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The 24 best podcasts to make you smarter

14 days ago · "Do you have time to kill, but a curiosity that just won’t be tamed? Head to these podcasts that will inform, educate and entertain."
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The Infinite Monkey Cage

By BBC Radio 4
Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince
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Volcanoes

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No Such Thing As A Fish

By audioBoom
A podcast from the QI offices in which the writers of the hit BBC show huddle around a microphone and discuss the best things they've found out this week. Hosted by Dan Schreiber (@schreiberland) with James Harkin (@jamesharkin), Andrew Hunter Murray (@andrewhunterm), and Anna Ptaszynski (#GetAnnaOnTwitter)
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Science Vs

By Gimlet
There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Science Vs is the show from Gimlet Media that finds out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. We do the hard work of sifting through all the science so you don't have to. This season we tackle sex addiction, nuclear war, Lyme disease, and serial killers.
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BrainStuff

By HowStuffWorks
Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.
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Flash Forward

By Rose Eveleth
A show about possible and not so possible futures. From space pirates to conscious robots to the end of antibiotics. Hosted by Rose Eveleth.
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The Space Roomba

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Main Engine Cut Off

By Anthony Colangelo
A short, weekly podcast about spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy in the modern era and near future.
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Future Thinkers Podcast

By Mike Gilliland and Euvie Ivanova
A podcast about evolving technology, society and consciousness to create a better future for all of humanity. Hosted by Mike Gilliland and Euvie Ivanova, with guests. We talk about future societies, conscious evolution, future technology, transhumanism, artificial intelligence, decentralization, and how we will be affected by the exponential curve of progress.
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IDEO Futures

By IDEO Futures
The IDEO Futures podcast: where entrepreneurship meets design. We love the art and science of bringing cool stuff to life. We are designers dedicated to the notion of building to think. Our motto is always, "Don't get ready, get started!" In that spirit, we focus on getting better with each episode we make. For the best listening experience, we recommend starting with our latest episode. Or Episode 10. We love to hear from you. You can find us on Twitter @ideofutures
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The Making Good Podcast: Ethical Business | Social Enterprise | Making Good Stuff Happen

By Jen Gale: Ethical Business Coach | Social Entrepreneur | Sustainability Geek
Tune in every week for inspirational stories from ethical business owners, social entrepreneurs, and people making good stuff happen in their communities, as well as tips, tools and techniques to help you grow your ethical business and amplify your impact. Find out more on jengale.co.uk and get in touch on [email protected]
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Generation Anthropocene

By Generation Anthropocene
Stories and conversations about planetary change. Hosted by Mike Osborne, Miles Traer, and Leslie Chang. Supported by Stanford Earth and Worldview Stanford.
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The Minimalists Podcast

By The Minimalists
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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137 | Direction

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Costing the Earth

By BBC Radio 4
Programme looking at man's effect on the environment and how the environment reacts, questioning accepted truths, challenging those in charge and reporting on progress towards improving the world
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How To Do Everything

We're half advice show, half survival guide. We answer all your questions, from how to find a date, to how to find water in the desert.
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The Highly Sensitive Person Podcast

By Kelly O
Do you experience joy, discomfort, empathy, and emotions very intensely? Are you easily overstimulated or bothered by small changes in your environment? You aren’t alone, in fact, you might be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). In this podcast, host, blogger, (and HSP herself) Kelly shares real-life experiences that may have you nodding and thinking: “I thought I was the only one who felt that way”! Introverts and people with shyness and social anxiety may also find comfort and camaraderie h...
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The Art Of Charm

By azwa izaty / Anchor
Well, hello there! This is the Art Of Charm, your daily motivation.
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The Tim Ferriss Show

By Tim Ferriss: Bestselling Author, Human Guinea Pig
Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him "the world's best human guinea pig," and The New York Times calls him "a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk." In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.
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All In The Mind - ABC Radio National

By ABC Radio National
All In The Mind is Radio National's weekly foray into the mental universe, the mind, brain and behaviour - everything from addiction to artificial intelligence.
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Synesthesia and art

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Hidden Brain

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
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Summer Melt

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The Unbeatable Mind Podcast with Mark Divine

By Mark Divine / The SEALFIT Network
Mark Divine is the founder of SEALFIT and Unbeatable Mind and the host of the Unbeatable Mind podcast. Mark is a Retired Navy SEAL Commander, NYT Best Selling author, speaker and entrepreneur. The podcast deals with a wide variety of subjects, from philosophical, emotional and meta-physical to self defense, fitness and elite physical performance. They all form a part of Mark's 5 mountain training path to develop your Mental, Physical, Emotional, Intuitive, and Kokoro (Heart) self. Find out m...
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Psychology of Eating

By Marc David and Emily Rosen
Real people. Real breakthroughs. For more than 3 decades, Marc David has helped millions discover the true causes of their unwanted eating habits like overeating, binge eating, emotional eating and the inability to lose weight. In this unscripted show, Marc coaches real clients using his unique blend of psychology and nutrition. THEN he peels back the curtain to explain why he asked the questions he asked. Whether you want to transform your relationship with food or learn how you can help oth...
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Unexplained

By Richard MacLean Smith
Unexplained is a bi-weekly podcast about strange and mysterious real life events that continue to evade explanation. A show about the space between what we think of as real and what is not. Where the unknown and paranormal meets some of the most radical ideas in science today. When something is inexplicable, that mystery in itself can become the story. In many ways, it is often the lure of the mystery that keeps us coming back for more... And maybe, ultimately, some things are just better lef...
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Lost Origins

By Lost Origins
Lost Origins explores all things ancient mystery, alternative historical theory, extraterrestrial phenomena, and lost civilizations. Every week, Andrew chats with experts, researchers, and authors on esoteric history and mind bending mysteries.
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Everyone Else

By Everyone Else
A photographic podcast that asks people to say whatever they want for however long they want, telling the experiences, mistakes, secrets, loves, journeys and decisions of strangers. Portraits alongside audio at everyoneelse.org.
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R.S.V.P.

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The Lineup Podcast

By The Lineup Podcast
It's a strange world out there. With each episode, The Lineup Podcast unearths a new case—from eerie destinations to bizarre true crimes throughout history. The Lineup Podcast is produced with love and mayhem by The Lineup staff and our partners in crime at America's Most Haunted.
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