Best Podcasts for Interdisciplinary Academics

Best Podcasts for Interdisciplinary Academics

May 11, 2016

Best Podcasts for Interdisciplinary Academics - Earbud headphones and phone on a wood table

Whether you’re new to podcasts or are a seasoned podcast listener, finding great podcasts can sometimes be challenging. Ideas on Fire has you covered. Below is a list of awesome podcasts for social justice-oriented interdisciplinary academics like yourself.

Imagine Otherwise

Okay, this is our podcast so we’re obviously fans 🙂 Episodes feature people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia in the service of social justice.

99% Invisible

99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.

Ben Franklin’s World

Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history. It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.


Invisibilia is Latin for “the invisible things.” The show explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior — things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotion.

Bitch Media’s podcasts Popoganda + Backtalk

Bitch Media publishes a new feminist podcast episode every week. Their hour-long show Popaganda digs deep on movies, books, TV, and media, while Backtalk is a snappy conversation between two Bitch editors about the week’s pop culture.

The Allusionist

A delightfully nerdy podcast about language and etymology by Helen Zaltzman. Word nerds, this is your jam.

Strange Fruit

Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner host this weekly podcast of musings on politics, pop culture and black gay life.


Every week Homoground produces & distributes an audio podcast featuring music by queer & allied musicians. The podcast was created to bring exposure & access to queer bands, especially to those who live in isolated communities.


Distillations explores the human stories behind science and technology, tracing a path through history in order to better understand the present. Each month we explore stories from the intersection of science, culture, and history.


A podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer.

Fresh Air

Fresh Air with Terry Gross is the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues.

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