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Podcasts and radio shows to inspire learning

Radio shows and podcasts are a great way to continue down a path of lifelong education.

Many of the best programmes bring together a panel of experts in their respective fields to teach, inspire and inform listeners.

If you love to learn, why not tune in to one of these great radio shows or podcasts to spark your curiosity. From language skills to current events, there’s something here for everyone.

  • BBC World’s 6 Minute Vocabulary podcast


    Tune in every Monday for a bite-sized podcast all about language. From nouns and verbs to understanding adjectives and suffixes, this is a great podcast to help you brush up on your spelling and grammar skills, add some new words to your vocabulary and learn why the words we use every day are the way they are. Find it on the BBC.

  • Music and Culture of WWI

    To mark the centenary of World War I, the BBC put together an education programme filled with classical music, art, literature, film, popular songs  and cultural life that was influenced and inspired by the First World War. Find it on the BBC.

  • TED Talks Podcast

    TED Talks are famous around the world for spreading ideas from leading thinkers in every field. The TED Talks podcast is no less enlightening; tune in every week to hear from experts discuss new and interesting ideas that push the envelope and broaden the scope of human knowledge. Find it on iTunes.

  • RadioLab Podcast

    Dubbed a ‘show about curiosity’, RadioLab is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Tackling everything from brain injuries to historic events, the show’s hosts bring together an exciting panel of experts and interviewees to bring their subjects to life. Find it on the RadioLab website.

  •  Stuff You Should Know Podcast

    Have you ever wondered how pepper spray is made? Or perhaps how passports work? This is the show for you. The Stuff You Should Know podcast is a radio show for the curious – the hosts answer a huge array of questions about everyday life that will help you understand and appreciate just what went into the making and use of the things we take for granted every day. Find it on the Stuff You Should Know website.

What are your favourite radio shows and podcasts? Will you tune into any from our list? Let us know in the comments below!

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