Interesting and inspirational podcasts

Interesting and inspirational podcasts

I'm an avid podcast listener, whether I'm painting, cleaning, gardening or even sitting on the beach, I just love to listen to them! I have about twenty podcasts in rotation that I'm regularly listening to, some are the popular ones, TEDRadioHour, RadioLab, or Freakonomics and some are business podcasts that I love - I mention a few at the bottom of this post - but this list of favorites is from three of my must-listen-to podcasts. I hope you enjoy them as much I did!


From The Unmistakable Creative Podcast

I just love The Unmistakable Creative Podcast! I've been listening for a couple of years to these uplifting Soul-opening, amazing podcasts with Srini Rao. He finds the best guests to interview and discusses all kinds of topics, from art and writing, to psychology and entrepreneurship, to the why and how of navigating through life. They're great interviews!


1. Following Your Passion and Finding Your Calling with Elle Luna.


She's a writer, designer, and artist who says it all started with a recurring dream and a friend who asked, "Have you ever thought of looking for this dream in real life?" Even though the idea felt silly to her, she began to wonder if there was a greater intelligence at work, so she actually started searching for the room that appeared in her dream. One day she found that room on Craig's list, rented the apartment, began painting and then her life ... "ran into the crossroads of should and must."

"The vulnerability piece is a really good indicator that you’re onto something." - Elle Luna


2. Designing Your Environment for Optimal Performance and Creativity with Jim Bunch

"Everybody has environments and they're either inspiring you or expiring you, they're either adding energy or draining energy, they're either increasing your focus or decreasing your focus, and so if you look at your environment right now, there's some things that pull you up and some things that pull you down. But instead of trying to use willpower to change your mind and change your behaviors, what if you just designed environments that caused you naturally to be pulled into a better you."

"Your mind is your most valuable asset especially when it comes to happiness, health and wealth." - Jim Bunch


3. The pillars of a meaningful life with Phillip McKernan

Love this Irish guy!

"...My first question to you is, "Who are you?"...To me it's about, why you do what you do, and you do what you do because of the level and the depth of which you know yourself. Sometimes people get to know themselves but they choose not to be authentic with that knowing, with that awareness. To me it's about alignment, I think happiness is an illusion, I think we don't need to chase happiness, we need to let it go. I work on three basic pillars of a human beings life: the work that we do, the relationship to ourselves, and the relationship to other people in this world.... We need to focus on deriving as much meaning in those three pillars..the byproduct of that is happiness."

"The most important relationship is the one with ourselves." - Phillip McKernan


4. Expanding Yourself and Your Horizons with Dave Vanderveen

Consciously Choosing the Reality That We Create With Dave Vanderveen

"I think the ultimate question is how do we relate to the universe...all you have to do is find and figure out how to harness that energy and your life can be an amazing dance... that teaches you everything that you need to know.... we can choose the reality that we want to participate in. Deepak Chopra is right, the universe is a reflection of our consciousness, it really comes down to what universe do you want to live in and start being conscious and deliberate about creating it."



Next up:   ON BEING with Krista Tippet

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This is another one of my must-listen-to podcasts. Krista Tippett has great in-depth conversations with many wonderful, thoughtful and inspiring people. "On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?"


5. Mindfulness, Suffering, and Engaged Buddhism: Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples and Larry Ward - ON BEING 

In this podcast she visited Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen master, at a retreat attended by police officers and other members of the criminal justice system. They discuss ways to bring peace to a world of conflict, anger, and violence. Something that is so desperately needed today!


6. The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship: Father Greg Boyle - ON BEING

She interviews Father Greg Boyle who heads Homeboy Industries, which employs former gang members as part of his gang intervention program in Los Angeles. He is truly doing God's work, bringing love, service and compassion to people who others have long written off.

I loved this podcast so much that I ran out and bought his book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. Great Read.


7. The Evolution of Medicine: Mark Hyman, James Gordon and Penny George — ON BEING

Maybe medicine has turned a corner! Krista writes,"A transformation of medicine is underway, a transition from a science of treating disease to a science of health." She sits with three doctors in front of a live audience to discuss the science of health and most importantly food, rather than just treating disease. An enlightening podcast and definitely worth listening to unedited version.


8. Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness: Ellen Langer - ON BEING

Ellen Langer is a social psychologist, who some call the, “the mother of mindfulness.” Krista discusses mindfulness, thoughts, stress and play. She doesn't meditate or do yoga, but believes in keeping it simple through mindfulness, just being present.




stuff you should know guys

These two guys discuss almost anything, from common things and facts to topics you never thought you'd be interested in, until now.


9. How the Terracotta army works

In 1974, Chinese farmers who were digging for a well discovered life sized terracotta soldiers buried in the soil. They eventually found 7,000 and believe that they were meant to protect China's first emperor in the afterlife.

Photo Credit: Peter Morgan from Nomadic, via CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit: Peter Morgan from Nomadic, via CC BY 2.0


 10. How Tupperware Works

Earl S. Tupper may have created Tupperware but it took a pioneering female executive, Brownie Wise, to create the lavish and outlandishly themed parties - the Tupperware party craze was born! She is the one who actually turned the plastic containers into an American icon.




11. How Cinnamon Works

Josh and Chuck dive into the world of cinnamon, once the world's most prized and pricey spice.



12. Some movies that changed filmmaking

In this episode Chuck and Josh talk have fun discussing films and the ones that changed cinema history.



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