Don’t let your brain go on pilot mode during the holiday breaks. With all your glorious free time, try listening to an educational podcast that will sharpen your brain and engage your curiosity rather than indulging in another Netflix binge or scrolling through the black-hole that is internet (We’ve all been there).
Podcasts are incredibly portable (dare we say, even more portable than books) and usually 100% free. Just download or stream one that interests you, and listen while you work out, walk the dog, or do chores.
Ace the Reading Section: the Best Books to Add to Your Reading List
We’ve curated more than 30 podcasts that are educational but still engaging and accessible. Topics range from science and design to linguistic oddities and politics. We’ve listed our favorite in each category first, but they’re all high-quality and interesting.
Now, grab those earbuds and start sampling:
Educational Podcasts to Keep Your Curiosity Alive:
Podcasts that will teach you something new without you even realizing you’re learning.
Ted Radio Hour
How I Built This
This American Life
Podcasts about math, its history, and its presence in the world.
Oxford’s The Secrets of Mathematics
BBC A Brief History of Math
Podcasts that dive into scientific news, oddities, and big discoveries.
Scientific American’s Science Talk
The Guardian’s Science Weekly
Podcasts for the grammar nerd in all of us.
The World in Words
BBC 6 Minute Grammar
Podcasts to help you learn and speak a new language.
Coffee Break Spanish
Coffee Break French
College Admissions Podcasts:
Podcasts that share college admissions and ACT/SAT advice.
The College Prep Podcast
Demystifying College Admissions
The College Essay Guy
Podcasts to help you stay informed about politics, events, and culture.
BBC Global News
Pod Save America
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