Regularly updated and often free to subscribe, podcasts are an excellent way to broaden your horizons and develop critical thinking on the go. Please report any missing or broken hyperlinks.
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All in the Mind (BBC) – Programme exploring the limits and potential of the human mind.
From Our Own Correspondent (BBC) – Insight, wit and analysis from BBC correspondents, journalists and writers from around the world.
In Our Time (BBC) – A BBC radio discussion series exploring the history of ideas. It is one of BBC Radio 4’s most successful discussion programmes, acknowledged to have “transformed the landscape for serious ideas at peak listening time.” Read a review of In Our Time on The GSAL Journal.
Inside Health (BBC) – Doctors demystify health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of GPs.
The Inquiry (BBC) – The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.
Last Word (BBC) – Radio 4’s weekly obituary programme, telling the life stories of those who have died recently.
LSE Public Lectures & Events (LSE) – The public events podcast series from the London School of Economics and Political Science features more than two hundred events every year where some of the world’s leading thinkers can be heard. The podcast is a platform for thought, ideas and lively debate where you can hear from presidents, prime minsters, international business leaders, policy makers and leading academics from all over the world.
Odds and Evenings (O&E) – Podcast about mathematics, puzzles, numbers and games.
Oxford Sparks (University of Oxford) – Some of the brightest minds behind Oxford science discuss their latest research. The series starts with ‘Origins’, tackling topics from human life to the Universe. Join us in each podcast as we explore a different area of science.
Philosophy for Beginners (University of Oxford) – Philosophy has been studied for thousands of years. It involves the use of reason and argument to search for the truth about reality – about the nature of things, ethics, aesthetics, language, the mind, God and everything else. This series of five introductory lectures, aimed at students new to philosophy, presented by Marianne Talbot, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, will test you on some famous thought experiments and introduce you to some central philosophical issues and to the thoughts of some key philosophers.
School of Geography & the Environment (University of Oxford) – These online audio resources consist of lectures, seminars and interviews from the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.
Science in Action (BBC) – The BBC brings you all the week’s science news.
TED Talks (TED) – Want TED Talks on the go? Every weekday, this feed brings you our latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable — from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between — given by the world’s leading thinkers and doers. Read a review of TED Talks on The GSAL Journal.
The Infinite Monkey Cage (BBC) – Witty, irreverent look at the world according to science .
The Life Scientific (BBC) – Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them and asking what their discoveries might do for us in the future.
The Psychology Podcast (Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman) – Welcome to The Psychology Podcast with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, where we give you insights into the mind, brain, behavior and creativity. Each episode will feature a guest who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of yourself, others, and the world we live in. Hopefully, we’ll also provide a glimpse into human possibility! Thanks for listening and enjoy the podcast. Read a review of The Psychology Podcast on The GSAL Journal.
The Reith Lectures (BBC) – The Reith Lectures are a series of annual radio lectures given by leading figures of the day with the purpose of enriching the intellectual and cultural life of the nation. The aim is to advance public understanding and debate about significant issues of contemporary interest.
Today in Focus (The Guardian) – Listen to the story behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news.