Best Social Sciences podcasts (Updated April 2019; image)
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Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.
 
The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com
 
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Witness History
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History as told by the people who were there.
 
In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions ...
 
The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales.
 
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In Our Time
Weekly
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
 
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BackStory
Weekly
 
BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at Virginia Humanities.There’s the history you had to learn, and the history you want to learn - that’s where BackStory comes in. Each week BackStory takes a topic that people are talking about and explores it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversations with our listeners, BackStory makes histor ...
 
Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris is the author of The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in more than 20 languages. Mr. Harris and his work ...
 
Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds take on one subject from American history each week.
 
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Hidden Brain
Weekly
 
Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
 
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Invisibilia
Monthly
 
Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.
 
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Revolutions
Monthly+
 
A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The Mexican Revolution. Next: The Russian Revolution.
 
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The History Hour
Weekly
 
An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.
 
A regular podcast telling the story of England with warmth and wit and enthusiasm. The story of the great names and the events that made England the mosaic it is today; the daily lives of the people who made it so. We take a chronological approach, from the cataclysmic end of Roman Britain, all the way through to the present day – when we get there! Along the way we follow the major highways of history, and some of the side roads too – what it was like to live in the Middle Ages, why the dif ...
 
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The Allusionist
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Linguistic adventures with Helen Zaltzman, TheAllusionist.org. A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to History… The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.
 
A weekly podcast tracing the rise, decline and fall of the Roman Empire.
 
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Philosophy Bites
Monthly
 
top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics
 
An audio journey through the 5000 year history of one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations.
 
Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcast every Friday.
 
Groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning conversation about the big questions of meaning — spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett, new every Thursday.
 
David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brings you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world. Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics. This show is moving to Luminary! For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.
 
The logic of personal, philosophical and political freedom
 
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Philosophize This!
Monthly
 
Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.
 
All In The Mind is ABC RN's weekly podcast looking into the mental universe, the mind, brain and behaviour — everything from addiction to artificial intelligence.
 
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History on Fire
Monthly
 
Where history and epic collide--"History on Fire" is a podcast by author and university professor Daniele Bolelli. For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com
 
A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.
 
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Slow Burn
Monthly
 
Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history—and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 1 of Slow Burn captured what it felt like to live through Watergate; Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
 
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Philosophy Now
Monthly
 
Podcasts from philosophynow.org, home of the most widely read philosophy magazine in the world, Philosophy Now.
 
History is full amazing stories. Join hosts Bryan Moriarty, Eric Bricmont, and Sarah Ashley as they explore the most inspirational, terrifying and hilarious events in history. Everything from the creation of the universe to the invention of Cheese in a Can and everything in between. Learn something new weekly by subscribing to the Nerd’s on History podcast.
 
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Lexicon Valley
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Lexicon Valley is a show about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.
 
Listen, learn and laugh your ass off as Ray & Cam present a blow-by-blow version of the life of history’s most successful general and empire builder.
 
Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps". www.historyofphilosophy.net
 
Over 900 years ago, thousands of Christians invaded the Middle East, intent on taking the Holy Land from the Muslims. The following 200 years were marked by a series of military campaigns known as the Crusades.Join us to follow the history of the Crusades from 1095 onwards. Castles, battles, religious clashes, Richard the Lionheart, the Assassins, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Saladin, the Knights Templar - all will feature as we examine one of the most interesting periods in history.
 
From Altruism to Wittgenstein, philosophers, theories and key themes.
 
Welcome to The Psychology Podcast with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, where we give you insights into the mind, brain, behavior and creativity. Each episode we’ll feature a guest who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of your self, others, and the world we live in. Hopefully, we’ll also provide a glimpse into human possibility! Thanks for listening and enjoy the podcast.
 
A Philosophy Podcast and Philosophy Blog
 
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History of Japan
Weekly
 
A weekly podcast on Japanese history, covering everything from prehistory to the modern era. Additional information available at the podcast blog, at www.historyofjapan.wordpress.com
 
The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. On The Anthropocene Reviewed, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down) reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with A ...
 
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SpyCast
Weekly
 
Each week, the International Spy Museum will offer a new SpyCast featuring interviews and programs with ex-spies, intelligence experts, and espionage scholars. The SpyCast is hosted by Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator at the International Spy Museum. Dr. Houghton specializes in intelligence, diplomatic, and military history, with expertise in the late-WWII and early-Cold War eras. The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC is the only public museum in the U.S. solely dedicated t ...
 
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The Psych Files
Monthly
 
The Psych Files is a podcast for anyone who wonders why we do what we do. Experienced educator Michael Britt, Ph.D., in an upbeat and friendly style, shows you how ideas from the field of psychology apply to everyday life. If you’re a life-long learner, a student or a teacher, you’ll find his 20-30 minute episodes enjoyable and educational. Over 14 million episodes have been downloaded to date with over 100,000 people listening every month. See what all the talk is about!
 
Since 2010, The China History Podcast, presented by Laszlo Montgomery brings you over two hundred episodes of curated topics from China's antiquity to modern times.
 
Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
 
A fun weekly radio show about language seen through culture, history, and family. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers who have questions and stories about linguistics, old sayings, word histories, etymology, regional dialects, slang, new words, word play, word games, grammar, family expressions, books, literature, writing, and more. Your language questions: https://waywordradio.org/contact or words@waywordradio.org. Call toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Canada at ...
 
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The History Chicks
Monthly
 
Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go.
 
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Ridiculous History
Weekly+
 
History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, a podcast by iHeartRadio.
 
