I wouldn’t want to leave you hanging this week. After reading my favorite podcasts in Part 1, I’m sure you’ve been dying to see what other podcasts I recommend.
Personal Finance and Investing Podcasts
Although this is ostensibly a personal finance site, I don’t prioritize finance podcasts with my listening time. I’ll listen if the topic looks interesting, if the guest is a blogger I follow, or another person I would like to learn from. Rockstar Finance recently performed a survey of favorite financial podcasts of financial bloggers that you can also check out if you want more ideas. Here’s what I listen to, in order of how often I listen to them:
Stacking Benjamins covers just about any finance topic and is easy to listen to. It feels most like a radio show compared to the other financial podcasts. The show is hosted by a couple of financial planners/advisors, one anonymous and one not. It includes several segments including news, interviews, and random bits of potentially useful information. I like it because it is light, but still includes useful information.
If you wait a few minutes after the show ends, or skip ahead, there is an aftershow that is non-financial, but entertaining.
The Investors Podcast is a mix of book reviews recommended by successful people, and investing discussion. They especially cover value investing. I’ve learned a lot about basic value investing from this one, added many books to my reading list, and gotten good summaries of other books that I decided I didn’t need to read now that I head the review. I probably listen to 80% of the episodes.
ChooseFI is a relatively new podcast, but it has quickly gained popularity among in the FIRE community. I think this podcast is the closest to a standard FIRE blog, but in podcast form.
Paul Merriman is a very experienced financial advisor that now shares his investing knowledge instead of counting his money on the beach in retirement. This is a more technical podcast than most others as he includes the data along with what he recommends. If you don’t have small cap value as part of your portfolio, he will be very disappointed and explain with a large amount of data why you should.
Andy Hill runs the Marriage Kids and Money podcast, which focuses on motorcycles, knives and mustaches. Wait. No, that’s not right. I think you can figure it out from the title. I listen to episodes that have a topic or interview I’m currently interested in.
Em was even on one of the early episodes to talk about her expert Aldi shopping tips.
Elle Martinez runs this podcast intended to help couples build their marriage and money together. She covers money topics with a focus on questions or issues that couples might have. This one is usually a shorter format than the others. I sample this one as well.
This is a great podcast for financial information from basics, like budgeting, to more advanced topics like individual stocks. It’s hosted by Rob Berger, and he always goes into good detail on the episode topic. I don’t listen that much anymore since I’ve gone through and picked the topics that I was interested me. I still monitor the feed though.
Personal Improvement Podcasts
I’ve listened to nearly every one of these podcasts and highly recommend it. This is usually an interview show of high performers and attempts to determine the methods and tools that they use to get to the top. It is an explicit show, although just in a conversational way, not for shock sake.
I have noticed a slight decline in quality lately, but I still enjoy listening. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s been trying to add in other projects or he’s just ready to focus more on something else.
You can skip the first 8 minutes or so because he does all of the ads at the start.
Another interview show with high performers. This is slightly different than the Tim Ferris show, and I think I like it a little more at this point. James also picks apart the methods successful people use to get to where they are. One of the most impressive things about this one is the amount of preparation and recall that he has when interviewing. It also can be explicit at times, so another one that you may not be able to listen to with kids in the car.
I can speak some Spanish – slowly and poorly. This podcast has short stories, about 15 minutes, in Spanish and English that help maintain some practice in the language. Other than the Duolingo app itself of course. The tagline is “Fascinating Stories in Easy-To-Understand Spanish”. It fits the bill.
This show focuses on individual development topics, usually including an interview with a book author. I pick and choose the episodes based on the topic. I think this one has too many episodes per week and tends to clutter my feed if I’m subscribed. The host also tends to speak a little more than necessary. I’m almost talking myself out of following this feed as I write. This one is also occasionally explicit.
We recently discovered that one of our kids has ADHD. I’ve been doing a lot of research to try to figure out how to make things work more smoothly. These are the three that I listen to in order of helpfulness:
This is the most useful of the ADHD podcasts I’ve found, but has the worst sound quality. It’s a feed of a webinar presented by ADDitude magazine. I’ve found the guests to be more knowledgeable or authoritative than in the other podcasts. They cover both childhood and adult ADHD.
An ADHD coach, Nikki Kinzer, and Pete Wright, who has ADHD, host this podcast. They primarily discuss adult ADHD and strategies to deal with that challenge.
Another ADHD podcast, this one hosted by a clinical social worker that also has ADHD. He covers both childhood and adult ADHD. The shows are a mix of interviews, live Q&A, and solo episodes. I typically just check this feed for a topic that interests me.
All the Other Podcasts
These fall into the category of – too few to have their own category.
It’s questionable if I do, in fact, even blog. I enjoy this podcast anyway. I started listening recently after seeing that Mrs. Adventure Rich was on an episode. Now I’m making my way through the entire series to get caught up.
I like that the host, Pete McPherson, presents a realistic view of blogging along with good tips. The realistic part is very important.
A classic podcast about economics big, small, and unexpected. I’ve listened to nearly all episodes. In fact, this used to be my favorite podcast. I read both Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics prior to this podcast and I’ve enjoyed it all. They have fallen off of a steady schedule of new shows and I think they are running out of good economics topics. If you haven’t been listening though, you can start from the beginning and have many hours of interesting content ready to go.
This is the original podcast, even though it’s a radio show. Much of the current slice of life podcasts can trace their style back to this show. The show presents a series of stories and interviews with a common theme. I highly recommend it now, as well as going back through the archives for topics of interest.
Radiolab is a mix of science and philosophy applied to a subject or theme for the episode. I think I’ve listened to every episode up until sometime last year. I still sample the feed. There are just so many different podcasts now that I don’t listen to every episode. I recommend checking the archive for interesting topics.
Nick Loper hosts this show on everything side hustles. Warning! This show can induce shiny object syndrome, causing interest in many different possible side hustles. If you’re looking for side hustle ideas though, this is the show for you. There are relatively frequent episodes on blogging, so I check in when it’s relevant.
As the name implies, this is an explicit podcast. Marc Maron does a great job of interviewing his guests, most of which have a connection to the entertainment industry. I love learning about the background details of comedy, television, or movie making. I check the feed and will listen if the guest interests me.
You can skip the first 15 minutes or so to get right to the interviews.
All the Other Podcasts… that I don’t follow anymore
There were a lot of podcasts that I also sampled in addition to this big list. To be honest, just writing up these very short summaries is making me reconsider my podcast habit. But, I’m always looking for something new and interesting.
Some of the podcasts that I stopped listening to are interesting, I just don’t have the time to fit them in with the others. Just like money, it’s about podcast prioritization.
Here’s a list of things I used to listen to:
Bigger Pockets, Rental Income Podcast, Smart Passive Income, Myths and Legends, Radical Personal Finance, Money Tree Investing, Million Dollar Plan, Faster Than Normal, Civil Engineering Podcast, The Way I Heard It, Financial Freedom Community Podcast, Serial, Runners World Show.
There are probably some others I forgot about out there too.
That’s 20 podcasts that I at least check the feed for, plus the seven from Part 1 that I always listen to. Then there are the 13, I’ve stopped listening to. I’m sure you’ll find at least one that interests you in this whole list.
What are your current favorites?