20 Best Podcasts for Creatives

We independent business owners are a solitary people. Many hours are spent at a desk, or in the studio where we diligently do our creative work. Sometimes it's nice to have something to listen to and for many people, podcasts are just right. We can listen when we are ready and for as long as we'd like. Plus, it's free!

When I put the call out to the Creative Juicers to recommend their favorite podcasts, it was interesting to note that so many have a meditative and spiritual nature. We creatives are a deep and multi-layered group!

Here are the recommended podcasts we creatives love, in no particular order or preference, and definitely not in alphabetical order.

Fun Podcasts

1. Buddha at The Gas Pump Very long conversations (2-2.5 hours) with people who are in varying stages of enlightenment. A little woo-woo for some, but there are some gems of truth and some highly entertaining wackos too.

2. Invisibilia

Hosted by NPR, Invisibilia is a series of well produced stories and investigations about the invisible forces that control human behavior.

3. The Nature Guys

Retired naturalists Bob and Bill talk want you to "step outside and stay a while." April likes it because, "They explain the natural phenomena going on right outside my door. It is short, they are easy going, and it is always interesting to me. I always wanna go out and see what they were talking about after I listen."

4. Sounds True

Interviews with authors and other spiritual folks, including free and paid content. Juicer Jodi says, "Tami Simons is an intelligent, interesting interviewer with a velvety voice. I love the material she covers."

5. The RobCast

This was a favorite of several Juicers. Author of the best selling "Love Wins" and recent "Reading The Bible Again For The First Time", Rob Bell is a progressive Christian leader with an obsession with the complexity and lesser known historical context of the Bible. Expelled from the mega-church he built because he was too radical (ie. supported gay rights and other progressive social issues), Rob Bell has charted his own course in expanding anyone's idea of what they think they know about Christianity.

6. Soul Work for Moms Interviews with mothers.

7. On Being On Being takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers.

8. The Liturgists The Liturgists are a collective of artists and creators who create sacred art and experiences for the spiritually homeless and frustrated.

9. Dream Freedom Beauty This podcast hosts interviews supporting the belief that "You are the one with everything you need to fully live your purpose and be fulfilled beyond your wildest dreams. You are the only one you truly need." Amy says, "It can take one down the proverbial rabbit hole which is great fun!"

10. LeVar Burton Reads "Because...Reading Rainbow!" LeVar Burton picks a piece of fiction and reads it to you.

11. Revisionist History

Malcom Gladwell reinterprets something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.

12. Modern Love

Modern Love: The Podcast features the popular New York Times column, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves.

13. Hidden Brain

Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain's host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.

14. Dear Sugars

Dear Abby for the modern age, Cheryl Strayed ("Wild") and Steve Almond, field all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return.

15. TED Radio Hour

Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections.

16. Rich Roll

Each week Rich delves deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality.

Business-y Podcasts

17. Behind the Brilliance

A weekly podcast that blends inspiring and funny musings with conversations with some of the world's most creative and inspiring people.

18. Artists Helping Artists

Host Leslie Saeta discusses how to market and sell your art, along with interviews with guest artists, gallerists, and others sharing their knowledge of the business side of art.

19. The Savvy Painter

Interviews with some incredibly talented painters who have spent decades honing their craft and building their business.

20. Creative Pep Talk

Through ridiculous analogies, personal stories and artist interviews, Andy helps you break free from confusion and make a plan for your creative career success.

Bonus Podcasts by Some Local (Cincinnati) Talent:

21. The Preboot Podcast A new-ish Cincinnati podcast that does a great job telling the stories behind local businesses. It's very well produced with poignant and authentic interviews.

Podcasts by Creative Juicers!

April Eight Songs and Stories Waldorf teacher, song writer and story teller April tells original enchanting children's stories. Delightful!

All in the Reflexes

This podcast is a discussion of geek news and culture. Topics include movies, news, tech, cultural trends, events & conventions, and the occasional controversy.

Kitchen Convos

Rachel DeRocher's kitchen incubator interviews those in the food industry from restaurant chefs to production facilities owners.

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