6 New(ish) Podcasts That'll Keep Your Brain Sharp

We all love to feel smarter. It’s why we read career-boosting books, watch enlightening videos, and, if we’re super hip and cool, pick up podcasts to listen to.

And we don’t just do this for our own amusement (even if we enjoy nerding out to some random topic). Learning something new helps us have better conversations with co-workers, makes us better at our jobs, and it honestly gives us something interesting to talk about.

So, to feed your brain with all the knowledge (and all the small talk material), I’ve rounded up six newish podcasts you have to listen to this month. Whether you need your daily dose of news, want to try some fun memory exercises, or crave a bit of mystery in your life, these will do the trick.

1. The Daily by The New York Times

Episode: An Illuminating Drive Across Venezuela



If 20 minutes a day is all you have to catch up on breaking news, The New York Times makes this an easy task with this short but extensive series.

Episode: 1-800-GOT-JUNK?: Brian Scudamore



We’re all dreamers—but how much do we really know about making those dreams a reality? Learn how others did it in this series that covers the paths of successful (and sometimes eccentric) entrepreneurs and innovators.

Episode: Handcrafted With Airbnb’s Brian Chesky



Curious how a company (like Airbnb) got its start? This podcast covers the timeline of a company from start to finish, interviewing famous founders on how they ended up where they are now. Because, turns out, we were all amateurs at some point in our careers—even the power players who we all look up to now.

Episode: Give Your Head a Workout, Play Backwards and Order



If listening to someone talk about their life doesn’t interest you, this podcast might. It’s basically a “workout for your head”—you’ll be guided through a series of games that’ll make you sharper and more focused.

Episode: Chapter I



The hype is well-deserved for this one. If you (somehow) haven’t listened yet, you’re going to want to check out S-Town, another mystery from the creators of Serial that you’ll be thinking about long after it’s over.

Episdoe: The Hide Rug of the Plant World



This show will, according to its poetic description, “turn over the rock, peek through the keyhole, go down the rabbit hole” of ordinary situations and discoveries. Need to be taken on a journey? This podcast might do just that.

Do you have another suggestion? Tell me on Twitter.

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About Richard Moy

Richard Moy
Richard Moy is a Content Marketing Writer at Stack Overflow. He has spent the majority of his career in talent management, including a stint as a full-cycle recruiter and hiring manager. In addition to the career advice he contributes to The Muse, he also writes test prep and higher education marketing content for The Economist. Say hi on Twitter @rich_moy.

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