Six Communications Podcasts You Should Listen To

September 11, 2019
By iQ Staff
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Whether you’re fighting your way through traffic, running errands or just lounging around the house, podcasts allow you to stay informed, hear from industry experts and improve your communications skills without disrupting your regular schedule.

According to Music Oomph, the average podcast listener subscribes to six shows, so we’ve put together our top six podcast picks to help communications professionals stay on top of current events and industry trends.

For Current Events:
NPR Up First Podcast
Up First

NPR

Frequency: Every weekday

Average episode duration: 10 minutes

Up First provides an overview of all the news that you need to know before you start your day. Hear reporting and analysis from NPR News on top stories related to every subject, from politics to pop culture.

The Daily podcast.
The Daily

New York Times

Frequency: Every weekday

Average episode duration: 20 minutes

Powered by the New York Times, The Daily is the perfect podcast to listen to while you get ready for work or tackle your morning commute. Each episode dives into one of the biggest stories of the day, providing soundbites and interviews for more context, and wraps up with other current events to be aware of.

“Each episode inspires professional communicators to look at how we communicate in a whole new light.”

For Industry Insights:
Buffer — The Science of Social Media podcast.
The Science of Social Media

Buffer

Frequency: Weekly

Average episode duration: 12 minutes

Hosted by Buffer, a software application designed to manage social media accounts, The Science of Social Media provides weekly social media insights, case studies and actionable items that you can apply to your own social media marketing strategies.

Yeah, Thats Probably an Ad by Adweek podcast
Yeah, That’s Probably an Ad

AdWeek

Frequency: Weekly

Average episode duration: 30 minutes

Hear the news team from Adweek provide their professional — and sometimes brutally honest — analysis of recent ad campaigns, marketing trends and media coverage.

FOR WRITING/COMMUNICATIONS TIPS:
Grammar Girl Podcast.
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Quickanddirtytips.com

Frequency: Twice a week

Average episode duration: 15 minutes

Get helpful writing advice in the form of fun anecdotes and everyday examples from Grammar Girl herself. From spelling and punctuation to sentence structure and tone of voice, you can apply these quick and dirty tips to your written and verbal communication.

Word of Mouth by BBC Radio podcast.
Word of Mouth

BBC Radio 4

Frequency: Weekly

Average episode duration: 25 minutes

This podcast from BBC explores the world of words and the ways in which we use them. Each episode will inspire professional communicators to look at how we communicate in a whole new light.