Five Great New Podcasts
Welcome to the 67th edition of Find That Pod.
Greetings, and welcome new subscribers. This week we passed another significant subscriber milestone and I just want to thank all of you that continue to read this newsletter on a regular basis. It means a lot to me and I hope you continue to enjoy my recommendations.
This week I published an interview with podcaster Noah Labhart. He hosts the Code Story podcast that I had featured in the early days of the newsletter. It’s a fascinating interview show with technology company founders and all of their travails. Make sure to check out the interview here.
Here are this week’s podcasts:
Wind of Change
This is a hair raising story. It’s got everything from espionage to the metal rock group the Scorpions. The primary question the podcast asks is… did the CIA fund and write the song “Wind of Change” for the Scorpions in an effort to sow and promote the downfall of the Soviet Union. I guess you’ll have to listen to find out the answer.
Over The Road
My father was a long-haul trucker. He did it for over twenty years. So when I came across this podcast it immediately fascinated me. Long-haul truckers are what keeps much of the world’s goods moving. With the coming wave of automotive automation, they’re also going to be highly susceptible to major job losses in the coming decades. This 8-part series podcast explores some of those themes and dives deep into the long-haul trucker culture of America.
Ok, this one is definitely for all the music nerds. I know there’s a lot of you out there because I happen to live with one. The Dissect podcast takes a meticulous and forensic approach to the dissections of the music, lyrics, and themes of various albums and music contained therein. Thus far, they’ve completed six albums with the latest being Beyonce’s Lemonade. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then definitely give this a listen.
Hey remember that whole Democratic primary in the U.S? Yeah I know, it seems like thirty-seven lifetimes ago now. But there was an incredibly compelling character that came out of that contest by the name of Andrew Yang. His whole idea was to give every American $1,000 / month no strings attached. A sort of Universal Basic Income that seemed somewhat laughable and far-fetched. Of course, as we know, fate is not without its own sense of irony.
And here we are, living in a COVID-19 world where the world’s governments have collectively shelled out many trillions of dollars to their citizens to help keep their respective economies afloat. So I guess that Andrew Yang guy had some good ideas after all. This is new podcast, and he’s already amassed a seriously impressive roster of guests. He’s smart, funny and is already on a mission to do more good in the world.
Robinhood – Snacks Daily
When the world shut-down this past spring, one of the knock-on effects was a massive increase in stock trading. Perhaps part of this phenomenon has been fueled by sports gamblers who have had to take their money-risking habits elsewhere. But part of it is certainly the fact that there’s been a lot of people that have reached the end of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc and are simply bored out of their mind.
Enter Robinhood. The new darling unicorn company from Silicon Valley. Robinhood is now crushing all the other stock trading platforms by way of its commission-free platform where you can trade stocks, ETFs, options and even cryptocurrencies. And while there has definitely been some criticism of them pulling some gamefying tactics to induce people to trade more frequently, they’ve definitely been a disruptor in the field. Along with that, they now produce this fast-paced daily podcast with 15-20 minutes of daily business news, focusing on the day’s most interesting stories about publicly traded companies. Check it out.