Podcasts have become increasingly popular in the past few years, and today it seems that there's one for just about any subject. If you’d like to spend your time online in a more enlightening, educational way, these four smart podcasts are sure to delight and instruct.
99 Percent Invisible
You may think that a podcast about design and architecture wouldn't accessible to those who aren’t experienced architects, but 99 Percent Invisible will quickly change your mind. This show began as a tiny project out of a San Francisco public radio station, and it has since gained support from a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign and a nod of approval from This American Life host Ira Glass. With stories ranging the inner workings of big cities to seemingly small innovations like the automated telephone exchange, 99% Invisible will change the way you see the world.
One of the most popular podcasts available today, Radiolab operates like the best kind of science lesson for those who may not even be all that interested in science. Approaching broad themes such as colors, quicksand and ghost stories with a constant skepticism, curiosity and a whole lot of sound effects, Radiolab brings to light a wide variety of sides to every story.
Beginning as a book that has since spawned a podcast, a series of lectures, a blog and even a movie, Freakonomics is a radio show hosted by the team of economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner. The show explores the hidden sides of things like college degrees, environmentalism, sports, and much more.
A radio show for the literary buff, The Moth takes a more traditional route and focuses on stories. Each episode focuses on one person, from musicians to writers to voodoo priestesses, and simply allows him or her to tell a story, in his or her own words. The Moth showcases love stories, sad stories and scary stories, but most important of all: true stories.