33-37 Trivial Pursuits
The podcasts that will make you the toast of dinner parties and the Rambo of pub ammo
NO SUCH THING AS A FISH
After learning that 600 men have two penises, the QI “elves” – the writers of the BBC panel show – set this up to share their latest “quite interesting” discoveries. Bonus fact: in 2014, it was named the best new podcast by Apple.
STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW
In one of the most popular podcasts on itunes, writers from howstuffworks.com explain, among other things, the mechanisms behind tsunamis, bullfighting and condoms. At the very least, you should know how the last of these work.
Hosted by Stephen J Dubner, co-author of the convention alwisdom-debunking book series, this show “tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t)”, from smarter money to the economics of sleep.
Author of Tipping Point and Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell is a one-man counterintuition industry. Here, he reconsiders misunderstood episodes from the past, such as basketballer Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game.
If you haven’t seen this on lists of best podcasts, you haven’t been looking. Host Roman Mars gives visibility to the design and architecture of the world around you, from bar codes to Freud’s couch and New York’s cow tunnels (really).