5 Educational Podcasts Every College Student Should Be Listening To

As a college student, you’re busy with classes, extracurriculars, meetings, and friends—not to mention keeping up with current events. With all of that, you’re likely to have more than enough to read. An excellent bridge between reading—for fun or for class—and watching TV is the podcast, which walks the line of entertaining and educating. 

Looking to enhance your learning this semester through podcasts? Keep reading to discover five educational podcasts every college student should listen to. 

Educational podcast #1: Invisibilia

Produced and hosted by NPR, Invisibilia is the Latin term for “invisible things.” Now in its fifth season, the podcast discusses all manners of invisible things, but particularly unseen or little-known forces that influence our perspectives and behavior. The episodes, which generally run from 30 minutes to an hour, cover a range of topics like:

  • Culture

  • Medicine

  • Science

  • Technology

Educational podcast #2: Revisionist History

Started in 2016, Revisionist History is hosted by Malcolm Gladwell, an author known for the books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, among others. Similar to Invisibilia, Revisionist History focuses on the lesser known, revisiting something from the past that has been misunderstood, misrepresented, or ignored for one reason or another. Different from Invisibilia, though, episodes focus on history and the past. Episodes are between roughly 30 and 40 minutes in length, and the show is in its fourth season. 

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Educational podcast #3: Reply All

This podcast, created in 2014 and hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, is a technology-focused podcast. This unique podcast focuses on the internet and technology, discussing how it has influenced both individuals and groups. Reply All tackles topics like internet privacy and marketing yourself online.  

Educational podcast #4: Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso

Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso is an interview-style podcast focused on trailblazing women, some of whom are household names, but all of whom are groundbreaking in their respective fields. Conversations explore what it means to be successful in a variety of fields—from media to makeup. 

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Educational podcast #5: The Daily 

The Daily from The New York Times is, as it sounds, a news podcast that airs nearly every weekday. Hosted by political journalist Michael Barbaro, each episode goes in depth on a single current event, and is based around interviews conducted by The New York Times journalists. This podcast is an excellent way to consume the news and keep up with current events. 

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Whether you’re doing chores or errands, walking to class, driving, or simply enjoying a moment sitting down, podcasts are an excellent use of the small gaps in your day. Beyond these recommendations, the world of podcasts is blossoming at a great rate, so you’re sure to find other podcasts that fit you well. 

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