcoin Uncensored
Chris DeRose

“A podcast by people who believe in nothing, interviewing people who believe in everything, for people who don’t care to read.”

Successful Dropout
 Kylon Gienger

Weekly interviews with inspiring entrepreneurs who didn’t need that ever-sought-after college degree.

StartUp
Gimlet Media

From the beginning days to the full throttle years, Startup shares what it’s really like to get a business off the ground.

Masters Of Scale 
WaitWhat

Investor and entrepreneur Reid Hoffman interviews famous founders to once and for all learn the secrets of growing from zero to a gazillion.

HBR Ideacast
Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review’s weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers and ideas in business and management.

Women Who Startup Radio 
Women Who Startup

A global community of female entrepreneurs, innovators, and adventurers sharing both their business turbulences and successes.

Meaningful Money 
Pete Matthew

Teaching you everything you need to know and everything you need to do. Pete Matthew helps get your money matters in order at last.


CREATIVITY

99% Invisible
Roman Mars

A weekly exploration of design and architecture around the world. Sometimes invisible, always important.

The It’s Nice That Podcast
It’s Nice That

Will Hudson and Alex Bec investigate the impact and success of different creative works from around the world.

Song Exploder
Radiotopia

A podcast where different musicians discuss the different pieces of their songs bit by bit. From sounds to ideas, this is the truest insider’s look.

A Small Voice
Ben Smith

From award-winning professionals to emerging talent. This is where photographers discuss their, work, process, and life.

Lore
Aaron Mahnke

Dark historical tales, modern superstitions, and all the mysterious creatures you could ever hope for. Or not hope for. Depends who’s asking.

Snap Judgement
NPR

Through a musical brand of storytelling, Snap Judgement allows you to see the world through the eyes of another.

Sound Matters
B&O Play

From noises in our cosmos to snowflake pitter patters, the ideas, inventions, discoveries, and possibilities that live in audible realm.

Design Matters
Debbie Millman

Design leader Debbie Millman has spent years interviewing other design industry leaders. Get lost in her endless archives of design goodness.

Clever
Jaime Derringer

A Podcast about humans, about design, and about humans in a designed world. Brought to you by designer Amy Devers and Jaime Derringer of Design Milk.

The Design Jones Podcast
The Design Jones

The UK Creative Industry is booming with endless talent. The Design Jones gives us an up-close look at who we should know.


FUTURE YOU

Hidden Brain
NPR

Science, storytelling, and Shankar Vedantam collide to help the curious understand the world a little better.

The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferriss

Mr. Jack-of-all-trades, Tim Ferris, extracts the tactics, tools, and routines from world-class performers via long-form entertaining interviews.

Eat Sleep Work Repeat
Bruce Daisley

In this fast paced world, Eat Sleep Work Repeat puts the focus on happiness in and around work culture.

The Adam Buxton Podcast
Adam Buxton

In this not-to-miss podcast, English comedian, writer, actor, and director Adam Buxton interviews various guests and occasionally self-composes jingles.

Invisibilia
NPR

Conversations about the invisible forces that control human behavior — ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and emotions.

The Tony Robbins Podcast
Tony Robbins

Choosing extraordinary over ordinary. Creating change that lasts. Improving relationships, health, and finance.

Ctrl. Alt. Delete.
Emma Gannon

By way of conversation, Emma Gannon is on a quest to learn how the internet and social media has changed our lives forever.

Mind Your Business
James Wedmore

Mind Your Business untangles the common misconception that hustle and hard work are all it takes to be successful.

Hurry Slowly
Jocelyn K Glei

What is the secret everyone eventually finds out? That in order to increase productivity, creativity, and resilience, you must first slow down.

The James Altucher Show
James Altucher

Entrepreneur, investor, board member, and the writer of 11 books James Altucher has endless advice to share, and so do his renowned guests.


CHANGEMAKERS

Mavericks
Charlie Gladstone

In the Mavericks Podcast, the ever-inspiring Charlie Gladstone talks to those who have carved their own path. The do-ers, the creators, and the shift-makers.

