For me, podcasts are one of the best things about the Internet. It’s all the great stories, new voices and surprising things you learn without all the vile comments or venal showmanship. The best ones are great voices piped into your head making you feel smarter, better informed, making you laugh or think differently. And if you zone out, you can just rewind and listen again.
I can’t remember the last time I listened to FM radio. I’ve made the switch almost exclusively to listening to podcasts if I’m in the car or walking Dash. I listen to most at 1.5x or 2x speed. I go through a lot of podcasts. These are the 5 shows that I listened to the most in 2017. They pretty accurately reflect my interests (crime, mysteries and writing) and goals (side hustles) this year.
Dirty John is the podcast I binged the fastest in ’17 and the first one since Serial (S1) where I downloaded and started listening as soon as they dropped. A 6-part true crime podcast (the less you know going in the better) that tells the story of con man John Meehan and how he infiltrated one successful California woman’s life and family with devastating consequences.
More True Crime: Accused, season 1
Side Hustle School are short, daily episodes about using your skills and resources as a creative outlet and to potentially develop a secondary income stream without a huge commitment. I found these inspiring and great for finding out about new resources for indie entrepreneurs.
The Self Publishing Formula is an essential podcast and resource for indie authors, this podcast focuses more on the essential marketing aspect of being an indie author. It features a new writer and a best-seller, one just starting out and one that has already accomplished a lot.
More indie publishing: The Bestseller Experiment
The Story Grid is one for writers or wanna-be writers and is a companion piece to the Story Grid book. It’s an on-going conversation between one new writer and one seasoned fiction editor on all the components of building a great story.
More writing: Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
Best single episode
One special call out for a single episode of the Rich Roll Podcast with Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai about preventing and reversing Alzheimer’s. I’ve been pushing this episode on family and friends.
Alzheimer’s is a top-5 cause of death in the US and one that Western medicine has basically failed to help at all, but is one where studies have shown simple changes in nutrition and lifestyle can prevent 90% of Alzheimer’s cases. Definitely worth the couple hours to listen.
Best of the rest
These are the ones I check in on regularly and will listen if the guest or topic piques my interest.
Bill Simmons – I think I’ve heard most of his stories and anecdotes at this point but he can still pull some great guests. Favorite guests recently were Jake Gyellenhal, Charlize Theron and Bryan Cranston
WTF – No one does a better long form interview
Lowe Post Show – Dorky basketball talk
Planet Money – I should listen to this one more. I always learn something new