6 Amazing Podcasts To Enjoy On Your Downtime.
Last October I moved to the city, and became a commuter. I have now been travelling to and from work for over a year.
At first, I tried to write a lot on the train or bus, with minimum success. I tried to listen to more music. I managed to read a few books. But nothing felt quite right.
Nothing offered the variety of tone, style and subject to go with whatever mood I had woken up in.
So I got into podcasts, and I have never looked back.
Since then, I have consumed them like some kind of audio obsessed animal. I listen to them on my commutes. I listen to them while I work. I listen to them when cooking the dinner. I even sneak one in before bedtime.
They really are a brilliant way to spend your time. With such a vast array of topics, you can expand your knowledge, interests, culture and awareness, all while being on the go.
It really is win win.
I have complied a list of the 6 podcasts that have really caught me over the past few months.
Give them a listen, and improve your downtime!
A podcast about dumping of construction waste material, in empty lots in Chicago, in the early 1990’s.
Doesn’t sound particularly interesting right? Once the details of crooked officials, botched FBI investigations and the backlash of a community are revealed it will leave you hooked, and leave you imagining what it would be like if you had to deal with the situation.
Well hosted and edited, and featuring interviews with those involved, this one is a brilliant look at the side of rebuilding cities nobody wants you to see.
This podcast basically gave me nightmares. And yet, I couldn’t stop listening. This is an in-depth expose about a medical system that failed to protect its patients, and failed to stop a borderline psychopath surgeon, Dr. Duntsch, operating and ruining their lives.
It is chilling and it is maddening. We trust hospitals and doctors with our lives, and it is scary to see how horrifying this can be when the system goes wrong.
Host Laura Beil gives a great delivery on what is quite a sensitive and impactful topic.
This is a fantastic show that takes two competitors and dishes out the details of their long battles to be the best. Some of the dirty tricks are unbelievable, and some of the lengths these businesses go to win will leave you speechless.
Another great aspect of this show is the fact you get great insight into how a lot of these companies formed, many of which we use today, and understand how and why they came to be.
Host David Brown has a great voice, and does some great character narrations to give the stories that extra bit of interest.
Recommended Series — Netflix vs Blockbuster, Southwest vs American and Ebay vs Paypal.
Want to know the shit things some really shitty people do? This is the podcast for you. Swindled takes a look a white-collar criminals, con artists, and corporate evil and exposes these guys and girls for what they are — bad people.
“The anonymous host, using “A Concerned Citizen” as his moniker, recounts tales of real life, financially motivated crimes including embezzlements, frauds, Ponzi schemes, environmental disasters, corporate negligence, corruption, and more”
This is one of my favourites. It makes my blood boil, and it leaves a sour taste in my mouth, but it open your eyes to the things people will do to rip people off and make themselves filthy rich.
You get a little kick out of it too when you hear their punishments (if they got caught…)
Recommended episodes — The Lawsuit, The Canoe Man, The Contraceptive and The Leak.
One of my favourite TV shows was Boardwalk Empire. Every time I watched that I wished I could go back in time and live the life of a gangster…
Crimetown is of similar vibe. Each series picks one American City and explores the web of crime and corruption within. The stories involved mobs, FBI and government officials. Many of the stories has interviews with the real life person involved.
Tales of bank robbery, wiseguys, murders, corruption and the prosecutors fight against it all.
Season 1 tackles Providence, Rhode Island, and is a throughly enjoyable ride.
Masters Of Scale
As I have my own business, sometimes I need inspired, or need dug out of a hole.
Masters Of Scale is an amazing podcast, where host Reid Hoffman interviews some seriously big players in the entrepreneurship world, such as Spotify’s Daniel Ek, Twitter/Medium’s Ev Williams and Netflix’s Reed Hastings, and talks business.
Hoffman is a silicon valley entrepreneur and investor, and focuses this podcast on how each founder takes their company from “zero the a gazillion”.
Hoffman asks intuitive questions and leads great discussions, which ensures each episode is full of incredible insights, lessons and key takeaways, this is truly learning on the go.
Recommended episodes — Netflix’s Reed Hastings In Culture Shock, Escape The Competition w/ Paypal’s Peter Thiel and How To Kill Your Bad Ideas w/ Zynga’s Mark Pincus.
So that is my list of podcasts that have caught my attention over the past few months.
What have you guys been listening too? What have I been missing? Be sure to leave a comment below to let us all know.
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