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From news to comedy, there’s something for everyone in our top 100 podcasts

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For Your Brain

Radiolab

RadioLab

Each edition of RadioLab focuses on one particular idea or concept, honing in on the people, sounds, and stories that work to bring the show to life. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich tackle scientific and philosophical topics.

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Stuff You Should Know

StuffYouShouldKnow

This podcast is a fantastic way to learn why music provokes emotions, how black holes work, and what Subway is actually good for. The topics are interesting, entertaining, and laid out in a manner that is easy to digest.

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Hardcore History

HardcoreHistory

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History approaches the past with that same crazy thinking his polital podcast, Common Sense, is known for. He raises many good points and relevant what-if scenarios.

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Freakonomics Radio

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Hosted by Stephen Dubner, co-author of the mega-bestseller of the same name, this podcast “explores the hidden side of everything” from an economical/sociological perspective.

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NPR: TED Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour

Based on the renowned TED Talks, each episode of Guy Raz’s TED Radio Hour is based on a common theme. It addresses everything from happiness to crowd-sourcing innovation, with interviews snippets and discussion.

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Stuff to Blow Your Mind

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Ever wonder how the electric eel generates juice or what trypophobia is? Julie Douglas and Robert Lamb have answers, whether talking about mind-blowing mysteries or the newest scientific revelations, in this 30-minute podcast.

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The Memory Palace

TheMemoryPlace

Each story is a perfectly told and produced bite of the past. This tiny podcast crams a million visceral responses into each episode, presenting history in a way that makes you feel as if it were recounting one of your own memories—one you’d almost forgotten but now is forever ingrained in your mind.

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The Partially Examined Life

Partially Examined Life

Short readings that present large philosophical ideas is the general gist of this podcast. Five former philosophy students discuss the biggest philosophers and their ideas from the Western canon of the field, breaking them down in an informal roundtable discussion (read: after-lecture bar talk).

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Stuff Mom Never Told You

Stuff Mom Never Told You

Dissecting the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of being women, Stuff Mom Never Told You presents a candid and fresh view on gender. Whether delving into feminist transphobia or following a professional dominatrix, this podcast is sharp and informative while remaining accessible.

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Science Friday

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Each episode, host Ira Flatow interviews the top scientists and inventors, ranging from Jane Goodall to Elon Musk. There’s hardly an aspect of science or technology that Science Friday hasn’t covered, too, whether it be woolly bear caterpillars, the lingering affects of sneaker innovation, or what happens to plants when jettisoned into the vastness of space.

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StarTalk

StarTalk

StarTalk is a podcast where pop culture, comedy, and science intersect. Everyone’s favorite renowned “personal astrophysicist” Neil DeGrasse Tyson invites actors, comedians, and other scientists to parse all sorts of scientific topics while he cracks slightly zany jokes

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