The Age of Podcasts - What We’re Listening To

September 26, 2019 - 10:00am
By: 
Jennifer Alvord
What We’re Listening To

Long drive? Podcast. Cleaning the house? Podcast. Commute to work? Podcast. Podcasts are a great way to learn new things, stay up to date with current events and trends, or even just provide you with some good ‘ole entertainment. 

According to Nielson, there are more than 700,000 active podcasts and more than 29 million podcast episodes. The top five most popular podcasting genres are Society and Culture, Business, Comedy, News and Politics, and Health. Over half of the U.S. population has listened to a podcast, and 22% listen to podcasts weekly. 18-34 year-olds make up the majority of podcast listeners at 46%.

Here is a list of our favorite podcasts at Texas Creative: 

99% Invisible 

99% Invisible by Radiotopia is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. Design is everywhere in our lives, but most importantly, in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing. Creatives and designers alike will love this one!

Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly by Marketplace is a weekly podcast about the economy, technology, and culture. In a time when the world is moving faster than ever, this podcast unpacks complex world topics in an easy to understand way.

The Science of Social Media

The Science of Social Media is a weekly sandbox for social media insights, stories, experimentation and inspiration. This podcast by Buffer shares the most cutting-edge social media marketing strategies from brands and businesses in every industry. Whether you’re a social media team of one, business owner, eCommerce marketer, growth strategist, community manager, or part of an emerging global brand, you’re sure to find something actionable in every single episode. 

Women at Work

Women at Work is a podcast by the Harvard Business Journal. Editors Amy Bernstein, Amy Gallo, and Nicole Torres untangle some of the knottiest problems in gender inequality. They interview experts on gender, tell stories about their own experiences, and give lots of practical advice to help you succeed in spite of the obstacles.

Hidden Brain

Hidden Brain is a podcast by NPR hosted by Shankar Vedantam that uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

Doug Loves Movies

Doug Loves Movies is hosted by Comedian Doug Benson and discusses anything and everything about movies. If you’re a film buff, you’ll love this one. 

WTF with Marc Maron

WTF with Marc Maron welcomes comedians, actors, directors, writers, authors, musicians and folks from all walks of life to his home for amazingly revealing conversations. Marc’s probing, comprehensive interview style allows guests to express themselves in ways listeners have never heard.

Stuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know is a podcast by iHeartRadio. If you’ve ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

Binge Mode

Binge Mode is a podcast by The Ringer. Hosts Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion take a deep dive into popular television, movie and book series, such as Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Star Wars. If binging shows is one of your favorite hobbies, you’ll love this podcast.

Behind the Numbers: eMarketer Podcast

Behind the Numbers: eMarketer Podcast is a daily conversation about digital media and marketing, and how digital is transforming business—and even life— and is the most comprehensive source of information on doing business in the digital world.

Up First

Up First by NPR is the news you need to start your day. The biggest stories and ideas — from politics to pop culture — in 10 minutes. Hosted by Rachel Martin, David Greene, Noel King and Steve Inskeep, with reporting and analysis from NPR News.

Philosophize This!

Philosophize This! by Stephen West is for or anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don’t need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.

Lore

Lore is a bi-weekly podcast about dark historical tales. Each episode explores the mysterious creatures, tragic events and unusual places that fill the pages of history.

The Indy Mogul Podcast

The Indy Mogul Podcast hosted by indie filmmaker and Aputure’s Ted Sim brings you honest, thoughtful discussions with expert filmmakers every week.

TED Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour is hosted by Guy Raz and explores the emotions, insights and discoveries that make us human. The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.

Crime Junkie

It wouldn’t be a complete list without mentioning our favorite true-crime podcast. If you can never get enough true crime… Congratulations, you’ve found Crime Junkie.  

On Purpose with Jay Shetty

On Purpose with Jay Shetty hosts fascinating conversations with the most insightful people in the world. If you’re looking for inspiration, then this podcast is a great start.

BONUS: The Mountains and the Sea Reviews Prince

The Mountains and the Sea Reviews Prince is a podcast by our very own Executive Vice President and Creative Director, Josh Norman, and his wife, Christy. Josh and Christy explore the highs and the lows - the mountains and the sea, if you will - of every Prince album. If you enjoy Prince’s music, you’ll definitely enjoy this podcast.

What are your favorite podcasts? Let us know in the comments below!

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