This is a selection of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis, along with (sometimes) some insight into why I listen to them.
A lively fortnightly discussion between Jimmy Diresta, Bob Clagett and David Picciuto about their experiences of making things, running a business, being on YouTube etc. It feels a lot like you’re listening in on an after dinner chat between friends, and I often find myself actively wanting to join in, not least to fix Jimmy’s calendar, which is quite tough if I’m out for a run or driving somewhere. This is not the most perfect of podcasts, their lives occasionally interrupt: recent intrusions have included chickens, 3D printers and no end of road noise, but that (for me at least) is part of the charm.
If you, like me, find yourself wanting to take part you can, but you may have to wait since they only have two spots available and they’re both taken however, theoretically you can just by supporting them on Patreon.
A wide ranging, weekly discussion between Amy Davis Roth, Jeffrey Moore and Bill Livolsi about turning your passion for making things into your profession. There is a lot of good advice here about how to run a creative business and not run yourself in the ground at the same time.
As with Making It part of the charm of this podcast is the interaction between the hosts, and the fact that it isn’t perfect. There aren’t interruptions but they do leave joshing intact and occasional errors by the hosts.
A fortnightly documentary style radio show hosted by award-winning author, journalist, and TV and radio personality Steven J Dubner which looks at everyday problems from a surprising perspective – that of economics. I’ve listened to this one on and off for years, it’s often fascinating, occasionally infuriating and sometimes, just very, very, American. Topics are wide ranging and each episode focuses on a single issue, or sometimes a single aspect of a single issue. Dubner is a personable host who can often draw my interest into issues that I wouldn’t normally have considered. Over the course of the show he talks with a wide variety of experts in their fields from Nobel laureates and provocateurs, to social scientists and entrepreneurs, as well as his Freakonomics Co-Author, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, Steve Levitt.
Their self improvement series is a good place to start if you’ve not come across them before:
- How to be more productive
- How to become greate at just about anything
- Being Malcolm Gladwell
- How to get more grit in your life
- How to win games and beat people
- How to be Tim Ferriss