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Podcasts: Recommended by CBS researchers

We asked researchers and students at CBS what podcasts they listen to. The result are these lists. Use them to get started if you are not already addicted to the podcast media. Or catch up on the ones you didn't know about.

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We have asked CBS researchers what podcasts they listen to and would recommend to others.

The descriptions are primarily taken from the podcast's webpages.


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Why do you listen to podcasts?
For entertainment: 8 votes (26.67%)
To learn new things: 20 votes (66.67%)
I don't listen to podcasts: 0 votes (0%)
I don't know: 2 votes (6.67%)
Total Votes: 30

List of podcasts recommended by CBS researchers

  • 50 things that made the modern economy (BBC world service)
    Tim Harford tells the fascinating stories of 50 inventions, ideas and innovations which have helped create the economic world.
  • All Things Considered (NPR)
    During each broadcast, stories and reports come to listeners from NPR reporters and correspondents based throughout the United States and the world. The hosts interview newsmakers and contribute their own reporting. Rounding out the mix are the disparate voices of a variety of commentators.
  • Alphachat (Financial Times)
    Alphachat is the conversational podcast about business and economics produced by the Financial Times in New York. Each week, FT hosts and guests delve into a new theme.
  • American Innovations (Wondery)   
    DNA. Artificial intelligence. Smartphones and 3D printers. Science and technology have transformed the world we live in. But how did we get here? It wasn’t by accident. Well, sometimes it was. It was also the result of hard work, teamwork, and competition. And incredibly surprising moments. 
  • Analysis (BBC Radio 4)
    Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.
  • Banking Weekly podcast (Financial Times)
    Each week the FT banking team discuss the biggest banking stories of the week, bringing you global insight and commentary on the top issues concerning this sector
  • Bloomberg Markets – Odd Lots (Bloomberg)
    Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so random weekly walk through hot topics in markets, finance and economics.    
  • Bloomberg Opinion – Masters in Business (Bloomberg)
    Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz looks at the people and ideas that shape markets, investing and business.

  • Bloomberg Surveillance (Bloomberg)  
    Tom Keene, Jon Ferro and Pimm Fox have the economy and the markets "under surveillance" as they cover the latest in finance, economics and investment, and talk with the leading voices shaping the conversation around world markets.

  • Bloomberg Trillions (Bloomberg)   
    Money goes where it's treated best. That simple truth is a big reason why more and more money—trillions, in fact—flows into a powerful, low-cost tool that's quietly transformed investing in recent years. Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, let you invest in everything from the stock market to gold like never before. This biweekly podcast will demystify them—and delight you in the process.

  • Business Daily (BBC world service)   
    The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.

  • Business Wars (Wondery)  
    Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights — or to ruin.

  • CBS Business Stories  (CBS Business Stories/CBS Students)
    The purpose of the organisation is to create an Audio Podcast Channel produced by CBS students for their peers. The organization is operated nonprofit with the mission to provide students with podcasts containing topics that they can relate to, learn from and that go further than their formal education – a way to look into business matters beyond the classroom. The organization is furthermore going to create a community where students can work together and acquire skills in different fields such as content creation, audio technology and audio editing.      

  • Clear and Present Danger – A history of Free Speech (Jacob Mchangama)  
    Why have kings, emperors, and governments killed and imprisoned people to shut them up? And why have countless people risked death and imprisonment to express their beliefs? Jacob Mchangama guides you through the history of free speech from the trial of Socrates to the Great Firewall.      

  • Containers (Fusion)
    Containers is an 8-part audio documentary about how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. Host and correspondent Alexis Madrigal leads you through the world of ships and sailors, technology and tugboats, warehouses and cranes. At a time when Donald Trump is threatening to toss out the global economic order, Containers provides an illuminating, deep, and weird look at how capitalism actually works now.  

  • Conversations with Tyler (Mercatus Center at George Mason University)
    On the Conversations with Tyler podcast, esteemed economist Tyler Cowen engages with today’s most underrated thinkers in wide-ranging explorations of their work, the world, and everything in between. Tyler’s intense research leads to stimulating and surprising questions that provoke guests into deep examinations of their work and how they see the world.

  • Council on Foreign Relations (Council on Foreign Relations)      
    Experts take part in lively conversations about pressing issues in international affairs.

