With the season of summer now in full gear, there has never been a better time to enjoy the outdoors while listening to an informative and engaging podcast! Fortunately for you, there are a multitude of completely free podcasts you can listen to that are professionally produced.
In this article, we’re going to go over the top 5 podcasts that are completely free to listen to, and have an emphasis on the business world. All of these podcasts are professionally produced, and they will often interview successful CEOs and investors to get their insight as well.
Business and Economic podcasts are such an important part of many people’s routine, as they go over current economic issues. Our own recommendation is to enjoy your morning cup of coffee with this podcast that focuses on ESG companies as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Each of these podcasts offers something unique, so we recommend checking out each one to see which podcast will appeal to you the most.
- Planet Money
This podcast was launched by NPR in 2008, and aimed to cover the market crash of 2008. It has since grown into one of the most popular podcasts of all time, recently celebrating its 1000th episode in 2020.
New episodes drop a few times every week, and are on average 20 minutes long. The topics can range from anything to the stock market itself, to obscure financial stories that are sure to keep you interested and teach you something new.
- Freakonomics Radio
Freakonomics Radio focuses on socioeconomic issues by publishing multiple different podcast shows on their network. Freakonomics Radio first started as a book, written by the founder of Freakonomics Radio, Stephen Dubner.
In addition to the main Freakonomics podcast done by Stephen Dubner, the radio also hosts the following podcasts:
- No Stupid Questions, with Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth.
- People I (Mostly) Admire, with Steven Levitt.
- Sudhir Breaks the Internet, with Sudhir Venkatesh.
- Question of the Day, with Stephen Dubner and James Altucher.
- Footy for Two, with Stephen Dubner and his son Solomon.
We recommend listening to episode 103 of No Stupid Questions, titled “Should Toilets Be Free?. It’s a very interesting topic and goes over some strange social rules of the U.S.
This weekly economics podcast is sure to give you an educated perspective on the market and economy, as it is hosted by a former economics professor at George Mason University, Russ Roberts. Professor Roberts often brings on a guest in his podcast episodes, who are always high level economists and analysts.
The first episode of EconTalk was published in 2006, and has since seen over 500 podcasts with information and advice suited for a college class. Roberts will often bring his own references into the show, citing concepts from Adam Smith’s book The Wealth of Nations written in 1776.
Additionally, EconTalk will bring on guests who flat out disagree With Russ Roberts on some economic issues. These episodes are very fun and engaging to listen to, as their debates spark the most unique conversations.
- The Sound of Economics
Focusing on European economics, Brugel’s The Sound of Economics Podcast is a fantastic podcast series to listen to if you are interested in the European markets as well as other foreign markets.
Brugel is a think tank located in Brussels, Belgium. They have produced over 250 episodes of The Sound of Economics, and have shown no signs of slowing down. In fact, the quality of their show improves with each new podcast, as they have recently gone quite in depth on some economic issues.
- How I Built This
This podcast has a focus entirely on the business side of things, as each episode brings on a new guest that shares their own experiences with beginning a business or product. The first episode of this podcast aired in 2016, and has continued to be hosted by Guy Raz, an NPR journalist.
Episode lengths can vary, going from 15 minutes to well over an hour. Additionally, there are over 430 episodes for you to listen to and intake information from. You can find a link to this podcast here.
We hope you enjoyed reading this article, and that some of these podcasts are able to enlighten your day and teach you something new. Remember to check out each of these podcasts, as they are all different from one another and can offer something unique to you.