30 Educational Podcasts to Grow Your Brain

May 10, 2016 - 9 minutes read

There is literally a podcast about everything. From sports, to cats, to instruments, to ghosts, there is most likely a podcast out there specifically catering to each topic. While sometimes spending time to expand your knowledge can be hard work and time consuming, with today’s technology it is well possible to engage in enjoyable learning. Listening to educational and informative podcasts is a perfect way to do this. Check out the podcasts on the list below for a good listen while growing your brain!

TED Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour

Everybody loves a good TED talk! Check out the best of TED Talks in an audio only format for easy and convenient listening.

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RadioLab

The winner of two PeaBody awards, RadioLab, explores music, science and culture creativity in a fun and geeky way – hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.

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StartUp

The real trials, errors, and victories of the startup life. The very first episode is enough to get you hooked. Host Alex Blumberg botches a pitch to billionaire investor Chris Sacca and rather than cover it up, he exposes his weaknesses and analyzes his mistakes. 

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Back to Work

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discuss all things work like productivity, communication, barriers, constraints, and really everything else that crosses your work life path.

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Social Triggers Insider

Derek Halpern goes in depth discussing the psychology and human behaviour behind sales. 

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Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips

There vs. their, then vs. than, your vs. you’re. Need help? Check out this podcast from QuickAndDirtyTips.com for all things related to improving your grammar.

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The Accidental Creative

Host Todd Henry specializes in teaching how to implement daily practices that help you creatively thrive in life and in work. Todd is the Author of three books, one of which was named ‘one of the best books of 2013’ by Amazon.com.

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Beyond the To-Do List

Smart work trumps hard work, we all know that. This show focuses on how to work smart by choosing the right projects, tasks, and goals in work and life. The show is hosted by Erik Fisher.

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Good Job, Brain!

Good Job, Brain! targets those who love trivia. If you find yourself blurting out answers to trivia questions, this is absolutely the show for you. 

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Stuff You Should Know

This show is brought to you by HowStuffWorks.com, a site that was started in 1998 at a college professor’s kitchen table. It now sees nearly 30 million visitors each month. Stuff You Should Know is hosted by Charles (Chuck) Bryant and Josh Clark who explore, well, the Stuff You Should Know.

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Stuff to Blow Your Mind

Also brought to you by HowStuffWorks.com, Stuff to Blow Your Mind host’s Robert, Joe and Christian examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future. Next level stuff!

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Simple Life Together

Join Dan and Vanessa Hayes as they discuss how to live simply in a relationship and as a family. They are both ex-military and are currently operating their own lifestyle businesses. Tune in for tips on organization and relationship success.

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Freakonomics

Host Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling Freakonomics books, dives into everything freaky. From the weird wrinkles of human nature, to cheating and crime, to parenting and sports. The show receives a regular 5 million downloads every month.

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So Money!

Farnoosh Torabi takes listeners on a journey through the success and failures of today’s top business minds, authors and influencers in the financial industry such as Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, and Tim Ferriss. Farnoosh is an award-winning financial strategist, TV host, and bestselling author.

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Intelligence Squared

An Oxford-style debate sees panelists debate topics such as clean energy, the financial crisis, the Middle East and the death of mainstream media. 

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SCIFRI: Science Friday

Interviews by host Ira Flatow with the likes of Elon Musk cover everything science and technology.

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Caustic Soda

Hosts Toren Atkinson, Kevin Leeson and Joe Fulgham turn the most gruesome topics into funny and easy to digest scientific stories. They claim the show to be “hard science by soft people!”

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The Infinite Monkey Cage

Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, along with guests, take listeners on a witty and intellectual scientific ride. The show won a Gold Award for the Best Speech Programme at the 2011 Sony Radio Awards.

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Story Collider

Scientists, comedians, librarians, and others are brought together to tell stories of how science has affected them and changed their lives. 

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StarTalk Radio

Owner of 17 Science Awards and 18 honorary doctorates, host Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses everything to do with the universe. Are we real or are we a simulation? Listen to find out!

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99% Invisible

Interested in design and architecture? Join host Roman Mars as he sheds light on the power of design and architecture that we so easily miss.

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The Tony Robbins Podcast

Brand new, fresh off the press comes The Tony Robbins Podcast. Targeted toward business owners, Tony brings his classic motivation and wisdom that will give anyone an advantage over the competition!

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Surprisingly Awesome

Too often we overlook just how cool a lot of our everyday things are. Hosts Adams Davidson and McKay bring some of these simple yet amazing things to our attention.

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History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

Go on a journey through the history of philosophy with Professor Peter Adamson. This series takes a look at the ideas and lives of some of the most influential philosophers of all time!

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How to Do Everything

Mike Danforth & Ian Chillag teach and explain how to do everything, from how to find a date, to how to find water in the desert. This show isn’t as much a ‘how to’ as it as a ‘survival guide’.

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Clockwise

Jason Snell and Dan Moren lead two guests into a series of rapid fire questions. WIth four guests and four topics surrounding current technology issues, you’re bound to get some pretty interesting and entertaining answers. 

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Techlandia

Join the many hosts of this show for a light hearted educational discussion. Topics range from creativity, to teaching, to technology, to social media.

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Infinite Thinking Machine

This show is geared towards teachers and educators and focuses on inspiring creativity and innovation in the realm of education.

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Smart People Podcast

Advice and tips from people in every industry, including M.D.’s and CFP’s, athletes and intellectuals, porn stars and Buddhists.

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Day in Tech History

What major tech event happened today in history? Join Jeffrey Powers to find out!

Listen to any of these shows and literally watch your brain grow inside your head! Well, not actually, but you will learn a ton and have a good time doing it!