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Vaibhav Khulbe
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10 non-tech podcasts you should listen now 🎧

Are you the one who listen to many tech/coding podcasts like Syntax or Waveform? Well, I hope you do. There are many of these shows where you get to know so much about current in technology, how to do this and that in code, some expert career tips and what not!

Sure, these are some of the awesome podcasts available but have you listened to something that may change your life for real? How many of you have discovered some of the non-technical podcasts to listen and why should you give them your time? Let's discover these 10 podcasts for everyone to listen...

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Note: These are in A-Z order

1️⃣ BrainStuff by iHeartRadio & HowStuffWorks 🧠

This is probably the only podcast in this list which comes almost daily. Here's the official intro:

Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.

If you're someone who's curious to know about how stuff works, why this, why that, what is this or how "Why Can a Mongoose Take on a Cobra?" (the latest episode as of now) then this is the podcast.

Key takeaways πŸ‘‡

  1. Short and concise ~ 5-6 mins.
  2. One episode in a day.
  3. Covers various subjects (mostly related to science).

🧠Listen to BrainStuff on Spotify🧠

2️⃣ Building A Unicorn by Lawson Media πŸ¦„

This is helpful for those who want to build things on their own. Need some inspirational ideas about startups or want to know how others were built? What was their experiences or difficulties faced? Welcome to Building a Unicorn!

Hosted by Kristofor Lawson this series dives into the heart of entrepreneurship, bringing you in-depth interviews with some of the world's greatest business minds. Everyone in this series is a founder, there from the start when their idea was written on the back of a napkin and are now at the helm of a global company.

Key takeaways πŸ‘‡

  1. Great for someone who needs an inspirational story about startups.
  2. Get to know about the ins and outs of creating a successful startup company.
  3. Hear real-life experiences.

πŸ¦„Listen to Building A Unicorn on SpotifyπŸ¦„

3️⃣ Endless Thread by WBUR and Reddit πŸ’¬

Reddit lover? Then Endless Thread is for you. You will hear unusual conversations with hosts Ben and Amory on a specific Reddit thread one per week.

Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig into the site's vast and curious ecosystem of online communities, collaborating with Reddit's 330 million users and over 140 thousand communities to find all kinds of jaw-dropping narratives.

Key takeaways πŸ‘‡

  1. You'll hear something fresh in each episode, from funny stories to 9/11!
  2. They have a bonus Snacktime episodes coming in between where the hosts take a topic and eat...well...snacks...πŸͺ
  3. Get to know about people's shared experiences.

πŸ’¬Listen to Endless Thread on SpotifyπŸ’¬

4️⃣ Kind World by WBUR πŸ˜‡

One of my favourites from this list. Not all people around us are mean and bad, some do acts of kindness and come in other's life as angles. A must-listen podcast for everyone out there to restore some faith in humanity.

Kind World is a show about how a single act of kindness can change someone's life. In each episode, hosts and reporters Yasmin Amer and Andrea Asuaje search the world for good news stories that will restore your faith in humanity.

Key takeaways πŸ‘‡

  1. Real-life stories that will melt your heart with positivity and kindness.
  2. They have a special Care Package newsletter where you can learn more about other's stories or share yours.
  3. Fills you with positivity.

πŸ˜‡Listen to Kind World on SpotifyπŸ˜‡

5️⃣ The Last Laugh by The Daily Beast πŸŽ™

In each episode, host Matt Wilstein interviews a renowned comedian and they talk about what it takes to be a comedian in current market situations. Good for those who are in awe of stand-up comedians.

Welcome to β€˜The Last Laugh,’ the podcast where comedians get real. Every Tuesday, The Daily Beast’s Matt Wilstein will interview some of the biggest names in comedyβ€”as well as the new voices crashing the partyβ€”about what it’s like to be a comedian in this current cultural and political moment.

Key takeaways πŸ‘‡

  1. Laugh.
  2. Know about your favourite comedian.
  3. Face the reality in their own words.

πŸŽ™Listen to The Last Laugh on SpotifyπŸŽ™

6️⃣ Modern Love by WBUR and The New York Times πŸ’˜

Okay, I'm honestly not interested in such shows but the way WBUR creates such podcasts really deserves a listen or two. You'll hear from famous celebs performing true stories of love and some losses that come. It's heart-touching when you start listening from...well...heart!

Modern Love features top actors performing true stories of love, loss, and redemption. It has included performances by Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sterling K. Brown, and more.

Key takeaways πŸ‘‡

  1. You'll hear stories narrated by top artistes.
  2. After the story ends, the host Meghna Chakrabarti and show's producer talk about them in their own words.
  3. As I said, it's heart-touching to hear someone's true story.

πŸ’˜Listen to Modern Love on SpotifyπŸ’˜

7️⃣ Side Hustlers with Calra Marie by Carla Marie πŸ’ͺ

The host starts a conversation with someone who follows their own passion along with working on a regular job, they're named Side Husters as they do the hustle to go on with the true passion of work. It's motivational and yes, real.

Carla Marie sits down with people who follow their passion while working their regular job. You'll be inspired by their drive to do what they love and it may even motivate you to start your own side hustle.

Key takeaways πŸ‘‡

  1. Highly motivational.
  2. Hear real-life experiences of how someone finds their passion.
  3. Get to know the tools and strategies side hustlers follow.

πŸ’ͺListen to Side Hustlers on iHeartRadioπŸ’ͺ

8️⃣ Stupid Genius with Emma Chamberlain by Emma Chamberlain and Ramble πŸ€ͺ

UPDATE: Just found out that Stupid Genius with Emma Chamberlain has been replaced by Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain. Check out more at

Something really crazy is going on here with Emma and she mixes some simple questions (mostly related to science) with humour and fun. Perfect for those who want to chill and want to know answers to common questions lingering around.

Stupid Genius is the brainchild of YouTuber, Emma Chamberlain. In every episode she takes a puzzling question, like "Why do onions make us cry?" and is given three guesses to try to solve it. Will she be able to do it?

Key takeaways πŸ‘‡

  1. Something fun.
  2. Weird noises by Emma.
  3. Get answers to common questions.

πŸ€ͺListen to Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain on SpotifyπŸ€ͺ

9️⃣ Switched on Pop by Vox 🎼

Great podcast for those who love music and want to know the psychology behind what makes these pop songs so groovy? Know in-depth about pop and the music culture by curated music experts.

What makes pop songs so catchy? Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.

Key takeaways πŸ‘‡

  1. Know what music is and why it connects to people so easily.
  2. You'll learn some technical details of pop music.
  3. Analysis of music artists and their work.

🎼Listen to Switched on Pop on Spotify🎼

πŸ”Ÿ TED Radio Hour and TED Talks Daily by NPR & TED

This has to come. TED has been one of the earliest websites I've been visiting and after their talk shows worldwide they've started podcasting and every episode is worth listening. This will give you hope, a new way of thinking, and so much motivation! Okay, enough of me, hear what its description says:

TED Radio Hour

Guy Raz 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.

TED Talks Daily

Every weekday, this feed brings you our latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable -- from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between -- given by the world's leading thinkers and doers.

Key takeaway πŸ‘‡

You'll get to know this when you start listening.

πŸ˜€Listen to TED Radio Hour on NPR and TED Talks Daily on SpotifyπŸ˜€

That's it! What was your favourite podcast on this list? Do you have some other non-technical podcasts to share? Let me know in the comment box below.


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