Top 5 Podcasts – Brain Candy

Here lies a list of my favorite podcast that teach the most random and interesting things about current events, economics, technology,  business, and absolutely everything in between.

Here lies a list of my favorite podcast that teach the most random and interesting things about current events, economics, technology,  business, and absolutely everything in between.

I spend a shameful amount of time listening to podcasts and I love a wide range of genres from true crime to comedy . I love podcasts that are interesting, entertaining, and educational – I feel slightly more accomplished listening to podcasts that teach me something new about the world.

Stuff You Should KnowStuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know is eclectic podcast that explains literally everything under the sun in an extremely relatable way. The two hosts are experts on the material and yet casual and conversational. Listening to this podcast is like sitting at your local bar eavesdropping on two friends nerding out over their favorite topic du jour at the next table over. Some great episodes are “How the Hyperloop Will Work”, “How Ketchup Works”, “Do Motivational Speakers Motivate People”, and “What is Ghost Fishing.”

Make Me Smart with Kai and MollyMake Me Smart

Make Me Smart is from the makers of Marketplace and covers business, economics, and culture. Kai and Molly have a great banter and really take the time to discuss and explore topics. Most episodes feature an interview with a leader in their field and the final question is always “What’s something you thought you knew, but later found out you were wrong about?” Some of my favorite episodes have been “Reddit CEO Steve Huffman is not Horsing Around” and “Beware the Nurtured Narrative”.

Planet MoneyPlanet Money

Planet Money was birthed from This American Life’s coverage of the housing market collapse and examines economics in a hands-on way. The reporters learn about off shore banking by setting up their own shell company (Unbelizable Inc.) in “We Set Up an Off Shore Company in a Tax Haven”. And they buy 100 barrels of oil and follow it through the process of getting out of the ground and in to a gas tank in a series starting with “We Buy Oil”. The show truly makes learning about economics entertaining.

Freakonomics RadioFreakonomics Radio

Freakonomics is a wonderful combination of storytelling and teaching economic theories and principles – think This American Life meets Econ 101. Some standout episodes are “Ten Ideas to Make Politics Less Rotten”, “Do Boycotts Work”, and “Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do”.

Note to Self

Note to Self

Note to Self examines what it is like to thrive in our modern, technology-filled world. It asks tough questions that challenge the role of technology in our lives. I really loved their program Infomagical, a week long project that helps you reflect on your relationship with technology.

Top 5 Podcasts – If You Loved Serial

Serial was a binge-worthy podcast that re-examined the facts of a murder case raising questions about what ultimately happened to high school senior Hae Min Lee. I love true crime and have compiled a list of my favorite podcasts that are well produced, focus on a single crime, raise questions about the original investigation, and will keep you up ’til 2 AM thinking “I’ll listen to just one more episode.”

Serial was a binge-worthy podcast that re-examined the facts of a murder case raising questions about what ultimately happened to high school senior Hae Min Lee. I love true crime and have compiled a list of my favorite podcasts that are well produced, focus on a single crime, raise questions about the original investigation, and will keep you up ’til 2 AM thinking “I’ll listen to just one more episode.”

In the DarkIn the Dark

Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped while biking home with a few friends on a summer evening before the sun had even set, in plain sight of neighbors. The podcast looks at how the initial response to the crime failed the victim and his family. This case ultimately lead to the creation of the national sex offender registry.

AccusedAccused

Elizabeth Andes was a young woman murdered in her apartment and her boyfriend confessed to the crime. He later recanted the confession but two juries have found him guilty. This podcast explores other possibilities that could have happened that night.

Someone Knows SomethingSomeone Knows Something

On afternoon, five year old Adrien McNaughton went fishing with his family, he lost interest in fishing, walked up a short path back to the family car, and has not been seen since. The podcast explores specifics of the disappearance. I can honestly say that Season 2 is just as interesting as Season 1.

Up and VanishedUp and Vanished

Tara Grinstead was a high school history teacher who disappeared from her house on summer night. Her care was still in her driveway, her cell phone was still plugged in on her nightstand and she has never been found. This podcast is a roller coaster and will suck you in faster than any other podcast.
Stranglers

Stranglers

In the 1960’s, 13 crimes in Boston were attributed to the Boston Strangler. Stranglers dive into the the crimes, trial, and conviction of the Boston Stranger, challenging the accuracy of the original investigation.