Our ears are just another mechanism through which our brains can take in information, whether it’s listening to the radio, a mind-numbingly boring lecture or an inspirational speech. Here are my aural suggestions:
Podcasts are a great medium for content consumption. Simply pop in your earphones, hit the play button and you can be learning about the formation of the universe or the intricacies of fly-fishing, all while commuting to work or lying next to the pool.
No Such Thing As a Fish
This is probably my favourite podcast. Hosted by the QI Elves (the researchers for UK comedy panel show QI), No Such Thing As a Fish is a hilarious investigation into some of the more dubious facts that seem to circulate though the internet. Broadcast once a week, this is a great way to get a few laughs while (possibly) learning some facts to impress your friends.
Desert Island Discs
Created in 1942, Desert Island Discs follows a simple format: each week a guest is invited to select eight records that they would take with them if they knew they were to be abandoned on a desert island. Going through the reasoning for each selection reveals fascinating insights into the character and history of the guest.
This podcast is a little different to the two above. It is neither about learning new things nor is it funny. Instead, serial is a gripping, non-fiction story told over the course of a multi-episode season. And it is fantastic. The first season follows an investigation into the conviction of 17-year-old Adnan Syed for the murder of his girlfriend. Throughout the story we are left second-guessing whether he deserves to be in prison or has been wrongfully convicted. I highly recommend this!
Let me know what you think I should be listening to by leaving your recommendations in the comments below.