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!
How do I download podcasts ?
Although you can listen to podcasts on a desktop or laptop computer, many people listen on a smartphone, on a tablet, or in their cars, using a podcast app. Here is a quick overview from Digital Trends that explains how podcasts work and outlines all of the options for listening.
Kids Listen is a grassroots organization of advocates for high-quality audio content for children. Many of the curated podcasts are accompanied by hands-on activity ideas.
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
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
Game Show-like Podcasts
Health and Fitness
Peace Out - Stories for calming down
Teen Health Matters - How to talk to parents/adults about mental health
This Is Normal: A Podcast about Youth Mental Health - Young people talk about their own mental health challenges
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
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls - stories of real-life extraordinary women read by modern-day activists
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
The Story Seeds Podcast - Inspire young writers with this innovative series in which award-winning children's authors interview a kid or tween with a great story idea, and then write and read aloud a story inspired by the kid's idea.
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
Crimetown - Investigations into the culture of crime in different cities
The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd - Follow the battle between Dr. Floyd and the evil mastermind, Dr. Steve
The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified - Radio reporter Eleanor goes after the "Big Story"
Serial - Sarah Koenig tells one story, told week by week
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel - Serial mystery story for middle graders, performed by kids
Welcome to Night Vale - Twice-monthly fictional (and weird!) podcast about a small desert town
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
Womanica - 5-to-10-minute episodes about women who have made a difference
Spanish (podcasts in Spanish or bilingual)
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
Edge of Sports - Where sports and politics collide, hosted by Nation magazine Sports Editor Dave Zirin