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Podcasts I’m Digging

Podcasts keep your mind fresh. Listening to them is like going back to school but you get to take the courses you want without the added pressure of an exam afterward.

From The Kernel:

“Hearing a podcast, on headphones, is the most intense listening experience I’ve ever had—and I’m addicted to it. I am putting someone else’s voice, their thoughts, directly into my head. My inner monologue ceases; their thoughts replace my thoughts. I know that sounds like a sci-fi dystopia. In fact, I find it an incredible way to interact with the world.”

Listening to podcasts is pure enjoyment.

Podcasts are also the perfect multitasking activity. You can pipe tidbits of important information into your head while you go along with your day. They’re especially helpful when you’re doing menial work in Excel. But I’ve also noticed that listening to podcasts while doing the dishes takes the listening to another level. Try it and let me know if you have the same augmented experience.

So what are my favorite podcasts? I listen to a variety of them but below are my top 5. You’ll get everything you need to know about art, history, entrepreneurship, and life hacking from these.

Podcast Earworms

  1. The Tim Ferriss Show
  2. 99% Invisible
  3. HBR IdeaCast
  4. In Our Time
  5. On Being with Krista Tippet

If you’re new to podcasting or looking to get back into it, download Overcast and pay up for all the extra features and then search for the above Podcasts.

+Occassionally, I’ll summarize a Podcast on my blog like I did with Maria Popova on the Tim Ferriss Show.

If you're an artist, photographer, writer, etc., I highly recommend creating your own blog and publishing something new every day (read my post on how to set up a FREE blog on Wordpress).

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News you can use

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You may read the news to stay up-to-date on current events or to conduct research. You probably get your news from multiple sources including social networks, online newspapers/magazines, or blogs. The plethora of resources can be overwhelming.

But no matter where and how often you consume the news, the only thing that matters is how you end up using it.

Part of the reason I blog is to make sense of the world around me. Nothing makes sense to me until I write it down and connect the dots.

“We cannot make good news out of bad practice.”

Edward R. Murrow

News is only so helpful as its application to the real world.

If you’re mostly a consumer today, I encourage you to use and remix what you discover and teach it back to other people. Apply the facts to experimentation.