Interviews, musings and extra material from the makers of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. If it did not fit in the HH feed it's probably here
 
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Infants on Thrones
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The Philosophies of Men, Mingled with Humor
 
Learning a new language? Get your language learning questions answered by polyglot Olly Richards, who speaks 8 languages and runs the popular blog - I Will Teach You A Language. Whatever's holding you back on the path to fluency, tune in twice a week to get your regular dose of language learning motivation, with Olly and other polyglot guests, such as Luca Lampariello, Richard Simcott, Alex Rawlings, Benny Lewis, Anthony Metivier and Jonathan Levi. Learn Spanish, Learn French, Learn German, ...
 
A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453. www.thehistoryofbyzantium.com
 
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According to Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, modern secular politics is theological from the ground up – which may come as a nasty surprise to the many people who believe, often for very good reasons, that religion and politics should be kept as far from each other as possible.
 
For this episode, we’re presenting Jordan’s lecture at The Community Theatre in Sacramento, California on June 27, 2018.
 
Kyle Allen excerpt from Vanity Fair article, "A rambunctious child, Allen was enrolled in acrobatics classes at an early age. “Your parents notice that there are black footprints that go up to the ceiling and they’re like, ‘We value the walls of our house so you should go do acrobatics.’”" To finish listening to the rest of Breaking Normal the ...…
 
Kyle Allen excerpt from Vanity Fair article, "A rambunctious child, Allen was enrolled in acrobatics classes at an early age. “Your parents notice that there are black footprints that go up to the ceiling and they’re like, ‘We value the walls of our house so you should go do acrobatics.’”" To finish listening to the rest of Breaking Normal the ...…
 
Queen Elizabeth II was born on this date back in 1926. To discuss the role of the monarchy in Canada we spoke with Josh Traptow of the Monarchist League of Canada.
 
In this episode, Mick chats with Dr Jonathan Fennell, a senior lecturer at King's College London and the Director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War. They discuss Jonathan's book, Fighting the People's War, and how the British Empire mobilised to fight in the Second World War. Jonathan provides a new take on the final quest ...…
 
Tinker, tailor, solider or spy, each of our roles has its own obligations. Part of Stoic wisdom is discovering those obligations and living up to them. This week Epictetus talks with an anxious father about his duties as a dad. Consider helping the show by donating at pateroncom/sundaystoic or make a one time donation on paypal (sundaystoic@gma ...…
 
Believe it or not, humans have been debating questions concerning God for as long as couples have been discussing what they fancy for dinner. Does God exist? Is God all-power, all-knowing and all-loving? Shall we try that new Mexican restaurant on Bold Street? In this episode, we’re going to be discussing the existence of God in relation to the ...…
 
Gregory Palamas and the controversy over his teaching that we can go beyond human reason by grasping God through his activities or “energies”.
 
Most of Jesus ministry was conducted in Galilee. This time is stuffed to the brim with miracles and parables. Jesus exorcizes demons, raises people from the dead, and cures the sick. He feeds thousands, walks on water, and calms the storm. He teaches parables about old wine into new skins, mustard seeds, pearls, and weeds amongst the wheat. He ...…
 
For any entrepreneurs (or soon to be entrepreneurs) out there, at some point along our journey, we ask this question. This week Cassie and Ginny talk about 5 things you can do today to manifest more clients into your business. Starting with not changing what is working; doing more of what you love; focus on giving value; have fun and put yourse ...…
 
Back in 2007, Trent Reznor did something a little different with the release of "Year Zero". He essentially created a game...a mystery...a unique marketing campaign. This was an incredibly complex campaign with clues buried all over the world. Basically all of this was done because Trent was bored. He wanted to shake things up with his music, h ...…
 
If you were given a date from the last five years could you say what day of the week it was? One young woman in Australia can remember every single day of her life since she was born. We hear about her life and the research she’s involved with—as a single participant.
 
Dr Cat Jarman has made a significant set of discoveries about a Viking graveyard in Derbyshire, and Dan talks to her to find out if they might have found the skeleton of Ivar the Boneless. For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, signup to History Hit TV. Use code ' ...…
 
Three friends that happen to be social workers discuss current social/social work issues from their front room. Your favourite trio of social workers are back again for another topical discussion. In this episode Nadia, Fran and Eugene talk about their experience of working with the professional network. "Working together" is a term used in soc ...…
 
ST 71 The Church and Bank In today’s episode, Sidetrack Episode 71, Today I have a special episode that was previously released as special bonus episode on Patreon, since I am no longer on Patreon, I wanted to release it as a thank you to everyone for listening. This episode is titled The Church and Bank. I explore the development of banking du ...…
 
Georgetown University Professor Joseph McCartin teaches a class on the post-industrialization transformation of work starting in the 1960s and continuing through the end of the 20th century.
 
Zionism, Nazism, radical terrorists factions, and where each fits into this highly controversial picture is not the job of ultracrepidarians; giving opinions and advice on matters outside of their knowledge. The creation of Sabbatai Zevi's messiahship by the Rosicrucians and the connection of the Protocols of Zion to the Memphis-Mizraim rite of ...…
 
In the personal politics of early modern England, the personalities and desires of the powerful were the stuff of policy. In this episode we examine the actions of: Queen Anne, the closet-Catholic; Prince Henry Frederick, the dashing future king of three realms; Elizabeth, the gracious future Queen of Bohemia; and Charles, the bookish, slightly ...…
 
This week we celebrate 4/20 with a look at the political upheaval following Attorney General William Barr's release of the controversial Mueller Report.
 
Reveals the profound influence of the Denisovans and their hybrid descendants upon the flowering of human civilization around the world • Traces the migrations of the sophisticated Denisovans and their interbreeding with Neanderthals and early human populations more than 40,000 years ago • Shows how Denisovan hybrids became the elite of ancient ...…
 
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