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Best Facts and Trivia podcasts we could find (updated January 2020)
Best Facts and Trivia podcasts we could find
Updated January 2020
There are so many strange and amazing facts about the world that surrounds us that people aren't aware of. Thanks to the wide selection of podcasts in this catalog, you can broaden your vision with many interesting fun-facts, while you commute, walk in the park and enjoy nature, even without Internet access as they turn tons of written content into a human-read audio. Here you can find podcasts where experts share interesting facts from history and trivia about history, technology, science and many other fields of interest. Also, there are podcasts where people share their fascinating ideas as well as true and interesting behind-the-scene stories about how useful gadgets were invented. Furthermore, you can find out how to do landfill work as well as about astonishing inventions that might draw your attention. There are podcasts where experts reply to many "how" and "why" questions, like how to find water in the desert, and much more.
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The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions
 
Discover world history, culture and ideas with today’s leading experts.
 
A lovingly crafted podcast that reveals the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.
 
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.
 
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
 
Everyone needs a little help being a human. From sleep to saving money to parenting and more, we talk to the experts to get the best advice out there. Life Kit is here to help you get it together.
 
Who invented pants? How did ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys’ happen? What do dogs say when they bark? 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 elt@gimletmedia.com. Every Little Thing is produced by Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Most people have no idea what's hiding behind their favorite things. We dig deep into everything from charities to the Founding Fathers to the Bible, and turn up disturbing stories and salacious details. From the Space Race to the Wizard of Oz, there might just be a dark side to everything. The Dark Side Of​ is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.
 
The Moncrieff team take a closer look at the everyday items that changed our world.
 
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 science guy from the deep south (Destin) and a humanities guy from the wild west (Matt Whitman) discuss deep questions with varying levels of maturity.
 
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.
 
What if Dear Abby was an investigative reporter? Each week on How To!, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg ("The Power of Habit") takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask, but couldn’t. Until now.
 
The Symbolic World looks at symbolism in all its forms, from its source in sacred stories and images to contemporary culture and ultimately how it shapes the very world we encounter.
 
A weekly twenty question trivia quiz podcast.
 
Fascinating fodder to fuel your next trip down a Wikihole.
 
If you've ever wondered "why", then this is the hour for you. Sometimes simple, sometimes intelligent, but always entertaining.JamesO'Brien on LBC (http://www.lbc.co.uk/james-obrien-3537)
 
Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.
 
Twice a month, host J. Keith van Straaten and co-host Helen Hong bring together the smartest celebrities they know and make them look dumb...and then smart again! Recorded before a live audience in downtown Los Angeles, this game show features comedians, actors and musicians answering arcane questions on topics they claim to be experts in. But don't worry, if they slip up, there are real experts on hand to give us the facts! If you're in the Los Angeles area and would like to be in the audie ...
 
The team at the wildly popular TodayIFoundOut YouTube channel discuss a variety of fascinating topics to help you feed your brain.
 
Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.
 
Interested in science, technology, machinery, engineering and the history behind everyday things? Want a fast and fun way to get your kids interested in STEM? Look no further! We break down a weekly engineering topic in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy.Twitter: @UnproEngInstagram: Unprofessional_EngineeringFacebook: UnprofessionalEngineering
 
Stupid Genius is the brainchild of YouTuber, Emma Chamberlain. In every episode she takes a puzzling question, like "Why do onions make us cry?," and is given three guesses to try to solve it. Will she be able to do it? Listen every Thursday to find out!
 
Hosted by Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood, “Make Me Smart with Kai & Molly” is a weekly podcast about the economy, technology and culture. In a time when the world is moving faster than ever, this podcast is where we unpack complex topics, together. Because none of us is as smart as all of us.
 
The audio side of DamnInteresting.com: Legitimately intriguing true stories from history, science, and psychology. Audiobook-like narration with sound effects and music.
 
Trivial Warfare Blitz is a fast paced trivia game from the folks who brought you the original Trivial Warfare. Each Blitz episode features 3 players competing with each other to answer the most rapid fire questions and claim trivial superiority.
 
