Learn on the Go: 15 ITunes Podcasts That Educate and Entertain

Published Feb 27, 2010

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iTunes offers an expansive library of free podcasts from colleges, universities and other organizations that provide educational material. These podcasts are perfect for anyone who wants to learn about a specific subject without enrolling in a formal course.

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iTunesU Podcasts and Albums

  • Career Development - This career development seminar from Stanford University is split into 15 easy-to-listen to podcasts.
  • Nutrition, Diet and Health - The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Clemson University offers a collection of 26 podcasts focused on nutrition and healthy eating.
  • Start Writing Fiction - This free audio album from Open University contains discussions and interviews with fiction authors in addition to tips on creating characters, structuring plots and turning ideas into books.

General Education Podcasts

  • CNN Daily - This daily video podcast from CNN makes it easy to stay up-to-date on world news.
  • How Stuff Works - Hosts Chuck and Josh explore 'how stuff works' in this random yet entertaining podcast. Recent episodes include discussion on witchcraft, honeybees, organ donation, bounty hunters and Obama's healthcare plan.
  • A History of the World in 100 Objects - Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, retells two million years of human history in this series of 15-minute podcasts.

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English and Literature Podcasts

  • Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster makes it easy to learn a new word each day with short podcasts that can be listened to in less than three minutes.
  • Grammar Girl - The Grammar Girl podcast provides 'quick and dirty' grammar tips to make you a better writer.
  • NY Times Book Review - Each episode of this podcast from The New York Times explores a week's worth of book reviews.

Language Learning Podcasts

  • Coffee Break Spanish - Created specifically for beginners, this popular podcast offers short yet fun Spanish language lessons.
  • Learn French - This daily French podcast is hosted by French teachers. Lessons are short and concise and help with both vocabulary and pronunciation.
  • iMandarinPod - Aimed at intermediate learners who want to improve their Mandarin Chinese, this podcast is spoken almost solely in Chinese to provide an immersive experience.

Science and Math Podcasts

  • NPR: On Science - This National Public Radio podcast provides highlights of the week's science news.
  • 60-Second Science - Hosted by leading science journalists, this one-minute podcast covers the most interesting developments in science on an almost daily basis.
  • The Math Dude - The Math Dude provides easy tips for learning math principles and solving basic algebra problems.

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