February 24, 2020

How I find podcasts to listen to

I've been doing this thing recently where instead of listening to episodes of podcasts that I already subscribe to, I get really invested in one or two personalities at a time, search the Apple podcast app, find all the podcasts that person (or those people) have recorded, ever, and binge-listen to them to over the course of as many days as possible while at the gym or walking around town.

Over the past couple of days I've been trying to listen to every single podcast episode that Ezra Klein and Ta-Nehisi Coates have recorded together. They're both brilliant, obviously, but what appeals to me most about their podcasts is how they have fantastic and really complementary conversational chemistry. And even when they're talking about super-serious, kind of dark stuff, they can be really funny, like laugh-out-loud-to-myself-on-the-treadmill-while-running funny.

Other people I've gotten kind of obsessed with listening to: Dr. Peter Attia, Malcolm Gladwell (on certain podcasts but not others), any "Random Show" where Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose talk to each other for hours—I've gone back years on this series—anything Seth Godin, and I'll always seek out my friend Andrew Doyle's guest appearances on podcasts, because he's so brilliant.