Best Podcasts for Leaders in Education

Podcasts are one of the best ways to learn in small doses and hear from a wide range of diverse voices on a given subject. The Getting Smart team is passionate about redefining and reimagining leadership, particularly as it pertains to learning and education. We’ve identified a handful of our favorite leadership-oriented podcasts that we believe will best provide timeless advice to principals, superintendents, and edleaders.

While the themes and settings are not always schools and learning, we think that the wisdom these conversations hold will help you in your day-to-day leadership role.

Getting Smart Podcast

This is a shameless plug for our own podcast — but mostly because it speaks directly to what this blog is about! Every week we have on edleaders or thought leaders in what’s next in learning to discuss what they are seeing in the field and what that means for YOU. Be sure to subscribe and check out some of our greatest hits here:

The Knowledge Project

This is a podcast from Farnam Street that is hosted by Shane Parrish, a die hard proponent of mental models. The podcast’s slogan is “helping you to master the best of what other people have figured out.” These conversations have ranged from Bill Belicheck to Daniel Kahneman to Adam Grant.

Akimbo

Akimbo is Seth Godin’s podcast that marries entrepreneurship, leadership and doing creative work. These podcasts typically feature questions from listeners and a monologue style musing on a related topic.

Brené Brown Podcasts

Brene Brown is one of the most well-known voices in leadership today. Her advocacy for vulnerability and changing how we lead has turned her into a bestseller, celebrity and thought leader. These episodes feature conversations with inspiring people about what makes them tick.

Iowa BIG Podcast

This podcast from one of our favorite programs in the country highlights the how and the why of school leadership. From student features to community building, this podcast is a great representation of how to connect school and community to what matters.

The 180

“Featuring leading voices in American education, health and child development, The 180 explores how to transform 21st century education – how to turn it around – using 21st-century science.”

Simon Sinek Podcast

Titled ‘A Bit of Optimism,’ this podcast seeks to “inspire people to do the things that inspire them so that, together, each of us can change our world for the better.”

Remaking Tomorrow

On the Remaking Tomorrow podcast, Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski interview leading thinkers, practitioners, and experts in education.

RethinkingEDU

Join four friends as they have conversations with important thinkers and leaders in education to help get a better idea of where education is now and where it is headed.

Group Project Podcast

Dr. Jared Smith interviews school and system heads about leadership, growth and the future of education. This podcast is perfect for educators looking to enhance their professional and personal lives.

The McKinsey Podcast

A business and management podcast featuring conversations with leading experts. The series features topics ranging from leadership and change management to digital, analytics and deep-dives into specific regions and industries.

What podcasts would you add to the list? Which conversations challenge your mind and heart to continue growing, improving and including?


100 Podcasts You Should Check Out

Updated January 2021

It’s been roughly 15 years since the beginning of podcasting—a media format that, despite a slow start, has risen to peak popularity in the last few years. Things began to pick up for podcasting when Apple included a podcast player on the iPhone. Then, the format really gained traction when suddenly, and rather unexpectedly, Serial, the story of the disappearance of a popular Baltimore teen, went viral in 2014. Now in its third season Serial has been downloaded more than 340 million times.

Fast forward five years and there are now a couple million podcasts. More than half of Americans have listened to a podcast, and a third listen monthly. Maybe it’s a reflection of our busy lives—podcasts fit into the spaces in between: while working out, while commuting to work, while waiting in TSA pre-check lines (which are now longer than general boarding), and while cooking dinner.

Here’s an updated list of our favorites.

By and For Educators

Getting Smart Podcast: Check out more than 230 great conversations with innovative educators.

The 180: From Turnaround for Children, guests like Todd Rose and Linda Darling Hammond discuss using 21st century science to promote whole child learning.

Ed Chat Radio of BAM Radio Network: Focuses on a wide array of education topics with an equally diverse pool of hosts. Make sure to explore BAM’s library of podcasts. The volume and frequency of programs will keep you listening for a long time.

Harvard EdCast: A series of conversations with thought leaders in the field of education that serves as a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.

Educate from APM: Stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn.

edYou: This podcast, coming in February 2020, is hosted by teachers, for teachers and covers current classroom research, trends, and ideas.

