Podcasts are one of my favorite ways of learning and hearing stories. Below are my favorites:

The Sporkful: A must-listen for those who enjoy food and eating. Episodes range from geeky chemistry discussions to entertaining topics like ice cream shop etiquette.

The Moth: One of my favorite places to hear stories. You never know what to expect!

TED Radio Hour: My primary source to keep up with TED Talks – each episode brings together different talks under a unifying theme.

How I Built This: An incredibly motivational podcast where entrepreneurs tell their stories. It’s truly fascinating to hear how many of the companies we know of (Patagonia, Wikipedia, Dell, Warby Parker, etc) got their start.

Freakonomics: The Freakonomics book description says it best: “A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything”.

Science Vs: Explores various science topics (vaccines, obesity, birth control, etc) to see what the latest findings have to say.

Radiolab: A thought-provoking mix of science and culture. I consider them the golden standard in podcast production quality.

More Perfect: Dives into the law and landmark cases. They do a great job breaking down complicated cases and laws into something that a normal person (like me) can understand.

Note to Self: A personable and thought-provoking podcast on how technology affects our lives.

…and here is a shameless plug for my own podcast, which focuses on life as a twenty/thirty-something in the 21st century.