The best business podcasts

| April 3, 2018

Whether you’re driving to work, walking the dogs, pounding out a run or just relaxing at home, podcasts offer some of the best entertainment and information to be had today. There are many business podcasts on offer, and here are some of the best around, starting with a humorous look at business life from down under.

It’s Just Good Business!
It’s the business podcast you didn’t know you needed. A father pitches his brilliant ideas to the least qualified people to give him quality feedback, his two sons. So join the Baly Brothers, Jackson and Ryder, and their dad Jon as they do their very best to explore all the terrifying and wondrous ramifications. It’s nothing personal, It’s Just Good Business. Updates every Tuesday.

Freakanomics Radio
New York journalist Stephen J. Dubner and award-winning economist Steven D. Levitt have found worldwide fame with their best selling series of ‘Freakonomics’ books and their regular podcast is an equally thought provoking and entertaining view of the world through a wry and rational lens.

Planet Money
The economy, explained, with stories and surprises from National Public Radio in the USA. 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 you get at Planet Money.

Harvard Business Review Ideacast
Hosted by Sarah Green Carmichael, an executive editor at Harvard Business Review, the Ideacast interviews a host of movers and shakers from the cutting edge of the business world. Also check out HBR’s other podcasts, including Dear HBR, a show offering answers to common workplace dilemmas and Women at Work, for conversations about the workplace and the women in it.

How I Built This
In another show from National Public Radio, Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies, weaving narrative journeys about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists and the movements they built.

While First5000 caters for Australia’s mid-sized companies, many podcasts look at the start up scene or wider international themes.

Start Up
StartUp is hosted by Alex Blumberg and Lisa Chow. While the first two seasons follow stories of starting businesses – Season 1 about the starting of Gimlet Media itself, and Season 2, a dating company called “Dating Ring” – the third season follows one business per episode.

Wealth of Nations
This podcast covers an eclectic range of international development subjects, from the history of hoverboards to Puerto Rico’s economic travails to how Samsung transformed South Korea from the ruins of war to the modern powerhouse it is today.

The Art of the Fail
We can always learn more from the failures of others, and our own, than seamless success stories. The Art of The Fail is an informal, entertaining podcast hosted by Kristian Borghesan and Chris Buttenham and produced by Startups in Canada. It focuses on the firms that don’t make it and uncovers their lessons to help others avoid the same fate.