Iowa BIG Podcast: This podcast interviews key stakeholders, board members and faculty of the innovative Iowa Big School, sharing learnings, lessons and more.

EdPolicy

Education Gadfly: Weekly policy and research review.

EdNext Podcast: This weekly podcast includes stories, interviews, and discussions of the latest developments in education from ESSA to teacher professional development. Be sure to also check out the Education Next Book Club podcast where Mike Petrilli interviews authors of new and classic education books.

The Education Exchange: This podcast from Education Next is hosted by Paul Peterson and covers education policy.

Higher Education

Times Higher Education: For our international listeners, this weekly UK HigherEd-focused program describes itself as the podcast “at the heart of the higher education debate.”

Future U: Michael Horn (@MichaelBHorn) and Jeff Selingo (@jselingo) discuss higher education.

EdTech

EdSurge: Weekly podcast on edtech covering K-12 and higher ed (owned by ISTE).

Trends and Issues in Instructional Design: Abbie Brown and Tim Green review clips of the week and peer into their crystal ball.

Tech

Tech News Weekly: A great hour roundup of tech news (check out the whole TWIT library of tech pods).

Tech News Briefing: A daily briefing on tech news from the Wall Street Journal.

Marketplace Tech: Another daily briefing on tech news.

User Friendly: Weekly podcast from Deloitte on tech and business trends.

a16z Podcast Network: A group of podcasts on tech and venture from Andreessen Horowitz.

Leadership & Entrepreneurship

Tim Ferriss Show: Every week, Tim (4 Hour Work Week) posts a long interview with leaders in tech and entrepreneurship.

Trail Blazers: Walter Isaacson hosts a Dell-sponsored podcast reviewing historical innovations.

Curious Minds: Leading innovation podcast with authors, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

The Knowledge Project: Shane Parrish helps you master the best of what other people have already figured out.

Startup: A show about startups from Gimlet.

HBR Ideacast: A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management.

The Pitch: Shark tank-style podcast, also from Gimlet Media.

Akimbo: Seth Godin’s podcast on entrepreneurship and leadership.

Killer Innovations from Phil McKinney: Focuses on innovations in technology and leadership.

How I Built This: Startup stories from NPR.

80,000 Hours: Long form inspiration for mission-oriented careers.

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman: How do companies grow from zero to a gazillion? Reid Hoffman tests his theories with famous founders.

The Learning Leaders Show: Each week Ryan Hawk interviews well known leaders or authors on sustaining excellence.

That Made all the Difference: Brought to you by Bank of America, this show talks to doers about the things that made an impact on their journeys.

The Between Worlds Podcast: This podcast, hosted by Mike Walsh, focuses on the future of work—what’s a threat, what’s an opportunity, and how can we navigate the space in between.

People I (Mostly) Admire: Hosted by Steve Levitt from Freakonomics, where he has conversations about with “wildly intelligent people […] who are a little bit off the rails”.

The Michelle Obama Podcast: Michelle Obama sits down with friends and family to talk about leading, loving and relationships.

Markets & Economics

Marketplace: Daily podcast on markets and popular economics.

Make Me Smart: Ky and Molly from Marketplace host a giggly weekly recap of tech and markets.

Freakonomics: Weekly economic topics discussed in a way that will make you say, “Wow, I never thought of it that way.”

Planet Money: Life and money and markets from NPR.

Exchanges at Goldman Sachs: People from across the group share their insights on developments shaping markets, industries, and the global economy.

Smart People Podcast: Picking smart people’s “oversized brains” is what this podcast is all about. They interview people from various industries to bring their listeners episodes that satisfy those of us with insatiable curiosity.

McKinsey Podcast: Weekly discussion of economics and business leadership.

Conversations with Tyler: The smartest people on the planet interviewed by polymath Tyler Cowen, from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Equity: An end of week recap on venture capital news from Techcrunch.

AI & Big Data

Learning Machines 101: A gentle introduction to machine learning from Richard Golden.

Future of Life Institute: Weekly podcast about everything that could go wrong. Podcasts series including AI Alignment and Not Cool, a climate change series.

