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Holiday travel volume is at an all-time high, with more than one-third of Americans—112.5 million people—planning a year-end trip by car, train, or plane.1 Here are some of the podcasts that we at Hartford Funds are listening to that could help make the traffic jams more bearable:

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

WorkLife with Adam Grant

"I’ve always loved Adam Grant, so spending my 45-minute (each way) commute with him has been a pleasure. I love hearing his thoughts, which he connects well to his guest’s stories, and the experts he interviews. My favorite episodes so far: How to Love Criticism and Your Hidden Personality."

Jamie Davis, Head of Human Resources

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

Ted Talk App

“These inspirational speakers and subject matter experts weigh in on a wide range of subjects…perfect if you’re looking to open your mind to something new or crush it at your neighborhood bar’s next Quizzo night. My favorite Ted Talk of all time is The Power of Introverts presented by Susan Cain."

Brian Kraus, Head of Investment Consulting Group and Internal Sales

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World – Jack Weatherford

The Speaker Lab with Grant Baldwin

“I’m always looking for ways to improve my presentation skills, so I’m currently working through almost 200 episodes. In today’s “experience economy,” I think it’s important for those of us speaking in the field to compare ourselves to top conference speakers, as our audiences will.”

Ryan Sullivan, Director, Strategic Markets

The Storm Before the Storm - Mike Duncan

Masters in Business

“Barry Ritholtz interviews some of the biggest and most successful minds in business. From Ray Dalio to Howard Marks, Barry discusses how they have achieved their success and, more importantly, how they keep it.”

Bob Skellenger, Senior Internal Advisor Consultant


Born Standing Up – Steve Martin

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

“Each week, host Nora McInerny invites a regular, real person who has gone through something painful to tell their story and give their genuine, raw answer to the question, "how are you?" Spoiler alert: this podcast is not uplifting. The stories are often sad or even tragic, but they are also powerful, cathartic, unifying, sometimes humorous, and thought-provoking, and they remind listeners that no matter what you’re going through, you are not alone.”

Mariana Faber, Head of Public Relations

Slouching toward Bethlehem – Joan Didion

Revisionist History

“Each episode of this podcast takes the listener on a journey through the overlooked and misunderstood. It re-examines something from the past—an event, person, idea, song—and asks whether we got it right the first time, or if we should think about it differently.”

Bill Dougherty, SVP, Head of DCIO & Institutional

Mindfulness in Plain English – Henepola Gunaratana


“You think it’s going to be about an unsolved murder that took place in Alabama. However, the story takes an unexpected twist, and you’re left uncovering the secrets in one man’s life, leading the listener to ask, Do you ever really know a person?”

Coleen Kozlowski, Senior Marketing Associate

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing – Daniel Pink

The Indicator from Planet Money

“This podcast, produced by NPR, is a little show about big ideas. It provides quick hits of insight into work, business, the economy, and everything else. The episodes are never longer than 10 minutes, so it makes for a very insightful and quick listen.”

Jim Walker, Internal Sales Manager

Willpower Doesn’t Work – Discover the Hidden Keys to Success – Benjamin Hardy

The West Wing Weekly

“This podcast, which is about the television series The West Wing, is hosted by one of the stars of the show, Josh Malina, and Hrishikesh Hirway (creator of the Song Exploder podcast). If you’re a fan of the series, it’s cool to hear their episode discussions, and they have a lot of great guests!”

Steph Germanovich, Business Intelligence Consultant

Willpower Doesn’t Work – Discover the Hidden Keys to Success¬ – Benjamin Hardy

Philosophize This!

“Stephen West, the host, takes us through history, from the beginning of time until present, but through the lens of the popular philosophies of the time period. From the well-known Socrates and Plato, to lesser known Eastern Philosophies, he discusses how our perspectives, culture, and values depend on the prominent theories of the era.”

Liz Fisk, PR and Communications Consultant

Exponential Organizations – Michael S. Malone, Salim Ismail & Yuri van Geest

In Our Time

“In each episode, Melvyn Bragg invites a handful of academics to discuss a single idea, person, culture, concept, or work of art. My favorite episodes cover topics related to science, space exploration, and technology. A great way to learn a little about a lot of topics.”

Chris Wilcox, Assistant Director, Strategic Marketing

Exponential Organizations – Michael S. Malone, Salim Ismail & Yuri van Geest

The Generation Why Podcast

“Have you ever wondered what really happened in that high profile case that was all over the news? On Generation Why, two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies. ”

Greg Allison, Internal Advisor Consultant

Click here to see our list of 15 popular financially focused podcasts for financial advisors.