It is easy to feel overwhelmed when browsing downloadable podcasts on iTunes. I have compiled a list of the very best podcasts iTunes has to offer. If you enjoy learning and being entertained simultaneously, then you’ll love the following podcasts.
Freakonomics host Stephen Dubner helps listeners explore “the hidden side of everything.” Don’t be fooled by the show’s name — this is not your boring college Economics 101 lecture. The banter between Dubner and his coauthor, Steven Levitt, is always quite entertaining.
Freakonomics Radio is a truly enlightening podcast. It is hard to nail down what you’ll hear about because they cover such a wide array of topics. Freakonomics in no way sticks to topics of money, finance, or the national debt. The title of a recent show is “Which Came First, the Chicken or the Avocado?” If that doesn’t entice you to check out Freakonomics, I don’t know what will.
Join host Glynn Washington for some “storytelling with a beat” on Snap Judgment. Washington is as cool as cool can be. Just listening to him will make you want to be his friend. He always begins the podcast with a personal story to set the theme of the week’s show. We then hear stories from other people that fit that same theme.
You’re sure to enjoy the hip music that accompanies this podcasts, along with the thought-provoking stories told by regular people.
Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich achieve what seemed to me an impossible task: make science interesting. You’ll be thoroughly entertained by this podcast, and by the time it’s over, you’ll have learned something completely fascinating.
Abumrad and Krulwich blend science with philosophy and humor to create a unique listening experience. My only complaint about Radiolab is that they don’t broadcast new shows enough.
This American Life
This American Life is the podcast to end all podcasts. It is incredibly popular, drawing around 2.1 million listeners. Host Ira Glass’s voice is unique and immediately recognizable, yet soothing at the same time. Each week, Glass and his producers bring us a full hour of stories about people’s lives based upon an overarching theme.
Listening to people’s perspectives and experiences becomes addicting, and you’ll soon eagerly look forward to your weekly podcast download. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be amazed at the things you’ll hear on This American Life.