I’ve been working on a list of skeptical podcasts for a while, but when I found out yesterday #InternationalPodcastDay I knew it was time to finish up. Below you’ll find a list of my personal favorites on topics ranging from atheism to science and history. I work as a freelance graphic designer, so I love to fire up my favorite podcasts while I’m working on my projects. Being self-employed means I work long hours. That gives me plenty of time to catch up on the topics that interest me the most. I hope you’ll find one (or several) that speaks to you.

Atheist Podcasts

cognitive-dissonanceCognitive Dissonanceexplicit

Every episode we blast anyone who gets in our way. We bring critical thinking, skepticism, and irreverence to any topic that makes the news, makes it big or makes us mad. It’s skeptical, it’s political and there is no welcome mat.

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thank-god-im-atheistThank God I’m Atheistexplicit

Thank God I’m Atheist tackles the issues of the day and recasts them in an Atheist light. Frank and Dan are two former Mormons offering up their perspective on politics, current events, and all things religious or otherwise.

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the-scathing-atheistThe Scathing Atheistexplicit

A weekly look at religion and the stupidity that breeds it. Hosts Noah Lugeons, Heath Enwright and Eli Bosnick delve into theistic attempts to intrude on the secular world in an unflinching expose on just how juvenile the whole god thing is.

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god-awful-moviesGod Awful Moviesexplicit

Three atheists try desperately to make sense of Christian cinema and fail miserably. Each week Eli, Heath and Noah select another Christian film to break down in an effort to prove that if god existed his movies couldn’t possibly be this bad.

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the-thinking-atheistThe Thinking Atheistclean

A former Christian broadcaster, now a video producer and host of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet, Seth Andrews brings a polished format, relaxed environment and a rage-free challenge to the religious beliefs that defined his youth.

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no-religion-requiredNo Religion Requiredexplicit

This podcast focuses on Atheist Bible Study, Ridiculous News, and everyday life. All about freedom of expression and freedom from the chains of religion. This show welcomes listeners of all religions. We encourage you to share your comments with us.

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country-fried-freethoughtCountry Fried Freethoughtexplicit

We bring the relevant news, about the topics that you care about and the religious scriptures that justify them. We give you the apologetics and excuses. We bring you the unvarnished dirty fundamentals that make up all religions today.

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ask-an-atheistAsk an Atheistclean

Ask An Atheist is a weekly radio show, hosted by Sam Mulvey, dedicated to atheism, skepticism, Secular Humanism, and issues of separation of church and state. AaA was conceived in 2010 and quickly attracted volunteers from across three counties.

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the-imaginary-friends-showThe Imaginary Friends Showclean

The one True podcast, on atheism, religion,science, skepticism, secularism, and politics.The demolishers of irrational, illogical and dangerous posed beliefs, faiths and religion. Hosted by Jake Farr-Wharton with plenty of guests each week.

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atheistically-speakingAtheistically Speakingexplicit

Join a calm and respectful atheist as he takes a careful, rational look at issues surrounding atheism and religion, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This podcast is a thoughtful dialogue with great guests, both religious and otherwise!

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angry-black-rantAngry Black Rantexplicit

A podcast dedicated to covering religion, social issues and current events as seen through the eyes of an angry, Black, Atheist. Company-man by day, angry, Black, ranter by night Ishmael goes off on any and everything that gets under his skin.

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gaytheist-manifestoGaytheist Manifestoclean

We’re members of the LGBT community who don’t hold to a belief in a deity. There are many places where the issues of LGBT rights and the rights of atheists and secular people intersect, and that’s what we’re here to discuss.

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wayward-atheistsWayward Atheists Podcastexplicit

We’re the Wayward Atheist Podcast: the show with no filter. It’s a show focusing on atheism, politics, LGBT issues and whatever else interests our audience – all from a Canadian, American and international point of view.

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the-phil-ferguson-showThe Phil Ferguson Showexplicit

Phil discusses science-based investing and atheism in general. Phil is also a long time activist in the secular movement. He has been on the board of The Secular Student Alliance and Atheist Alliance International.  Phil also gives talks to local groups and large conventions.

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the-non-prophetsThe Non-Prophetsexplicit

Hosted by Jeff Dee, Denis Loubet, and Russell Glasser. Blasphemously entertaining current events commentary from Austin’s loudest, funniest atheists, on the front lines against the fundie onslaught! Sponsored by the Atheist Community of Austin.

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life-after-godLife After Godclean

Life After God exists to empower people and communities to live deeply. Writer and speaker, Ryan Bell, of A Year Without God, shares insightful commentary on religion and irreligion, engaging interviews with believers, heretics and the uncertain.

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Skeptic Podcasts

the-skeptics-guide-to-the-universeSkeptics’ Guide To The Universe

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe is a weekly Podcast talkshow discussing the latest news and topics from the world of the paranormal, fringe science, and controversial claims from a scientific point of view. Your escape to reality.

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adam-ruins-everythingAdam Ruins Everythingclean

First, on the Adam Ruins Everything TV show, Adam Conover broke down widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. Now, join Adam as he sits down with the experts and stars from the show to go into even more detail.

