100 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter, Better, and Wiser

100 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter, Better, and Wiser

If you haven’t signed into Apple ITunes and discovered podcast, then sadly you are missing out.  Podcast are not new, but they are definitely taking off.  Podcast have replaced the radio for those that are traveling, have long daily commutes, or simply needing an alternative that’s FREE and more enhancing than the radio.

I spend 80-90 minutes in my car daily driving to and from work.  After about 5 days of listening to the same Top 5 songs over and over again in heavy rotation, you’d fiend for something else to entertain you.  Since I discovered podcast, I’ve started a business, this website, and even feel better about my future.  Check out my resource page to listen to some veterans who have started their own podcast.  In this article you’ll find 100 of the best podcast that will definitely make you smarter, better, and wiser.


Podcasting is a great way to learn and be inspired. It’s a new use of technology that hearkens back to the original social medium, storytelling.

If you have an interest in entrepreneurship, tech, leadership, business, creativity, or just learning and expanding your mind, here are 100 podcasts that can help you bring your best to all you do.

Pick out a few to start with, then get ready to listen and learn while you’re in the car, on the treadmill, or during your morning commute.

1. Entrepreneur on Fire
Be inspired and learn from stories of entrepreneurship. Hosted by John Lee Dumas.

2. Office Hours
Business journalist and author Daniel Pink interviews business leaders and thinkers such as Biz Stone, Malcolm Gladwell, Tom Peters, and Harvey Mackay.

3. The Smart Business Revolution Podcast
Dedicated to entrepreneurs and business owners growing their business strategically and intelligently. Topics range from social-media tips to interviews with entrepreneurs. Hosted by John Corcoran.

4. StartUp Nation
Insights into entrepreneurship and small business. Hosted by Jeff and Rich Sloan

5. Solo Smarts
Kelly McCausey interviews “solopreneurs” and offers tips and updates related to running a solo business, with an emphasis on internet-based businesses.

6. Accelerate Your Business Growth
A variety of topics and guests from the business world. Hosted by Diane Helbig.

7. Stories From the Influencer Economy
Ryan Williams converses with people who have launched careers from content, social-media, and digital platforms.

8. How to Start a Startup
Lectures from Sam Altman/Y Combinator’s Stanford University course, with Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, and more.

9. Defining Success
Zeb Welborn talks with successful people about what makes them successful and why some succeed when others fail.

10. The Growth Show
HubSpot CMO Mike Volpe interviews top executives on building and growing a business.

11. The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
A weekly seminar featuring an entrepreneur or leader. From the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

12. Inc. Uncensored
A lively weekly podcast exploring startups, entrepreneurship, technology, and high-growth businesses. Hosted by Inc.‘s editor, Jim Ledbetter.

13. TEDTalks Business
Stories and insights from innovators, entrepreneurs, and business researchers drawn from TED conferences, TEDx events, and partner events around the world.

14. HBR IdeaCast
Analysis and advice from the leading minds in management, including professors, scientists, authors, and other leaders across the business community, hosted by the Harvard Business Review.

15. Knowledge@Wharton
Articles and videos based on research, conferences, speakers, books, and interviews with faculty and other experts on global business topics.

16. The Economist Radio
Audio content from The Economist magazine.

17. Seth Godin’s Startup School
Marketing and business thought leader Seth Godin guides entrepreneurs through building and running their dream business.

18. Entrepreneur’s Journey
Yaro Starak addresses topics specific to online businesses and talks with successful entrepreneurs.

19. So Money, with Fanoosh Torabi
Interviews with top business minds and discussion of issues in finance, investing, and entrepreneurship.

20. The Entreleadership Podcast
Lessons from Dave Ramsey on business, team building, and leadership.

21. Leaders in the Trenches
Gene Hammett interviews a variety of entrepreneurs, authors, and speakers.

22. Manager Tools
Information about new tools and techniques to further your management and career objectives.

23. All in: Elevating Your Leadership Game
Interviews with leaders in business and global affairs to elevate your leadership. Hosted by Alicia Dunams.

24. The Introvert Entrepreneur
Beth Buelow interviews business owners for insights about overcoming challenges.

25. As Told by Nomads
Digital marketing specialist Tayo Rockson interviews leaders in business, culture, travel, and global affairs.