The Future of Everything: A weekly podcast from the Wall Street Journal.

A Glimpse Into the Future: A podcast on the global economy and fourth industrial revolution from the World Economic Forum.

Language

Poetry Off the Shelf: One of many podcasts by the Poetry Foundation, this podcast extends past the reading of a poem to discuss trends, history, and identity.

Poetry Unbound: A new podcast from OnBeing Studios that breaks down a poem in-depth and revels in the magic and mystery of poetry.

The Slowdown: A daily podcast where former Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith thoughtfully reads a daily poem.

News & Views

BBC World Service: Browse through podcasts about psychology, science, technology, or politics. The episodes are available for 30 days and updated weekly.

Fresh Air: An NPR classic hosted by Terry Gross, who interviews authors, thinkers, musicians, and other creatives in a no holds barred quasi-talk show with no time limit and no BS.

Fareed Zakaria GPS: Best “news and views” show on TV, via podcast.

Longform: This podcast interviews longform journalists about process, reporting, and much more.

The Intelligence: A daily global news show from The Economist.

Up First from NPR: This podcast from NPR is a great place to get 15 minutes of daily news, to help you make sense of what is going on.

Why We Do What We Do

On Being: Krista Tippett boldly takes on the question that we all ask at one point: “What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?” On Being is a Peabody Award-winner and Webby Award-winner.

Hidden Brain: Social science research brought to life (from NPR).

You Are Not So Smart: More social science (a staff favorite of Getting Smart), featuring interviews on topics like tribal psychology, narrative persuasion, and active information avoidance.

The Moth: Storytelling at its best. The Moth is a platform to record your own story, and listen to stories told by storytellers at Moth events. It’s a community for people who love telling it how it went down, and how it is.

This I Believe: With roots in Edward R. Murrow’s show with the same name, this podcast transforms essays from all walks of life into podcasts. You’ll definitely find something that inspires you with the 100,000+ library of stories.

This American Life: An hour of stories every week about living in America.

How to Save the Planet: This podcast, from Gimlet media, features stories, tips and science to help combat climate change.

How to Citizen: A podcast where host Baratunde “reimagines the word citizen as a verb and reminds us how to wield our collective power.”

Brené Brown Podcasts: Brené Brown has two podcasts: Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead, unique conversations and interviews that focus on being human and a modern way of leading.

STEM & Maker

How Stuff Works: You never know what you’re going to get with this podcast. Expect topics that range from cars to food to pop-psychology.

Mindscape: Author and physicist Sean Carroll has accessible and fascinating conversations with some of the world’s best thinkers.

TED Talks Education: Our team has yet to listen to a TED talk that didn’t inspire or ignite us with new energy for an idea or topic. Subscribe to TED’s education podcasts to hear from some of the brightest minds in academia today.

TED Radio Hour: Consolidates various TED Talks. Tom loves the episode on Memory and Jessica loves the Why We Collaborate episode.

Radiolab: Podcasts for the curious mind. Broadcast on over 300 radio stations across the United States, Radiolab explores science, philosophy, and the human experience.

Flash ForwardRose Eveleth explores potential and alternative futures.

Astronomy Cast: This website offers a weekly podcast centered on astronomy concepts like planets and cosmology.

Big Picture Science: Takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style.

Distillations: Produced by the Science History Institute, this podcast explores the human stories behind science and technology, tracing a path through history in order to better understand the present.

Math Mutation: Short podcasts that explore mathematics. Topics cover strange and quirky concepts that aren’t normally taught in school.

NASA Science Casts: These video podcasts are short, fun, and bring unusual science topics to light. Podcasts are based on historical space missions completed by NASA.

StarTalk Radio: A podcast series that focuses on all things extra-terrestrial. Topics include stars, the big bang, space travel, black holes, and more.

The Naked Scientist: Cambridge University researchers and physicians are behind this podcast filled with humor and levity as they explore a diverse set of science topics. Their goal is to strip science down to its bare essentials.

Climate One: Host Greg Dalton talks with environmental scientists, policy makers, and everyday people about the state of our climate and the ways to navigate climate change.

History

British History: For history buffs, this website hosts regular podcasts that focus solely on the history of England from the ice age forward.

