What We’re Learning – Podcasts Edition

We are back with another edition of What We’re Learning! This time, we’re focused on podcasts. We’re big podcast people here at Think Up, so we wanted to take some time to share what a handful of our Thinkers are listening to and learning from these days. Check out the list below!

  • Dare to Lead with Brené Brown: I’m particularly excited about one of her latest episodes of the show—Armored vs. Daring Leadership. Brené discusses the most common indicators of armor and how to show up as a daring leader. Additionally, I enjoyed the discussion around wholeheartedness. Particularly the nuanced distinction of sustainability and longevity in the workplace by embracing wholeheartedness (spoiler alert: it’s not just about bringing your whole, true authentic self into everything you do). I’ve only listened to Part 1 but looking forward to Part 2.
  • The Forum on Workplace Inclusion Podcast, as the title suggests, focuses on discussions about approaches to drive inclusion and belonging. The show hosts a variety of guests and professionals in the landscape that share real-life actions and experiences.

In striving to be healthier in mind, body, and soul, I’ve found the following three podcasts provide great information, insight, and encouragement on my journey.

  • The Darin Olien Show: Provides information on how you, a single human, can not only make a change in yourself, but your immediate surroundings and the earth. His podcasts give me courage to try and know that even when I fail, because we all fail and eat the cheeseburger and dessert, it’s okay. And learning how simple acts (such as not taking the plastic straw or the utensils) WILL help the earth.
  • The Minimalists: Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less. As a person who loves clothes and shoes, the 30-Day Minimalism Game opened my eyes and mind to a better way of life. Even though I will never be a complete minimalist, I am making huge strides in learning to do with less.
  • Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown: Breaks down the myths and misunderstandings about mental health and emotional well-being. Not only are the conversations relatable and personal, but the scientific knowledge Mayim also brings to them is amazing.
  • Unlocking Us: So much learning about how to be a better person.
  • Queers in Your Ears: Lots of interesting topics around LGBTQ history and culture.
  • You and Me Both: Most episodes are related to current events. I love learning more about the perspectives of guests and hearing Hilary Clinton in a new way.

99% Invisible: I love it because topics are wide-ranging and unusual. They explore things I would never have even thought about and suddenly I want to learn more and more about. And, because they are all over the place, they satisfy my need to flit from thing to thing on my walks and runs, where I do most of my podcasting.


I recently started listening to Overheard at National Geographic. I enjoy the wide-ranging topics.

  • The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish: It gets me thinking about things I’ve never considered before. The latest episode was on astrophysics and I was reminded of how many things are in the world to learn about.
  • Dream Big with Bob Goff: This one isn’t as much about learning as it is encouragement and advice on how to chase after learning/experiences and put them into action.

I recently stumbled across a podcast called Ologies. It interviews experts in their fields. I started with the one on Dendrology—which is the study of trees. Listening to passionate people describe their line of work is fascinating to me. This dude LOVES trees and his attitude is contagious. Check it out!


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