How and when do you listen to podcasts?
I walk to work every day, and maybe half or a third of the time I listen to podcasts. I also listen a lot with my girlfriend. Anytime we’re out of town and driving, we’ll put a podcast on. We’ll also just go on walks through the park sometimes and listen to podcasts or an audiobook.
What podcasts do you listen to?
Generally I gravitate towards fascinating conversations with smart people:
- The Ezra Klein Show - super fascinating broad range of people that teach me a lot about the world. I don’t know what I’m going to get, but it’s always good.
- Vox’s The Weeds - a deeper dive into policy & economics than most political podcasts.
- Conversations with Tyler - a nerdier version of the Ezra Klein show.
- The Tim Ferriss Show
- Recode Media
- Waking Up with Sam Harris
- The Science of Everything Podcast
- The New Yorker: Politics & More
- Dear Hank and John
But I also like some more produced narrative-driven shows:
- Revisionist History
- Freakonomics Radio
- Planet Money
- The Startup Podcast (but usually only when they focus on themselves)
- 50 Things That Made The Modern Economy
- The Daily (NYT daily news podcast)
- Lectures in History
Are there any podcast episodes that have had a big impact on your life, business, or thinking?
The episode of the Tim Ferriss show where he interviews Alex Blumberg, of Gimlet media. In it, Alex talks about how he learned from Ira Glass that being world-class at something is really nothing mystical, it’s just that you have to put a little bit more time and energy into what you’re doing than most others would. Where most people would say “enough”, you keep going. I’ve intuitively done that to a certain extent, but now I fully embrace and protect that instinct.
The episode of Revisionist History called “Carlos Doesn’t Remember” really woke me up to the reality that I have no clue what it feels like to truly struggle. I got a lot more sensitive to injustice after that.