Two hosts, Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad guide listeners through a myriad of science-related subjects such as color, death, emotions and many others. Top notch sound techniques and expert guests make this podcast both educational and thrilling.
If fiction is more your speed, Selected Shorts stands out in the podcast world. The program focuses on short fiction, usually connected by a unifying theme. The stories are always fiction, sometimes classic, sometimes new, always performed by great actors from stage, screen and television who bring these short stories to life.
Where RadioLab tackles bigger questions with a flashier presentation, the duo at SYSK deal with the smaller questions in a more workmanship type fashion. Consequently, SYSK updates much quicker and their archive is absolutely bursting. Hours of education on the brain, duckbilled platypi, magnets, allergies, and more are available for download.
The Moth's tagline, "True Stories Told Live," both completely sums up the podcast and doesn't tell much at all. People from all walks of life climb onto a stage and tell a story (without notes or a script), to a live audience. Police officers, hairdressers, attorneys, actors, and janitors all take the stage with one thing in common: they have a good story to tell.
This American Life follows a format: there's a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There's lots more to the show, but it's sort of hard to describe. TAL is the most popular podcast in the country, and with its blend of story, humor, and its showcasing of some of the sharper edges of American life, it's no wonder.
Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Fortune’s “40 under 40.” He is an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba and 50 other start ups. He is the author of "The 4 hour Work Week" and four other NY Times Bestsellers.