  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History (Orator LLC and
    A classic but has to be on the list. Especially the episodes on the first world war.

  • Democracy Now!  (Democracy Now!)
    Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. On Democracy Now!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

  • Economic rockstar (Frank Conway)
    Connecting Brilliant Minds in Economics and Finance  

  • Econtalk (The Library of Economics and Liberty)
    EconTalk is an award-winning weekly talk show about economics in daily life. Featured guests include renowned economics professors, Nobel Prize winners, and exciting speakers on all kinds of topical matters related to economic thought.

  • Freakonomics Radio (Freakonomics)
    Can be hit or miss, depending on the episode, but it often features very smart and well-known academics. It is well done but entertaining, and they have a website with transcriptions and all the sources they cite during the podcast.   

  • Guardian long read (The Guardian)
    The Guardian's Audio Long Reads podcasts are a selection of the Guardian’s long read articles which are published in the paper and online. It gives you the opportunity to get on with your day whilst listening to some of the finest journalism the Guardian has to offer: in-depth writing from around the world on immigration, crime, business, the arts and much more.

  • Harvard Chan: this week in health (Harvard School of Public Health)
    While public health focused, they’ve done some interesting episodes on behavioral economics, marketing ethics, etc.

  • Hayek Program Podcast (Mercatus Center at George Mason University)
    The Hayek Program Podcast includes audio from lectures, interviews, and discussions of scholars and visitors from the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

  • HBR Ideacast (Harvard Business Review)
    A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management.

  • Hidden Forces (Hidden Forces)
    Focus on economy and tech

  • In our Time (BBC Radio 4)
    Factual - History 

  • Intelligence Squared (Intelligence Squared) 
    Interesting conversations on topics ranging from international politics, philosophy and IR. Featuring lot’s of renowned academics and public figures.                                                                                                        

  • Intelligent Economist (Intelligent Economist)
    List of 25 podcasts on economy

  • Invest like the Best (The Investor's Field Guide)
    In each episode, the host speaks with the most interesting people he can find, whose stories will help you better invest your time and your money, and teach you how to play with boundaries in your own life. 

  • Invisibilia (NPR)
    Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.  

  • Les Chemins de la philosophie (Adèle Van Reeth)  
    Une rencontre quotidienne entre philosophie et monde contemporain.   

  • LSE Public Lectures and Events (LSE London School of Economics)
    The public events podcast series from the London School of Economics and Political Science features more than two hundred events every year where some of the world’s leading thinkers can be heard. The podcast is a platform for thought, ideas and lively debate where you can hear from presidents, prime ministers, international business leaders, policy makers and leading academics from all over the world.

  • Macro Musings (Mercatus Center)
    About macroeconomics. Hosted by David Beckworth of the Mercatus Center, Macro Musings is a podcast which pulls back the curtain on the important macroeconomic issues of the past, present, and future.

  • Macro Voices (Macro Voices)
    A weekly financial podcast program which target professional finance, high net worth, and other “sophisticated” investors who desire financial content at a level of sophistication and complexity.

  • Making Sense med Sam Harris (Sam Harris)
    Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and author— explores some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events. 

  • Malcom Gladwell’s Revisionist History: Forgotten and overlooked histories (Panoply) 
    In 10 episodes, Revisionist History goes back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.   

  • More or Less: behind the stats (BBC Radio 4)
    Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us.

  • More Perfect (Radiolab/NPR)
    A show on US Supreme Court cases. Start with “Cruel and Unusual”. Well told and featuring tons of interviews. Has to be my number1.

  • Mozilla IRL podcast (Mozilla Corporation)
    Because Online Life Is Real Life. Host Manoush Zomorodi shares real stories of life online and real talk about the future of the Web. IRL is an original podcast from Mozilla, maker of Firefox and always fighting for you.    

  • News in Focus (Financial Times)
    News and analysis from FT reporters around the world.

  • NPR One (NPR) 
    NPR One is the audio app that connects you to a stream of public radio news, stories and podcasts curated for you. Informing, engaging, inspiring and surprising. From the ends of the earth to the tiniest corners of your city.                                                             

  • On the Media (NPR)   
    The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield examine threats to free speech and government transparency, cast a skeptical eye on media coverage of the week’s big stories and unravel hidden political narratives in everything we read, watch and hear.

