5 short podcasts to boost your creativity and success
These quick bursts of inspiration will brighten your day in 10 minutes or less.
Podcasts can educate us on a variety of topics, but they don't have to last an hour or more to have an impact on the way you perceive the world. Here are five podcasts that will boost your creativity and well-being in 10 minutes or less.
The Slowdown with Tracy K. Smith
Smith, a U.S. Poet Laureate, narrates this podcast, which features poetry readings. The episodes are mostly just five minutes each. With more than 60 to choose from, there are a variety of poems to explore, from "Dancing in Buses" to "To My Twenty-Four-Year-Old Self." The podcast is a collaboration between the Library of Congress, the Poetry Foundation, and American Public Media.
Scientific American's podcast features insight from science journalists on a variety of concepts, such as "Our Brains Really Remember Some Pop Music" and "Rocking Helps Adults Sleep Too." The mini-episodes are up to three minutes long. If you're interested in learning brief, useful insights and anecdotes that you can discuss with coworkers or at dinner parties, this is your best bet.
This podcast by WBUR showcases heartfelt moments that prove a little kindness can go a long way. Its mission is to "explore the effect one act can have on a life, to better understand each other and ourselves," and episodes like "My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley" and "When the Sun Came Out" may just restore your faith in the power of human connections. Most of the stories featured on the podcast are less than 10 minutes long.
Brain Training Podcast
A "daily audio workout for your head," these five-minutes-max episodes — like "Order and Backwards" and "Words and Order" — are designed to put your brain to the test. Each episode features two games, with three rounds each.
The 10-Minute Entrepreneur
Hosted by author, teacher, and speaker Sean Castrina, this quick podcast teachesentrepreneurs how to reach their goals. Most of the episodes are around 10 minutes long, and they span a variety of smart, useful topics, like "Learning from Failure."
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
We explore the history of blood types and how they are classified to find out what makes the Rh-null type important to science and dangerous for those who live with it.
- Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null.
- Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
- It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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