At Rivetica, our love for Podcasts runs deep. After all, what better way to soak up valuable information while out for a run, on your morning commute, or even in the shower? Nowadays it seems like you can find a podcast on any topic you can dream up and new ones pop up every day.

While there are a ton of great podcasts for developing your professional skills, we all know that all work and no play makes Jack (or Jill) a dull boy (or girl). That’s why we’ve created this round-up of what some of us are currently listening to for fun. Check it out!

1. Armchair Expert

Armchair Expert bills itself as “the podcast that celebrates the messiness of being human.” This enthralling podcast, hosted by actor, writer, and director Dax Shepard, explores people’s stories in a way that digs into the vulnerability, struggles, and shortcomings that ultimately led them to growth and accomplishment. We love the relaxed interview style that gives you a glimpse into the lesser-known side of the interviewee’s life.

What Our Team Had to Say: 

One of our favorite interviews was with a renowned neurosurgeon who admitted to being in his profession for glory above all else. This type of raw honesty is both refreshing and fascinating. It provided a glimpse into the thought process behind those who manage to rise to the very top of their field.

Those who do what they do for prestige over money or advancement become the absolute best because that is their ultimate goal. We were able to relate because our company encourages a competitive spirit that gives us the extra push we need to find true success in business and in marketing.

2. The Moth

It doesn’t get more real and raw than the stories told on The Moth. These podcasts are recordings of everyday people telling their short stories live on stage. You never know what you’re going to get. The stories range from hilarious to heartbreaking, are often quirky, and are almost always told with a deep passion. Some will inspire, some will educate, and others will leave you speechless. These stories show the startling differences and surprising similarities of the human experience. They bring to light the fact that no matter how dissimilar one person’s experience is from our own, we all feel similar emotions and are connected in one way or another.

What Our Team Had to Say:

We loved the recent podcast featuring an immigrant to the United States who shared how difficult it is to make it in this country. He told the audience how he had worked for a month to save up enough extra money to buy himself a $5 slice of pizza. However, as he walked down the street to get it, he encountered a homeless person who was staring him down. He eventually ended up foregoing his coveted slice of pizza and begrudgingly giving away his hard-earned money. While this is a simple story that was told with humor, it clearly had a moral and spoke volumes about social issues, compassion, and the challenges of being human.

3. This American Life

This American Life is one of the best sources for in-depth journalism built around compelling stories. Each week they choose a theme, then weave all of their topics around it. They’ve been on the air since 1995, so it’s fair to say that they’ve perfected the art of their craft. Here you’ll find true stories that are anything but boring. Instead, they’re funny, entertaining, and often have surprising plot twists. Want to see for yourself what it’s really all about? Check out this list of recommended episodes.

What Our Team Had to Say:

This is our go-to source for stories that are more editorial in nature and cover “big picture” topics. We love that every episode digs deep, providing a full hour of research, interviews, and excellent journalism. After we listen to an episode, we always feel smarter!

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We hope you enjoyed learning about our some of our favorite fun podcasts. Our next blog post will cover three professional podcasts that definitely deserve a spot on your play list. Check back soon so you don’t miss it!