Podcasts to listen to while doing homework

Do you feel that listening to music when you’re doing homework isn’t motivating enough or it doesn't help improve your productivity? Try listening to podcasts when you’re studying. A podcast that is relaxing and funny can help you focus on the task at hand. Any podcast episode can expand creative thoughts for your mind and make your process of learning more exciting.

Although listening to podcasts while doing homework isn’t for everybody, you won’t know until you try it! So, we've gone through 100s of podcasts, and here are the best ones to enjoy while studying or doing homework. Throw those headphones on and happy listening!

99% Invisible

by Roman Mars



A collaboration between public radio and the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco, the 99% Invisible podcast seeks to expose the unseen aspects of design and architecture. Often including interviews with experts, the show opens your eyes to things you might tend to overlook or take for granted, like outdoor staircases and commemorative plaques, calling your attention to all of the thought and choices that go into the aspects of our everyday lives we don’t pay enough attention to. Pro tip: this one is a great choice to listen to on a walk.


by WNYC Studios



Another public radio program that is also available for free as a podcast, *Radiolab* has been running since 2002. It focuses on topics in the philosophy and science realms but in an accessible and light-hearted way perfect for the podcast format. If you think you’re not into science, podcast hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich may just be able to convince you otherwise. Each hour-long episode is innovative, stylized, and engaging, full of music and sound effects to hold the interest of even the most attention-challenged listeners.

Broken Harts

by iHeartPodcasts and Glamour



Keeping up with technological innovation and advancements can be really challenging. Co-hosts, Robert Lamb, and Julie Douglas make it easy for their listeners. What we see is not all there is, and Stuff To Blow Your Mind podcast ensures that listeners always remember that. They talk about everything from cosmic mysteries and neurological quandaries to evolutionary marvels and advances in technology.

Freakonomics Radio

by Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher



A spin-off of the hit 2005 non-fiction book Freakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Stephen Levitt, this podcast covers socio-economic issues, but it’s way more interesting than it sounds, touching on topics that do and do not have an obvious connection to the economy. The podcast takes a deep dive into “the hidden side” of things like drugs, languages, income inequality, and what it’s like to be a CEO. Each episode features interviews with experts that make you feel like you’ve gotten lucky enough to be invited to listen in on a very interesting and very intelligent dinner party.

StarTalk Radio

by Neil deGrasse Tyson



Science, pop culture, and comedy collide on StarTalk Radio! Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and Director of New York's Hayden Planetarium, and his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities, and scientific experts explore astronomy, physics, and everything else there is to know about life in the universe. New episodes premiere Tuesdays. Keep Looking Up!

Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed

by BBC Radio 4



As the UK prepares to begin leaving the EU, what are the key deals to be done? Chris Morris cuts through the jargon to discover how everyone's lives could change.

TED Radio Hour

by NPR



Do you think Ted talks are inspiring? Then tune into Ted Radio Hour. Just imagine how beautiful the collaboration between Ted and National Public Radio must be. On Ted Radio Hour, they discuss a wide range of usage. Most times, the podcast episodes are usually before-hand released Ted content, only with a cherry on top. There's an after-session where Manoush Zomorodi interviews the speaker. Mostly, these conversations usually spill over into other life affairs. It's an interesting listen.