Podcasts allow people to find out more about areas which really interest them, and business podcasts are no different.
The David McWilliams Podcast
This is probably the best know podcast in this space. Consistently near the top of the Irish podcast charts, David and John aim to make economics comprehensible and make sense of the world. With twice-weekly podcasts, content is frequent.
Simplicity is this podcast’s main strength and weakness. David can explain abstract concepts with reference to everyday encounters but can also come up with oversimplified solutions to problems. The trade-off between comprehension and realism can be lost and found week to week. The podcast can be genuinely funny and is easy to dip in and out of.
Many companies record their own podcast, either interviewing employees or guests related to their business. These podcasts are often flat, confined by PR policy and do not inspire. Unless you are looking for a job at one of these companies, it is best to steer clear.
Possibly the only exception to the above rule. This podcast, run by MSCI ESG Research, does not come across as a company podcast. Mike Disabato delves into news and insights on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Issues. Broadcasts tend to be weekly, and shorter than other podcasts. Good for a quick slice of updates.
This Dublin based podcast gives 30–40-minute episodes, giving their takes on different market trends and stock performance. It tends not to focus on things like company earnings reports, which makes it far more enjoyable for the average listener. The presenters are knowledgeable and strike a good balance between technical material and casual listening.
At the Margin: An Irish Economics Podcast
This is nearly the complete opposite of the David McWilliams Podcast. Niall Farrell invites expert guests onto the show, generally academics, to discuss a wide variety of topics.
In a complete flip of McWilliams, complexity is this podcast’s strength and weakness. It gets into the nitty-gritty about topics, which other podcasts simply do not. In doing this, it runs the risk of losing the listener in technical jargon. Overall a good podcast.
The Economist is a magazine which delves into current affairs, business and economic issues. They have a wide range of podcasts, from audio recordings of a selection of articles each work to deeper dives into topical areas. These often have more of a global focus than some of the other podcasts discussed.
Conor Bergin – Business Correspondent