The Rise of Podcast Learning

The rise of informative podcasts

Podcasts, a short history

Podcasts today & the “informative” podcast

Podcast use over time
  1. News
  2. Politics
  3. True Crime
  4. Comedy
  5. Science

What is podcast learning?

  1. Encyclopedia Womannica: A daily 5-minute show telling the incredible stories of women, past and present.
  2. Hardcore History: This is consistently cited as one of the best educational podcasts. It’s part history lesson, part immersive theatre — hosted by Dan Carlin.
  3. Stuff You Should Know: A show exploring the fascinating stories of everything around us: from champagne and satanism to LSD and true crime.
  4. TED Radio hour: TED talk topics, broken down and evaluated by big-league intellectuals.
  5. The Rest is Politics: Candid conversations between two political heavyweights (on opposite sides of the political spectrum), as they try and tackle the world’s biggest problems.

What are the benefits of podcast learning?

  • Audio is optimal: There is so much visual content in our lives these days that our brains can actually switch off at the sight of it. Audio content has, therefore, been proven to more effectively stimulate the brain.
  • Accessibility: For those with visual impairments, dyslexia, or a dislike for picking up books, podcasts knock down big barriers. Oh, and also, podcasts are usually free!
  • It’s a feel-good thing: Learning through podcasts is scientifically proven to make you feel good. The podcast host and material scientist Titi Shodiya explains: “consuming information can activate your mesolimbic pathway, AKA the “reward pathway,” releasing dopamine throughout the brain.”
  • On-demand, on your phone: The flexibility of listening to a podcast wherever, whenever you like means you’re more likely to follow through on your learning goals compared to other formats like books, seminars, or even Youtube videos.

Making podcast waves with TOA’s podcast learning

  • Mike Merrill, the first publicly traded human in history. Listen to him talk about how he tokenized his soul and how it affected his mental health.
  • Claudia Sahm, a former Federal Reserve economist, decodes “Fed talk” and gives an optimistic spin on current issues in her episode.
  • Lorenzo Baroncelli, director of the Triennale museum in Milan, discusses how beauty shapes our cities in this episode.
  • Celine Halioua explains how the biotech industry can stop aging in its tracks. Listen to Celine, the CEO and co-founder of the biotech start-up Loyal, here

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