The Great Discontent Podcast
The Great Discontent

Straight from the iconic Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, in front of a live studio audience, Tina Essmaker interviews today’s artists, makers, and risk-takers.

The Work We Do
Victoria Stoyanova

A podcast about the present of work. Victoria Stoyanova interviews those recreating the meaning and purpose of their work.

Ted Radio Hour
NPR & TED

Technology, Entertainment, Design. Guy Raz and past TED speakers explore archives of fascinating TED talks, ideas, and themes.

The Carlo Navato Podcast
Carlo Navato + The Do Lectures

A deep dive into people who’ve done amazing things with one of The Do Lectures’ founding partners. This podcast is one we couldn’t leave out.

Creative Mornings Podcast
Creative Mornings

One Friday morning each month, 140+ cities gather to have coffee and listen to a short talk. Creative Mornings. 150,000 people strong. This is their podcast.

Stance
Stance Podcast

A transatlantic conversation exploring diverse, global perspectives in arts, culture, and current affairs, aiming to inform, entertain, and inspire action.

Revisionist History
Malcolm Gladwell

Each episode of Revisionist History picks apart something from the past; people, ideas, events, songs. Then the question lingers, did we get it right the first time?

The Guilty Feminist
Deborah Frances

Recorded in front of a live audience, The Guilty Feminist encourages conversations about insecurities, hypocrisies, and fears that surround feminism.

Freakonomics Radio
NPR

Surprising conversations surrounding the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature. Think like a freak already.


SPORT & ADVENTURE

The Art Of Wrestling
Colt Cabana

Cabana and fellow wrestlers share stories of struggle and triumph while attempting to live out their dreams. For wrestlers and non-wrestlers alike.

30 For 30
ESPN Radio

From the makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 series. This Podcast is full of sport-documentary narrative and gold.

Outside Podcast
Outside Magazine

The Outside Podcast brings adventure to audio, with conversations about what they do best. Sports, people, places, health, adventure, and discovery.

Dirtbag diaries
Duct Tape, Then Beer

Their motto sums it up, “Whatever your passion is, we’re all dirtbags”. Fitz Cahall and his team present stories about the dreamers, athletes and wanderers.

Rich Roll Podcast
Rich Roll

Best selling author, ultra-athlete, and wellness ninja Rich Roll interviews the thought leaders of today to inspire you to unleash your best self.

Flintoff, Savage, And The Ping Pong Guy
Andrew Flintoff, Robbie Savage, and Matthew Syed

Flintoff, Savage And The Ping Pong Guy discuss the pressing topical sports topics of the week in this raw, wild, and honest podcast.

Looking Sideways
Matt Barr

Looking Sideways digs a little deeper to uncover the most interesting stories in action sports. Stories that may have previously slipped under the radar.

Zero To Travel
Jason Moore

In Zero To Travel, Jason More helps us discover the ways to incorporate more travel into our lives. Either for a short stint or forever, travel onward.

The School The Greatness
Lewis Howes

Former pro athlete and world record holder Lewis Howes interviews the most inspiring minds with one primary goal… unearthing the secret to greatness.

She Explores
She Explores

Time spent outside is more than just feel-good. It’s essential. This is a podcast for and about women who are inspired by time spent outside.


FOOD

Burnt Toast
Food52

Food 52’s Burnt Toast takes us into a world of delicious tales that shed light on the intersection between food and life.

Taste Of The Past
Heritage Network Radio

Conversations with authors, scholars, and culinary chroniclers to explore the link between food cultures of the present and past,

Bon Appétit Foodcast
Bon Appétit

A foodcast full of interviews with people who have something cool to share about food. Oui oui, we’re in.

The Sporkful
Dan Pashman and Stitcher

In it’s most simple form The Sporkful is a podcast for eaters. In it’s most honest form, it’s a home for the food obsessive. Dig in.

Spilled Milk
Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton

Molly and Matt are those friends that run with a joke until it passes dead and turns into a full-fledged philosophical discussion. But only about food. Heck yes.

