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Top 10 Higher Education Podcasts


1. The History of Rome

By Mike Duncan

Description: Hosted by Mike Duncan, the show talks about a detailed history of Roman History. It is very well produced – highly engaging and very informative. If you want to learn much about early Roman history, then this show is just right for you.

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2. Waking Up with Sam Harris

By Waking Up with Sam Harris

Description: The show covers important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris, the host, is a courageous man that fills you with truth and wonder. His opinions are fearless and straight to the point – a must listen to!

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3. EconTalk

By EconTalk: Russ Roberts, Library of Economics and Liberty

Description: EconTalk is an award-winning weekly talk show about economics in daily life. The show guests renowned economics professors, Nobel Prize winners, and exciting speakers on all kinds of topical matters related to economic thought. Hosted by Russ Roberts, the show tackles topics about health care, business cycles, economic growth, free trade, education, finance, politics, sports, book reviews, parenting, and the curiosities of everyday decision-making.

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4. Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

By Stanford eCorner

Description: The DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar (ETL) is a weekly seminar series on entrepreneurship, co-sponsored by BASES (a student entrepreneurship group), Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and the Department of Management Science and Engineering. It is incredibly insightful and informative and provides a behind the scenes glimpse at some of the most successful companies and leaders. If you’re an entrepreneur this show is perfect for you.

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5. History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

By Peter Adamson

Description: Peter Adamson has set for himself the astounding goal of covering western philosophy without any gaps. This is a great podcast for anyone who wants an excellent, essential presentation in the history of philosophy. The host explains important issues of thinkers without being too technical that only philosophers can understand, yet explores those issues deep enough that everyone can learn from the episodes.

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6. Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files

By Michael Britt

Description: The Psych Files is a podcast for anyone interested in the topic of psychology and how ideas in this field apply to everyday life. Dr. Michael Britt brings upbeat, fun podcast of interest to everyone from psychology majors to those just interested in why people do what they do.

7. Big Ideas 


Description: Big Ideas offers lectures on a variety of thought-provoking topics which range across politics, culture, economics, art history, science. The show is set to a lecture format, pacing and inquisitive approach, it is the antithesis of the prevailing sound-bite television norm. The simple, bold concept is a victory of substance over style. The lectures are very interesting and compelling at the same time – a guaranteed good addition to your podcast collections.

8. London School of Economics: Public lectures and events 

By London School of Economics and Political Science

Description: The show shares a collection of podcasts and videos from their programme of public lectures and events. The lectures are rich with intellectual content and include some Q&A from audiences too.

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9. Shrink Rap Radio Psychology Interviews

By David Van Nuys, Ph.D.

Description: Hosted by David Van Nuys, Ph.D., the podcast bringsin-depth interviews on a broad array of psychological topics including: psychotherapy, dreams, consciousness, depth psychology, business psychology, developmental psychology, mind/body psychology, personal growth, psychology and art, research psychology, social issues, and spirituality. The roster of world-class guests includes: Philip Zimbardo, Charles Tart, Irvin Yalom, Jonathan Haidt, Sara Lazar, Robert Altemeyer, Stanley Krippner, Arnold Mindell, Dacher Keltner, Michael Meade, and David Barlow among others. Dr. Dave does a great job interviewing very smart and interesting people.

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10. Astronomy 161 – Introduction to Solar System Astronomy

By Richard Pogge

Description: This podcast presents audio recordings of Professor Richard Pogge’s lectures from his Autumn Quarter 2006 class. All of the lectures were recorded live in 100 Stillman Hall on the OSU Main Campus in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Pogge masterfully synthesizes complex topics of astronomy and its foundational history, chemistry, physics, and related sciences. He provides an outstanding continuing education experience – engaging and very addictive.

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