What are some of your favorite podcasts to listen to in the morning?

Here’s an eclectic mix of podcasts you will  like listening to:

  • BBC’s From Our Own Corresponde(an in-depth look at the stories behind the top news headlines around the world, told by BBC correspondents, journalists and writers in a captivating storytelling format; hosted by Kate Adie)
  • Optimize with Brian Johnson(condensed big ideas from the best books on optimal living and micro classes on how to apply these ideas; here’s where I get a lot of book recommendations, including most recently Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life)
  • Invisibilia (a show about invisible forces that affect and control human behavior: our ideas, beliefs, and emotions)
  • Intelligence Squared (the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion; I like the diversity of topics that are covered and that include Brexit, democracy, foreign intervention, capitalism, the art market, contemporary literature, feminism, events in the Middle East)
  • The Memory Palace (storytelling podcast about events from the past)
  • Middle East Analysis (podcast on events happening in the Middle East and North Africa regions; the main contributor is international lawyer and political advisor Dr. Harry Hagopian)
  • This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt (a podcast dedicated to living a life with more passion, working with greater focus, and pursuing goals that give purpose and meaning to our lives)
  • This American Life: a grandaddy of podcasting – how has this not already been mentioned? When I hear Ira Glass’ voice, I know all is right with the world. When I have time, I fully intend to go back and catalogue my favorite TAL episodes, but if you are looking at back episodes, the two that I remember most strongly from my early days of listening, areEnforcers (for the Hanging in Chad segment) and The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar (which creeped me out).
  • The Moth: a great storytelling podcast. I’ve actually gone to live story slams here in San Francisco since I’ve enjoyed the podcast so much.
  • TED Radio Hour: A theme is selected and TED speakers give there takes on that theme either via interviews with the host Guy Raz or via their actual TED talks on the subject.
  • Freakonomics Radio: Stephen Dubner of the best-selling “Freakonomics” series explores underlying trends to various concerns in human nature. If you are into behavioral economics you’ll surely enjoy this. His guests are extremely interesting and qualified to present relevant research.

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