Our Wonderful World: Podcasts for When You Want to Learn Something New

From our newest contributor, Chelsey Johnson…

Want to explore anything and everything under the sun, while staying in the same place? Get excited because it’s totally possible and free. You don’t need magic, you just need to grab your device and listen to a podcast!

Podcasts are audio shows that are packed with different stories and lessons. There is a podcast for every topic imaginable — whether you want to learn about how everyday tools are made or want to know more about a show you binge-watched last weekend. If you’re a curious creature itching for more knowledge about the world, then these podcasts are great picks for you.

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe

Fact-checking is important in the current climate, where myths and misinformation are prevalent everywhere. Join Dr. Steven Novella, a clinical neurologist and assistant professor from Yale University of Medicine, and enjoy his 14-year-old podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.

The podcast was created to promote critical thinking and science literacy. The show contains episodes that explain scientific developments and disprove superstitious beliefs. They even have an episode that emphasizes the importance of learning facts — an especially critical endeavor, as it has been scientifically proven that people who believe in conspiracy theories are likely to commit crimes. Yikes!


Are you’re curious about consumer electronic devices that make our everyday life easy and convenient? Produced by industry leader Altium, OnTrack is a weekly podcast that will give you insights into the present and the future of technology by discussing the very core of modern electronic devices, the Printed Circuit Board (PCB). The PCB serves as a pathway for different electronic components to connect, allowing our gadgets to perform a wide variety of functions!

OnTrack covers a wide range of topics, from PCB design tutorials and the many aspects of design methodology, to the manufacturing and assembly of PCBs. Its host, Judy Warner, is a super woman who has been a writer, blogger, and journalist as well as a leader in the electronics industry. Judy and her guests keep the podcast both fun and interesting while covering basic and niche topics regarding PCBs.

Innovative Language

One of the best ways you can learn about the world is by learning another language. Innovative Language is a podcast that offers language courses and episodes on survival phrases.

The format of this podcast helps boost second language acquisition by developing your listening and speaking skills and by exposing you to new words and phrases. Moreover, this method of learning will further prepare you for real-life experiences when you need to talk to native speakers.

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

Whether you’re a history buff or a casual listener, you’ll definitely enjoy stories from different parts of the world when tuning into the Hardcore History podcast. Its host, Dan Carlin, was a professional radio host and a political commentator.

Dan Carlin makes history accessible to everyone through this podcast, which presents a wide variety of true stories, from the Achaemenid Persian Empire to the Dark Ages in Europe. Each episode in this podcast is backed with thorough research and presented from both sides of the story, so that you can also create your own analysis.

My Media Diary

Got a movie or song you just can’t stop thinking about? Join us at My Media Diary’s podcast and laugh with our hosts as we discuss humanity and culture. Produced by Kevin Walsh, this podcast is hosted by creative writers who love injecting humor as they tackle different topics on American culture.

You will never get bored with My Media Diary’s podcast, which has episodes on The Best Week in Sports, becoming a novelist, and even a roundtable on WandaVision! You’ll have a good laugh while learning about developments in films, sports, literature, and more.

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About Chelsy Johnson

Chelsy Johnson is currently a freelance writer who loves discussing music, concerts, and podcasts. She was previously an audio engineer who worked across the country for different concerts and live shows. When she's not listening to the radio or watching a show, Chelsy spends her time reading books.

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