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SWE Magazine asked members of the SWE editorial board to recommend their favorite podcasts related to work and work/life balance. Their responses cover topics ranging from career management and leadership to investing, technology, current events, and more.

Here is their educational and inspiring recommended listening list:

With Clarity and Purpose

Welcome to the podcast with your host, Yanet Borrego. Each week we bring you an inspiring person or message to empower you to live life on your own terms, so you can be who you want to be, do what you are meant to do, and have the life you deserve to have.

“This podcast series by a good friend of mine — Yanet Borrego Crawford, who overlapped with me when we both worked at ExxonMobil — is an inspiration for me on bad days. Yanet speaks about her experiences in moving from engineering into entrepreneurship and shares her perspective on leadership, resilience, and finding inner wisdom.” — Alina Bartley

Available by RSS feed at ybcoaching.com/podcasts/with-clarity-and-purpose

Life Kit from NPR

Everyone needs a little help being a human. From sleep to saving money to parenting and more, host Marielle Segarra talks to experts to get the best advice out there. Life Kit is here to help you get it together.

“The podcast provides insight into a versatile and surprising range of everyday topics, from work and relationships to finance and play. I love the pithy, 10- to 30-minute format, guest diversity, and the relevant, practical life hacks. It’s an easy, fun, and helpful listen.” — Diya Dwarakanath

Available on NPR App, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and RSS feed

The White Coat Investor

White Coat Investor … will give you the tools you need to become financially literate so you can experience the financial life you’ve always wanted to live.

“I love this content because it provides a range of general to very specific investing advice. While it’s meant to be physician-specific, much of the content can be more broadly applied. When you first step into the working world and are thinking about 401(k)s, Roth IRAs, etc., this content can help support your investing and financial decisions.” — Emily Ongstad, Ph.D., editorial board chair

Available at Apple Podcasts and Spotify

TED Talks Daily

Join host and journalist Elise Hu for thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable — from artificial intelligence to zoology, and everything in between — given by the world’s leading thinkers and creators. With TED Talks Daily, find some space in your day to change your perspectives, ignite your curiosity, and learn something new.

“Some episodes cover current events while others cover leadership and personal development. I appreciate the wide range of topics that I can learn about from this single source.” — Cailyn Hall

Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, TuneIn, Castbox, and iHeartRadio

After Hours from Harvard Business Review

Listen in as Harvard professors Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai catch up after work and offer an insightful look at current events.

“This podcast has especially enjoyable recommendations on books, music, and restaurants. Their takes are always fun, surprising, unconventional, and insightful.” — Myra Zhai, Ph.D.

Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify

Small Steps, Giant Leaps

NASA’s technical workforce put boots on the Moon, tire tracks on Mars, and the first reusable spacecraft in orbit around the Earth. Learn what’s next as they build missions that redefine the future with amazing discoveries and remarkable innovations.

“Engaging chats with NASA’s technical workforce. So cool!” — Payal Singh

Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, and by RSS feed

Everything About Hydrogen

Explores how hydrogen may change the energy world as we know it.

“I spent some time earlier this year trying to get smarter on the hydrogen space, especially with recent developments to produce low-intensity hydrogen as a way to decarbonize heavy industries. This podcast brings interesting speakers from all parts of the hydrogen ecosystem to provide a comprehensive, current view of the industry.” — Alina Bartley

Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Amazon Music

WorkLife with Adam Grant

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life.

“There are lots of fresh perspectives on navigating work in each episode. I often share the episodes with colleagues.” — Emily Carney

“I like it because you can take away some actionable ideas for common workplace issues.” — Payal Singh

Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher

PreAccident Investigation

The PreAccident Investigation Podcast with host Todd Conklin is an ongoing safety podcast conversation of human performance, systems safety, and safety culture.

“I appreciate Todd’s sense of humor and thought-provoking questions to help us be a little less surprised when something goes wrong and a little more curious about the design of the system.” — Emily Carney

Available on Podbean, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn + Alexa, iHeartRadio, Podchaser, and Boomplay

TED Climate

We get it. You care about the climate crisis — but sometimes thinking about it is just too overwhelming. Well, we’re here to help with that. Host Dan Kwartler unpacks the problems and solutions behind big systemic issues in bite-sized episodes.

“The host and guests talk about systemic issues in the climate crisis and what you can do as an individual or as a town or community member to help fight climate change. The episodes are not too long, which is nice for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time on their hands.” — Payal Singh

Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, Castbox, iHeartRadio, and Amazon Music