7 favorite creative business podcasts (+2 bonus)

I love podcasts. The End.

Honestly, it is getting to the point where if you tell me what kind of podcast you are interested in, I can probably make a recommendation. Only, now that I no longer have a long commute I am WAY behind on my listening. No matter. At least there is always something interesting for me to listen to!

Today, some of my favorite creative business podcasts for you to get started with. While you are driving or running or doing the dishes. I listen to one while I’m in the shower and getting ready for the day, even.

I know at least 1 of these will speak to you!

Elise Gets Crafty : One of my favorite bloggers, Elise Blaha Cripe, started this weekly podcast just earlier this year. Episodes are mostly interviews, but Elise also has jumped on the mic to just talk out what is going on in her own business. She does a great job of using each episode to learn herself, along with the listener, so each episode is highly engaging. Bonus: I was a guest on episode 6!

The Lede from Copyblogger: Lots of great copywriting tips. I mean, it’s from Copyblogger, how can they help it? But they also touch on content marketing, email marketing, conversion and other good nuts and bolts of running an online business.

Smart Passive Income: Pat Flynn’s first and most popular podcast. Weekly, hour+ long interviews with other entrepreneurs and experts. I love Pat Flynn’s story and I love how genuine he is always. He is not just someone who teaches about online business but is actually launching new sites and trying out strategies himself.2014-09-08 12.14.38

Ask Pat: Another Pat Flynn podcast. Daily, based on listener questions and much much shorter. Super consumable. I listen to 2 or 3 while I’m in the shower and getting ready for the day.

Entrepreneur On Fire: Daily podcast, hour-ish-long interviews with entrepreneurs. It’s all great, but it’s like a firehose of information so I just pick and choose which episodes I listen to.

Suitcase Entrepreneur: Weekly, roughly 30 minute, interviews with other entrepreneurs. Natalie is super smart, and I would *love* to be able to travel more and work from the road, so this is a great resource for me. I haven’t listened to a ton of these, but they are definitely in the queue.

Self-Publishing Podcast: Self-publishing-specific (you might have guessed), but all 3 hosts self-publish fiction so they are all talking from experience. If you want to publish at all (fiction or non), this is a great place to start and think about your options.

Bonus: Podcasts I am subscribed to but have not yet listened to yet:

Converge – The Business of Creativity: Hosted by photographer Dane Sanders. These episodes are interviews with photographers and other creative business people. I like Dane a lot and I think he is super smart.

The Fizzle Show: Hosted by 3 guys that are mentioned in several of the other podcasts or blogs I follow. Their tagline is ‘a podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders.’

What is your favorite creative business podcast?


Non-artsy inspiration: 5 more podcasts

Since we moved, I know have about 2 hours of commute in the car every day Monday through Friday.

Which means I need to have A LOT of listening material ….

I’ve been subscribing to EVEN MORE podcasts and have 5 more to add to your list (see the previous 5 profiled here)

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The Moth

The tagline is ‘True stories told live’ – and while that does describe it, it can’t really encompass the breadth of humor, self-reflection and heartbreak that you will find in these true stories.

Some told by celebrities. Some told my everyday people.

One of the Moth favorites (that they publish often) is a NYC cop, in fact.

Molly Ringwald, A.E. Hotchner (fantastic story), Damien Echols and Edgar Oliver are just some of the more recent names you might recognize. But also an artist haunted by Montgomery Clift, a daughter tells about her immigrant father building an empire from nothing, a teacher faces an ethical dilemma when a student steals LEGOs, and a father details his daughter’s cosmopolitan imaginary friend.

This is a fantastic podcast that I listen to for the entertainment value, but also for observing quality story-structure in action.

WTF with Marc Maron

The bulk of each episode of WTF is a 45-minute+ interview with a comedian/actress/musician/artist. Most frequently comedians. And a whole lot of stand-up comics who I don’t know much about.

And that interview is the BEST part.

I’ve listened to a year or so’s worth of episodes – 2 each week. Maybe fewer….. Interviews with everyone from Michael Cera who I just love to Todd Glass who I have never heard of and know nothing about ….. I have such a fascination with most (all?) aspects of the entertainment industry … Listening to interviews with working actors, writers and occasionally musicians is so fascinating.

Sometimes the conversation is light-hearted and teasing (as with Jeffrey Tambor), sometimes it’s more reflective (as with David Cross) … and sometimes it’s downright intense (as with Todd Glass).

You really never know. There’s no SET structure to interview questions – clearly Maron has been doing this a long time and has excellent interviewing skills. Much of the interview just comes from the guest’s personality and what they end up sharing.

Profiled in detail here.

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Alec Baldwin’s twice-monthly podcast interview with various celebrities. My favorite so far is definitely Billy Joel.

This program is produced by WYNC – who you might recognize as the producers of Radiolab and Freakonomics and SO MANY other great shows!

