Length: 22 min
co-authors of the "Freakonomics" book also host a podcast of the same name. It’s
(mostly) simple enough for me to understand, and I barely scraped by in Econ
101, but actual Econ majors tell me they like it too. Steven Dubner and Steve
Levitt cover all sorts of topics, from sticking to resolutions through “temptation
bundling” to the argument over whether migration is a basic human right.
Length: 40 min
is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to. The hosts, Aaron Lammer, Max
Linsky and Evan Ratliff, interview writers and editors of all mediums, and ask
them questions about the writing process – coming up with ideas, determining
story structure, deciding how much of themselves to put into their writing, etc.
Recent guests include Tavi Gevinson, Malcolm Gladwell and Lena Dunham.
Length: 56 min
Friday: Produced by NPR, Science Friday includes news roundups
(think, what’s going on with the Zika virus) and features on things like
self-driving cars, droughts and deep space design. The host, Ira Flatow, brings
on scientists and inventors to interview, and the show has a surprisingly large
web presence — find them on Tumblr, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
under the handle “scifri.”
Length: 46 min
You Missed in History Class: Don’t be thrown off by the title — this podcast is everything the textbooks didn’t cover, not just the stuff you
forgot. It comes from howstuffworks.com, and already has hundreds of episodes
on people (Elizabeth Blackwell, Alice Roosevelt), little-known wars (the Honey
War, not about honey) and more…there’s even one titled Good Humor v. Popsicle.
Length: 43 min
you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Serial at least in
passing already. In its first season, reporter Sarah Koenig took us through the
story of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend in 1999 at
age 17, despite questions over the lack of evidence in the trial. This season
follows the story of Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who left his post in
Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban. Some see him as a deserter, others
a hero finally returning home. It’s super addictive, and — no big deal — includes
phone calls with members of the Taliban.
Length: 45 min