2018 Summer Book Recommendations: Podcast Edition!

Hola Todos!

We all know I totally enjoy giving out book recommendations as the search for nuggets is never-ending (please see the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 lists). For this summer’s reading list, I thought I’d mix it up and create a podcast list instead of a book list.

Why podcasts? In short, we all have “dead” time: the commute, mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, going for a run or at the gym.  When I mean “dead time,” in my eyes, this is time I cannot read so why not “feed your head” with interesting audio.  Podcasts are a modern form of “talk radio” and feature some of the top shows from NPR, CBC, and the Guardian.

How much to you have to pay for podcasts?  In almost all cases, podcasts are a free medium like television.  You have to pay the cellular bill like your cable bill and depending on your cellular plan, you might have to be careful (unlimited data – no problem).  If you do not have an unlimited data plan, then you can download the shows onto your phone over WIFI and then listen to them without eating into your data allocation.

Where do I find the podcast shows?  Both iOS (Apple) and Android have factory installed podcast Apps. Third-party Apps like Stitcher (both iOS and Android) and Overcast (iOS only) than can be downloaded like any other App.  I personally use the factory installed iOS podcast App. Once you open the podcast App, search and recommendation functions are prominent for discovering podcasts. In addition, the podcast Apps all have a “Top 100” list or something similar to see what shows are most popular.

How do you listen to that many podcast? Well…I don’t!  I mean I have a cable box with over 500 channels but I do not watch 99.9% of the shows on those channels.  I pick and choose, record a few TV shows here and there and if I get to them, I get to them.  Of the 20 or so podcasts I subscribe to, there are only 3 or 4 that I listen to 100% of the episodes.  Depending on the topic or who is being interviewed, say a great interview with an Adam Grant or an Angela Duckworth, I either listen to the episode or skip it if it’s not a topic or person that interests me.

A final thought – I rarely listen to podcasts at normal speed and it’s easy to speed episodes up – plus the faster speed helps keep me awake for long commutes home at night. My default speed is 1.5 but some “slower talkers” I push up to 2.0.  The same could be said for Audible which I also listen to at least one book per month.  A 10 hour book can be reduced to 7.5 hours if you change the speed from standard 1.0 to 1.5. It only takes a few minutes to adjust the slightly faster speed.

As for the podcast recommendations, I did my best to group them into categories.  My suggestion is to download 5 or 10 podcast shows to your phone and explore the episodes.  Just like television, you’ll know in an episode or two if you really like the show or not. By no way is the list below exhaustive but it sure is something to get one started.



Dr. Dan-o

Associate Professor of Marketing

Stillman School of Business

Seton Hall University




-How I Built This with Guy Roz – An entrepreneurial show from NPR

-Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman – An entrepreneurial show from one of the biggest names in tech

-Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders – Stanford University’s speaker series

Social/Digital Media

-Social Media Marketing with Michael Stelzner – one of the best “how to” social/digital podcasts

-The Gary Vee Audio Experience – you can try to ignore him but students really like this show


-The Marketing Companion – a thoughtful social/digital marketing strategy show

-The Business of Story – why storytelling works for marketers

-Yeah, That’s Probably an Ad – from AdWeek magazine – very specific to marketing communication


-Friction with Bob Sutton – Another excellent Stanford show – more management orientated

-The HBR IdeaCast – the audio show from Harvard Business Review

-Akimbo – from Seth Godin – instead of books – Seth talks Seth topics on a podcast

-WorkLife – from TED – Adam Grant discusses interesting anomalies in corporate culture

Tech Media

-ReCode DeCode – A business tech podcast

-ReCode Media – a business podcasts with heavy slant on media companies

-Too Embarrassed To Asked – a tech product review podcast

-ReCode Replay – interviews with the biggest names in tech from ReCode’s conferences

Social Psychology

-Hidden Brain – an excellent behavioral/CB podcast

-Choiceology – from Dan Heath – if Richard Thaler were to do a podcast

-Freaknomics Radio – More stories like those told in the popular book

-Invisibilia – from NPR – a mix of sociology and social psychology inspired by popular culture

News/Popular Entertainment

-The TED Radio Hour – NPR mashes-up 4 or 5 TED talks on a similar theme and makes a show!

-TED Talks Daily – self explanatory

-Pop Culture Happy Hour – pure entertainment/fun

-The Daily – The New York Time’s podcast

-NPR’s Up First – on-demand clips from NPR radio

-Planet Money – from NPR – news with an economic/finance slant


-Football Weekly – this is a soccer show that focus mostly on Europe’s top leagues

-Men in Blazers – this is more ESPN meets People magazine soccer show

-Planet Futbol with Grant Wahl – Sports Illustrated’s more US focused soccer show

-Pardon the Interruption – ESPN’s Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser – you don’t always have to catch PTI on television


-The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel – a sci-fi kids podcast (fiction)

-Wow in the World – from NPR – A kids themed podcast with a science bent


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