Podcasts I Listen To. Articles I Read

Updated: Dec 30, 2018


In this blog post I share a quick review of podcasts I love to listen to and articles I love to read.


People underestimate the importance of having range when it comes to knowledge. One, it makes you an interesting person to speak with and be around because people get to learn from you.

Two, it gives you connectors and new information in your brain to mix and match, and improves the quality of your overall thinking and decision making.

So, I like — scratch that — LOVE reading. Books. Articles. Just because it makes me feel good, and learning new things just does it for me.


Here are a few of my top favorite podcasts.


1. How I Built This by Guy Raz

Are you an entrepreneur? Are you entrepreneurial? Do you want to be entrepreneurial? You should listen to this podcast. A friend told me about it and since then I’ve been hooked.


My favourite episodes so far are the story of Eileen Fisher, that of Instagram creators Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger, and also BET founder Robert Johnson’s live episode, to name a few.


The one consistent theme about every entrepreneur's story is how 100% of the time, the journey is typically filled with a lot of scary moments where it appears everything is lost, but people persevere and strike when opportunity arises.


You can listen to the podcast online here


2. Freakonomics Radio

I love to learn, as I suspect you already know, and economics is right at the top the list of things I like to casually read about. I encourage everyone to do so.


Ultimately, you are a part of an economy and it’s in your best interest to know how it works, how it can affect you and how you can wield it to your benefit.


This podcast talks through really freakish economic “principles” and realities mostly in the context of the US.


My favourite episodes include the one with Head of IMF - Not Your Grandmother’s I.M.F. and Make Me A Match which tells how one man revolutionized the “market” for kidneys (it’s not what it sounds like).


You can listen to the podcast online here


3. The Moth Podcast



The Moth podcast is an oldie and a goodie. I’ve been listening to this since my days at Covenant University and it is essentially true life stories told to an audience, typically by the person who experienced the story.


It’s so poignant and the stories selected are sure to elicit a reaction from you, some really sad and others just really funny. I enjoy listening to the stories.


My all-time favourite (but so sad, so, so, so sad) is this one by Damien Echols about his time on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.


This podcast touched me, and I wondered while listening, how many stories there are like these in Nigeria, in Africa, that we will never get to hear.


Listen to the Moth here


4. Girls Like Me

I listen to this when I’m doing chores around the house because these ladies are hilarious and the podcasts are typically conversational and long. There’s a clear focus on their conversations on gender equality (which I absolutely am on board with).


They throw light on serious issues affecting the African (read Nigerian) woman from societal expectations to sexual harassment and generally promote the ability of a woman to live her best life.


There are a lot of pop culture references, and conversations about celebrities and recent events in that scene. It feels like random light conversation with your girls, with depth.

While they are Nigerian American, they find a way to relate with and communicate these issues to the young Nigerian woman.


They are a passionate bunch and I enjoy listening to them.


Listen to Girls Like Me here


Articles I Read


The Agenda Weekly By The World Economic Forum

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Harvard Business Review Articles by Harvard Publishing

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+ (new) Fortune Broadsheet - Weekly dish on the world's most powerful women. Subscribe here


What are your all time favorite podcasts and articles? Share - i’ll love to hear from you!


Love,

Maria

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