The History Chicks: A fresh look at history through factual and fictional characters. Podcasts go into detail about the time period, culture, and typical lifestyle of the person highlighted in each episode.

Revisionist History: Malcolm Gladwell’s “journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood.” Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time..

Food

Splendid Table: A slightly more process- and idea-oriented take on a food podcast.

A Taste of the Past: This show goes long on food origins and food cultures, and is obsessed with following humankind’s tastiest traditions.

Milk Street Radio: Christopher Kimball answers questions and tells story about something that unites us all… food.

The Dave Chang Show: Celebrity chef Dave Chang chats sports, food and culture in this longform podcast.

Culture

Song Exploder: A rare peek behind the curtain of musicians and songwriters on process.

WTF: Marc Maron, one of the best interviewers around, interviews everyone from comedians on the comedy club circuit to Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen.

Armchair Expert: Hosted by Dax Sheppard, this podcast interviews guests about being human.

Nice White Parents: This podcast from The New York Times focuses on the ways parents shape schools — for better, and for worse.

What did we leave out? What podcasts should we check out to support our learning, teaching, and knowledge in general? Please comment to build and grow this list.


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50 Stories About the #FutureofLearning

Green Schools

The climate crisis is the most complex challenge mankind has ever faced. It will require collaboration, shared truth and innovation at a scale that has yet to be realized. We’re covering what edleaders and educators can do about it. 

Invention Opportunity

An exploration of new agreements, new practices, new tools and new opportunities with support from the Walton Family Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Difference Making

Focusing on how making a difference has emerged as one of the most powerful learning experiences and how in this current moment it’s never been easier, or more important, to make a difference.

Microschools

New learning models, tools, and strategies have made it easier to open small, nimble schooling models. We unpack the benefits and the challenges of these intriguing new models.

Power of Place

A comprehensive and compelling case for making communities the locus of learning for students of all ages.

The Future of Work

This series is dedicated to highlighting contribution and young people learning how to make a difference. In our exploration, we dive into what’s happening, what’s coming and how schools might prepare.

What If?

This series asks weekly What If? questions to reimagine what learning and education could be. 

Schools Worth Visiting

The result of our hundreds of yearly school visits where we get the opportunity to see high-quality teaching and learning in action. We share stories that highlight best practices, lessons learned and next-gen teaching practice.

View more series…


What’s Next In Language Learning?

With the world globalizing and changing at an unprecedented rate, it is important for us to be considering how we can give students the global and cultural competencies that will be necessary to adapt, succeed, and–perhaps most importantly–be happy.

Getting Smart believes that one of the many great ways to provide students with global competencies is through language instruction. To that end, we recently produced and released a series of podcasts in proud partnership with Rosetta Stone, centered around the theme of What’s Next in Language Learning. In this series, we heard a number of perspectives on both why it’s important to be giving students language skills, and how districts everywhere can provide this traditionally resource-intensive opportunity.

In the first episode of the series, we heard from Jim Detwiler, a Kentucky Assistant Superintendent, about how language instruction can give students across rural, suburban and urban areas a chance to connect to distant cultures and develop global competencies:

In episode two, we heard from Dr. Lisa Frumkes about the opportunities that language abilities can open up for students, about how language learning is a 21st-century skill, and about how the advancement of edtech only stands to spread opportunities to learn another language–especially to those in underserved communities:

In episode three, we heard from Jennie Taranovich, a language teacher in Connecticut who has recently embraced a more blended, personalized and competency-based way of teaching, and who has found that her students are thriving as a result:

In episode four, we heard from a student and parent who have first-hand experience with language learning, and who believe that this opportunity has provided them with major benefits.

In the final installment, titled Supporting English Learners in K-12 Classrooms,  we heard further insights from Dr. Bernadette Musetti on the benefits of bilingualism, myths about English learners and strategies teachers can use to leverage the assets that emerging bilingual students and their families bring to the classroom.

The following key themes emerged throughout these conversations:

  1. Language is only going to grow in importance as globalization makes the world more and more interconnected.
  2. Language learning can play a big role in the development of 21st-century skills.
  3. An online/blended component can complement face-to-face instruction to help provide more students with language learning opportunities, and engage them more deeply.

