Since I just started my own podcast, I thought I’d share this list that I have been writing very deliberately since 2016. I take good care of it. It’s a list of my favorite exchanges in podcast interviews. They are worth listening to because they are very thoughtful and inspiring. Some of them are convincing because of their brutal honesty and depth.
I keep this list in my note-taking app called Evernote. I find myself searching through this list again and again looking for bits of conversations that I liked particularly much. I just scribbled down the topics of the exchanges, so I – and now you, too – can look for a topic of interest and check out that bit right away.
There are so many episodes of the Tim Ferriss Show on the list because it’s always been my favorite podcast. It’s actually the podcast that made me addicted to podcasts in the first place back in spring 2016. Tim is a very thoughtful, smart interviewer looking for interesting biographical lessons and for clues on how his guests are improving their lives.
The two main reasons why I like the Tim Ferriss Show so much:
- He offers tools & thought exercises to identify and overcome limited thinking.
- He and his guests talk in detail about routines and tactics that everybody can implement right away.
The underlined episodes are my all-time favorites.
The Tim Ferriss Show
- Michael Phelps & Grant Hackett, two of the best swimmers ever
from 47:00 all the way to the end about depression and mental health in general
- Tim Ferriss on his healing journey after childhood abuse
The whole thing is absolutely fascinating to listen to.
- Rick Rubin, music producer for AC/DC, Johnny Cash, Metallica & more
At 16:00 on how a low-carb diet changed his life.
- Brené Brown, psychologist, professor
At 16:00 on vulnerability and shame.
- Stephen Dubner, author, journalist, radio and TV host.
At 39:00 on having a mentor who is there for you, learn from good and bad writing.
- Alain de Botton, author, philosopher
At 25:00 about Proust and what you can learn from him.
- “Becoming the best version of you”, with Josh Waitzkin, Ramith Sethi & Adam Robinson.
At 83:00 on excellence as self-expression and finding your own path.
- Jack Kornfield, teacher of Buddhism and meditation
At 1:32:00 about trauma
- BJ Miller, palliative care physician
At 20:00 on learning from death, at 46:00 on the idea of art.
- Eric Weinstein, Harvard math PhD, Managing Director of Thiel Capital
At 57:00 on breakthrough ideas in science and other areas, at 75:00 on good science is aesthetics.
- Debbie Millman, designer and podcast host
At 26:00 on rejection and finding work you love, at 1:33:00 on her writing exercise “the 10-year-plan essay”. The whole interview is absolutely worth listening to. Tim himself said it’s one of the most important interviews of his podcast.
- Soman Chainani, filmmaker and author
At 1:47:00, don’t follow your passion and musings on life and death.
- Seth Godin, author, marketing expert
At 27:00 on life/career transitions.
- John Crowley, CEO of biological company Amicus Therapeutics
At 14:00 on how well you deal with problems correlates to how well you do in life, at 1:28:00 about the importance of time in life.
- Dr Zimbardo, psychologists, professor emeritus at Stanford University
At 48:00 on balanced time perception.
- Murray Carter, Canadian craftsman, bladesmith
At 37:00 on learning 4 years of academic japanese in 12 months.
- Tim Ferriss on ‘what [he] learned in 2016’
At 23:00, How will this purchase affect how I use my time?
- Noah Kagan, employee #30 at Facebook, founder of SumoMe
At 50:00 on copywriting.
- Maria Sharapova, pro tennis player, one of the few women to win all Grand Slams
At 26:00 on being good at a young age.
- Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, the biggest hedge fund in the world
The whole episode but especially: at 14:00 on mistakes that are avoidable, at 16:00 on recognizing patterns in history and learning from them, at 25:00 on Transcendental Meditation.
- Whitney Cummings, actor, author, comedian, producer
At 37:00 on viewing failure as practice, you fail your way to success.
- Eric Ripert, world famous chef
At 37:00 on meditation generally and specifically on a visualization technique to cope with anger: “a dark cloud in front of my head and I have a laser to shoot it”.
- Terry Laughlin: Tim’s episode intro about 1) pursuing dreams and not putting them off and 2) about doing what was/is perceived as impossible is very inspiring.
