Summer Content to Devour on Your Work Commute

Internship season is in the air! We know the feeling when you’re riding the bus/subway/train and all you want is some good content because staring blankly out the window just isn’t cutting it anymore. You shuffle through your Spotify and realize you’ve gone through the same playlists over and over again. You’re just bored. You need something new to consume. That’s why the Beemia team wanted to share one of their favorite books, podcasts, and TV shows so you can start devouring them on your commute. Some of these are long-time favorites while others are recent discoveries we just can’t get enough of!



Books


On Writing by Stephen King


Picked by: Nicole Kosuda, Chief Content Officer


Why? When I think of Stephen King I immediately think literary legend. My friend gave me this book before spring break and my butt was glued to a beach chair for that entire week. This memoir is a beautiful, witty, captivating deep-dive into the depths of King’s life. This book is split into two sections: how writing played a part in his life and then his unfiltered commentary of what writing is to him and how writers should approach this career. There are brilliant pieces of advice sprinkled throughout the entire book but his humour is what kept me reading from cover to cover. When a book can make me laugh out loud, I bookmark that author for life.



The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


Picked by: Giancarlo Avendano, Chief Sales Officer


I recently picked this book back up after a couple years of not touching it. This story takes us into the world of a young Andalusian boy named Santiago that faces many trials and tribulations during his coming of age story. Coelho has an intriguing personality. Growing up in Brazil, he suffered of schizophrenic episodes and was even thrown into an asylum by his family. The Alchemist is known worldwide as his most important work for its captivating story and for being one of the most translated novels of the 20th century.



The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson


Picked by: Colleen McBride, Chief Communications Officer


I remember being really intrigued by the title of this book and I just had to give it a try. Well, let me tell you that this book is a really great read to have when you're feeling overwhelmed, confused, on a high or a low of your life. There's a lot to underline and circle in this one. The best part is that it's an easy read for when you just need some spark of inspiration in your life. It's the type of book that everyone will pick apart differently, and it's also one that you can revisit and get something new out of in different stages of your life. It's very refreshing and honest.



Love Does by Bob Goff


Picked by: Andrew Strause, Founder/CEO


Goff exemplifies how love through action leads to a more positive and welcoming world. This book guided me through a pretty dark couple of months by helping me realize how easy it can be to just be a good person. The experiences that Goff takes his readers through are packed with whimsy and set an example for how we should all live our lives. I’m not a huge advocate for organized religion, which is ironic because this book is pretty much all about Goff’s experiences as a follower of Christ. No matter what religious affiliations you have, I think everyone could learn from how Goff tries to live his life in pursuit to loving all of his neighbors.



Yes We (Still) Can by Dan Pfeiffer


Picked by: Dan Lordan, Chief Information Officer


Pfeiffer is a former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama in Strategy and Communications. My good friend, roommate, and co-host of our own podcast, Seamus O’Hara, and I used to love listening to him and three other former Obama staffers discuss American politics in their podcast, ‘Keepin it 1600.’ After the 2016 election, this group formed ‘Pod Save America,’ a podcast that has gained incredible popularity. Pfeiffer also released this great book, which serves both as a memoir on his time with President Obama and review roadmap for Democratic strategists in future elections. Regardless of your political affiliation, I believe this book provides a lot of incredible insight on the role of the media, the building blocks of a successful campaign, the pitfalls future Democratic candidates may face, and the 2016 election, as well as a few little glimpses into life in the White House. A great read, thanks to Seamus for the book!




Podcasts



WSJ Minute Briefing


Picked by: Giancarlo Avendano, Chief Sales Officer


Just like the rest of you I crave instant gratification from the moment I wake up in the morning. Despite making an active effort in trying to limit distractions throughout the day I always find myself lusting for on-demand information about world events, politics or whatever’s going on in the economy today. For this reason I would highly recommend The Wall Street Journal’s Minute Briefing podcast series. They feature a minute long morning, midday and closing bell briefing where they basically just read the top headlines for the day. This podcast is great for individuals who just want to start familiarizing themselves with the various sectors of our economy, world news and the current geopolitical climate. I’d recommend listening to today’s morning briefing and see what’s going on in our world today!



That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs


Picked by: Colleen McBride, Chief Communications Officer


Just the name is fun! If you're interested in listening to some stories and perspectives of a Christian author and speaker in a fun and very light way, this is a wonderful podcast to listen to. Annie's welcoming and calming personality gives life to her episodes that range from interviewing couples to talking about new books, travel, restaurants, and musicians. If it sounds fun to Annie, she'll talk about it.



