5 Podcasts For Critical Thinking

Long commutes suck. 2017 is the first year in my working life I’ve had to regularly travel 15+ hours each and every week. Once I became aware of how much time that actually was it became imperative to at least attempt to be productive (One can only surf twitter and reddit so much, who knew?). In addition to my reading list, I decided I would give some podcasts a try after plenty of recommendations. There’s so many good ones out there, but these ones currently have my attention and are great at challenging my preexisting beliefs:

WAKING UP  – Sam Harris

Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. The Waking Up podcast was selected by Apple as one of iTunes Best of 2015 and won a 2017 Webby Award for best podcast in the Science & Education category.

Recommended Episodes:

#1 — Drugs And The Meaning Of Life

#11 — Shouldering the Burden of History

#18 — The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You…)

#19 — The Riddle Of The Gun (Revisited)

#71 — What Is Technology Doing to Us?


Rationally Speaking is the official podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join Julia Galef and guests as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely and unlikely, science and pseudoscience. Rationally Speaking was co-created with Massimo Pigliucci, is produced by Benny Pollak and recorded in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Recommended Episodes:

#1 – Why Be Rational?

#134 – Science Drives Moral Progress

#165 – Success and Luck

#181 – Moral Uncertainty


Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what we’re going for at Planet Money. We produce a twice-weekly podcast and create radio stories for Morning Edition, All Things Considered and This American Life. We also write a blog.

Recommended Episodes:

#364 – Should We Kill The Dollar Bill?

#436 – If Economists Controlled The Borders

#510 – The Birth of the Minimum Wage

#723 – The Risk Farmers

VERY BAD WIZARDS  Tamler Sommers  / David Pizarro

Very Bad Wizards is a podcast featuring a philosopher (Sommers) and a psychologist (Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science, and who have a marked inability to distinguish sacred from profane. Each podcast includes discussions of moral philosophy, recent work on moral psychology and neuroscience, and the overlap between the two.

Recommended Episodes:

#1 – Brains, Robots and Free Will

#30 – The Greatest Books Ever Written

#39 – How Many Moralities Are There?

#59 – Tumors All the Way Down

INVISIBILIA – Lulu Miller / Hanna Rosin / Alix Spiegel

Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

Recommended Episodes:

#1 (Season 1) – The Secret History Of Thoughts

#2 (Season 2) – The Personality Myth

#1 (Season 3) – Emotions Part 1 and 2


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