Five podcasts that make you smarter

Previously, I shared some podcasts to keep you entertained, now here are five podcasts that make you smarter.

Here are five podcasts I keep up with because they make me smarter.  I’d love to hear your suggestions for interesting podcasts.

  • Ted Talks Daily – short broadcasts, every day – like having a TED talk in your pocket.  Some great subjects covered, by interesting and engaging speakers.  This one is also enabled on your Alexa device which makes it quick to hear the latest.
  • The Gary Vee Audio Experience – Gary Vaynerchuk needs little introduction, his books Crush It and the new one Crushing it, as well as his formidable online audio and video presence are pretty compelling.  Subscribing to his feed gives you a variety of podcasts, short and long which give some really good insights into marketing, branding and social media tactics.
  • Hurry Slowly – billed as a podcast to help you be more productive, creative and resilient.  This excellent series from the insightful and thoughtful Jocelyn K Glei is a pleasure to listen to, and the complete antithesis of the high octane Gary Vee experience.  I highly recommend the most recent edition, an interview with David Sax on why Analog experiences are often optimal.  Bonus – I’ve recommended the Jocelyn K GIei newsletter before – get on that!
  • Nir and Far – I previously reviewed Hooked: how to build habit-forming products by Nir Eyal and from that, found his podcast which talks a lot about business, behaviour and the brain.  New and short episodes every Monday contain some great content – I particularly enjoyed a recent episode about Sports Psychology.
  • The Jordan B Peterson Podcast – I’ve just started reading the very popular 12 Rules of Life: An antidote to chaos, but in the meantime, I have been listening to some episodes of this excellent podcast.  I particularly liked an episode of Conversations with Richard Fidler which was reposted on this feed.

Jordan Peterson Podcast

I guarantee that listening to one or more of these podcasts will make you smarter – but I’d love to hear your suggestions for podcasts I may have missed.   I listen & subscribe to mine via Spotify or Acast, an excellent podcast client for on the move.

Five podcasts that make your commute funnier

I spend two hours per day commuting in and out of London, and while I try and make efficient use of the time, it is also a good opportunity to decompress and get some entertainment.

Here are five podcasts I regularly listen to that keep me amused, I consider these to be an important part of my toolkit. I’d love to know your recommendations.

  • The Richard Herring Leicester Square Podcast – I never miss this one, recorded live in London, the very funny comedian interviews various comedy & TV stars.  Last weeks interview with Kathy Burke was brilliant.
  • Adam Buxton – Another must-listen.  Great interviews with some really interesting people, some comedy, some film, some music – recent guests have included Paul Thomas Anderson, Jonny Greenwood and Romesh Ranganathan.
  • Distraction Pieces with Scroobius Pip – whilst not strictly comedy based, this is a fantastic listen.  Street Poet and Actor Scroobius Pip attracts some excellent guests.  Recent episodes have seen diverse interviews with actor Vicky McLure, singer Paloma Faith and comedian Russell Howard.
  • Hip-Hop saved my life with Romesh Ranganathan – as well as being a guest, Romesh Ranganathan also hosts this fantastic podcast.  Loosely based around the guests ‘love’ of hip-hop, the wanderings are wide enough to cover even the guests who only like a little bit of the music.
  • WTF with Marc Maron – Comedian Marc Maron is the grand master of this genre with nearly 900 episodes in the bag. From his garage, he attracts some incredible guests for interview including Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen and recently Darren Aronofsky.  The style is confessional, and funny and always a great listen.

Podcast - WTF with Marc Maron

I hope these five podcasts will keep you amused on a commute or drive.   I listen & subscribe to mine via Spotify or Acast, an excellent podcast client for on the move.

Five Apple Watch apps for commuters

I’ve been using an Apple Watch for the last couple of weeks, a Christmas present to myself, and addition to my toolbox.

Here are the five best Apple Watch apps I’ve found so far for someone who spends two  hours a day commuting:

  • Trainline (UK) – search for departures on your phone, and they’ll come up on your watch. Handy if you are travelling through a busy station and you need to know what (random) platform your train will be departing from.
  • Uber – Does everything that the phone app does. Excellent for quickly ordering a ride when you are emerging from a station.
  • Evernote – Read notes, dictate a short note, from your wrist.  Very handy for making a note of something you are reading. See also Braintoss which is emerging as a good solution for capturing stuff in your head.
  • BBC News – A quick glance at the top 5 stories whilst travelling, great on a crowded tube.  Will also deliver news flashes direct to the phone with an alert.
  • Calm – Start a quiet meditation, or just some stress relief during your travel time, making the commute useful for your mental health too. Highly recommend this if you already enjoy the excellent Breathe app that is preinstalled.

Links out are to the very useful Watchaware which tracks the latest Apple Watch news, and reviews many of the apps available. A great resource for keeping up with Apple Watch information.