8 Podcasts to Make You Smarter, Sharper, Wiser

Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to switch back on and sharpen up for the new year. Here’s our pick of podcast series from around the web to enhance your general knowledge. If you haven’t caught onto the podcast trend, we suggest you jump on board. They’re an excellent way to listen to carefully curated information on a range of topics from anywhere. 

The ones below are our picks for interesting

Download, plug-in, and absorb on the commute to work, at the gym, or at home on the couch. 

You Are Not So Smart

The most important step towards intellectual enlightenment, is recognising how little you actually know. You Are Not So Smart describes itself as a celebration of self-delusion. David McRaney interviews scientists about the way the mind tricks itself. The topics covered in the series challenge assumed knowledge related to cognitive biases, heuristics, and logical fallacies. 

Listen here.

Negotiation Academy

This podcast is structured like an online course in negotiation. An exceptional skill in professional and non-professional life, knowing how to negotiate well will get you very far. What’s more, this podcast is backed by the Columbia Business School, and hosted by Slate.

Listen here.

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Freakonomics Radio

Feeling a little lacking in your worldly knowledge? Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling Freakonomics, asks questions of just about everything in his weakly podcast series. He interviews Nobel laureates to social scientists and pop culture icons. The topics are endless, from “The Cheeseburger Diet” to “Is Migration a Basic Human Right?”

Listen here.

Planet Money

Appearing during the GFC in 2008, NPR’s Planet Money aimed to make sense of money, what it means to have a lot of it or none of it in the modern world. Particularly for those not so financially orientated, the podacast brakes down consumer and financial trends in laymans terms. For improving your general knowledge, its essential to keep on top of one of the most pervasive factor of the modern world

Listen here.

Accidental Creative

Todd Henry’s podcasts series focus on the successful practices of creative people. He assesses everything from their process to performing to the right audience audience through a series of interviews and discussions. The intention is to aid other creatives to be prolific, autonomous and produce exceptional work. We know that creativity is an essential aspect of many occupations – this is a great way to understand how to optimise it.

Listen here.


Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich’s ever-fascinating Radiolab is a podcast for the curious. It considers complex ideas that challenge the boundaries between science, philosophy and human experience. Abumrad interviews leading experts, from astrophysicists to neuroscientists, and these podcasts are truly a masterclass in a range of subjects without being dry or abstract.

Listen here.


Point of Inquiry

This is the Centre for Inquiry’s flagship podcast. Its aim is to discuss topics that are usually vetoed at the dinner table – science, religion, and politics. They’re interviews include guests such as Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins.

Listen here.

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders lecture series interviews great leaders and CEOs from around the world. For insight into the minds of successful people and how they work – this is your go to listening. Throughout each lecture guests will talk about their successes (and failures!) from the way they started businesses to how they envision the future.

Listen here.

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