Hiking & Backpacking around the World

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Latest update: 04/03/2016 (new stuff highlighted in bold)

Soooo here it comes…as mentioned before I’m listening to amazing stuff while hiking the trail! I’m learning so many new things that it actually feels like being back at university. With the only exception that I can actually choose myself in which field I want to improve myself.

The following podcasts and audiobooks are amazing, inspiring, funny and/or just very informative. Furthermore, I will rate each episode and maybe write a couple of work why this individual episode is worth spending your time with.

The Tim Ferriss Show (Overall Rating: 9/10)


My Category: Inspiration


Short Description: Tim Ferriss, author of the best-selling books „4 Hour Work Week“ and „4 Hour Body“ (both recommended) interviews in his podcasts world-class performers in their respective fields.


Link: http://fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/


Interview episodes and ratings:

  • Derek Sivers on Developing Confidence, Finding Happiness, and Saying „No“ to Millions (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • Jamie Foxx on Workout Routines, Success Habits, and Untold Hollywood Stories (Episode Rating: 10/10): Must listen in my mind!
  • Rainn Wilson on Meditation, The Sexy Nostril Exercise, and Acting as Therapy (Episode Rating: 6/10)
  • Will MacAskill on Effective Altruism, Y Combinator, and Articificial Intelligence (Episode Rating: 10/10)
  • Alain de Botton on How Philosophy Can Change Your Life (Episode Rating: 10/10)
  • Tara Brach on Meditation and Overcoming FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • Jane McGonigal on Getting More Done with Less Stress and The Health Benefits of Gaming (Episode Rating: 9/10)
  • Maria Popova on Being Interesting, Creating More Time in a Day, And How to Start a Successful Blog (Episode Rating: 6/10)
  • General Stan McChrystal on Eating One Meal Per Day, Special Ops, and Mental Toughness (Episode Rating: 7/10)
  • Meet „Scorpion“, The Real-Life Santa Claus with an IQ of 197 (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • Amelia Boone on Beating 99% of Men and Suffering for a High-Performance Life (Episode Rating: 2/10) – by far the worst episode so far…not because of the interviewer!
  • Dom D’Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and The End of Cancer (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • Athlete (and Artist) Who Cheats Death, Jimmy Chin (Episode Rating: 9/10)
  • Scariest Navy SEAL I’ve Ever Met…And What He Taught Me (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • Are Psychedelic Drugs the Next Medical Breakthrough? (Episode Rating: 9/10)
  • Kevin Kelly on Artificial Intelligence and Designer Babies (9/10)
  • Charles Polloquin on Strength Training, Shredding Body Fat, and Increasing Testosterone and Sex Drive (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • Sam Harris on Daily Routines, The Trolley Scenario, and 5 Books Everyone Should Read (Episode Rating: 9/10)
  • Stanley McChrystal on Anti-War Americans, Pushing Your Limits, and The Three Military Tests You Should Take (Episode Rating: 6/10)
  • Ep 60: Tim Ferriss Interviews Arnold Schwarzenegger on Psychological Warfare (And Much More) (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • Luis Von Ahn on Learning Languages, Building Companies, and Changing The World (Episode Rating: 7/10)
  • Edward Norton on Mastery, Must-Read Books, and The Future of CrowdFunding (Episode Rating: 7/10)
  • How Seth Godin Manages His Life – Rules, Principles, and Obsessions (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and The 5 Chimps Theory (Episode Rating: 10/10) – seriously you HAVE to listen to that guy! 😉

Other episodes and ratings:

  • Magic of Mindfulness: Complain Less, Appreciate More, and Live a Better Life (Episode Rating: 7/10)
  • 5 Tools I Use For Faster And Better Sleep (Episode Rating: 9/10)
  • 5 Morning Rituals That Help Me Win the Day (Episode Rating: 9/10)
  • The Tao of Seneca (Episode Rating: 9/10)

Dan Carlin’s Harcore History (Overall Rating: 10/10)


My Category: History, Science, Knowledge


Short Description: In my opinion, the BEST history podcast out there. Great thorough episodes about a wide range of world history. So good! Unfortunately there aren’t many episodes available for free.


Link: http://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/


Episodes and ratings:

  • Shows 43-47: Wrath of the Khans I-V (Series Rating: 9/10)
  • Show 48: Prophets of Doom (Episode Rating: 7/10)
  • Show 49: The American Peril (Episode Rating: 9/10)
  • Shows 50-55: Blueprint for Armageddon I-VI (Series Rating: 10/10)
  • Show 56: King of Kings (Episode Rating: 8/10)

The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps (Overall Rating: 7/10)


My Category: Philosophy, History, Natural Sciences


Short Description: Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King’s College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophers. The extensive series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.


