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The Best Podcasts for Smart People

Updated February 29, 2020 2.3k votes 755 voters 18.1k views45 items

Thank goodness for whoever invented podcasts. Not only do they help people pass the time at work, but the best ones help us learn something. This list covers the best podcasts for smart people, no matter what subject you might be interested in. Thanks to the democratization of recording equipment, all someone needs to do to make a podcast is buy a microphone and start talking. While it's great to get all those different perspectives out in the world, if you want to learn something, you've got to choose the listen to the right voices. Whether you want to learn Chinese or bone up on economic policy, there’s a podcast for you.

Whether it's linguistics to philosophy, just about everyone has their favorite field of study. On this list of smart podcasts, you'll find plenty of ways to get through your next morning in traffic or boring road trip. From politics and science to book reviews and intellectual takes on pop culture, this list has you covered for whatever you want to listen to. Get your earbuds ready and check out this list of podcasts that smart people listen to.

Vote up your favorite podcasts that feed your brain, and if your favorite smart podcasts aren't on the list, then add them yourself, you smarty-pants.

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    Coffee Break French is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    Coffee Break French

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    The Writer's Panel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    The Writer's Panel

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    No Such Thing as a Fish is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    No Such Thing as a Fish

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    The Jordan Harbinger Show  is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    The Jordan Harbinger Show

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    Books on the Nightstand is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    Books on the Nightstand

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    Important Chinese Things with  is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    Important Chinese Things with Jenny Zhu

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    Note to Self is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    Note to Self

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    More Or Less: Behind the Stats is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    More Or Less: Behind the Stats

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    Meditate This is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    Meditate This

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    The Ranker Podcast is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    The Ranker Podcast

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    Caustic Soda is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    Caustic Soda

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    Science... Sort Of is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    Science... Sort Of

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    The Road Podcast With Jt Haber is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    The Road Podcast With Jt Habersaat

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    Slate's Audio Book Club is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    Slate's Audio Book Club

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    NYTimes Book Review is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    NYTimes Book Review

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    KCRW's The Treatment is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    KCRW's The Treatment

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    The Majority Report is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    The Majority Report

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    Slacking Ambition is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    Slacking Ambition

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    The Big Ones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    The Big Ones

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    Radiotonic is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Podcasts for Smart People
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    Radiotonic

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