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Sports Podcast

The Ringer NFL Show

Classic NFL talking heads with a good inclusion of analytics and a true love of offensive lineman. Find someone in your life that loves you the way host Robert Mays loves offensive linemen.

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Sports Podcast

The Basketball Podcast

This one is for coaches.  Each episode host Chris Oliver interviews a pro or college coach about the details of the game.  This podcast is meant for coaches and provides a different view of the game.

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Fiction Podcast

Within the Wires

Really unique podcast where each season provides a new fictional story conveyed via recovered audio tapes. Whether it is meditation tapes or dictations to a secretary, you will be caught up in the weird world created by this podcast.

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Music Podcast

Song Exploder

Each episode, a musical artist comes on to breakdown one of their songs. You get to hear how the song gets made, including clips of each piece. Really makes you appreciate everything that goes into making each song.

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Interview Podcast

The JJ Redick Podcast

A surprisingly good interview show as NBA player JJ Redick interviews other players, CEO's, celebrities and others in such a casual way it feels like you are in the living room with him.

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Sports Podcast

30 for 30 Podcast

A spinoff of the 30 for 30 documentary series, the podcast is just as good.  Whether you like sports or not, the stories are captivating and well worth your time.

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Fiction Podcast

Welcome to Nightvale

One of the first fiction podcasts to go viral, if you havent explored the town of nightvale through its quirky radio host cecil, you need to.  Its creepy, nonsensical and a fantastic example of world building.

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History Podcast

Hardcore History

Calling this a podcast feels a little wrong, as each episode averages 4+ hours.  But with only 2-3 episodes a year, host Dan Carlin has become a true giant of history and has created a feeling of Christmas morning each time a new episode drops. 

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News Podcast

Wait Wait Dont Tell Me

The original podcast. Most people know what this show is at this point and frankly being able to consumer it as a podcast is just too convenient not to listen to it.

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History Podcast

The Dollop

2 Comedians meet to tell each other stories of the ridiculous moments in American history.  Funny and insightful, it'll have you rolling with laughter.

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Sports Podcast

The Ringer NFL Show

Classic NFL talking heads with a good inclusion of analytics and a true love of offensive lineman. Find someone in your life that loves you the way host Robert Mays loves offensive linemen.

Basketball_Podcast_1.png

Sports Podcast

The Basketball Podcast

This one is for coaches.  Each episode host Chris Oliver interviews a pro or college coach about the details of the game.  This podcast is meant for coaches and provides a different view of the game.

within the wires.jpg

Fiction Podcast

Within the Wires

Really unique podcast where each season provides a new fictional story conveyed via recovered audio tapes. Whether it is meditation tapes or dictations to a secretary, you will be caught up in the weird world created by this podcast.

songexploder-logo.png

Music Podcast

Song Exploder

Each episode, a musical artist comes on to breakdown one of their songs. You get to hear how the song gets made, including clips of each piece. Really makes you appreciate everything that goes into making each song.

jj redick podcast.jpeg

Interview Podcast

The JJ Redick Podcast

A surprisingly good interview show as NBA player JJ Redick interviews other players, CEO's, celebrities and others in such a casual way it feels like you are in the living room with him.

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Sports Podcast

30 for 30 Podcast

A spinoff of the 30 for 30 documentary series, the podcast is just as good.  Whether you like sports or not, the stories are captivating and well worth your time.

nightvalelogo-web4.jpg

Fiction Podcast

Welcome to Nightvale

One of the first fiction podcasts to go viral, if you havent explored the town of nightvale through its quirky radio host cecil, you need to.  Its creepy, nonsensical and a fantastic example of world building.

DC_HH_iTunes.jpg

History Podcast

Hardcore History

Calling this a podcast feels a little wrong, as each episode averages 4+ hours.  But with only 2-3 episodes a year, host Dan Carlin has become a true giant of history and has created a feeling of Christmas morning each time a new episode drops. 

wwdtm.jpg

News Podcast

Wait Wait Dont Tell Me

The original podcast. Most people know what this show is at this point and frankly being able to consumer it as a podcast is just too convenient not to listen to it.

the dollop.jpg

History Podcast

The Dollop

2 Comedians meet to tell each other stories of the ridiculous moments in American history.  Funny and insightful, it'll have you rolling with laughter.

Newsletters

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Recommendo

Reccomendations

This weekly newsletter is just a collection on 5ish things that the authors recommend.  Can be products, websites, quotes, books, philosophies, literally anything.

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Houston

Problems

I love this unique take on a newsletter, which instead of offering solutions, each edition contains a list of problems that they want someone to solve.  My personal one is that there has to be an easy way to connect to a laptop to a screen/projector, there has to be.

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Exponential View

Technology

Azeem Azari's weekly newsletter is a great roundup of articles and blog posts on technology from the past week-ish.  Azari's commentary on the the current state of tech is always insightful and a must read.

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Of Dollars and Data

Investing and Data Science

Nick Maggiulli's blog uses data science techniques to explore and validate/debunk common investing advice.  His weekly newsletter not only covers his work, but also provides recommendations from across the internet.

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DataCamp

Data Science

The website is a great resource for learning data science and getting the newsletter is a great way to get exposed to and inspired by different data science projects.

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Wait but why

Explainers

Run by Tim Urban, this blog is a great explainer on all types of things.  His series on human consciousness and politics right now is phenomenal and the blog is the best way to make sure you don't m

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Monday Musings

Curation

David Perell is quickly building an empire around writing and it started with his Monday Musings newsletter.  Each week you get a glimpse at his thoughts and experiences.  A great source of interesting facts and ideas.

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Python Weekly

Python and Data science

A weekly newsletter that aggregates cool new python blog posts and packages.  Great resource to just make you aware of what is possible with python

Books

Perfume: the Story of a Murderer

Patrick Suskind

A dark crime story about a young man's search for the perfect perfume, truly creepy in a keep you up all night kind of way.

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The Circle

Dave Eggers

While its been adapted into a movie, I think the book is better.  It is not the best written, but Dave Eggers has a unique way to make every decision made feel real and believable as he walks you from where we are today to a dystopian future.

An Everlasting Meal

Tamar Adler

You will find this among cookbooks and while it does have recipes, it is really an ode to good food and good cooking.  I read this periodically to help with meal planning and reduce my food waste.

Wanted: Rowing Coach

Brad A. Lewis

Written to tie a series of journal entries together, Wanted Rowing coach chronicles the trials of a first year coach as he tries to shape the program in his image.  Some great thoughts on coaching and motivation which can be applied to any sport.

Bad Blood: Secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

John Carreyrou

The story of Theranos is astounding.  The lies, the reach, the power, the politics, every chapter you will say this cant get any crazier and then it does.  And its all true!

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The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss

Just a great fantasy novel.  Rothfuss is a master world builder and you will find yourself being sucked into the world.  

The Game

Ken Dryden

I am not a hockey fan, but I am a sports fan.  Ken Dryden's The Game is simply the best sports book I have ever read.  He was am NHL goalie for XX years and his book captures what that means.  Very simply the best glimpse as to what it means to be a pro athlete out there.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Oliver Sacks

I could have chosen any book by Oliver Sacks, but I went with the first I read, and maybe his most well known.  This book really sparked my interest in neuroscience and is a great introduction for anyone wanting to see some of the true mysteries in the discipline.

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