Podcasts

What is a podcast?

A podcast is an audio program, like a radio show, that is made by someone and then posted to the Internet for you to download and listen to on your own device, including a Chromebook. Any device that can play an MP3 can play a podcast.

Podcasts are plentiful and cover diverse topics, such as sports, politics, history, science, literature, cars, movies and more!

Where can I find a podcast?

The most popular place to find podcasts is the iTunes Store. You can get to the podcast section of iTunes by:

  • Opening the iTunes program on your Mac or PC

  • Clicking on the menu in the top left corner

  • Clicking on Podcasts

  • Clicking iTunes Store in the top center of the screen.

Once there, you can search for podcasts based on topic or title, or browse featured selections and recommendations. Enjoy!

How can I use podcasts for research?

  • Listen Notes will help you find specific topics, interviewers and interviewees

All Content Areas

  • Brains On! - Podcast for kids and adults

  • But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids - Show led by kids about diverse topics

  • Criminal - Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle

  • Ear Biscuits - “Interesting conversation with someone interesting..."

  • Making Sense with Sam Harris - Explores important questions about the human mind, society, and current events

  • Moth Radio Hour - True, personal stories to inspire and entertain

  • Overheard at National Geographic - Stories from our big, bizarre, and beautiful world

  • Pants on Fire - In a game show format, kids learn how to distinguish between what's true and what's false

  • PinDrop - Escape with host Saleem Reshamwala as he journeys across the globe in search of the world's most imaginative ideas

  • Radiolab - A show about curiosity

  • Reply All - A podcast about the Internet

  • Short & Curly - Fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents

  • Smash Boom Best - For young debaters; listen to two sides of an issue and decide for yourself which is best

  • Stuff You Should Know - The ins and outs of everyday things

  • TED Radio Hour - Investigates the biggest questions of our time with the help of the world's greatest thinkers

  • This I Believe - Discussions about core beliefs that guide our daily lives

Current Events

  • KidNuz - 5 minutes of today's top stories, current events, politics, science, entertainment, sports and more!

  • Youth Radio - Honest, vital, top-quality news and culture

Health and Fitness

Language Arts

  • The Allusionist - Explore the English language, with all its oddities!

  • Book Club for Kids - Middle schoolers talk about books

  • Fictional - Hosts breathe new life into the classics and tell the stories of some of the greatest books ever written

  • KitLit Radio - Children's literature podcast

  • Myths and Legends - Stories of magic, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards

  • A Way with Words - Hour-long podcast about language examined through history, culture, and family

Science

  • Brains On! - Science podcast co-hosted by kids

  • Ologies - Comedic science podcast

  • Science Vs - What’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between

  • Shabam! - Quirky podcast that uses stories to teach listeners about science

  • The Show about Science - Adventure into the wondrous world of scientific research and discovery!

  • This Podcast Will Kill You - Grad students studying disease ecology, share their love of epidemics and weird medical mysteries

  • StarTalk Radio - Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about all things space

  • Tumble - Science podcast for kids

  • Wow in the World - Cool new stories in science, technology, and innovation

Serials

Social Studies

  • After the Fact - Data and analysis on the issues that matter to you—from science to the economy

  • Constitutional - Narrative series about the revolutionary figures who shaped America's story

  • BBC Documentary Podcast - The latest documentaries investigating global developments, issues and affairs

  • Forever Ago - Explores the origin of just one thing, like sandwiches, while learning to think critically about history

  • Freakonomics Radio - Explore the hidden sides of everything

  • Is That a Fact? - Experts answer “How can American democracy survive and thrive in our toxic information environment?”

  • The Memory Palace - Heartrending tales of overlooked moments in history

  • The Past and the Curious - History podcast for kids

  • Revisionist History - Malcolm Gladwell looks back through the overlooked and misunderstood in history

  • Story Corps - Humanity’s stories shared and preserved to build connections between people

  • Stuff You Missed in History Class - History stuff that’s usually left out of textbooks

  • This American Life - Each episode centers around a theme, usually journalistic in nature

  • Youth Radio - Honest, vital, top-quality news and culture

Spanish (podcasts in Spanish or bilingual)

  • Cometa Colín - Answers questions about different themes like how the Ancient Egyptian pyramids were built

  • Radio Ambulante - True stories about different topics, such as sports, history, music, and more

  • Tres Cuentos - Traditional folk tales and legends from across Latin America

  • Tumble en Español - Science show for kids

Sports

  • Edge of Sports - Where sports and politics collide, hosted by Nation magazine Sports Editor Dave Zirin

To find podcasts for teachers, click on Podcasts for Teachers at the top right of the page.