If you are looking for new hobbies or a way to make your free time this quarantine more productive for your mind, then podcasts are your answer.
Podcasts can be wonderful vehicles for processing knowledge that would be less digestible in more visual media like video or books. (Read: 4 Spiritual Podcasts to Strengthen Your Faith)
Now, if you are ready to binge listen, My Pope Philippines has compiled 10 of the best educational podcasts to listen to every week. Read below!
Educational Podcast: Stuff You Should Know
Stuff You Should Know has been running for over a decade. So, no matter what your interests are— science, history, art, or music— they have probably got an episode on it. Listen to them on Spotify.
Educational Podcast: Conversations With Randy David
Filipino sociologist and writer Randy David tackles various aspects of culture, politics, and religion. Check out his podcast on Spotify. (Read: Passion or Career? Podcaster Marge Villaester Weighs In)
Educational Podcast: Science Vs
Science VS takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what’s fact and what’s not. Among its episodes include coronavirus, UFOs, and dinosaurs. Check out their podcasts here.
Educational Podcast: TED Talks Daily
We bet there’s a good chance that you have watched a TED talk before. Most TED talks are just as good in audio form as they are in videos. Every weekday, this podcast discusses thought-provoking ideas on every subject— from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology. Check out their podcasts here.
Educational Podcast: History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps
If philosophy is your cup of tea, this might be for you! Peter Adamson, a Philosophy professor in Germany and the United Kingdom, takes readers through the history of philosophy. The podcast looks at the ideas, lives, and historical context of the major philosophers. Listen to his podcast on Spotify.
Educational Podcast: What’s AP? Araling Panlipunan Rebooted
Any history buffs here? This podcast gets into the weird and wonderful of Philippine history that textbooks didn’t tell you about. What’s AP? Araling Panlipunan Rebooted is hosted by historian Sab Schabel and Ceej Tantengco. Check them out on Spotify. (LIST: Feel-Good Podcasts for Every Filipino Parent)
Educational Podcast: Coffee Break
While we can’t still travel abroad due to coronavirus restraints, learning to speak another language may help us get the feel of being in another country again. Oui? Coffee Break Languages provide lessons in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Mandarin that last as long as a cup of coffee.
Educational Podcast: 50 Things that Made Modern Economy
Tim Harford’s documentary series brings readers to 50 incredible inventions, innovations, and ideas that helped shape the society and economy that we know today. Get engaged with his educational podcasts on Spotify. (Read: 5 Podcasts by Empowered, Inspirational Filipinas)
Educational Podcast: Encyclopedia Womannica
Now, this podcast is all about women’s power! Through five-minute-long contents, Encyclopedia Womannica features remarkable women throughout history. Be inspired by the stories of female Olympians, world leaders, and yes, even spies! Check them out through this link.
Educational Podcast: Climate Cast
Minnesota Public Radio’s Climate Cast is a great way to learn more about climate change and how it affects us. The show is hosted by Meteorologist Paul Huttner. Hear them on Spotify. (Read: What Types of Music Are on the Pope’s Playlist?)
Educational Podcast: 60-Second Science
Scientific American’s 60-Second Science delivers listeners a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. From health issues like COVID-19, diabetes, and pregnancy to the most mundane topics like the origin of microscopes, ancient dogs, and artificial lights, they cover it all! Check them out on Spotify.
Educational Podcast: Go Filipino: Let’s Learn Tagalog
When Tagalog is not your first language but you are still interested to learn the language, then this podcast is for you! From basic greetings to creating simple sentences, Go Filipino: Let’s Learn Tagalog will help you communicate effectively in Tagalog in no time! Listen to them on this link.