Jad Abumrad and radio vet Robert Krulwich host one of the most interesting shows currently airing. The Radiolab team puts together a fantastic production that is not only interesting but also leaves you enriched. Radiolab covers topics in science, technology, the future, culture, music, color, art, literature, medicine (pretty much everything) and has interviews with leading scientists, celebrities and authors (pretty much anyone). Listeners learn to appreciate the small and the large, and Abumrad and Krulwich always manage to make a complex topic simple enough to understand.
Dan Carlin’s behemoth of a podcast gets right down into the guts of major (and minor) historical events. Carlin can teach and lecture with the best of them. Many history courses are snooze-inducing, but he will take you by the hand and put you on the front lines or plop you in the center of a burning city. HH covers everything that you would want to know and more about historical events and Carlin’s masterful story-telling and weaving of characters and events makes it seem less like history and more like drama.
Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband, Justin, host this fantastic show on medical history and all the ways that we have tried to cure ourselves of what ails us over the centuries. Dr. McElroy provides a wonderful historical background to each disease, illness, virus or cure and explains the strange way we eventually arrived at the solution. Topics range from syphilis to teething, and Justin brings the side-ripping humor to every show. The two have great chemistry and never bore with valuable research and laughs.
Stuff You Should Know
Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant’s simultaneously funny and informative look at (literally) everything is a wonderful quick listen or all-day binge. Each episode is a new topic. With thorough research, great quality and interesting topics, Stuff You Should Know should already be on your to-listen list. Even better, they’ve got an archive that reaches back to 2008 (well over 400 shows).