My favorite podcasts

Over the last 5 years I’ve probably listened to over 1000+ hours of podcasts. If you know me well, this should come as no surprise: I love thoughtful conversation (even if it means eavesdropping on it) and am compulsively seeking new ideas to enrich my mental frameworks.

It almost seems too good to be true to me that this vast wealth of spoken content is freely accessible if you have an internet connection and a smartphone, and I intend to not take this for granted.

As you can imagine, I’ve culled through my fair share of podcasts, so I’ve decided to finally compile a list of my favorites. This list is wide-ranging—but if anything has been included, it means I’ve listened to enough episodes and have enjoyed their quality enough overall that I’m willing to endorse them.

I have underlined the ones I personally find notable for their category (i.e. for what they are trying to do, they do it well). I’ve also starred* the ones that appear in multiple categories, since many podcasts span a range of topics.

Spiritual / soulful podcasts

For the friends who love exploring the deeper existential ideas, whether secular or full-on New Agey.

  • On Being

  • Relationship Alive

  • Insights at the Edge

  • Tara Brach

  • Rich Roll Podcast

  • School of Greatness*

  • Aubrey Marcus Podcast

  • Awaken Radio

  • Priestess Podcast

  • Beautiful Writers*

  • Buddha at the Gas Pump

  • Conversations with Alanis Morisette

  • Emerging Women

  • Good Life Project

  • Hay House Radio

  • Inspire Nation

  • Manifest This

  • Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

  • That’s So Retrograde*

Startup / business podcasts

For either friends who are interested in purely online business & marketing, hearing interviews with bootstrapped founders, or absorbing the wisdom of Silicon Valley heavyweights.

  • How I Built This

  • 33 Voices

  • A16Z Podcast

  • Acquired FM

  • School of Greatness*

  • Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

  • Foundr Magazine Podcast

  • From Scratch

  • Grey Matter from Greylock Partners

  • How to Start a Startup by YC

  • Masters in Business with Barry Ritholz by Bloomberg

  • Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

  • Mixergy

  • Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield

  • Product Hunt Radio

  • Startup School by YC

  •  The Goal Digger Podcast*

  • Smart Passive Income Podcast

  • The Startup Chat with Steli & Hiten

  • The 20 Minute VC

  • The Tim Ferriss Show*

Personal development / self-help

For the friends who love optimizing their habits, improving their mindset, or just doing the inner work necessary to grow and thrive as a human being.

  • Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod

  •  The Goal Digger Podcast*

  • The James Altucher Show

  • The Life Coach School with Brook Castillo

  • The One You Feed

  • The Tim Ferriss Show*

Literary podcasts

For my fellow book lovers—specifically for those who love literary books, from poetry to nonfiction to fiction. Some of these are also particularly helpful if you consider yourself a writer and want to refine your craft.

  • Slate’s Audio Book Club

  • Beautiful Writers*

  • Bookworm

  • LA Review of Books

  • Longform Podcast

  • Otherppl with Brad Listi

Health & fitness

If, from time to time, you get obsessed with getting the most out your eating and fitness habits like me.

  • Ben Greenfield Fitness

  • That’s So Retrograde*

  • The goop Podcast

  • The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson

Women in business & leadership

For anyone else who finds themselves constantly scanning through magazines and interview shows looking for the (infrequent) profiles of women specifically.

  • Boss Files with Poppy Harlow

  • Girlboss Radio

  • I Want Her Job

  • Katie Couric*

  • Radio Cherry Bombe

  • Second Life

  • Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff

  • WSJ’s Secrets of Wealthy Women

Culture & current events

This is a bit of a catch-all category for me, since I’ll sooner listen to interviews with interesting people than hear meandering commentary on what’s happening today, but occasionally I’m bit by the bug and want to hear tirades on the latest issue in culture or politics. Some of these are interview-based shows, actually, but they focus more on arts/culture/current events than anything overtly educational.

  • Still Processing

  • Slate’s Culture Gabfest

  • EconTalk

  • NPR’s Fresh Air

  • Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin

  • Katie Couric*

  • The Ezra Klein Show

Ecommerce

I imagine this is useful to a small segment of my friends, since most of them aren’t in this industry but of all the ecommerce-focused content out there, these are the ones I find to be more dense in actionable, relevant takeaways.

  • Ecommerce Fuel

  • Ecommerce MasterPlan

  • Shopify Masters

  • The Ecommerce Influence Podcast

  • My Wife Quit Her Job Podcast

  • The Product Boss

  • Nerd Marketing

Beauty & retail

For those who are in the beauty/retail/fashion industries or are just avid consumers who love keeping a pulse on the landscape.

  • Fat Mascara

  • The Glossy Podcast

  • The Glossy Beauty Podcast

  • Loose Threads

  • Well Made

  • That’s So Retrograde*

This is my list! Hope you get something out of it. If you ever want more specifics as far as what you’re looking for and which ones I think you’d like (and don’t want to waste time wading through all of these), feel free to ask me personally and I’ll try my best to make personalized suggestions.