Quiz Quiz Bang Bang is a weekly pub trivia practice podcast. For three weeks out of the month it is straight questions and answers as read by the hosts Annie and David Flora. Once a month we invite friends to join us for a live game of quiz bang trivia to add the humor, thought processes and fun. The show’s format is 4 rounds of 4 questions each with a quick-fire Bang Bang Round after Round 2. After Round 4, a final Big Bang round caps off the show with 3 questions, the answers of which are ...
 
The Good News Podcast is your daily reminder that not all news is bad, produced by Colleen and Neil. 👁
 
The Important Thing with Michael (“Rands”) Lopp and Lyle Troxell. Let’s spend a few minutes of your life listening and learning about an Important Thing.
 
Trivial Warfare is the podcast that takes the pub quiz out of the pub and brings it home to you. Trivial Warfare is a weekly game shared by people all over the world that features all the same banter, jokes and fun that you share with your friends at your local quiz nights. TW is your gateway to a larger world of trivia and your invitation into an awesome community of people who love trivia games just as much as you do. Give the show a try and have fun with Jonathan, Chris, Carmela and Ben a ...
 
There’s a line between possible and impossible, a wall we can’t break through or tear down. But what if we could climb to the top and take a look at the other side? What if the line between fiction and reality was just a little blurrier, and our world a little stranger? Join Jeramy, Jack, and Ryan as they look at twists on our reality and ignore the difference between what can and cannot be to ask, “What If…?”.
 
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.
 
Each week, Melissa Kirsch & Alice Bradley of Lifehacker bring in all-star guests to tackle the stuff that matters—like how to be happy, how to buy a TV, how to be less bad with money and how to tell if you’re dating a psychopath. Look, you're doing great, but quite frankly we think you can be a little better. All your friends do too. It's time for The Upgrade.
 
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
 
Triviality is a weekly pub trivia style game show where a lack of seriousness meets a little bit of knowledge. Join our hosts every Tuesday to play along with our fast-paced game or simply enjoy the clash of intellect and personalities. This is TRIVIALITY. Hosted by: Ken, Matt, Neal, and Jeff.
 
A fortnightly podcast that explains things in the news to help you appear smarter, to an audience that knows no less ;-). Basically, we take topics and attempt to deconstruct them - using generous pilfering from Wikipedia, a bit of humour (that's a flexible usage of the word), Wodehouse quotes and more. Occasionally, we invite guests who know better than us (not a high bar) to discuss fun careers and stuff.Hosted by three pun-loving madcaps who think Malad is the best thing since Android: Ch ...
 
We surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. With host Jason Gots and special guests Neil Gaiman, Alan Alda, Salman Rushdie, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Saul Williams, Henry Rollins, Bill Nye, George Takei, Maria Popova, and many more . . . You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? So ...
 
A Channel to Cultivate Your Curiosity. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/documental/support
 
Public radio's game show of bluff and bluster, words and whimsy. The warmest, wittiest cocktail party - it's spirited and civil, brainy and boisterous, peppered with musical interludes. Fast paced and playful, it's the most fun you can have with language without getting your mouth washed out with soap. Our motto: It's not important to know the answers, it's important to like the answers!
 
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Listen to Mystery Hour, Every Thursday at 12Pm. To get involved call 0345 60 60 973By LBC
 
Listen to Mystery Hour, Every Thursday at 12Pm. To get involved call 0345 60 60 973By James O'Brien's Mystery Hour
 
My phone rang at about 6:30 in the morning. It was my uncle. I was at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, getting ready for the biggest weekend of my year: the Celebration Bowl. Source Getty He told me there was a house fire, and that my mom had passed away. He didn’t have a lot of details and explained that my dad was alive — but that he’d been burned. Som…
 
Colleen and Neil share an episode fro m the archive about a kind connection made over eBay.By The Good News Podcast
 
As we transition to our new host Manoush Zomorodi, Guy Raz looks back on some of his favorite episodes from his seven years hosting the TED Radio Hour. This episode originally aired on June 27, 2014. When is copying flattery, when is it thievery, and when is it sheer genius? In this hour, TED speakers explore how sampling, borrowing, and riffing ma…
 
This week's rounds are Music (Connections), Bananas, Mystery Sounds, and Famous People. The music is from The Vivisectors with a song called Loco Banana.By James Carter
 
