It’s one of my minor goals in life to discover the absolute best educational podcasts. I love a good podcast. I spend a decent amount of time in my car, and being stuck in traffic is infinitely more pleasant when I’m learning something new in an entertaining fashion. Here are just a few of my favorite educational podcasts.
Best Educational Podcasts
The Memory Palace
The Memory Palace is kind of magical. It artfully chooses a tiny bite of history, often little-known, and tells it to you like a story. Beautifully and elegantly. These episodes often leave me with chills, and I can’t stop listening!
Stuff You Missed in History Class
The gals from SYMIHC are always a delight. They are fun, funny, and let you in on some of history’s coolest secrets.
Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!
Why yes, I am a white millennial with a liberal arts degree who listens to NPR. (Don’t judge me.) When the news is almost too depressing to even bother with, Wait Wait gives you a healthy dose of current events with just the right amount of irreverence and humor.
If you are a fan of the mysterious and spooky, Lore is just the ticket for a chilly night by the fire. All of the stories told are historical and true, or at the very least, based on a seed of truth, and they are truly astonishing. Learn something new and get chills too!
Adam Ruins Everything
Go ahead and let the harsh light of reality destroy things for you like weddings, holidays, college, vacations, and more. (It’s much more funny than it sounds, I promise.)
Pop Culture Happy Hour
Another NPR gem that talks current books, movies, TV, and anything else that strikes a nerve.
Chances are, you’ve seen a TED Talk before. It’s such a great way to learn about something new in a bite-sized format. The TEDTalks podcast is just as great, and you can learn about pretty much any topic under the sun, direct from the experts.
A non-boring way to learn about philosophy and how it actually fits into everyday life.
Waking Up With Sam Harris
Sam Harris is a neuroscientist & philosopher exploring important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events.