At ThoughtSpot we’re always looking for ways to keep up with the latest trends in data and analytics. With the rise of the podcast in recent years (21% of US adults are tuning in!), there’s no shortage of series that offer compelling content on a variety of topics. We’ve found some killer podcasts that have helped us keep a finger on the pulse of the latest insights and best practices in analytics and data visualizations. Some are explicitly about the numbers, some offer a fresh perspective that inspire us to think about data in new ways.
Here’s a short list of some of our favorite podcasts right now that will inform and inspire any data enthusiast:
Freakonomics Radio is a popular podcast series has something about everything. It offers a thought-provoking look at the world around us through the lens of a data-driven economist.
Radiolab is another podcast that features interesting stories on a broad range of topics. These curious hosts explore the human experience, but with a data-driven, scientific approach.
Data Stories podcast is all about data and how it affects our lives. Not for the casual data professional, this group really explores what makes great data visualizations.
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History is an award-winning podcast is a fantastic collection of narratives about dramatic events in history. Though it’s not focused on the numbers, anyone who works with data knows context is everything.
Hot Takedown podcast is a series from FiveThirtyEight is all about sports stats. If you’re familiar with FiveThirtyEight, then you know they go deep. Let your inner geek have some fun!
5 Podcasts with Data Journalists. This isn’t an actual series, rather it’s a curated list of individual podcasts in which leading data journalists talk about their work. These provide an interesting look at what goes into producing award winning work.
99% Invisible podcast examines things often overlooked. A thought-provoking series that will have you looking at everything with new eyes, it has been called one of the “best podcasts you aren’t listening to but should be.”
Partially Derivative is a podcast for the serious data lovers out there—it’s all about data and data science in the world around us.
Science Vs is an award winning series is all about the data. It looks at fads, trends, and popular opinions, and sets out to find what is fact and what is not.
We hope you found something new on this list. If not we’d love to hear what your favorite podcasts are right now—we’re always looking for the latest trends and fresh perspectives!