Best Facts and Trivia podcasts — Say "Today I Learned" every day (Updated September 2018; image)   public [subscription 236529]
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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
TED Radio Hour
Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human. The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
A show that delves into topics that seem mundane, annoying and sometimes downright boring - to reveal that they're surprisingly awesome.
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
We're half advice show, half survival guide. We answer all your questions, from how to find a date, to how to find water in the desert.
Question of the Day is the show for listeners who are short on time and long on curiosity. It is a fast-paced conversation between author and entrepreneur James Altucher and Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner: two smart, unconventional thinkers who have been talking together for years, often over a long-running backgammon match. Now they are letting you in on the game, too. You will quickly become addicted to their wonderful, wry observations as they ponder each Question of the Day. The a ...
Journalism wrapped in a game-show package. Host Stephen J. Dubner (of “Freakonomics Radio”) and a celebrity co-host invite guests on stage in front of a live audience to tell us something we don’t know. The co-hosts — a mix of leaders in science, academia, sports, media, and comedy — grill the guests, and by the end we’ve all gotten a bit smarter. Each episode has a new topic, a new co-host, and new guests. There’s also a real-time human fact-checker to keep everyone honest. Think of the mos ...
Good Job, Brain!
Part quiz show, part offbeat news, and all awesome. We here are nuts about trivia and pub quiz! And we are darn sure there are people out there who share our unusual obsession. Play along and laugh along as Karen, Colin, Dana, and Chris school each other on some of the weirdest and most interesting facts about our funny little world.Do you relish beating your friends at Trivial Pursuit? Do you blab out the answers at the gym when Jeopardy! is on? And don't you just loathe badly worded questi ...
Damn Interesting
The audio side of Legitimately intriguing true stories from history, science, and psychology. Audiobook-like narration with sound effects and music.
Every Little Thing
ARRRRR pirate peg legs really a thing? Who invented the Cha Cha Slide? How old is Winnie the Pooh? ELT is here to answer your burning questions. If you have a question that needs answering, call the ELT Help Line at 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to Every Little Thing is produced Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman.
A weekly podcast for knowledge about anything and everything. From North Korea to Nicolas Cage, Tim and Tom leave no stone unturned in their humble quest to make the world a more informed place. Put away the encyclopedia four-eyes because this may just be the last resource you'll ever need. Wikipedia, consider yourselves on warning.
Part-Time Genius
Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.
A weekly exploration of all the things Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye, Gay of Thrones) is curious about. Come on a journey with Jonathan and experts in their respective fields as they get curious about anything and everything under the sun.
Futility Closet
Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.
The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.
No Dumb Questions
A Science guy (Destin) from the deep south hashes things out with a Humanities/History guy (Matt) from the wild west.
The Why Factor
The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions
The Story Behind
The Story Behind tells the extraordinary history of the ordinary. Everyday objects are more closely examined, from their ancient beginnings through the present—all within 5-10 minutes.
If you've ever wondered "why", then this is the hour for you. Sometimes simple, sometimes intelligent, but almost always entertaining, probably the best hour of radio you could ever download!
The Forum
Sharing knowledge
Paula Poundstone is on a quest to gather all of the world's knowledge. Or, as she puts it, "to get less stupid, one topic at a time." Follow her search as she looks to scientists, researchers, and experts for evidence about everything from what music cats like to the fluid dynamics of spilling coffee. "Every week, we'll keep looking for knowledge," says Paula, "because we know we left it somewhere."
Interested in science, technology, machinery, engineering and the history behind everyday things? We break down a weekly topic so that everyone can sound smart, even if they're not!Twitter: @UnproEngInstagram: Unprofessional_EngineeringFacebook: UnprofessionalEngineering
Radio 4 Quiz
Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.
A weekly lesson on a specific topic with some of Sydney's greatest teachers.
It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of it listening to this ever-growing collection of stories. Great for those that are looking for a little bit of trivia in their lives.’s Daily Knowledge podcast bringing you new interesting facts every weekday for you to feed your brain with.
