What do you do to keep yourself entertained on the walk to work? For some people, it’s listening to music to get the day started right. Others might be glued to their phone, not minding the risk of walking into a lamppost at some point. Or you might simply plod along with your mind whirring about what horrors the day ahead is going to hold.
Whatever method you use to try alleviating the boredom of the walk to work, here is one word for you – podcasts. What better way to put the time to good use than by learning new facts, picking up new skills, inspiring you in your career or simply keeping yourself entertained in a way that doesn’t involve an Ed Sheeran album every day of the rest of your life?
If you don’t know where to start when it comes to podcasts, then don’t worry. Here are some suggestions for great podcasts for your walk to work.
Reply All launched in 2014 and is hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goodman. It receives around 3.5 million downloads a month and looks at the history of the internet and all the quirky things that people have done with the world wide web since its invention.
You don’t need to worry about there being too much technical talk or lots of coding language involved. Instead, you’ll get interviews with the man who invented the pop-up ad expressing his regret at how he ruined the internet or a blogger who was arrested at the age of 18 and writes from inside a maximum security prison – despite the fact he has never actually seen what the internet actually is or does. It’s a fascinating look into a side of the net that many of us don’t consider when we’re watching videos of animals sounding like humans on YouTube.
How to Build the Future
There’s no time to stand still when it comes to tech, software and the internet. One minute we’re all using Bebo to see each other’s photos (perhaps you’re too young to remember Bebo, which kind of makes the point about the speed of technology evolving). Then we’re on Myspace trying to make each other’s top 10 friends list and seeing what song people have embedded on their profile. Next thing you know, everyone has migrated to Facebook from where our data is used by Cambridge Analytica to try and influence elections.
How to Build the Future talks to those people who are responsible for the constant change that goes on in technology. There are interviews with software designers and programme developers about how they stumbled upon the ideas for the products they wanted to create and the journey they went through to get there. Mark Zuckerberg talking Facebook is one fascinating episode while Drew Houston chatting about how he eventually got Dropbox off the ground is a real eye-opener into the world of tech and what it takes to succeed. The experts will even predict what the future will hold for the internet, so if you’ve ever wondered what tech trends you need to know about, then this is the podcast for you.
The Limit Does Not Exist
If you spend your walk to work wondering why you are bothering as you hate your job, then The Limit Does Not Exist can provide the motivation you need to look at a career change. Hosts Christina Wallace and Cate Scott Campbell focus on interviewing people who are “human Venn diagrams.”
These people have a foot in more than industry, sometimes combining a job that they dislike such as a 9-5 office effort with running a money-making blog in their spare time, which they love. Each episode can provide inspiration for expanding creativity, becoming more curious and growing your skill set. The interviewees prove that a limit doesn’t have to exist – hence the title – and this podcast might just be the push that convinces you to follow your dreams. For that reason alone, it is worth giving it a go.
Note to Self
Host Manoush Zomorodi makes this podcast almost as fun as her subject matter. Note to Self takes a look at the side effects of technology and what they mean for us. We all love our smartphones, but what does it mean now they can and do actually listen to what we are saying in private with friends and family? Likewise, just how dangerous is it that Google knows where we’ve been and what we’ve been looking at and can then show us adverts based on that information?
Each episode is only 20-30 minutes long so perfect for most walks to work and if you’ve ever wondered why you have so many Twitter followers with no usernames, generic photos and no tweets or who an online dating app would consider your perfect partner to be, then Zomorodi has the answers. Hint – Vladimir Putin is one answer.