Take a listen to our top podcast picks from 2021

January 4, 2022 Tarah Wolking
In this best-of-the-best podcast roundup you’ll hear from an Olympic gold medalist, take a journey into space, learn about Cryptocurrency plus more!

Reasons we love podcasts: They’re available on-demand, easy to listen to while you’re on the go, and with over 2 million shows in existence, there’s something for everyone. 

Bonus reason: They help you escape from unwanted noise. Dog barking? Pop in some earbuds. Nearby construction? Turn up the volume. Roommate playing loud music on repeat? One word: Podcasts.  

The perks don’t stop. 

To help build up your podcast library, we pulled some of our fan faves from 2021 you won’t want to miss.

1. Learn how to make your ambitious goals in life more achievable and less daunting.

Big Goals, Little Steps: With Guests Shannon Miller & Hal Hershfield


US Olympic Hall of Fame gymnast, Shannon Miller, shares how her approach to goals led her to the pinnacle of her sport and helped her through a devastating illness. Hal Hershfield, Psychologist UCLA Professor, discusses how breaking your savings goals into smaller amounts and shorter intervals can help you overcome certain psychological hurdles.

2. Have you ever heard the story of an astronaut who almost drowned in space?

Scientist Mode: With Guests Adam Grant & Luca Parmitano


Luca Parmitano, Italian Astronaut, and colonel in the Italian Air Force, shares what it was like to have his helmet fill with water, 250 miles above the earth, outside the International Space Station and how what saved him was the scientific thinking implemented for disaster recovery. 

Adam Grant, Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania joins the episode to discuss how taking a scientific approach to difficult problems often yields better results in business, politics, and life.

3. A look at Crypto and how depending on timing, the same investment can be both disastrous and generate great returns.

Should You Invest in Cryptocurrency?


Our most popular episode this year was on a topic that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Is the success of an innovation measured by the success of its investors? And how does volatility weigh in?

4. As investors eye rising prices, are there ways to manage a portfolio that can offset some of the effects of inflation?

How Can You Protect Your Portfolio Against Inflation?


Kathy Jones, Schwab’s chief fixed income strategist, discusses the history of inflation in the U.S. economy—including the gold standard and the key players at the Federal Reserve—as well as hyperinflation and recent fears of rising prices.

5. Investors want their portfolios to reflect their values… and still make a profit. Is it possible?

Can Your Portfolio Make an Impact and a Profit?


Michael Iachini, managing director and head of manager research at Charles Schwab Investment Advisory, discusses the state of ESG investing, whether investors can make a profit while also supporting causes they believe in, how to determine whether a company truly shares your values, and what steps Washington is taking to develop standards and ensure they are met.