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The Best Podcasts for Smart People

Updated February 29, 2020 2.3k votes 787 voters 19k 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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    194
    52
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    134
    35

    Hardcore History

  • 3
    124
    48

    This American Life

  • 4
    102
    33

    Freakonomics

  • 5
    102
    36
  • 6
    62
    23

    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.

  • 7
    71
    39

    Ted Radio Hour

  • 8
    50
    21

    Invisibilia

    Invisibilia (from NPR) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. 

  • 9
    48
    25

    Planet Money: NPR

  • 10
    33
    14

    The Writer's Almanac

  • 11
    30
    12

    Science Vs

    The show that pits facts against everything else, hosted by Wendy Zukerman.

  • 12
    34
    17

    Abe Lincoln's Top Hat

  • 13
    39
    26

    Fresh Air

  • 14
    27
    12

    Between The Covers

  • 15
    24
    10

    Show Me The Meaning!

  • 16
    31
    22

    Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips

  • 17
    25
    18

    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.

  • 18
    14
    7

    The Writer's Panel

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    20
    15

    Caustic Soda

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    19
    14

    The Ranker Podcast

  • 21
    19
    17

    Quirks and Quarks

  • 22
    16
    13

    The Waking Up Podcast - Sam Harris

  • 23
    15
    14

    Curious City

  • 24
    18
    18

    The Dork Forest

  • 25
    12
    10

    Science... Sort Of

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