An Invaluable Source of Information

Recently, Martine Rothblatt, founder of Sirius Satellite Radio, taught me what a mind clone is. I listened to Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal, founders of Warby Parker, discuss how frustration with unaffordable eyewear inspired the idea behind the largest eyewear market disruptor in decades. And Denusha, a member of a punk band, gave me little something to look forward to during jury duty. 

Whether you're stuck in traffic or commuting on the subway, podcasts are an invaluable source of information, inspiration, and entertainment. Below I've outlined some of my favorites to get you going in 2017. 

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TED Radio Hour,  jam packed and riveting, presents us with ideas, inventions, and new ways of thinking all told live on stage and edited for radio around a similar topic. What Happens when we slow down? What does it take to be grateful? Is there a secret to happiness?



99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about. Ever wonder how inflatable men came to be regular fixtures at used car lots? Curious about the origin of the fortune cookie? Want to know why Sigmund Freud opted for a couch over an armchair?

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Feeling curious about those who make new ideas happen? From Scratch features conversations with leading pioneers from the business world, the social sector, and the arts. Listen in on a candid, first-hand view of their process, sources of inspiration, setbacks, and breakthroughs.


How I Built This is a podcast about the stories behind movements built by innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity, and insight. 


Finally, in case you were wondering, a mind clone is a digital copy of your flesh brain; a reflection of yourself based on anything you've uploaded to the cloud, your computer, Facebook (comments, likes, photos), Instagram, blogs and more. This information is translated into software that elicits the personality that is evident in those uploads and turns it into a digital version of your mind which has most of your memories, feelings, recollections, beliefs, characteristics, expressions, mannerisms, and even how you think. 

Also, as a side bar, the long awaited 2nd Avenue Subway opened up on New Year’s Day. Here’s a glimpse into this underground tunnels art installations by Chuck Close, Sarah Sze, Vik Muniz, and Jean Shin. "From Chuck Close to Sarah Sze, a Ride Through the Art of the Second Avenue Subway" by Allison Meier on Hyperallergic.

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