Do you love learning about new things, but can’t find the time to read during a cramped commute on public transit? Or, do you find yourself feeling too exhausted to catch up on all your saved articles after completing your assignments, part-time work and studying?
If you haven’t already discovered them, podcasts are a great way to help you optimise your time while exercising, commuting and the like, in addition to being perfect for days when you need to ooze on the sofa and tune in to insightful discussions without leaving your room.
The podcast boom means thousands of interesting topics, from health and technology to personal development, are available online or through apps like Spotify and iTunes, so you’re bound to find one that suits your interests.
But if you want to keep your finger on the pulse about the latest happenings and research in your area of study, here are some podcasts you should be obsessing about.
TED Radio Hour is a co-production of NPR and TED that explores a variety of topics relating to human behaviour.
These include podcasts relating to how you can become a better version of yourself (such as Jia Jiang: Can You Train Yourself To Accept Rejection) to gender, power and fairness (including Jackson Katz: Why We Can No Longer See Sexual Violence As A Woman’s Issue).
Based on talks given by TED speakers, each bite-sized episode lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.
Second Opinion allows medical students to listen to insightful discussions on a range of topical issues relating to the field, and episodes are less than five minutes long. The podcast covers a range of issues, such as whether medical illness and mental illness are treated equally to the suffering faced by transgender youth. A new episode comes out every Monday.
Even if you’re not someone who fancies science, this podcast will likely catch your attention with catchy topics such as OK You Worked Out, Now What?, Everybody Poops and Breaking Down Chemical Weapons.
With a motley of interesting topics, these hour-long podcasts will surely transform your boring and painful commute into something that whizzes by.
If you’re interested in business and management, HBR’s IdeaCast will pique your interests. Their podcasts, which feature leading thinkers in the field, is approximately 20 to 30 minutes long and covers a range of topics such as Why It’s So Hard to Sell New Products, and How Alibaba Is Leading Digital Innovation in China.
Marketing and advertising
This podcast features online marketing success stories. You can expect interviews with digital marketing professionals, learn actionable tips for improving conversion rates and social media marketing, and more, and all from the experts themselves.
If you’ve gone some time on your hands, history buffs may appreciate Revisionist History, which highlights histories that have helped shaped the world in podcasts that are approximately 40 minutes or longer.
By best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell and premium podcast network Panoply, Revisionist History’s website notes that it goes back in time to “reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.”