Eclectic, quirky or just weird are the usual words used to describe my taste. And my taste in podcasts is no exception. I’ve written before about being a late adopter of podcasts – nowadays I think I am what you would call an addict. They fit so nicely into my life and allow me to multi-task when doing activities such as walking and running.
However, like the world today, my podcasts have become polarised in two distinct tribes. Some podcasts have become background noise. I don’t hang on their every word or need to think about them. They can play when I’m working or doing active activities.
In the other camp, there are the podcasts I love. Podcasts that I love listening to as soon as a new episode comes out, and then spend time contemplating afterwards. These have real meaning and the power to influence me in the future.
Today I share 10 podcasts I love and I’ve also some exciting news to share with you all.
Gwen and J are two millennial friends pursuing financial independence. On their podcast, they showcase different perspectives as they interview a wide range of guests on side hustles, real estate and early retirement. A US-based financial independence podcast with a wide array of interviewees.
They bring so much enthusiasm and knowledge into the show and are genuinely fascinated by their guests. Additional they happily share their personal journeys, successes and failures, and what motivates them to hustle so hard.
2 – Fairer Cents
Kara and Tanya bring us a feminist view of money in the US. They cover some fascinating and very nuanced complex topics – such as the Beauty Tax and its implication on inequality and the gender pay gap. All the topics covered are heavily researched and backed up by facts and figures – the standards are very high indeed.
But they go beyond the fact into the meanings, perceptions and reality of life for women. Their lived experiences come through, along with their progressive views and strong approach to advocacy.
3 – Choose FI
Inspiring a cult-like following Choose FI is a very popular US-based financial independence podcast. Brad and Jonathon are very personable and knowledgeable about US personal finances. Additionally, they are travel hacking experts.
And truth be told – I assumed Brad and Jonathon were a gay couple and was kinda upset when I realised they were just plain old straight white men.
4 – HAGS
Which nicely brings us on to the feminist glory of HAGS. A masterpiece.
Despite living such a different life from Nicole and Riley I so relate to these ladies on so many levels. They just get everything perfectly; and I love this idea that ladies in the acting business in LA have the same experiences as I do working in London.
5 – Freakanomics
Freakonomics is a classic economics podcast for a reason. It’s good. From the place where Lady Doritos were proposed to serious interviews with high ranking economists – this is a goldmine.
Finding the nuances and interesting anecdotes in our capitalist society makes great listening matter. Listening broadens your mind and distils knowledge.
What can I say about Tim? He’s certainly a Marmite character. If, like me, you love the idea of living life as a series of experiments you’ll love it. If you think that’s weird, I’d give him a miss.
Tim is a serial tech entrepreneur, previously of silicon valley but nowadays found in the next big tech scene in Austin, Texas. His long-form podcast interviews world-class players. And the variety of guests is astounding – yet they all share some characteristics in being extremely determined and very very motivated to succeed.
Gretchen and her sister Liz offer weekly tips on happiness and living the life that makes you happy. They undertake regular challenges to improve their lives such as “wearing clothes” which are hilarious and heartwarming to listen to.
I love the creative LA approach Liz brings and contrasts with Gretchen’s NYC life. You can see the sisters differ a lot, yet are also drawn together. And their insight into people, in particular, the differences between us is insightful.
8 – The Gender Knot
Hosted by two hosts either side of the pond in London and NYC this show aims to dissect modern gender issues. It’s very personal and insightful – with female and male perspectives offered on issues.
Concepts such as masculinity and feminist are explored – with Nas often challenging the centre-ing of men by feminist critics. Another podcast where nuances are brought out and I feel like she really understands my life!
9 – On Being
The deepest of my choices is Krista Tippet’s On Being. A podcast where she explores what it means to be human in the modern world.
The guests are wide-ranging experts in their fields, who bring different perspectives to the table. The human issues discussed are always deep and perplexing – yet Krista and her guests make them accessible to laymen like me.
10 – The Guilty Feminist
And lastly the most lighthearted of my choices – Deborah Frances White is absolutely hilarious in this comedy podcast. How can you not love a show that opens with feminist confessions on how the panel have failed the sisterhood?
From her experiences growing up down under in the Jehovahs’s witnesses to her time nannying in London, she is always on point. Her feminist critique is superb, and she cracks me up all the time.
And some news
What you might have realised from the above is that my consumption tends towards US-based podcasts. Whereas I live in London (and love it too), so what is causing my listening habits to skew more America? Simply put, availability. It’s not that I have not looked for UK based podcasts, it’s just they are rather fewer in numbers.
And the one big omission? In the UK financial independence space, where there are currently no podcasts. Given UK personal finance has its own unique set of rules and tax code this like a gaping space that is crying out to be filled. A niche waiting to be populated.
Henceforth I introduce you to UK FI Pod a new UK financial independence podcast that I am starting. The podcast aims to launch in late summer 2018 and will feature interviews with diverse people in the FI space. I have a great roster of interviewees lined up and I’m looking forward to getting things moving. And working on my telephone voice.
Over to you
- What are your thoughts?
- Are you a podcast listener?
- What are your must listens?