Over the last few years podcasts have become a real staple. Whilst audiobooks seem soo retro, podcasts have pretty much tapped in to every single genre or niche subject matter imaginable, with true crime stories bizarrely becoming the most popular of all (apparently, we’re all really into murders and serial killers?).
If you’re not into a malevolent storyline first thing in the morning, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite informative—but entraining—podcasts that’ll make you way more interesting (and less creepy) to talk to.
Hidden Brain is the perfect podcast for the generally curious. Each episode covers a new topic, mostly relating to human behaviour. The show covers a number of interesting subjects, which are not only compelling, but always come with an expert opinion. A really good episode to start is “Grit”, if you are curious to know the makings of a genius.
TED Radio Hour
Ted Radio Hour falls under the category of Technology, but aside from technological innovation, the show is centred on new ideas. Ever wondered how easily human beings can be manipulated? If so, this is the podcast you should be listening to especially If you are a TED fanatic (like us).
Girlboss with Sophia Amoruso
If you’re not familiar with Sophia Amoruso, it’s time to get to know her. After running a vintage clothing eBay shop, she went on to found online retail giant Nasty Gal. Amoruso has since written a few books, and knows a thing or two about what it takes to be, well, a Girlboss. For each episode, Amoruso interviews powerful women who have made a mark in their industries.
Stuff You Should Know
The title basically tells you everything you need to know about this podcast. The show is run by the makers of educational website HowStuffWorks, and it follows the same format, so if you’re curious about giraffes, or want to know why men have nipples, you should have a listen.
Stuff Mom Never Told You
Also by the makers of HowStuffWorks.com, Stuff Mom Never Told You covers a variety of topics. What makes this one different though is that it focuses chiefly on women. It’s perfect for someone who wants well-researched insights on Intersectional Feminism, or ‘Beyonce’s Feminism’.
Malcom Gladwell Revisionist History
Malcom Gladwell is a journalist, bestselling author, and host of Revisionist History. In every episode, he covers a different, usually forgotten aspect of history ranging from Pentagon top-secret projects, to the time McDonalds changed their French fry recipe.
Hosted by two New York Times culture writers, Still Processing is a podcast that offers interesting perspectives on current events. If you’re interested in keeping up with American politics and pop culture, you’ll end every episode with a much better understanding and an interesting take on whatever is going on culturally.
History Extra Podcast
From BBC’s history magazine’s editorial team this podcast visits a weekly theme with the help of one or more historians. Learn more about The Islamic Enlightenment or The Death of Stalin while walking around your city. A healthy mind and a healthy body.