Undoubtedly, one of the most read topics on GettingSmart.com is podcasts. Google search “education podcasts” and the first result you’ll find is our 50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out blog. Ask our team, “What’s new?” and you’ll hear about how we’re learning on the go with podcasts. Ask our teacher bloggers about new practices they’re trying in their classrooms and you’ll hear how their encouraging reflective learning with podcasts.

Podcasts as an effective learning medium cannot be emphasized enough. Knowing this inspired us to revisit and update our list of 50 podcasts you should check out. So grab your headphones, sync the bluetooth, and get ready to listen to learn. Without further ado, in no particular order, our list of podcasts you should check out to support your learning, teaching, and knowledge in general.

1. Stanford Social Innovation Review: Audio lectures shared by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Social Innovation Conversations, co-hosted by Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Managing Editor Eric Nee.

2. The Gently Mad: A triweekly show honest, meaningful conversations and discussions about “things that matter.” It’s a show about life, business & entrepreneurship without the BS from Adam Clark.

3. Let’s Get Busy Podcast: 2014 EduBlog Awards Finalist for Best Educational Use of Media. Released weekly, Let’s Get Busy is hosted by elementary school librarian Matthew Winter, author of The Busy Librarian, who interviews and features authors and illustrators on their recent work.

4. The Moth: “True Stories Told” live. Storytelling at its best. The Moth is a platform to record your own story, listen to stories told by storytellers at Moth events and community for people who love telling it how it went down, and how it is.

5. Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s Personalized Learning Podcast: Sponsored by the Dell Family Foundation, this new podcast focuses on the development of personalized learning strategies and the impact on the lives of young learners living in poverty.

6. Ed Chat Radio: BAM Radio Network podcast that focuses on a wide array of ed topics with an equally diverse pool hosts. Make sure to explore BAM’s library of podcasts. The volume and frequency of programs will keep you listening for a longtime.

7. Times Higher Education: This is for our international listeners. A weekly UK HigherEd focused program that describes itself as the podcast “at the heart of the higher education debate.”

8. PBS NewsHour – Education: Found on iTunes, the podcast features latest news, analysis and reporting about Education from PBS NewsHour. Updated periodically with interviews, background reports and updates to put the news in a larger context.

9. Big Picture Science: Takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style.

10. LabCAST: Okay bending the rules on this one. LabCAST is technically a video podcast, this sporadically published series from MIT’s Media Lab shares radical technologies being designed to enable people to create a better tomorrow.

11. Killer InnovationsPhil McKinney focuses on innovations in technology and leadership. Phil shares how to harness the power of innovation to radically improve personal, career and business success.

12. Harvard EdCast: Series of conversations with thought leaders in the field of ed that serves as a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.

13. Bloomberg EDU: Weekly look at education in America. Host Jane Williams interviews leading educators, administrators, and policy makers. Listeners can also tune in on EdWeek.org.

14. The Whole Child: Released every first Thursday of every month, The Whole Child shares how we can work at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

15. Talks With Teachers: Interviews with America’s inspiring teachers who share their stories, offer practical teaching tips.

16. The Joe Rogan Experience: Taekwondo blackbelt, standup comedian, TV host, and UFC announcer Joe Rogan interviews and quite frankly, shoots the sh*t with fascinating professionals, academics and celebrities on the uniqueness of the human condition. (21+)

17. TechTalk4Teachers: For educators wanting to keep up with the latest advances in educational technologies and their practical applications in classrooms.

18Fresh Air: An NPR classic hosted by Terry Gross who interviews authors, thinkers, musicians and other creatives in an no holds barred quasi talk show with no time limit and no BS.

19. New Tech City: Approaching technology through the lens of the human experience is what this podcast is all about. A program of WNYC, this podcast will turn the mirror on the role of technology in our daily lives.

20. On Being: Krista Tippett boldly takes on the question that we all ask at one point: “What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?” On Being is a Peabody Award-winner and Webby Award-winner.

21. This I Believe: With roots in Edward R. Murrow’s show with the same name, this podcast transforms essays from all walks of life into podcasts. You’ll definitely find something that inspires you with the 100,000+ library of stories.

22Invisibilia: Another NPR podcast that focuses on the invisible forces that control our lives. A recent Team Getting Smart favorite for its thought provoking topics on everything unseen.

23. Planet Money. Need to negotiate with someone? Listen to this one on how to negotiate- and why women have a hard time with it.

24. TED Radio Hour: Consolidates various TED Talks. Tom and Bonnie loved this one on Memory. Jessica loved Why We Collaborate.

25. KEXP Podcasts: Seattleites, know that 90.3 KEXP is “where the music matters.” KEXP podcasts weave community, music, and culture in everything from live in-studio performances, performances from festivals around the world, and interviews with leaders in the music community. Tune in to hear the perspectives from musicians that will expand your thinking.

26TED Talks: I have yet to listen to a TED talk that didn’t inspire or ignite new energy for an idea or topic. Subscribe to TED’s education podcasts to hear from some of the brightest minds in academia today.

27. Techlandia: Former Getting Smart Team member Alison Anderson (@tedrosececi) and co-hosts take listeners through the world of educational technology- Jimmy Fallon style. Listen to great interviews of innovative educators as well as getting professional development on tools you can use immediately in your classroom- by teachers, for teachers.

28. The State of Tech: These podcasts focus on education technology in the state of Ohio, but the podcasts can benefit any educator. Topics include new software, platforms, and innovative ideas for tech in the classroom.

29. The Compendium Blog of the A.T. Tipscast: This podcast focuses on Tools in Public Schools; giving students and teachers ways to use technology to further educational goals. Each podcast has a practical take-away tip for the classroom.

