University & College Podcasts – Free Educational Podcasts


Below you will discover podcast collections created by leading universities. Also be sure to see our online collection of Free Courses.

  • American University - Washington College of Law iTunes Feed Web Site
    • An eclectic collection of legal podcasts.
  • Boston College iTunes Web Site
    • A diverse collection of lectures from across the BC campus. Just load onto your iPod and you’re good to go.
  • Bowdoin College iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Lectures from Bowdoin. Note: many of the lectures are internally focused and not strictly academic. You can see a webpage providing more information on Bowdoin’s offering here.
  • Brown University Feed Web Site
    • A new collection that so far largely internally focused.
  • Cambridge University iTunes RSS Web Site
    • A broad collection that has some good depth in the sciences.
  • Carnegie Mellon iTunes Web Site
  • Collège de France iTunes Feed Web Site
  • Columbia University
  • Dartmouth College
    • Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Center for Digital Strategies iTunes Feed Web Site
      • Radio Tuck brings you ground-breaking digital interviews, straight from the business leaders of today.
  • Duke University iTunes Feed Web Site
  • Ecole normale supérieure (Diffusion des saviors) Feeds & Web Site
    • Most of these presentations are in French. To access these them on iTunes, please go to this page and simply click on any of the individual links and iTunes will automatically launch. Or, alternatively, you can cut and paste any of these links into your own podcatcher.
  • Emory University iTunes Web Site
  • Georgetown University
    • Georgetown University Forum iTunes Feed Web Site
      • A weekly radio program highlighting the research and expertise of Georgetown University faculty.
    • Georgetown Law iTunes Feed Web Site
  • Harvard University
    • Harvard@Home Web Site
      • Harvard@Home provides the Harvard community and the broader public educational offerings through Web-based video programs.
    • Harvard Business Review
      • HBR IdeaCast iTunes Feed
        • From the Harvard Business School Press and the Harvard Business Review, this podcast features leading thinkers in the business and management world.
    • Harvard Extension School  iTunes
      • Understanding Computers iTunes Feed Web Site
        • A good introduction to the inner-workings of computers and the internet.
    • The Berkman Center for Internet & Society iTunes Feed Web Site
      • MediaBerkman “features conversations with and talks by leading cyber-scholars, entrepreneurs, activists, and policymakers as they explore topics such as the factors that influence knowledge creation and dissemination in the digital age; the character of power as the worlds of governance, business, citizenship and the media meet the internet; and the opportunities, role and limitations of new technologies in learning.”


