Best Facts and Trivia podcasts — Say "Today I Learned" every day (Updated July 2018; image)
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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.
 
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TED Radio Hour
Weekly
 
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.
 
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How To Do Everything
Weekly
 
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.
 
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
 
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Question of the Day
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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 ...
 
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Good Job, Brain!
Monthly
 
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 ...
 
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Damn Interesting
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The audio side of DamnInteresting.com: Legitimately intriguing true stories from history, science, and psychology. Audiobook-like narration with sound effects and music.
 
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Every Little Thing
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ARRRRR pirate peg legs really a thing? Do dogs have belly buttons? How old is Winnie the Pooh? ELT is here to answer your most 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 elt@gimletmedia.com. 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.
 
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Part-Time Genius
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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.
 
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Futility Closet
Weekly
 
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.
 
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.
 
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No Dumb Questions
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A Science guy (Destin) from the deep south hashes things out with a Humanities/History guy (Matt) from the wild west.
 
The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.
 
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The Why Factor
Weekly
 
The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions
 
Do you ever wonder about the history of everyday things in your world? Do you like trivia and fun facts? Have you lost hours to internet rabbit holes? The Story Behind is the show for you! Trivia nerd Emily Prokop explores the origins and cool stories that surround the things, people and places you may never have wondered about before. Warning: Your friends might tire of you starting sentences with, "I learned on a podcast ..."
 
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!
 
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
 
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The Forum
Weekly
 
Sharing knowledge
 
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Radio 4 Quiz
Daily+
 
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.
 
TodayIFoundOut.com’s Daily Knowledge podcast bringing you new interesting facts every weekday for you to feed your brain with.
 
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Today We Learned
Monthly
 
'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 ...
 
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The Hidden Almanac
Weekly+
 
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.
 
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The Week
Weekly
 
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.This Podcast was created using www.talkshoe.com
 
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The Daily Dose
Daily
 
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 www.spokenedition.com
 
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...
 
The most recent additions to the Internet Archive collections. This RSS feed is generated dynamically
 
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The Important Thing
Daily+
 
Spend sixty minutes of your life listening and learning about this week’s Important Thing.
 
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Quoracast » Podcast
Monthly+
 
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.
 
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Podium.me
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The voice of the under 25s
 
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It is the Feast Day of St. Elinore, and in the garden George continues to build a nest. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
Halftime of the Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Pelicans game at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion is winding down, but no one seems particularly interested in the game’s competitors. Kids race through the stands to collect autographs from Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky, while scouts, team executives and media members trade gossip. On the court, Pi ...…
 
Dr. Elizabeth Barnert, a pediatrician and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. She joins Jonathan to talk about the toxic effects of separating families can have on a child’s physical & mental state ,the process of family reunification, toxic stress, as well ...…
 
Join Josh and Chuck today as they take a fun look at some of the strange jobs that our ancestors did. It's a SYSK top 10, meaning there will only be eight or so. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit https://www.how ...…
 
As soon as I step into the restaurant, I'm greeted by the sound of flushing water rippling down the ceiling. The waitress points to a scattering of toilet seats (lids down) and asks me where I'd like to sit. Next to the bathroom, please. I don't want to waste this opportunity to experience all that the Modern Toilet Restaurant in Taiwan has to ...…
 
Does that person sitting next to you on the airplane REALLY work in IT? Plus, a tribute to the bedazzled sausage of the desert southwest, and more fun with pirates. Guests: ex-CIA operative Robert Baer, gila meister Dan Beck, and lady pirate expert Laura Sook Duncombe. Special thanks to callers “anonymous” and Eric — and to all of the listeners ...…
 
Why do people go to their school reunion? Caz Graham goes to a 50th anniversary school reunion in the North of England where she meets people who are encountering friends who have not seen each other for years. She hears how the event prompts their memories of school days from the 1960s and also what they have done in the years since leaving sc ...…
 
Today Pr. Drom has arrived with a very important announcement. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
The year that Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., the American actor, rapper and poet better known by his stage name Common, was born was the same year that his father, Lonnie Sr., was hitting rock bottom. The elder Lynn’s dreams of becoming a pro basketball player had never materialized, and the 29-year-old had spiraled into a fog of drug addiction and al ...…
 
In 1883 fisherman Howard Blackburn was caught in a blizzard off the coast of Newfoundland. Facing bitter cold in an 18-foot boat, he passed through a series of harrowing adventures in a desperate struggle to stay alive and find help. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow Blackburn's dramatic story, which made him fa ...…
 
Security breach! Security breach! Haha, just kidding! This week we're talking all about how to keep things secure. Look, we both had different ideas about what the topic "Security" would entail, but in the end this is mostly just us arguing about a machine that hard boils eggs.By thecompleteguidetoeverything@gmail.com (Tim Daniels and Tom Reynolds).
 
Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was known for his piercing wit, irreverent satire and social commentary. Leaving school early following the death of his father, he lived many lives in one: spending time as a journalist, steamboat pilot and world traveller, suffering significant personal and financial losses. These are just some of th ...…
 
Twinkies have a reputation for being so processed that they can last for years and years, but they're not as hardy as you'd expect. Uncover the sweet story of Twinkies in this classic SYSK. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And to learn about your ad choices when listening to pod ...…
 
As the world becomes more and more polarized, and people become more entrenched in their ideas, Will and Mango explore how we can find consensus, and what the science tells us about shifting public opinion. Plus, we look at how Heinz's disastrous attempt to change Australia's opinion on condiments and why it took such a long time for the pie ch ...…
 
We have returned from our journey, and reflect upon it. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
The Atlanta Braves used the 14th overall pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft on Kolby Allard mostly because he was a left-handed pitcher who could throw 95 miles per hour. It was all a disguise, a wig and fake mustache. Today, Allard has ditched the costume and revealed himself as a pitcher, not a hairy-chested behemoth trying to chuck ...…
 
From bullying to hate crimes, cruelty is all around us. So what makes us hate? And is it learned or innate? This hour, TED speakers explore the causes and consequences of hate — and how we can fight it. Guests include reformed white nationalist Christian Picciolini, CNN commentator Sally Kohn, podcast host Dylan Marron, and writer Anand Giridha ...…
 
From houses the clean themselves to how a merry-go-round helped Eggo's waffle business grow, Will and Mango explore the world of hobbyist inventors and the incredible ideas they brought forth. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And to learn about your ad choices when listening to ...…
 
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!
 
No matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on, you should be outraged about the practice of gerrymandering. Redrawing voter district maps to ensure political dominance is about as undemocratic as it gets. Please enjoy Josh and Chuck getting unusually worked up about this abhorrent practice. Learn more about advertising on the HowSt ...…
 
A common cold ends up being not so common, and you’re plunged into the twilight of something that steals your mind. In the fall of 2015, I moved across the country to go to university in New York City. I loved my new roommates, my new city, my new life. I’d been happy before, but there was always something off. As I started orientation, for the ...…
 
One of my favorite things about doing this podcast is looking at things in everyday life and wondering if they still have the same purpose they did when they were invented. This week’s subject is a bit ambiguous. It’s most notably known for bringing a pop of color and whimsy to an otherwise drab suit, but aside from that, it’s more seen as form ...…
 
Spoiler: it involves lots of slime! Will and Mango explore the channel's early history from how Double Dare horrified the sanitation department, the (savvy) reason one TV show never used purple, and why a channel that had no business getting into cartoons staked their business on 3 groundbreaking shows. Learn more about advertising on the HowSt ...…
 
Perhaps the greatest inventor of all time, Leonardo da Vinci created a number of amazing works, and theorized even more that technology needed to catch up to. Oh, he was a pretty OK artist too...In addition to engineering and art, he also liked to diagram the human body to pass the time. Who doesn't dig up the dead and sketch what their bits lo ...…
 
She was a good girl. I was a bad dude. Her family had money. Mine didn't. And, unsurprisingly, her family hated me.We started dating when she was 15 and I was 17. We were high school sweethearts and I, really, owe her my life. Literally. She was with me when I was accidentally shot in the face at 18 by a buddy planning a robbery with my gun. Sh ...…
 
200 years ago - this month - Emily Brontë was born, the author of one of the most unusual novels in all of literature, Wuthering Heights.
 
Austyn Weiner is a renowned photographer and artist extraordinaire who, at 28 years old, has worked with the likes of Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid and exhibited at Art Basel. Jonathan talks with this business woman, artist, and millennial about her own artistic evolution and the advice she’d offer to young female artists coming up behind her: ...…
 
Gather up your wagon and get ready to move out west into the world of kooky and spectacular trivia and quizzes. Don't die of dysentery because as it turns out, there are a whole lot more ways to die along the real Oregon Trail as Chris found out. Dana's got a westward quiz, and Karen celebrates the weird and offbeat inventions conjured up in he ...…
 
In 1978, five friends set out for home from a basketball game. The next day, their car was discovered in a lonely mountain road. The next spring, their bodies began to turn up. What happened that night remains a mystery to this day. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And to learn ...…
 
Cycling across Africa wasn’t supposed to be easy, but it also wasn’t supposed to involve angry elephants. In 2011, I left my job as CEO of a media development company to race across Africa on a bicycle. Sixty-three of us lined up at the foot of the pyramids in Cairo at dawn on Jan. 6 for the 8,000-mile ride to Cape Town in the world’s longest b ...…
 
Отсебятина Информбюро Тотальные перемены Как я оказался в США Долгожданная свобода Классика — новое открытие Достоевского Продолжение следует Поддержи Radio Grinch Radio Grinch Podcast на Patreon Традиционные способы поддержки Listen to «Radio Grinch 100 (перемены во всем и Достоевский)» on Spreaker. https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/15 ...…
 
Some birds can fashion tools and create tiny works of art, so why do we always underestimate their bird brains? In this panel discussion, recorded at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival, Flora talks with writer Jennifer Ackerman and crow expert Alex Taylor about the genius of birds. Guests: writer Jennifer Ackerman and New Caledonian crow expert Alex ...…
 
