April 17, 2020 by Annette Sandler

Listen While You Work: 8 TIDE Podcast Recommendations

Need a break from your screen? We asked TIDE speakers to tell us the top podcasts that inspire them to create, design, think, and wonder. Once we delved into them, we wanted to listen too! From real world current day stories to Greek myths to unseeable forces, you’ll find ideas, struggles, and stories to challenge and influence your work. Thanks to TIDE contributors Sasha Harris-Cronin, Songul Aslanturk, Emily Conrad, Nathan Adkisson, and Michelle Higa Fox for sharing their favorites.

Pick a few to start inspiring you and then tell us what you think.


Clever  – design is universal. Clever is a podcast about design and designers. They’re visionaries, problem-solvers, critical thinkers, rebels and aesthetes, but above all, they're human. Produced by designer Amy Devers and Design Milk’s Jaime Derringer.

Recent episodes:

  • Heath Creative Director Catherine Bailey – learn about how Catherine Bailey became a designer and about her project to bring the Heath Ceramics brand back to life.
  • Clever Extra – Creativity & Community in a Time of Crisis – messages of solidarity and hope from previous guests of episodes
  • Artist Misha Kahn ­– learn about Misha Kahn’s work combining furniture and sculpture


Motionhatch – A bi-weekly program hosted by Hayley Akins, motion designer and animator,  discussing the business side of animation and motion design. Hear from a wide range of voices within the industry and get quality motion design advice and insight.

Recent episodes:

  • How to price your work as a motion designer with Blair Enns – hear from Enns, author of The Win Without Pitching Manifesto
  • How to deal with anxiety during uncertain times with Dr. Anna Symonds – Symonds, a clinical psychologist in the UK, shares tips for navigating this difficult period
  • The number one thing that changed my motion design career with Hayley Akins – learn how Akins uses masterminds, a peer support group, to learn and grow

Team Human

Team Human (with Douglas Rushkoff) – real-time, no-holds-barred discussions with people who are hacking the machine to make it more compatible with human life, and are helping redefine what it means to stay human in a digital age.

Recent episodes:

  • James Howard Kunstler “The Long Emergency” – author, social critic, and public speaker Kunstler explains how the pandemic is a beginning of a process he calls “The Long Emergency”
  • Helena Norberg-Hodge “Everything Works Better Locally” – author, filmmaker, and founder and director of Local Futures, Norberg-Hodge examines how people and places can benefit from localism
  • Mark Stahlman “Get Digital, Go Medieval” – founder of the Center for the Study of Digital Life, Stahlman discusses artificial intelligence and how our human senses are needed to direct it

How I Built This

How I Built This with Guy Raz – Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies.  NPR correspondent and host Guy Raz speaks with change-makers and risk-takers, who tell stories about hustle, perseverance, and the sheer joy of creating something … from nothing.

Recent episodes:

  • Live with Guy Online: Susan Griffin-Black ­– hear how Susan Griffin-Black, founder of EO products, turned her company’s efforts to only making hand sanitizer and hand soap while protecting her employees.
  • S’well: Sarah Kauss – Sarah got her idea for her business while on a hike. Now she is focused on helping to eliminate plastic waste.
  • Live with Guy Online: Jeni Britton Bauer – Jeni, of the so very delicious Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, weathered an outbreak of Listeria and came back stronger.


Ouch: the cabin fever podcast – the place where the real disability talk happens. Interviews, life hacks and things you don't say out loud. Ouch is produced by a team of professionals with their own disabilities, pros who reach out with stories about others facing life with disabilities.

Recent episodes include:

  • Styling out coronavirus with diabetes and tie-dye – why coronavirus is high risk for those with diabetes and the Diabetes Duo on why they are into tie-dye loungewear
  • Decontaminating our cans of beans one by one – a couple’s food delivery creates both euphoria and conflict. Are others disinfecting everything?
  • We’re temporarily cancelling your career – when plans are derailed how do you cope?


Invisibilia – unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia — Latin for invisible things — fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.

Recent episodes include:

  • The Reluctant Immortalist – why Daniel Martinez, one of the world’s leading scholars on hydroids, abandoned his research into immortality
  • White vs. White? – the story about a debate over racial identity
  • An Unlikely Superpower – a Scottish woman discovers she can see the future

Dolly Parton's America

Dolly Parton's America – in this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton — but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons.  Join their 9-part journey into the Dollyverse. 

Recent episodes:

  • She’s Alive – Dolly discusses her faith and plans for how she’ll be remembered
  • Traveling Creatures: live music sung by bluegrass musicians Nora Brown and Amythyst Kiah
  • Dixie Disappearance – hear about the controversy surrounding Dolly Parton’s Stampede, dinner theater that presents the Civil War as a friendly competition between neighbors

Tales of the Night Sky

Tales of the Night Sky – rediscover the stars and constellations of the night sky through these dramatic myths, starting off with Greco-Roman constellation myths. They’re juicy, funny, disturbing, and moving. The next time you gaze up at those glittery stars and galaxies on a clear night, let these stories carry you away.

Recent Episodes:

  • Andromeda Part I: Constellations of the Perseus Family – Andromeda faces her death in this Greek myth
  • Cynosura: The Constellation of Ursa Minor – discover who was Ursa Minor before she became a constellation
  • Arcas: The Constellation of Bootes – the story of Callisto’s son, Arcas, tragic suffering

About Annette Sandler

Annette Sandler has worked in live events for over 10 years delivering creative, connected experiences. As the Director of Content Development for AVIXA, Annette curates in-person and digital content that shines a spotlight on the power of AV technology and integrated experiences. If you have a story to tell about AV technology, you can reach Annette at asandler@avixa.org.