Podcasts That Will Inspire You to Create More World Value

Enso recently launched a podcast, Value Added, with the goal to talk to people who are adding value to the world in their own way. We’ve had the chance to talk to some really interesting people that are doing amazing things out in the world such as Asha Dahya for GirlTalkHQ, producer Elliot Kotek, and Carla Fernandez and Lennon Flowers of the Dinner Party. But there are so many incredible podcasts that have highlighted some world changing people and the work they do, as well as many that give people the opportunity to learn, grow and reflect. We wanted to share some of our favorite podcasts that we’re inspired by and thought others might be inspired by as well. Here are our favorite seven:

Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History — My Little Hundred Million

  • Malcolm Gladwell’s popular new podcast series, Revisionist History, has shot to the top of the iTunes charts so it is no surprise that one of his episode lands on our list. In “My Little Hundred Million” Gladwell tells the story of Hank Rowan, a billionaire who gave a $100 million dollar donation to a small university in South Jersey and the impact that his donation had on the school and it’s students.

Stuff You Should Know — any episode!

  • We could have included almost any of the episodes on the list from Stuff You Should Know. Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark from HowStuffWorks.com, break down all kinds of topics from How Online Gambling Works to How Spiders Work and everything in between. Chuck and Josh do a great job explaining topics just as well (if not better) as your history teacher did way back when.

This American Life — Three Miles

  • This American Life has landed on the list as it has been consistently putting out great content for nearly two decades. In this episode, Chana Joffe-Walt reports on an exchange program that brings together kids from schools just three miles apart in the Bronx. The episode discusses the differences between the students and how the experience has affected them.

Stanford Social Innovation Review — What Have We Learned About Fighting Poverty?

  • The Stanford Social Innovation Review podcasts vear a little more on the academic side but they are nonetheless engaging and full of information. In “What Have We Learned About Fighting Poverty?” managing editor, Eric Nee, talks to three different individuals about their organizations’ experiences tackling poverty.

Startup — How Not to Pitch a Billionaire (and the rest of season 1)

  • Alex Blumberg’s Startup is now a thriving, successful podcast in it’s third season and helped launch his media company, Gimlet Media. In season one, Alex walked us through his journey starting a company — fundraising, picking a partner, negotiations and much more. The series lends great insight to any would-be entrepreneurs.

This American Life — Poetry of Propaganda

  • Of course, we had to include another This American Life episode! In Act One of Poetry of Propaganda, producer Sean Cole describes an organization working in Colombia that uses art to stop war at Christmas time.

The Moth — Catherine Smyka & Sasha Chanoff

  • This episode of the Moth includes two different stories. Catherine Smyka talks about a very important conversation she tried to avoid with her father, only to get stuck on a road detour. Sasha Chanoff, a humanitarian worker, tells the story of when he had to decide to break the rules to save more lives.

BONUS: Value Added — It’s All About The Journey with Sam Polk

  • A not-so-shameless plug! On the most recent episode of Value Added, we talked to social entrepreneur and author Sam Polk about his new book and the work he is doing to help combat food deserts in South Los Angeles with a restaurant called Everytable.

Is there anything we left out? Have any suggestions for stories we should listen to? Let us know — we’d love to listen to more great, inspirational, challenging stories.


Special thanks to Emily-Rose Wagner, Alice Pang, and the rest of the enso team for helping me put together this list.

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