  • Haverford College - Classic/Ancient Texts iTunes Web Site (see site for feeds)
    • Haverford College, a very fine liberal arts college, has assembled a collection of key Latin and Ancient Greek texts which are read out loud. The best way to access this collection is through Haverford’s website, for which I have included a link above.
  • Johns Hopkins
    • General Collection iTunes Feed Web Site
      • A diverse and growing collection of podcasts coming out of Johns Hopkins.
  • Lehigh University iTunes Web Site
  • Lewis & Clarke Law School Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Podcasts of speakers and events.
  • London School of Economics Feed Web Site
    • A varied and promising collection.
  • McGill iTunes
    • Podcasts from one of Canada's finest institutions.
  • MIT
    • MIT General Collection iTunes Web Site
      • MIT on iTunes U contains video and audio files of MIT faculty lectures, public lectures, and community events. Most of the files contained here can also be found in MIT’s extensive OpenCourseWare project.
  • Northwestern University iTunes
    • A new/small collection, but it should get more robust over time.
  • Notre Dame
  • Ohio State
  • Oxford University iTunes RSS Web Site
    • A general collection of podcasts from the university that has brought us William Gladstone, Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Richard Dawkins, and Stephen Hawking.
  • Princeton University iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A solid collection of well-known speakers. Only individual lectures to date.
  • Stanford University
    • Stanford University - General Collection iTunes Web Site
      • Individual lectures from across the university, including many guest speakers, such as the Dalai Lama.
    • Stanford Law School: Center for Internet and Society iTunes Web Site
      • These technology-focused lectures are given by a diverse group of faculty, many from universities other than Stanford.
    • Stanford Law School: Program in Law, Science & Technology iTunes Web Site
      • This program, based at Stanford Law School, focuses on the role that science and technology play in the national and global arenas. The issues discussed in these podcasts will interest students, legal professionals, business people, government officials, and the public at large.
    • Stanford Technology Ventures Program: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders iTunes Feed Web Site
      • A series of weekly lectures on entrepreneurship jointly sponsored by several programs at Stanford.
  • Swarthmore College iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Lectures by faculty from one of the country’s finest liberal arts schools.
  • Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
  • University of California - Berkeley iTunes Web Site
    • This is the most extensive collection of educational podcasts out there. Features a host of full-fledged courses. Titles include:
  • University of California - Davis
  • UCLA
    • Burkle Center Podcasts Feed Web Site
      • The Burkle Center for International Relations fosters research on the role of the United States in global security, military, political, social and economic affairs
    • Bruincast Web Site
      • UCLA posts here a series of webcasts of current UCLA courses. Although most are password protected, there are some interesting courses open to the public.
  • UCSF iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Features continuing medical education podcasts from one of America’s leading medical schools.
  • University Channel iTunes Audio iTunes Video Audio Feed Video Feed Web Site
    • Princeton has assembled a collection of public affairs lectures, panels and events from academic institutions all over the world. You can find podcasted lectures here from some of the world’s leading thinkers.
  • University of Arizona iTunes Web Site
  • University of Chicago
    • Center for International Studies iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Graduate School of Business iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Law Faculty Talks iTunes Feed Web Site
    • The Arabic Circle iTunes Feed
      • The University of Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern studies offers weekly lectures in Arabic that include social, cultural and academic investigations of the Arabic speaking world. Students will find it handy for practicing their comprehension.
  • University of Glasgow
    • Kant’s Epistemology iTunes Web Site
      • An 11-episode course on the philosopher, Immanuel Kant, and his theories on how we think/understand/learn.
  • University of Maine iTunes Web Site
  • University of Melbourne iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A podcast of research, personalities and cultural offerings at the University of Melbourne
  • University of Pennsylvania (General Collection) iTunes Web Site
    • Wharton School (Business)
      • Knowledge@Wharton Audio Articles iTunes Feed Web Site
        • Lectures/speeches from major faculty and business leaders presented at Wharton, one of the finest b-schools in the country.
  • University of Southern California iTunes Web Site
  • University of Sydney Feed Web Site
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vanderbilt University iTunes
    • A robust collection of lectures on diverse subjects.
  • Wellseley College iTunes Web Site
  • Yale University iTunes Feed
    • Individual lectures available to date, many by Yale’s leading thinkers..

