3 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter

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It seems like everyone is starting a podcast these days. According to a recent study, at the start of 2020 there were over 850,000 active podcasts and over 30 million available episodes. That’s good news.

The bad news is with so many choices, it can be hard to find shows that you like and that deliver value.

Below is a quick list to help you make the most of your listening time.

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Business Casual

Business Casual was born out of the Morning Brew newsletter empire. Each week, host Kinsey Grant discusses all things business with a variety of guests.

From gaming, to the future of education, to entrepreneurship, this pod covers a lot of ground.

It’s many things, but never boring — I’ve yet to finish an episode without learning something.

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NPR’s Short Wave

Short Wave is NPR’s latest foray into science. With new shows each weekday, host Maddie Sofia and crew take on different topics that are relevant (a recent episode discussed the latest on fighting the Coronavirus), and quixotic (bat guano?).

This show’s superpower is taking subjects you might not understand well and distilling them down into easily digestible parts.

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Deep Questions

After multiple books, and a blog, the leading expert on time management and digital minimalism has finally entered the world of podcasting. And the world’s a better place for it. New episodes drop twice a week- one longer form, and one shorter. In each, Newport takes on questions from his readers and tackles issues ranging from how to best manage grad school to how juggling Zoom calls and home schooling. A reviewer once described him as “the Chuck Norris of Productivity.” Indeed.

Is there a podcast that never fails to surprise and/or delight you? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to check it out.

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