10 Essential Podcasts Sources for Students

Podcasts are a great way of learning new things, because they provide a ton of information in an easily digestible and even entertaining form, especially if the host is right. While you can find the same sort of information inside your textbooks, they are often too dry and boring, and written using a language most students have trouble understanding. Even if you aren’t a dedicated radio listener, many of these podcasts are available online in an uncut form, because they don’t have to adhere to a certain length to fit the radio format.

According to James Connor, content manager at
Essayontime, podcasts should become a gateway towards the right books:

Podcasts are great, but they should be used alongside literature, so you can maximize your knowledge on the subject, without getting too overwhelmed by facts and numbers. There is no denying that they’re effective and entertaining at the same time.”

With that in mind, here are 10 podcasts every student should check out today.

1. Hardcore History

It would be a stretch to call Dan Carlin’s podcasts normal, but despite his unconventional approach, these podcasts do offer some good educational value for those that are studying or are even remotely interested in history. Instead of focusing on the traditional interpretation of historical events you may come across in history books, Carlin views them in a new light by asking controversial questions. These podcasts can help you form your own opinion and think outside the box.

2. Stuff You Should Know

Hosted by Josh and Chuck, this podcast is a true goldmine of topics and information that ranges from interesting to downright bizarre, and which you will rarely find a use for in real life. Nevertheless, the topics can lead to some interesting conversations with your friends. For example, you may never have given mosquitoes much thought, but here, their lives will be analyzed in great detail. That’s the sort of stuff you can expect from this podcast. Unique, entertaining, bizarre, and diverse.

3. Stuff To Blow Your Mind

if you are into learning about stuff that is hard to come by inside textbooks or online, then you will love this podcast. Its hosts, Christian, Joe, and Robert, usually cover topics which are rare and entertaining at the same time. The only issue with this podcast is that all the information presented there shouldn’t be understood as the ultimate truth, because you will often find it hard to verify its accuracy. However, it’s still great if you want to expand your horizons a little bit.

4. How To Do Everything

This podcast lives up to its name, because the sheer range of topic it covers week to week is amazing. If you are interested in learning about everything, you will find much to like here. For instance, one week, you will learn all about relationships and dating, and how to survive in the wild the next. You may never find much use for most of the advice shared here, but it never hurts to learn something new and have fun in the process.

5. StarTalk Radio

We don’t know about you, but we love everything Neil deGrasse Tyson has done so far, and his radio podcasts are no exception. He is probably the first person that was able to take something that was as geek-oriented as space, and present it in a way that was appealing and interesting to everyone. Even if you aren’t studying astrophysics, you will find these podcasts fascinating, not just because of the subject matter, but because of the way they are presented.

6. SciFri

The name of this podcast comes from the fact that it’s about science, and is released every Friday. It covers many different scientific disciplines, which means there is a reason for anyone to tune in. Another reason why you would want to check out these podcasts is because of the occasional high-profile guest, such as Elon Musk. However, apart from the scientific facts, you don’t need to take everything to heart here, because the discussions are often politically charged.

7. TED Radio Hour

We are all familiar with TED talks, which are awesome as much as they are inspiring. In case you like them, you will also like these podcasts which are dedicated to them. But, just like there are great and less great TED talks, these podcasts also vary when it comes to their quality, For example, one of the podcasts is dedicated to a TED talk about the damaging effects of porn on the speaker, and who wants to ban it, despite the fact that there are billions of other consumers which haven’t been influenced in the same way.

8. History of the World in 100 Objects

Here you will find an entire history of the world summed up in 100 objects. This means there are 100 episodes for you to choose from. Even if you aren’t a history buff, you should still check them out, because they focus on other aspects of our existence. For instance, one of the podcasts describes the increase in poverty with the emergence of credit cards, as well as the rising popularity of online shopping.

9. Planet Money

Figuring out how modern economy works is pretty much impossible, but you will be able to understand things a little bit better if you decide to check out Planet Money. Its hosts explain plenty of concepts you weren’t able to understand before, and discuss why some things are so expensive, such as textbooks, even though they could be much cheaper, or even free, We were surprised at how little we knew about money and finances.

10. The Infinite Monkey Cage

Hosted by Brian Cox and Robin Ince, this series of podcasts takes a look a different scientific topics, and it does so with a clever approach. There are lots of things you can learn, provided that you have the patience to sift through the political agenda pushed by the hosts. This was especially obvious when they were discussing the influence of large corporations on global warming, until one of the guests pointed out that we are to blame, as well, due to our lifestyle.


While you don’t have to follow all of these podcasts, there is something you can take away from each of them, even if you are not a fan of the subject matter. Apart from being educational, they are also very entertaining and will grab your attention. Check them out, have fun, and learn something new in the process.

Brenda Savoie is a content marketer at Uk-dissertation, private English tutor, and desperate dreamer. Writing her first romantic novel. Seeking contentment through mindfulness. Find her on Twitter and Facebook

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