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Don’t listen to these songs on your commute — these are the best podcasts to listen to while you’re going to work

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If you prefer to have some distance from the typical morning commute, try some of these podcasts.

Poke

How do you pitch an idea to get a startup funded?

This podcast, which airs every Wednesday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Demos, looks at different ways to ask for funding, what motivates investors and how an entrepreneur’s decision-making process can easily get in the way of what is best for the company.

Launch Thirst

The comedians behind Launch Thirst launched the pilot in 2014 as part of their ongoing protest against incumbents. The hosts of the weekly podcast argue that companies who have hit the big time are lining their pockets with free services and ignore average Americans who are struggling to make it in the economy.

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Ostensibly a theory on why we have it so easy to make money these days and why people want to do the same, and it’s worth checking out, especially if you’re facing a period of unemployment.

These “weird things happen to people when they lose a job” are the kind of thing you could use as a reason to have a flexible work schedule, don’t you think?

Pizza Here

Regular listeners of the “Pizza Here” podcast can hear a nice set of dudes address the unfairness of inequality and explain why they love pizza while discussing feminism and immigration.

Laughing Squid

This podcast puts an armchair economist’s point of view to the music that, for better or worse, informs our daily lives. As the title suggests, the creator of the podcast, Mark Bell, could be summed up as an economist or an aesthete and he uses data to help him to describe how music moves us and why that means it should not be a controversial opinion.

The show is hosted by David Buss (of NPR’s Product Reviews team), Heather Somerville (of Slate) and Robert Leigh, and it has an impressive ability to transport its guests with its each episode.

More importantly, it is always a treat to hear them discussing the outer-world findings of economics using the peculiarities of song, rhythm and artistry to their advantage.

Weber Shandwick

This is another show that explores the world of fashion. Subjects have included women’s fashion choices, advertising, the origins of some of the best fashion faces (Weber Shandwick is one of the world’s largest marketing and public relations firms).

It also explores the wider underpinnings of design, including the concept of a “wearable” that wearers “wear,” the DNA of a luxury brand and even the dilemma that consumers face when choosing a “home” brand over a luxury one.

It’s basically a textbook on market dynamics and managing your brand. That gives it extra credibility when it comes to business.

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