Written by Joanne Sacco

Commute Time Training: Essential Podcasts for IT & Digital Professionals

Your daily commute can be a really valuable time to brush up on your knowledge. Thanks to the range of high quality business-focused and other podcasts now available, you can be learning more about your area of expertise and the wider world whether you’re on the bus, train, walking, or driving to work each day.
The biggest issue when trying to find great learning podcasts is that there’s such a wide variety of podcasts out there that it can be hard to know which ones provide the most value or you’ll find most interesting. Therefore we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular and insightful podcasts out there, broken down into categories.

Tech podcasts

Tech podcasts are a great way to learn about some of your favourite technologies and niche interests.
Darknet Diaries: https://darknetdiaries.com/
Darknet Diaries is focused on stories about security issues and concerns raised by modern internet use and technology. It covers topics such as hacking, cyberthreats, malware, data breaches and privacy. It is written and produced by Jack Rhysider, who previously worked in security operations at a Fortune 500 company.
Syntax.fm: https://syntax.fm/
This podcast focuses on web development topics. It was created by two Full Stack Developers, Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski, who explore current issues and their own experiences with web development.
Full Stack Radio: fullstackradio.com
Full Stack Radio is a podcast aimed at developers interested in building better software products. Each episode the host, Adam Wathan, brings on a guest to talk about issues such as development challenges, product design, unit testing, and improving the user experience.

Business podcasts

Business podcasts can pass on invaluable knowledge from people who have already lived and breathed the successes and failures that come with launching a business.
How I Built This: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this
How I Built This explores the backgrounds of people who have launched some of today’s best known success stories. The host, Guy Raz, talks to innovators and entrepreneurs to give the audience a unique insight into how companies such as Shopify and Headspace were created.
HBR Ideacast: https://hbr.org/2018/01/podcast-ideacast
The Harvard Business Review Ideacast is a weekly podcast that introduces topics ranging from business success and innovation to tackling climate change and resource use by some of today’s leading thinkers in business and management.
Startup: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/startup
Startup operates as a documentary series about the inner workings of startups and entrepreneurial life. Its first season has since been adapted into a sitcom called Alex, Inc. starring Zach Braff.

General learning podcasts

While some of the following podcasts may not be directly related to tech or business, it’s important to remember that learning and knowledge doesn’t just stem from narrow research. By branching out your listening away from just one or two areas, it enables you to gain a broader understanding of things as well as hear the stories and wisdom from all types of people.
The Joe Rogan Experience: http://podcasts.joerogan.net/
Joe Rogan has run one of the world’s most popular podcasts for the last decade. He talks with people from all walks of life with some of his more notable guests including Bernie Sanders, Jordan Peterson, Mike Tyson, Brian Cox, and Elon Musk.
Stuff You Should Know: https://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/
Stuff You Should Know is a podcast and video series hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant, both writers at the popular website, HowStuffWorks. The episodes cover a wide range of subjects across the fields of science, history, pop culture, and urban legends.
TED Radio Hour: https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/?showDate=2019-09-27
The TED Radio Hour is based on TEDtalks from many of the world’s most interesting and insightful speakers. New episodes are created weekly and are available on demand. The topics vary widely but many are related to better understanding human psychology, motivation, and happiness.

Keep on learning

Whatever your areas of interest, there are podcasts out there to cater to them. You may also find yourself picking up useful information from speakers or discussions that are very different from what you’re used to hearing or reading about.
For more information on how to always keep learning and expanding your business knowledge, talk to the experts at Finite.

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