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11 of the Most Popular US Podcasts

Camille’s Favorite Podcasts

Ever wondered what podcasts a pioneering law firm consultant listens to?

Turns out she loves shows about business startups – especially entrepreneurial ventures that haven’t been tried before.

In fact, listening to stories of startup success – and failure – is one of the reasons Camille Stell was inspired to launch Lawyers Mutual Consulting & Services in the first place.

“Podcasts are my guilty pleasure, a source of continued education, and a constant companion as I travel or work out,” she says in this article for Attorney at Work. “I started listening to podcasts to make my morning workout seem less painful. I found my first podcast, StartUp, from listening to an NPR story about the emerging popularity of the medium.”

Camille says she learned a lot from startup success stories – but even more from the busts.

“Listening provided me an inside view as founders made excruciating decisions that would determine whether their company thrived or joined the ranks of the many small businesses that never make it off the ground,” she says.

Here are two of her other favorites:

  • Without Fail. Hosted by Alex Bloomberg, this program is described as “candid conversations with people who have done hard things: what worked, what didn’t and why.”
  • Hope Through History. “Hosted by writer and presidential biographer Jon Meacham, the series focuses on some of the most trying times in American history and how the nation dealt with those moments and came through them unified,” says Camille. “Season 1 looks at the 1918 flu pandemic, the Great Depression, WWII, the polio epidemic, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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11 Popular Podcasts

There are more than a million podcasts worldwide, with new shows debuting daily. Here are some of the most popular ones:

  1. Radiolab. This program, hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, weaves stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries.
  2. This program, a spin-off of the 2005 book of the same name, discusses socioeconomic issues for a general audience. Journalist Stephen Dubner hosts the show, with economist Steven Levitt as a regular guest. 
  3. Lunch and Learn with Dr. Berry. Dr. Berry Pierre breaks down complex medical topics from cholesterol to COVID-19.
  4. Star Talk. An audio voyage into space, science, and popular culture hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, with various comic and celebrity co-hosts and frequent guests from the worlds of science and entertainment.
  5. The Daily. Hosted by New York Times political journalist Michael Barbaro, the shows take a deep dive into the Times’ reporting of the day.
  6. Killer Queens. Much of the appeal of this true-crime podcast is due to the smart and sassy pair of sisters who host it.
  7. Get your politics, polling and punditry fix here.
  8. Stuff You Missed in History Class. Discover fascinating new insights into how we got to where we are.
  9. Stuff You Should Know. If you like, you’ll love this program. An inside peek at things we often overlook.
  10. The Tim Ferriss Show. Life hacks from a self-styled expert.
  11. WTF with Marc Maron. This popular show entered the stratosphere a few years ago with its interview of President Obama.


What are some of your favorite podcasts?


Jay Reeves is author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World. He practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. Now he writes and speaks at CLEs, keynotes and in-firm presentations on lawyer professionalism and well-being. He runs Your Law Life LLC, a training and consulting company that helps lawyers add purpose, profits and peace of mind to their practices. Contact or 919-619-2441.

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Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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