Here’s our pick of the 7 best podcast series for personal and professional development. Consider this list the “edu-tainment” your commute so desperately needs:
How I Built This by NPR ~60 Minutes
Host Guy Raz interviews founders of breakthrough companies about how they took their businesses from napkin-scribble to Fortune 500 juggernaut. Spoiler: It’s not always sunshine and IPOs in entrepreneur-land.
99% Invisible by Radiotopia ~45 minutes
Hosted by Roman Mars, 99% Invisible explores the hidden designs and architecture that shape our lives. If you’ve ever wondered why our world is the way it is, this show has your answers.
Extraordinary Conversations by Gimlet ~5 minutes
Hear seven different Gimlet hosts come together to talk about their passions and careers. At a snackable 5 minutes, episodes cover every topic from “Impostor syndrome” to the advice you’d give a younger you.
The Pitch by Gimlet Media ~45 minutes
What’s the hardest part about starting a company? The Pitch. Hear firsthand accounts from founders who’ve put it all in the deck. The show has a particular emphasis on the moments before and after the pitch — you know, the “real” founding story.
Today Explained by Vox ~20 minutes
Like NYT’s uber-popular podcast The Daily,Vox’s Today Explained focuses on the day’s leading story. Then — as the title suggests — they take an in-depth (and interesting) look at the details behind it. From the latest in politics and science to abbreviated history lessons, Vox’s hosts explain it all.
American Innovations by Wondery ~40 minutes
Hosted by Steven Johnson, an expert in the history of ideas and invention, American Innovation tells the stories behind some of our most revered inventors and their creations. It’s storytelling meets industrialist history with tasteful sound effects.
On The Media by WNYC ~50 minutes
WNYC is a true “hitmaker” when it comes to podcasts, touting break-out successes like Radiolab and 2 Dope Queens. On The Media focuses on — you guessed it — the media landscape and how its far-reaching influence shapes our everyday lives… kinda like reading the same newsletter each day.