Top 10 Favorite Podcast of 2018

Curated by TheCastt

2018 was the year of the podcast. It’s the new information revolution with over 500,000 different series and millions of episodes to choose from. Trendland partnered with our friends at TheCastt to bring you 10 of the best stories, conversations and ideas of this year. This short-list includes a wide range of topics from the addictive design of today’s technology to Kehinde Wiley on how to succeed in art. If you like this selection as much as we did, you should subscribe to TheCastt’s weekly listening recommendations of hand-picks curated Podcasts. Happy Listening 🙂


HOW TO BE ORIGINAL [Culture]

Hidden Brain by NPR ( 22 mins )

What does it take to come up with great ideas? Original minds defy conventional wisdom. Frank Lloyd Wright was a procrastinator. Google’s founders were afraid of taking risks. Most of Beethoven’s compositions were not that good. But it might just be their hemming and hawing, their hedging, and their many flops that made them great. In his new book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Wharton professor Adam Grant says these defects are actually fundamental to originality.


KEHINDE WILEY: HOW TO MAKE IT IN ART [Art]

Toure Show by TYT Network ( 69 mins )

Kehinde Wiley is an art world superstar and dominant portrait painter of his generation. He’s painted Michael Jackson and former president Barack Obama for the National Portrait Gallery. In this dynamic conversation, hear how he developed his style of art, how he became a star, and the challenges he encountered. There’s a lot here for people who love art and those that dream big !


RELUCTANT PSYCHONAUT: EMBRACING PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS [Culture]

Fresh Air by NPR ( 43 mins )

Psychedelic drugs are having a surprising renaissance, used experimentally in therapeutic settings to treat depression, addiction and the fear of death.
Author Michael Pollan became more curious about psychoactive plants when he heard about a research study at NYU using a psychedelic called psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms”.


PAINTING MICHELLE OBAMA [Art]

Sidedoor by Smithsonian ( 25 mins )

How do you create a portrait of an iconic women like Michelle Obama? Amy Sherald has become one of the most accomplished artists who’s name most of us still haven’t heard of. Hear the artist in her own words as we take a tour of her studio, get a sense of who she is, and hear how she was able to create such an unforgettable and striking image, now at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.


YUVAL HARARI’S “21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY” [Culture]

Forum by KQED ( 53 mins )

Fascinating and insightful conversation with macro-historian Yuval Harari as he discusses what the next 50 years has in store for human kind. From how the advances in biotechnology and AI will turn to humans into “hackable machines” and how we can prepare ourselves and our children for what is to come.


“SLEEP” WITH MAX RICHTER [Music]

New Sounds by NY Public Radio ( 56 mins )

In this moving interview podcast Max Richter, the German born English based composer, talks about his ambitious and intimate 8 hour long project called “Sleep” intended to be played at night with the audience in beds rather than sitting in chairs. The work was informed by the neuroscience of sleep.


BULLSHIT JOBS [Society]

Hidden Brain by NPR ( 45 mins )

Have you ever had a job where you stopped and asked yourself: what am I doing here? Does this even matter? In this humorous episode, Anthropologist David Graeber discusses the rise of meaningless jobs and how they impact our lives physically and emotionally.


IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? [Tech / Culture]

Tomorrow’s World by BBC ( 47 mins )


THIS WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!
Nick Bostrom, from Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, works on Simulation Theory: the concept that the world around us could be a simulated reality. There are a growing number of scientists and thinkers who believe there is substantial proof to show that our reality is created outside our world and built by an advanced civilization.


THE DEAL OF THE ART [Art]

Studio 360 by PRI ( 53 mins )

Who determines the value of art and what is the relationship between art and money in a society where everything can be bought and sold?
Listen to a fascinating discussion between Amy Cappellazzo, chairman of Fine Art division at Sotheby’s, and filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn (of My Architect) as they discuss Kahn’s new documentary, The Price of Everything. The documentary is now available on HBO.


DIFFERENT KIND OF STREAKING [Tech]

Note to Self by WYNC Studios ( 19 mins )

Never before in history have 50 designers working at three companies (Apple, Google and Facebook) shaped how more than a billion people think every day
Google’s former Design Ethicist Tristan Harris explains how far Silicon Valley will go to capture and control your eyeballs. He is now the founder of “Center for Humane Technology”


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