It’s a new year, and that means it’s time to shake things up and get motivated. A great way to do this is to listen to podcasts – they’re informative and interesting…and probably a better use of your commute time than a yawn-inducing top-40 station.
Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of favorite podcasts, perfect for any woman in STEM. We’re hoping these leave you in inspired and ready to conquer mountains in 2018.
How I Built This
If you’re interested in learning about how successful people became so awesome, then How I Built This is the place to start. This popular NPR podcast is perfect for anyone who is looking for inspiration for following their passions. Host Guy Raz interviews the founders of well-known companies—think Ben & Jerry’s and Instagram—to find out the gritty details of how their businesses got to where they are today. You may not be trying to start your own business or conquer the world, but this podcast can motivate anyone to conquer anything they set their mind to.
The Women in Tech Show
This podcast was created by a woman, for women, to highlight prominent women working in tech. The host, Edaena Salinas, is a software engineer who aims to interview powerful women about their work, their lives, and their impact on the world. Instead of focusing on how it feels to be a woman in the tech world, Salinas asks women about the purpose of the work they do. Female leaders in tech discuss topics ranging from cybersecurity to artificial intelligence to VR animation—topics that aren’t often covered by women in these industries. If you’re a woman in tech, then this podcast is for you. And if you just want to listen to intelligent woman speak for 30 minutes, then this podcast is definitely for you.
Women in business do not get nearly as much recognition as they deserve—and Biz Chix is doing something about it. Host Natalie Eckdahl has an M.B.A., an entrepreneurial drive, a business coaching business…and three kids. So she knows a thing or two about balancing your work life with everything else (and succeeding in doing so). Eckdahl interviews inspiring female entrepreneurs to figure out how they started their own businesses and how they continue to accomplish their dreams while still living relatively normal family lives.
Whether or not you’re a science junkie, you can listen to—and even be moved by—this podcast. Hidden Brain uses scientific analysis with a storytelling flair to discuss what drives human behavior and relationships. Hosted by Shankar Vendetam of NPR, Hidden Brain approaches science from a new perspective, tackling topics ranging from gender and religion to robots and vacations. Whether or not you were a science major in undergrad, you can appreciate each episode and learn something new along the way.
Munchin’ with Moguls
This show is made for anyone who wants to feel empowered, creative, and comfortable in their own skin. Millennial host Alexa Jorgenson interviews influential women not because of their number of followers, but because of the messages they spread. Each episode is themed around a specific topic impacting female today—from taking the plunge into a new career to following your passions. So, grab a cup of coffee, pop in your headphones, and become inspired as you listen to real women discuss real issues.