I love listening to podcasts. I listen to them on walks, I listen to them on runs, I listen to them on airplanes and yes, I listen to podcasts to fall asleep. It is baffling to me how much unbelievable knowledge is shared for free every single day. In no other time in history have we had access to such an abundance of free and brilliant information. True, there’s a lot of crap out there too so you have to learn how to filter your information intake.

Maybe this can help. Here are the podcasts that I consume to become a smarter human being. I should also say that I listen to German soccer and NBA podcasts but I won’t list those here.

If you’re interested, I made a similar list for the most important books and blogs in my life.

Here are my favorite podcasts that hopefully make me smarter, listed in order of excitement I feel every time a new episode shows up in my favorite podcasting app, which is Overcast.

1. The Tim Ferriss Show

Yes, I am a Tim Ferriss fanboy but this podcast is great because of its guests. Tim interviews some of the smartest people in the world and he goes deep with his questions.

2. How I Built This With Guy Raz

This is an NPR podcast where entrepreneurs share their stories. It’s like IdeaMensch, as a podcast with only famous entrepreneurs and a slightly less handsome interviewer.

3. Tropical MBA Podcast

This podcast is all about how to be a nomadic entrepreneur. Before anyone gets an actual MBA, please listen to ten episodes.

4. Startups For The Rest of Us

Two guys talking about what it’s like to run and grow small software companies.

5. Hardcore History

Deep dives into some of the important historical events of our time. Each episode is 3-4 hours long and takes months to make. Incredible. I can’t believe this is free.

6. A New Angle

My buddy Justin interviewing cool people doing cool things in Montana.

7. Naval Podcast

Naval Ravikant is one of the smartest thinkers of our time. Listening to every one of these short episodes should be mandatory for young people.

8. Lessons and Ideas

This guy, Bryan Harris, providing short lessons and insights about things he’s learned and figured out.

9. Scale or Die

This guy runs a software company and interviews entrepreneurs and goes deep on some of the personal lessons he has learned.

10. Masters of Scale

Reid Hoffman, the founder of Linkedin, interviewing other famous tech entrepreneurs and distilling the lessons learned.