You know that I’m a firm believer that you should never stop learning. Sometimes, though, that’s easier said than done! Life gets hectic and we just don’t have enough time to break out a Skillshare or Udemy course. Lucky for us, we don’t have to! Thanks to educational podcasts, you can learn as much as you want while going about your daily routine.
There are so many fun and educational podcasts to listen to. You can learn just about anything like marketing, history, web development, brewing your own beer, current events, or even just a bunch of random facts.
Also, one great thing about learning this way is the creators. They aren’t like many of your normal boring professors and course instructors.
( Sorry — I still love all of you and appreciate what you do! )
Podcast creators generally work really hard to make things interesting so you enjoy listening and will want to hear more. After all, podcasts are free, unlike most good college or online courses. That means the creators depend on you to like the content and come back. That’s not going to happen if you are bored to death.
So, without further ado, here are just a few of my favorites (plus a few honorable mentions).
Factually! with Adam Conover
Factually! with Adam Conover is an amazing podcast hosted by one of my favorite comedians, Jim Gaffigan. I’m joking – it’s Adam Conover!
He’s a funny, talented, and all around curious guy. But don’t let his innocent smile fool you. His sole purpose in life is to destroy everything you believe to be true. He has challenged everything from weddings, football, prison, and even death in his hilarious TV show Adam Ruins Everything.
Then, as if that wasn’t enough, he decided to create a podcast so he can discuss and explore even more topics like homelessness, transportation, or his latest – violence in video games. I was a little late to the party, having just discovered this podcast a few weeks ago, but now I’m hooked.
Stuff You Should Know
Stuff You Should Know is another great “random knowledge” educational podcast that focuses on a variety of topics including history, pop culture, crime, technology, and science. It is hosted by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant from HowStuffWorks.
It’s entirely possible that I have been living under a rock because this is another podcast that I just discovered. I’m sad that it took this long because it is already one of my favorites! I can’t wait to go back and listen to all the old episodes, some of which existed well before I even knew podcasts were a thing.
The Box of Oddities
Hosted by married couple Kat and Jethro Gilligan Toth, The Box of Oddities is a weird and wonderful place to learn about things you’ve probably never even thought about before. Each week they take turns sharing some of the most bizarre, strange, unbelievable discoveries. It’s not necessarily marketed as an educational podcast, but you are guaranteed to learn things you never knew (and may never want to hear again).
Do I need to warn you that this podcast can get a little weird? Kat and Jethro discuss a lot of strange things, including bizarre mysteries, famous people in history, and odd topics like weird places people spread their loved ones ashes.
Many of the episodes feature a “this may be disturbing for some listeners” disclaimer – and for good reason. Still, if you’re an odd duck like me, you’ll probably love listening.
Andrew and I often play a few episodes whenever we are in the car for longer than 20 minutes. It’s one of the best ways to stay awake and entertained because they are so interesting!
TED Talks Daily
You can’t really discuss educational podcasts without mentioning one of the best sources – TED Talks Daily. They release a short (5-20 minute) TED Talk each weekday, featuring a different speaker from one of their conferences.
In case you didn’t know, TED Talks are short, powerful presentations delivered by speakers from all over the world in all walks of life. They discuss topics like business, technology, science, health, nature, activism, or pretty much anything.
I love listening to TED Talks, but I often don’t want to put in the time and effort to pull up the website and find one that sounds interesting. There are usually so many to choose from that I end up getting a bit overwhelmed and not listening to any. That’s why I love TED Talks Daily! I can just open Spotify and hit play on the most recent episode. Sometimes they aren’t for me, but more often than not I end up listening to a really amazing talk that I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen before.
Honorable Mentions (Up Next)
Despite already having quite a lineup of podcasts to listen to, I’m always searching for new ones to add to the list. I like to let the episodes pile up for a while before binging on my creative days while I am drawing or painting.
That’s where these last two podcasts come in. They are on my “up next” list because I haven’t had the opportunity to really check them out.
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
I’ll be the first to admit that history is not my forte. I enjoy learning about it when it’s presented in an interesting way, but I’m probably not going to remember it later if you quiz me.
And by “later” I mean in like 5 minutes.
My brain just does not like to retain information about people and dates.
Despite this, I couldn’t write a favorite educational podcast post without at least mentioning Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. After all, this is the podcast that broke history podcasts for Andrew. He listened to all the episodes and has yet to find another that stacks up.
Ungeniused is yet another random fact format podcast where the hosts, Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett, scour the depths of the Internet to find and discuss interesting and weird topics.
I listened to one of the episodes a few months ago and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, I was busy doing a lot of focus-based work at the time and sort of forgot about it. So, it has been piling up in my queue ever since.
Now that it’s on this list, I suppose I better start listening, eh? 😉
What Are Your Favorite Educational Podcasts?
I tried to keep this list as short as possible, despite the fact that I listen to so many other podcasts that I consider educational. But I’m also always looking for more. What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments. Also, if you enjoy content like this or want to learn about some of my other favorite podcasts on other topics, subscribe below to get alerts in your inbox when I post something new. ❤