6 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter

Gosh, I love podcasts. I mentioned back on my 10 women-hosted podcasts post that I listen to around 40 podcasts! I know, that’s a lot. But believe it or not, that number has grown a lot, with the number now being 59. Yes, I’m subscribed to 59 podcasts. Even I’m shocked after counting them all up.

So you can say I definitely love talking about my podcast recommendations on here. Being that podcasts are one of my favorite forms of entertainment.

And one of my favorite kinds of podcasts are ‘educational’ podcasts. But don’t get thrown off by the word educational. I promise they aren’t boring!

I’m also a big proponent of lifelong learning, (check out my post on 10 lifelong learning ideas here), and podcasts have really helped me with that. If I’m being honest, I feel like I’ve learned more from podcasts than I ever had in school. But that’s a story for a different time.

So, here are some of my recommendations for 6 of my favorite educational podcasts!

1. Hidden Brain

This is a recent favorite I found that has quickly shot up to the top of my list. The host, Shankar 

Hidden Brain

Vedantam combines storytelling and science to explore human behavior, with accessible easy-to-understand language, yet still chock-full of information.

And I must say, Vedantam’s voice is perfect for podcasting. It’s so calming that it makes the perfect winding down podcast when going to bed. (In the best way possible, of course.)


2. Crowd Science

Crowd science is of course a science podcast, if the name was any indication. 

Crowd Science

With each episode exploring listeners questions on life, Earth, and the universe.

They cover a varying number of topics from, ‘why do insects prefer to bite certain people’, ‘could we survive an extinction event’ to ‘would humans exist if dinosaurs were still alive.’ So pretty much those random, oddball questions you find in your Google search history.


3. Science with Dr Karl

Similar to Crowd Science, Dr Karl answers listener questions on-air 

Science With Dr Karl podcast

debunking science myths and chatting about newsworthy science topics.

I love that Dr Karl and his co-host ‘Dr’ Lucy give their listeners the title ‘Dr’. It adds an interactive element that feels inclusive no matter your science experience.



Related: How To Become a Lifelong Learner


4. Ologies

Previously mentioned on my post about women-hosted podcasts,

Ologies Podcast

this pod has been on my radar for 

quite awhile now. Each episode highlights a different ‘ology’, with experienced guests in their field coming in to introduce what it is that they study.

From disaterology (disasters), astrobiology (aliens), and gizmology (robots), you will be asking yourself, “they study what?!”


5. Planet Money

Planet Money

This isn’t usually my type of podcast, as I don’t prefer learning about the economy or business, but Planet Money caught my eye.

Each episode dives into different subsets of the economy, from how billboards work, to cheating at casinos, this podcast has become an unexpected favorite of mine.

6. Daniel and Jorge Explain The Universe

The title of this podcast is pretty self-explanatory. Two friends, one a physicist and the other a cartoonist, you guessed it.. Explain the universe.

I’m just getting into physics, and it’s definitely a hard subject to grasp. But this podcast does a good job explaining the intricacies of how the Universe works.


Related: How to Cultivate Curiosity


I want to hear from you!

Did any of these podcasts spark your interest? Let me know in the comments below, or tell me about a podcast that you’ve been loving lately. Because what’s one more to add to my collection?

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  1. Ooooh, Planet Money sounds right up my street as I’m really trying to get better with my money and savings… Good luck to me lmao 🙂 I’ve been looking for some new Podcasts to listen to in spare time and at night so this post is super helpful. thanks gal xx

    1. I bet you’ll love Planet Money then! And I’m so glad you found this helpful! Thanks for reading, Sophie. 🙂

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