Podcasts We're Listening To

The Podcasts that Keep Us Fuelled

As creatives, we’re always looking for inspiration in new places. Podcasts have taken the creative world by storm in recent years, and we are no strangers to them. They are increasingly valuable to business, too — did you know that 65% of listeners are likely to buy a product after hearing an ad in a podcast?

The Now Creative Group team has curated a list of our favourite podcasts ranging from entrepreneurial, to funny, to dark.

Keep scrolling through to till the end to see a few that we’ve been featured in.


This is a great one for entrepreneurs. It follows stories of starting your own business. Season 1 features Alex Blumberg’s journey starting Gimlet Media, and is the inspiration for an ABC sitcom called Alex, Inc. starring Zach Braff.
Recommended by Daniel Francavilla & Ray Khan.
Podcast by Gimlet Media.


The Lucky Few

If you want to hear stories from people who have crafted their dream jobs. Aaron Parker hosts this great podcast, featuring stories from young professionals and their success stories.
Recommended by Daniel Francavilla.


Masters of Scale

Co-founder of Linkedin and Silicon Valley investor, Reid Hoffman, hosts this podcast for everyone interested in how businesses scale. Get all the intel and hard truths about growing your company from other founders.
Recommended by Ray Khan & Daniel Francavilla.
Podcast by WaitWhat.



This podcast is for people looking for poignant stories, punctuated by Jonathan Goldstein’s quirky humour. Guests reflect on a moment that changed their lives and their quest for clarity on where things went wrong.
Recommended by Kim.
Podcast by This American Life.


99% Invisible

If you’ve ever found yourself asking “I wonder why this thing was made this way?”, this is a show you’ll immediately love. Roman Mars asks questions about the things we don’t notice in our daily lives, like why is a toothbrush a toothbrush or why are street lights green, yellow, and red.
Recommended by Kalil Magtoto & Ray Khan.


The Soundtrack Show

A great podcast for all the film and music nerds out there. The host goes in depth about the soundtracks of big hits and the decisions each composer makes to create a great soundtrack.
Recommended by Kalil Magtoto.
Podcast by HowStuffWorks.


The Rewatchables

Bill Simmons hosts Ringer Podcast Network’s latest film podcast. If you’re a film buff, this one’s for you. Listen to this panel of The Ringer folks discuss movies they can’t stop rewatching.
Recommended by Aminah Haghighi.
Podcast by The Ringer.


All Songs Considered

If you find it difficult to keep up with new music coming out on the regular, this podcast gives you a run-down of the freshest hits every Friday. You can also catch up with new music on NPR’s New Music Friday Playlist on Spotify!
Recommended by Kim.
Podcast by NPR.


Optimal Living Daily

Affectionately known as OLD, this podcast is for people who can’t be bothered to read articles, but want to learn all the same. OLD curates and narrates the best personal development, minimalism, finance, health, and business articles from across the web.
Recommended by Wendy Tran.


Stuff You Should Know

Looking for great conversation material? This podcast delves into clever facts about things you wouldn’t normally think twice about. Check it out to see the world in a whole new way.
Recommended by Naré Shahmouradyan.
Podcast by HowStuffWorks.


Everything is Alive

This podcast is sure to induce existential laughs. In each episode, host Ian Chillag interviews inanimate objects. It’s a great listen if you want to take a break and get out of your own head for a while. Check out our favourite episode.
Recommended by April Hossain.
Podcast by Radiotopia.



This American Life’s first spin-off, Serial, is an investigative journalism podcast. Season 1 is a murder mystery, following the murder of Hae Min Lee in Baltimore, Maryland. Host Sarah Koenig says Serial is “about the basics: love and death and justice and truth. All these big, big things.”
Recommended by Olivia Viola.
Podcast by This American Life.


Serial Killers 

Adrenaline junkies into psychological thrillers will enjoy this podcast. Every episode is a deep dive into the mind of history’s most infamous serial killers. Check this out if you’re curious about how the mind works and what makes people do what they do.
Recommended by Quan Tran.
Podcast by Parcast.


Here’s a few more from our friends.

They’re pretty great if we do say so ourselves.


This podcast is for young (expecting) parents and couples. So many parenting how-to books are irrelevant to how modern-day parenting works. Follow this millennial couple (including our brand strategist Aminah Haghighi!) as they navigate the world of pregnancy and new parenthood.


Truly Social Podcast

What makes social – social? The podcast examines social media and what makes people tick. (From community to content, influencers to interest graphs, metrics to memes, and everything in between, they’re on a mission to get social back on track).
Check out
this recent episode featuring Daniel, Now’s Creative Director!


Hustle Harder

This podcast sheds light on the entrepreneurship process. It’s not all glamour; this podcast talks to entrepreneurs about the failures, successes, difficulties and passion that it takes to be one.
Daniel is featured in
this episode.


There you have it! That’s been our list of podcasts keeping our creativity fuelled.

We hope you’ll give these a go, and let us know what podcasts you have queued up, too. Happy listening!


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