All of the interviewees we spoke with agreed that it is important for all students to have a chance to learn a second language. And while face-to-face instruction will remain extremely important to language learning (we here at Getting Smart believe that high-quality teachers will remain crucial to effective instruction in all subject areas), many districts do not have the resources to provide face-to-face language instruction to all students on a daily basis. For these districts, blended strategies can be a huge boon to providing students with the skills they will need to succeed in the future.

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Smart List: 78 Podcasts You Should Check Out

Ask our team, “What’s new?” and you’ll hear about how we’re learning on the go with podcasts. Ask our teacher bloggers about new practices they’re trying in their classrooms and you’ll hear how their encouraging reflective learning with podcasts. So grab your headphones, sync the bluetooth and get ready to listen to learn. Here is our list of favorite podcasts you should check out to support your learning.

Educators

1. The Student-Centered Learning Podcast: With expert interviews, book reviews and more, this podcast hosted by Arthur Eduardo Baraff is perfect for anyone interested in Student-Centered Learning.

2. EDU-Talk: The mission of EDU-Talk podcasts is to get educators and students to talk about academia using technology. The site also encourages users to upload podcasts too!

3. Let’s Get Busy Podcast: 2014 EduBlog Awards Finalist for Best Educational Use of Media. Released weekly, Let’s Get Busy is hosted by elementary school librarian Matthew Winter, author of The Busy Librarian, who interviews and features authors and illustrators on their recent work.

4. Music Education Advocacy: A podcast that interviews educators who are trying to restore music education in schools. Their mission is to mobilize musicians to donate to music education charities and breathe new life into the subject area.

5. Talks With Teachers: Interviews with America’s inspiring teachers who share their stories, offer practical teaching tips.

6. The Bedley Brothers: Teacher-of-the-year brothers Scott and Tim from California interview high-profile guests on a variety of education topics using engaging anecdotes and practical info.

7. G.A.M.E: Gamers Advance Meaningful Education is a site developed for people who want to use gaming to help in the educational process. For anyone who is interested in the creative potential of gaming in education, their webinar series is available to download in podcast episodes produced monthly.

8. The i am ME: Podcast explores the importance of student agency and personalized learning in K-12 education through powerful interviews with forward-thinking educators, thought leaders and school administrators.

9. Ed Chat Radio: BAM Radio Network podcast that focuses on a wide array of ed topics with an equally diverse pool hosts. Make sure to explore BAM’s library of podcasts. The volume and frequency of programs will keep you listening for a long time.

10. Driven2Educate. A podcast of hope about educators and community supports making a difference for students

EdTech Podcasts

11. EdSurge: Weekly podcast that revisits top news with commentary from hosts Mary Jo Madda and Michael Winters. Every other week is HighEd topic.

12. TechTalk4Teachers: For educators wanting to keep up with the latest advances in educational technologies and their practical applications in classrooms.

13. EdTechTalk: This podcast is called Teachers Teaching Teachers and is a collaborative effort. Teachers discuss new software and tools they are successfully using in the classroom.

14. Trends and Issues in Instructional Design

EdPolicy & EdLeader Podcasts

15. GettingSmart Podcast. Check out more than 80 great podcasts featuring EdLeaders, EdTech, and EdPolicy topics.

16. Education Gadfly. Weekly policy and research review

17. Working At The Edge #FutureLearning Podcast: Superintendent Randy Ziegenfuss’ weekly podcast answers three questions (What? So What? and Now What?) as he explores resources that might help push education leaders to re-think and re-shape the future of learning in their own organizations.

18. Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s Personalized Learning Podcast: Sponsored by the Dell Family Foundation, this new podcast focuses on the development of personalized learning strategies and the impact on the lives of young learners living in poverty.

19. Bloomberg EDU: Weekly look at education in America. Host Jane Williams interviews leading educators, administrators, and policy makers. Listeners can also tune in on EdWeek.org.

20. EdNext Podcast: This weekly podcast includes stories, interviews and discussions of the latest developments in education from ESSA to teacher professional development. Be sure to also check out the Education Next Book Club episodes where Mike Petrilli interviews authors of new and classic education books.

