The past few years has witnessed the revival of radio in the form of hundreds of free, high-quality podcasts about everything from murder mysteries to software development. Here at Material, we love podcasts. What better way to learn about a historic event or business strategy than during your morning jog or on the drive to work?
Whether you're new to the podcast realm, or just need some new inspiration, check out our top recommendations for podcasts guaranteed to inspire and entertain. Download them individually, or invest in the PocketCast app to easily listen on the go!
Interested in design and architecture? 99% Invisible has you covered with weekly shows about the design and history of objects that we often miss, including water fountains, flags and much more.
If you’ve ever been curious about other jobs or industries, Working is the podcast for you. Every episode focuses on the everyday activities of a different career, such as a 747 pilot, wine portfolio manager and even Stephen Colbert.
With daily interviews of key actors, authors, activists and musicians, NPR’s Fresh Air is a fantastic way to stay current on all areas of news and entertainment.
Most people will tell you that your 20s are incredible, confusing and transformational, all at the same time. But, hey, there’s a podcast for that! Millennial is dedicated to helping people maneuver life, finances, social media and…even brunch in their 20s. Think of it as getting advice from your older and wiser self.
This podcast features 10(ish) minutes dedicated to web development techniques, interviews and opinions to help you stay fresh and productive whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out.
This American Life
One of the most popular podcasts of all time, This American Life features weekly episodes with stories told around a basic theme, all central to the American experience.
Although many of you have already heard of Serial, for those who haven’t, we are so excited for you! Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life and features a true mystery story told week over week.
The Memory Palace
If you’re short on time, The Memory Palace is the perfect podcast option. These micro-episodes, ranging from 4 to 15 minutes, tell stories of historic events, inventions, mysteries and ideas to feed the history buff in all of us.
Another popular podcast is Radiolab, which features stories about science, technology and the human experience. Hosted by the infallible Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, and featuring guests like Oliver Sacks and Neil deGrasse Tyson, Radiolab is a staple podcast for any listener.
TED Radio Hour
By now, most of us have heard of TED Talks, and the supporting podcast is a great way to learn about fascinating ideas, solutions and inventions on the go. These are great to explore over lunch at a coffee shop, or on the way home from work!
Stuff You Should Know
If you’ve ever wondered how everyday things such as landfills, mosquitoes or caffeine work, this is the podcast for you. You’ll definitely learn something in each episode, and as a bonus, you’ll have great conversation starters for your next networking or dinner event.
The name says it all. This is a series about what it’s really like to start a business. Perfect for all of the Material entrepreneurs out there!
The internet touches almost every aspect of most of our lives, but how often do we discuss how it affects us? This podcast aims to explore how people shape the internet and the internet shapes people.
Less Than or Equal
Working in the tech industry can be a perk-filled paradise, but it also presents unique inequalities, challenges and problems. This podcast features interviews with self-proclaimed geeks that share experiences and provide solutions to issues they have faced.
Got any podcasts that keep you inspired? Let us know what they are in the comments!