Question of the Day


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Question of the Day is the show for listeners who are short on time and long on curiosity. It is a fast-paced conversation between author and entrepreneur James Altucher and Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner: two smart, unconventional thinkers who have been talking together for years, often over a long-running backgammon match. Now they are letting you in on the game, too. You will quickly become addicted to their wonder, wry observations as they ponder each Question of the Day.

The James Altucher Show


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James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, and the writer of 11 books including the recent WSJ Bestseller, “Choose Yourself!”. He has started and sold several companies for eight figure exits. He’s on the board of a billion revenue company, has written for The Financial Times, The New York Observer, and over a dozen popular websites for the past 15 years. He’s run several hedge funds, venture capital funds, and is a successful angel investor in technology, energy, and biotech.

Freakonomics Radio


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Have fun discovering the hidden side of everything with host Stephen Dubner, co-author of the best-selling “Freakonomics” books. Each week, hear surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature–from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs–and his “Freakonomics” co-author Steve Levitt. After just a few episodes, this podcast will have you too thinking like a Freak.

The Tim Ferriss Show

Timm Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and best-selling author, best know for “The 4-Hour Workweek,” which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactic, and tricks that listeners can use.



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A two-time Peabody Award-winner, Radiolab is an investigation told through sounds and stories, and centered around one big idea. In the Radiolab world, information sounds like music and science and culture collide. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show is designed for listeners who demand skepticism, but appreciate wonder.

Podcasts come in every topic imaginable. They’re also convenient to listen to during long drives, walks around campus, and going for a run. I find them especially helpful in shaping my philosophies on music education. As educators, we’re always trying to find ways to influence our students, parents, administration, and colleagues. These podcasts highlight the unconventional thinking we rely on as educators. Go to the iTunes Store to find more podcasts that you love.

I hope you find this short list of podcasts to help you, too. Let me know what you think by leaving a short comment in the Comments box below!