NOTE: Grade range listings are suggestions based on the typical content of a particular podcast or collection of videos.
Many of these programs were created for a general audience. Some episodes may not be appropriate for younger students.
Hundreds of audio programs from the team at BBC Radio. Includes programming for school audiences and young children.
Hundreds of audio programs from National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and local US Public Radio stations. Includes programming for young children.
Pulse of the Planet
“Pulse of the Planet provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide and blending interviews and extraordinary natural sound.”
This American Life
One of the most popular podcasts in the US. “There’s a theme to each episode of This American Life, and a variety of stories on that theme. Most of the stories are journalism, with an occasional comedy routine or essay.”
Witness from the BBC
“The story of our times told by the people who were there.”
Subject Specific Podcasts listed under: Social Studies…
Above the Noise
“Host Myles Bess takes viewers along on his journey to cut through the hype surrounding controversial topics in the news to find out what’s really going on.”
Hundreds of lively and informative videos on a wide variety of subjects, from gaming to philosophy and from physics to film. Each video is roughly ten minutes in length and addresses one key idea. Videos are grouped together in topical playlists to help you study for class or pursue your curiosity.
Crash Course Kids
Like the original Crash Course, Crash Course Kids uses humor, pop culture references, and lively animation to teach key content. Unlike its big brother, this channel focuses on STEM topics.
“TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world.”
American Archive of Public Broadcasting
More than 7,000 historic public radio and television programs, allowing viewers to witness some of the most important events of the 20th century as covered at the time. Also includes local programming from communities across the US.
“Hundreds of animated explanations, interactive tutorials and instructional videos.”
The Kid Should See This
“A growing library of smart, short, & super-cool, “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them” videos that can be watched in the classroom or together at home. Enjoy 8-12 new vids each week, and search 4,000+ videos in the archives.”
“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues…”
Grades 4-12 (most content is 9-12)