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10 clever podcasts that will make you smarter

10 clever podcasts


10 clever podcasts that will make you smarter

The exams may be over and summer holidays starting soon, but it’s always a good time to learn something new! For Issue #005 of the magazine, our partners at Acast pulled together a list of clever podcasts to make you smarter.

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Fancy yourself a budding lexicographer? Are you a bit of a logophile? If so, Susie Dent and Gyles Brandreth’s wordy adventures into vocabulary could be the podcast for you. Each week, the duo uncover the hidden origins of language and explore the meaning of words, peppered with fascinating insights, facts and quirky anecdotes. Listen now on Acast >>

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For a daily does of in-depth analysis of current events, look no further than The Guardian’s Today In Focus. Every weekday, presenter Anushka Asthana takes you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the issues impacting the world, with a captivating style that blends personal storytelling with insightful analysis from the paper’s top journalists . Listen now on Acast >>

Naked Scientists
The Naked Scientists have been in the lab concocting their science-solving pods since 2001, meaning you’ve got a Bachelor of Science worth of episodes to get stuck into. Hear the latest scientific breakthroughs, interviews with the world’s top scientists, answers to your science questions and even a few experiments you can try at home. Listen now on Acast >>  

Hidden Histories
 Historian and writer Helen Carr shines a light on the UK’s lesser known historical treasures, as she’s joined by leading historians walking among the places where it all unfolded. Whether it’s visiting the hidden Roman Temple of Mithras underneath the City of London, or retracing the steps of the Peasants Revolt, Helen and her guests are a delightful guide to the hidden histories that lie just off the beaten track. Listen now on Acast >>

Talk Art
Being Human actor Russell Tovey swaps the camera for a icrophone in hosting a podcast dedicated to art alongside co-host and gallerist Robert Diament. the pair are often joined by exciting guests such as David Shrigley, Rose Wylie and Tracey Emin. Listen to experience what makes art so special and why it connects us all in such fantastic ways. Listen now on Acast >>

The Intelligence
Straight from the clever minds at The Economist and into your ears is The Intelligence, a daily news podcast that searches for the answers behind the headlines – and puts a magnifying glass to the stories that didn’t make the front page of the newspapers. Listen now on Acast >>

Simon Mayo’s Books Of The Year
A podcast for bookworms, radio legends simon Mayo and Matt Willliams invite the world’s finest authors in for a chat about thier own books, their favourite books and anything else books. Just a few magnificent guest authors include Ian Rankin, Matt Haig and Michelle Paver, so get ready to add a lot more to your reading list. Listen now on Acast >>

Coffee Break
¿Hablas español? Wie wäre es mit Deutsch? I you’re a little rusty after you foreign language lessons at school, the Coffee Break podcasts will get you speaking the lingo before you can say voila! Bitesize lessons you can do while on your break, languages include Spanish, French, German and more. Listen now on Acast >>

Intelligence Squared
There’s not better show to engage with the most brilliant minds in the world, Intelligence Squared is the leading forum for live, agenda-setting debates about the issues that truly matter. Previous episodes have discussed thought-provoking matters such as the politics of video games, the age of surveillance capitalism and the new science of psychedelics. Listen now on Acast >>

Why Aren’t You A Doctor Yet?
In this conversational, lively but always educational podcast, listen in to Hana, Suhail, Oz and Alex’s discussions that offer a perfect mix of science and tech journalism with pop culture. With 2 PHDs and years of journalism between them, they dissect, discuss and dive into the most interesting stories, topics and concepts in the world. Listen now on Acast >>


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