Published in


101 Podcasts to Make You Smarter

This originally appeared in our M-F newsletter.

A good story’s a good story from the brain’s perspective, whether it’s audio or video or text. -Paul Zak

News That Matters


Redefining ‘Sheeple’: A group of biotech researchers at Pablo Ross’s University of California announced that they have successfully grown nonhuman animal embryos that contain human cells. Which animal embryos did they use? You guessed it… sheep! According to bioethicist Insoo Hyun:

“This is a first step in a long series of stages to eventually get to an actual complete human organ that will develop in a live born sheep. It would then hopefully make it all the way to adulthood and make it large enough for transplantation.”


Even with the recent fluctuation of bitcoin, the number of venture capital investments into crypto startups this year is predicted to surpass 2017’s tally.

“Despite price volatility in crypto-land’s most valued blockchain asset, bitcoin (specifically the BTC chain) venture investment — in terms of sheer dollar volume — is on pace to eclipse even the banner year of 2017.” -TechCrunch

Learn more about who is investing, why they are, and what it means for the future of crypto startups.


Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong, but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching, you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

Meditation can help you calm your mind, focus your energy, and overcome mental turmoil. Try out these four meditation techniques that you can use meditation to stop negative thoughts in their tracks.

Tech Trends

Robots are getting pretty darn cool! 🤖 🤖

Are the future olympians going to be robotic? Engineers at the Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement have developed mini robot skiers. Watch the video here.

Also in the robo world, Hankook Mirae Technology have developed a 13-foot robot that looks like something straight out of an epic sci fi film…

Marketing Trends

Podcasts are becoming an increasingly more sought out medium. How’s the medium evolved over the years and why is it gaining so much traction?

Read: Podcast Advertising and Sponsorship — An Exclusive Marketing Trends Report

The Best of The Mission

The Best Article we are Reading…

With hundreds of thousands of emerging podcasts, and a podcast industry that is in the process of doubling in size… it’s harder than ever to find the BEST podcasts for 2018.

That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled The 101 Best Podcasts of 2018! Check ’em out, and let us know your personal favorites.

The Best Podcast Episode we are Listening To…

Speaking of podcasts, here’s one that we are obsessing over: Homecoming.

The Best YouTube Channel we are Watching…

For some interesting (and short) videos, check out the It’s Okay to be Smart YouTube Channel. Start with: Why is blue is so rare in nature?

Our Media

The Mission is a new kind of media company. We publish stories, videos, and podcasts to help smart people get smarter. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or learn more about us here. We’d love to connect!

Custom Podcasts

The Mission helps mission-driven companies build trust and connect with customers in a new way.

We create custom podcast sponsorships for enterprise companies. To learn more about why companies like Salesforce trust us to produce results, connect with our team here.




A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning.

Recommended from Medium

Marketing Importance for Mobile Apps

5 Benefits of Growth Marketing

How to participate? 🧐

Write Better, Faster, and More Confidently With the Right System

How to Write Good Product Descriptions

Nobody Does Campaigns The Way Asia Does: A Highlight on Spikes Asia and AdStars winners

Curious if content marketing works? Try it and see.

Will Twitter Blue Change the Twitter Algorithm?

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store


Stories & podcasts that make smart people smarter: www.Mission.org. The Mission Daily: www.apple.co/2KMXjhQ. The Story podcast: www.apple.co/2HEcveQ.

More from Medium

Today In our world tour series we will take our painting journey to the entire world to celebrate…

How Winning Can Make You Lose

The one thing….

3 Top Quality Books Everyone Should Read for Better Health