Who this is for: Sceptics that hear about the latest fads and immediately question their veracity. Science journalist Wendy Zukerman wades through the mass of information so you don’t have to.
Who this is for: People that like to ask the important questions in life like ‘Why is bird poop white?’ and ‘How do one-way mirrors work?’.
Who this is for: People intrigued by the amazing possibilities – and downsides – that the future holds. Each month Rose Eveleth imagines a possible future scenario based on current innovations.
Main Engine Cut Off
Who this is for: Those who prefer something a little more out of this world. Anthony Colangelo keeps you updated on the latest space missions, Astro-strategy and general life outside Planet Earth.
Future Thinkers Podcast
Who this is for: Futurologists that look at life philosophically. This covers everything from AI to exploring human consciousness.
Who this is for: Those who care about whether our future looks aesthetically pleasing, and whether it can earn us money. “Where entrepreneurship meets design” – combining art and science to bring cool things to life.
The Making Good Podcast: Ethical Business, Social Enterprise and Making Good Stuff Happen
Who this is for: Ethical individuals that want to be inspired and advised by even more ethical business owners and social entrepreneurs.
Who this is for: Those who want to understand how society – as well as the Earth – is responding to mankind’s influence over planetary change.
The Minimalists Podcast
Who this is for: Well, minimalists, and anyone who is interested in making room for more time, experiences and growth in their lives. The podcast has established an audience of more than 20 million people, so they must be onto something.
Costing the Earth
Who this is for: Those anxious about mankind’s effect on the environment and eager to hear about the progress being made to look after our planet
How to Do Everything
Who this is for: Advice-seekers that want to know everything from how to keep their fries crispy to the best way to open Velcro bags quietly.
The Highly Sensitive Person Podcast
Who this is for: Delicate souls. This podcast demystifies sensitivity, negating any stigma associated with it and encouraging their listeners to be observant, conscientious and appreciate other people’s feelings.
The World Service produces various mind-expanding podcasts including
- 50 Things That Made The Modern Economy
- Health Check
- People Fixing The World
- The Inquiry.
- The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry
- Inside Science
- More or Less
- The Digital Human
- The Life Scientific
The Art of Charm
Who this is for: Insatiable networkers that want as many love-life, lifestyle and career tips in their arsenal as is humanly possible.
The Tim Ferriss Show
Who this is for: Super-humans. Tim Ferriss, “the world’s best human guinea pig”, deconstructs how billionaires and icons got to where they are – and how you can do it too.
MIND OVER MATTER
All in the Mind
Who this is for: Those after a broad listening experience covering lots of human quirks – presented by the BBC’s own Claudia Hammond.
Who this is for: A deeper, longer analysis into individual psychological issues. Psychology-storytelling at its best.
Hidden brain looks at issues around psychology – and, in one episode, a certain Swedish furniture giant.
The Unbeatable Mind Podcast
Who this is for: Brain-trainers. Presented by Mark Divine, a retired Navy Seal commander, this covers everything from the philosophical and emotional to self-defence, fitness, and elite physical performance.
The Psychology of Eating
Who this is for: Healthy eaters and people that want to change their relationship with food. It’s all about self-care and positive body image – no fat shaming welcome.
Who this is for: People that want a bit of “come again?” from their listening experiences. This is a bi-weekly podcast about mysterious real life events that still evade explanation today.
Who this is for: People who believe in aliens and alternative history. Or listeners who are fascinated by these kinds of beliefs and want to enter a whole new world of weird.
Who this is for: Voyeurs and nosy parkers. This is a fascinating project that asks strangers to say whatever they want for however long they want.
The Lineup Podcast
Who this is for: Those who want to apply some forensic psychology to their paranormal ponderings.
The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry
Who this is for: Science sleuths Dr. Adam Rutherford and Dr. Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.
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