Podcast recommendations?

I’m the kind of person who likes to spend as much time learning as possible (when I’m not doing necessary work or giving myself some fun time, that is). So I really like having podcasts ready to listen to while I’m on my way somewhere–but mainly podcasts I’ll actually learn something from.

With that in mind, does anyone have any good podcast recommendations for me? At this point in my life, I feel like most popular-level science, religion, and skepticism podcasts are probably going to be mostly telling me stuff I already know, just maybe in an entertaining way. But there might be exceptions! For example, Chris Mooney’s interview with Paul Krugman on POI awhile back was really good and really informative.

I suspect there might be some really good transhumanism/futurism podcasts out there that I haven’t heard about yet, but I don’t know. So tell me people, what should I be listening to?

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  • Mastema

    I rately listen to POI anymore. I will have to look up the episode with Krugman. When did it come out?

    The Freakonomics podcast is usually pretty good.

    • Chris Hallquist

      The Krugman interview is here.

  • Tanya

    I’m a podcast junkie myself. My new favourite is The Human Bible. A biblical scholar, athiest, and former minister dissects the bible from the perspective that it was written by humans and not divinely inspired.

  • AndrewR

    I like Philip Harland’s Religions Of The Ancient Mediterranean podcast (http://www.philipharland.com/Blog/). It’s more history than religion.

  • Don Gwinn

    The Human Bible is Robert M. Price. I love it, too, but his other podcast, The Bible Geek, is out with new episodes every few days, whereas THB takes longer. TBG is a simple write-in question/answer format where he answers questions from advanced Bible geeks. THB IS more aimed at interested amateurs like me, who might need the “Up To Speed” segment, for instance.

  • Michael Reed

    I absolutely love Irreligiosophy (now with 50% less misogyny, and the best researched, most informative one of my favorites) , Cognitive Dissonance (intelligent, impassioned, and funny discussions of current events), Thank god I’m Atheist (heavy emphasis on mormonism), and the Ardent Atheist (heavy emphasis on off color jokes, but enjoyable if you don’t mind blue humor). Granted, these might not be what you are looking for on an intellectual level, except possibly Irreligiosophy, but they each offer up a perspective on things that I find refreshing. I’m going to have to check out The Human Bible now, sounds really interesting.

  • http://youcallthisculture.blogspot.com/ vinny

    I enjoy non-fiction audiobooks, mostly history. My local library’s collection isn’t so large that I can get away with limiting myself to areas with which I am already familiar.

  • https://twitter.com/scb0212 Scott C. Broussard

    BBC’s In Our Time is a fantastic radio show. Mostly popular-level material, but across all topics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Our_Time_(BBC_Radio_4)

  • http://opisthokonta.net/ Jonas

    I can also like In our time. They have rather large archive worth checking out. Nature has a weekly podcast. It is mostly about some of the findings presented in that weeks issue. Nature also have a monthly medicine podcast and a monthly neuroscience podcast in the same vein. You are perhaps most interested in the neuroscience one. The guardian has a podcast similar to Nature’s called Science Weekly. They are great podcasts if you are interested in keeping up with the latest news from the science world.