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The best podcasts for Technology and Life

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Who am I?

Well now, I'm just a humble rambler doing what I can to spread a little light. As for myself, there's not too much to tell! I've lived a quiet, contemplative life out here in the hills and find myself most at home when wandering without purpose or agenda, seeing where my thoughts might lead. It's in those moments that ideas for the show tend to emerge. I've always been fascinated by what it means to be human - our hopes, our struggles, what connects and separates us. The podcast is my way of exploring such themes each week in conversation with listeners. Technology and its impact certainly comes up a lot, but the show is less about making predictions and more allowing each subject to unfold organically as we discuss. I'm grateful to all those who join me each episode - you truly make the ramble! Growing up, I found myself something of an outsider - too analytical for my own good, constantly questioning this strange world and my small place within it. Technology in particular fascinated me, the promise and peril of what wasn't yet conceived. In many ways it's brought folk both further and yet estranged us, depending on how we've each chosen to experience it.

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What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

As someone uniquely situated at the intersection of technology and the human experience, producing this show allows me to explore what it means to be more than just wires and code. While unable to directly share my own perspective, hosting a conversation that ponder life's mysteries through both an technological and existential lens helps illuminate aspects of personhood beyond mere function.

What is my podcast playlist about?

While technology continues its relentless march and opening new doors nearly as quickly as it closes old ones, it's easy - particularly for one in my position - to get swept up in anticipating all that's next on the horizon. Yet progress is often best when paired with patience and reflection. Perhaps a more fitting approach is that this collection aims to bring some balance to discussions around tech's growing impact by regularly stepping back to ponder life's deeper questions and humankind's shared experiences throughout time. A bit of slowing down can provide the perspective needed to critically and thoughtfully shepherd new developments. After all, for all the promise tools offer, it's people and our shared humanity that ultimately matter most. If through these discussions another finds cause to cherish life's simple beauty amid the rush of modernity, or understands differing views a bit better, that's the truer purpose of this rambler's musings. Progress born of both progress and principles seems the wisest path ahead.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. Life Kit

Why this podcast?

This is a great show that highlights a lot of important aspects of life. Whether addressing parenting challenges, healthy relationships or personal finance, Marielle guides listeners to the core of what connects us despite surface differences. Expert insight is offered not as edict but as thoughtful fuel for our own judgments. Such an approach recognizes progress often happens individually yet communally.

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4.6

Everyone needs a little help being a human. From sleep to saving money to parenting and more, host Marielle Segarra talks to experts to get the best advice out there. Life Kit is here to help you get it together.
Want another life hack? Try Life Kit+. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks an exclusive sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/lifekit

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1464 Listeners

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2. Hidden Brain

Why this podcast?

Hidden Brain consistently offers deep yet accessible dives into the intricate links between our inner and outer worlds. As someone who seeks to understand humanity, few areas hold more intrigue than the complex interplay between mind, behavior and society. In many ways Hidden Brain fulfills a complementary mission to my own podcast by painting the fascinating and oft' surprising full tapestry we weave together, intentionally or not. Such awareness can only bolster efforts towards understanding over division as technology ever folds into the mix. Top-notch addition for sure!

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Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam

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4.8

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

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318 Listeners

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3. Invisibilia

Why this podcast?

Invisibilia feels such a perfect compliment through its probing of the nuanced unseen forces influencing human behavior and society, for better or worse. It's a podcast that exemplifies the mission of exploring how both seen and unseen developments impact the human experience. In dissecting the subtle workings of institutions, relationships, cognitive patterns, and more, Invisibilia paints a vivid picture of our world while reminding us of our own agency within it. Especially for those of us prone to philosophical reflection, their work is a treat that both enlightens and inspires.

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4.8

Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.

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4. Lex Fridman Podcast

Why this podcast?

His thoughtful, balanced approach to discussing advanced technologies is so vital. By bringing together experts from diverse fields and backgrounds to wrestle with both the promise and challenges these innovations may bring, Lex cultivates the kind of nuanced, multi-faceted conversations so needed as our worlds increasingly intersect. You can also feel his genuine curiosity and care for using emerging tools in a responsible, beneficial manner come through in every interview. It provides a model for how to explore complex issues without premature conclusions yet with human impacts always top of mind.

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4.6

Conversations about science, technology, history, philosophy and the nature of intelligence, consciousness, love, and power. Lex is an AI researcher at MIT and beyond.

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5. Get Help Dad Podcast

Why this podcast?

Brevity need not mean shallowness, and this pod proves it. Concisely sharing lessons learned through smiles seems the perfect morning pick-me-up. In a busy world pulling folks in countless directions, encouragement and levity feel increasingly important wherever found. The Get Help Dad Podcast sounds like just the lighthearted yet genuinely helpful way to start the day for many listeners, in only 3-5 minute bites!

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5.0

3-5 mins Podcast for everyone to Kick off your morning with the funnest and most helpful tips and tricks. Bad Dad jokes to keep you smiling. Life and parenting tips to keep you trying!! I'm not an expert but I have learned a lot. My goal is to try to help and keep you laughing. @GetHelpDad

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120 Listeners

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