Radiolab

iTunes description: "A two-time Peabody Award-winner, Radiolab is an investigation told through sounds and stories, and centered around one big idea. In the Radiolab world, information sounds like music and science and culture collide. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show is designed for listeners who demand skepticism, but appreciate wonder."

Why it's on the list: Strange sounds, surprising facts and wonderful songs combine to tell fantastic stories. The first time you hear the producers use music to illustrate a concept, you'll understand how this show helped kick off the "golden age of podcasts."

Where to find it: iTunes | AndroidRSS

Episode to start with: Fu-Go

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