How much time do you waste each day commuting to the office, cleaning the house, and doing other mind-numbing chores? Have you ever thought to yourself, I could be so much more if I just had more time to educate myself?
Enter the podcast. These on-demand radio shows have exploded in popularity over the last ten years, and they are the perfect way to entertain yourself and expand your mind while doing those necessary but boring things.
Educate yourself in the car, while doing the dishes, or even while at the gym with this list of ten of the best educational podcasts to expand your mind.
“I think therefore I am.” Really, how exactly does that work? Would you still be you if you had a brain transplant? Considering how fundamental our brains are, most of us know very little about them.
Enter this fantastic podcast hosted by Dr Ginger Campbell which looks at exactly how the brain works and shares all the latest findings in neuroscience in an accessible way.
Study yourself and what it means to be human with this engaging podcast.
True crime fans will love this amazing podcast hosted by Phoebe Judge in which she explores some of the most shocking true crimes of the modern-day.
As well as the details of the crime itself, she looks at how the culprit was caught, but also delves into the psychology of crime.
Each episode is the perfect combination of chilling mystery and informative science that means it is both educational and entertaining.
If you are interested in the world of tech, you will enjoy Download, which can also help you keep on top of the quickly evolving world of technology.
Each episode starts with the latest tech news, but uses this as a platform to dive deep into some of tech’s most controversial topics, always with a panel of experts on hand.
Whether you are trying to decide whether to get an Apple microwave or whether to invest in the next tech bubble, this podcast has some valuable insights.
Each episode of this Dan Carlin podcast feels more like a mini-audiobook than a podcast, with some episodes lasting as long as five hours.
In each episode, he chooses a topic, such as the Mongol empire, the Punic Wars, or the Cuban Missile Crisis, and takes an in-depth look at the topic, often from an unusual or overlooked perspective.
The only downside with this podcast is that it can sometimes take months for new episodes to appear, but that just reflects how much work goes into making this amazing program.
If you have always been interested in philosophy, but considered the topic too vast and complex to get into, then this is the podcast for you.
In this podcast, Professor Pete Adamson takes on trying to make the complete breadth and depth of the world of philosophy, and keep it interesting.
As well as looking at the ideas, he looks at the historical context of the major philosophers and how this helped shape their ideas.
This podcast markets itself as being about curiosity, so will appeal to the curious who want to know how things work
Each episode takes a look at something that we take for granted as being part of our day to day life, but which we probably don’t really understand. Do you know how clocks work? Do you know why we see colors?
The show is masterfully produced, bringing a variety of voices to each topic to give a rounded perspective.
If you are a fan of Malcolm Gladwell, you can get him in your ears on a regular basis with this fantastic podcast produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries.
In each episode, Gladwell takes a well-known story from history and takes a look at the evidence to show how the event has been largely misunderstood.
He looks at everything from American tactics during the Vietnam war to the events that started the American trend of philanthropic giving to educational institutions.
If you are eclectic in your tastes and you would like to dip into a lot of different topics rather than explore one in-depth, then you have probably seen your fair share of TED talks on YouTube.
This podcast takes the same approach, with experts sharing their thoughts on a topic for 10 or 15 minutes.
It is a fun and easy way to expand the breadth of your general knowledge.
There are lots of podcasts out there for entrepreneurs, pitched at self-development podcasts that help listeners stay in touch with what is happening in the world of business.
This show from Tim Ferriss fits that mold except that he manages to get his hands on some of the most interesting guests, and not the ones that you find popping up on a different show every week. We are talking about Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Popova, and Rick Rubin.
So, if you are looking for an entrepreneurship podcast, make this one your first stop.
If you are the kind of person who likes to ask questions and can never accept anything without hard evidence, then you will love this podcast.
If you are one of those people who accepts what “they say” without much thought, this podcast will blow your mind.
Presented by Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall, they look at some of the biggest stories in history, such as the OJ Simpson trial and the Challenger disaster, and show you why everything you think you know is wrong.
What To Listen To Next?
Podcasts are addictive, so once you get your teeth into these you will be looking for more.
If you are a budding entrepreneur, consider filling your ears with this selection of business podcasts that every entrepreneur should be listening to. Ladies might like this selection of listens just for women.