30. Classroom 2.0 LIVE: This website hosts a weekly webinar specifically designed for beginners who have never used the webinar technology before. Each episode is then offered as an archived podcast that is available for download.

31. EdReach: The focus of EdReach’s podcasts are on innovative apps and different web tools for teachers. Episodes focus on technology as a tool for students of all ages and abilities.

32. ESL: The website, “English as Second Language” offers a weekly practical podcast that concentrates on everyday topics for those learning to speak English. The podcast comes with a learning guide as well.

33. EDU-Talk: The mission of EDU-Talk podcasts is to get educators and students to talk about academia using technology. The site also encourages users to upload podcasts too!

34. G.A.M.E: Gamers Advance Meaningful Education is a site developed for people who want to use gaming to help in the educational process. For anyone who is interested in the creative potential of gaming in education, their webinar series is available to download in podcast episodes produced monthly.

35. Infinite Thinking Machine: This is a high-energy TV show specifically targeted to educators, parents, and students who are interested in technology in education. They were nominated as one of 2012’s best Edublog podcasts.

36. EdTechTalk: This podcast is called Teachers Teaching Teachers and is a collaborative effort. Teachers discuss new software and tools they are successfully using in the classroom.

37. Grammar Girl: You’ll find Grammar Girl at the top of several podcast lists, as you should. This site offers regular podcasts for anyone interested in teaching grammar or learning it for themselves.

38. British History: For history buffs, this website hosts regular podcasts that focus solely on the history of England from the Ice age forward.

39. China History: Another history podcast that focuses on Chinese history starting 5000 years ago and proceeding to today.

40. Smart People Podcast: Picking smart people’s “oversized brains” is what this podcast is all about. They interview people from various industries to bring their listeners episodes that satisfy those of us with insatiable curiosity.

41. EdukWest: A podcast started by a woman who wanted to follow all the startups and trends in education. Various contributors now host the EdukWest podcasts.

42. Radio Lab: Podcasts for the curious mind. Broadcast on over 300 radio stations across the United States, Radio Lab explores science, philosophy, and the human experience.

43. How Stuff Works: You never know what you’re going to get with this podcast. Expect topics that range from cars to food to pop-psychology.

44. StarTalk Radio: A podcast series that focuses on all things extra-terrestrial. Topics include stars, the big bang, space travel, black holes, and more.

45. eCorner: This podcast, titled Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders, explores the principles that create successful business owners and leaders.

46. Chemical Heritage Foundation: A science podcast that focuses specifically on chemistry. Each episode looks at past breakthroughs and the effect it has on present and future scientific research.

47. Audiria: A podcast for those interested in learning the Spanish language. Each podcast is rated with a difficulty level or listeners can choose podcasts that concentrate on specific areas.

48. The History Chicks: A fresh look at history through factual and fictional characters. Podcasts go into detail about the time period, culture, and typical lifestyle of the person highlighted in each episode.

49. Math Mutation: Short podcasts that explore mathematics. Topics cover strange and quirky concepts that aren’t normally taught in school.

50. Astronomy Cast: This website offers a weekly podcast centered on astronomy concepts like planets and cosmology.

51. The Naked Scientist: Cambridge University researchers and physicians are behind this podcast filled with humor and levity as they explore a diverse set of science topics. Their goal is to strip science down to its bare essentials.

52. Day in Tech History: This podcast is hosted by Jeffrey Powers, a tech expert who loves to build desktops. He explores the history of technology along with what he calls “geek” science.

53. Classic Poetry Aloud Index: Podcasts of famous poetry. You can browse through themes or poets to find one that interests you.

54. BBC: Browse through podcasts about psychology, science, technology, or politics. The episodes are available for 30 days and updated weekly.

55. NOVA: Offered by PBS, the popular TV program also offers podcasts on a variety of science, human interest, and engineering topics.

56. NASA Science Casts: These video podcasts are short, fun, and bring unusual science topics to light. Podcasts are based on historical space missions completed by NASA.

57. Music Education Advocacy: A podcast that interviews educators who are trying to restore music education in schools. Their mission is to mobilize musicians to donate to music education charities and breathe new life into the subject area.

58. Practical Money Skills: Podcasts that focus on financial literacy. Topics include how to afford college, tax preparation, and budgeting. Great for life skills teachers!

59. EdSurgeRecently launched weekly podcast that revisits and Edurge’s top news and blogs with commentary from hosts Mary Jo Madda and Michael Winters.

60. The Stanford Storytelling Project: A podcast that explores how we live in and through stories and how to deepen our lives through our own storytelling.

Bonus: The i am ME. Podcast explores the importance of student agency and personalized learning in K-12 education through powerful interviews with forward-thinking educators, thought leaders and school administrators.

Did we leave any out? What podcasts should we check out to support our learning, teaching, and knowledge in general? Please comment to build and grow this list.


Bonnie Lathram is a project manager at Getting Smart. Follow her on Twitter @belathram. 


  1. NEW – @PennGSE’s @MCDPEL podcast where school leaders use social media to pose challenges & reflect on scenarios that impact school culture & student learning. Real voices. Real situations. Realtime #backchannelEDU following each episode. Follow on Twitter at @backchannelEDU. Listen Mondays (12EDT) and archived for the drive-home starting 3/2/15. Inspired by the @Serial Podcast via WBEZ Chicago.


  2. I produce the House of #EdTech podcast and it shares edtech recommendations, interviews with teacher and leaders. The show encourages teachers to use technology.

    The show can be found on chrisnesi.com/p/HouseofEdTech.html

  3. For a right leaning slant on edu news, check out The Education Gadfly Show from Fordham

    On economics, check out Conversations with Tyler, and Freakonomics

    On machine learning, see Udacity, Bitly, and Talking Machines


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