Black Pug Studio Recommended Podcasts!
At Black Pug Studio, we love podcasts as they allow us to learn a lot about a wide variety of topics as we do something else such as cooking, getting ready in the morning, or when we get cozy and relax. These days, with the imposed lockdown due to COVID-19, podcasts become even more relevant, and more people are listening to them. Some discover them as a new hobby, and others start their own because they finally have time to do it. When you start listening to podcasts, you often wonder which one you should go for. After all, it can feel like a considerable commitment, and you want to feed your brain with quality audio content! I believe that it really depends on what you’re looking for. To help you navigate this vast world of podcasting, we thought it might be useful to you if we listed a few excellent podcasts that we love. You’ll be able to find all sorts of topics, and we tried to curate them so that it would suit your mood.
We picked shows ranging from educational to entertaining, and funny! Here are our all-time favourite podcasts. So, let’s get started!
Science, Culture, & Politics
1 — StarTalk Radio with Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Hosted by Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, The StarTalk podcast is an absolutely fantastic podcast about the universe. If you’re interested in Science and Pop Culture, you should go for it, as they collide those two worlds together to explore exciting science topics! The podcast explores various subjects such as space travel, the Big Bang, the role science plays in people’s lives, the future of our Earth and the Environment, and breaking news from the universe.
This podcast is for “All the people who never knew how much they’d love learning about space and science.”, — says Neil deGrasse Tyson.
2 — Today Explained — Vox
Today Explained podcast, Vox explores all sorts of compelling topics. Similar to their YouTube series and Netflix series, it covers a wide range of subjects and does a great job of informing its listeners throughout investigations. They always try to give in-depth information and easy to understand insights. We like it as much as we love their videos, even though they may not go as far as those because of their short production cycle! Honestly, give it a go, just pick an episode about a topic you are curious about and listen!
3 — 99% Invisible
99% Invisible is a podcast that explores the process and power of design and architecture. This educational podcast is well-documented and very interesting. Even if the topic doesn’t immediately seem appealing, the host can make it fascinating. Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013, Roman Mars is originally a radio host and producer. He’s also the founder of a podcast collective, Radiotopia, which he describes as efforts “to broaden the radio landscape and make shows that aren’t bound by conventions” of public radio in the United States.
4 — Hello Internet (CGP Grey & Brady Haran)
Hosted by American-Irish Youtuber CGP Grey and journalist/filmmaker Brady Haran, Hello Internet is a funny podcast covering Internet trends and cultural/popular topics. The topics range from YouTube, technology etiquette, books, movies and TV show reviews to plane accidents, vexillology, futurology, and more! The hosts have no limits and no clear direction of conversation, which makes it even better.
Entrepreneurs & Business
5 — HBR IdeaCast
HBR IdeaCast is created and produced by Harvard Business Review, this insightful podcast addresses very interesting and engaging topics about business, personal growth, finance, work, and startups. They always have brilliant guests such as successful entrepreneurs, authors, experts or scholars.
6 — StartUp
A Gimlet Media production, Startup podcast runs you through the process of creating and running a company. At first, it focuses on how Gimlet Productions were created and how it all started, then focuses on other famous companies and their beginnings. It allows you to understand the process of company creation, the ups and downs, and the rollercoaster that it can be. It’s a really inspiring podcast for entrepreneurs.
7 — The Pitch
In The Pitch, another Gimlet Media production, entrepreneurs pitch their business idea to investors from Silicon Valley and receive feedback. It’s better than Dragon’s Lair, and it is a genuinely good pitch show!
It features not only experienced but also novice entrepreneurs. The investors are really caring and give excellent advice, and they usually follow-up with every guest, whether they got the investment or not.
8 — Reply All
Once again by Gimlet, Reply All is possibly the best-rated podcasts out there.
The content is always really engaging, funny, clever, and heartwarming.
The team covers all types of internet topics, cultural topics, trendy topics, and they also investigate very mysterious things that happen on the internet and follow-up on that very well. It’s incredibly entertaining and addictive.
Inspirational & Creative
9 — The Minimalists Podcast
You may have heard of their popular film Minimalism: a documentary about the important things on Netflix. In their podcast The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus go deeper through various topics to help you have a more meaningful life with less.
“Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less. We focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more creativity, more experiences, more contribution, more contentment, more freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps make that room.
Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s important things — which aren’t things at all." www.theminimalists.com
10 — Design Better Podcast
Design Better podcast by InVision hosts talk shows between industry leaders about design, best practices, and trendy companies.
That’s a great podcast to put on while you work, you’ll get so much out of every episode. Eli and Aarron are fantastic hosts and both have more than ten years of experience in the design industry from both startups to Fortune 500 companies. It helps you understand the strategy and decision making that top design leaders face. They also share their insights on implementing design thinking into all kinds of organizations and discuss it with their guests.
This is a must-listen for all designers!
11 — Overtime
Hosted by Meg Lewis, a freelance brand designer with over ten years of experience, Overtime Podcast by Dribbble covers best practices, advice, design trends. It’s a great podcast to stay up to speed on design news and get a good laugh. The host brings a really fun twist to it, so you feel like you are listening to a friend talk. We highly recommend it!
Entertaining & Funny!
12 — Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
“After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realized that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him.Over the years and despite thousands of interviews, Conan has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started a podcast to do just that.”
What a pitch, right? Conan’s guests are actors, politics, entertainers, from Michelle Obama to Adam Sandler. We love following Conan’s journey to making new friends. A hilarious and feel-good podcast!
13 — ID10T with Chris Hardwick
In this very entertaining podcast, Chris Hardwick, an American stand-up comedian, actor, television host and writer interviews celebrities of the cinema, music, entertainment industry. It sounds more like conversations than interviews, and the guests often reveal stories that they wouldn’t necessarily tell during more formal interviews. The kind of podcast that will make you cry with laughter.
Relax & Dream
14 — Get sleepy
Get Sleepy podcast is perfect for those who have trouble falling asleep. Thanks to captivating stories, true nature sounds and relaxing voices, Tom and his guests help you fall in the arms of Morpheus and enjoy untroubled and dreamy sleep. Especially during these stressful times, we’re having a lot of difficulties relaxing and getting asleep, so it’s the perfect podcast to listen to right now!
Honestly, it is so good that you’ll probably hardly make it to the end!
15 — Almost Black
Of course, we couldn’t write about podcasts without telling you all about our Almost Black podcast that we started last year. We touch on epic creative topics in design, technology, science, gaming, and entertainment, featuring inspiring guests. It is sprinkled with a generous dose of geek and pop culture vibes!
Here you go! With all of these suggestions, you could be locked down for weeks and never be bored. And what we agree on at the studio is that when you start listening to podcasts, you wonder why you didn’t start sooner as they open your mind and are a good source of food for thought!
We’re always eager to have more suggestions to add to our own list, so don’t hesitate to share your favourite ones in the comments!
About Black Pug Studio
Black Pug Studio is a multidisciplinary creative agency in Galway crafting premium and uniquely tailored web design, branding, digital design, and software & web technology experiences.
We partner with companies to create their ideal business tools using the latest technologies available wrapped in beautifully designed interfaces.
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