Pass the time with podcasts

If you haven’t heard already, podcasts are cool. Once considered the domain of science and tech nerds, podcasts have become a hugely popular medium used by celebrities, journalists, artists, scientists, economists, business strategists and comedians to interact with and engage new fans and communicate facts and ideas. According to a survey conducted by the ABC in October 2018, 9 out of 10 Australian adults are aware of podcasts and one third of those surveyed said they had listened to a podcast in the previous month. This is great news for those of us who regularly fly, with a mountain of quality podcast content waiting to be downloaded.

If you’re new to podcasts, load up some episodes from these great shows before your next flight.

The Tim Ferris Show

Tim Ferris is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 4-Hour Hour Workweek and his podcast, The Tim Ferris Show is frequently listed as the number one business podcast on iTunes. However, the podcast is not all strictly business; in addition to his keen interest in entrepreneurship and investing, Ferris has made it his life’s mission to examine, investigate and experiment with a huge range of topics, from work and health to spirituality and psychology. In his podcast, Ferris breaks down complex concepts from these interest areas into smaller, digestible pieces for his audience with the aim of helping them improve their quality of life. Famous past guests of the podcast include Richard Branson, Jamie Fox, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tony Robbins.


People’s fascination with true crime stories has always made it a popular genre for story tellers and the success of Sarah Koenig’s investigative journalism podcast, Serial is no exception.  Season 1 of the podcast burst on to the scene in 2014 and has grown to become one of the post popular podcasts in the world, with a third season released in September 2018.  Koenig’s meticulous research and attention to detail has seen cases reopened, rescrutinised and ultimately retried, resulting in compelling narratives that will keep you glued to your seat (and headphones).

Hardcore History

Journalist Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast is arguably the world's most popular history podcast. Carlin is renowned for his unorthodox approach to unravelling history’s greatest stories, and the result is unique and insightful examinations of famous figures such as Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Winston Churchill, along with significant events like the formation of the League of Nations and the Cold War. Because he’s not a historian by trade, his podcasts are not mere academic musings but have been created as compelling stories full of dramatic narrative.

The Tony Robbins Podcast           

Famed author and life and business strategist Tony Robbins needs very little introduction, with a career spent providing advice to US presidents and other world leaders, elite athletes and some of the world’s most famous businessmen and women. In his podcast, The Tony Robbins Podcast, Robbins explains his philosophies for maximising individual potential and winning at life, work and business. Robbins has spent time interviewing the likes of self-made billionaire Ray Dalio, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Charles Duhigg, former US president Bill Clinton, investment tycoon Warren Buffet and founder of billion-dollar empire Spanx Sara Blakely, and uses insights gained from these encounters to provide useful and actionable advice to his audience.

Freakonomics Radio

Hosted by award winning journalist, author and host Stephen Dubner, Freakonomics Radio picks up from Dubner’s wildly popular book, Freakonomics which he co-authored with economist Steven Levitt. As the podcast description on iTunes explains, ‘Freakonomics Radio will tell you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do), from the economics of sleep to how to  become  great at just about anything.’



Words by Rebecca Walker - Published 3 February 2019
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