10 Podcasts to Devour in 2021

Here at SPI Media, we love podcasts, and apparently, we’re not alone. Currently, there are 1,750,000 podcasts on the market, and in 2020 greater than 100 million Americans listened to not less than one podcast every month. But with so many choices, how are you aware which podcasts to take heed to?

To make it easier to out, listed here are ten of our favourite podcasts to take heed to as you begin the New Year, overlaying the realms of historical past, creativity, management, craft, and way more. Whether you’re an avid podcast connoisseur, host your individual podcast, or are fascinated with beginning one, these podcasts may be the inspiration you want as we begin 2021! 

Revisionist History

Malcolm Gladwell blends deft storytelling with an insatiable want to get on the coronary heart of the matter, whatever the scale of the matter in query. In Revisionist History, he makes use of this inclination to carry historical past below a really entertaining microscope. In one episode (Season 2, Episode 9), Gladwell offers us the historical past of the McDonald’s fry, juxtaposing his lament for the now-extinct OG fry with America’s diet-fad obsessions. In one other (Season 1, Episode 7), he expounds on the historical past of Leonard Cohen's much-covered music “Hallelujah,” utilizing its origins to distinction totally different types of inventive genius. With 5 seasons and counting, hours of enlightenment are at your fingertips.

Bill Gates & Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions

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The finest documentary storytelling leaves the viewers with extra questions than solutions—and this present does exactly that. With playful banter and concise, detailed enter from consultants, Gates and Jones unpack subjects like local weather change, why we imagine what we do, and what a post-COVID-19 world would possibly seem like. What’s particularly spectacular (given the weighty material) is how the present manages to ship a punch whereas nonetheless offering listeners with lingering takeaways. These questions are those most of us are asking proper now, those we should study deeply if we wish to guarantee humanity progresses positively. This present is an outstanding jumping-off level.

Dare to Lead with Brené Brown

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Launched final September, this podcast is predicated on Brené Brown's best-selling guide, Dare to Lead. In the podcast, she tackles massive, powerful subjects and handles all of them with grace and ease. She asks her visitors questions in such a blunt however personable approach (what each podcast host ought to aspire to!), which ends up in her visitors providing up weak solutions. Many of the visitors are individuals who have instantly influenced or formed Brené as an individual, together with Barack Obama, Guy Raz, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, so she's not simply bringing on big-name visitors just for downloads' sake.

Creative Elements

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In this podcast, host Jay Clouse (SPI Media’s new Community Experience Director!) does an unimaginable job of assembly the listener at a spot the place many wish to be—on the intersection of inventive ardour and enterprise. He talks to big-name visitors about how they bought the place they're and the work that went into it, and in some way makes it really feel attainable. We love how sincere the conversations are and the way comfortable Jay places each visitor and listener. Episodes with Seth Godin and Matt D'Avella are a few of our favorites.

Reply All

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This podcast is a gem! Hosted by PJ Vogt, Alex Goldman, and Emmanuel Dzotsi, the present options tales about how folks form the web, and the way the web shapes folks. Described as “a podcast in regards to the web,” it covers a broad vary of subjects, together with tales about Bitcoin, the proper crime, and the science of happiness. One of our favourite episodes from 2020 is known as “The Case of the Missing Hit,” a couple of man making an attempt to trace down a music from his youth that is caught in his head, however who cannot discover a hint of it wherever on-line. A wild goose chase ensues, and it is an fascinating and enjoyable journey!

The Anthropocene Reviewed

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If you’re fascinated with discovering a recent strategy on your podcast’s format, it is a must-listen. It’s half historical past podcast, half autobiographical essay. Novelist John Green takes a well-recognized format, five-star opinions, and applies it to “components of the human-centered planet.” This implies that nearly every little thing is on the desk, from scorching canine consuming contests to the sport Monopoly to staph infections. Be ready to cry, regardless of how powerful you suppose you might be. The early episode “Googling Strangers and Kentucky Bluegrass” is a heart-wrenching must-listen. This podcast makes us suppose deeply about format, and query methods to take one thing easy—a historical past podcast—and create a very recent take.

The Good Place: The Podcast

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This is the companion podcast to the NBC present The Good Place, and it’s stuffed with surprisingly related classes for enterprise house owners. A caveat: it is a TV present the place spoilers completely break the enjoyable, so completely watch the present first. In every episode, host Marc Evan Jackson interviews a member of the forged and a member of the crew about an episode of the present. It offers an important behind-the-scenes take a look at present manufacturing, which in flip offers an important look into the administration of inventive groups of individuals. The creator and showrunner, Michael Schur, creates a low-drama office the place people who find themselves good at their work get to do what they're good at. The finest thought wins, regardless of who proposes it. Through the course of 4 seasons' price of interviews, you get to listen to how his administration type impacts the office and his staff's product. 

How’s Work?

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Esther Perel is a famend psychotherapist identified for her work counseling by way of infidelity, however on this podcast she counsels enterprise companions by way of one-time classes. These partnerships are different: once-close mates who cofounded a communications firm however have gotten estranged, a mom and son who work collectively within the mom's actual property enterprise, and a former boss and worker shifting into an equal partnership. Listening to Esther at all times triggers deep self-reflection. A observe: this podcast offers with grownup themes, and a few episodes might not be acceptable for the youngest entrepreneurs in our viewers. 

On Being

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In this podcast, host Krista Tippet asks the deep questions of life. What does it imply to be human? How will we wish to dwell? The podcast explores the “intersection of non secular inquiry, science, social therapeutic, group, poetry, and the humanities.” Tippet is likely one of the finest interviewers on the market, and podcasters can take classes from her on methods to get compelling solutions out of visitors. And talking of her visitors, they're a smorgasbord of fascinating and clever folks, together with poets, monks, scientists, activists, politicians, writers, and extra. Just a few of our favourite episodes embrace her latest interview with Bryan Stevenson, founding father of the Equal Justice Initiative, and one with the poet Gregory Orr on how language shapes our grief.


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Produced by NPR, this podcast goes again in time to attach the previous with the current. For instance, a latest episode, “The Dark Side of the Moon,“ covers the fiftieth anniversary of the moon touchdown after which goes again in time to inform the story of how a number of of NASA’s unique engineers and scientists had been former Nazis recruited by NASA after WW2. Another episode, “Bananas,” is all about how the banana—an unique tropical fruit—turned commonplace and a staple of the American eating regimen due to a Brooklyn-born entrepreneur.

Watch the weblog for future podcasting roundups to remain up-to-date on our suggestions! And if these podcasts encourage you to start out your individual podcast, you'll want to take a look at our free webinar beneath.

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