Podcasts for the (Potential) College Student

With the semester wrapping up in many schools next month and the prospect of extended travel to check out college campuses over the upcoming holiday weekends, I wanted to focus on some infotainment for your ears.  These podcasts are some of my personal favorites and just might help you with your classes, could open you up to new majors like architecture and economics, and will keep you sharp while writing those personal statements.  And the best thing…they’re free!

I've used all of these in my own Advanced Placement Language Classes for different supplemental assignments and many students have said that the breadth of knowledge helped them on their AP essays.  

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What's the truth behind some common everyday myths? How do pet psychics work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from psychology to propellant in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com

Stephen Dubner has surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. 

Your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language.

NPR's weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what's real and what we've made up.  

How does an elite group of nine people shape everything from marriage and money, to safety and sex for an entire nation? Radiolab's first ever spin-off series, More Perfect,dives into the rarefied world of the Supreme Court to explain how cases deliberated inside hallowed halls affect lives far away from the bench.

99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. With 80 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.

There's a theme to each episode of This American Life, and a variety of stories on that theme. Most of the stories are journalism, with an occasional comedy routine or essay.

Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com