My favorite way to reward myself at the end of a productive workday is to turn on a good podcast and go for a long walk around the park. Some of the ones I’ve been enjoying this year–
History of the United States . These are about 40 lectures by Jennifer Burns recorded at UC Berkeley and they cover the United States from 1865 to 2005. When I listen to Burns talk about history I can just hear in her voice how interesting she finds it. I think she gives such a good holistic view of a certain event and points out many of the different factors that determined what happened and why it happened.
Front End Happy Hour. For programmers at any level. I started listening when I was at my first dev job. This is a panel full of front end engineers and they all talk about issues from migrating your codebase to dealing with imposter syndrome. They talk about all this as they drink beer and they just seem like a group of funny, smart people who love to code don’t take themselves too seriously. Now I’ve met several of them and this is exactly how they are IRL, too.
The World Wanderers. Earlier this year when I went to Spain with my company, it was my first time traveling outside of the U.S. and I did some of the trip alone, too. I was pretty nervous about traveling and started listening to the World Wanderers podcast. It’s full of fun travel stories and so much knowledge on how to travel well, but I love it most because of its emphasis on exploring how you can travel (and live, and act, and be) in the way that you truly want. I felt so much more prepared and excited for my first trip abroad after listening, and excitedly listen to episodes as I plan my next trip abroad at the end of the year.
Basecs. Two self-taught developers get together and talk all about computer science concepts. They’re so genuinely excited to be discussing these things and they explain how things work in such a fun and understandable way.