An introduction to podcasts


16 April 2020

A podcast is a series of audio episodes which can be downloaded through an app or available to stream online. Similar to a radio program, podcasts typically include a presenter with different topics each week, they are a great way to learn a new skill or find out more about a certain topic. 

Read our ‘Introduction to podcasts’ guide here and discover some podcasts we recommend below:


Desert Island Discs

Recorded on BBC Radio 4, Desert Island Discs includes a weekly guest who chooses 8 tracks they would like to take with them if they were a castaway on a mythical desert island. The guest explains why each track is significant to them drawing from key moments in their lives and people who have influenced and inspired them over the years. Listen here.


Tides of History

Hosted by Patrick Wyman, Tides of History looks back at how moments in history has shaped the world we live in today, covering a broad range of topics including the language we speak and how we spend our money. Listen here.


The Infinite Monkey Cage

Described as “a witty and irreverent look at the world according to science”, Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince’s weekly podcast is now in its 21st series with over 125 episodes. Listen here.


Nature’s Voice

The official RSPB podcast and if you love nature, you’ll love nature’s voice. This monthly podcast features interviews, news of birds and wildlife from all around the world. Listen here.


Making Sense with Sam Harris

This informative podcast explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society and current events. Sam Harris is a leading neuroscientist, philosopher and best-selling author. Listen here.


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