The rise of the short podcast has brought with it the rise of uber-efficient education.
You can be squished on the subway, folding your laundry, or waiting in line at the grocery store, and simultaneously learning about current events, human behavior, or economics.
Below, Business Insider has rounded up some of the best short podcasts out there — podcasts that somehow manage to fascinate, entertain, and teach you something cool in 30 minutes or less.
Whatever your current mood or interest, there’s a program here for you.
‘Planet Money’ distills complex business and economics topics into simple stories.
The hosts of Planet Money are relentlessly curious, and they turn otherwise dull-sounding topics into compelling stories.
‘Hard Pass’ gives you bite-sized pieces of knowledge.
In just 5-10 minutes, your hosts will break down a dense topic like the Department of Labor’s new Fiduciary Rule or the biggest problem with hedge funds today — and make it both easy to understand and fun to listen.
‘99% Invisible’ will give you the lowdown on design.
You don’t have to have a particular interest in design or architecture to become hooked to “99% Invisible.”
After listening to Roman Mars and his team tell the stories like how a “fish cannon” is used to keep fish populations thriving to why some urban architecture is intentionally “hostile” to homeless people, you’ll find yourself paying much closer to fine details of the world around you.
‘The Allusionist’ is the ultimate podcast for word nerds.
Ever wonder how babies learn language, how the mythos of Santa Claus developed, or where the word “filibuster” comes from?
“The Allusionist” host Helen Zaltzman spends each episode investigating the fascinating development of the English language, and you’ll pick up a few new words you can drop in your next email.