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5 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter

Podcasts are getting more and more popular these days. Modern day podcasts are the successors of once ever present and ever dominant radio shows that informed, inspired and educated entire generations. With many innovative podcast apps such as Overcast, Stitcher, and PocketCast, and many best-selling authors reviving the platform as an alternative medium for exploring ideas, it is important to give this medium some attention. We have previously written about the benefits of listening to podcasts, such its educational and informative benefits, and their limited commercial interruptions. Here are top 5 best podcasts that will make you smarter: (Header Image Credit: Flicrk)

The Tim Ferriss Show

The Tim Ferriss Show
The Tim Ferriss Show

If you are someone who has been following Lifehacker for some time, then Tim Ferriss will be a very familiar name. The man who calls himself 'the human guinea pig' has dedicated many years trying to decode the science of success. After authoring three best-selling books, Tim Ferris forayed into podcasting with his Tim Ferris Show. Currently ranked number 1 business podcast in iTunes, the podcast is unique with its long form interviews often leading to 2 hours of listening time.

The podcast also features many famous names such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Maria Popova, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Amanda Palmer, Malcolm Gladwell, Vince Vaughn, Rick Rubin, Reid Hoffman, Jon Favreau, Whitney Cummings, and Mike Shinoda, as Tim Ferris try to decode their success process.

Hidden Brain

Hidden Brain
Hidden Brain

NPR's Hidden Brain is essentially a 'conversation about life's unseen patterns'. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships. Hosted by NPR's Science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, the Hidden Brain podcast brings listeners a wealth of knowledge from social science research.

Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio
Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio is one of the most popular podcasts with over 8 million downloads per month. The podcast is hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, who is an award-winning author, journalist, and TV and radio personality. The podcast is essentially a continuation of the best-selling book Freakonomic,s Dubner authored with Steven. D. Levitt, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. Freakonomics explores the hidden side of everything," telling stories about cheating schoolteachers and eating champions while teaching us all to think a bit more creatively, rationally, and productively."

Revisionist History

Revisionist History
Revisionist History

Revisionist HistoryRevisionist History is the brain child of Malcolm Gladwell, the best-selling author who gave us the 10,000-hour rule and books such as The Tipping Point, Outliers, and Blink. With Revisionist History, he explores certain topics in a way that readers of his books may find surprising, as he devotes three episodes to ways he considers the United States' education system is failing low-income students.

"Revisionist History go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked, something misunderstood", says the website.

Planet Money

Planet Money
Planet Money

NPR's Planet Money is an American podcast that explains complex events and concepts in economics in the simplest way. Even though some of the topics explored on the podcast are unfamiliar for Indians, the hosts' exploration of some of the key theories in micro economics and macroeconomics will definitely make its listeners much smarter in understanding money and economy in general.

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