26. Six Pixels of Separation
Mirium president Mitch Joel discusses digital marketing, new media, and personal branding for online businesses.

27. This Is Your Life
Michael Hyatt’s weekly discussion of intentional leadership.

28. Accidental Creative
Practical everyday practices to help keep you prolific, brilliant, and healthy in life and work.

29. One Simple Thing
Hosted by Dave Kirby. Focuses on small actions you can take today to improve your life, your business, and your world.

30. Grit
Formerly titled Quit, this call-in show, hosted by Dan Benjamin, focuses on helping people sort out problems, evaluate options, and make changes in their lives.

31. The Social Hour
Social web experts Sarah Lane and Amber MacArthur present social-media tools, news, and profiles.

32. Ambitious Entrepreneur
Host Annemarie Cross helps new entrepreneurs discover how to stand out from the pack.

33. Dose of Leadership
Interviews with relevant motivation and influence experts from a wide range of fields. Hosted by Richard Rierson.

34. Learning With Leslie
Leadership, marketing, and entrepreneurship, with Leslie Samuel.

35. Duct Tape Marketing
John Jantsch interviews influential marketing professionals on far-ranging business topics.

36. The Engaging Brand 
In-depth interviews with recognized figures in social marketing, social business, and social leadership, hosted by Anna Farmery.

37. Social Triggers Insider
Derek Halpern gives straightforward, no-nonsense business and marketing advice.

38. The Entrepreneur Effect
Focuses on complex issues of marketing.

39.  Negotiation Academy
A podcast course in nuts-and-bolts negotiation, offered by Columbia Business School and hosted by Slate.

40. Online Marketing Made Easy
Strategist Amy Porterfield provides advice on social media and online marketing applicable to entrepreneurs in any industry.

41. Inside PR
Roundtable discussion of social-media and PR topics. With Gini Dietrich, Joseph Thornley, and Martin Waxman.

42. Self Made Man
The pursuit of excellence in business, relationships, health, finance, and legacy.

43. Planet Money, by NPR
Stories from the rapidly changing global economy.

44. IDEO Futures
The intersection of design, business, and entrepreneurship.

45. Build Your Tribe
Interviews and practical strategies from top internet influencers.

46. Breaking Down Your Business
Brad Farris and Jill Salzman use a top-five format to address issues facing small-business owners.

47. The School of Greatness
Lewis Howes shares inspiring stories from business, sports, and other fields in an exploration of what makes great people great.

48. Starting From Nothing
Successful entrepreneurs tell how they built their businesses entirely from scratch. Each episode includes a custom action guide.

49. Startups for the Rest of Us
Mike Taber and Rob Walling share insights from their experience building companies independently without venture capital.

50. Smart Passive Income
Pat Flynn from the Smart Passive Income blog covers online business and blogging strategies, income sources, and marketing for online businesses.

51. Beyond the To-Do List
Covers various aspects of productivity and living a meaningful life. Erik Fisher talks with real people about personal and professional productivity.

52. Internet Business Mastery
Aimed at beginners in the business world, with most content relating to business startups.

53. eCommerce Fuel
Host Andrew Youderian, an experienced e-commerce entrepreneur, provides down-to-earth, actionable advice with a humorous spirit.

54. CEO Exchange
PBS-sponsored podcast of interviews with leading CEOs.  Learn from the successful captains of industry!

55. Marketplace
Daily business and economics news updates; some episodes on specialized topics.

56. The James Altucher Show
Author James Altucher interviews well-known figures from business and tech on topics including entrepreneurship, investing, and health.

57. The Tim Ferriss Show
The author of The 4-Hour Workweek talks with world-class performers in a variety of fields.

58. Social Media Marketing
Social Media Examiner’s Michael Stelzner navigates the social jungle with success stories and expert interviews from leading social-media marketing pros.

59. Youpreneur.FM
Author and speaker Chris Ducker discusses what it means to be a 21st century entrepreneur.

60. What Great Bosses Know
This podcast interviews managers and business leaders on practical skills they learned to become great bosses. Leadership lessons from the Poynter Institute.

61. The Chris LoCurto Show
Information to help you grow your leadership, your business, and your life.

62. Get-It-Done Guy’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More
Tips on productivity, time management, making technology work for you, and other practicalities to help you save time for more strategic pursuits.

63. Marketing Over Coffee
Business marketing information and tips on social media, new technology, and other marketing tools, as well as interviews with marketing experts.

