Thanks for a great community and I look forward to your suggestions.
John Carmack (Oculus)
Eric Weinstein (The Portal)
Renée DiResta (Mozilla)
Matthew Walker (Sleep)
Douglas Rushkoff (Open Source)
Travis Barker (Blink 182
David Sinclair (Aging)
Nicholas Christakis (Research social networks)
Jocko Willink (Extreme Ownership)
Ash Dykes (Trekking)
Annie Jacobsen (Writer CIA)
Dan Flores (Natural History)
William von Hippel (Scientist, Genetics, Social)
Brian Cox (Physicist)
I listen to the episodes usually same day/next day that they get released. One of my favorite podcasts in 2019.
The Sy Hearsh interview on Intercepted is a must-hear for anyone interested in journalism and media.
The Ezra Klein show has been great. Individual episodes have been hit or miss for me, but listening to his backlog, you get to view the intellectual development of a very introspective and intelligent guy who was thrown for a loop by 2016 as he makes sense of the changing world. It's not explicit on an epispde to episode basis, but if you're willing to pay attention, it's there.
The No Agenda Show's a morning-zoo style biweekly podcast covering current affairs. It's a lighter take on the news, and the hosts (Adam Curry - former MTV VJ,and John C Dvorak - the guy who was always wrong about technology) have longer memories than most pundits. The episodes are long, but if you enjoy as I do, or are willing to look past their eccentricities, well worth adding to your pod rotation.
Available on Spotify and elsewhere.
Incredibly digestible and thoughtful non-ideological exploration of great thinkers in philosophy. Excellent as a starting point for further exploration.
Many of the thoughts and perspectives that have shaped and currently shape the modern world are discussed.
Relevant, not esoteric.
"Pursuing deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together."
Once you have the willpower victory of getting up immediately (no snoozing bullshit) and then the willpower victory of making your bed, it's not a stretch to also do 50 pushups, make a healthy breakfast, clean the kitchen, go for your morning run, avoid HN while you start work, and then carry that momentum into the rest of the day.
Watching that man's twitter feed, posting the pic of his watch well before 5:00, and aftermath of his workouts is motivating in of itself.
Changing my life if probably over-stretching it, but it lures me in with "let's take the scientific approach to a topic" - and I can nod along, agreeing with them, and then they sneak in stuff that I don't want to be true.. but well is..
I started with "In Our Time", recommended for the quality of the guests, the variety of subjects and number of episodes (near 900)
At the moment I switch between these 3:
"The Age of Napoleon" (https://podbay.fm/podcast/1223795973) and "Revolutions" (https://podbay.fm/podcast/703889772) rekindled my interest for History, especially the 19th century.
"The History of Literature" (https://podbay.fm/podcast/1048375034)
A few much required new perspectives on life.
I don't agree with him on everything -- he's a bit to the center/right of me in some areas, particularly around what he calls "identity politics". But regardless his guests are usually great, and I agree with him on the core of his philosophy: atheism, rational debate with others, and better knowing oneself through meditation.
For example, his debate with Cenk of The Young Turks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVl3BJoEoAU
1. Real Vision - finance - https://www.realvision.com/tv/home
2. Peter Attia The Drive - health - https://peterattiamd.com/podcast/
John Green is an excellent writer, I really enjoy his style, and it's a very different, kind of mindful(?) point of view that I find refreshing.
He also is fairly public about his mental health issues. If you don't have the background about his depression and anxiety, he can seem like a very "privileged problems" kinda guy.
He's also a successful YouTube creator/vlogger/various other kinds of content. The fanbase can be...vigorous and passionate.
There's plenty of reasons people might not like him. I disagree with those reasons completely, but I know there are some.
Highly recommend their "Best of 2019" episode for a sneak peak before diving in: https://armchairexpertpod.com/pods/best-of-2019
I listened to Sam Harris a lot before this but have since lost interest in him.
- The Portal - Eric Weinstein
- Naval - Naval Ravikant
- Joe Rogan