Baldwin just has this gift of engaging conversation, intuitive questions and genuine curiosity that really draws out his guests and makes the whole interview seem natural and intimate. I love Baldwin’s approach to these interviews. … he has definite opinions on things like politics, and the entertainment industry and being a parent … and he is not afraid to turn his interviews into a 2-sided discussion, rather than just softballing easy questions to his guests.

Profiled in detail here

Writing Excuses

My brother introduced me to this podcast.

It’s basically a panel of 4 professional writers discussing various fiction-related topics over 15 minutes or so every week.

I admit, at least 1 of the writers (the main one it seems like) is kind of difficult to like at first – but they all know what they’re talking about. I look forward to every new episode now that I’m trying to do this thing for real.

The Nerdist

I got into The Nerdist on their Tom Hanks episode (who I worship). I’m not in love with the interviewing style of the guy(s) that host this podcast, but they get some pretty great guests so I’ll put up with it.

Interviews with actors/artists/musicians always inspire me to create on my own. I’ve been loving having another source of these interview to listen to.
P.S. Meg Hunt’s podcast list here

What podcasts do you listen to for inspiration?

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Non-artsy inspiration: Podcasts

As I mentioned yesterday, I like to listen to podcasts … A lot..

I subscribe to a bunch and then listen to all the archives of one of the shows for a few months, and then switch and listen to a few months of archives for another ….

I think I might be addicted. .. I keep subscribing to more and more…. I have marketing and photography and storytelling and science podcasts and on and on and on…

Many (many) of them are not specifically arty, creative, and all …. But I still love them.

Here are my 5 top suggestions for some non-crafty, non-arty podcasts to inspire you in new ways!

This American Life:

I’m going to be blunt. If you consider yourself a storyteller of any kind you MUST listen to this podcast.

Also, I mean, hello? Ira Glass!? In love with him.

In the highly unlikely instance that you have never heard of This American Life, each week’s hour-long show loosely centers on a particular theme. The theme of the show is explored in several “acts,” usually two to five. 2 to 5 stories that each look at different angles of that week’s theme. Themes include ‘Prom,’ ‘Fear of Sleep,’ and ‘Switched at Birth.’

Ira Glass and the other producers are such amazing storytellers. This show genuinely makes me love America. This show makes me want to write. This show makes me want to interview strangers and hear about their stories.

One day I will get up the guts to pitch a story to This American Life. …. and then one day (long) after that, I may actually get my story ON the show!

How Stuff Works:

How Stuff Works is actually a website that produces several podcasts (as complementary to their website content) …. Specifically I subscribe to Stuff You Should Know, Stuff You Missed in History Class and Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know. There are also a TON more podcasts from How Stuff Works that I want to look into. I learn so many things I would have never otherwise have found the time to research on my own!

Stuff you Should Know was the first one I listened to … It’s very sciency and fascinating. The hosts (Josh and Chuck) have such a cute little bromance going, they are so entertaining!

Stuff you Missed in History Class is close to my heart – I love history. Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know is a short, weekly video podcast about conspiracy theories – fascinating!

I kind of wish I lived in Atlanta so I could work for HowStuffWorks.com.


RadioLab reminds me of a cross between This American Life (1 hour program, broken into 3 or 4 different related stories) and Stuff You Should Know (sciency, non-fiction, etc). Super interesting.

The first few seasons need a better editor…. but all-in-all this podcast is quite enjoyable.

I even learned about String Theory and UNDERSTOOD IT while listening to one of these episodes!

Miraculous, I tell you. I am not a science-girl by any stretch of the imagination.

NPR’s Planet Money:

I first heard about this relatively new NPR show by listening to This American Life. The Planet Money staff did an episode called “The Giant Pool of Money” and I learned so much about global economics. …. So I immediately subscribed to the Planet Money podcast.


This is a podcast that started right about the time the entire global meltdown happened (August or September 2008). The brilliance of this podcast is the anchors and reporters were NOT economics reporters when they started, so when they tackle the basic basics…. it really is basic. Learning along with them made economics completely approachable.

I learned about credit default swaps; I learned about toxic assets; I learned about the international manufacturing industries. I learned about the economics of schools in Haiti; I learned about foreclosures in Spain; I learned about Alexander Hamilton’s vision for United States debt.

If you decide to subscribe to Planet Money, I would recommend starting at the beginning beginning. So fascinating!

Travel with Rick Steves:

If you don’t know who Rick Steves is, you probably have never been to Europe.

I’m not exactly his target audience (*cough* baby boomers *cough*), but I still love him.

He has his PBS television show, his guidebooks and this radio show/podcast.

His shows are all about an hour long and usually cover 2-3 topics. He’ll have his guide-friends on for an interview, or take calls from listeners with questions or even interview writers of travel-type books (like Road Trip USA which I love)

The only problem I have with Rick Steves’ podcast, every time I listen to one of these shows I have to add another vacation or trip to my “one day” list. :)  It’s an OK problem to have, though… I never would have thought about going to Slovenia without Rick Steves!

Do you have any non-artsy podcasts to recommend??