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Voices in your head? 6 or so Podcasts to listen to while running/walking/trying to work from home

Social distancing has caused a huge uptick in my podcast listening hours. I never used to listen to anything while I ran, mostly because I was chatting with running buddies. Now that we are working out as parties of one, I enjoy having someone else's voice in my head for an hour or so (or more) per day. Here are a few podcasts with which I am lately quite obsessed:

1. Unf*ck Your Brain

Please excuse the R-rated title (sorry, Mom!) There is no profanity in the actual podcast, btw. Hosted by Kara Loewentheil, master-coach, Harvard Law School graduate, former women's right litigator, gives excellent insight in how our brains work and how to train ourselves to use it to our advantage. The shows can be listened to in any order, but I recommend starting at the beginning. Lowentheil is also doing an excellent series on coaching us through the anxiety of quarantine.

2. How I Built This with Guy Raz

I love hearing from where people get their million (or billion) dollar ideas and the hurdles and setbacks they have overcome. Guy Raz (with his soothing NPR voice) interviews some of the most creative minds of business and entrepreneurship. I still am amazed at how close nearly all of them came to giving up, but found a way to see their vision become reality. Truly inspiring. My favorite interview (no surprise) is Sara Blakely the inventor of Spanx, the youngest self-made female billionaire, and our patron saint of female entrepreneurship. That's Billionaire.

3. HBR Afterhours

The Harvard Business Review produces this show with HBS professors Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee and they discuss current events in a way that only three folks from Harvard could do. (I definitely have an infatuation with all things Harvard. I kind of blame Good Will Hunting. But that's probably for another post.) Get up to speed on everything from under-the-radar businesses to watch, to entertainment trends, to Peloton and partisan political prejudice. Wicked smaht.

4. Triviality - A Trivia Game Show Podcast

If you miss your weekly Trivia Night, or are obsessed with all things Jeopardy (my hand is raised), this show is a good alternative fix.

5. Finding Mastery with Dr. Michael Gervais

This show interviews athletes and folks in the sports performance space. They really get into the psychology of sport and neuroscience of competition. The way Missy Franklin describes swimming a 200 meter backstroke world record will definitely get your heart rate raised. If you like that sort of thing.

6. LeVar Burton Reads

Always love story time. With LeVar, you will, too. But you don't have to take my word for it.

Happy listening and happy running/walking! Stay well, FitFooters!


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