  • Optimal Finance Daily (
    Optimal Finance Daily is a podcast created for those looking to improve their financial lives one step at a time: lifelong learners and life optimizers. We bring you the best content from blogs and other resources and read it to you, so that you don't have to waste your time finding and reading blogs yourself--listen during your commute, workout, regular routines, or during your down time 7 days a week and improve your life one step at a time. Each episode brings you a reading from a popular blog post or resource--practical and actionable information that has been proven to be worthy of large audiences.

  • People Analytics Podcast (Tucana Global SLU)   
    How to make better HRM decisions using data.

  • Peterson Institute Events: Audio (Peterson Institute for International Economics)   
    Audio recordings of Peterson Institute for International Economics events.                                                                       

  • Philosophize This! (Philosophize This!) 
    For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don’t need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.

  • Philosophy 247 (David Edmonds)
    David Edmonds interviews leading philosophers about moral issues that effect us 24/7.    

  • Philosophy Bites (Wizzard Media )
    David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. Two books based on the series have been published by Oxford University Press.          

  • Planet Money (NPR)    
    Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at Planet Money.

  • Political Economy Podcast (American Enterprise Institute)
    American Enterprise Institute’s Jim Pethokoukis discusses politics and the economy with guests in this podcast from the Ricochet Audio Network. Pethokoukis is also a contributor to CNBC.

  • Public International Law Discussion Group (University of Oxford)     
    Lectures on international law issues by eminent scholars, practitioners and judges of national and international courts.

  • Reply All (Gimlet)
    Despite the name, ‘Reply All’ isn’t a podcast about technology — it’s a podcast that tells gorgeous, painfully human stories that happen to have bits of technology sprinkled in. – Nick Quah, Vulture

  • Secret History of the Future (Slate/The Economist)
    Journey into the past and you'll discover the secret history of the future. From the world's first cyber-attack in 1834, to 19th-century virtual reality, The Economist's Tom Standage and Slate's Seth Stevenson examine the historical precedents that can transform our understanding of modern technology, predicting how it might evolve and highlighting pitfalls to avoid. Discovering how people reacted to past innovations can also teach us about ourselves.    

  • Shipping podcast (Lloyd’s list)     
    Maritime topics.    

  • Sinica Podcast (SupChina) 
    Chinese politics and economy.                                   

  • Social Science Bites (SAGE Publishing)
    Hear leading social scientists present their perspectives on how our social world is created, and how social science can help us understand people and how they behave.        

  • Spark with Nora Young (CBC)
    Explores how technology, innovation and design affects our lives.

  • StartUp (Gimlet)        
    A show about what it’s really like to start a business.    

  • Stoic Meditations (Massimo Pigliucci)
    Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers.  

  • Super Investors And The Art Of Worldly Wisdom (Felder Investment Research)  
    Jesse Felder worked for the largest firm on Wall Street, co-founded a multi-billion-dollar hedge fund firm and has been active in the markets for over 20 years. This podcast is his journey to talk with a number of superinvestors who have been an inspiration to him in an effort to understand what makes them so successful in the financial markets and in life.

  • Supreme Leadership (Alinka Rutkowska)   
    Alinka Rutkowska invites successful leaders with 25 years in business to pick their brains about their secrets to success, spectacular failures and laws of leadership they have developed.                                      

  • Talking about organizations (Talking About Organizations Podcast)
    Talking About Organizations Podcast, also known as “TAOP”, is a weekly conversational podcast about management and organization studies. Something of a cross between a reading group and a seminar, TAOP blends emergent conversation with academic rigor into dynamic episodes that cover key works and themes in organization studies.

  • Talking Politics (University of Cambridge/London Review of Books)      
     David Runciman and friends talk to novelists, historians, scientists, philosophers, comedians – anyone and everyone who has something interesting to say about the state we’re in.    

  • The Anthill  (The Conversation)
    Unearthing stories from the world of academia.  

  • The Daily (New York Times)    
    Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism.

  • The Dropout (ABC Radio)
    Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye?  ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, along with producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson, take listeners on a journey that includes a three-year-long investigation.

