It took us a while to join the podcast bandwagon, but now we can’t stop listening! There are so many great podcasts to listen to, so there’s certainly no shortage of great information or inspiration. These are the eight podcasts we can’t get enough of.

Stuff You Missed in History Class

Love learning about history? You won’t want to stop listening to this podcast. From Chinese History to American Civil War to History Mysteries to Pirates, there is an abundance of fascinating topics about the past.

Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series

If you’re a budding entrepreneur or have been running your own business for a while, this podcast is a must-listen.

Planet Money

Listening to this podcast is a fun (yes, fun) way to learn about money and economics. With interesting and relevant topics, this podcast will make you feel smarter in just 20 minutes.

Zero to Travel

Experiencing serious wanderlust? Zero to Travel shares useful travel tips, inspiring travel stories, and new ways to explore the world. Get your passport ready!


Joymarie Parker hosts candid conversations with budding entrepreneurs, creative-thinkers, and dynamic young professionals navigating work and life across the globe. For real talk, check this podcast out.


Bookworms, this podcast is for you. Longform shares weekly conversations with a non-fiction writer or editor on his or her craft and career.

TED Radio Hour

As always, TED shares fascinating ideas, different journeys, and unique insights. Each show is centered on a common theme, such as happiness, creativity, and new inventions.

Stuff You Should Know

Want to know how PEZ works? What about how police dogs work? How hot air balloons work? If you’re at all curious about how things work, this is the podcast for you.

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As you guys know from my last 1/2 Marathon Series post, I recently took part in Nike’s Women’s Half Marathon in April. It was a crazy, thrilling, heart-pounding (literally) experience and I would not have survived without the help of hours and hours of music.

That’s why I decided to curate some playlists for every stretch of the journey that will hopefully help you on your own road to the finish line! I tried my best to keep these playlists varied and interesting, but it will become clear pretty quickly that I have quite the affinity for anything Katy Perry or Top 40 related (ha!).

Warning: I have included some explicit versions of songs so please beware if you choose to take a listen.

When it comes to running we all have our own preferences, but I hope you can find some inspiration from the lists below! At the end of the day just getting out there and being active is all that matters, regardless of the jams playing through your headphones.

Miles 1-3: Get Pumped Up!

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Miles 4-6: Settle In (aka Steady Beats)


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Miles 7-9: Keep Going (aka Distraction Jams)

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Miles 10-12: Inspiration Zone (aka Finish Line is in Sight)

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Mile 13-13.1: Miracle Song This should be whichever song you love the most!

This will be blasting through your speakers as you cross that finish line, so choose wisely! Might I suggest Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This”?


What’s your favorite Miracle Song? Happy running!


Effective communication is acquired through practice and observation. What works and what could be improved? Every conversation, exchange, and interaction helps improve your interpersonal skills. Communication is, for the most part, an unavoidable and crucial part of each and every day, and harnessing effective communication skills will bring a sense of ease and comfort into every new situation. Use these tips in both professional and personal situations to improve your relationships and learn how to get what you want!

1. Be transparent. Be clear about what you are trying to say. Do not “beat around the bush.” Being obvious about your objective is often more appreciated and welcomed than tip-toeing around an issue and being unclear about your desired outcome.

2. Simplify. Be as concise as possible when presenting information. Choosing the most important and relevant points will make interactions less confusing and more fluid.

3. Be yourself. Use language that is comfortable and clear. Speaking clearly and slowly is important, but be sure to stay true to your own voice.

4. Listen. The most important part of communication is listening. While getting your own point across is an important part of any conversation, it is vital that you try to understand what the other person is saying and to take them seriously. Sometimes you might spend more time listening to others than speaking, but that is an equally useful part of any interaction.

5. Defense versus offense. Be careful not to be too defensive during a heated exchange, or be too aggressive. Jumping to the defense or offense right away shows that you may not be secure in your own opinions or thoughts, causing you to lash out unnecessarily. If you find yourself wanting to react immediately, take a step back, take a deep breath, and collect your thoughts. Approaching an argument with a clear mind shows how mature and calm you can be in a tough situation.

6. Consider the timing. Figure out the best time to approach certain topics. Some situations are best to address right away, while others are better to think through before bringing up.

7. Ask for feedback. Do not be afraid to ask for advice on how you can improve. Whether it be with a teacher, boss, sibling, parent, friend, or mentor, proactively asking for advice shows initiative.

How do you effectively communicate?