NPR launched How I Built This in 2016. JACKY LAI/THE VARSITY

There are many podcasts on the market for listeners interested in business, economics, and entrepreneurship. The guests featured in some of these podcasts take you through their entrepreneurial journey, sharing their wins and missteps, or give aspiring entrepreneurs their best advice. If you’re looking for something to listen to on your commute or travels over winter break, check out this list.

Studio 1.0 from Bloomberg

Studio 1.0 by Bloomberg is what The New York Times is to politics, and what ESPN is to sports when it comes to technology and media influencers. Host Emily Chang interviews some of the most groundbreaking entrepreneurs and CEOs in technology and business.

The star-studded list of guests includes executives from YouTube, Uber, and Microsoft. The podcast also features founders of up-and-coming businesses, such as Eventbrite, GoPro, and Slack.

It gives listeners a front-row seat to a show where the biggest names in business share their stories and advice — except that you can listen to it from the comfort of your bed or on your commute to class.

How I Built This from National Public Radio

Ever wanted to read a business book on a famous million-dollar company, but you don’t want to spend the time to flip through the 400 pages of dense text? Look no further: National Public Radio’s How I Built This is the perfect solution. This show explains the origin stories of successful innovations and businesses without the hassle of carrying around a tome on the subway.

Condensed into 30-minute segments, host Guy Raz details what spurred the beginnings of now-famous companies. From Dyson appliances to Lärabar snacks, Raz never ceases to entertain the podcast’s listeners with his enthusiastic story-telling of capitalism’s greatest inventions, coupled with his charming exclamations at new and interesting facts.

Working from Slate

Working by Slate gives listeners a peek into a day in the life of Americans working in different careers and industries, one episode at a time. In this podcast, Slate asks working Americans the question: “How do you do your job?”

From attorneys to neurosurgeons, and from toy engineers to oyster farmers, this podcast visits workers in a range of fields.

Working gives listeners access to an honest presentation of what each career consists of in day-to-day routines and duties.

So for all of us doubting what career to journey into after U of T, Working provides valuable, first-hand insight into the careers that you are working toward, or inspires you to pursue a career that you haven’t considered yet.

Secrets of Wealthy Women from The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal’s Secrets of Wealthy Women brings into the spotlight a diverse group of successful women who have thrived in businesses that are traditionally dominanted by men. Host Veronica Dagher interviews women executives, advocates, and entrepreneurs to find out their secrets for success.

Dagher fosters an easy-going conversation with her guests and streamlines their most valuable advice, which they have learned over the course of their careers.

It is empowering to hear how women, and especially women of colour, have overcome obstacles on their paths to professional success. More than that, this podcast contributes to the important goal of making women role models accessible for young women aspiring to succeed in the same paths.

Freakonomics Radio from Stitcher

Confused about everyday economic concepts, like whether boycotts actually work, or how Spotify’s free music streaming makes money? Host and economist Stephen J. Dubner debunks it all in his podcast Freakonomics Radio.

Dubner, the co-author of the best-selling Freakonomics books, talks with Nobel Prize winners, CEOs, and entrepreneurs to explain these confusing economic concepts that lurk behind everyday activities.

Despite the complexity of the subjects discussed, Freakonomics Radio is conversational and digestible enough for listeners of all ages to understand.

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