Regular readers of Alternative Fruit will remember the article a little while ago in which we shared six great podcasts. Podcast Picks for People Who Think got a warm reception, thanks to everyone who read it, shared it, or simply liked it anyway. You all make this worthwhile.
Inspiring people takes all kinds of techniques and avenues. We find it in our everyday lives, inspiration can come from anything when we look at it in a certain way. Often our mind focuses on something when we are in need of inspiration, information, or just something to pass the time. We could just look out the window, but a lot of people work really hard to deliver good content to us.
When someone makes content for a good reason, it's not because they're trying to convince others of their opinions or because they're trying to trick people into buying their products. Good media is made because the creators and the people who fund it want to enrich the world with their works. The creators want to make the world a better place for their job, just like we all want to make the place where we work a better place.
Here are some more brilliant podcasts that are made with you in mind, for pleasure and for learning.
The History Of Philosophy Without Any Gaps
This highly informative and fun to listen to podcast is given life by philosophy departments in Germany and elsewhere. Because of them, we get to listen to ad free content every week. Peter Adamson is the host, he's an expert on philosophy and its history. He breaks down key features in the history of the subject and explains them in layman's terms. This then helps us to understand psychology, ethics, religion, and a whole number of other ideas. Although the podcast is well underway with scores of episodes already recorded, each one is available for free. Start from the beginning and maybe you'll catch up and be forced to wait like the rest of us.
This time we visit a podcast funded by its listeners. Via Patreon, happy subscribers offer what they can to help this team of experts pay the bills. This podcast is a weekly discussion on the theme of astronomy. It doesn't require expert knowledge to enjoy it, a simple enthusiasm for space will be enough. Star Trek and Star Wars fans alike will all enjoy this real life exploration of the cosmos. Various key principles in the field of astronomy are talked about and explained, allowing anyone to pick up the subject for themselves.
Sci-Fi fans unite and subscribe to this regular fiction storytelling podcast. It's a real pick and mix of authors and themes, all on the science fiction shelf. Sometimes the stories are a quarter of an hour, sometimes an hour, every time they choose an exciting and intriguing journey. Take a trip into the realms of fantasy and future on a regular basis. Maybe Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird by Eric Schwitzgebel sounds interesting, or perhaps The Thing With The Helmets by Emily Skaftun is more inviting? What-ever you choose, there'll be more.
For a variety of intellectual documentary type broadcasts, tune into Radiolab. This podcast presents themed episodes which have content with all kinds of influences. Each time it creates a thinking environment where our assumptions and hopes are tested against actual knowledge. It can be quite disturbing sometimes, and other times just funny. It's quite deep for a radio show and the presenters are able to keep everything intellectual and calm headed. Always with an element of psychology, with a humanitarian and centralist outlook, the Radiolab team bring us cutting edge ideas and thoughts.
The Naked Scientists
Mentioned last time in conjunction with 5 Live Science, The Naked Scientists have their own show. Rather than sharing the stage with the other 5 Live Science crew, they have the stage all to themselves. The content is geared up a notch from the BBC edition. Their ideas and information go a little bit more into depth. This podcast is great for people who enjoy learning about and listening to science.
It would be unfair to not mention the BBC in this list, they work hard to produce a large variety of podcasts. This Radio Four podcast invites us to mull over some of the deeper questions life has to offer. They cover most things eventually, and it's always surprising to see what they come up with next. Finding interesting things for regulars to write home about is a large task! Luckily, like Alternative Fruit, the BBC are good at that kind of thing. You'll not be disappointed if you like using your brain.
There you have it, hopefully you'll get hours of listening pleasure from each of these offerings.
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