Between the pressure of studying for tests and doing homework, justifying time to relax can be tough. But breaks are good for you! And, besides, your break doesn't have to be mindless. There are numerous ways to learn and rest simultaneously. Podcasts are one great way to get a breather from studying while still learning a little something new (and usually super interesting).
Here’s a list of podcasts you can enjoy the next time you want a break from your flashcards or that essay you’ve been slaving over.
TED (standing for Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks can be a great way to learn about a topic you’ve always been interested in or one that you’ve never even thought about. For every podcast, TED features different professionals from a wide array of fields. From psychology to artificial intelligence to comedy, there’s just about every topic under the sun available for your listening. The variety of topics and the knowledge base of the speakers make TED Talks both detailed and engaging. If you’d like to spend your 15-minute study breaks exploring a thought-provoking new idea, TED Talks might be the podcast for you.
Rationally Speaking, offered by the New York Skeptics, provides a rational analysis of irrational ideas. If you’ve ever wondered about the science behind pseudoscience or the reality of a fantastical idea, this podcast may satiate your curiosity. Past topics range from should scientists try to create dangerous viruses to why Americans vote the way they do. If you’re someone who loves to ask “what if” questions, this podcast is a great way to answer a few during your study breaks.
How to Do Everything
Everyone knows someone who just seems to be full of random tidbits of information. After listening to this podcast, you can be that person too! How to Do Everything explores what seems like every topic under the sun in an engaging format. They’ll teach you about things you never even realized you wanted to know about. Ever wondered how to eat a burrito in space, what the merits of birthday cake for breakfast are, or what happened to the often-forgotten dog Olympics? If you’re a curious person, you might enjoy taking a break from studying with this podcast as you hone your trivia skills.
Produced by NPR, Radiolab explores topics similar to TED in a style closer to a news report meets a really good story. Interviews with a variety of people and professionals offer engaging looks at uncommon topics. Subjects have ranged from the world’s smartest computer to how your cat might give schizophrenia. If you want an in-depth look at fascinating subjects, Radiolab’s episodes might be the perfect podcast choice for your longer study breaks.