  • The Economist Asks (The Economist)
    One question posed to a high-profile newsmaker, followed up with lively debate.

  • The Economist Editor’s picks (The Economist)
    A selection of three defining articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist  

  • The Economist The Intelligence (The Economist) 
    The Intelligence is a new current-affairs podcast, published every weekday by Economist Radio, that provides a fresh perspective on the events shaping your world.     

  • The Energy Gang (gtm) 
    A weekly digest on energy, cleantech and the environment.

  • The Energy Transition Show (XE Network)  
    Straight talk about the world’s transition from fossil fuels to renewables with energy expert Chris Nelder (full-length version requires site license)                  

  • The Evolving Digital Self (2BalanceU)
    Exploring the human relationship with technology. Discover how leaders across industries evolve to love, appreciate and thrive in the rapidly changing digital era. Inspirational thought leaders share their insight in digital wellbeing and ethical use of behavior science in technology.      

  • The Familiar Strange (The Familiar Strange)
    A podcast on social-cultural anthropology.

  • The Interchange (gtm)
    The Interchange is a weekly podcast on the global energy transformation, hosted by Stephen Lacey and Shayle Kann. Each week, the duo provide deep insights into technology, markets, projects, company financials, mergers and acquisitions, policy changes, and market data.  

  • The Partially Examined life (Mark Linsenmayer)
    The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a short text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion.  

  • The Peter Schiff Show (The Peter Schiff Podcast)
    It doesn’t take long for listeners to figure out that The Peter Schiff Show is not politics as usual. The iconoclastic economist, author, and visionary investor combines his unique outlook on current events, economics, and political developments with humor and practical advice about life and personal finance.  

  • The Pitch (Gimlet)
    Where real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money.   

  • The Sherman Show (DoubleLine)      
    Jeffrey Sherman, DoubleLine’s Deputy CIO and Sam Lau, a DoubleLine Portfolio Manager, host a series of podcasts with distinguished guests, giving listeners insight into DoubleLine’s strategies, Portfolio Managers and industry innovators.   

  • Today in Focus (The Guardian)
    Listen to the story behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news. Every weekday with Anushka Asthana.            

  • TradeTalks!  (Peterson Institute for International Economics)  
    A weekly podcast on world trade issues. Soumaya Keynes (The Economist) and Chad P. Bown (Peterson Institute for International Economics) cohost a podcast about the economics of international trade and policy.

  • Under The Influence (CBC) 
    A marketing podcast. Take an unprecedented ride through the hallways of the ad industry. Host and adman Terry O'Reilly explores why we make the shopping decisions we make, and how we are influenced by words, colours and images. He tells stories of the remarkable creativity found at the higher realms of marketing, and analyzes the ads we love to hate.    

  • Very bad wizards (Very Bad Wizards)   
    A philosopher and a psychologist ponder human morality.

  • Viten og snakkis  (OsloMet, Viten og snakkis)
    Velkommen til Viten + snakkis, en podcast fra Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus. Vi får forskere og eksperter til å gi råd om vanlige folks hverdagsutfordringer, og tar for oss temaer du grubler på.    

  • Was denkst du den? (Nora Hespers und Rita Molzberger)
    Wo ist die Schamgrenze - zum Beispiel in der Sauna? Wie läuft das mit Schuld und Entschuldigung? Und darf ich eigentlich die politische und moralische Haltung von jemandem in Frage stellen? Rita Molzberger und Nora Hespers stellen sich all diese Fragen und diskutieren. Mal mehr mal weniger fachlich, aber immer auf der Suche nach Erkenntnisgewinn.

  • We Study Billionaires – the Investors Podcast (The Investor's Podcast)
    We study self-made financial billionaires like Warren Buffett and Ray Dalio, and teach you what we learn and how you can apply their investing processes in the stock market.   

  • Weekly Economics Podcast (New Economics Foundation)   
    Award-winning podcast about the economic forces shaping our world, with Ayeisha Thomas-Smith and guests. Brought to you by the New Economics Foundation – the independent think tank and charity campaigning for a fairer, sustainable economy.

  • Your Money Breifing (Wall Street Journal)   
    Money and market stories from The Wall Street Journal. Each weekday WS journalists share insights on investing, markets, taxes and retirement planning.