Technology Podcast Collection


  • Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Terry White teaches you how to unlock the power of Creative Suite with visual examples. Emphasis gets placed on inDesign and Photoshop.
  • Amanda Congdon on iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A technology program that is much promoted by ABC.
  • Ask the Techies iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A weekly tech video podcast explaining the latest in cool technology from iPods to Photoshop.
  • CBC: Search Engine iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Search Engine is your open source to all the surprising and significant ways the Internet is transforming our world. Each week host Jesse Brown looks at politics and culture through the lens of the Net.
  • CNET: Buzz Out Loud iTunes Feed Web Site
    • BuzzOut Loud is CNET's "podcast of indeterminate length," featuring Tom, Molly, and producer Veronica's entertaining, sometimes caustic, and always skeptical take on technology news.
  • CNET: Crave iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Crave covers the "coolest, sexiest digital gadgetry that you must have."
  • CNET: Gadgettes iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Kelly Morrison and Molly Wood give you the latest on hot gadgets, pop-culture tech, and shopping advice--and answer your gadget questions, to boot.
  • C-Span - The Communicators iTunes Feed Web Site
    • "The Communicators" is C-SPAN's new weekly series featuring a half-hour interview with the people who shape our digital future.
  • David Pogue on Gadgets iTunes Feed Blog
    • In this New York Times podcast, David Pogue reviews the latest personal technology gadgets.
  • Diggnation (Small Quick Time Small) iTunes Feed Web Site
  • Diggnation (mp3) iTunes Feed
    • A weekly web culture podcast that focuses on the tops stories on Digg. Hosted by Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht.
  • Digital Media Insider iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Explores the future of video, audio and photography to help you get more creative with technology.
  • Ipod iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Presented by Ziff Davis Media. The show brings you a mix of product reviews, news, tech help, and more. Hosted by Industry Expert Patrick Norton.
  • Engadget iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A podcast from the people who brought you the top-flight technology blog.
  • Future Tense iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Future Tense is a daily program that chronicles the social impact of computers, the Internet, and technology in general. Future Tense is produced by American Public Media.
  • GeekBrief.TV Video Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Featuring Cali Lewis, this is a "fast, fun and flirty" podcast that explores news about tech toys and tools. Generally very well reviewed by users.
  • Geek Speak Feed Web Site
    • A computer news and talk radio show coming out of California.
  • I, Cringely, The Pulpit iTunes Feed Web Site
    • This is an always insightful podcast from Robert X. Cringely, who wrote the Notes From the Field column in InfoWorld. He is also the author of the best-selling book Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date.
  • In Digital (Small Quicktime) iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A popular podcast focusing on the latest gadgets and high tech products.
  • KFI Tech Guy iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Leo LaPorte explores the world of technology, computers and the internet on his twice-weekly, three hour Los Angeles talk show.
  • NPR: Technology iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Perspectives on digital culture, research news, the tech industry and more.
  • NPR: Xeni Tech iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing blogger, explores the intersection of technology and culture.
  • Open Source Conversations iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Gigavox's look at things open source.
  • O'Reilly Web 2.0 Summit iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Podcasts of the Web 2.0 conference held in San Francisco from November 7 - 9.
  • Photoshop TV iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A very popular podcast focusing on the ins and outs of Photoshop.
  • Podnutz DIY Computer Repair Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Learn How To Troubleshoot and Fix Your Computer - It's Easier Than You Think!
  • Podtech News iTunes Feed Web Site
  • PRI's The World: Technology iTunes Feed Web Site
    • The latest news in global technology.
  • Slashdot Review iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Tech News Highlights from Slashdot, Digg and Reddit.
  • Tech Nation iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Dr. Moira Gunn is the host of Public Radio's Tech Nation, where she has conducted over 2,000 interviews with space pioneers and cyber-novelists, venture capitalists and genetics researchers, teachers and technophobes.
  • The Digital Photography Show iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Scott Sherman and Michael Stein bring you the latest news on digital cameras, tips and tricks to improve your image-making, and interviews with famous photographers, authors, and bloggers in the field of digital photography.
  • The MacCast (Enhanced) iTunes Feed Web Site
    • An enhanced podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks.
  • The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Dave Hamilton and John Braun offer an informative, entertaining look at things of interest to Mac geeks. Well reviewed by users.
  • TWIT.TV - General - iTunes Feed Web Site
    • You can find specific TWIT programs below. However, because they offer so many individual podcasts, we have offered this general entry point to their collection.
  • TWIT.TV - Inside the Net iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Amber MacArthur and Leo LaPorte take a look at what’s new, what’s cool, what’s useful on the Internet right now.
  • TWIT.TV - MacBreak Weekly iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Get the latest Mac news and views from the top journalists covering Apple today.
  • TWIT.TV - Security Now iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Steve Gibson and Leo LaPorte discuss weekly important issues of personal computer security.
  • TWIT.TV - This Week in Tech iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in digital technology. Released every Sunday at midnight Pacific.
  • TWIT.TV - Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A weekly look at all things Microsoft including Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Xbox from the foremost Windows expert in the world, Paul Thurrott of the Super Site for Windows..
  • Wired News iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Commentary from Wired News commentators...

Smart Talks – Leading Thinkers in Multi-Media

Here you can get direct access to audio and video presentations by leading thinkers in our society. Next to each entry, we've noted the media format in which each presentation is delivered. Just click and enjoy.

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Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free

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Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Below, you'll find great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

