Best podcasts to make you think

One of the more popular questions we receive is what are the best podcasts to make you think and expand your mind. And, with over 700,000 podcast shows, and so many genres and different types of podcasts, it's no wonder why it can be hard to find the right brainteaser for you. So, we've curated a list of 12 podcasts that will help you think more intelligently.

From investigative journalism, interesting interviews with notable people, history and stories from our past, politics and cultural beliefs, and many other wonderful stories, these objective podcasts will challenge your thinking and help you get a better understanding of the world we live in.

Feed your brain with these fascinating podcasts that will keep you engaged and satisfy your curious mind. Tune in and we hope your brain enjoys these podcast recommendations!

Conversations with People Who Hate Me

by PRX

38m

average length

42

episodes

In an internet era characterized by comment section wars, devastating clapbacks, and anonymous vitriol, Dylan Marron explores what happens when online feuders step out from behind the keyboard and get to know the human on the other side of the screen. Join Dylan as he connects people who have clashed online – from old friends to complete strangers — to explore why we believe what we believe, how we relate to each other on the internet, and just what a phone call can accomplish. Don’t be fooled by the title! It’s actually a loving show that fosters unlikely connections in an age of increasing digital isolation. Whether Dylan is speaking with someone who wrote him a negative comment or is moderating a call between two strangers at odds, the results are often surprising, usually heartwarming, and always compelling. Webby Winner, Best of 2018 (Apple Podcasts), “The Timeliest Podcast” (Fast Company), “Essential” (Vulture), Podcast Pick (USA Today & The Guardian)

Philosophize This!

by steve@stephenwestshow.com

26m

average length

152

episodes

Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.

Yo, Is This Racist?

by Earwolf & Tawny Newsome, Andrew Ti

26m

average length

2170

episodes

Yo, Is This Racist?, hosted by Andrew Ti, creator of the popular blog of the same name, is now a weekly podcast! Every Wednesday, Ti, co-host Tawny Newsome, and their guests answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist.

You Are Not So Smart

by You Are Not So Smart

59m

average length

185

episodes

You Are Not So Smart is a show about psychology t…

This American Life

by This American Life

64m

average length

104

episodes

This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.

Brain Science: Neuroscience & Behavior

by Changelog Media

48m

average length

26

episodes

For the curious! We’re exploring the inner-workings of the human brain to understand behavior change, habit formation, mental health, and being human. It’s Brain Science applied — not just "how does the brain work," but how do we apply what we know about the brain to transform our lives?

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

by BBC World Service

10m

average length

116

episodes

Tim Harford tells the fascinating stories of inventions, ideas and innovations which have helped create the economic world.

Stuff You Should Know

by iHeartRadio

40m

average length

1572

episodes

If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

How To Do Everything

by NPR

0

average length

206

episodes

We're half advice show, half survival guide. We answer all your questions, from how to find a date, to how to find water in the desert.

Planet Money

by NPR

22m

average length

820

episodes

The economy explained. 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.

Hidden Brain

by NPR

43m

average length

259

episodes

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

Yo, Is This Racist?

by Earwolf & Tawny Newsome, Andrew Ti

26m

average length

2170

episodes

Yo, Is This Racist?, hosted by Andrew Ti, creator of the popular blog of the same name, is now a weekly podcast! Every Wednesday, Ti, co-host Tawny Newsome, and their guests answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist.

Conversations with People Who Hate Me

by PRX

38m

average length

42

episodes

In an internet era characterized by comment section wars, devastating clapbacks, and anonymous vitriol, Dylan Marron explores what happens when online feuders step out from behind the keyboard and get to know the human on the other side of the screen. Join Dylan as he connects people who have clashed online – from old friends to complete strangers — to explore why we believe what we believe, how we relate to each other on the internet, and just what a phone call can accomplish. Don’t be fooled by the title! It’s actually a loving show that fosters unlikely connections in an age of increasing digital isolation. Whether Dylan is speaking with someone who wrote him a negative comment or is moderating a call between two strangers at odds, the results are often surprising, usually heartwarming, and always compelling. Webby Winner, Best of 2018 (Apple Podcasts), “The Timeliest Podcast” (Fast Company), “Essential” (Vulture), Podcast Pick (USA Today & The Guardian)

Revisionist History

by Pushkin Industries

40m

average length

77

episodes

Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Pushkin Industries. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.