With the talent and creativity coursing through our halls, our minds, and our veins, we are constantly inspired by those around us. Maintaining that creativity comes from many forms, and podcasts are one way many employees pass their time at their desk, in the car, or even in the shower (one person even admitted their love for podcasts required a Bluetooth, waterproof speaker for getting ready in the morning — no judgement).

Why Listen to Podcasts?

Podcasts are everywhere, but why are they so popular? By integrating podcasts into your life, you are able to develop a deeper connection to your information source and be exposed to new ideas in a more time-efficient way. Podcasts allow listeners to develop their knowledge or expertise about a topic or situation passively, and at the same time, redeem time that is typically wasted on an inane task. Your commute becomes your classroom, chores like dog-walking and cleaning are suddenly more attractive, and you come out of it with more knowledge than when you started.

Most Popular Podcasts at 2e Creative

Put in your earphones, grab a pen and paper to jot down notes, and try experiencing how podcasts can pass the time while leaving you entertained and educated. Beware, you might get hooked. Here are the top podcasts that appeared over and over as favorites of the 2e team.

download 99% Invisible 
99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. With 80 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.
Favored by: David Molho, Creative Director; Jamie Simpher, Copywriter; and Randy Lutz, Production Designer

 

ted_radio_hour_0TED Radio Hour 
The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections.
Favored by: Jamie Simpher, Copywriter; Kim Doman, Account Coordinator

 

hardcore-historyHardcore History 
Whether he’s discussing history or current events, veteran journalist Dan Carlin brings his own unconventional approach to the subject matter. His Generation X, non-partisan, “neo-prudentist” outlook provides a fresh look at the headlines in the newspapers and the stories in the history books. Passionate without being aggressive, loud but smart, and the trademark fast, staccato vocal delivery that has been compared to William Shatner after too many espressos.
Favored by: Jamie Simpher, Copywriter; David Molho, Creative Director; and Andy Eilers, Account Coordinator

 

TAL_color2This American Life

There’s a theme to each episode of This American Life, and a variety of stories on that theme. Most of the stories are journalism, with an occasional comedy routine or essay. Each weekly public radio show is broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.2 million listeners and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with another 2.4 million people downloading each episode.
Favored by: Abby Stutsman, Senior Writer/Strategist; Kim Doman, Account Coordinator

 

serialSerial
Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial tells one story—a true story—over the course of a season. Each season, we follow a plot and characters wherever they take us. We won’t know what happens at the end until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we bring you the next chapter in the story, so it’s important to listen to the episodes in order. Serial has won several awards, including the Peabody, Edward R. Murrow, duPont-Columbia, Scripps Howard, and Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts.
Favored by: Basically the whole country

Here are some of the most highly recommended podcasts from the 2e gang. Stay tuned for more lists in the future. What podcasts are your favorite?