My favourite podcasts from 2020
Like most Australians, I listen to a lot of podcasts. On the road, at the gym, long walks — they’ve become part of my daily routine. 2020 has seen a further explosion in podcast listeners. Podcast hosting platform iHeartRadio reported a 72% growth in consumption since the start of 2020. Spotify and Apple trend similarly.
Podcasts in many ways help us grow; we become more aware of our world, we get a better understanding of complex problems and we cultivate new ideas from diverse and informed discussion.
So as you take a well-deserved Christmas break, and perhaps catch up on some of your favourite shows, here’s a few of my personal favourites (from 2020) to add to your podcast playlist…
Current matters and opinion
A daily podcast by the ABC that covers the big stories and why they matter. With a 15 minute run time, it makes for a good morning commuter. The podcast hosts are upbeat and very clear to understand.
Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions
A brilliant new podcast tackling the big questions like covid vaccines, climate change, and why we believe fake news. And what better combo than actress and writer Rashinda Jones — who plays the pessimist, and Bill Gates, the optimist.
Nightlife, hosed by Phil Clark (a person ABC favourite) and Indira Naidoo, has fascinating discussions on all kinds of topics. They bring in informed guests, along with radio call ins from everyday Aussies. I peculiarly enjoy the finance episodes with Rodger Montgomery and Phil.
Business, leadership and finance
Building A Storybrand (from Jan 1st: Business Made Simple)
Donald Miller is brilliant marketer, storyteller and a great mentor to small business owners everywhere. His podcast, cohosted by the loveable Dr JJ Peterson (giggling the entire time) features authentic and inspiring leaders and professionals from all walks of life. Building a Storybrand (soon to be called Business Made Simple) is highly intentional, inspiring and influential. They’re not out to waste time, and you won’t regret adding this one to your weekly playlist.
Lead to Win
Combing timeless wisdom for lasting success, Michael Hyatt and Meagan Hyatt-Miller will help you accelerate in productivity, personal development, self-leadership and team leadership. If you want to win at work and succeed at life, this podcast is for you.
The Property Couch
No one hates property mongrels, sprukers, and so called ‘investment experts’ more than me! And that’s why I love this podcast — Ben Kingsley and Bryce Holdaway are everything but that. They’re the ‘real deal’, at least in my books, helping everyday Australians understand what it really matters when it comes to property and what it takes to make an investment property actually work.
Ps — Ben’s monthly RBA reports are a gem who anyone who loves pure data.
My Millennial Money
Glenn James has made personal finances for millennials fun, engaging and encouraging. The podcast (and FB community) covers all kinds of money topics, with interesting guests and discussions. Just remember; podcasts are a sounding board of ideas and opinions, not to be taken as personal advice. See a professional advisor to walk out your wealth plan. Glenn will be the first one to tell you himself “don’t take advice from two d*ckheads with a microphone”. Well there you go. Keep up the great work Glenn!
International affairs and politics
With the state of global affairs and the basket case that is the US of A’, i listened to an abnormally higher dosage of political shows this year…
Hosted by Michael Barbaro, this 20 minute daily podcast breaks down the issues of the day featuring some of the worlds best journalists from the New York Times.
NPR Politics Podcast
To understand (what the hell is going on with) US politics, NPR’s daily politics podcast does a great job explaining the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. It’s funny, collaborative and informative.
The Truth of the Matter
Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz breakdown complex policy issues with top tier guests, many from CSIS. “No Spin, No Bombast, No finger pointing. Just informed discussion.” A brilliant podcast.
The Fault Line — Bush Blair and Iraq
A fascinating and thrilling special investigative series on the US invasion of Iraq and why it went so terribly wrong. Hosted by renowned BBC journalist David Dimbleby.
A few more to add to the list…
Your Move with Andy Stanley
Leadership expert and pastor Andy Stanley is a brilliant communicator and articulator of ideas. I enjoy his talks on Christianity, consumerism, decision making and mindsets. (note: he is a fast talker!)
Arguably the highest rated and most addictive cyber security podcast on the charts. You don’t have to be a technical buff to understand or enjoy this show. My wife often listens along with me in the car. It’s the sort of show where you reach your destination — but stay in the car to finish the episode! It’s intense!
I may be bias — this is my wife’s new podcast! If you’re just getting started learning Mandarin, Larita will take you on a journey of words, phrases and stories to equip you for your studies.