4 Podcasts to Inform and Inspire


Podcasts are a great way to expand your knowledge and to stay inspired — listen during your commute, while you exercise, or on your coffee break!


A glimpse into the day-to-day work of professionals from different fields. Guests include a landscape designer, makeup artist, forensic anthropologist, and book editor. Produced by Slate and hosted by Adam Davidson.

Episode spotlight: How Does the Director of Presidential Correspondence Work?
Fiona Reeves and her team at the White House process all the citizen mail that the president receives. Reeves explains how she selects the ten letters that are delivered to President Obama each evening and shares a few memorable letters received during her eight years as director of presidential correspondence.


Each episode is a conversation between Chase Jarvis and a different creative influencer, including entrepreneurs, artists, and authors, who discuss their professional and personal journeys, life philosophies, and habits for success.

Episode spotlight: Brene Brown: Rising Strong in a Digital Age
Brené Brown, a shame and vulnerability researcher and author, breaks down what it means to live wholeheartedly, the opportunities found in allowing yourself to be authentic and vulnerable, and how to rise after failing.


Daily 10-minute episodes covering a myriad of business aspects, from hiring staff to online marketing and personal branding. Hosted by Omar Zenhom.

Episode Spotlight: Five Reasons Customer Surveys Fail
Tips to get the most out of your customer surveys, from creating the right questions to implementing a plan of action based on feedback.


Conversations about what it means to be human in a digital age and how technology impacts our lives. Produced by WNYC and hosted by Manoush Zomorodi.

Episode spotlight: When to Stop Looking for a Better Date or Restaurant
Can algorithms help us make better decisions in our daily lives? Host Manoush, her sister Gitta, and show producer Jenna Kagel experiment with applying the “optimal stopping” algorithm to counter the paralyzing problem of too many choices, in this instance, when it comes to dining and dating.

Written by Thien-Kieu Lam.

Tech Talk: Treehouse

Coding has become the universal language of our times. Digital technology’s role in shaping the ways we live and work will only expand, in breadth and depth, and coding will continue to be a highly marketable and valued skill.

Whether you’re interested in building your skills for a career in the tech industry or just want to create your own website, there are many online resources for learning on your own time and at your own pace. One such resource is Treehouse, and East Baton Rouge Parish Library patrons may request a free Treehouse account on the library’s website.


Treehouse offers many different courses as well as tracks. A track is a program of courses designed for a particular topic. For example, the “Web Design” track includes a total of seventeen courses, starting with “How to Make a Website” and ending with “CSS to Sass.”



Once you have created an account and chosen a course or track, Treehouse will create a daily lesson plan for you, which can be viewed in your dashboard. Each lesson plan usually includes two to three steps and takes approximately thirty minutes to complete.


Courses are taught using video tutorials and follow along exercises in custom Treehouse workspaces that allow you to create and test code as you write it. There are also quizzes to evaluate your retention of information.



For an idea of what Treehouse video tutorials are like, check out this introduction to the course “Intro to HTML and CSS.”

Ready to start? East Baton Rouge Parish Library patrons can request a free account. Don’t have a library card? EBR Parish residents can visit the nearest branch to create a library account and get access to Treehouse and many other free resources!

Written by Thien-Kieu Lam.