The past couple of years have been huge for podcasts, and for good reasons… Podcasts are basically digital audio files on the Internet which can be heard online or downloaded on computer or smart phone. So when you are travelling or at a gym or even relaxing at home Podcasts are a great way to learn about new things for those who want something beyond music. The topics range from sci-fi to relationship advice, and celebrity interviews to economics discussions there is something for everyone out there
With new series coming out each week, it can be difficult to determine which are actually worth your time, but we’ve got you covered if you’re looking to learn something new.
Here are our top picks for stretching your brain during your next commute, workout, or laundry run.
Indicast- Indians on India
Being India’s first multi person podcast, Indicast believes that a discussion is better than a monologue. They aren’t experts but the discourses covered are everything that might be of interest to a listener of the Indian origin. The serious discussions are balanced off with lighter topics. So expect to be informed with a few laughs.
If you an aspiring entrepreneur, startup enthusiast or living in a startup ecosystem looking for motivation then this is for you. Delivering the best conversations from successful entrepreneurs once a week, this podcast will get you going when you’re in a rut. Learning from individual life-stories can help garner many educative values and help you grow your own business.
Hosted by the inimitable Cyrus Broacha, this podcast revolves around everything that matters like politics, urban India, sports, traffic, kids, food and more. But it is everything with a tinge of humor that will inform apart from tickling your funny bone. It tackles the most prominent questions head-on and will leave you with food-for-thought.
Ritika and Abhishek take you through the world of Indian business from one of the fastest growing economies- India. The podcast covers the week’s top business stories from India and the impact they have on the economy. In spite, of a topic that can get monotonous, the podcast can pep up your journey and make you more effective when you get there.
Three football enthusiasts on India’s first football podcast will lure you to join them in the twaddle. The podcast is all about discussing the week gone by, special section on Indian football and phone-in chats with football enthusiasts. To fuel your passion for the game and keep learning more, this podcast is the perfect pick.
The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. Helping you make sense of our rapidly changing global economy. NPR’s Planet Money highlights high rollers, brainy economists and financial experts to keep you up to date on the fiscal world. Money makes the world go around, so listen on demand with two podcast episodes each week.
This podcast makes science fun and geeking out socially acceptable. The Radiolab is known for popularizing the podcast world with science-minded stories. In each episode, hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich explore everything from neurology to social science to outer space. When Radiolab is at its best, listeners leave enlightened and thirsty for knowledge. Every episode feels like an adventure into the unknown.
Helen Zaltzman’s podcast, The Allusionist, is one of thirteen audio shows in Radiotopia, a podcast collective from PRX. Her new, month-long series is a collaboration between her show and the other Radiotopia shows — an exploration of linguistically-oriented topics, tied into the other subject matter of other Radiotopians. It is the ultimate podcast for word nerds.
The cliché of dry and boring history classes is turned on its head in Hardcore History by Dan Carlin, an author and radio talk show host who focuses on those turning points in history marked by violence, conflict or the unthinkable. He reads and reads and then, every few months, he presents the best of what he learned in a long rambling lecture that’s more controversial than an average history lesson and will educate you without bugging you off to sleep.
This podcast will help you decipher tech, like nothing else! Code breaker approaches a different form of technology with the same question: Is it evil? This may seem simplistic, but that’s the point. A deceptively simple question—one that we don’t usually bother to consider—gives fans something for the discussion boards.