Dividing people into groups is part of our social experience. Be it through race, gender, nationality; we build our identities through groups we belong to. And these identities can be numerous and elastic. But, what makes us decide who is like us and who is the other?In this week’s Why Factor, Sandra Kanthal asks; why do we divide the world int ...…
 
OZY's new TV show, Breaking Big, explores the secrets to success. OZY's new TV show, Breaking Big, explores the secrets to success. Click to find out more. OZY Media’s third prime-time television show, Breaking Big, airs Fridays at 8.30 p.m. ET on PBS stations, OZY.com and Facebook Watch. Join us as we explore the unexpected journeys to success ...…
 
The way our brains process sound affects the way we respond to sound. This episode is about why that happens in those who suffer from misophonia, the hatred of certain sounds. Featuring researcher Dr. Phillip Gander, psychologist Dr. Ali Mattu, and misophonics Meredith Rosol and Josh Furnas. Check out wetransfer.com for all of your file sending ...…
 
In 1726 London was rocked by a bizarre sensation: A local peasant woman began giving birth to rabbits, astounding the city and baffling the medical community. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll review the strange case of Mary Toft, which has been called "history's most fascinating medical mystery." We'll also ponder som ...…
 
It's hot outside! We're talking about all the things: how to beat the heat, what kind of fans exist and stuff that happens in pools. Also, Tom tells one of his famous "Only In New York" stories and we solve a problem from a listener about pants! This week's episode is sponsored by Squarespace. Check squarespace.com/guide for a free trial and wh ...…
 
The Hungarian obstetrician Ignaz Semmelweis, born 200 years ago this month, saved the lives of hundreds, possibly thousands, of new mothers with his forward-looking ideas about hospital hygiene. He insisted that junior doctors working for him wash their hands in chlorinated lime solution before examining expectant mothers. This simple procedure ...…
 
Putting lasers in space to blast Soviet missiles out of the air was a very real part of Ronald Reagan's defense policy. While his "Star Wars" program was derided at home and abroad, historians are beginning to wonder if it didn't help win the Cold War after all. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com ...…
 
Why do movie theaters limit their audiences to 299 seats? Did dishware really save the movie industry? And why is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider considered a Hollywood masterpiece? (spoiler: it has nothing to do with the plot!) Grab your popcorn and turn off your ringers as Will and Mango head to the movies. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuf ...…
 
The astronomer, Carl Sagan, famously said that there were more stars in our Universe than grains of sand on the Earth’s beaches. But was it actually true? More or Less tries to count the nearly uncountable. Content warning: This episode includes gigantically large numbers. (Photo: The barred spiral galaxy M83. Credit: Nasa).…
 
Hold the judgment, but I dined out 12 times during a recent four-day trip to Memphis, home of Elvis, B.B. King and Kathy Bates. Bluff City is famous for blues and Beale Street, but nowhere is its soul more apparent than in its grub. Most cities do a few things right, and for Memphis one of those things is barbecue.One of the best places? Payne' ...…
 
Networks surround and sustain us, in nature, in our bodies, in relationships, in the digital world. This hour, TED speakers explore how we rely on networks and how we have the power to shape them. Guests include ecologist Suzanne Simard, UPS executive Wanis Kabbaj, computer scientist Avi Rubin and anthropologist Robin Dunbar. (Original broadcas ...…
 
Can a daily banana basket help players feel less homesick? Should goalies be given more bathroom breaks? And did Kim Jung-Il invent a top secret technology to guarantee more wins? Will and Mango share some strange facts about soccer's biggest tournament. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/adverti ...…
 
The infamous Stanford Prison Experiment wasn't really much of an experiment as it turns out. It was more like a poorly thought out exercise conducted by a professor who didn't dot the i's and cross the t's. Listen in as Josh and Chuck give this experiment some harsh treatment of their own. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podca ...…
 
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 morning was crisp. Icicles hung from drainpipes like daggers. The city was occupied by fear - the evening before, for the first time during the war, it had been bombed. Despite that, my mother insisted nothing must stop me from going to school. It was Feb. 1, 1987, and I was 280 miles northwest of Tehran, in Mianeh.The gate to the elementar ...…
 
The world's fastest bicyclist in the 1890's was Charles Minthorp Murphy and he was certain that there was no locomotive on Earth that could go faster than he could. To prove this, Murphy set a goal to ride one-mile in one-minute, a speed that few locomotives could achieve back then. It was the classic battle of man vs. machine. Also learn about ...…
 
If you’ve ever read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” you may hear a heartbeat as something a little creepy. Although it’s funny to note that on many sound machines for babies, a heartbeat is offered as a way to help them remember one of the sounds they heard in the womb. However, for doctors, the sound of a heartbeat can tell an awful l ...…
 
Today in 1776 that a small band of marmots declared their freedom from an oppressive matriarchal society. We would tell you all about it, but Drom has interrupted us with an important announcement. The Hidden Almanac will return on July 13, 2018 Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
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