Spend your lunch break with these tasty takes on work cul­ture, tech, and other top­ics.

Fast Company - - The List - By Cale Weiss­man

1 Startup Gim­let Me­dia

No pod­cast bet­ter cap­tures the thrills and strug­gles of launch­ing a com­pany. Cre­ated as a re­mark­ably can­did do­cuseries on the birth of pod­cast­ing busi­ness Gim­let Me­dia, it now traces the sur­pris­ing sto­ries of other en­ter­prises.

Sam­ple episode: The in­ven­tor of the slap bracelet on why he made no money from the ’90s fad.

2 Planet Money NPR

This show—launched in 2008 to help ex­plain the fi­nan­cial cri­sis—of­fers fas­ci­nat­ing ex­plo­rations of the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween eco­nom­ics and cul­ture.

Sam­ple episode: A look at why many Ir­ish pubs are so sim­i­lar. The an­swer? In the 1970s, one man de­fined the el­e­ments of a Dublin bar, cre­ated a kit, and sold thou­sands around the globe.

3 Work­ing Panoply

Each in­stall­ment starts with the same ques­tion: “What is your name and what do you do?” Guests then re­veal de­tails of their jobs, whether they’re a neu­ro­sur­geon, a nov­el­ist, a poll­ster, or a clown. Sam­ple episode: A pro­fes­sional Santa spills trade se­crets: Don’t work shop­ping malls, wear a real fur suit, and never say, “Ho ho ho.”

4 Above Avalon Above Avalon

A gi­ant bite of Ap­ple. Hosted by an­a­lyst and tech­nol­ogy writer Neil Cy­bart, this show goes deep into all things Cu­per­tino, with some of the most in­formed anal­y­sis you’re likely to find. Sam­ple episode: Ap­ple is fa­mous for its de­sign. So why are prod­ucts like Ap­ple Mu­sic and Ap­ple Watch so weirdly hard to use?

5 Brown Am­bi­tion Brown Am­bi­tion

Jour­nal­ist Mandi Woodruff and per­sonal-fi­nance ex­pert Tif­fany Aliche chat about news, re­la­tion­ships, and other top­ics, but they’re es­pe­cially in­ci­sive when dis­cussing their suc­cesses and fail­ures in the busi­ness world. Sam­ple episode: Aliche on over­com­ing $300,000 in debt to build a fi­nan­cial-ad­vice com­pany.

6 How I Built This NPR

This se­ries ex­plores back­sto­ries of var­i­ous big busi­nesses, from AOL to 1-800-GOT-JUNK. The sto­ry­telling is sim­ple and lin­ear, leav­ing space for grip­ping per­sonal tales to emerge.

Sam­ple episode: The cre­ator of the 5-Hour En­ergy drink goes from Prince­ton dropout to Hindu monk to bev­er­age bil­lion­aire.

7 Eater Upsell Vox Me­dia

Ed­i­tors from culi­nary site Eater glean in­sight from chefs and other in­dus­try pros, both fa­mous (An­thony Bour­dain) and less so (cook­book pho­tog­ra­pher Evan Sung). Sam­ple episode: Wolf­gang Puck ex­plains how he built his em­pire, then rips into Eater’s restau­rant critic, who’d panned one of Puck’s steak houses.

8 Ex­po­nent Ex­po­nent

Tech watch­ers Ben Thompson and James All­worth tackle top­ics of the mo­ment—fake news on Face­book, Uber’s scan­dals—and of­fer broader dis­course on where the dig­i­tal world is headed. Sam­ple episode: Thought­ful de­bate on what tech com­pa­nies are get­ting wrong about self­driv­ing cars.

9 I Hate My Boss Won­dery

For­mer Nike and Oprah Win­frey Net­work mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive Liz Dolan and ex­ec­u­tive coach Larry Seal of­fer ad­vice on your stick­i­est work­place co­nun­drums. Sam­ple episode: Deal­ing with liars in the of­fice, plus an in­ter­view with Airbnb’s head of tal­ent man­age­ment, An­drea Robb.

10 Loose Threads Loose Threads

Fo­cused on in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy in the fash­ion in­dus­try, this pod­cast digs into notable de­vel­op­ments in man­u­fac­tur­ing, de­sign, re­tail, and other ar­eas.

Sam­ple episode: How on­line menswear re­tailer Proper Cloth is tap­ping data and dig­i­tal tools to amp up its sales.

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