From the Publisher’s Desk: I’m a Podcast Virgin

By David King

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The truth is, I’m a podcast virgin. 

I love music too much to not play it when I can so when I dip into my phone or iPad to press play, 99 times out of a 100 I’m pressing play on something that makes my feet tap and my head nod so that I can focus on my own thoughts.

The world’s changing though and I know it. 

It kind of reminds me of the decade-ish that I managed to basically skip the use of CD’s because I liked tapes too much. But then I woke up in 1999 to my first computer and my brother showed me how to use Napster… 

Mind blown. 

Those were fun times, spent exploring music in a new way. But today, especially today when the world is seemingly crumbling around us and we have way too much time to dive into our own thoughts, sometimes to dangerous effect, I’ve found solace lately in Podcasts. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Those were fun times, spent exploring music in a new way. But today, especially today when the world is seemingly crumbling around us and we have way too much time to dive into our own thoughts, sometimes to dangerous effect, I’ve found solace lately in Podcasts. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got the new Weeknd record playing as I type this because I still like to work with a little beat. In contrast, when a Podcast is playing in the background, I have to choose between one or the other. 

Maybe it’s different for you but the deep conversations of the podcasts I’ve gravitated to are perfect for the end of the day when my eyes are burning from too much screen time and I just want to shut down and listen to something that will leave me with some inspiration, insights, laughs and sometimes all of the above. 

Of course this isn’t all about my personal betterment. 

It’s research for our media business as we plan to launch our own Bay Street Bull and podcasts in the very near future. In the meantime, here is a short list of a few podcasts that I’ve discovered that may help you use this strange time a little more constructively than you may have otherwise. 

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Freakonomics Radio 

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hosted by Stephen J Dubner, the co-author of of the Frekonomics books, Freakonomics Radio is a weekly look at ‘the hidden side of everything’ offering timely insights with facts and statistics shedding light on the world as we thought we knew it. The most recent episode titled ‘The Side Effects of Social Distancing’ is a must listen.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”16780″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Broken Record 

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]What do you get when you put two music industry legends with two literary giants? Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond is a Podcast that makes the word elevated sound low-hanging. Currently on Season 4, each episode highlight another music legend and explores their place in the world of music, business and culture.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”16781″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Business Casual

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Morning Brew is a sharp Newsletter based media outlet that lives by the notion that we can all get our daily fix within the 5 minutes it takes us to finish our morning java and the Business Casual Podcast is a sharp extension of just that. Hosted by Kinsey Grant, the Podcast is weekly look at the world through the lens of ‘thought leaders, CEO’s and high profile experts to find out” the current state of the world. Paced at a comparatively brisk 30+ish minutes, the last two episodes look at the current Pandemic and how everyone from ‘Influencers’ to Washington is facing the new reality.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”16782″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

How I Built This with Guy Raz

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]One of many great NPR Podcast’s, Guy Raz hosts this intelligent deep dive into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. From the founders of Ben and Jerry’s to Lulu Lemon to Wikipedia, How I Built This is a perfect escape for any entrepreneur who today just needs to tune out the news and get back to dreaming big.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”16783″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Ear Hustle

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]With somewhat inconsistent episode releases and guests you’ve never heard of for obvious reasons, Ear Hustle is the creation three guys from the Bay Area, two ex-convicts and an artist, who have managed to execute an exceptional Podcast that is produced in San Quentin State Prison’s media lab. Bringing to life stories from ‘the daily realities of life inside prison and stories from the outside, post incarceration’, Ear Hustle’s most recent episode, ‘Locked Down Again’ is a poignant look into our actual freedoms and how they are being restricted for us all.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”16784″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]