I love podcasts. I love podcasts with short episodes that fit into my 15 minute commute, and podcasts with long episodes that I listen to at night when I want to unwind, but I’m tired of staring at a screen or print.
When I first got onboard the Podcast train, I subscribed to a bunch of businessy podcasts. But most of them were crazy boring (which is why we created the Massage Business Blueprint podcast) and I lost interest pretty quick.
So I switched to more general interest podcasts, about life, and people. And I realized right away that these were more valuable to my work and my professional growth than the businessy ones.
Because our jobs are about people. Often, our jobs require we be extra cozy with topics that most people are uncomfortable about. And they are about people trying to be more cozier, happier, maybe healthier, too.
Here’s my list:
A podcast hosted by Anna Sale about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.
This one is all about people. All kinds of people, in all kinds of situations. It’s funny and deep and real. Check it out.
Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast.
I started listening to this when it first came out, and it took me a few episodes to really love this one. But I like Rubin’s blog and books so much that I hung on, and I’m glad I did. It’s smart, funny, and useful.
Is your phone watching you? Can wexting make you smarter? Are your kids real? These and other essential quandaries facing anyone trying to preserve their humanity in the digital age. Join host Manoush Zomorodi for your weekly reminder to question everything.
This one is a killer combo of life and technology, from a woman’s perspective. (If I had to pick an absolute favorite, this would be it.)
Everyday Ethics is hosted by veteran broadcaster Craig Kopp, featuring media ethicist Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute, and medical ethicist Art Caplan of NYU’s Langone Medical Center. Each week they look at many of the common situations we all find ourselves in, and break them down to better understand the ethical considerations surrounding them.
Ethics are a moving target, and there’s more to it than “Don’t sleep with your clients.” This podcast covers all sorts of ethical dilemmas, and you get to hear the thinking behind decision making. Hearing how they work through the issues has helped me think though things that come up in my own practice.
Have fun discovering the hidden side of everything with host Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling “Freakonomics” books. Each week, hear surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports.
I just like this one. It makes me think. And laugh. So there.
The TiLT Parenting Podcast features Interviews and conversations with parenting experts, coaches, educators, therapists, and moms and dads in the thick of it, all aimed at inspiring, informing, and supporting parents raising differently-wired kids.
If you have kids, work with kids, or know a kid, this is a great listen. (Especially the episodes with the actual kid.)
Listen to interviews of the best and brightest in the world of small business, covering topics such as business plans, securing financing, marketing, human resources, online marketing, social media, SEO and more.
This is the only businessy podcast on the list. Yes, it can be a bit dry. But I learn a ton (and it’s easy to see from each episode description if I’ll be interested in the topic).
That’s my list. What are YOU listening to?