My favorite podcasts

These are some of my favorite podcasts that cover random topics from entrepreneurship, new ideas, and rural places. Some I found my self others were recommendations from Lea Anne Sieler, Hodgeman County Economic Development, and Simone Elder, Network Kansas.  

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KSU Research & Extension
First Friday E-Calls

K-State Research and Extension offers an entrepreneurship webinar every first Friday of the month.  Our mutual goal is to engage knowledge, wisdom, and relationships of local communities with the research and experimentation of the University to create vital communities. 

The purpose of these calls is to increase the local community’s knowledge about Experts, Education, and Economic Resources available to help small businesses and entrepreneurs.  We also aim to increase the number of transactions between the small business owner/entrepreneur with the Experts, Education, and Economic Resources who can increase the likelihood that they are successful.  

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How I Built This with Guy Raz (NPR)

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

1-800-GOT-JUNK?: Brian Scudamore

Brian Scudamore didn’t dream of a life hauling away other people’s trash. But when he needed to pay for college, he bought a $700 pickup truck, painted his phone number on the side, and started hauling. Now 1-800-GOT-JUNK? makes close to $300 million in annual revenue. PLUS for our postscript “How You Built That,” an update on Bloomerent, an online service that helps couples save wedding costs by letting them share flower arrangements on the same weekend. (Original broadcast date: April 17, 2017)


Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell’s journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time.
Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

Revisionist History is an original podcast from Panoply.

Food Fight

Bowdoin College in Maine and Vassar College in upstate New York are roughly the same size. They compete for the same students. Both have long traditions of academic excellence. But one of those schools is trying hard to close the gap between rich and poor in American society—and paying a high price for its effort. The other is making that problem worse—and reaping rewards as a result.

“Food Fight,” the second of the three-part Revisionist History miniseries on opening up college to poor kids, focuses on a seemingly unlikely target: how the food each school serves in its cafeteria can improve or distort the educational system.

Rural Futures Podcast 

As our high-tech, globalized world continues to collide with the values, principles and ethics of humanity, the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska is breaking into the currently polarizing narratives of the rural-urban divide, technology development and the future of work through its weekly podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie.”

Exploring the intersections of technology and what it means to be human, this podcast is for achievers to expand their perspective for social justice, economic growth and leadership through the lenses of exponential change, disruptive leadership and the evolution of humanity. Guests include futurists, researchers, rural mavericks and students who are smashing barriers for the sake of a thriving rural-urban future.

Episode 18: Rural maverick Matt Dennis intersects creativity, entrepreneurship, workforce

Matt Dennis understands the reality of the agricultural economy, the need for creative thinking for thriving rural communities and the grit it’s going to take to lead families, farms and businesses into the future. As co-founder of Handlebend Copper Co., Matt creates exquisite copper mugs from his hometown of about 3,700 people and ships them — in authentic wooden crates — worldwide. In this episode, he discusses his ag background and full-time job, the balance of starting a business and raising a family and his take on the stories that need to be shared from rural areas across the country. Dr. Connie, RFI Chief Futurist, is energized by Matt’s call-to-action around female workforce potential, embracing Handlebend’s digital presence and his leadership style that starts with empowering and listening to others.

Rural Routes Podcast (Canada)

Rural Routes Podcast (or RRP for short otherwise I’ll develop a carpal tunnel syndrome from typing it) will provide listeners with a weekly podcast featuring an interview with somebody who has something to say about what it means to live rural in the 21st century. I am planning to talk to academic researchers, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs and fishermen. You will hear stories from across Canada and maybe even a bit further afield. We’ll tackle everything from what it’s like to live on a small, rural island, to what are alternative models of financing available to rural communities.

S3E3-The Country Mouse and The City Mouse

Everybody knows the old story of the Country Mouse and the City Mouse. In this episode of Rural Routes, Dr. David Freshwater of University of Kentucky and Dr. Kevin Morgan from the University of Wales suggest we better develop some new ways of understanding the differences, and dependencies, between rural and urban populations. In the age of globalization, climate change, and just-in-time deliveries, what do rural and urban need, want, and expect from each other? Our guests both have incredible knowledge and experience, and you might even laugh a couple of times too.

High Plains Journal Podcast (Kansas)

Join Associate Editors Jennifer M. Latzke and Kylene Scott every week as they chat about the news, HPJ stories, markets and more.h