5 Educational Podcasts You Should Listen To

Why not learn something during your otherwise boring commute?

5 Educational Podcasts You Should Listen To

I moved apartments recently, and as a result my work commute time was cut in half. Great news, right? Right. Except I used to have 45 minutes of reading time during my commute each way every day, and now I only have 20-ish going to work and 20-ish coming home.

It's not really a problem in the grand scheme of things, but it's definitely an adjustment. I've been experimenting with other ways to occupy my time during my commute, because some days it seems like a lot of effort to get a book out of my backpack only to read for 20 minutes or so.

This is where the podcasts come in. I've been trying a LOT of different podcasts, and where I've landed...for now...is that I tend to prefer the ones that are teaching me something, even if in a roundabout way (special shoutout to the Bros Watch PLL Too podcast, which isn't specifically educational but is my #1 fave and deserves a shoutout). My brain needs a jumpstart during that morning commute! And I like learning, because I'm a nerd. So here are my top five educational podcasts to school you during your commute — or any time.

Stuff You Should Know

The title kind of says it all, but I'll explain it anyway: each Stuff You Should Know episode features Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant discussing something. Hmm, that was a super vague explanation. Basically, Josh and Chuck do a lot of research on a topic, and then discuss said research and said topic with the aim of educating listeners (and themselves). A few episodes I really enjoyed recently are "How Caffeine Works," "How Gossip Works," and "How Body Language Works."

Reply All

PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman host this podcast about all things Internet. Tune in to hear interesting Internet-related stories from around the world. You'll learn stuff you didn't even know you didn't know — and somehow it's still relatable, because hey, we all use the Internet.

Mystery Show

The inimitable Starlee Kine hosts the Mystery Show podcast, in which she works hard to solve mysteries generated by, well, you! The listener, that is. Podcast listeners send in mysteries and Starlee picks the cream of the crop and then gets to solving them. There's only been one season so far, so it'll be easy to catch up on some of the strange mysteries of the world, if you're so inclined.


Each season of StartUp follows a fledgling company in an effort to show listeners what it's really like to start a business and get it off the ground. It's super interesting, and totally outside the realm of my experience — which only makes it more interesting.

Stuff You Missed in History Class

From the same folks who bring you Stuff You Should Know, Stuff You Missed In History Class features Tracy V Wilson and Holly Frey school listeners on historical events, people, etc. that weren't covered — or weren't covered extensively enough — in history class.

Go forth and listen — and learn, ya dorks.