On an average day I commute about an hour to and from work. That’s five hours a week, two hundred and sixty hours a year. I spend about eleven sold days a year in the car, driving back and forth to work. It’s sickening when I think about it, but at least I have put that time to good use.
Most days I will use my car-time for returning phone calls, chilling to Pandora, or my favorite car-time activity: education via podcasts, audio books, and Youtube videos (listening, not watching). I will get into the audio books and Youtube in another post, but today I want to share with you my current lineup of podcasts that I follow. This list changes periodically. Podcasters are a lot like Youtubers (or Bloggers for that matter). They will start a podcast hard and heavy, but over time they will lose interest and stop making episodes. When that happens I drop them. I will start my list with the staples, the ones that are super consistent and that I listen to regularly, and progress to the more infrequent ones:
You probably know Joe Rogan from Fear Factor or the UFC. Well, he is also an epic podcaster. I’ve been listening to The Joe Rogan Experience longer than any other podcast on my list. He does interviews with a wide range of people, including: MMA fighters, comedians, doctors, scientists, actors, and many other cultural movers and shakers. His podcasts usually last about three hours and he is super consistent. Joe normally does a podcast every other day. He is also a comedian, so the podcast is hilarious at times, but still manages to cut through the cultural bullshit of our time. Highly recommended.
Tim Ferriss is the author of The Four Hour Work Week, Four Hour Body, and his latest book The Four Hour Chef. He is well known for using himself as a guinea pig to experiment with all sorts of self-enhancement strategies. In his podcast he interviews various “high performers” and attempts to extract the underlying principles that make them who they are. Tim is also a proponent of Stoic Philosophy. In fact, I got into Stoicism from listening to this Podcast. His podcasts are usually over an hour long, and he produces about one per week. Also, highly recommended.
Rich Roll was your average overweight American until he adopted a vagan diet, lost the weight, and became one of the most badass ultra-endurance athletes in the world. He is also a great podcaster, and interviews a wide range of (usually) health related movers and shakers. I am not vegan anymore, but I still highly recommend Rich’s podcast. He is very pragmatic and open-minded. He updates usually once per week.
James Altucher is an entrepreneur and writer. In his podcast he interviews a wide range of “choose yourself” movers and shakers. He usually produces shows once per week.
Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, author, and one of The Four Horsemen of New Atheism. He is seen as controversial by a lot of the so-called Regressive Left. If they would put being ‘triggered’ aside long enough to actually listen to him, they may feel differently. Sam is a deep, analytical thinker. His podcasts are usually over an hour and he updates a couple of times a month.
Seth Andrews is a man who was born to be a podcaster. He has the perfect voice for it. Seth is a former Christian broadcaster who “escaped the bonds of superstitious thinking,” to become The Thinking Atheist. He usually interviews guest on the subject of religion, science, and of course atheism. His shows are normally around an hour and he updates about once a week.
Dr. Rhonda Patrick is a biochemist and science communicator. In her podcasts she interviews other doctors and scientists in the areas of human health and performance. Her shows can get very technical, but are a treasure trove of useful information. She regularly explores topics like intermittent fasting, various diet plans, and the effects of environmental stressors like cold and heat exposure on the human body. Her podcasts can last from thirty minutes to multiple hours, depending on the subject. She usually posts a couple of times a month.
Daniel Vitalis is a proponent of reclaiming your inner wildness. In his podcast he explores various strategies for enhancing your life by casting away societal and self-imposed domestication. I have gotten some good ideas from this podcast, and it is always entertaining. Daniel’s shows are usually a couple of hours long, and he updates about once per week.
This is the podcast of The Zeitgeist Movement. TZM is a sustainability and educational organization that promotes the use of science and technology for social concern. If you haven’t seen the Zeitgeist films, watch them here: Zeitgeist, Zeitgeist Addendum, and Zeitgeist Moving Forward. The films literally set my life on a new path. The podcast isn’t as active as it used to be, but they still update about every month or so and their shows are around an hour long.
History on Fire is a podcast by author and university history professor Daniele Bolelli. Whether you like history or not, if you care about bravery, wisdom, passion, larger than life characters and some of the most emotionally intense moments in human experience, then this podcast is for you. I first heard professor Bolelli on Joe Rogan’s podcast. His heavy Italian accent really adds to the uniqueness of his episodes. Highly, Highly recommended. The shows are usually a couple of hours long, and he produces about one per month.
David Smalley’s Dogma Debate is a podcast where conflicting ideas on religion, atheism, science, and politics meet in a (usually) respectful arena to duke it out. I haven’t been listening to Dogma Debate very long, but is definitely entertaining. The debates usually range from one to two hours, and new episodes come about once a week.
Hemant Mehta and Jessica Bluemke are a couple of friendly atheists. In the podcast they interview various people on the subjects of religion, atheism, science, and politics. The shows are very light-hearted and fun to listen to. Episodes usually last from thirty minutes to an hour, and come about once a week.
I haven’t listened to a lot of episodes of this podcast yet. Denice and I started listening to it a little while ago to do research into the adoption process. We have struggled with infertility since we have been married, and have recently decided to explore adoption as a possible means to expand our family. Episodes are thirty to forty-five minutes long, and seem to come every month or so.
And last but certainly not least, The Jocko Willinks Podcast. This podcast is brand new to me, but it is really popular right now. Jocko is a former Navy Seal, and talks on the subjects of discipline, self-improvement, and leadership. He is nothing if not intense. He is also a black belt in JuJitsu, a style of martial arts that I am really interested in. Jocko and his co-host, Echo, produce episodes that usually last a couple of hours and seem to come about once a week.