- Esther Perel, psychologist, relationship coach
At 34:00 what is essential for a long relationship; at 54:22 on advice for a couple looking to explore beyond the boundaries of monogamy; at 59:23 on how she helps people accept themselves?
- Terry Crews, actor, author, artist
At 44:00 on how “The Master Key System” by Charles F. Haanel helped guide the course of Terry’s life. Terry is a master storyteller and entertainer. The whole episode is great. Terry’s energy and his passion for life are contagious. Also check out the video of the interview here.
- Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder & CEO of dating app Bumble
At 43:00 on spirituality, instinct/gut feeling: learn to seperate anxiety from your instinct and really listen to your instinct.
- Patrick Collison, CEO & co-founder of tech company Stripe
At 1:58:00 on decision making, imagine what other (smart, successful etc.) people would do, do a approx. good decision that might turn out to be bad and then, if required, correct course along the way.
- Gabor Mate, a doctor specialized in neurology, psychiatry, and psychology
Really the whole episode is worth a listen. It’s about deep psychological introspection, identifying negative behaviour and self-talk in your life, about curing the root cause of mental health issues (working with the so-called inner child that we all carry within us). They talk about a book that I think every person in the universe should read: The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller.
- Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram
At 29:00 on failing fast and pivoting as most important success factor for startups
- Chip Conley, founder, hotelier
1:20:00 the question “What’s your soulful differentiator?” to gain focus of identity in business
- Safi Bahcall, American physicist, technologist, business executive
00:06:30 on hypnosis, why it’s helpful and as technique for concentration and getting to sleep; 00:43:00 on depression as biochemical imbalance, you can’t just make depressed people look on the bright side
- Tristan Harris, computer scientist, founder
at 16:00 how does Tristan identify the invisible constraints in his own life? at 31:00 on neuro-linguistic programming and how you map your own reality
What do I like about those other podcasts listed below?
- They are all authentic. By authentic I mean unpolished, not rehearsed, without script.
- They are all long-form interviews that give you the possibility to kind of spend some time with the guests and get to know them.
- WTF w. Marc Maron, Bruce Springsteen
At 43:00, something is broke/void/darkness, depression.
- WTF w. Marc Maron, Barack Obama
The whole thing is just fascinating to listen to. Keep in mind Marc and Obaa are literally recording in Maron’s garage.
- Design Matters, Debbie Millman interviews Tim Ferriss
on depression, thinking about committing suicide & getting out of dark times. Listen to the whole episode!
- James Altucher Show: Debbie Millmann, designer and podcast host
At 50:00 mins: dark times, rejection, the non-negotiable, doing work you love/deciding what your profession is.
- James Altucher Show: Ryan Deiss, entrepreneur
The whole episode is worth listening to. He talks about the irrelevance of college.
- The Sweet Adversity Podcast: Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired
At 10:00 on learning and skills.
- The School of Greatness: Brendon Burchard, high performance coach
At 38:00 on the three factors of high performance.
- Joe Rogan Experience: Dr. Phil, psychologist and TV moderator
At 10:00 on how your personal truth, your concept of yourself might be damaged; 15:30-18:00 on incremental changes to improve your life.
- Petter Attia Drive: Richard Isaacson, M.D, Alzheimer’s specialist.
At 1:54:00 five actionable things everybody can do right away to reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s.
- Peter Attia Drive: Brett Kotlus, M.D., plastic surgeon in New York
At 47:00 on protecting your skin from the sun with sunscrean with LSF 30; at 56:30 on retinoic acid for skin protection and maintenance; at 1:00:45 on using vitamin C to reverse sun damage.
- TED Radio Hour: Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., Stanford and Harvard educated pediatrician
At 12:30 on how does trauma affect a child’s DNA.
- Rich Roll Podcast: Owning your story, Ultra-endurance athlete, podcaster
At 45:50 on how to understand and re-frame your story.
- Joe Rogan Experience 543: Sam Harris, neuroscientist PhD, philosopher, and best-selling author
The whole conversation is fascinating. Sam breaks down abstract topics like mindfulness, meditation, consciousness and free will.
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