In the days I had to commute, it was a long drive. One day I figured out how to connect my MP3 player to the car radio and it seemed to open up a whole new world. How primitive those first steps seem in light of what’s available out there today.
There are a world of educational podcasts that cover everything from cooking and foreign languages to science and technology. In just a few minutes you can load your phone or tablet with enough fascination to make your daily commute the most educational part of your day.
Need a crash course on the Oort Cloud? Or maybe you’re more into supersonic shock waves and planetary science. Whatever your interest in astronomy and physics, you’ll find many fascinating topics at Astronomy Cast.
I like NPR but their radio show covers a lot of subjects that might not work for you. The masters of audio have a podcast directory where you can mix and match your own news feed.
Many fascinating topics here like Stuff You Missed In History Class and Stuff Your Mom Never Told You. Put together by the Discovery Channel.
Many science related podcasts that also ask thoughtful and compelling questions. Radiolab is appropriate for a range of ages with an interest in science.
If a scientist got naked on a podcast would anyone notice? Not on this show, which boils scientific topics down to clear and sometimes humorous basics. A fascinating range of timely and interesting science questions.
This is just the tip of the educational iceberg. There are literally dozens of great podcasts out there and it took some work to reduce it down to the best of the best. It’s safe to say that if there’s a topic you’re interested in, someone is putting together a podcast for it.