My Favourite Podcast Episodes Of All Time
I love podcasts, and have been feverishly listening to them since 2016 – Podcasts by nature, are niche, so a list like this can never be for everyone. However, if you like anything else on Atlas Geographica then there is something here for ya.
The Drive – Peter Attia
#01 – Tim Ferriss: depression, psychedelics, and emotional resilience
This is the premiere episode for Peter Attia’s fantastically niche podcast. He has on guest Tim Ferriss and while their mutual agenda is to promote the advancement of psychedelic therapy as an answer to PTSD, depression and psychological ailments of the sort – the episode is only framed on this, and the content ends up being quite emotional.
They both share their personal bouts with depression (which made me think of my brother) and then go on to explain the role psychedelics, meditation and other tools played in each person’s respective recovery from psychological issues.
#40 – Tom Catena, M.D.: The world’s most important doctor – to nearly a million patients – saving countless lives in the war-torn and remote villages of Sudan
This story is quite emotional. Tom Catena is simply incredible. I felt useless and ineffective hearing about this man’s commitment to the South Sudanese. Peter does a great job interviewing and framing context for the audience just how outstanding the work of Tom Catena is. I left this episode with nothing in my heart except admiration and hope.
Jocko Podcast – Jocko Willink
#56 – Overcoming Stress, Sleep Deprivation, and The Darkness with Peter Attia
Peter is quite a relatable and interesting guy and Jocko is one of the best interviewers in the business which makes a nice formula for a podcast. There is loads to take away from this story independent of the big characters featured. In excellent Jocko fashion, he can take a point right down to the dark, shadowy, untouched regions and hold the conversation allowing for gripping listening and actionable takeaways.
#100 – Tim Ferriss, Musashi, and how warrior way relates to life
This is longer and more of the niche variety. Jocko and Tim go through the epic tome – Musashi’s Way of the Warrior. This book is full of soundbites that clearly get Jocko burning and Tim engaged. This is one of the more memorable podcasts I have ever heard, and have tuned back in on several occasions.
#221 – Johny Kim – The Unbelievable Journey
One of the greatest individual journeys ever recorded for a podcast.
Russ Roberts – EconTalk
Christopher Hitchens would have been the greatest podcaster/podcast guest of all time had he lived just 10 more years. Luckily, however, we got 90 minutes of him with Russ Roberts in 2009 talking about ‘Why Orwell Matters’. One of the best.
Hardcore History – Dan Carlin
#43,44,45,46,47 – Wrath of the Khans
This series has received praise from all who have heard it. In total more than 15 hours. This epic series of podcasts tells the story of the unstoppable Mongolian force in the 13th and 14th century, and is not only so fantastic because of its source material, but because of the brilliance with which Dan Carlin composes and performs the story.
#48 – Prophets of Doom
This might be my favourite podcast of all time. Dan expertly breaks down the fantastical story of the Anna Baptists, medieval Europe and cultural implications of Protestantism.
This is as niche as they come. If you have not rubbed shoulders with a couple of true blues before then this will be incomprehensible nonsense. But if you are familiar with terms like ‘yarn’, ‘dribble’ and ‘throbber’ then welcome to the top of the podcast heap and enjoy.