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.

  • 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

Game Show-like Podcasts

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

  • 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


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

  • Womanica - 5-to-10-minute episodes about women who have made a difference

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


  • 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.