I spend a lot of time telling you why you should listen to our latest interview, and for good reason! But we figured it was time for me to tell you what podcasts I like to listen to when I’m not talking to STEM superstars.
Radiolab, which comes out of WNYC, is one of the top of the heap when it comes to high production value storytelling. I don’t even know where to start but pretty much every episode will teach you something new and suck you in. I’m not alone in putting it at the top of my list. If you don’t know where to start, one episode that’s stuck with me is The Rhino Hunter.
Mumu introduced me to this podcast a few years ago and I have become a big fan. This podcast takes you on deep dives into very specific events in world history. The episodes are hours long but Dan Carlin has a way of relaying well-researched facts that is engaging, even if he is talking about people dying on battlefields. You would be amazed at how great a five-part series on Genghis Khan really is. If you like history, you’ll love this. But don’t expect regular episodes, Carlin publishes them when he’s ready.
This podcast satisfies my grammar nerd tendencies. The host, Helen Zaltzman, is quite funny and spends the episode picking apart words and their usage. It’s fun and informative and makes me want to go edit something, with a red pen. It’s also part of the the Radiotopia network which produces some really great podcasts.
This is a podcast about design but not in the ‘look at that cool structure’ kind of way but in the ‘things that impact your daily life’ kind of way. The episodes are on the shorter side, 20 minutes or so, and they explore all sorts of things about the world around us. It’s a great podcast to learn about the little things, like the history of the water fountain. They’re also part of the Radiotopia network.
Yep it’s just like the book. Host Stephen Dubner talks to researchers and experts and breaks down the math, economics and statistics behind everyday, relevant things. One of the recent episodes tore about the idea of boycotts and whether they work or not. I usually come away from an episode more knowledgeable about a subject. Plus statistics are fun!
These are just some of the podcasts that I listen to but there are so many more. Did I miss some of your favorites?
In case you’re wondering, I use the Android app PlayerFM to manage all my podcasts. It lets me download up to 10 episodes so I don’t have to use up data.