5 Podcasts to Feed Your Mind This Thanksgiving Weekend

When you finally emerge from your Tryptophan coma this Thanksgiving weekend and have a hankering for some food for thought, check out these illuminating podcasts from b-schools and beyond that cover entrepreneurship, creativity, leadership and one of the most important aspects in all of our lives…sleep. Enjoy!

MBA podcasts

Even as adults, we still have to deal with bullies, at work and otherwise.  Professor Bob Sutton at the Stanford Graduate School of Business has devoted his career to studying organizational behavior and dysfunction, and lately, figuring out how we can avoid or deal with people who demean, disrespect and drain those around them.  In his podcast How to Outwit Workplace Jerks, he’ll explain how to handle toxic coworkers without falling into the mud with them.

If you missed some of his media interviews a few weeks ago,  retired U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly spent 20 years working for NASA and has many fascinating details to share about the challenges of working in outer space, cross-cultural collaboration and decision-making. Kelly spent 520 days in space over four missions, and this Harvard Business Review podcast shares his advice that leaders can use in space and on earth.

Knowledge@Wharton is well-known for its insightful podcasts, and this recent episode reflects on both our current turbulent times, and how throughout history, leadership has frequently been shaped by outside forces both natural and man-made. The podcast Why Leaders are Made, Not Born, is a fascinating interview with historian Nancy Koehn, Harvard Business School professor and author of the new book Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times.

These days, it seems we’re always hearing entrepreneurs say how they get by on 4-5 hours of sleep a night. Does that scant amount really make them more productive, successful, and just a little bit super-human? In this episode from the popular $100 MBA podcast, host Omar Zenhom dives into the important subject of sleep and success, as well as reveals the sleeping habits of many of today’s most famous business leaders. Zenhom has an interesting experiment to help you determine your optimal amount of sleep.

NPR’s How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. In this episode, host Guy Raz talks with Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe about how harassment and online bullying ultimately inspired her to launch a dating app where women make the first move. Today, the Bumble app has been downloaded more than 20 million times.

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