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Listening is one of the ways we learn – it can be great to listen to something while carrying out other tasks, or to sit down and purposefully listen.


One of the ways you can do this is to listen to Podcasts. Podcasts are a bit like pre-recorded radio programmes. You’ll find them on apps such as Spotify, TuneIn, BBC Sounds or, if you on an iPhone or iPad there’s a default Podcast app. You can search for them by name or browse for things/subjects that interest you. Here are some that we think you might like:

You’re Dead To Me

Described as “the history podcast for people who don’t like history… and those who do”. Greg Jenner is joined by historical experts and comedians to learn more about famous people or themes. Recent episodes include a history of chocolate and The Ancient Olympics.

David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical

The podcast from ClassicFM – a brilliant introduction to lots of composers with some weird and wonderful facts. Although aimed at young people this is a brilliant listen and introduction.

Tartan Noir Show

Hosted by Theresa Talbot, the podcast celebrates the best crime writing, with a distinctly Scottish feel. The first series includes interviews with Val McDermid, Liam McIlvanney, Douglas Skelton, James Oswald and others.

Desert Island Discs

If you’re missing your biographies then is a fantastic way to listen to people’s stories along with their musical choices. There’s also an Archives podcasts with the episodes from 2005-2010.


TedTalks are available as a podcast or also via their app or website ( so that you can watch too. TedTalks are (generally) short talks of less than 20 minutes. They’re designed to spread ideas and share knowledge. There’s an A-Z list of topics, playlists (including the 25 most popular) or you can use the TED Recommends option to select a starting point and then work with it as to what you like/don’t like to keep getting recommendations. It’s a fabulous way to listen and learn something new.