64. The Great Work Podcast
Michael Bungay Stanier talks with thought leaders about finding and sustaining your life’s work.

65.  Foundation
Kevin Rose interviews tech entrepreneurs.

66. Eventual Millionaire
Business coach Jaime Tardy talks to millionaire entrepreneurs to learn their failures, advice, tips, and stories.

67. Killer Innovations Podcast
Hosted by Phil McKinney. As an executive at a leading high-tech company, Phil McKinney shares his experience, tools, tricks, and lessons learned about creativity and innovation.

68. The Bottom Line
Produced by BBC Radio 4 and hosted by Evan Davis. Wide-ranging panel discussion with business leaders.

69. Startup Grind
Interviews with successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

70. Smart People
Expert advice for all manner of personal and professional concerns.

71. The Solopreneur Hour
Hosted by Michael O’neal. The show is a “behind the scenes look” and deep dive conversation  into what it takes to be a solopreneur.

72. Craftsman Founder
Discussions with authors and entrepreneurs provide a long view on startup strategy and writing books.

73. You Are Not So Smart
Explores issues of cognitive biases, heuristics, and logical fallacies through interviews with top scientists.

74. Freakonomics
Entertaining and wide-ranging stories about human behavior.

75. From Scratch
An NPR-produced podcast that explores the entrepreneurial life with leading pioneers from the business world, the social sector, and the arts.

76. Build and Launch
A weekly podcast focused on shipping small projects.

77. Daily Boost
Covers personal and professional topics including lifestyle design, balance, communication, career advancement, and success.

78. Mastermind Talks
For entrepreneurs who work on both their business and themselves.

79. Help My Business!
A nontraditional podcast that’s been called “The Daily Show for entrepreneurs.”

80. Bulletproof Radio
Information on technology for your mind, body, and life.

81. Crazy Is a Compliment
Linda Rottenberg shares smart lessons for cutting an entrepreneurial path in a turbulent world.

82.  The Rise to the Top
David Garland helps “mediaprenuers” create and sell digital products and programs and how-to information online.

83.  Get Busy Living
Benny Hsu discusses self-help, personal development, and better living.

84.  12 Business Ideas That Are Changing the World Podcast
Hosted by Allan Asher. What are the business ideas that are changing the world? Leading executives nominate the ideas and describe the challenges that are changing the way we do business today, and that will shape the business world of tomorrow.

85. Hack the Entrepreneur, with Jon Nastor
Discusses the fears, habits, and inner battles behind big-name entrepreneurs and those on the path to success.

86.  48 Days
Dan Miller, author of 48 Days to the Work You Love, discusses work, career, and business startup.

87. Women Who Startup
Celebrates, connects, and empowers women entrepreneurs.

88. Mixergy
A deep dig into the successes and failures of business founders and thought leaders.

89. The Full Ratchet
Nick Moran interviews venture and angel investing experts on successful investing in early-stage companies.

90. The 20-Minute VC
Includes topics related to venture capital, startup funding, and pitching to funders.

91. Free Thinking
A BBC Radio 3 stalwart featuring in-depth conversations with thinkers and cultural critics.

92. Marketing Smarts
Hosted by MarketingProfs, a leading marketing blog and education organization. Each episode tackles a specific issue.

93. Ask Gary Vee Show
Marketing, social media, and entrepreneurship advice.

94. On Being, with Krista Tippett
This NPR program podcast focuses on values, faith, and meaning in human connection and existence.

95. Stuff You Should Know
Conversational and entertaining, covering a little bit of everything.

96. TotalPicture Radio
Talent acquisition, HR tech, careers, leadership, and innovation tips.

97. PRI’s The World
Global news and politics.

98. Sales Gravy: PowerPrinciples Podcast
Hosted by Jeb Blount. Sales professionals are the elite athletes of the business world. Like elite athletes, you must train to win.

99. Catalyst Podcast
Hosted by Ken Coleman. Practical leadership and cultural insights through in-depth interviews with renowned leaders, sought after speakers, and best-selling authors.

100. Conscious Business Podcast
Hosted by Theo Horesh. This show looks at the emerging world of conscious business and examines the strategies, leaders, cultural conditions, and new markets that are driving its evolution.

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This article by Lolly Daskil was originally posted on Inc.com

 

 

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