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.
Ninjaneer added Invisibilia Invisibilia (from NPR) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.
Ninjaneer added Revisionist History A podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. Revisionist History goes back and reinterprets something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.
Planet Money: NPR
Ninjaneer added More Perfect More Perfect, dives into the rarefied world of the Supreme Court to explain how cases deliberated inside hallowed halls affect lives far away from the bench.
Quirks and Quarks
Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips
Ninjaneer added Science Vs The show that pits facts against everything else, hosted by Wendy Zukerman.
Good Job, Brain!
Abe Lincoln's Top Hat
Daniel Carin added Show Me The Meaning!
MeganJoy added Note to Self
The Writer's Almanac
UnrightKhan added No Such Thing as a Fish
Daniel Carin added The Writer's Panel
The Dork Forest
The Dinner Party Download
Between The Covers
Coffee Break French
Science... Sort Of
Daniel Carin added The Big Ones
Books on the Nightstand
The Ranker Podcast
Marc Premselaar added The Road Podcast With Jt Habersaat