Whether you commute by foot, car, or public transportation, it can’t hurt to use that time to sneak some learning into your day. Here are the podcasts taking over our queues at HZ.
Picked by: Kristina Wolfmeyer, Digital Strategist
If you’re looking for an inspirational ride to work, Girlboss Radio is a great place to start. In it, Sophia Amoruso, the author of #Girlboss (and founder of Nasty Gal), interviews other female executives who’ve contributed substantially in their field—whether that means she’s the VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a major brand like L’Oreal, the CEO of ClassPass, or a self-employed DJ and influencer. Girlboss Radio can’t quite be classified into one singular category—it’s comedy, business advice, and creative insight.
PNR: This Old Marketing
Picked by: Zach Wales, VP Digital Marketing
PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose is an insightful take on content marketing industry trends. The co-hosts have spent their entire careers in publishing and marketing (respectively), so if you like to listen to smart people think out loud, this is the podcast for you. Be sure to tune into Episode 139—the hosts discuss HZ’s very own Content Studio and our client project Sous-Vide magazine.
Picked by: Julie Henry Rawls, Senior Designer
Hosted by producer Roman Mars, 99% Invisible covers the little design decisions that contribute to the minutia of daily life. Its explanation of the marvels of design and architecture would hook even the most amateur artist around. One episode, “Vexillionaire” stands out in particular, detailing the process of flag design, though the podcast covers a range of compelling design challenges and topics—from the construction of a mammoth bus station in Tel Aviv to the familiar basketball hoop.
Picked by: Rachel Cothran, Senior Content Strategist
A snapshot of the latest in business and management, HBR Ideacast episodes are hosted by Sarah Green Carmichael. Sarah does her research, and her thoughtful questions and diligent research translate difficult topics for the curious listener. And while there’s a large range of topics discussed, they provide a bird’s-eye view of business management and creativity. Sarah interviews everyone from Yo-Yo Ma on “Creative Collaboration” to Dr. Ruth Westheimer and various business school professors on leadership and best practices.
Picked by: Chloe Chang, Designer; Tory Burgett, Developer
Reply All is heartfelt and funny—in fact, you would be hard pressed to find content on any platform that talks about the internet in such a realistic, human way. Podcast hosts PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman discuss the positives and negatives of progressing technology. Most episodes center on one person’s story in light of a particular technology. A few strong episodes to get you started: “Jennicam,” about the first person to broadcast her life on a webcam, and “The Cathedral,” which tells the story of a couple who turned the tragedy of pediatric cancer into a thoughtful video game.
Picked by: Dan Mancini, Analytics Manager
Technology and strategy writer Ben Thompson and Harvard Business Review writer James Allworth co-host this podcast about current trends in the tech space. With backgrounds in business and economics, the co-hosts cover big-picture thinking that ties technology to current events in society. The episodes tend to be timely, and the most recent are a perfect snapshot of the week’s biggest headlines in targeted sources like Adweek, HBR, and Bloomberg.
Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
Picked by: Lesley Stern, Senior Account Executive; Molly Wolford, Junior SEM Specialist
Any seasoned journalist will tell you that being a dilettante is an integral part of the job (and business, in general). This NPR podcast might be your first step to getting there. It’s a news quiz show that combines real news with a comedic panel of guests and celebrity interviews. Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! allows listeners to laugh at the week’s happenings. Based on the absurdity of the headlines, it’s sometimes difficult to tell what’s fabricated and what’s incredibly real.