The BEST Podcasts of 2020 (So Far)

Podcast Notes is getting the party started a wee bit early this year; we’ll be keeping track of the best podcasts to grace the internet in 2020—right here! We’ll update this post regularly as more favorites get released, but for now, happy listening (and reading)!

Last updated: March 24, 2020

Writing for Leverage, Teenage Billionaires, The Problem with Mainstream Media, and More – David Perell on Off the Chain, Hosted By Anthony Pompliano

David Perell (@David_Perell)—remember that name. The man is going places (and if you don’t follow him on Twitter, you’re seriously missing out). In this podcast, David linked up Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano (@APompliano) for an EPIC conversation. The pair dive into the value of being an “idea archivist,” why writing online is the highest leverage thing a human can do, and why we’ll soon start seeing teenage billionaires. Also discussed: The 3-step process for changing your career, the problems with mainstream media, and the future of journalism. This isn’t one to miss—trust us. Even though it’s still quite early, it’s hard to imagine this not being a contender for podcast of the year. We’ll leave you with this pull quote from David: “People wrongly think that you need to be an expert to write about something. No. Writing is the way that you learn about the thing that you then become an expert in.” START WRITING ONLINE.

ApoE4, Fish Oil, DHA, Metformin, Sulforaphane, Magnesium, and Using the Sauna – Dr. Rhonda Patrick on The Kevin Rose Show

Dr. Rhonda Patrick (@foundmyfitness), everyone’s favorite scientist—need we say more? Rhonda, host of widely popular FoundMyFitness podcast, joined Kevin Rose (@kevinrose) for an episode PACKED with actionable health advice–and we really mean PACKED. They delve into why you should think twice about metformin, DHA’s role in brain health, the best sources of DHA, Rhonda’s preferred fish oil and sulforaphane supplements, the MANY benefits that come from using the sauna, and so much more. Thank you, Rhonda Patrick, for teaching us more about health than any book, teacher, class, or doctor ever could. This podcast is going to be pretty hard to top. 

Finding Time to Invest in Yourself – A Conversation Between Naval Ravikant & Babak Nivi on The Naval Podcast

Look up “insight density” in the dictionary and you’ll probably see a picture of Naval Ravikant (@naval)—he takes it to the extreme. Bonus material from part of Naval’s ongoing conversation with Babak Nivi (@nivi) going over Naval’s famous How to Get Rich tweetstorm, this podcast is a MUST-listen. It’s seriously a crime that Naval is giving away this much valuable advice for free. Why you NEED to develop a founder mentality, the thing you absolutely must do early in your career, how to hone your specific knowledge, the importance of taking accountability—this podcast contains it all. 

Startup Mental Models, Characteristics of Great Entrepreneurs, and Living in the Future – Mike Maples, Jr. on The Knowledge Project, Hosted By Shane Parrish

If there’s one thing Mike Maples (@m2jr) knows best, it’s startups. The man is a treasure trove of all things startup wisdom. His main message: “Most of the great startups come from a great insight, and a great insight usually occurs when someone is living in the future, and they notice something that’s missing.” In this conversation, Mike joins Shane Parrish (@ShaneAParrish) to discuss the characteristics of great entrepreneurs, why startups aren’t companies, why great founders are like artists, and his list of startup mental models. Trust us; if you’ve ever dreamed of starting a successful company, this episode is a MUST-listen. 

Surviving and Thriving in a Toxic World – Max Lugavere on Mind Pump

Get to know Max Lugavere (@maxlugavere). His ability to articulate complex nutrition advice to the general public rivals that of Rhonda Patrick & Peter Attia. The Genius Life life host sat down with the Mind Pump crew to discuss his new book by the same name. This was an episode MADE for Podcast Notes. Max explains why we shouldn’t fear salt, the importance of early-morning light, why late-night exposure to artificial light is a carcinogen, and why eating more protein is the easiest thing you can do to facilitate weight loss. Max is big on educating people about the dangers of endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in plastics—he also touches on the best things we can do to limit exposure. Max, thank you. Your health advice is changing the lives of many.

Turning the Tables – Ryan Holiday Interviews Tim Ferriss on The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss (@tferriss) x Ryan Holiday (@ryanholiday). You knew this one would be good. But even better, the tables were flipped, and it was Ryan doing most of the interviewing. In this episode, Tim discusses his recent move to Austin, why we should study investors to improve our thinking, his book-selection process, the importance of testing assumptions & mitigating risks, and how getting a dog has changed his life (for the better). If you’re a Tim Ferriss fan, this one’s for you. No, this is an episode for EVERYONE. Our favorite takeaway: life’s far too short for bad books (and bad podcasts). Damn right, Tim.

The Practical Philosophy of Health and Happiness (All Episodes) | The Naval Podcast, Hosted By Naval Ravikant & Babak Nivi: Season 2

After the success of season 1, a deep dive into Naval’s classic How to Get Rich tweetstorm, he returns—this time to tackle a problem we all face: how do we increase our happiness? If there’s anyone who can address such an enormous question, it’s Naval Ravikant. This series of episodes is one we should all return to regularly. Why happiness is a skill, finding peace from mind, the struggle to break weaponized addictions, why being unhappy is hugely inefficient—Naval, we thank you. Folks, this is a must-listen. Here’s to hoping Naval changes things up and turns this podcast series into a tweetstorm.

New Year’s Resolutions, 2010-2019 Lessons Learned, Relationship Tips, and Much More – Kevin Rose & Tim Ferriss Chat on The Tim Ferriss Show 

Anytime Kevin Rose (@kevinrose) and Tim link up, you know you’re in for a good podcast. The pair’s chemistry is unmatchable. Key relationship lessons learned over the past decade, the essentials of energy management, lessons on self-love, why living well is the best revenge, and, of course, the latest on psychedelics—this one had it all. We’ll leave you with a quote from Tim: “Peace isn’t found through understanding; peace isn’t found through more striving; peace isn’t found through more achieving; peace is found through greater acceptance.” Might he add: peace is found by listening to this podcast?

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