Do you ever find yourself scrolling through radio stations on your 40 minute commute? Why do you allow yourself to be a consumer of advertising or gossip stories of the day that do not interest you? Is it habit? Do you not realize there is a better option out there? Podcasts my friends, need to play a major role in your 2018! Stop consuming content that you are not interested in!
For those who are new to podcasts let’s go through some basics (you can skip to the list of content if you already know how to find podcasts). I can only speak for the iPhone so I am honestly not sure how to download podcasts on other devices—though I am sure it isn’t too difficult. First you will find the app on your phone labeled podcasts. It has a pink/purplish back ground the logo looks similar to an “i” with 2 rings coming off of it. Click that logo, and let’s start with the search button. This is where you will type in the names of the podcasts I am giving you if any of the descriptions trip your trigger, or can type in anything you want.
Literally anything, a few examples are The Puppy Podcast, Fantasy Football Focus, the Start Cooking Podcast and these are just a few random topics I thought to search. Hopefully you get the point with this in that if you want to listen to a topic…someone probably is discussing it.
Now on to some of my favorites, my taste in podcasts is a little humor mixed with a lot of knowledge and personal development. If listening to interesting information isn’t for you then you likely won’t agree with my choices and that’s okay—just stop wasting time listening to content you aren’t actively involved in!
Now for the list:
#5 The Duck Legs Podcast:
This first one is the only physical therapy specific one on the list so for those of you who are not interested in physical therapy…feel free to move on. However, Duck Legs is so much more than a physical therapy podcast as Tyler and Jared bring humor, hip-hop references, and an all-around good vibe. The guests that they bring on the show are mainly doctors of physical therapy and physical therapy students, though there are a few episodes with other people from the fitness industry. With this being more of a comedy podcast that also brings value to its listeners; I find myself downloading their new episodes whenever I notice a new one is up. The off topic subjects are enough to keep any listener engaged even if they haven’t had formal training as a physical therapist. (Episode length is between 45-60mins)
#4 Hidden Brain:
Next up is a show that focuses on how the brain plays an unconscious role in all of our decisions. The host Shankar Vedantam uses a mixture of storytelling alongside his guests to try and expand upon topics such as buying attention in terms of digital marketing, how race can impact the way a person is tried in the court of law, and American secrets where he explores the depths of some of the nations “myths”. With clever titles such as “The sorting hat” Shankar draws the listeners in with harry potter references and then divulges into the person’s need to find their specific “tribe” so that they can have a sense of community. While this is still an education based podcast where guests are brought in to discuss topics, it is much different from the other ones on the list in the sense that storytelling and real life examples are seamlessly woven into topics you never even thought you were curious about. (Episodes range from 20-60mins)
#3 Pain Reframed:
While this podcast is hosted by Dr. Tim Flynn and Dr. Jeff Moore, both of whom are physical therapists, this is much much, more than going in depth on how physical therapy can help those in pain. The focus of this podcast is how pain is a multifaceted issue that is not well understood even by the leading professionals in the field. The setup of this show is again a guest/interviewer framework where Dr. Flynn and Dr. Moore bring in guests to discuss their specific role or expertise in modulating or controlling a patient’s pain. Some may find this podcast a little more focused on those in the medical profession as it does use some jargon while the leading professionals in the field of pain science discuss. However, if you have some background knowledge in the health sciences, the value from this podcast is second to none. Instead of focusing on exercises or physical therapy based interventions, guests are brought in to discuss the cognitive components of pain and how things such as peripheral nerves can play a role in pain or how the effects of medical marijuana can influence those patients in chronic pain. On top of crisp audio, this podcast is one of the easiest ones to listen to if you are at all interested in the cause of your (or anyone else’s) pain. (Episodes range from 30-60mins)
#2 Tell Me Something I Don’t Know:
For those who are new to podcasts and aren’t trying to gain any business or life insight from my number one podcast-- TMSIDK is a great place to start. This podcast is an open mic set up where a panel of guests interact with audience members to learn about random topics that may or may not be related. Sometimes host Stephen Dubner (also a host of freakenomics which would for sure make my podcast top 10) sets a general topic of health or animals and leaves this open to interpretation. The audience members are then judged on whether or not they indeed told them something that was unknown, was the piece of information something that is worth knowing, and was the information demonstrably true. A single winner is crowned at the end of each episode based on these criteria with the other audience members selecting the winner. The topics have such a broad range and the episodes are very cleverly named so that once you start an episode, you are drawn in to see what random fact will pop up next. For example, did you know that the Mafia stems from lemon farmers!? Or that the perfect way to hold a triangle tortilla chip is not with the point down but actually grasping the single point in your fingertips…that is if your goal is a maximal dip to chip ratio. These are only a few examples of what all is to be learned if you make this podcast a part of your weekly routine. (Episodes are typically 40- 50mins)
#1 The GaryVee Audio Experience
CAUSE WE ARE GONNA BE LEGENDS! Legends! GONNA GET THEIR ATTENTION! Attention! While this podcast may not be for you, it is by far the most influential one on the list if your goal is to be inspired to achieve your goals. Gary Vaynerchuk is a one of a kind host who gives nothing but raw content. The setup of this podcast varies from keynote speeches that have been recorded, to interviews with up and coming or legendary hip-hop artists, and sometimes just a rant with a short clip on what Gary is thinking at that moment. Outside of just business and life skills knowledge GaryVee preaches getting up off of your ass and doing something. This podcast is actually the main reason I pulled the trigger and started blogging. I found myself falling into the realm of making excuses as to why I shouldn’t or couldn’t blog. I blamed my busy schedule, I was afraid of what other people would think, I didn’t have any clue why people would want to read my work…but after listening to the GaryVee Audio experience I found myself hyped and just sat down and did what I had been wanting to do for a long time and so far it has gone exactly as he said…Allow Gary to be your reason to attempt something you have always wanted to try because if you fail you can blame this guy….he doesn’t give a damn about anyone’s opinion and preaches nothing but hard work and empathy to improve yourself and others in the long term. (Episode length varies from 5-60 mins)
Well that wraps up the list of my top 5 influential podcasts to check out in 2018! Please feel free to leave a comment on some of your favorite podcasts as I am looking for new ones with a lot of travel in my near future. That takes me to my favorite part about compiling podcasts for my morning commute; you can download them to your device so you do not have to worry about any data charges! There really is no excuse for you not to try to find a podcast that fits your interests because as long as you download on Wi-Fi, you do not need data to run the podcast.
I decided to venture outside the realm of PT for this post because, just like in real life, we need to balance our professional pursuits with other recreations/hobbies. I’ll be back on the grind next Friday potentially bringing you some stories of other student physical therapists or some tips on how to keep your New Year’s resolution of working out on those days you don’t want to leave your house. If you are interested in something in particular please reach out as I would always love to chat! Thank you to those who have taken the time to read my blog, it does mean a lot to have some support as I am venturing out into the realm of social media and providing content.
Happy Friday everyone see you again next week!
I am a new graduate DPT and am interested in personal growth and becoming a connector within my profession.