Longtime listeners and people discovering podcasts for the first time celebrated International Podcast Day on September 30. To mark the occasion, we put together a list of six of our favorite podcasts from the Forty Acres.
So plug in your headphones or turn the speakers up — these are all worth hearing:
1) Point of Discovery
The stories are driven by curiosity. How much of our DNA do we share with yeast? How do our brains block out noise at a party so that we can focus on just one person speaking? How do you study a terrible disease-causing bacteria that acts like a saint when you grow it in a petri dish? Come discover the answers.
2) 15 Minute History
15 Minute History is a history podcast designed for historians, enthusiasts, and newbies alike. The series is devoted to short, accessible discussions of important topics in world history, United States history, and Texas history with the award winning faculty and graduate students at UT Austin, and distinguished visitors to campus.
Though anyone with an interest in history will enjoy these podcasts, they’re also intended to be a resource for both teachers and students.
15 Minute History is a joint project of two UT Austin programs: Hemispheres, the international outreach consortium at UT Austin, and Not Even Past, a website with articles on a wide variety of historical issues, produced by the History Department.
3) Two Guys on Your Head
In conversations hosted by producer Rebecca McInroy, the two renowned psychologists cover everything from the effects of sugar on the brain, to what’s happening in our minds while we sleep, and much, much more.
4) UT Press Podcast
Established in 1950, The University of Texas Press has published more than 3,000 books over six decades, helping it become a publisher of international scope.
Now, UT Press publishes 100 new books every year, and this podcasts connects listeners with the authors, from leading reeachers and award-winning celebrities to even taco experts. In a conversational interview format, authors discuss recently published books, creative processes and more.
5) Brain Matters
Brain Matters is an exciting way for anyone to learn about the fascinating world of neuroscience directly from the researchers who have dedicated their lives to uncovering the mysteries of the brain.
The hosts and producers of Brain Matters are graduate students in The Institute of Neuroscience at UT Austin. These students are using the podcast to make neuroscience accessible, relatable and intriguing while still respecting the integrity of the science they love.
6) Podcasts from The Daily Texan
The Longhorns who publish The Daily Texan, UT Austin’s student newspaper, also produce a mixture of podcasts covering news, sports, entertainment and more.
Need more podcasts? Check out these podcasts from UT Austin’s on-campus radio station, KUT 90.5.