Luke’s Podcast Recommendations;
Podcasts are a relatively new form of media for me. They’ve been around in some form for about 15 years but never really caught my interest until I discovered this relaxing way to ingest information from a range of fascinating and insightful individuals. I’m not a huge reader (unless you count current events or the kid’s bedtime stories) although the occasional book does grab me. Podcasts are a great way to discover new topics of interest.
Seems crazy to me that listening to someone ramble on about everyday things would be so entertaining, but now I can’t get enough of them. I get a fix anywhere I can; flights, driving alone, bedtime. There is a podcast for everyone, and here’s a few of my faves.
NPR’s How I Built This
is a collection of recordings from top entrepreneurs about how their ideas transformed into successful companies. There’s a common thread to these, which is the passion and drive to create – they’re inspirational podcasts that give you courage to dive in. These are real people that started something they believed in, and subdued the fear or risk enough to push through and create some of the most iconic brands you and I know. This is pretty powerful stuff for me – adds fuel to the fire, so to speak…
The Joe Rogan Experience
Joe is a comedian, UFC commentator and serial podcaster who interviews anyone from Bernie Sanders to Alex Jones (if you don’t know who he is, Google him – it’s a crack-up). There’s no subject that goes overlooked, and these interviews develop ultra-organically that usually end up in some pretty strange places. If you like a bit of informative weirdness, these are for you. As a start, the latest Jordan Petersen one is great, and the Alex Jones one is straight up insane. I always learn something from these, useless or not.
The Dave Chang Show
Dave Chang is an American restaurateur who founded a collection of amazing restaurants called Momofuku, and a food magazine called Lucky Peach. He’s produced a Netflix series called Ugly Delicious which is my absolute favourite series, and he’s the reason I have an obsession with ramen. I love his style of cooking, which is basically more of an attitude towards cooking. He’ll cook what he loves to eat and whilst paying homage and respect to traditions, he does not constrain himself by them. His career has empowered him to step away from the tools and use media to dive into the depths of the American food scene, with an amount of empathy and blunt honesty that I think typifies this generation’s culinary icons. His guests are mostly chefs but also include people from the industries surrounding his profession. The podcast paints a really detailed and thoughtful picture of food culture as a whole, and you don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate these discussions around creative process.
I’m trying to write an intro to this but reading the intro online, I can’t think of a better way to say it. “Murder, infidelity, suicide, arson, overdose, religious cults, drug trafficking; this podcast explores the alleged true crime antics and criminal connections of musicians we love like Jerry Lee Lewis, The Rolling Stones, Tay K-47, Tupac Shakur, Mayhem, Amy Winehouse and many more. Why? Because real rock stars are more like feral, narcissistic animals than functioning members of society and that is precisely what makes them so damn entertaining. If you love true crime and you love music, then get ready to love this podcast.” Gold.
Well worth a listen.