Our top ten list of listenable podcasts to get you through the festive period and prepare for 2022

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24 December 2021

By: Nic Thomas

Who doesn’t love a good podcast? Here at Individualise, we can’t get enough of them. Following on from our previous blog of book recommendations, here’s our top ten list of listenable podcasts.

Business wars

Business Wars

Wondery’s Media’s podcast production is unmatched and narrator David Brown does a great job of telling unbiased stories of how companies slug it out for market supremacy. The North Face vs Patagonia? Boeing vs Airbus? McDonald’s vs Burger King? From fast food to fashion, pizzas to pornography, Brown brings stories, characters and scenarios to life across pretty much every industry.

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wecrashed

WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork 

A six part spin-off series from Business Wars about the rise and fall of WeWork, the office space sharing company founded in New York by Adam Neumann. He thought he was on the brink of making history. Which he was, but for all the wrong reasons. A gripping cautionary tale of hubris and a massive financial fail. We loved it.

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Sucession podcast

Succession from HBO

Yes, you can have a podcast post-show analysis about each episode that’s longer than the episode itself. And no, it’s not too much: There is no such thing as too much Succession. With every other line a whip-smart wisecrack this is a series that needs revisiting and digesting at leisure. 

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Feel Better live more with Dr Chatterjee

Live Better Feel More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Britain’s most prolific wellbeing podcaster always delivers with his brilliant, weekly podcast interview. With more than 200 episodes to choose from we can’t possibly claim to have listened to them all but favourites include episodes: #127 Wim Hof on Waking Up to Your True Potential, #145 How to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones with James Clear, #181 How Understanding Your Personality Will Make Your Life Better with Gretchen Rubin and #199 How To Design Your Perfect Life with Peter Crone.

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Deep questions with Cal Newport

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Bestselling author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work Cal Newport is a computer science professor who writes about technology and the way it can both support and hinder our efforts to lead productive lives. In his podcast he answers questions from listeners and readers about work, technology – and why you should move to the country.

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Happier podcast with Gretchen Rubin

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Who doesn’t want to be happier? Happiness isn’t always something that just happens; it’s something you control and that’s what Gretchen Rubin’s podcast is all about. An easy, weekly listen in which self-help guru Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft give advice and practical tips on how to bring more joy into your life.

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Before Breakfast podcast

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

The podcast spinoff from Laura Vanderkamp’s bestselling What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast offers episodes short enough to listen to, funnily enough, during breakfast! They’re packed full of ideas and we love them because they include specific tips to make the suggestions actionable while we work on our time management skills. This daily dose of productivity is a great way to start the day. 

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Side Hustle School by Chris Guillebeau

Side Hustle School by Chris Guillebeau

A daily show in which listeners hear about side hustles – along with what went well, how challenges were overcome and what happened as a result. Written and hosted by Chris Guillebeau, the bestselling author of The $100 Startup, we’re thinking this podcast is his ultimate side hustle. Worth listening to just to hear about the crazy, creative ideas people come up with to earn a bit extra on the side. 

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Huberman Lab Podcast

Huberman Lab

Dr Andrew Huberman is Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford. His day job is studying neural regeneration, neuroplasticity and brain states such as stress, focus, fear, pain and optimal performance. His podcast delivers this science in an accessible way and gives you the tools to literally change the way your brain works. Just brilliant!

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grounded with Louis Theroux

Grounded with Louis Theroux

Nic credits this with keeping her sane through lockdown. Does anyone need more of a recommendation than that?!

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And finally, if you want to get stuck into a drama more gripping that an Agatha Christie Christmas special:

West Cork Podcast

West Cork 

This examination of a real-life murder that changed a remote community in Ireland forever is long but all the more compelling for its investigative detail. Lost evidence, fabricated witness statements and police mishandling of an international murder enquiry is as much about community as it is about a murder. And let’s not forget the prime suspect. Did he or didn’t he? Listen and then decide.

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Posted By Nic Thomas

Starting her career building websites in notepad back in the late 1990s, Nic's worked on a wide range of small and large-scale web projects. Nic can take your web project from website design brief, to website development completion and support you with your digital marketing.

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