If you tend to walk around worrying, you might find that piping stories into your ears helps you to get out of your head. I know it’s helped me. Podcasts are the perfect antidote to tired internal monologues, and this is their golden age. Here are a few of my favorites:
- This American Life: of course. They’ve still got it.
- Serial: better than television. From the people behind This American Life.
- The Broad Experience: short, ingenious interviews with experts on women, success, and the workplace.
- StartUp: “a series about what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one.” Shockingly, splendidly honest.
- Pop Culture Happy Hour: Smart, lively conversations about what you should be reading, watching, and listening to. I follow up on at least one recommendation per episode.
- 99% Invisible: jewel-like stories about design and the art of noticing. Pitch: a 99% Invisible-style podcast about sonic culture.
- Strangers: true stories, told simply.
Stream them on SoundCloud
or subscribe through Overcast
. See if they change your mind.