Want to listen to some of the finest talk radio on the Internet by some of the best voices in the business? From controversial politicos firing down the British establishment, to educational tales about bionic turtles, we have plenty of content that should quench your thirst for entertainment and learning.
Here’s a roundup of some of our favourite Mixcloud talk stations:
Harvard Business School
When one of the world’s best-reputed universities broadcasts bitesized radio, the curious and inquisitive will likely tune in. A brilliantly fascinating mix of broad topics by key thinkers, this Mixcloud station makes for easy listening. What top academics will spend months or years researching – on subjects such as “why we pretend we’re workaholics”, to understanding “how people see you” – is condensed into roughly 20 minutes shows. It’ll certainly give you something to talk about.
Guardian Science Weekly
If you like science then you’ll love the Guardian’s weekly science show with Alok Jha. It’s a station that offers expert voices on topical issues by top science writers. Want to know how wind, solar, and tidal energy compare? Or whether or not an extinct species can be brought back to life? Here you’ll get thorough answers from all sides of the debate. Shows are often between 30 minutes to 1 hour long – and you’ll at least feel a little smarter after listening.
Jon Gaunt Daily Podcast
After being fired by the BBC for calling someone a ‘Nazi’, star broadcaster Jon Gaunt, the unequivocally funny and controversial champion of free speech, got his act together after a period of obscurity and started making a daily political podcast in his spare bedroom. Seven weeks of exponential growth later and podcast downloads reaching 300k, he’s a voice you just have to listen to. You may not agree with everything he says, but he’ll certainly stir your inner debate – and isn’t that what it’s all about?
London School of Economics
LSE is one of the Uk’s top universities, and a fine public research centre. They run a Mixcloud station where they have thousands of uploads on many fascinating topics such as ‘the happiness of cities’, and plenty of other political and social subjects. It can make for great listening when you’re at work and in the mood for learning about the world in which we live.
If football is your thing then there’s this unmissable weekly breakdown of the sport they call a beautiful game. They dissect the finer points of the sport’s news and provide some expert views and ramblings. It’s published every Wednesday and is a great way to keep you up to scratch with British and international football. The Guardian had some fine words for the show, saying: “Think an audio version of Baddiel and Skinner´s Fantasy Football without the irritating laddishness. A welcome antidote to the glossy, predictable and sycophantic outpourings from some of the more established sports media.”
Hailed as a “meeting between Foreign Policy and Vanity Fair”, and aimed at a business orientated jet setting demographic, this quality magazine published 10 times yearly provides a thorough perspective on international affairs, business, culture, design, and fashion. Its radio station has been a success and its Mixcloud station “The Monocle Weekly” is no different. Hosted by Monocle’s cultural editor Robert Bound and Andrew Tuck, its weekly show features key interviews and looks at the 7 days ahead. It will quickly become a favourite.
Technology is one of the most rapidly changing sectors in the world, and even to half-understand the world we live in, it’s wise to keep in tune, or ‘plugged in’, to what’s happening and where we’re headed. Wired is a longstanding voice on technology and its Mixcloud station provides some great insights to topics ranging from bionic turtles to hacking in North Korea. The week in tech, culture and science news with Wired.co.uk’s Nate Lanxon, Olivia Solon, Duncan Geere and Katie Scott features interviews with the people key people in the industry.
How Stuff Works
Entertainment and education go hand in hand, and the How Stuff Works concept pretty much nails the synthesis of these two things. Its Mixcloud station hosts its insightful TechStuff show, where you can learn and enjoy hour-long shows. From explanations on what an Internet meme is, to how aircraft carriers work, you’ll find the station insightful and entertaining. When sitting at your desk all day, there are few better shows for your ears and brain.