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Audio Book Podcast Sites

  • Librivox iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • Librivox should be your first stop when looking for audio books. It's the biggest and best collection. Then there are the others.
  • Audiobooks with Annie iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • Audio Literature Odyssey iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • A collection of classics. Henry James, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, etc.
  • BMW Audio Books Web Site
    • Here you'll find four short stories issued by BMW and Random House.
  • Chris Anderson Free: The Future of a Radical Price Zip File
  • Classic Poetry Aloud iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • These poetry podcasts provide readings of the great poems of the past.
  • Classic Tales Podcast iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • The whole point is to make unabridged classics not only available, but approachable.
  • iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • Podcasts that bring quality crime stories to an audience worldwide. Produced by crime writer Seth Harwood.
  • Escapepod iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • Collections of well-reviewed audio short stories.
  • Web Site
    • Audio versions of key texts from American history.
  • Great Books - A Chapter a Day iTunesWeb Site
  • Great Speeches in History iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • JC Hutchins iTunes Feed Web Site
    • The author of the 7th Son Trilogy has made available more than 200 hours of audio and video stories and interviews, all of which are available for free download.
  • Kara's Free AudioBooks iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • Learn
  • Haverford College - Classic/Ancient Text Read Aloud iTunesWeb Site (see site for feeds)
  • Internet Archive
    • Listen to free audio books and poetry recordings courtesy of the Internet Archive.
  • Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture
  • Lit2Go iTunesWeb Site
    • An extensive collection of free audiobooks provided by the University of Southern Florida.
  • Literal Systems
    • Free classic books for your listening pleasure.
  • Litterature Audio
  • Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
    • Hosts audio recordings of the Beats -- Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg and more.
  • The Penguin Podcast
    • Excerpts read from books newly published by Penguin UK.
  • Podiobooks
    • Provides podcasts of largely sci-fi books that we've never heard of before. But, you never know.
  • Podlit Classic Literature iTunesWeb Site
    • A new classic short story each week.
  • Pseudopod iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • The world's first audio horror magazine
  • Radioboeken iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • "Radiobooks" are just like books, but they will never be printed. They are created by important Dutch and Flemish writers, and will be available in French, English and Spanish versions in 2007.
  • Scott Sigler's Audiobooks iTunes - Feed - Web Site
    • Very well reviewed sci-fi horror works
  • Stories to Go iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • Stranger Things iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • This high-quality video podcast features stories of ordinary people stumbling into strange worlds (a la The Twilight Zone).
  • The Classic Tales Podcast iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • The Classic Tales Podcast makes unabridged classics not only available, but approachable. Includes professional performances.
  • The Public Domain Podcast iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • The Time Traveler iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • Explores vintage American fiction. Orson Welles, Philip K. Dick, etc.
  • The Twilight Series
  • Utopod iTunes - Feed - Web Site
    • A free French-language podcast, created by Lucas Moreno and and Marc Tiefenauer, that offers readings of fantasy and sci fi stories written by noted authors across the Francophone world.
  • Well Told Tales iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • Pulp fiction audio tales....!!!

50 Podcasts of Arts & Culture Programs


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  • All in the Mind  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • An Australian podcast that explores the mental universe -
      neuroscience really - and takes a clear look at everything from
      addiction to artificial intelligence.
  • Barnes & Noble: Meet the Writers  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • A wide range of writers discuss their favorite books, influences, and the reasons they write.
  • BBC: Mark Kermode's Film Reviews  iTunes  Feed Web Site
    • From the BBC, this podcast takes a no-punches-pulled look at UK cinema.
  • CBC: The Best of Ideas  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • A Canadian program that explores everything from culture and the arts to science and technology.
  • Commonwealth Club Radio Program iTunes
    Feed  Web Site

    • The oldest radio program in the country -- dating back to 1924 --
      this weekly program features some of the most prominent speakers in the
  • Council on Foreign Relations (Video)  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
  • Council on Foreign Relations (Audio)  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • You can get inside this elite body and hear some of what the world's leading politicians and political thinkers have to say.
  • France Culture: Répliques iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • In French, this podcast, led by the well known philosopher Alain
      Finkielkraut, features a panel discussion on a different cultural topic
      each week.
  • Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Each day Keillor reads a short poem or two and recounts what happened on this day in history.
  • Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • I think the title says it all.
  • Guardian Unlimited - Several cultural podcasts from one of Britain's leading papers.
  • Forum with Michael Krasny iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Coming out of San Francisco, this public radio broad/podcast features excellent interviews with major cultural figures.
  • In Our Time  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • On this BBC program, the best minds explore the big issues that form the intellectual agenda of our time.
  • MoMa  iTunes  Feed  Web Site 
    • The Museum of Modern Art gives you podcasts that let you hear artists and curators discuss modern and contemporary art.
  • MoMA Think Modern Lectures  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Offers recordings of artists, critics, scholars and writers sharing
      their knowledge of the museum's art collections as well as their views
      on comtemporary art issues.
  • National Geographic Magazine (The Best of)  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • National Geographic needs no particular introduction.
  • Nature Podcast  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Nature, a highly respected peer-reviewed science journal, offers well
      produced podcasts that feature scientists talking about their
      cutting-edge research.
  • NOVA iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • A series of short videos ("vodcasts") from the world of science.
  • NPR Books  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • A collection of NPR author interviews and book reviews.
  • NPR: Koppel on the News iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Like Nightline, but better.
  • NPR Movies  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • NPR reports, reviews and interviews on the movie front.
  • NPR Music  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Reviews, musician interviews, live recordings from Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other NPR programs.
  • NPR Shuffle  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • A daily sampling of different NPR programming.
  • NPR Story of the Day iTunes  Feed  Web Site
  • Open Source  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • This daily program uses the internet and interactive technology to talk about the world.
  • Poetry Foundation  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • A daily podcast featuring high-quality recordings of poems, interviews with poets, and poetry documentaries.
  • Conversations  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Salon has a nice collection of audio conversations with figures
      from the higher echelons of the pop culture world. David Lynch, Pedro
      Almodóvar, Amy Sedaris, the list goes on.