Today We Learned
'Today We Learned' is a podcast of knowledge! Don't let the name confuse you, it's technically a weekly podcast, or was a weekly podcast, now it's a hopefully whenever podcast! What used to be Razzle and Dan laboring down in the knowledge mines of the Internet to bring you the latest, greatest and sometimes weirdest facts and trivia the world has to offer, is now Razzle and fun random guests! Listen to the show every week as they take you on a tour de force of fun-filled factoids in less tim ...
The Hidden Almanac
Interesting "Facts" every M-W-F
From the editors of The Old Farmer's Almanac, every weekday you'll hear helpful weather information, country folklore, gardening secrets, great tasting recipes, do-it-yourself projects tips, amazing facts and a whole lot more.
The Week
The Week's podcasts swiftly and smartly provide busy people with the best arguments from all perspectives, super-helpful explainers, and terrific recommendations — all with concision, intelligence, and wit.
A show with a metric poop ton of triva for the fun loving listener.
The Daily Dose
Every morning, we profile the people, places, trends and technology that are ahead of their time and worthy of yours. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at
The Careless Minds podcast brings you up to speed with all the latest topics what's on everyone's minds.So join your host Philip Burford along with co-hosts Ryan Jolley and Darren Turner as they take you on an educational rollercoaster with just a pinch, of witty banter...
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The Important Thing
Spend sixty minutes of your life listening and learning about this week’s Important Thing.
Quoracast » Podcast
An unofficial podcast dedicated to profiling the Quora community
Our feminist trivia podcast brings all the intrigue, mayhem, animal facts, and penis jokes you've come to expect from No Sports Trivia's live pub quiz, plus the most bizarre history, science, and culture tidbits we've found in our trivia research, special guests, and more!
Trivia for your brain, laughs for your gut.
The voice of the under 25s
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They’re as American as Washington, DC yet most people in the US are terrified of them, hate them or both. What is it about traffic circles and roundabouts - which do nothing but safely, inexpensively and greenly direct traffic – that America can’t stand? Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at ...…
Welcome to The Thread, OZY's hit weekly podcast. In Season 3, The Thread charts how a revolutionary idea - nonviolent resistance - changed the course of history. Subscribe now to follow The Thread on Apple or on Luther King Jr.
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Who put the tension in reality TV? ELT tracks down the source of the nail biting-sound you can’t unhear. Plus, cicada killer wasps — a backyard horror story, turned intervention. Guests: sonic puppetmaster Rick Livingstone; cicada killer wasp expert Chuck Holliday. Thanks to callers Caitlin and Stephanie. Have a question that needs answering? C ...…
Paul Gambaccini is in the chair for another round of the eclectic music quiz.
Fathers can influence their sons long after the two have stopped living together. The father can act as the role model or, conversely, a cautionary tale.In this edition of the Why Factor, Nastaran Tavakoli-Far talks with fathers and sons about how the relationship has affected them profoundly.Image: Honduran Father and Son. Credit: Getty Images…
Today we experience the roadways leading into the Mountain Kingdom in our quest to find the tomb holding the source of the curse. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
Lonely ListeningWhen you're suffering from the blues and feeling lonesome, music beckons. The fulfillment found in crying your miserable eyes out to a song that says exactly how you feel? Oh, so cathartic, so miserably satisfying.Even if it's bad for you. People "should not listen to music similar to their emotional state," says Lisa Phillips, ...…
50 episodes! When we launched this podcast two years ago, we never imagined our passion project would come this far. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a peek behind the scenes of the show. Join the Defacto Sound team as they take you into the inspiration, creation, and people behind Twenty Thousand Hertz. Get a free month of Splice at splice.c ...…
What is the difference between 96% similarity or sharing 20% of our DNA?