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blurry-photosBlurry Photosclean

Blending comedy and the unknown, Blurry Photos is a podcast that aims to humorously shed light on the more shadowy topics the world has to offer. From cryptozoology and the paranormal to conspiracy theories and the unexplained.

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skeptically-yoursSkeptically Yoursexplicit

Passionate skeptics Emery Emery and Heather Henderson talk with comedians, actors  and friends about skepticism, conspiracies, urban legends and the effects of misinformation on us all. Discussions are deeply impassioned and always funny.

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rationally-speakingRationally Speakingclean

Rationally Speaking is a bi-weekly podcast that explores the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely from unlikely, and science from pseudoscience. Any topic is fair game with both a skeptical eye and a good dose of humor!

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penns-sunday-schoolPenn’s Sunday Schoolexplicit

Join us as magician Penn Jillette and co-hosts Michael Goudeau, Matt Donnelly, and YOU discuss the news of the week. We’ll examine religious news, talk about monkeys and anything else that seems funny or makes us mad.

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the-skepticratThe Skepticratexplicit

Returning for the election season, The Skepticrat is a not-safe-for-work (and probably not-safe-for-home) look at the ongoing conflict between politics and common sense. Hosted by Noah Lugeons, Heath Enwright and Eli Bosnick.

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Science Podcasts

science-vsScience VSclean

In Science Vs, Science journalist Wendy Zukerman dissects the latest fad framing itself as scientific fact. Wendy wades through the mass of information so you don’t have to. Everyone has an opinion but then, there’s SCIENCE.

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science-for-the-peopleScience for the Peopleclean

Science for the People broadcasts weekly across North America. We explore the connections between science, popular culture, history, and public policy, to help listeners understand the evidence and arguments behind what’s in the news and on the shelves.

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star-talkStarTalk Radioclean

Science meets comedy and pop culture on StarTalk Radio! Astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and scientists discuss astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe.

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inquiring-mindsInquiring Mindsclean

Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headline.

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the-naked-scientistsThe Naked Scientistsclean

The Naked Scientists flagship science show brings you a lighthearted look at the latest scientific breakthroughs, interviews with the world’s top scientists, answers to your science questions and science experiments to try at home.

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origin-storiesOrigin Storiesclean

We’ll look into the deep past, explore the mysteries of the human mind, and hear stories from scientists who are asking fascinating questions about the origins and evolution of our species. We’ll have stories on human evolution, human behavior, primates and much more.

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History Podcasts

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Have you ever heard that old story about how Napoleon shot the nose of the sphinx or that Queen Elizabeth was actually a man? We explore those tall-tales and tries to figure out what’s fact, what’s fiction, and what is such a good story it simply must be told.

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based-on-a-true-storyBased on a True Storyclean

A podcast telling the true stories behind the Hollywood blockbusters. Each week, a different movie. Each time, a movie that claims to be a true story. We’ll travel through history together as we and compare what actually happened with the story told in the movie.

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inward-empireInward Empireclean

Inward Empire explores the role of ideas and ideology in American history — how the surface of actions and events can be shaped by undercurrents of thought and belief. A window into a world that is both profoundly foreign and strikingly similar to our own.

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the-history-chicksThe History Chicksclean

We introduce you to female characters in history, factual or fictional. We will give you a short look at the life of the person that we are discussing – an introduction, an overview and a little push to explore and learn more on your own.

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the-history-of-byzantiumThe History of Byzantiumclean

The History of Byzantium is a podcast dedicated to the story of the Roman Empire from the collapse of the West in 476 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Byzantine history is fascinating, world-changing and largely forgotten. Listen and discover who they were.

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revisionist-historyRevisionist Historyclean

Welcome to Revisionist History, a new podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea.

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history-on-fireHistory on Fireclean

War, adventure, death… brace yourself for History on Fire! Daniele Bolelli is a seasoned podcaster who runs an incredibly successful podcast called the Drunken Taoist. Born in Italy and living in the States, Daniele is an author, university professor, and MMA fighter.

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Mythology Podcasts

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Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true-life scary stories. Our fears have roots. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares.

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the-mythology-podcastThe Mythology Podcastclean

Every culture has their own mythology. Explore the origins of myths and legends from around the world. From mermaids to death rituals, Norse Gods to Haitian Vodou, Polynesia to Nebraska – join the Mythology Podcast.

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monster-talkMonster Talkclean

Presented by SKEPTIC magazine, Monster Talk is a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, werewolves, and more.

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the-myths-and-legends-podcastMyths and Legends Podcastclean

This is a weekly podcast telling legendary stories as closely to the originals as possible. Some are incredibly popular stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories that might be new to you but are definitely worth a listen.

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mythology-translatedMythology Translatedexplicit

Bringing you the mythologies of the world told in internal chronological order with a side helping of literature and culture. I focus on trying for an internal chronology of the myths and emphasizing the ancient sources of said myth.

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This is far from a comprehensive list. I’m always looking for more, so if I missed your favorite, or if you would like to promote your own podcast, leave a comment or send me a message. I’ll check it out and add it to the list. I plan on making this post into a sticky topic or a page on the site for easy future reference.

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