Written by Megan Davis

Six interesting and inspiring podcasts for anyone and everyone

Podcasts are a great way to absorb information and new ideas when you have a little downtime or find yourself multi-tasking. If you’re on the road (or in the air), getting ready for bed, or drinking coffee, a good podcast is something you can use to fill the quiet. They can make you a more compelling person, help you through a tough situation, or just teach you something you didn’t know!

If you’re not listening to podcasts, it might not be a bad idea to sit down and browse through all your different options. To get you started, we put together a list of six interesting podcasts that might strike your fancy. And if you’re already subscribing to some podcasts, you might want to give these ones a listen and see what you think.

Happy listening!

Snap Judgement

Hosted by Glynn Washington, Snap Judgement has been around since 2010 and describes itself as a “raw, musical brand of storytelling that dares listeners to see the world through the eyes of another.” In a recent episode, the show chronicled the journey of three San Francisco high school seniors trying to make sense of adulthood. Producers spent a year with the students as they fought for their futures in a rapidly changing city.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

You’ve seen Rubin on this blog before. In her podcast, she brings practical, manageable advice about how you can be happier. (Did you see that one coming?) Her sister, a TV writer from LA, is the cohost and the two have a comfortable, easy way of talking. Most of the episodes are about 45 minutes long and cover several topics, like why and how you should toss unnecessary papers, how to have a “power down” weekend, and why you might want to invent your own holiday.

15 Minutes to Freedom

If you want to listen to an honest person who’s not afraid to say what he’s thinking, this is the podcast for you. Hosted by Ryan Nidell — who says he’s been called a liar, a cheater, and a thief more times than he’d like to admit — this daily show puts his experiences in perspective to help others grow. “Live by a Code,” “Don’t Eat Like an Asshole,” and “Authentic Vulnerability” are some of his most recent episode titles.

WorkLife with Adam Grant

According to Grant (and he’s not wrong), we spend a quarter of our life at work. In his podcast, which is a TED production, Grant goes inside some of the world’s most unusual workplaces to discover the keys to better work. In a season one episode, Grant speaks with leaders who have taken bold steps to ban emails at odd hours and an FBI hostage negotiator who has surprising advice on saying no.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

We might pretend we have it all together, but do we really? In her podcast, author and “notable widow” Nora McInerny, talks honestly about pain, awkwardness, and what it means to be a human. In a recent episode, called “About Bob,” Nora highlights the story of a woman who received an unexpected call from MassGen about her father — who she hadn’t seen in several years and assumed was dead.

Ask a Manager

Am I showing off at work? What should salary negotiation sound like? Am I mansplainer?? If you’ve ever asked yourself a question like this, you might want to check out Ask a Manager, a podcast intended to help you resolve your “toughest, most frustrating, or just plain weirdest work predicaments.” Each week, Allison Green, founder of AskAManager.org, takes calls and talks about how to successfully deal with clueless coworkers, impossible employees, and everything in between.

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