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Great podcasts to learn new things

Mar 22, 2020

During this period of social isolation, there’s nothing like a good podcast. At once conversational, informative, and sometimes funny, podcasts can make you feel like you’re right there in the room with the speakers. And with these selections, you’re sure to learn a little something at each listen. 

Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History

New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell examines the way that the passage of time affects how we perceive events of the past. Each week, he takes an event, person, idea from the past and reinterprets them to offer a different perspective on them in his usual captivating way of speaking.


Lore is an award-winning podcast about the true stories behind common myths and legends of all kinds. With its spooky, atmospheric storytelling, you’ll feel like you’re listening to campfire stories, while learning fascinating historical facts.

Dark Poutine

A chilling and fascinating podcast dedicated to exploring Canadian true crime. If the darker side of our country’s past is something that interests you, you’ll love a taste of Dark Poutine! 

This American Life

It’s hard to describe exactly what This American Life is about; it offers deep dives into a variety of different subjects which impact our culture and daily lives, presented in a riveting storytelling format. The show has been on the air since 1995, so there are over 600 episodes to choose from!

99% Invisible

This podcast takes one invention or innovation every episode and explores its origin. It focuses on all the thought that goes into the things that surround us but that we don’t really notice anymore – the architecture, objects, and concepts that make modern life possible.

LeVar Burton Reads

This one is a little different from the rest of the list, because it’s full of fiction! Each week, the incomparable LeVar Burton, host of the Reading Rainbow, reads a short story… but for grownups, this time! Discover a brand new author to add to your list of favorites through their short fiction!

Blog post contributed by Nathan from the North Gloucester Branch