Learn something new today: Listen to these 5 podcasts

by Rachael Altman, Head Editor, INALJ Illinois

Learn something new today: Listen to these 5 podcasts

rachaelaltmanIf you have a few minutes on your commute or lunch break, tune into one of these three fact-filled podcasts guaranteed to teach you something new. Whether you want to learn about fire breathing, woodworking, cognitive neuroscience and music, life without a refrigerator, home brewing, baseball’s historical moments, or these podcasts will fill your mind with new knowledge and ideas.

Stuff You Should Know
Hosted by Charles (Chuck) Bryant and Josh Clark of HowStuffWorks.com, SYSK offers its listeners compelling information about everything. This is the podcast for you if you want to learn about medieval torture devices, Ouija Boards, Griogori Rasputin, Miranda Rights, or the history of chocolate.

Nerdette Podcast
Greta Johnson and Tricia Bobeda host the Nerdette Podcast. The podcasts covers all things nerdy [interesting], including TV, books, movies, comedy, food, crafts, cocktails, history, and technology. Most of the guests are “lady-nerds,” but the show is not exclusive to women. Each podcast comes with homework. Yes, that’s right, homework, such as reading a new book, mastering scrabble, or making a new cocktail.

Music and the Brain
Kay Redfield Jamison hosts Music and the Brain. The Library of Congress offers lectures, conversations, and symposia about the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and music, including Your Brain on Jazz; Music Therapy, Alzheimer’s and Post-Traumatic Stress; and Music, Memories and the Brain. After you finish this 2-year series, you can make your way to the other podcasts offered by Library of Congress.

Baseball Historian
The Baseball Historian is hosted by Dennis Humphrey and brings alive some of the greatest moments in baseball history. Listen to the 1958 World Series Game – Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers or the Adventures of Babe Ruth, which first aired in December 1949. This podcast is perfect for old-time fans or a newbie’s trying to learn about the history of baseball. While you’re at it, check out some of the other podcasts offered by Old Time Radio.

Wood Talk
Hosted by Marc Spagnuolo, Matt Vanderlist, and Shannon Rodgers of The Wood Whisperer, Wood Talk is a show of the seasoned pros and those new to the world of woodworking. Tune in to hear the latest news and techniques from industry experts. The show covers everything from what to do if you sweat on your project to the 21st Century workbench and interviews with famous woodworkers.