If you’re an avid podcast listener and a “student” of Stoicism, you’re probably always on the look out for some good Stoicism podcasts to plug into.
In case you’re not a big listener, podcasts are a particularly good way to absorb information when reading isn’t convenient – while driving, while working out, or any time in general if you just don’t happen to like reading. 🙂
If you need a quick dose of Stoicism but don’t have your copy of Meditations close by then a good podcast show might be what you need.
Luckily there’s a few out there so here’s a compilation of the top 7 in no particular order!
The Practical Stoic Podcast
As the name suggests, The Practical Stoic Podcast features the most practical advice from the ancient Stoic philosophers. Having that focus is a great thing for the listener – if people just getting into Stoicism are anything like I was then they’re looking for the practical advice that really relates to their own lives.
Simon was recently featured in an interview on The Daily Stoic and has interviewed some amazing guests on his own show, including Massimo Pigliucci, Donald Robertson and Ryan Holiday, who have all written books on Stoicism.
Although there haven’t been any new episodes of Good Fortune for a while, the great thing about this type of content is that it doesn’t really get outdated and so there’s plenty of useful stuff in the currently available episodes.
I enjoyed the intriguingly-titled How Stoics Treat Jerks, which features short readings from Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations followed by Matt’s insightful comments to help you put when you next encounter a jerk.
Stoic Philosophy Podcast
The Stoic Philosophy Podcast offers practical wisdom for everyday life and explores a range of topics that are applicable to modern situations. Episodes are released weekly and combine the practical wisdom with guest interviews.
Coping With Negative Emotions is a good episode covering a topic that I suspect most people could always use a helping hand with, I know I certainly could!
Scott describes his podcast as short, actionable, and practical which again, to me, are appealing characteristics of any Stoicism content. On Stoic Mettle, he uses personal stories to present Stoic ideas as well as interviewing contemporary Stoics for further insights.
If you’re a Marcus Aurelius fan, try out the episode The Life of Marcus Aurelius, which is a fascinating deep dive into the life of the Roman Emperor featuring author Donald Robertson.
Massimo Pigliucci is the author of the excellent book How To Be A Stoic, and a Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-City College. His podcast Stoic Meditations consists of bite-sized readings from the ancient Stoics, followed by his commentary to interpret the reading and put it into context.
The shortness of the episodes make this podcast a great candidate for incorporating into a daily routine if you need your regular fix of Stoicism. The episode Do The Right Thing, Now alone is one that could probably bear listening to every day.
The Sunday Stoic Podcast
Sunday Stoic is another podcast focusing on readings of the ancient Stoics and the modern applications of the lessons learnt. As you can probably guess, new episodes are published on Sundays!
Stoic Maxims is a nice episode which covers short sayings that feature in Seneca’s Moral Letters to Lucilius, and emphasises how maxims like this can be very useful for regularly reminding yourself of the Stoic mindset.
The Tim Ferriss Show
I couldn’t have a complete list of Stoicism podcasts without including The Tim Ferriss Show. While it’s not solely based on Stoicism, there are plenty of episodes on that specific topic and hearing Tim talk about how he applies the philosophy to his own life is one of the things that got me interested in it to begin with.
The episode “The Canvas Strategy — What Ben Franklin and Bill Belichick Have in Common” is an interesting one as it features another modern Stoic, Ryan Holiday, sharing an excerpt from his book Ego Is The Enemy.
If you know of any good Stoicism podcasts that I’ve missed please let me know on social media via the links on the right of this page!