Best Podcasts of 2020 (So Far)
Podcasts are having their moment in 2020 and in the past year. And it makes sense; people are (or were) on the move more than ever and headphones live in people's ears most of the day. Podcasts have become a great way to digest information and to stay up to date on the latest news in your industry of choice.
Spotify is my streaming service of choice because of the personalization. They have done a great job of curating music content and playlists so far and are aggressively moving into the podcasting space. They have invested over $700 million into podcasts and recently picked up the Joe Rogan Experience for an exclusive deal to be on Spotify. I didn't choose Spotify for podcasting originally, but I think their investments mean than they are going to improve the listening experience for users like me.
There's a podcast for everyone. From true crime to business, sports to tech, you can find one that will pique your interest. Below are the 8 podcasts I listen to on a daily basis. Many of them cover tech and business but they talk about a variety of topics that will interest many different people.
Recode's Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores stories in tech and how it changes the world. She looks at the effect of tech in education, transportation, politics, housing and every area in between. Unlike some podcasts that look at what top-level executives are doing to push forward tech, Duhaime-Ross looks at how tech affects everyday people and what they think needs to happen to build a better future. This podcast feels more relatable than others because she interviews regular people. The stories are shorter too, so it makes for the perfect podcast for you're daily commute. New episodes come out every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
Recode's Peter Kafka interviews media executives, directors, comedians, and other media figures. Media has grown dramatically with the growth of new streaming services and that creates new opportunities and issues. Kafka interviews some of the most important people in media to get their take on the future of media, new movies and shows, and news in the media space. He also talks to media reporters from Vox, ESPN and other news outlets to get their take on the news and what will happen on different topics. Some of his most recent guests include Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, Extraction director Sam Hargrave, and The Last Dance director Jason Hehir.
Recode's Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores stories in tech and how it changes the world. She looks at the affect of tech in education, transportation, politics, housing and every area in between. Unlike some podcasts that look at what top-level executives are doing to push forward tech, Duhaime-Ross looks at how tech affects everyday people and what they think needs to happen to build a better future. This podcast feels more relatable than others because she interviews regular people. The stories are shorter too, so it makes for the perfect podcast for your daily commute. New episodes come out every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
The Vergecast is my favorite podcast. Hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn discuss the latest tech news and try to make sense of it all. They talk about all the new phones, laptops, and devices as well as bigger issues such as net neutrality, wireless standards, and the future of tech. They also have an interview show where Nilay and other Verge reporters talk to tech executives, authors, tech reporters, and politicians on current tech stories and the future of their work. Most recently, they interviewed Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, and Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. The chat show comes out every Friday and the interview show comes out every Tuesday.
Waveform: The MKBHD Podcast
Tech Youtuber Marques Brownlee recently launched the Waveform podcast on which he talks about the latest stories in tech with Andrew Manganelli. Many of the topics discussed tie in with the review videos he makes but he also discusses leaks and rumors about new products, Youtube news, and other tech-adjacent stories. More recently he has interviewed Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman who is known for leaking Apple products before they get announced. Brownlee and Manganelli also discuss their new hobbies and what they are doing to keep busy during quarantine. New episodes of Waveform come out every two weeks.
That Creative Life
Youtuber Sara Dietschy interviews fellow Youtubers, business executives, and other people about creativity, content creation, and freelancing. She focuses on the creative process and how different industry people have come up as creatives. For me, That Creative Life takes a lighter take on tech, business, and creativity. Not to say that she does ask great questions in her interviews, but the podcast has a more chill and fun vibe and can be very motivating and encouraging in a time where there is negativity around every corner. New episodes of That Creative Life come out every Monday.
Work Life with Adam Grant
Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist and looks at the idea of work and what needs to change in the workplace. He uses studies and stories from different companies to look at what people can do to improve their work life. He talks to executives, employees, and psychologists about their experiences and what needs to change to improve the workspace. Many people just view work as a chore; it can become monotonous and boring but exploring the psychology behind the work we do can make it more interesting. Grant looks at worker burnout, the traditional interview, procrastination, and more recently remote work. The most recent season of Work Life just finished but there are plenty of episodes on Spotify to listen to.
Black Box Down
Hosts Gus Sorola and Chris Demarais discuss infamous aviation accidents and what caused them. They cover stories such as the crash of the Concorde, ValueJet Flight 592, and Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. They explore what happened, why it happened, and what steps are being taken to prevent any future accidents. While this podcast isn't going to be a relief from all the negativity in the world today, for me it provides relief from the business-focused podcasts I listen to everyday. New episodes of Black Box Down come out every Thursday.