7 Podcasts Worth Your Time

Podcasts provide a wonderful way to transform "spare time" into "useful time." You can find a podcast covering nearly any topic and listen to it while you drive, get ready in the morning, fold your laundry or virtually any other time.

Podcasts began as a tool for hobbyists, but over the years they have become much more. Just last year iTunes (which is by no means the only source for podcasts) arrived at 1 billion podcast subscriptions (The Washington Post).

I've listed seven podcasts below that I have found personally beneficial and included a brief description of each podcast from either the about section of their website or iTunes.

Note: For those of you who may wonder, they are simply in alphabetical order, not order of importance or benefit.

1. 99% Invisible

"99% Invisible is a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world." - 99% Invisible

2. Freakonomics Radio

"In their books 'Freakonomics,' 'SuperFreakonomics,' and 'Think Like a Freak,' Steve D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explore 'the hidden side of everything,' telling stories about cheating schoolteachers and eating champions while teaching us all to think a bit more creatively, rationally, and productively. The Freakonimcs Radio podcast, hosted by Dubner, carries on that tradition with weekly episodes. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised." - Freakonomics

3. Radiolab from WNYC

"Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience." - Radiolab

4. Serial

"Serial is a podcast where we unfold one nonfiction story, week by week, over the course of a season. We'll stay with each story for as long as it takes to get to the bottom of it." - Serial

5. Stuff You Missed in History Class

"What happened during China's Cultural Revolution? Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com." - Stuff You Missed in History Class

6. This American Life

"Most weeks This American Life is the most popular podcast in the country, with around one million people downloading each episode. When you subscribe to the free weekly podcast, episodes automatically download to your computer. Episodes are available for exactly one week, beginning the Monday after broadcast. Podcast content is the same as the radio broadcast, except on occasion when we include extra material on the podcast that had to be cut for time." - This American Life

7. This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt

"This Is Your Life is a weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership. My goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence." - Michael Hyatt


  • Do you listen to any of the podcasts above?
  • Are there any podcasts (not listed above) that you find helpful?
  • When do you listen to podcasts?
ThoughtsTimothy Buck