Now that our economy and borders are slowly opening up again, more South Africans are spending time on the road. To keep you entertained and educated along the way, we have rounded up some of the best podcasts to tune into or download now.
If you’re curious about the world and love keeping up with the latest ideas, but you’re short on time, TEDx SHORTS are less than 10 minutes long, but packed with “surprising knowledge, fresh perspectives, and moving stories” from some of the most popular TEDx speakers globally. This podcast is hosted by actress Atossa Leoni.
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
This podcast is brought to you by one of the world’s most accomplished comedians, Conan O’Brien – who is also an American television host, writer and producer. Spending 25 years at the Late Night desk left Conan O’Brien with no time to nurture genuine and lasting friendships. He started this project as an opportunity to “hang out with the people he enjoys most and perhaps find some real friendship along the way”. The result is a highly entertaining, refreshing weekly podcast.
No Such Thing As a Fish
This is an award-winning podcast brought to you by the writers of the much-loved BBC show, QI – which quizzes panellists on obscure facts. Each week, podcast hosts Dan Schreiber, James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski share the most interesting things they have discovered in the past seven days. A new episode is released each Friday – just in time to give you conversation starters for the weekend!
If you are fascinated with the future of technology – and how tech innovation is impacting the business sphere and our everyday lives, tune into the TechCentral podcasts. These are brought to you by South Africa’s leading business-to-business technology news platform, which focuses on providing high-quality, independent and balanced news and analysis.
Brought to you by South African financial media group Moneyweb, the Moneyweb NOW podcast, hosted by Simon Brown, focuses on the very latest in business and financial news. If you’re looking to build wealth and/or stay up to speed on economic, company and industry news, you can livestream this podcast on weekdays from 6:30am to 6:50am.
The Matt Brown Show
This exceptionally popular podcast has more than 1 million downloads and a loyal listenership around the world. The Matt Brown Show offers a broad spectrum of high-value content for entrepreneurs, business leaders and technologists.
If you’re not sure what to cook while you’re stuck at home during times of social distancing – we can highly recommend the Home Cooking podcast. Brought to you acclaimed podcaster and composer Hrishikesh Hirway and Samin Nosrat, author of the award-winning New York Times Bestseller Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (now a Netflix series), this podcast is incredibly helpful and filled with fun.
Brought to you by 702, the biggest talk radio station in South Africa, this podcast offers a weekly discussion about important issues that impact parents and their children. Topics range from building trust to managing anger and how to deal with anxiety. This is an informative and inspirational series for parents from all over South Africa.
Checking In with Susan David
“Fear, boredom, grief, confusion—we’re all feeling… a lot right now. How do we cope with our heightened emotions during this global pandemic?” This podcast gives Susan David, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School, a platform to provide listeners with support, strategies and understanding during challenging times.
TED is a non-profit organisation that is devoting to spreading ideas that matter and change the world. In this podcast, Chris Anderson – the curator of TED – sits down with some of the world’s most fascinating and knowledgeable people to discuss some of the most exciting and powerful ideas of our time.
We hope that one or more of these recommendations keeps you good company while you’re on the road! Do let us know if we left your favourite podcast off the list.