21. EdukWest: A podcast started by a woman who wanted to follow all the startups and trends in education. Various contributors now host the EdukWest podcasts.

Higher Education

22. Harvard EdCast: Series of conversations with thought leaders in the field of ed that serves as a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.

23. LabCAST: Okay bending the rules on this one. LabCAST is technically a video podcast, but this super interesting series from MIT’s Media Lab shares radical technologies being designed to enable people to create a better tomorrow.

24. Stanford Social Innovation Review: Audio lectures shared by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Social Innovation Conversations, co-hosted by Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Managing Editor Eric Nee.

25. Times Higher Education: For our international listeners, this weekly UK HigherEd focused program describes itself as the podcast “at the heart of the higher education debate.”

Entrepreneurship

26. Curious Minds. Leading innovation podcast with authors, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

27. Startup. the show about startups from Gimlet

28. eCorner: This podcast, titled Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders, explores the principles that create successful business owners and leaders.

29. Killer InnovationsPhil McKinney focuses on innovations in technology and leadership. Phil shares how to harness the power of innovation to radically improve personal, career and business success.

30. How I Built This. Startup stories from NPR.

31. From Scratch. More startup stories from NPR.

32. Growth Show. The Hub Spot podcast on marketing and organizational development.

33. The Pitch. Entrepreneurs pitch to investors.

Markets & Economics

34. Marketplace: daily podcast on markets and popular economics

35. Freakonomics. Weekly economic topics discussed in a way that will make think say, wow, I Neve thought of it that way.”

36. Planet Money. Need to negotiate with someone? Listen to this one on how to negotiate- and why women have a hard time with it.

37. Exchanges at Goldman Sachs. global economics explained weekly

38. Practical Money Skills: Podcasts that focus on financial literacy. Topics include how to afford college, tax preparation, and budgeting. Great for life skills teachers!

39. The Gently Mad: A triweekly show honest, meaningful conversations and discussions about “things that matter.” It’s a show about life, business & entrepreneurship without the BS from Adam Clark.

40. Smart People Podcast: Picking smart people’s “oversized brains” is what this podcast is all about. They interview people from various industries to bring their listeners episodes that satisfy those of us with insatiable curiosity.

41. McKinsey Podcast. Weekly discussion of economics and business leadership.

42. Bloomberg Benchmark. Weekly discussion of the global economy.

STEM

43. Astronomy Cast: This website offers a weekly podcast centered on astronomy concepts like planets and cosmology.

44. Big Picture Science: Takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style.

45. Distillations: Produced by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, this podcast explores the human stories behind science and technology, tracing a path through history in order to better understand the present.

46. Classroom 2.0 LIVE: This website hosts a weekly webinar specifically designed for beginners who have never used the webinar technology before. Each episode is then offered as an archived podcast that is available for download.

47. Day in Tech History: This podcast is hosted by Jeffrey Powers, a tech expert who loves to build desktops. He explores the history of technology along with what he calls “geek” science.

48. Math Mutation: Short podcasts that explore mathematics. Topics cover strange and quirky concepts that aren’t normally taught in school.

49. NASA Science Casts: These video podcasts are short, fun, and bring unusual science topics to light. Podcasts are based on historical space missions completed by NASA.

50. NOVA: Offered by PBS, the popular TV program also offers podcasts on a variety of science, human interest and engineering topics.

51. New Tech City: Approaching technology through the lens of the human experience is what this podcast is all about. A program of WNYC, this podcast will turn the mirror on the role of technology in our daily lives.

52. StarTalk Radio: A podcast series that focuses on all things extra-terrestrial. Topics include stars, the big bang, space travel, black holes and more.

53. The Naked Scientist: Cambridge University researchers and physicians are behind this podcast filled with humor and levity as they explore a diverse set of science topics. Their goal is to strip science down to its bare essentials.

AI & Big Data

54. Learning Machines 101. a gentle introduction to machine learning

55. Linear Digressions. Weekly discussion of big data and machine learning

Language

56. Audiria: A podcast for those interested in learning the Spanish language. Each podcast is rated with a difficulty level or listeners can choose podcasts that concentrate on specific areas.

