Thanks to the rise of the podcast, there is an easy (and usually free) way for you to get a quick dose of inspiration, education or information every day. You can settle into your daily commute or head out on a walk, and by the time you’re done, your head could be swirling with new ideas. That’s the good news. The even-better news is a fresh batch of podcasts arrives on the scene seemingly every day. With that in mind, keep reading to discover six new podcasts sure to keep you motivated through the end of 2017.
The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington has been on a mission to end stress and combat burnout ever since she launched her new startup, Thrive Global, in 2016. With the new Thrive Global podcast, you can discover how important leaders, in all fields, prioritise their well-being. For example, in the first episode, actress Jennifer Aniston discusses her sleep habits and the beauty of avoiding social media. In the third episode, serial entrepreneur Mark Cuban shares his best productivity hacks. New episodes are set to arrive every fortnight, and one thing is for sure: there is a little something here for everyone.
Broad City actress Abbi Jacobson is already used to making you laugh. Now, Jacobson is trying her hand at educating you. Her new podcast, A Piece of Work, offers up an approachable take on art – covering everything from modern art to sculpture to performance art. To help her out, Jacobson chats with guests such as editor and actress Tavi Gevinson (on Cy Twombly’s paintings), comedian Hannibal Buress (on sculptures) and musician Questlove (on Yves Klein’s prints), just to name a few. Whether you are looking to delve into a brand new topic or you’re an art aficionado at heart, you’ll find Jacobson’s user-friendly style easy to listen to.
When you’re starting out on the entrepreneurship path, you’ll find yourself coming across the word “scale” repeatedly. But what does it mean? And how do you scale, anyway? Tune into Masters of Scale, hosted by LinkedIn founder (and billionaire) Reid Hoffman, and you’ll soon find out. Hoffman chats with big names such as Mark Zuckerberg, Sara Blakely and Sheryl Sandberg on the concept. The good news? Every story has a healthy measure of humour and humility, which leaves listeners feeling as though they too could soar to the entrepreneurial heights of these founders. All you’ll need is your headphones, a little scrappiness, and some big ideas, and soon enough this podcast could be your one-way ticket to changing your life.
Tavi Gevinson has already accomplished more at the age of 21 than some of us will in a lifetime. She launched a successful fashion blog at the age of 12; started up an online magazine for teenagers, Rookie, in 2011; and has since found a career in acting. Now, Gevinson can add podcast host to her repertoire. On the Rookie podcast, Gevinson charts with various artists (across multiple mediums) on the ins and outs of being a teenager. The good news? You don’t need to be a teenager to get something out of this podcast. In fact, thanks to the diverse range of guests – hello Lorde, Roxane Gay, Janet Mock – listeners can learn about “the human experience through the teenage lens” and ultimately get an idea of what the future looks like.
5. Control Z
There’s no doubt the internet has changed the world. (Some would say for better, some would say for worse.) ABC Radio’s new podcast, Control Z, is ready to get into the nitty-gritty of technology and internet culture. In each episode, listeners will be treated to some of the more bizarre and surprising stories to emerge from the web. The episodes are quite short – usually clocking in at 15 minutes – which makes them perfect for those who are headed out for a power walk. And by the end, who knows? Maybe you’ll have uncovered what makes content go viral, how to become a web millionaire, or how to stay secure on the net.
6. The Call
If you have tuned into world news over the last year, you wouldn’t be blamed for feeling downtrodden or uninspired. That’s where The Call podcast comes in. Hosted by former political strategist Erica Williams Simon and produced by Man Repeller, The Call features intimate conversations with “women who have answered their own call.” Each episode will leave you feeling like you, too, can have an impact on the world – whether that comes via politics, sustainable design, or starting a business. Although The Call features game-changing women who have made big moves in their respective fields, there is something about these conversations that makes having an impact feel instantly accessible.