What podcasts are you listening to? I’m on a kick to listen to a wider range this year and I’d love to get and share some suggestions.
Quick note: It is way too difficult to find and subscribe to podcasts. Some have websites, most don’t. You have to search for them on iTunes, Stitcher, or “wherever you get your podcasts” to borrow a closing line from so many desperate-sounding hosts who know that we are in the Neolithic age of podcasting. So forgive me if I only have the title or Twitter link for a show or host!
I often listen to health- and tech-related podcasts while I’m cooking dinner as a way to wind down my workday:
- Tech Tonics, with Lisa Suennen and David Shaywitz, MD, PhD (First among equals. I’d pay to listen.)
- Politico’s Pulse Check, with Dan Diamond (This episode featuring data scientists Jonathan Sung and Aneesh Chopra is a must-listen for health geeks.)
- Well/Connected, with Dr. Joe Kvedar (Shameless plug: I was a guest earlier this month.)
- The Exam Room, with Bryan Vartabedian, MD (An early episode on physician burnout got me hooked.)
- The a16z Podcast (Shameless plug, part two: I was a recent guest, along with Anil Sethi, CEO of Ciitizen – a company I advise.)
- Better Health While Aging, with Leslie Kernisan, MD, MPH (Her interview with Bill Thomas, MD, about housing and communities as engines of independence is mind-expanding.)
History podcasts are my choice when exercising:
- Uncivil: the stories that were left out of Civil War history
- BackStory (Health geeks will love Forgotten Flu: America & the 1918 Pandemic)
- Slow Burn: Season 1
These podcasts reveal our shared humanity:
- How to Be a Girl: Daily life with my transgender daughter, with Marlo Mack
- The Moth: (One favorite: There Is No Spoon)
- Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
- Who Am I…Really? with Damon Davis
And for thoughtful analysis of current events while baking pie (and sometimes cookies) I listen to:
- It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders (Sometimes I tune in just to hear the uplifting closing segment, when listeners call in to share their wins for the week.)
- Stay Tuned with Preet (The Dec. 20, 2018, episode with Kara Swisher is a must-listen.)
- Planet Money (The Invisible Wall is an episode that has stuck with me.)
What are you listening to? And if you produce a podcast, tell us about it! Comments are open.
Featured image: The start of a strawberry rhubarb pie on my kitchen counter last summer.