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20 business, tech, and science podcast picks for 2020

Katherine McBeth | January 29, 2020
If you’re hoping to expand your knowledge in 2020, there’s a podcast out there for you. Podcasters do all the research for you and deliver the must-know details in digestible episodes. You can learn about everything from the fall of the Mayan empire to the life hacks of people like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Here at TSheets, we have an eclectic crew of people who listen to all sorts of podcasts. When we asked what podcasts should be on everyone’s radar in 2020, we got quite the list. Here are our team’s recommendations for 20 podcasts you should listen to in 2020.

5 podcasts on business and entrepreneurship 

If you’re looking for business advice or life hacks from famous entrepreneurs, try these podcasts.
  1. EntreLeadership Podcast: Host Alex Judd interviews top minds in business to get their expertise and help listeners reach their full potential. Topics cover everything from goals and growth to leadership and money matters. 
  2. How I Built This: Hosted by NPR’s Guy Raz, this podcast dives into the origins of the world’s biggest companies. Episodes focus on how innovation, entrepreneurship, and idealism shaped each company.
  3. StartUp: Hosted by Gimlet’s Alex Blumberg, this weekly podcast switches between interviewing experts and sharing stories about startup life. The current season focuses on selling a business and recounts how Spotify purchased Gimlet Media.
  4. The Tim Ferriss Show: Host Tim Ferriss interviews celebrities and entrepreneurs from all walks of life to get their secrets to success. He and his guests share their favorite books, morning routines, personal tricks and habits, and much more. 
  5. GaryVee Audio Experience: Hosted by Gary Vaynerchuk, this podcast is a mix of highlights from the #AskGaryVee Show and interviews with entrepreneurs and celebrities. Gary shares speeches on marketing and business, fireside chats with experts, and his thoughts on current technology, culture, and more. 

5 podcasts on current events and technology

If you’re eager to hear all about advances in technology or the current events, look no further. This mix of podcasts covers everything from gender disparity in the restaurant industry to digestible snippets about the economy.
  1. Reply All: Hosts PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman started the podcast in 2014 with Gimlet Media. The podcast provides a unique perspective on how to navigate modern life by focusing on the world of the internet and technology. 
  2. BiggerPockets: Hosts Brandon Turner and David Greene interview real estate investors who share their biggest life lessons with listeners. 
  3. Freakonomics Radio: Hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, this “rogue economist” takes listeners on deep dives of current events and topics that people often misunderstand. The weekly episodes cover “things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do).”
  4. Planet Money: This podcast is all about the economy but promises to be way more fun than it sounds. The show started as a spin-off of NPR’s “This American Life,” and the rotating hosts aim to make economic topics more digestible to everyone.
  5. Copper and Heat: This James Beard award-winning podcast is all about the “unspoken rules and traditions of restaurant kitchens.” Host Katy Osuna interviews chefs and restaurant workers to get to the heart of the real concerns facing modern kitchens.

5 podcasts on psychology and the human condition

Fascinated by emotions, the brain, and the human experience? These captivating podcasts use the art of storytelling to look at the curious ways in which humans behave. 
  1. Unlocking Us: Author, speaker, and shame researcher, Dr. Brene Brown, is launching a brand-new podcast in March at SXSW. By interviewing guests and diving deep into their emotions, each episode will reflect on unique yet universal human experiences.
  2. Hidden Brain: For those curious about the brain, this NPR podcast, hosted by Shankar Vedantam, is for you. Through storytelling and neurosciences, this podcast is all about cognitive biases and how they shape our lives.
  3. Cautionary Tales: Hosted by Tim Harford, this eight-episode series focuses on cautionary stories for adult listeners. Interweaving stories of folly and human error, each episode wraps up with a moral for listeners, hoping that “each story will make you wiser.” 
  4. This American Life: Hosted by Ira Glass, this NPR radio-show-turned-podcast explores the American experience from differing perspectives. The stories always start with a surprising hook, but you never know where they’re going to take you. If you’re new to the podcast, Ira has compiled a list of episodes that illustrate the various subjects covered in the show’s 25-year history.
  5. The Memory Palace: This podcast features vignettes of historical figures and moments lost to time, with narrator Nate DiMeo at the helm. Episodes are short, anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes, making it a binge-worthy option that leaves you hungry for more.

5 podcasts on scientific investigations and mysteries

Finally, if you enjoy a good, mind-blowing experience, check out these podcasts. With studies on mundane yet engrossing topics, you’ll learn everything from why time exists to the history and cultural significance of corduroy. 
  1. TED Radio Hour: Recorded in conjunction with TEDTalks and NPR, this podcast interviews TEDTalk speakers to dive deeper into their inventions and ideas. Find conversations on everything from new ways to manage teams to the illusion of time. 
  2. Radiolab: Join hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich as they investigate the strange world around us. The show has been going strong since 2002 and hopes “to make science accessible to broad audiences.”
  3. 99% Invisible: This podcast was made in partnership with KALW public radio and the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco. Hosted by Roman Mars, each episode investigates the everyday things we often take for granted.
  4. Stuff You Should Know: Hosts Josh Clark and Charles “Chuck” Bryant cover important topics and make them more digestible. They also have “Short Stuff” episodes—vignettes of the subject at hand. 
  5. Brains On!: Brains On! is a family-friendly podcast that makes our understanding of life on Earth more accessible for children aged 5 to 105. Each episode features a new kid co-host alongside host Molly Bloom. Together, they seek answers to some of the world’s biggest mysteries.
A little about Katherine McBeth

In a previous life, Katie was a freelance writer for various blogs on the web, and prior to that, she was a bookseller at a small indie bookstore in Boise. She loves reading, listening to podcasts, and walking the foothills with her rescue pups. On a typical weeknight, you can find her snuggling with her three cats, two dogs, and partner while watching professional wrestling. She’s proud to be a member of the TSheets by QuickBooks team and is determined to keep all the plants in the office alive and healthy.

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