Wistia’s Favorite Podcasts

September 3, 2020

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Lisa Marinelli

Lisa Marinelli

Creative


Are you on the hunt for a binge-worthy podcast? Whether you’re new to podcasts or a seasoned show expert — we’ve got you covered.

In this post, we share podcasts loved by Wistians that cover the full spectrum of interests from pop culture to politics — and everything in between.

Read on to learn what podcasts are playing on our headphones here at Wistia, and check them out for yourself! Perhaps one will pique your interest, too.

Time Crisis

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Time Crisis is hosted by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. The show is part radio show, part podcast, 100% very random. The show covers a variety of topics, such as politics, corporate food history, 1970s rock music, city living, and frequently analyzing the latest in contemporary pop music by contrasting it with music released in another era. In addition to Koenig, various guest hosts have appeared over the show’s history, including Jonah Hill, Rashida Jones, and Jamie Foxx.

“I love it because I often can’t believe someone is investing the time to make something that is so incredibly random and silly, yet that feels like it was made exactly for people like me with my sense of humor and music taste. It’s crazy.”
Chris Lavigne
Head of Production

Who Weekly

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Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber are writers and friends living in Brooklyn, NY. They co-host Who Weekly, the podcast all about B-D list celebrities. Who are B-D list celebrities, you ask? Well, they’re the ones you probably don’t know about who grace the covers of magazines in grocery store checkout lines and make you wonder, “Who the heck are these people?!”

“This podcast offers smart and thoughtful critiques of the media and celebrity industry, inside jokes, and of course, Mom & Dad (the greatest hosts, Lindsey and Bobby).”
Sydney Rutman
Development Producer

My First Million

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Unlike many conventional business podcasts, hosts Shaan Puri and Sam Parr aren’t out to criticize entrepreneurs or share tired growth hacks. Instead, My First Million aims to celebrate business builders — even if they fail — and provide valuable tools and tips to help listeners craft a successful business strategy.

“I’ve always been interested in the way in which people come up with business ideas. Both of the hosts approach idea generation and life in general in very different ways.”
Uzoma Egbuchulam
Customer Support Manager

Pivot

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Recode’s Kara Swisher and NYU Professor Scott Galloway go back and forth on Pivot, the show where they offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics. Each week, they make bold predictions, pick winners and losers, and aren’t shy about butting heads on the topics they’re passionate about. New episodes drop every Tuesday and Friday.

“By coming out twice weekly, it’s incredibly topical. The hosts are brilliant, and their perspectives are often very thought-provoking.”
Vivien Eliasoph
Senior Account Manager

Everything Is Alive

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Everything Is Alive is a very not serious interview show hosted by Ian Chillag, where all the show subjects are inanimate objects completely personified. In each episode, you’ll hear the life story as told by each item, and everything it says is true! From the Magic 8 Ball to the Baseball Cap and the Chainsaw to the Jack o’ Lantern — you can’t hear their stories anywhere else.

“I love this show because its benign absurdity is a reprieve from our absurd reality.”
Dave Cole
Senior Software Engineer

The Ezra Klein Show

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Ezra Klein is a journalist, blogger, political commentator, and the co-founder of Vox, an American news and opinion website. He also hosts his own podcast, The Ezra Klein Show, where he interviews impressive small and medium-sized enterprises and provides some in-depth explanatory discussions about challenges, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research.

“I’m a big fan of his media company, Vox. They always have interesting guests and cover relevant topics. Ezra has a way of making complex issues easy to grasp.”
Taylor Roa
Manager of Talent Acquisition

Reply All

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Hosts PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman launched Reply All in 2014. It’s about the internet; they investigate people’s problems ("super tech support") and usually find marvelous things along the way. Sometimes, they explore Tweets or viral content in great detail, explaining the memes, references, and inside jokes contained therein. Other times, they track down hackers and try to interview them about how and why they broke into someone’s account.

“I got this recommendation from a friend. Every episode is remarkable. It’s really great storytelling, and it’s taught me a lot of surprisingly useful things.”
Abby Howell
Senior Software Engineer

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

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Late Night talk show host, Conan O’Brien, has interviewed tons of celebrities, but he’s never fostered an authentic, long-lasting friendship with any of his guests. On his podcast Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, he aims to change that. Each week, Conan chats with new and exciting guests with the hopes of finding a few real friends along the way.

“It is a guaranteed mood changer — it always makes me laugh.”
Chris Savage
CEO and co-founder of Wistia

Political Gabfest

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Political Gabfest is a 20-year old podcast hosted by David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson. David Plotz moderates, asking Emily and John (and occasionally a guest speaker) their hot takes on the week’s political news updates. Dickerson is a historian and news anchor, coming with a lot of knowledge of precedent. Bazelon is a Yale Law professor, with legal material knowledge (she’s the author of Charged, a book about the movement to end mass incarceration). While they don’t pretend to be what they are (progressive liberals), they are professional journalists and offer a historical, legal view into today’s politics. It isn’t about slinging opinions — though there is some of that — they come with well-formed arguments, grounded in law, fact, and historical precedence.

“My husband introduced this show to me. It’s so smart and informative. It takes us two hours to get through a one-hour episode because we have to pause to argue about what they’re discussing. Very little engages me the way that it does.”
Jessica Angell Carlson
Director of Product Marketing

Dead Eyes

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In Dead Eyes, actor and comedian Connor Ratliff (The Chris Gethard Show, UCB, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) embarks upon a quest to solve a mystery that has haunted him for two decades: why Tom Hanks fired him from a small role in the 2001 HBO mini-series, Band Of Brothers.

“It’s like Serial if Serial was about something incredibly insignificant. It deals a lot with ideas I’m obsessed with, namely how creative confidence is built and destroyed by an industry that relies on it and feeds off of it.”
David Sizemore
Art Director

You’re Wrong About

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You’re Wrong About, hosted by Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbes, explores various moments from pop culture history and dissects what people think happened versus what actually happened. Sarah and Michael are former journalists obsessed with the past, which makes the level of investigation and detail incredible.

“Many of the topics are controversial, but they do a fantastic job of really digging into the history and data to debunk common myths and conspiracy theories. It gets me worked up — but in a good way. It introduces me to topics and ideas that otherwise wouldn’t be on my radar.”
Meisha Bochicchio
Content Marketing Manager

Conversations with Tyler

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.

“This podcast is outside of my normal areas of interest. The conversations Tyler wants to have are never what the guest wants to have. He reads all the books by the guests, asks very specific questions, and gets very in the weeds. Sometimes it’s above my head, but it’s fascinating.”
Brendan Schwartz
CTO and co-founder of Wistia

Now that you know some of our favorite podcasts, we’d love to hear what podcasts you adore in the comments below! Don’t hold out on us — give us your best recs!

September 3, 2020

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Lisa Marinelli

Lisa Marinelli

Creative

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