  • Science and Society  iTunes
    Feed  Web Site

    • A host of distinguished thinkers speak about innovations in science
      -- nanotechnology, space explorations, life sciences and more.
  • Science Magazine Podcast  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Audiocasts from Science Magazine.
  • Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • The host, Steve Mirsky, explores the latest developments in
      science and technology through interviews with leading scientists and
  • Shakespeare-upon-iPod  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • A series of 9 discussions on, and readings from, Shakespeare.
  • Slate Audio Book Club  Slate Audio Book Club  Feed  Web Site
    • Critics discuss important and popular books.
  • Start the Week  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • A BBC cultural program that comes highly recommended from an Open Culture reader.
  • The Economist  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Audio content from one of the higher quality journals out there.
  • The Naked Scientists  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Dr. Chris Smith, of Cambridge University, takes an interactive look at different aspects of science, medecine and technology.
  • The National Gallery Podcast iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Podcasts from the National Gallery art museum in London.
  • The New York Times Podcasts (Main)  iTunes  Web Site (see web site for individual feeds)
    • A fairly large collection of daily and weekly podcasts from the major US daily.
  • The New York Times iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • This fledgling podcast features the editor of the NYT Book Review speaking about newly reviewed books.
  • The New York Times - TimesTalks  iTunes  Feed
    • Conversations with people of note as well as NYTimes journalists and editors.
  • The Poetic Voice iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Houghton Mifflin presents a monthly poetry podcast.
  • The Science Show  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • One of the longest running and well-regarded science shows on Australian radio.
  • This American Life  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • First-person stories and short fiction from the award-winning show hosted by Ira Glass.
  • Times Online Book Podcasts  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Book podcasts from another British daily.
  • To the Best of Our Knowledge  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Interviews with nationally and internationally-known guests with a passion for ideas.
  • Word for Word  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Presented by American Public Media, this podcast reviews the best of the nation's recent speeches.
  • The Writer's Block  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Aired
      on KQED in San Francisco, this weekly reading series featuring writers
      and performers of all stripes reading the latest short fiction,
      non-fiction, theater and poetry.
  • WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show  iTunes
    Feed  Web Site

    • Coming out of New York City, this public radio podcast offers daily
      interviews with a diverse collection of great thinkers and talkers.
  • WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • Another solid public radio broad/podcast with excellent interviews with many important thinkers.
  • 60 Second Science  iTunes  Feed  Web Site
    • From Scientific American, leading science journalists offer a brief
      commentary on the latest developments in the world of science.


Stay tuned -- As iTunes expands its range of cultural content, this page will expand too. Check back often. And feel free to suggest additions.

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Free Language Lessons


How to learn languages for free? This collection features lessons in 40 languages, including SpanishFrenchEnglishMandarinItalianRussian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you're good to go.


  • Arabic Language Lessons iTunes Free
    • The US Peace Corps serves up 10 free lessons that will teach you the Arabic spoken in Jordan. The web site includes a useful transcript.
  • ArabicPod iTunes Free
    • Includes mp3s and PDF transcripts.
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  • Survival Phrases Arabic - iTunes Free
    • Provides the essentials you'll need to get around.

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  • One Minute Catalan iTunes Free - Feed
    • A good way to get going with a language still spoken by some 12 million people, many living in Northeast Spain.


