My current work routine entails driving to San Antonio twice a week to fulfill an adjunct faculty role at Palo Alto College. The campus and the students keep me both energized and creative in my various pursuits in business and academia.
Logistically, the 80 mile drive - or 160 miles each day - could be a strain on my productivity as a communications consultant who has her hands in more than one creative project.
But I see my travel time as a learning opportunity, much like Laura Vanderkam's concept of "car schooling." During my lengthy drives, I digest multiple podcasts on various topics: marketing, entrepreneurship, story-telling, and so forth.
Lately, I've been particularly engaged by podcasts outside my normal industry of interest. Here are my top five favorites:
1. S-Town: Part murder mystery and part treasure hunt, S-Town explores the unique landscape of a rural Alabama town, within the context of a heartbreaking story. This podcast made me think about how people much different from me see politics, global issues and even morality. I inhaled this narrative in two days.
2. Women of the Hour: Lena Dunham's podcast highlights women who are making their mark on the world in a variety of ways. I love that this show refuses to exist within normal feminist tropes. As host, Lena chooses to seek out many stories not currently told in popular culture. It's now in its second season and can be easily enjoyed by all gender identities.
3. Sword and Scale: A dear friend shared this podcast with me, and I've been obsessed ever sense. Claiming "the worst monsters are real," Sword and Scale delves deep into true crime stories, from current news headlines to those confined to history books and horrific memories. It's NOT for the light of heart and might keep you up at night.
4. Distraction with Dr. Ned Hallowell: Dr. Hallowell is the foremost expert on ADD and ADHD, as well as the author of several best-selling books on managing to focus in a modern world. His podcast discusses everything from how meditation can help people of all ages to dealing with our fast-pace reality.
5. The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey: I came to Jamie Ivey by way of Jen Hatmaker, and I've loved her weekly (and sometimes bi-weekly) episodes ever since. Jamie reflects true, authentic passion for women in all stages of life. In each episode, Jamie interviews a female speaker, author, business owner, or industry leader about their world. As a women in business who has her hand in multiple projects at once, I love learning from Jamie's guests each week.
Now I'd love to hear from you. What are your favorite non-business podcasts on rotation? Share with me here or on Twitter.
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