Stisser’s Scoop: Podcasts offer business insights, laughs

Emily Stisser
Entertainment Columnist

There are two types of people. Either the Apple Podcast app lies untouched on your phone, never to be opened, or you are an avid podcast junkie.

Despite your distinction, here are three intriguing podcasts you should be listening to right now, per my recommendation.

“How I Built This,” NPR, Guy Raz

How I Built This

Through bold inquiry and honest discussion, Raz uncovers the unpredictable journeys of companies such as Zappos, Squarespace, Airbnb and more. Photo from Apple Podcasts

A cult classic, this business podcast captures the hearts, minds and ears of “innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists” alike: including mine.

“How I Built This,” just one of NPR’s several successful podcasts, inspires listeners with narratives of heartbreak and healing, success and missteps, throughout the rise and fall of many indispensable businesses of today.

Although “How I Built This” was the first podcast I ever listened to, I am still hooked. The length of each episode, ranging from 45 minutes to around an hour, fits hand in hand with a morning walk, workout session or grocery run.

Host and co-creator of the podcast, Guy Raz, is distinguished in the industry.
Raz additionally hosts and co-created NPR programs, “TED Radio Hour” and “Wow in the World.” In 2016, he became the first creator to have three shows in the Apple Podcast chart’s Top 20 shows.

Through bold inquiry and honest discussion, Raz uncovers the unpredictable journeys of companies such as Zappos, Squarespace, Airbnb and more.

A few of my all-time favorite episodes include, “Bumble: Whitney Wolfe,” “SoulCycle: Julie Rice & Elizabeth Cutler,” “Drybar: Ali Webb,” “Spanx: Sara Blakely” and “Live Episode! Glossier: Emily Weiss.” Even though my favorites portray an obvious trend of female entrepreneurs, I would highly recommend each and every episode.

Started in 2016, “How I Built This’s” regular episodes are released once a week, usually on Wednesdays, for the exception of live episodes, commonly filmed with an audience or at an event or summit.

“How I Built This” has 21,000 plus ratings with an average of five stars, deeming it the universal listen of the mix.

Equally enlightening and educational, “How I Built This” can be found on NPR One, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts and Spotify.

“UnStyled,” Refinery29, Christian Barberich

For the pop-culture captivated, “UnStyled” is the podcast for you.

Christene Barbaerich, Global editor-in-chief and co-founder of media company Refinery29, poses on her podcast cover.

UnStyled

Christene Barbaerich, Global editor-in-chief and co-founder of media company Refinery29, poses on her podcast cover. Photo from Apple Podcasts

Augmented by themes of style, sisterhood and savvy, “UnStyled” is, by definition, “a weekly podcast… that explores the funny, inspiring sometimes heartbreaking tales of life, work, and love– as told through the things that we wear.”

“UnStyled” is hosted and produced by insta-legend, Global editor-in-chief and co-founder of media company Refinery29, Christene Barbaerich. Barbaerich, NYT best-selling author of Style Stalking, started the Society & Culture categorized podcast in 2016.

Most UnStyled episodes are 30 to 50 minutes, a bit shorter than the average podcast. Serving a specific audience of Refinery29 fans, fashion gurus and media moguls alike, “UnStyled” has an average rating of four and a half stars with around 409 total ratings.

More than anything, “UnStyled” gives extraordinary women a voice and a platform. A few exceptional episodes feature guests such as Yara Shahidi, Alexa Chung, Molly Ringwald and more.

Although I am biased, a personal pick of mine features a well-known WGHS alum, called “Karlie Kloss on re-modeling the tech industry.”In this episode, Kloss and Barbaerich talk candidly on insecurity, transition and all things awkward teenager. Even though I am fairly well versed in all things Kloss, this episode shed light on the disconnect social media fails to accurately portray.

Each episode of “UnStyled” feels like more or less like an intimate conversation between two old friends. Barbaerich introduces listeners to a side of Kloss that is rarely demanded, a vital element of the podcast that listeners, like myself, value.

Intelligent and fabulously relatable, “UnStyled” can be found on Art19, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more.

VIEWS, Cadence 13, David Dobrik and Jason Nash

Equally inappropriate and addictive, “VIEWS” is sure to leave you laughing.

This weekly comedy categorized podcast, with new episodes dropping every Thursday, has an average rating of five stars, with over 53,000 ratings.

VIEWS

“VIEWS” is just one of Cadence13’s programs, and can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and more. Photo from Apple Podcasts

“VIEWS,” started in 2017, is hosted by vlogging prodigy David Dobrik and “40-something single dad with a vlog of his own” Jason Nash. In each priceless episode, the duo takes listeners “behind-the-scenes” and discusses “what living the ‘YouTube life’ is really like.”

Primarily catering to a younger audience, Dobrik and his “Vlog Squad’s” extensive YouTube and social media following has contributed to the podcast’s quick success. One element of Dobrik’s prominent online presence, “VIEWS” gives fans an inside perspective as the pair “confess their most intimate thoughts, discuss pop-culture, and dissect their own contentious relationship.” In relation to Dobrik’s 9.6 million Instagram following and 14.7 million YouTube following, “VIEWS” boasts a surplus of monthly listeners.

Each episode is about 45 minutes, occasionally featuring guests from Dobrik’s “Vlog Squad” such as Dobrik’s close friend turned assistant, Natalie Mariduena.

“VIEWS” is just one of Cadence13’s programs, and can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and more.

 

Emily Stisser – Opinion Editor 

This will be Emily Stisser’s second year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year.

 


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