And don’t forget our amazing 805 Conversations – Kudos to Mark Sylvester for a fascinating series on entrepreneurship, leadership, and human pyschology – what motivates us and why… superb storytelling! http://805connect.com/podcasts/
I also loved Astronomy 166 – a lecture series from Ohio State that literally tackles the history of astronomy and science from the beginning – in layman’s terms.
Every episode of this 44-part series from The Washington Post is dedicated to the life and legacy of a different U.S. president. Host Lillian Cunningham and a Pulitzer Prize-winning panel of guest historians discuss topics like Lincoln’s love for language, Washington’s skills on the dance floor, and the real story behind William Henry Harrison’s untimely death.Presidential airs every Sunday from now until November 9, 2016 (the subject of the final episode has yet to be determined).
In his stellar podcast, host and astrophysics superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson covers everything from the science of movies to protecting the earth from asteroids. StarTalk regularly features big-name guests (George Takei, Buzz Aldrin, Morgan Freeman, Edward Snowden, and Elon Musk, to name a few) to talk about science and how it intersects with pop culture.
Corey Olsen has devoted his life to studying the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. After getting fed up with the barriers separating academia from the general reading public, the college professor decided to make his lectures, seminars, and discussions on the author available to a wider audience. Since 2009, The Tolkien Professor has featured hundreds of podcasts exploringThe Hobbit and beyond.
4. PLANET MONEY
You don’t have to be an expert on the economy to enjoy this podcast. Hosts tackle diverse topics like offshore tax havens, black market pharmacies, and ballpark hot dog vendors in a way that makes you feel like you’re chatting with a money-savvy friend. Episodes of Planet Money come in easy-to-digest 15 to 20 minute packages, making them an easy listen at home or on the go.
The stories presented in Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History aren’t your average history lessons. The veteran journalist and broadcaster digs up some of the most compelling scenes in world history and breaks them down in a way that will have listeners rethinking what they learned in school. Topics range from Biblical-era coup conspiracies to the violent impact of World War I. New episodes are released every two to five months, but the three to four-hour run times are enough to keep listeners feeling satisfied for a while.
The Naked Scientists from BBC looks at the science questions you’d never think to ask, from the mundane (How fast can an elevator go?) to the far-reaching (Could we recognize a message from space?). Prolific science guests stars have included Alec Jeffreys, who discovered DNA fingerprints, and the former president of the Royal Society, Trinity CollegeProfessor Martin Rees. The program also features an interactive component with live questions from listeners.
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