Podcasts I Listen To (2017)

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Two people have asked me to update my podcast list. The last edition came out in 2014, so it is long overdue.

Before I get to the list, I want to share the best tip I ever received on podcasts: listen at double speed. Or near double speed. Many other people are doing this, so this tip isn’t unknown. The only thing I would add is to gradually increase the speed. For the first few weeks I listened at 1.2 to 1.4 speed, now I usually listen at 1.6 to 2.0 speed. I also enable an effect to shorten silence. So all those pauses in interviews are gone. I use version 2.5.7 of Overcast for iOS (no ads).

The benefit of listening faster is I can listen to more show. Before increasing the speed I was always falling behind and having to delete shows to free up space on my smartphone.

Business and Finance

EconTalk – Still probably my favorite. The recent show on heroin was excellent.

Masters In Business – Outstanding interviews with people mostly in finance. The interview with Brett Steenbarger is a great place to start. You don’t have to be a stock trader to enjoy this episode. Replace “trading” with whatever is important to you and you’ll get some sound wisdom.

Planet Money – Lessons in economics wrapped inside engaging story telling.

Health

For the most part I don’t listen to health or paleo podcasts. Most are fear mongering or hucksters. And the more honest ones are repeating the same old message over and over. Processed food bad, sleep good. I get it.

Generative Energy Podcast – This is the podcast by Danny Roddy that focuses a lot on metabolism. My favorite shows were the ones with Georgi. Start with #9: A Bioenergentic View of Weight Loss.

The Daily Lipid – This is by Chris Masterjohn, one of the few remaining people that I followed back in the day that I still respect. His shows are long and detailed. I don’t listen to them all. But I was able to fight off a cold instantly using the exact advice from Zinc Definitely Fights Colds, But You’re Probably Using the Wrong Kind.

Interviews

James Altucher Show – James gets great guests and is well prepared for interviews. He interrupts guests with great questions better than other podcast hosts. I’ve already plugged his Scott Adams interview on a previous post.

Tim Ferris Show – I listen to about half the shows. They tend to be long. His best show last year was probably with Kevin Kelly.

The Art of Charm – I’ve been listening to this show for only 6 months of so, but I like it so far. A good start would be 537: Sebastian Junger.

Spanish

I don’t use the double speed option for these podcasts. 🙂

Lightspeed Spanish – There are a few different podcasts under the Lightspeed name, each with 40 lessons. I’ve completed Absolute Beginners and will finish Early Intermediate next week. Then I’ll begin Advanced Intermediate. This is an amazing free resource.

News in Slow Spanish (Latino) – Each week I get a little bit better listening to these short newscasts.

Story Telling

The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe – Educational and interesting stories that are usually only 5 minutes long.

Snap Judgment – Stories and beats. I slow down the podcast for this one.

RadioLab – Fascinating and engaging show. Always with new topics. I highly recommend the episode From Tree to Shining Tree. You’ll never look a forest the same way again.

 

Podcasts I Listen To (2014)

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Another year, another list. I love podcasts. I love them more than I have hours in the day to listen to them. And because new shows or recommendations are coming at me faster than I can keep up, I have to keep pruning my list. For those interested, here were my top 10 podcasts in 2012 and 2013.

Here are my top podcasts for 2014.

  1. EconTalk (economics)  #1 for 3 years in a row!
  2. RadioLab from WNYC (stories, reporting)
  3. James Altucher Show (interviews)
  4. NPR Planet Money (finance)
  5. Accidental Creative (productivity)
  6. Tim Ferriss Show (interviews, productivity)
  7. Adam Carolla Show (comedy)
  8. Podcast of Doom (history)
  9. House of Reggae (music)
  10. Revolution Health Radio with Chris Kresser (health)

I still love EconTalk. When I am not listening to new shows, I am digging through the archives going back to 2006. Some of the shows I’ve listened to multiple times. In the past few months, I’ve read three books by guests on the show. In each case, the interview was better than the book.

I stopped listening to Freakonomics. Too much filler and too many logical errors.You get more info in a single EconTalk than a year of Freakonomics.

My newest find is the James Altucher Show. I couldn’t stand this guy when he was the perma-bull on CNBC, but I gave his show a chance and I’m really digging it. MAS Better tipped me off to Radio Lab, which is awesome. And my friend Dave is doing a great job with Podcast of Doom.

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Podcasts I Listen To (2013)

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I was recently asked what podcasts I am listening to and I directed them to my 2012 list. Then I noticed that list is outdated already. Here are my top 10 podcasts for 2013.

  1. EconTalk (economics)
  2. Revolution Health Radio with Chris Kresser (health)
  3. NPR Planet Money (finance)
  4. Evil Sugar Radio (health)
  5. Alternative 80’s (music)
  6. Accidental Creative (productivity)
  7. The Market Ticker (finance)
  8. Freakonomics (finance)
  9. Adam Carolla Show  (comedy)
  10. House of Reggae (music)

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EconTalk is by far the best podcast. Russ Roberts can take topics that seem dull on the surface and make them fascinating. Well at least to me. Economics provides a model of understanding the world that I believe applies to other disciplines, especially fitness and nutrition.

Recently I’ve been enjoying Evil Sugar Radio. Although I think they are often guilty of the same biases they accuse others as having, the show is a much needed healthy response to the food fear mongers.

Podcasts I Listen To (2012)

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Biohacks recently posted Podcasts I listen to. I thought it was a good idea for a post, so I’m going to list my favorites. I dated this post so I can update my list each year. I’m always mixing up the shows I listen to. Here are my top 10 podcasts in order.

  1. EconTalk  (economics)
  2. Bulletproof Executive Radio (health)
  3. NPR Planet Money (finance)
  4. Revolution Health Radio (health)
  5. Adam Carolla Show  (comedy)
  6. Freakonomics Radio (economics)
  7. The Market Ticker (finance)
  8. House of Reggae (music)
  9. Underground Wellness (health)
  10. Accidental Creative (productivity)

All these are available on iTunes.

I used to listen to more health podcasts, but once the content gets too repetitive, I move onto other shows. What are your some of your favorite podcasts?

The Vegetarian Myth

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I wish this book was around when I first looked into starting a vegetarian diet.

The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability
The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith is a good book from a 20 year vegan that returned to meat. The author writes in a highly respectful and caring voice to those readers that may be following a vegetarian diet. The book covers environmental issues, nutrition, mental health and the politics of big agriculture. It is not preachy at all. It is written in a conversational yet informative manner.

This book is not perfect. For some reason there is no index in the back of the book. I’ll never understand why an editor to a non-fiction book would exclude an index. If I want to revisit the pages on serotonin and tryptophan, I have to thumb through each page hoping those words catch my eye. I would hope that if there is a second edition that an index is added. I also didn’t like the last chapter. Instead of being a concise summary, it was just a rambling incoherent dialog with feminist opinions that seems completely out of place in a book on food. If you read this book, skip the last chapter.

Despite the last chapter, I think this is a very good resource for someone who is considering or having doubts about their vegetarian diet. This book is your second opinion. Because our diet can be our identity, we tend to seek out information that confirms instead of challenging our choices. This is called confirmation bias. It can be dangerous not to test your assumptions, especially if your early ones are incorrect.

It aint what you dont know that gets you into trouble. Its what you know for sure that just aint so. – Mark Twain

If you don’t have the time to read this book, let me point you to two podcast interviews the author did about the Vegetarian Myth.

Primal Body, Primal Mind Podcast – Scroll down to May 5, 2010.

Former 20-Year Vegan Lierre Keith Now Advocates Omnivorism (Episode 334) – Interview with Jimmy Moore.