As Golden State tanks its way to a top draft pick, what does NBA history tell us about where the Warriors are headed? In what has undoubtedly already been the longest season in Steve Kerr’s impeccable career, the injury-ridden Golden State Warriors have bottomed out. At 10-34, the Warriors rest at the bottom of the league. Below the dysfunctional K…
 
What is barefoot running? I think you know. But we'll detail all of the ins and outs. Listen and learn! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisersBy iHeartRadio & HowStuffWorks
 
Erasmus Darwin was a man of many talents; not only was he a successful physician, a popular poet, an ardent abolitionist and a pioneering botanist, he also worked out how organisms evolve, some 70 years before his grandson Charles’s theories about this revolutionised science. He is credited with many inventions and discoveries including the steerin…
 
If the mere thought of going to therapy seems overwhelming, you're not alone. Plenty of people put off seeking therapy because of the stigma, cost and inconvenience. We've got four tips to help you make your first appointment.By NPR
 
Trivia Superstars return with members of Cat Party joining us again. Bert and Mary as Dragon Murder take on Margo and your host David as Charles Barkley's Towel People. This episode has questions from literature and television to film and science. Our guests knew some of these, but do you know how to answer the following questions? "What are the na…
 
Looking to boost your confidence? Johnny Dzubak, from the Art of Charm, shares with us some practical and theoretical views on the topic in this episode. Have a listen, and share it with a friend! ************************* Johnny Dzubak / The Art of Charm TWITTER: @TheArtOfCharm INSTAGRAM: theartofcharm WEBSITE: theartofcharm.com ******************…
 
The Countryman's have been married over 40 years, they met roller skating when they were 9 years old.By The Good News Podcast
 
John Cage was a respected composer when, in 1952, he created his “silent piece”, 4’33’’ - a piece that would have the music world scratching their heads. This episode asks whether 4’33’’ is really “silent”, and we explore the history of a piece musicians still talk about today - and speak to the man who campaigned to get it to the top the British c…
 
In 1983, what may be the worst diving catastrophe in the history of deep sea oil exploration took place when a pressurized chamber was opened, instantly killing four divers inside. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisersBy iHeartRadio & HowStuffWorks
 
They are natural-born-leaders with a never-ending thirst for power. Through force and deceit, they rise through the ranks towards radicalism—eliminating anyone who stands in their way. Every Tuesday, delve into the minds, and motives, behind some of the world’s most infamous leaders in Parcast’s original series, DICTATORS. Each dictator is analyzed…
 
Dr. Alex Monro is a Botanist and research leader at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the Americas Team of the Identification and Naming Department. After watching The Jungle Book at a young age he became fascinated with tropical forests and has spent the last 20 years working as a taxonomist, systematist and field botanist. Jonathan joined Dr. Mon…
 
Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the equal rights amendment to the constitution last week, giving the ERA the support it needs … about three decades after it expired. Many people, some 80% according to one poll, think the U.S. Constitution already includes equal protections for women’s rights, but it doesn’t. On today’s show, we’re going to…
 
Earthquakes are happening around the world every day, but what is causing them and what can be done to prepare for these natural disasters ahead of time? We take a look at how earthquakes happen, why some areas are more prone to them than others, and the various ways to measure their intensity.By Unprofessional Engineering
 
In this occasional series, OZY takes to streets and neighborhoods across the globe to ask a simple question: “How was your day?” As told by Yemeni soldier Mansour Ali I was flat on the ground, confused, screaming in pain and choking for breath. I saw my friends, soldiers like me, walking toward me. Walking slowly and really cautiously. They looked …
 
1993 was known as the peak of a disturbing trend in America: post office shootings, carried out by postal workers. A stunned country looked for answers and turned up a toxic workplace that seemed to be driving some workers past their breaking point. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers…
 
Jason has been addicted to meth for the past 15 years, which is not uncommon in his small Illinois town. Every time Jason stopped using he would relapse, until last year when the state took custody of his two kids. Since then he’s sobered up, but is worried about making it last. In this episode of How To!, we bring in Fred Muench, a clinical psycho…
 
Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Brensinger hosts this great game. Bailie and Dave Hildebrand team up to take on Ken and Jeff, while Neal keeps score. Its a battle of couples, featuring a swing round that turns Ken on. Which team will rise to the top? Supporters: https://www.trivialitypodcast.com/the-cream-of-the-crop/ Support us Directly: www.Patreon.…
 
"Should I go back to college?" If you're asking yourself this question, here are tips to help you figure out how to do it — whether it's to change jobs, make more money or finish something you started.By NPR
 
We asked you, the ELT family, to share your favorite underutilized words -- words that you love and want other listeners to love too. And you delivered. Now, with your help, we want to get one of those words into the dictionary. A professional word nerd tells us which of your submissions have the best chance of making it into the big book. Guest: f…
 
Simon Tierney joins Sean to chat about 'Stuff That Changed The World' today he features lipstick.
 
Tom Sutcliffe hosts as the teams from the North of England and the Midlands compete.By BBC Radio 4
 
Physical scars can be sources of shame or badges of honour: acquired accidentally or a cry for help. How should we read them, and what do they tell us about ourselves and our place in the world?We explore the practice of scarification, intentional body modification which has been practised for millennia, where scars denote status within tribal comm…
 
Colleen's five-year-old Fiona is really into roller skating. Colleen went along on Saturday morning and met some of the folks at Fleetwood Roller Rink.By The Good News Podcast
 
Why did we stop calling laundromats "washaterias?!" --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
 
Methods for finding your "perfect match" have become far more efficient in the 21st century with the invention of internet dating. While the rise of online matchmaking and app culture has opened up numerous doors for singles, it's also unleashed a minefield of unexpected pitfalls.By Parcast Network
 
In the 1930s the world's best-known conservationist was an ex-trapper named Grey Owl who wrote and lectured ardently for the preservation of the Canadian wilderness. At his death, though, it was discovered that he wasn't who he'd claimed to be. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll tell the story of his curious history and com…
 
Alice and Melissa revisit their Upgrades of the Week from past episodes and see how they’ve held up. There’s a little bit of pride, a little bit of shame, and a whole lot of improvement. You’ll be so perfect by the end of this episode you won’t know what to work on next! Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicema…
 
In these troubled times, sleeping can be hard. This week, we discuss all the ways you can shut your brain off for ten seconds so you can fall asleep and we also solve a problem from a lady whose housemate wants to steal her room. But first, some breaking news about Burt Ward.By Tim Daniels and Tom Reynolds
 
And finally, we're at part 4 of the year-end review, even though by the time you hear this episode, 1/12th of 2020 is already over. Hopefully, your resolutions aren't! This is the last part of the 2019 review (phew, finally!). While we've done a ton of topical Simblification, we thought we'd have a look at some of the major themes that kept coming …
 
The fugitive former Nissan boss, Carlos Ghosn, has raised questions about justice in Japan. The government in Tokyo has defended its system, where 99% of prosecutions lead to conviction. Prof Colin Jones, from Doshisha Law School in Kyoto, explains what's behind this seemingly shocking statistic. And a listener asks if it’s true Canada’s is roughly…
 
Freedom. Everyone wants it, but knowing where to look for it is another matter. And to make matters worse, the world is full of things that feel like freedom but might just get us more tangled up in everything we’re trying to escape. How much freedom can money buy? How much money? How free are you on a tropical vacation? Would uploading your consci…
 
For centuries, doctors have prescribed drugs they knew weren't real – but that still somehow worked. It wasn't until the 1980s that the placebo effect was studied. Learn all about how an inert substance can have a genuine impact on a patient's recovery, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adv…
 
Is it possible to calculate the cost of Brexit? Gemma Tetlow from the Institute for Government helps us weigh the arguments. How much does luck play into Liverpool FC's amazing season? And, crucially, how fast is an alligator?By BBC Radio 4
 
Click your heels three times and remember there’s no place like home: "Go Fact Yourself" is officially the greatest trivia show on ice! Jamie Loftus is a comedian and a host of "The Bechdel Cast" podcast. Her show is all about analyzing film from a feminist perspective. One movie that holds up surprisingly well under such scrutiny? Alien! She’ll ex…
 
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