  • Real Chinese Web Site
    • Presented by the BBC. A lively introduction to Mandarin Chinese in 10 short parts with video clips from the Real Chinese TV series.
  • Beginner's Chinese iTunes Free
    • Introductory audio lessons provided by the Open University.
  • Chinese Learn Online iTunes Free - Feed
    • A dialogue-based introduction to Mandarin Chinese. Load the lessons on your mp3 player and get up the Chinese curve.
  • Chinese Lessons with Serge Melnyk iTunes Free -Feed
    • Weekly lessons in Mandarin that get very strong reviews from iTunes users..
  • iTunes Free -Feed
    • A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Mandarin on your own terms.
  • CSLPod iTunes Free -Feed
    • Here, native Mandarin speakers teach you Chinese as a second language. Audio and transcripts are available on the website. The lessons also place an emphasis on understanding Chinese culture.
  • iTunes Free -Feed
    • This series of lessons teaches Chinese by talking about Chinese culture or what is happening today in China. More advanced than others.
  • Mandarin Chinese Feed - Web Site
    • 10 Lessons by the US Peace Corps. Make sure you visit the site and download the pdf that accompanies the lessons.
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters iTunes Free
    • Created by Emory University, this series of video lessons will help you draw several characters and numbers.
  • Mandarin in China Web Site
    • Lessons courtesy of the US Peace Corps
  • News in Slow Chinese iTunes Free - Web Site
    • Designed for intermediate Mandarin speakers. Improve your language skills by listening to world news delivered in slowly spoken words.
  • Numbers and Radicals iTunes Free
    • Emory University teaches you the proper form for writing numbers and radicals. In Video.
  • One Minute Mandarin iTunes Free - Feed
    • A quick way to cover the very basics...
  • Popup Chinese iTunes Free - Feed
    • Offers lessons for beginners and also students at intermediate and advanced levels. In addition to language lessons, Popup Chinese provides annotated short stories, HSK test prep materials and a variety of speaking and listening exercises. They broadcast out of Beijing, and all voice actors speak the standard northern dialect.
  • Survival Chinese iTunes Free - Feed
    • Learn the phrases you need to get by while traveling in China.
  • World Learner Chinese iTunes Free - Feed
    • Another in the mix of possibilities.


  • Dare to Danish iTunes Free
    • This is not your usual series of language lessons. Here, a “dirty Dane” teaches you “stupid phrases and more.”
  • One Minute Danish iTunes Free - Feed-
    • We get a lot of requests (believe it or not) for Danish. So here's another useful primer created by the One Minute series.


  • Laura Speaks Dutch iTunes Free
    • Lessons that will help you travel to Holland. It’s worth checking out the accompanying web site.
  • Learn Dutch iTunes Free
    • Culturally relevant lessons that are easy to listen to.


  • American English Speech Web - The OLI American English Dialect course from Carnegie Mellon supplies the necessary reinforcement of dialectical structure, audio, production technique and phonetic representation for each sound.
  • 6 Minute English iTunes Free - Downloads - Web Site
    • Learn and practice useful English with the BBC.
  • Better @ English iTunes Free - Feed
    • Focuses on conversational English, with an emphasis on idioms and slang.
  • Business English iTunes Free
    • Learn the English you will need to function effectively in an American business environment.
  • Effortless English iTunes Free Feed
    • It gets solid reviews.
  • English as a Second Language iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • A very well liked collection of ESL lessons. Over 100 episodes in the collection.
  • English in the Real World iTunes Free
    • The focus here is on the business world and things financial.
  • English for Spanish Speakers (’Por Fin Aprende Ingles’) iTunes Free Feed
    • Si usted haya asistido al menos a un curso de ingles, y usted necesita la oportunidad de escuchar al ingles y hablar el ingles, entonces ‘Por Fin Aprende Ingles’ es el podcast perfecto para usted. Presentado por Carla Staufert-Sauvier, una profesora de Mexico, y Jade Lindquist, una profesora de los EE UU.
  • ESL Business News iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • A weekly wrap of international business news read in slow, clear English. Listen to the broadcast and follow along in the accompanying script.
  • Grammar Girl iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer.
  • Speaking English iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • 100+ lessons focusing on English pronunciation and vocabulary.
  • The English We Speak iTunes Free - Web Site
    • Each week, the BBC looks at phrases used in the English language.
  • Tu Ingles! iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • "Tu Ingles" is designed to help Spanish-speakers improve their ear for English. The weekly program features drills of verb conjugation, interviews, advice about idioms, and excerpts of speeches and other recorded spoken material from famous English speakers.

