Free Podcasts


Keeping the Brain Active
‘In Our Time’ with Melvyn Bragg at the BBC
There are over 500 episodes available to download. I subscribe to this in itunes but you can download directly from the BBC here.

‘Thinking Allowed’ with Laurie Taylor at the BBC
You can subscribe or download individual episodes from this page.

The Philosopher’s Zone at the Australian Broadcasting Company
The simplest questions often have the most complex answers. The Philosopher’s Zone is your guide through the strange thickets of logic, metaphysics and ethics. Go here.

This American Life at WBEZ
Amazing stories, what can I say – you can subscribe at this page.

The TED radio hour from NPR
TED talks galore subscribe here.  Based on talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections.

The London School of Economics
These talks range from the profound to the truly banal. I subscribe through itunes but there are lots of options to obtain the lectures – go here.

Dan Carlin’s Hard Core History can be found here  -the 5 hour long podcast on the Siege of Munster is MEGA!. 
Dan’s Common Sense
program is here.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts with Susan Cain subscribe here.

Wonderful stories being read and discussed from the NewYorker.

Freakonomics from WNYC the same radio station that brings you Radio Lab.

RTÉ – Blighted Nation  four part radio broadcast on the potato blight in Ireland and its catastrophic consequences.

Finally, just a good listen – Scotland Outdoors from BBC Scotland can be found here.

Keeping  the Body Fit
I started running a few years age using Robert Ullrey’s podcasts. They are based around the Couch to 5K running program. You can download the nine podcasts here.
The NHS also have a series of podcasts to support the Couch to 5K program plus bridging podcasts to help you run further and faster. These are good but I find the transitions in Robert’s smoother and if starting out I would suggest his but that is my preference only. You can download the podcasts here there is also an app available. If you want to take your running to the next level there are more supportive NHS podcasts here.

Strength and flexibility
Again from the NHS a series of podcasts to download here. This strength and flex program can be done out in the fresh air or in the home you don’t need any equipment. Plenty of videos to watch if you need any support in doing the exercises.

A series of fitness workouts from the NHS includes movies to download from here. Pick from among 20 instructor-led videos covering aerobics, strength and resistance, pilates and yoga categories.