57. ESL: The website, “English as Second Language” offers a weekly practical podcast that concentrates on everyday topics for those learning to speak English. The podcast comes with a learning guide as well.

58. Grammar Girl: You’ll find Grammar Girl at the top of several podcast lists, as you should. This site offers regular podcasts for anyone interested in teaching grammar or learning it for themselves.

59. Writer’s Almanac is a daily podcast on writers narrated by Garrison Keillor with a poem of the day.

60. Classic Poetry Aloud Index: Podcasts of famous poetry. You can browse through themes or poets to find one that interests you.

News & Views

61. BBC World Service: Browse through podcasts about psychology, science, technology, or politics. The episodes are available for 30 days and updated weekly.

62. Fresh Air: An NPR classic hosted by Terry Gross who interviews authors, thinkers, musicians and other creatives in a no holds barred quasi-talk show with no time limit and no BS.

63. Fareed Zakaria GPS. Fareeds great weekly TV show via podcast

Life and Living

64. On Being: Krista Tippett boldly takes on the question that we all ask at one point: “What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?” On Being is a Peabody Award-winner and Webby Award-winner.

65. Hidden Brain. Social science research brought to life (from NPR)

66. The Moth: “True Stories Told” live. Storytelling at its best. The Moth is a platform to record your own story, listen to stories told by storytellers at Moth events and community for people who love telling it how it went down, and how it is.

67. The Stanford Storytelling Project: A podcast that explores how we live in and through stories and how to deepen our lives through our own storytelling.

68. This I Believe: With roots in Edward R. Murrow’s show with the same name, this podcast transforms essays from all walks of life into podcasts. You’ll definitely find something that inspires you with the 100,000+ library of stories.

69. This American Life. An hour of stories every week about living in America

70. Conversations with Tyler. Polymath Tyler Cowen on economics, food, and culture

Science & Maker

71. How Stuff Works: You never know what you’re going to get with this podcast. Expect topics that range from cars to food to pop-psychology.

72. TED Talks: Our team has yet to listen to a TED talk that didn’t inspire or ignite us with new energy for an idea or topic. Subscribe to TED’s education podcasts to hear from some of the brightest minds in academia today.

73. TED Radio Hour: Consolidates various TED Talks. Tom and Bonnie love this episode on Memory and Jessica loves the Why We Collaborate episode.

74. Radio Lab: Podcasts for the curious mind. Broadcast on over 300 radio stations across the United States, Radio Lab explores science, philosophy and the human experience.

75. Flash Forward. NPR explores potential and alternative futures.

History

76. British History: For history buffs, this website hosts regular podcasts that focus solely on the history of England from the Ice age forward.

77. China History: Another history podcast that focuses on Chinese history starting 5,000 years ago and proceeding to today.

78. The History Chicks: A fresh look at history through factual and fictional characters. Podcasts go into detail about the time period, culture, and typical lifestyle of the person highlighted in each episode.

What did we leave any out? What podcasts should we check out to support our learning, teaching, and knowledge in general? Please comment to build and grow this list.

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XQ Expert Series Podcast: Technology and Learning for an Interconnected World

Michele Cahill hosts the XQ Expert Series Podcasts, exploring critical questions in education as the XQ Institute leads a movement to rethink high school. I was grateful to get to join Monica Martinez and Nichole Pinkard for the session on Technology and Learning for an Interconnected World, in which we focused on how technology can maximize student learning, engagement and access to incredible learning opportunities.

About the XQ and the XQ Expert Series Podcasts

The XQ Institute, under the dedication and leadership of Laurene Powell Jobs and Russlyn Ali, seeks to use our collective knowledge, rigor and creativity to create a new model for school itself. Through parallel efforts of a design challenge and a national movement, XQ will support schools to turn their ideas into Super Schools.
In an effort to support schools in the design process, XQ provides a variety of resources, including knowledge modules and a podcast series. This particular podcast focuses on technology and learning–others in the series focus on equity, 21st century learning student-centered learning, partnerships, school culture and more.