Gastropod
Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley

Science, history, food, and great conversations. Is there actually anything better in this whole life? No. The answer is no.

The Food Chain
BBC

Examining the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate. Hint: It’s not magic.

America’s Test Kitchen Radio
NPR

A 2,500 square foot test kitchen, home to three-dozen plus full-time cooks and product testers. Mission: developing the best recipes for your favorite foods.

The Slow Melt
The Slow Melt

A podcast about chocolate. No, really. All things and everything chocolate. The ins and outs of this $100 billion industry. We know, we’re drooling too.

Start Cooking
Kathy Maister

Confession: Had this podcast been around when I was in college, a lot less cup o’ noodles would have been eaten.


EDUCATION

QI: No Such Thing As A Fish
AudioBoom

In this podcast gem, writers of BBC hit show Quite Interesting gather around a microphone to share the most interesting things they’ve found that week.

The Penguin Podcast
Penguin Books UK

Penguin Books UK hosts a bi-weekly podcast of intimate conversations with the authors of your favourite novels. We’re all ears.

Big Think: Think Again
Big Think and Panoply

One guest, 3 unknown video clips. Surprising some of the world’s brightest minds with ideas they’re not at all prepared to discuss.

Answer Me This
Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann

The public submits questions, Helen and Olly answer them. A simple format, with hilarious and complex discussion in tow. 10 years and still going strong.

ROAM SCHOOLED
Jim Brunberg

ROAM SCHOOLED is a podcast about what happens when a father and his twin daughters put away their devices and go in search of answers.

The Memory Palace
Nate DiMeo

A short-form time travel into stories of the past. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, often times both.

Stuff You Should Know
HowStuffWorks

From Frogs to poetry, from dictators to junk food. How the heck does this stuff work? Stuff You Should Know has you covered.

Stuff You Missed In History Class
HowStuffWorks

Because sometimes the textbooks just don’t do. Another HowStuffWorks gem that will have you understanding how the heck we got here.

The Knowledge Project
Farnam Street

Uncovering the tactics behind learning more in less time, making better decisions, and living a happier and more meaningful life.

The Anthill
The Conversation

The world of Academia is as wonderful as it is intimidating. The Anthill guides us through the world with unearthed stories and discussions.


MISC

Desert Island Discs
BBC Radio4

The most famous radio program of all time in podcast form. Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island?

Radio Diaries
NPR

Extraordinary stories from ordinary life. First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history.

Idiot Check
Tom Heron, Luke Sital-Singh, Paul Steel

“Work-shy freeloaders spout guff with jingles”. Good bants, good conversations, and a bloody good laugh. One of our favourites.

Twenty Thousand Hertz
Dallas Taylor and 20K

From cars, to space, to the evolution of accents. Twenty Thousand Hertz is an auditory gold mine of sound and knowledge.

Joe Rogan Experience
Joe Rogan

Comedian and interviewer Joe Rogan holds long-form conversations with everyone from authors to MMA instructors. An experience for certain.

Spark
ReThink Audio

Real people. True stories. From London to Preston to Bristol. Spark storytelling nights are held throughout the UK.

Serial
This American Life

If you haven’t listened to Serial yet, stop all you’re doing and start. An iconic podcast that unfolds one true story over the course of a whole season. Epic.

Spirits: A Drunken Dive Into Myths And Legends
Amanda McLoughlin and Julia Schifini

Legends, mythology, and folklore with a side of booze and a garnish of two history geeks. Indulge.

Ear Hustle
Radiotopia

A legal prison break via your ears. Bringing life inside prison outside its very walls. Sometimes difficult, sometimes funny, always honest.

This American Life
This American Life

A theme a week, explored in multiple acts. The iconic This American Life is one of the 21st century’s greatest podcasts, and we don’t exaggerate.


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Thank you for making it all the way to the bottom of the list. Our aim was to share useful and inspiring podcasts that we have come across. If you have any suggestions, we would love to hear them.

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