Propelland’s Podcast Roundup: Our top picks of the podcasts we listened to in 2021

Boasting a library of programming on nearly any topic you could imagine, the podcast industry has no shortage of content to discover. Each year more podcasts pop up to educate, entertain, and bring together communities of like-minded listeners from all walks of life. Because our propellers are big podcast fans, we asked them what they’ve been listening to throughout the year to curate this list featuring five of our favorite podcasts of 2021.

On Developing a Leadership Mindset

Dare to Lead with Brené Brown

In this podcast based on her book Dare to Lead, celebrated speaker and empathy expert Brené Brown hosts conversations with changemakers from Olympic Medalist Abby Wambach to President Barack Obama on topics such as courageous leadership, inclusivity, creativity, and human connection. Listen to this podcast to uplift yourself so you can go above and beyond.

​​For Learning About the Evolution of Technology

Land of the Giants

Produced by Recode, Land of the Giants spends each season taking a deep dive into the history of one of the biggest names in tech. In its latest season The Apple Revolution, Recode’s Peter Kafka explores the company that redefined the personal computer and revolutionized the cell phone on its path to becoming the most valuable company in the world. Check out this podcast if you’re curious about hearing the story behind the screens.

​​For Exploring Connections in Society

After Hours

After Hours brings together Harvard Business School professors Youngme Moon, Mihir A. Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee to discuss current headlines and the latest trends at the crossroads of business and culture from the future of restaurants to Naomi Osaka’s exit from the French Open. They occasionally invite other Harvard professors to join as guests for specific topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Listen to this podcast to get some quality discourse and recommendations from real business experts.

​​For Seeing Another Perspective

Revisionist History

Revisionist History is New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell’s journey back in time revisiting the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode uses hindsight to take a closer look at historical events, people, or ideas to give the past a second chance. Discover everything from dragon psychology to the right way to do laundry in this thought-provoking podcast that is guaranteed to give you a different perspective.

​​For Understanding How We Think

Hidden Brain

What exactly is the “hidden brain”? Social sciences expert Shankar Vedantam describes it as our subconscious mental shortcuts. Launched in conjunction with NPR, Hidden Brain uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships. For those working from home, listen to the episode Work 2.0: The One-Room Commute to shed light on the relationship between remote work and the mind.




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