Posted On January 2, 2019
Happy 2019! If you’re anything like us, you may have spent your New Year’s reflecting on how you can be better this year. For some of us, that might mean making a small list of achievable goals, like resolving to sleep a little more and check late-night work emails a little less. For others, it might mean making more dramatic resolutions: eat organic, go to the gym, travel to new destinations, and advance your career — all while getting more sleep and checking your email less.
Self-improvement can take many forms, and whatever your speed, you probably want to learn something new while you’re doing it. At LRW, we’re committed to understanding humans: what we do, why we do it, and who we are. Many of us satisfy this curiosity by tuning into podcasts and learning from other smart humans.
So whether you’re cooking more at home, driving to the gym at 5am, or waiting for a flight that will take you to the other side of the world, here are some LRW-recommended podcasts that will help you become a better you.
- 99% Invisible: explores the unnoticed architecture and design that shapes our world
- Ear Hustle: shares stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it
- Freakonomics Radio: hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics Tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything
- Hidden Brain: uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships
- How I Built This: dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies
- Linear Digressions: explains high-level data science concepts
- Masters of Scale: hosted by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and Investor at Greylock. Reid shows how companies grow from zero to a gazillion, testing his theories with legendary leaders
- Reply All: covers unexplored stories about how the Internet interacts with the “real world”
- Revisionist History: Malcolm Gladwell goes back to reinterpret overlooked and misunderstood events from the past.
- Today Explained: Vox’s daily explainer podcast, covers the biggest news every day with guests, context, radio drama, and more
- Tribe of Mentors: Tim Ferris (@waitbutwhy) highlights short life advice from the best in the world
- Waking Up with Sam Harris: Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author— explores some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events