10 Podcasts to Educate & Entertain

I don’t listen to as many podcasts as I would like to, so I asked people on Twitter to recommend some. Here’s a list of some of my favourites and suggestions from the Twittersphere, in no particular order.


The podcast of the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest. This is the place to start if you’re interested in the latest research.

All in the mind (BBC Radio 4)

Lots to explore, far too much to include here. A wide-ranging exploration of the human mind, presented by Claudia Hammond. Recent episodes include anxiety, imposter syndrome and childhood play.

Learning Scientists

A must listen if you’re interested in how people learn. A great companion to Psychology in the Classroom. Lots more on the Learning Scientists website.

The Happiness Lab with Laurie Santos

“Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will forever alter the way you think about happiness.”

Sizzle Podcast

A range of psychology and educational topics, including mental health, creativity and leadership.

Harvard Brain Architecture Podcast

From the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, this podcast focuses on the specific, practical questions that often arise for parents and caregivers during the critically important period of early childhood.

The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman

Wide ranging discussions on the mind, behaviour and creativity. Pretty much something for everyone.

The Neuromantics – Will Eaves and Sophie Scott

Presented by writer Will Eaves and neuroscientist Sophie Scott, the Neuromantics podcast takes a look at the relationship between literature and neuroscience, taking in many other topics on the way. My favourite podcast at the moment.

The Hidden Brain from NPR

“Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.”

Reasons to be cheerful –Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

Okay, so it’s not a psychology podcast, it’s simply one of the best podcasts around.

Honourable Mentions:

People soup

How did we get here – Claudia Winkleman & Tanya Byron

Lisa Cherry: Trauma Resonance Resilience


The Why Factor – BBC Radio 3

Have I missed anything? Add your favourites in the comments below.

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