The great thing about podcasts is that they provide an entertaining alternative to visual media. In fact, studies show that the brain is more active while listening to podcasts than when watching television. Whether you want to learn about entertainment, history, applied sciences, money, or any number of other topics, there’s a podcast out there to teach you.
You can find and download top podcasts from such places as iTunes and Stitcher, as well as in apps like Downcast and Pocket Casts.
Here are 10 great podcasts to get you started:
Bill Nye is on a mission to change the world — one voicemail at a time. Bill and science writer Corey S. Powell take your burning questions and put them to the world’s leading experts on just about every topic in the universe.
Radiolab is one of the most beloved podcasts and public radio shows in the world. The show is known for its deep-dive journalism and innovative sound design. Over the years it has evolved to become a platform for long-form journalism and storytelling.
If you’ve ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
Crazy Money exists to promote financial wisdom and better living through no-holds-barred conversations about the role of money in our lives. Listen as comedian and former Facebook Sales VP Paul Ollinger interviews entrepreneurs, celebrities, authors, artists, and others with a unique perspective on money, wealth and careers.
Dan Carlin’s work weaves historical information with deep questions and Twilight Zone-style twists to help illustrate the power and continuing relevance of the past. Drama, extremes, empathy, and vivid examples of both the highs and lows of humanity dominate the narrative.
Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell’s journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time.
Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
Overheard at National Geographic
Come dive into one of the curiously delightful conversations overheard at National Geographic’s headquarters, as we follow explorers, photographers, and scientists to the edges of our big, weird, beautiful world.
Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture.
For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don’t need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.
Here are some of the current statistics for podcasting in 2021:
- Over 55% of the US population have listened to a podcast
- In 2020 over 155 million people listen to a podcast every week
- Around 24% of the US population (68 million) listen to multiple podcasts weekly
- Podcast listeners consume an average of seven different shows per week
- There are over 700,000 active podcasts and 29 million podcast episodes available
- The most popular age group for podcasts listeners is 25-44 which make up 49% of total listeners
As the podcast trend continues to grow each year, one thing is clear: human beings love to listen to each other talk.
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