Listening to podcasts can be a great educational tool to place in your arsenal. It breaks up the perceptions that only educators want to teach. The podcasts listed focus on a variety of topics, from science to history.
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StarTalk Radio Show with Neil Degrasse Tyson: The famous astrophysicist, Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson has a radio show based in New Yor. The segments vary from panels of scientists in their respective fields, interviews with innovators or call in questions about general science inquires. What makes this podcast fun and enjoyable is that the co-host is always a comedian and the scientists are extremely accessible when discussing their work. Some of the past episodes include: The Impact of Twitter on Society, NASA's Vision for Space and Madame Saturn.
Stuff You Missed in History Class: Is just how it sounds, usually history facts that are not discussed in a typical history class. This is great when wanting to dive further into a subject but time restraints in the class do not allow for it. Past episodes include: Calamity Jane, A Condensed History of Rhodesia, and Child Migrant Program. The hosts always places the events/people into the context of what was happening in the larger framework of their time period. This is great when someone may be interested in more minutia details about a particular place or time. The hosts provide show notes that links to the articles/books used while researching the subject on their website.
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NPR Planet Money: A great add on to math or history lessons! Hosts create short, less than 20 minutes, episodes with differing economists regarding the global economy. The questions they ask are fun and easily tie into how the global economy works, from episodes titled Why We Work So Much? questioning why people work so many hours when the world economy is more productive than ever to The Raisin Outlaw about a farmer who wanted to sell his raisins, which was illegal, a case that went up to the Supreme Court.
Stuff You Should Know: Just as the title indicates this podcast is all about everyday things that you may know of but not about. Past episodes include: How Racial Profiling Works, How Egypt's Pyramids Work and How Landfills Work. The two hosts give scientific based facts and always provide show notes that links to the research they used/found for the episode.