Technology and Learning for an Interconnected World Podcast

Technology can open up learning beyond the bounds of the school day and school building, and can be a powerful tool for amplifying student voice in the classroom. In this episode, participants explore questions around student engagement, the important role of the teacher, and access for all youth. In addition to host Michele Cahill (@MicheleCahillNY), Distinguished Fellow in Education and Youth Development with the National Center for Civic Innovation, this podcast featured:
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50 Things Millennials Must Read, Watch, Listen to and Know About

For our Generation Do-it-Yourself (GenDIY) project we’ve been cataloging stories of students navigating pathways to college, career and contribution. As the token millennials on Team Getting Smart, a blog that shares what has worked for us is long overdue. We’re tolerant, educated, enterprising, and hyphenated. We’re navigating uncertainty in new ways, and weaving our way to futures we love by seizing opportunities that are unique to us.

So, here are some must-know books, shows, and opportunities for your bookmark bar, moleskin and Notes App.

What to Read

What to Watch

  • Roadtrip Nation. 11 seasons and counting! Watch the leader interviews.
  • THNKR. Improve your speaking skills — watch the PODIUM series.
  • Solve for X. Radical technology ideas for solving global problems (aka Moonshots).
  • Idea Channel. PBS show that examines connections between pop culture, tech and art.
  • VICE. Correspondents cover stories often overlooked by traditional media outlets.

What to Listen to

  • TED Radio Hour. An hour long podcast exploring the ideas of TEDTalks from around the world.
  • Moth Radio Hour. Features the tales and stories behind the the Moth stories.
  • Millennial Podcast. A podcast to detail what it’s like to to be a present-day Millennial.
  • StartUp. Entertaining and educational content relating to launching your own business.  
  • Freakanomics. Based on the book from economist Steven D. Levitt and author Stephen J. Dubner.
  • On Being. Host Krista Tippett brings on one guest each week for an honest, informative, and often gritty interview.
  • The Dave Ramsey Show. Very accessible show to help in managing money.
  • Ben Greenfield Fitness. For your wellness, because everyone needs a free personal trainer.
  • 99% Invisible. Reminds you that the world is full of unbelievable things.

Hack the Traditional HigherEd Experience

  • Minerva Schools. A new model of higher education where you live and work in seven cities across the world.
  • UnCollege. Provides Gap Year programs for young adults who want to drive their own education.
  • Udemy and Skillsoft. Informal online learning markets.
  • General Assembly. Specializes in tech, design, and management.
  • Udacity. Offers nano-degrees in web design and mobile app development.
  • The Flatiron School. Prepares students for careers in web and iOS development.  

Bootcamps, Fellowships, Programs, Incubators

  • StartingBloc. Participate in a 5-day experience with like-minded social entrepreneurs.  
  • AmeriCorps VISTA. One year, paid national service, building capacity with a non-profit.
  • The Passion Co. Participate in an in-person community based program to find and launch your passion.
  • Venture for America. Build companies and revitalize cities through entrepreneurship.
  • Unreasonable Institute. Incubator, 10-20 entrepreneurs to live under the same roof for 4-5 weeks.
  • Peace Corps. Volunteer and travel overseas to make a difference in the lives of real people.
  • Millennial Trains Project. Crowd-funded transcontinental train journeys for young innovators to explore America’s frontiers.
  • 4.0 Startup Weekend Education. 54-hour events for developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.
  • TechStars. Provides $118,000 in seed funding, intensive mentorship, and an amazing network of mentors and alumni for 7-10% equity in your company.
  • Sundance Stories of Change Impact Lab. Story-based opportunities for leading social entrepreneurs and outstanding documentary filmmakers to collaborate and accelerate progress on key global issues.

Entrepreneurial Networks/Organizations

We survived graduating amidst the recession, we came of age with social media, and these are just some of the many things that have worked for us. What would you add?

About “GenDIY”
Young people are taking control of their own pathway to careers, college and contribution. Powered by digital learning, “GenDIY” is combatting unemployment and the rising costs of earning a degree by seeking alternative pathways to find or create jobs they love. Follow their stories here and on Twitter at #GenDIY. For more on GenDIY check out:

Katie Vander Ark
Katie Vander Ark is a education and innovation enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter, @kvanderark.