Link: http://www.historyofphilosophy.net

  • HoP 001 – Everything is Full of Gods – Thales
  • HoP 002 – Infinity and Beyond – Anaximander and Anaximenes
  • HoP 003 – Created In Our Image – Xenophanes Against Greek Religion
  • HoP 004 – The Man With The Golden Thigh – Pythagoras
  • HoP 005 – Old Man River – Heraclitus
  • HoP 006 – MM McCabe on Heraclitus
  • HoP 007 – The Road LessTraveled – Parmenides
  • HoP 008 – You Can’t Get There From Here – Zeno and Melissus
  • HoP 009 – The Final Cut – Democritus and Leuccipus
  • HoP 010 – Mind Over Mixture – Anaxagoras

I actually stopped listened to this podcast. It’s very informative, but too dense with information. Every sentence is like a lecture with full of information to digest. Furthermore, it feels like a one-way lesson which makes it hard to remember. Therefore, I also adjusted the rating to 6/10…from a former 9/10, when I was really into it and excited about these ideas. I hope to find a more suitable philosophy podcast for me. 

Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review (Overall Rating: 9/10)


My Category: Cinematography, Film, Arts, Fun


Short Description: Great movies reviews and funny entertainment by Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo from BBC Radio including interview guests like JJ Abrams, Cate Blanchett, Steven Spielberg or Tom Hanks. Must listen for film fanatics!


Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lvdrj


No episode list or ratings, they are all funny 😉…so get the newest episodes to stay up to date on your movie knowledge!

This American Life (Overall Rating: 8/10 – quality of the episodes vary wildly though)


My Category: Culture, Society, Arts, Knowledge


Short Description: Popular, weekly public radio show focusing on aspects of American life.


Link: http://m.thisamericanlife.org/podcast


Episodes and ratings:

  • #574: Sinatra’s 100th Birthday (Episode Rating: 7,5/10)
  • #579: My Damn Mind (Episode Rating: 9/10)

My Dad Wrote A Porno (Overall Rating: 6,5/10)


My Category: Fun, „Literature“


Short Description: Imagine your dad wrote a porno…how would you feel about it? 😉 Well, Jamie is the son of „Rocky Flintstone“, the author of the self-published erotic nover „Belinda Blinked“. So he gathers two of his friends and dissects his father’s „art work“ chapter by chapter. Witty, dirty and entertaining!


Link: https://www.acast.com/mydadwroteaporno


Episodes and ratings:

  • Episode 1 – The Job Interview
  • Episode 2 – The Leather Room
  • Episode 3 – The regional Sales Meeting
  • Episode 4 – The Maze / The First Client
  • Episode 5 – The Second Client Juim Sterling
  • Episode 6 – The Third Client Peter Rouse
  • Episode 7 – The Tombola
  • Episode 8 – The Chalet
  • Episode 9 – The Horse and Jockey
  • Episode 10 – Sunday Night 11:55pm
  • Footnotes: Rocky’s Biography 
  • Episode 11 – The Night Receptionist
  • Footnotes: Merchandising
  • Episode 12 – The Duchess Comes Clean
  • Footnotes: Casting The Movie
  • Episode 13 – Monday Morning 7.45am
  • Footnotes: Rocky Q&A

This is actually the end of the podcast, at least of Season 1. In the beginning I found it more entertaining because the idea was quite funny. Turned out to be a good show, but not extraordinarily special in my mind. Just give it a try for the first two or three episodes and see for yourself. 

BackStory (Overall Rating: 8/10)


My Category: History, Knowledge, News, Events


Short Description: BackStory gives you the background information to recent (historic/media) events. Good research and nice use of different sources!


Link: http://backstoryradio.org


Episodes and ratings:


  • History for the Headlines: 2015 in Review (Episode Rating: 7/10)
  • Islam and the United States (Episode Rating: 7/10)
  • They Might Be Giants: China and the U.S. (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • City Upon A Hill: A History Of American Exceptionalism (Episode Rating: 7/10)
  • Contagion: Responding to Infectious Disease (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • Real To Reel 2016: History At The Movies (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • History for the Headlines: 2015 in Review (Episode Rating: 7/10)

TEDTalks (Overall Rating: 9/10)


My Category: Innovation, Global Ideas, Science, Technology, Politics


Short Description: I just take the motto of TED… „Ideas Worth Spreading“! 😉 Just a wide range of highly interesting topics in any given field that will sooner or later affect our life. Great discussions and speeches!


Link: Just google TEDTalks where you can download the visuals as well! 


Episodes and ratings:


  • Capitalism will eat democracy – unless we speak up | Yanis Varoufakis (Episode Rating: 9/10)
  • Let’s design social media that drives real change | Wael Ghonim (Episode Rating: 9/10)
  • Have we reached the end of physics? | Harry Cliff (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • What makes a good life? Lessons learned from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger (Episode Rating: 10/10)
  • Refugees have the right to be protected | António Guterres (Episode Rating: 8/10)
  • Let’s not use Mars as a backup planet | Lucianne Walkowicz (Episode Rating: 8/10)