Each show tends to include an inspiring story or something hilarious to get your week going.
He and his co-host Molly Mogren have fascinating conversations with equally fascinating guests.
It's all about people working at their dream jobs
A series from NPR talking with company founders and its really great to hear stories from the trenches and the early days of amazing companies.
Front-End Developer and designer
Who are you, and what do you do?
I am front-end developer and designer from New York City. I am the host of How to Hold a Pencil a podcast about learning and being self-taught and by day I am an Interactive Developer at ExpandTheRoom.
What podcasts do you listen to?
I subscribe to more than 30 podcasts, some weeks I get to them all and some I don’t. Every Sunday night I try to clear out by either binge listening or declaring bankruptcy and just marking them as played.
Every week I listen to Happy Monday by Josh Long and Sarah Paramenter they bring on some fantastic guests. Each show tends to include an inspiring story or something hilarious to get your week going.
Go Fork Yourself with Andrew Zimmer is another great show. I grew up watching Food Network and Zimmer brings a whole different perspective to the food world. He and his co-host Molly Mogren have fascinating conversations with equally fascinating guests.
Recently I started listening to Employee of the Month, it’s all about people working at their dream jobs. I am going through several old episode but I loved the most recent with Maria Popova (a.k.a. Brain Pickings).
From Scratch is a series from NPR talking with company founders and its really great to hear stories from the trenches and the early days of amazing companies. I loved the recent episode with Thomas Keller, other great episode are Nolan Bushnell (the founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese),Yancey Strickler (Kiskstarter), and Leah Busque (Taskrabbit).
I tend to have a love/hate relationship with The Accidental Tech Podcast. Sometimes I think its a great show and other times I feel like they jumped into the deep end of the pool without any water. That might just be my own naivety.
I absolutely love Tim Smith’s The East Wing, The Freelance Web, and Beyond Ink. Also I try my best to listen to 99% Invisible, episode 87 on the I heart NY logo and episode 76 on the birth of the automobile are fantastic.
For fun, I love Alex Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing, his conversations are just amazing and funny. His conversation with Billy Joel and Dan Matthews of Peta are must listen to episodes. I try to listen to The Moth podcast too, the stories people share are awesome.
I used to listen to Hundred Down and anyone tackling weightloss should check out there old episode. It’s full of great motivation and support. I also subscribe to HBR Ideacast, The New Disruptors and a few others.
Of course, I listen to my own show How to Hold a Pencil, most of the time is spent critiquing it. Afterall they say you are your toughest critic.
How do you listen to podcasts?
Ninety-nine percent of the time I listen while taking a shower/getting ready in the morning or while doing dishes. Most of the time it’s via Instacast on my iPhone. I have the app on my MacbookAir and my iPad but most of the time its on my phone and I always speed up show to 1.5x or even 2x depending on the show. It might be my New Yorker style but some people just speak way to slow.
If I am not reading a book (which is becoming rare) then I will also listen on my commute to and from work. I try to listen when I am walking to and from the gym, the extra time helps me get through more shows. I’d really love to get a bluetooth speaker (Jambox or a Bose Soundlink Mini) for listening to podcasts and music.