Educational Podcasts: Broadcasting Brain Food
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage Ceylon Today Features
The beauty of the internet is that you don’t have to rely on only school to learn something new for yourself. If you know where to look, there are plenty of avenues to find material for your education and enjoyment right now. Of course, the downside is there’s so much content on the internet that it’s often difficult to find a place to start.
Podcasts are a great source of edutainment (educational entertainment) material. From a bitesized 15 minutes to two-hour long uploads, covering a variety of topics and genres, podcasts come in various lengths with different levels of production quality. Not only are they engaging and interesting, but they’re also a great way to learn something while multitasking.
A lot of people I know listen to podcasts while helping out in the house, travelling on the road, and also while trying to go to sleep. We have a bunch of podcasts that are not only fun, but also full of cool stuff for you to learn that won’t bore you out of your mind or send you off dozing to dreamland.
But, where should I look?
There are plenty of sources to look for when searching for places to listen to podcasts. A lot of podcasts upload their content on their own websites, along with a number of platforms. Some use social media such as Facebook and YouTube and others also use audio streaming services such as Spotify. Google has its own podcast platform known as (you guessed it), Google Podcasts. You’re pretty much spoilt for choice when it comes to looking for places to listen to podcasts, especially since they are now extremely popular among audiences.
TED Talks Daily
We all know about TED Talks. You might have even seen a few in your time scouring the internet. Featuring some of the world’s best thinkers and creators as well as people who are making a change for the better, there are very few other places to find the content TED Talks provide with such high production value. Each weekday, you will join journalist Elise Hu as you discover new thought provoking topics as well as new things you may not have known before.
You might be an aspiring entrepreneur yourself, dreaming of having your own innovative brand and enterprise in the future. This Sri Lankan podcast is all about those who have already achieved that dream and their stories. Entrepreneur Wired is a relatively new podcast, but has already featured some of the biggest names in Sri Lanka with plenty of inspirational stories, insights on existing industries of the country, tips on how to grow your brand as well as tips on building connections amongst the Sri Lankan business community. If you’re interested in business and finance, this might be a great source for you to learn more about what’s going on within our own borders and about
Myths and Legends
If learning about various cultures and their mythology is your interest, why not check out the Myths and Legends podcast. The podcast is all about the ancient myths and legends that have shaped cultures throughout history. With each episode, you’ll experience folklore from around the world, and learn a little more about their origins.
The Stories of Mahabharata
If you love mythology and cultures, you’re going to love this one. Each episode of the podcast tells a narration of the Mahabharata with production quality that is simply amazing. The podcast is absolutely free and is entertaining as it is compelling. If you’ve ever wanted to read the Mahabharata but might struggle to read the entire text, this is a great option. Needless to say, we’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to podcasts, with exabytes (or one billion gigabytes) of content out there for you to discover. So, if you haven’t listened to any podcasts before, here is a good place to start.