6 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

6 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Podcasts are to radio what blogs are to magazines; they have revolutionised the radio industry and the platform just keeps on growing. If you're not subscribed to any podcasts you should be, here are six of the absolute best.

1 | There's No Such Thing As A Fish

The QI researchers share their most interesting recent discoveries in the form of little known facts. Learn about fried chicken, sniffer dogs, killer tomatoes, mould juice, and more. Every episode is packed full of funny stories, interesting facts, curious people, historical events, and silly inventions. If there is one podcast you should be listening to it is this.

2 | 99% Invisible

These podcasts are about the invisible activity that shapes our world; each episode focuses on a single topic from design, architecture, everyday objects, and daily life treating them like a forensic science. The short episodes never usually longer than 30 minutes make 99% Invisible easy to digest, where themes and characters recur, and not every question gets answered.

3 | Radiolab

Radiolab investigates one big idea and tells them through sounds and stories. Music, science, and culture collide to create a beautiful podcast full of wondrous, touching tales. There is no one single topic that binds these stories together except beautiful storytelling that will surprise, astonish, and uplift you.

4 | Freakonomics

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, the authors of the bestselling Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything book, discuss everyday life and human nature but also pop culture and economics. Each episode often leads to many more questions than it answers and discusses topics that leave you thinking for hours afterwards.

5 | Stuff You Should Know

This is the podcast version of How It Works. Stuff You Should Know is all about explaining things that never properly gets explained. They discuss everything from blimps to body language, gossip to genes, tupperware to turbines. These well researched podcasts cover science, history, urban legends, pop culture, and conspiracy theories.

6 | The Allusionist

The Allusionist is a podcast about language and etymology (the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed) by Helen Zaltzman. Zaltzman answers all those burning questions you've ever had about words, like where did that phrase come from? and Why do people say that? or How is this word connected to that? and delves into the world of wordplay making this podcast both interesting and educational.