I read a lot, but reading gets tiring—it involves too much sitting still, and is just one narrow avenue for acquiring knowledge. Lately I've enjoyed some great podcasts, mostly interviews with fascinating people on a wide range of topics, many to do with self improvement and cutting-edge science. Here are some of my favorites. With the exception of #3, all cover an impressive range of topics, often from a contrarian angle.
Tim Ferriss is the author of the "four hour" series: The Four Hour Workweek, The Four Hour Body, and most recently The Four Hour Chef. Tim is a tireless knowledge seeker and meta learner—he seeks to improve the rate at which he acquires new knowledge and skills. Tim's interests are all over the map, and sometimes his ego can makes his interviews a bit tangential. But overall, The Tim Ferris Show is a consistently fascinating look at the tools, techniques and approach of high performers, and covers topics you might now even know existed (therapeutic enthogens, for example).
In the developed world, we've gotten soft. Until quite recently in our evolution, humans were living outdoors, hunting and foraging, talking around the campfire, and worrying more about survival than installing the latest app on our phones. Daniel is dedicated to what he calls the "ReWilding lifestyle," that is, reconnecting to our more primal selves—a back-to-nature ethos. Daniel interviews a wide range of guests on topics which include getting back to nature, better sex, improving sleep habits, and meditation.
While she doesn't have her own podcast, sex, intimacy, and self improvement coach Michael Boehn is regularly interviewed on others' podcasts. Michaela teaches workshops like The Yoga of Deep Intimacy and The Wild Woman’s Way. She is authorized to teach the knowledge/curriculum of David Deida, an influential writer in the the areas of finding one's purpose, sexual polarity, and spirituality. If you're new to these concepts, Michaela may surprise, confuse, or offend you. Keep listening—it gets deep.
Author of the groundbreaking and controversial Sex at Dawn, Christopher hosts three different podcasts, covering minimalism, world travel, antropology and non-traditional lifestyles ("choose your own adventure").
I just discovered this one. Dave Asprey is a biohacker with a somewhat dubious product called Bulletproof Coffee. His product line aside, Dave's podcast is a wealth of knowledge on diet, health, brain science, and fitness. Topics include Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, mindfulness, medical marijuana, and the art of storytelling.