The end of the Civil War opened a new era of fossil hunting in the American West -- and a bitter feud between two rival paleontologists, who spent 20 years sabotaging one another in a constant struggle for supremacy. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll tell the story of the Bone Wars, the greatest scientific feud of the ...…
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Edgar Allan Poe is a 19th century American writer whose spine-chilling gothic tales have inspired generations of horror and mystery fiction writers. His poem ‘The Raven’, and short stories such as ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ and ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ brought him international fame, and he is also thought to have invented the detective ...…
If your time machine got jammed in the past, what would you need to rebuild all of modern civilization? Mango sits down with Ryan North, author of the new book How to Invent Everything, to talk about how to make soap, why leeches were pretty useful for a very short period, how to invent a better horse harness, and why windmills just might be su ...…
You probably can recite five right now. Commercial jingles are designed to hijack your working memory and implant a product or service and they really work. In this classic episode, learn about the history of these insidious and catchy advertising vehicles with Chuck and Josh. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.ho ...…
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Tim Harford with statistics on suicide, good schools and sexism in tennis. Plus goats
In honor of the new show, Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe, Will and Mango revisit some of their favorite questions: What is Quantum Teleportation? Are we all swimming in Dark Matter? And why are scientists so obsessed with smashing particles together? And we've got astrophysicist Daniel Whiteson, co-author of the wonderful new book We Hav ...…
Pastor Drom demonstrates the tool she will be using to find the source of the curse. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
TV doctors and hospitals run heavy on the George Clooney and light on the blood, guts and messy deaths that are part of one doctor’s daily deal. The page I received at 11 p.m. on the Fourth of July was unlike any I had received before. It was my third night on call as chief orthopedic resident at a large urban trauma center in Northern California.…
Original broadcast date: March 10, 2017. Whether you're choosing spaghetti sauce or a life partner, making decisions can be paralyzing. This hour, TED speakers explore how we make the choices we make, and how we learn to live with them. Guests include author Malcolm Gladwell, psycho-economist Sheena Iyengar, philosopher Ruth Chang, and behavior ...…
If you've ever wondered "why", then this is the hour for you. Sometimes simple, sometimes intelligent, but almost always entertaining, probably the best hour of radio you could ever download!
Think tanks? More like stink tanks! We're kidding. Think tanks do valuable work, when they operate in a non-partisan way of course. Learn all about the history of these heady institutions today. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at And to learn about your ad choices when listening t ...…
Summertime, the middle of the night. My babysitter, Della, grabbed me in her arms and screamed at my sister to get out of bed. NOW. Why? Where were my parents? Della carried me down the steep steps of our second-floor bedroom. My sister trailed behind. "Where are my mommy and daddy? Where are my mommy and daddy?" she yelled. We moved fast as li ...…
During the late 1800's and early 1900's, people around the United States gathered to watch two trains being smashed together. As a PR stunt, W.G. Crush organized one of these crashes for the Kay Railroad near West, Texas. More than 20,000 spectators were in the audience when it all went horribly wrong. Also learn about the first state to adopt ...…
I honestly didn’t think I would be as interested in the history of today’s topic when I first started reading about it. There was a lot of chemistry involved and anyone who knew me in high school knows that was the worst subject for me. When you listen to the episode, you’ll notice I kept the chemistry aspect to a minimum. But as I kept researc ...…
Will and Mango pester their pal Nick with all their whale questions: Why are whales so large? How do they sustain those massive bodies? And also-- why do they have belly buttons? Featuring Nick Pyenson, author of Spying on Whales and curator of marine mammal fossils for the Smithsonian. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts ...…
Today we prepare for our journey, and Pr. Drom has a plan. Pray for us. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
For at least a month, I'd been finding my asshole garbage cans all the way at the end of my street every garbage day after collection. I knew it wasn't the wind because the recycling containers were still on my lawn, as were the lids to the cans. I began to suspect foul play.Turns out I was right. It was garbage day a few weeks later. I was in ...…
Unless you head into your local wetlands after rain, or the desert in a flood, you might not realise just how many frogs there are! Would you be surprised to learn that in some cases amphibians may be more abundant than birds, mammals or reptiles. Take a listen to this week's lesson with Dr Jodi Rowley from the Australian Museum.…
Nicole Byer is a comedian, writer, and host of Netflix’s Nailed It as well as the Why Won’t You Date Me? podcast. Erin Gibson is a comedian, director/writer, creator of Gay of Thrones and the host of Throwing Shade. They join Jonathan live in Montreal at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival to talk Erin giving Jonathan his big break, being women ...…
Welcome to the civilization smack down!! Over the next 3 episodes, we'll be looking into how 3 great civilizations (Aztec, Mayan and Egyptian) contributed to engineering, the impact of their discoveries, and how they have withstood the test of time.The first civilization that we will look into is the Aztecs. Some of their notable contributions ...…
Join Josh and Chuck and a whole bunch of great people at the Gothic Theatre in Denver for this live show on game shows and their place in cultures around the world, recorded on June 28, 2018. You just come right on down, why don’t you? Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at And to lea ...…
When OZY recently put former NFL football player Colin Kaepernick’s image atop an email from our managing editor promoting the upcoming season of our history podcast The Thread — about the history of nonviolence protests leading up to and emanating from Martin Luther King Jr. — we received a number of responses from readers who were not thrille ...…
Paul Gambaccini chairs another contest of musical knowledge from the Salford studios.
