Ten L&D podcasts we love, and you will too! (2019 update)

Last year, we revealed our pick of the best L&D and HR podcasts to help you keep on top of the latest issues affecting our profession. That blog was so popular that we thought we should update it for 2019, removing those shows that no longer exist and adding some new favourites that have emerged over the summer.

This list is in no particular order and we’re certain we’ll have missed someone off. So, let us know which L&D podcasts you’re listening to by tweeting us your thoughts @GoodPractice.

  1. Training Journal

Our first entry is the sporadic, but frequent, show from Training Journal. Hosts Jon Kennard and Jo Cook issue a major release on a monthly basis and shorter episodes in between. So, there’s always something available – whether you have just a few minutes or an hour to spare. Recent topics include chatbots, coaching, data science and – our old favourite – millennial myths. With a relaxed style, and wealth of expertise, the Training Journal team are one of our top picks for keeping up with trends.

  1. From Scratch

From Scratch is another podcast with a sporadic release schedule. But it warms our souls with delightful conversation and a 5-star runtime (episodes are usually less than 10 minutes). Hosts Martin Couzins and Nigel Paine are always ready with sharp questions and provocative insights. So, this is a great podcast if you’re looking to challenge your thinking.

  1. The CIPD Podcast

The monthly CIPD Podcast has changed format in the past year, moving from a Radio 4-style magazine format to more in-depth panel discussions with researchers, practitioners and academics. It’s an ideal listen if you’re looking for a half hour of focused discussion around HR topics like neurodiversity, executive pay and workforce planning.

  1. HR Uprising

The HR Uprising podcast created waves this summer when Business Psychologist Lucinda Carney hit number one on the iTunes Podcasts Business charts. Every Monday, Lucinda shares her insights into HR issues such as organisation development, talent management, tech and recruitment. Featuring occasional guests and frequent, practical takeaways, this is a great podcast for those who take a hands-on approach to HR.

  1. MindChimp

Created by Danny Seals, the MindChimp podcast was one of our favourites of last year and returned for season two this September. Popular for its relaxed structure and thoughtful conversations, Danny has a strong line-up of guests due to appear and recently featured our very own Ross Garner and Owen Ferguson!

  1. The Learning and Development Podcast

This new addition to 2019 offers studio-quality production with host David James’s expert insights. Guests this season have included GoodPractice favourites Sukh Pabial, Kate Graham, Nick Shackleton-Jones and Barbara Thompson, each sharing their views on topics shaping – or damaging – the learning and development industry.

  1. Learning at Large

Every other Tuesday, our friends at Elucidat release an often-inspiring take for anyone involved in developing training and learning solutions. Each episode lasts around 22 minutes, and the conversations take in a wide variety of topics each time. So, there’s sure to be something of interest.

  1. Freakonomics

We’d be remiss not to mention Freakonomics, not least because this term is referenced even more frequently on our own show than theirs. Launched as an extension to the global bestseller of the same name, Freakonomics has since dropped nearly 400 episodes, offering an accessible insight into the world of behavioural economics. Don’t be fooled if this sounds dry: host Stephen Dubner recently tackled topics like sports gambling, the future of meat and an interview with Dr Marijuana Pepsi (her real name). If you’re looking to assess how incentives and systems support or hinder your learning interventions, this is a great place to start.

  1. Emotion at Work

We set strict rules for this list: podcasts had to be active and released regularly. But they’re our rules, so let’s break them.

The Emotion at Work podcast hasn’t been active for a while, but we think the back catalogue offers a treasure trove of insights into the role that emotion plays in our relationships, our reactions to conflict, and how we perform at work. Host Phil Willcox creates a safe space to explore these topics in conversations that are thoughtful and revealing, all backed up by research and evidence.

  1. The GoodPractice podcast

Obviously. Now into its third year, our very own weekly podcast has been downloaded over 160,000 times and occasionally takes to the road for live shows with real, honest-to-goodness human audiences. Each week, hosts Ross GarnerRoss Dickie and Nicola Boyle chat with regular contributor Owen Ferguson and a special guest about topics such as evidence-based practice, performance support, challenges to face-to-face learning and (wherever possible) libertarian paternalism. And, of course, we always finish with our regular feature ‘What I Learned This Week’, a fan favourite that we hear has become a fixture at team meetings across the UK.