Thought Provoking Podcasts

Why I listen: Rarely have I found a podcast that spans the gamut from hard science told eloquently to human interest that sucks you in. I leave every Radiolab podcast wondering where on earth I might have learned about THAT if not for this podcast.

Planet Money
Why I listen: When you have an MBA in Finance it’s hard to admit you don’t understand a financial principle, but the truth is that there are a lot of every day financial concepts that aren’t part of an academic program. (Plus, they explain everything in an approachable way.)

This American Life
Why I listen: This American Life was the first podcast I got hooked on and there are some perennial favorites that have helped me understand and articulate big things — like why we have our healthcare system and when to buy a car. After I found it I binged all of the back episodes I missed and I still re-listen to my favorites when I need a refresher.

Modern Love
Why I listen: Love is my favorite of all the emotions, even when it brings pain. How love influences us is central to our humanity and I find that sharing stories of love helps me connect with others. This episode made me question whether Alzheimer’s always harms a family.

Revisionist History
Why I listen: Looking at history from a new lens forces me to question what I know to be true. Plus, Malcom Gladwell is a great writer and reader, both fabulous reasons.

Invisibilia & Hidden Brain
Why I listen: Both make me question the norms I take for granted and that underpin my every day behavior. Big ideas on why humans do what they do tied to actual science and experimentation on the brain.

Code Switch
Why I listen: Diversity and inclusion isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s a key to getting great outcomes in your personal and professional life. I learn something every time I listen to Code Switch and it helps me be a better leader for my entire team.