Learn on the move: Top 5 podcasts to exercise your brain

Thursday, 3 April 2014 - 6:00pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

Tired of listening to gossip in the ladies dabba? Annoyed by the sound of traffic every morning? Trying not to nod off on your way to school? Try listening to these free podcasts during your daily commute, and learn a thing or two in the bargain.


Radiolab is a podcast intricately designed to inspire thinking. It examines and investigates philosophical and scientific ideas and concepts, packed with accounts from experts and interesting individuals .The hour long episodes are complete with short interludes (“shorts”) featuring interesting stories. The accompanying score and sound effects render it a mesmerizing uniqueness. The hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich bring to you exciting broadcasts like, in the episode “Cut and Run” they explain why Kenyans make for great long –distance runners, and in “An Ice-cold Case” they explore the curios case of the Neanderthal –“OTZI”.

2. More or Less-Behind the Stats :

This BBC radio 4 show, deciphers baffling  numbers from the news. The show is presented by Tim Harford and investigates the reliability of numbers. The recent “Missing Planes” episode questions whether Bayes statistical model can be used to find the missing flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. In “Love by Numbers” the team answers if analyzing numbers from online dating agencies can improve one’s chances in the dating world.

3. Freakonomics Radio-The Hidden Side of Everything:

The authors of the famous books Freakonomics, and SuperFreakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner bring to you a podcast which unearths new perspectives to almost anything. The episodes follow Dubner asking experts from different fields questions like “Are Gay Men Really Rich?”, “Is College Really Worth It?”, “Would a Big Bucket of Cash Really Change Your Life?”. Challenge yourself to explore a new viewpoint with this podcast.

4. Stuff You Should Know:

With over a hundred million downloads on iTunes the favorite topics explored on this podcast are, death, extinction, Jack the Ripper, extinction ,sharks and the ecosystem. Widen your understanding on how things work in an exciting way.

5. TedTalks:

The TED platform hosts talks by individuals all over the world who share their ideas, and innovations with people. These inspiring, enlightening, entertaining and informative talks are now available on the TedTalks podcast.

Check out there websites,or itunes to listen in!


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