Podcasts have been around for more than a decade, but they have exploded in popularity recently. There now seems to be high-quality new podcasts launching every day, discussing everything from professional sports and productivity to comedy and cars.
For young professionals, there are countless audio shows that deliver the latest news, fascinating stories, and career advice you can use to stay informed and get ahead in the business world. The best of these feature really smart people discussing important topics in the same way you would when talking with your own friends. And because you can listen on the go, they’re awesome for multitasking—listening while commuting, going to the gym or just while cleaning up around home.
Below, we’ve listed seven of our favorites — in no particular order — and we’d love to hear any suggestions you have. Send us an email to [email protected], tweet us at @InsureMyPath, or post on our page at Facebook.com/InsureMyPath.
You’ve probably heard of Freakonomics, which has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide and was followed by four sequels that writer Stephen Dubner and economist Steven Levitt published together, selling millions more. The podcast has a similar approach to the books, looking at economic research behind all kinds of everyday phenomena, often with surprising and sometimes controversial findings.
This weekly roundup of news from the editors and writers at Inc. magazine offers a casual conversation about technology, start-ups, entrepreneurs and some of the more entertaining business stories out there. The “uncensored” part signals two aspects of the show that make it a fun listen: a) they curse, but more importantly, b) they don’t hold back when they have an opinion.
3. Slate Money
Similar to Inc. Uncensored but with more of a focus on finance, Slate Money is an irreverent discussion by business writers and thinkers about the major news of the day. Recent episodes help explain how insurance for Uber works, why wine ratings are notoriously unreliable, and the details of the business of podcasting itself.