Have you ever been captivated by a book, full of stories you never knew, revelled in that new knowledge …and then forgotten it all? If the answer is yes, take heart; you are not alone. Why is it we remember some facts easily, and others slip away? In this week’s Why Factor Sandra Kanthal asks why do we forget the things we’ve learned.Image: Bra ...…
Today Pr. Drom will give us some insight into the nature of the tomb we will be visiting to remove the curse from the sloth. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
This Spanish DJ performs with ’80s portable audio machines and cassettes. Why? Because he says the sound is better. Look closely at this DJ playing music at a friend’s wedding party in Huesca, in Spain’s Aragon region, and you’ll see something curious. He has all the moves of a music-mixing machine: hunched with headphones, finding the next tra ...…
A listener asks whether his Volvo is the safest car on the road?
In 1761 a French schooner was shipwrecked in the Indian Ocean, leaving more than 200 people stranded on a tiny island. The crew departed in a makeshift boat, leaving 60 Malagasy slaves to fend for themselves and wait for rescue. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll tell the story of the Tromelin Island castaways, which on ...…
Macrowaves? NO! Microwaves! They’re a type of wave that can kinda cook food or make it hot at least and they’re what we’re talking about this week. Like most episodes, this is another one where we just can’t stop talking about magnetrons. We also talk about inflation and damaging your DNA. This week’s episode is sponsored by MyBookie. Visit MyB ...…
In the mid-19th century Japan transformed itself from feudal state to economic powerhouse at breakneck speed. Taking their cue from Western imperial powers, the rebel samurai who seized power in 1868 implemented an astonishing programme of reform.By removing an entire ruling elite, introducing national conscription and compulsory education, the ...…
Circumcision is a common practice in which the foreskin of a male's penis is removed, typically as a baby. In this classic episode, Josh and Chuck take a look at the origins, practices, and arguments for and against circumcision in this episode. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at ...…
Will and Mango check out the strangest requests ever fielded at hotels. Plus, they look into how you can tell if your concierge is part of a secret society, why you probably shouldn’t use the glass cups in your room, and why you should always (always) book a hotel room that comes with a Dingle. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks ...…
Tim Harford questions the usefulness of a popular heart age calculator.
Pastor Drom returns with information about the people who laid the curse upon the sloth. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
Being as patient and intelligent as you are, you waited to conduct your annual fantasy football draft this week. Good move. The preseason gamut has run its course, and now you're ready to rip. Besides offering protection from the always devastating preseason injury (R.I.P., Marqise Lee), early September is a fantasy nerd's dream thanks to the t ...…
Is there a way to talk about death candidly, without fear ... and even with humor? How can we best prepare for it with those we love? This hour, TED speakers explore the beauty of life ... and death. Guests include lawyer Jason Rosenthal, humorist Emily Levine, banker and travel blogger Michelle Knox, mortician Caitlin Doughty, and entrepreneur ...…
Every weekday, get a quick update on historical events of the day, upcoming holidays, notable birthdays, and more. Listen to hear more.By (The Old Farmer's Almanac).
Every weekday, get a quick update on historical events of the day, upcoming holidays, notable birthdays, and more. Listen to hear more.By (The Old Farmer's Almanac).
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