Definitive podcast roundup: Recommendations from the Horizontal team

by Misty Tippets

Nov 5,2020
Everyone, Talent, Business + Strategy, Digital Marketing + Creative, Information Technology, Tips + Tricks, Trends,

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For those of us who’ve adapted to working from home, podcasts are a great way to replace the white noise and background chatter of the office environment. In addition, podcasts can help you stay on top of your areas of expertise and give you deeper insight into your field. We reached out to the Horizontal team to learn what they’ve been listening to lately:  

Technology and design 

The Prof G Show with Scott Galloway: In today’s innovation economy, you’re either part of the future or getting left in the dust. Best-selling author, NYU professor and entrepreneur Scott Galloway answers questions from his listeners on who’s winning and losing, and shares insights to help you thrive at work. 

Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway: Galloway and Recode’s Kara Swisher offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics.  

99% Invisible: Design is inescapable in our everyday lives. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. 

How I Built This: Guy Raz dives into the stories behind the world’s best-known companies. This NPR podcast weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists. 

[Editor’s note for those with kids at home: Guy Raz is one half of an incredible science podcast for kids called Wow in the World, co-hosted by the hilarious Mindy Thomas. You might even catch yourself listening when the kids aren’t around…] 

Digital marketing and creative 

The CX4CA Show: Customer experience is rapidly becoming the top differentiator in emerging economies across the Middle East, Africa and India. Hosted by Horizontal Digital’s Regional Managing Director George Smith, The CX4CA Show (“Customer Experience for Competitive Advantage”) aims to extract real-world examples from a wide range of industries to help marketers and digital teams build better customer experiences.   

What’s Next! with Tiffani Bova: At the heart of every successful company is a leader who understands how to satisfy customer needs. Bova conducts conversations with a wide range of business leaders around one objective — customer success — and also discusses evolving technologies, disruptors and market outlook.  

The Business of Story: How do you turn marketing content into a compelling story? Hosted by Park Howell, each episode of The Business of Story features storytelling content creators, advertising creatives, authors, screenwriters, makers, marketers and brand raconteurs that show you how to make your story marketing stand out. 

Development and programming 

CodeNewbie: The IT field attracts people around the world from all walks of life — and here are their stories. CodeNewbie spotlights people on their coding journey as they seek to break into programming and development. 

ShopTalk Show: This podcast features valuable insights and career advice on front-end web design and UX. Popular topics include CSS, responsive design, WordPress and JavaScript. 

Developer Tea: The mission of Developer Tea is to help driven developers connect to their ultimate purpose and excel at their work so that they can positively impact the people they influence. 

Core Sampler: Access information you can use to leverage your Sitecore investment. Whether you’re a developer writing custom plugins destined for the marketplace or a marketer contemplating a new campaign, Core Sampler covers broad areas of the Sitecore platform. 

Twenty Percent Time: Interviews with programmers, designers and business owners from software development agency Tighten. 

Staffing and recruiting 

You Own the Experience: Hosted by Robert Mann, enterprise accounts manager at Able, this podcast highlights the people in the staffing and recruiting industry — and underscores how technology impacts the experiences they provide.  


The Quotable PodcastFrom the minds at Salesforce, proven sales experts offer wisdom on the B2B sales landscape and share some tips on how to succeed. 

Business insights 

Freakonomics Radio: Stephen Dubner, author of the Freakonomic books, speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs to discover the hidden side of everything. 

The Knowledge Project: Each episode takes you inside the minds of incredible people — startup CEOs, Nobel laureates, professional musicians, cybersecurity experts and more. The only objective is to uncover timeless ideas that can help you in life and business. 

The Business of Fashion: This podcast has gained a global following as an essential daily resource for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs in over 200 countries. 

Career advice 

Women at Work: Women face gender discrimination throughout their careers. And there’s no workplace orientation session about narrowing the wage gap or standing up to interrupting male colleagues. Harvard Business Review staffers Amy Bernstein, Amy Gallo and Emily Caulfield interview experts on gender, tell stories about their own experiences and shell out practical advice to help women overcome workplace obstacles. 

Casual listening  

Radiolab: Created in 2002 by host Jad Abumrad, NPR’s Radiolab is known for its deep-dive journalism, scientific inquiries and innovative sound design  

All Thing Considered: During each broadcast, stories and reports come to listeners from NPR reporters and correspondents based throughout the United States and the world. 

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