The Daily, by Michael Barbaro (New York Times)


Picked by: Dan Lordan, Chief Information Officer


The in-depth storytelling you might associate with Vox or the Atlantic, with the strength of NYT journalism and the detail (without the humor) of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, all read to you while you eat breakfast. The Daily is 20 minutes a day, five days a week, a great podcast hosted by Michael Barbaro. Instead of a broad overview of a bunch of stories, which you might expect with an NYT Podcast, it’s instead one long story a day about an area you might be unfamiliar with. In the past few weeks they’ve discussed genes and gene privacy, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, Robert Mueller’s report, R. Kelly, Theresa May, and racial disparities in top NY public high schools. A great way to start your day and sink your teeth into a great, well-researched, story.



The Tim Ferriss Show


Picked by: Nicole Kosuda, Chief Content Officer


I'm a nerd when it comes to finding out how successful people were able to get to the end of the rainbow to snag that pot of gold. Ferriss interviews people from all walks of life that have been able to master their craft. I'd start with the Jamie Foxx episode because it's always a crowd favorite. Even if you don't think you'll resonate with the person he interviews just press play because more times than not, every guest on the show has some life lesson that you can put in your back pocket for the future.



How I Built This


Picked by: Andrew Strause, Founder/CEO


If you are remotely interested in entrepreneurship, I recommend checking out How I Built This. You can pick and choose which episodes that you want and they range from Bumble to 5 Guys, Logic, Toms, Kickstarter and many more companies/people that you will interact with regularly. It’s incredible to hear more about the details behind the stories we already know about; to see the real struggles and hard work that these teams put in to reach what we now know to be success stories.




TV



The West Wing


Picked by: Dan Lordan, Chief Information Officer


Yeah I get it I’m 20 years too late but I’ve been told for years I should watch it. Just started it and I can tell it’s going to be my summer binge. After watching the Newsroom (which, if you haven’t seen, please please do) I wanted another Aaron Sorkin series so why not pick up with the most famous? The first season won nine Emmys, a record at the time, and the political drama features fantastic acting and direction. You can find it on Netflix!



The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


Picked by: Colleen McBride, Chief Communications Officer


This show hooked me from the start! Obsessed is an understatement. Set in the 1950's in New York's Upper West Side, this series is filled with colors, music, and wardrobes that will make you think you were there. The main character is upper 20-some-year-old Miriam Maisel who pushes boundaries with her stand-up comedy in a time when it was unheard of for a woman to do anything but be polite. You'll find yourself continuously intrigued at what she'll do next. The cast is great and the writing is comical and clever. I couldn't stop watching.



Rick and Morty or Black Mirror


Picked by: Andrew Strause, Founder/CEO


I couldn’t break the tie between these two masterpieces. If you have a dark and intelligent sense of curiosity, these shows will make you think that crazy futuristic ideas could possibly happen right now (okay maybe not Rick and Morty). If you are constantly doing work that doesn’t feel intellectually stimulating, these shows will give you an opportunity to conceptualize ideas that will blow your mind. The new season of Black Mirror just came out on Netflix!



Songland


Picked by: Nicole Kosuda, Chief Content Officer


I saw this show as an ad and I’m going to be honest, the graphic is what caught my attention. I thought it was a movie! Then I was pleasantly surprised to find a competitive reality TV show. I have always been a sucker for America’s Got Talent, Shark Tank, and Bachelor/Bachelorette, but recently I was craving a new reality fettish. Undiscovered song writers pitch their songs to producers and a music celebrity that will sing their song. I love music and seeing the creative process behind it and that’s why this show grabbed me from the start. You see the collaboration between artists which is usually behind closed doors. It felt like I was getting a backstage pass to their studio recording time.



Visual Politik EN (YouTube Channel)


Picked by: Giancarlo Avedano, Chief Sales Officer


Yes - I’m the person that is not content unless they’re different and I haven’t seen any new series lately, so for that reason I’m gonna recommend a YouTube channel. Visual Politik really helps me make sense of the crazy world we live in and it teaches me to do more than just be really good at headline reading. Headline reading is something most of us are all too familiar with because of the wealth of information we have access to after born into this world with a supercomputer at our fingertips 24/7. They always stays impartial and answer some of the most intricate questions regarding the foreign policy of governments and organizations.