Podcasts have been gaining more and more popularity in the last few years. According to Convince and Convert, 12 million people listened to a podcast for the first time in the last year.
I happen to be one of those 12 million. My commute into work isn't so bad, 20 minutes on a good day... over an hour on a bad. I have satellite radio and, with hundreds of available stations, you'd think there'd be plenty to listen to. But you can hear "Today Was a Good Day" by Ice Cube only so many times before you want to scream (a good day, indeed).
So, I decided to try a podcast. I've heard my co-workers talk about them all the time and thought it had to be better than throwing my radio out the window. As a newbie, I decided to ask them what podcasts I should be listening to and we came up with this great list. Whether you're looking for a true crime story, industry-specific content or to better yourself, there's a podcast for you.
1. Marketing over Coffee: At the intersection of marketing and technology (sounds a bit like where we like to live!), John J. Wall and Christopher S. Penn chat about social networks, search and email marketing, copywriting and offline marketing campaigns. They share insightful information while trying out new local coffee shops. These 20-minute podcasts air every Thursday morning.
2. Masters of Scale: Listen to Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, talk about how to get your company out there and grow. Hoffman talks with business leaders to share their personal success stories about how they got to where they are today.
3. Social Pros Podcast: In this podcast, Jay Baer and Adam Brown share the information on real people and their work on social media as well how companies like Ford Motors, Dell and ESPN manage their social media programs.
4. User Defenders: Join Jason Ogle as he shares stories about those who are excelling in User Experience Design and how they are doing so. According to our own User Experience expert, Jason "keeps me looking to the future of design and more specifically UX design. He talks about very innovative and new ideas."
5. 99% Invisible: This enlightening podcast by Roman Mars shares the history of designs all around us, ones we would typically not notice. We like it because it shows different aspects of UX design that has nothing to do with digital design. New stories come out every couple of days, so be on the lookout.
6. WorkLife with Adam Grant: Psychologist Adam Grant discusses the qualities that unusual workplaces use to better their work. Listen to this weekly podcast to gain thoughtful tips on how to better your work ethic.
7. Ear Hustle: Founded by inmates Earlonne Woods and Antwan William, this podcast tells the stories of prison life, with each episode telling a different perspective. The podcast is honest with a hint of comedy. This is not a weekly podcast; however, the next air date is featured on the website under “Listen”.
8. 30 for 30 Podcasts: If you are into sports and/or working out, this one's for you. 30 for 30 speaks about sports and athleticism and how they can change your life for the better.
9. The Allusionist: In this educational, yet comical podcast, Helen Zaltzman dives deep into the English language to fully understand the meaning of, and various uses for, words.
10. Up & Vanished: Season 1 explored the 2005 disappearance of beauty queen and high school teacher, Tara Grinstead, from her home in Ocilla, Georgia. The cold case was the largest case file in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s history, with no arrests in 11 years. Season 2 digs into a totally new cold case and has the same voice and theme as the first season.
11. S-Town: From the producers of Serial and This American Life, this podcast started out as a true crime story, but turned into something else entirely. John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
12. RISE: Hosted by Mogul CEO, Rachel Hollis, this "bold conversation" provides the listener with encouragement and enthusiasm. Perfect for the female, career-driven individual who struggles with self-doubt and how society has the ability to shape the way a woman can feel in today's world.
13. Serial: Our list would not be complete without the podcast that made all other podcasts. (This is also where I've made my debut into the podcast world.) Serial, now in Season 3, tells one true story over the course of a season. This last season told the story of a year inside the Cleveland court system. Since we're based in Cleveland, this was a must-listen.
So, why not give podcasts a try? This list is just the tip of the iceberg, so you're sure to find one you like. And if it happens to be murder podcasts, we won't judge.