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  • Esperanto-Lecionoj Feed Web Site
    • These lessons will help you become familiar with Esperanto, a purely international language.


  • Special Finnish Feed Web Site
    • For listeners with some command of Finnish YLE Radio Finland offers daily broadcasts in “Special Finnish”. The five minute broadcasts cover items of current interest. To ease understanding, we simplify the language and slow down the delivery. Some grammatical forms are not used at all. The level of Finnish used is planned to match the expected ability to understand Finnish shown by persons in Level Two Language Command (ofFinnish) as defined by the Council of Europe.”


  • French in Action Free Web Site
    • Produced by Yale University, these video lessons uses the storyline of an American student and a young Frenchwoman's adventures in Paris to teach the language.
  • French 1 & French 2 from Carnegie Mellon - Web Site
    • The French courses are introductory, interactive video-based courses intended for use by university students and independent learners on the Internet. 
  • Ma France Web Site
    • The BBC offers 24 video lessons that will teach you French.
  • Easy French Poetry iTunes Free
    • A French as a second language program, using poetry as a topic for discussion using everyday conversational French.
  • French for Beginners iTunes Free Feed
    • Fun, effective lessons for beginners. Provided by the French Ecole.
  • iTunes Free Feed
    • A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn French on your own terms. Lessons are accompanied by text expansion exercises and other tutoring aids.
  • Le Journal en français facile iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Nightly news from RFI presented in slowly spoken French to assist you with your comprehension.
  • Learn French iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • A well-reviewed series of lessons for beginners and those who want to brush up on their French.
  • Learn French with Coffee Break French iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • The producers of the very popular Coffee Break Spanish now offer a program that will teach you French.
  • Learn French with Daily Lessons iTunes Free Feed
    • These lessons are brought to you by French teachers from Paris. They are best suited for those who already have some beginning French under their belts.
  • Mali French Feed Web Site
    • The Peace Corps teaches you some of the French spoken in Mali.
  • News in Slow French iTunes Free Web Site
    • Program discusses the Weekly News, French grammar, and French expressions in simplified French at a slow pace.
  • Talk French Web Site
    • A lively introduction to French presented by the BBC.
  • The French Pod Class iTunes Free
    • A very popular collection that teaches students the French language and different facets of French culture.
  • University of Texas: Francais interactif iTunes Free - Web Site
    • UT provides a series of interactive vocabulary lessons. Media can be downloaded from the site.

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  • One Minute Gaelic - iTunes Free - Feed
    • Get a quick grounding in the basics...


  • Deutsch - warum nicht?
  • Slowly Spoken News Feed
    • Deutsche Welle provides a nightly news broadcast in German that’s spoken slowly so that you can work on your comprehension.
  • Talk German Web Site
    • A lively introduction to German by the BBC. Presented in ten short parts.
  • Deutsch - Lernen Text
    • 10 German lessons for total beginners and 24 German grammar lessons. No audio; text only.
  • GermanPod 101 iTunes Free - Feed
    • Offers materials for beginners, intermediate and advanced.
  • German iTunes Free - Web Site
  • GerGermanGrammar iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site
    • German grammar lessons aimed at American students.
  • Lernen Wir Deutsch iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site
    • Presented in video, these “vodcasts” get high marks for being not only educational but also very entertaining.
  • iTunes Free - Feed
    • Learn German phrase by phrase over a course of 20 weeks. Lessons cover all the language you need to know to get by on a visit to a German-speaking country. This series is put together by the same people created the popular series “Coffee Break Spanish.”
  • One Minute German iTunes Free - Feed
    • Presented by the Radio Lingua Network
  • Slow German iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site
    • Annik Rubens reads slowly and clearly from parts of her popular program, Sleepless in Munich (Schaflos in Munchen).

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  • Learning Greek iTunes Free Web Site
    • From the Hellenic American Union, these lessons will teach students Modern Greek. For those who already have some foundation in the language.



  • HindiPod 101 - iTunes Web Site
    • Learn Hindi with fun, interesting and culturally relevant lessons that are easy to listen to.
  • I Speak Hindi iTunes - Feed Web Site
    • Coversessential words and phrases that you need for your trip to India. There are also Beginner Hindi lessons for those that want to seriously start to learn the language.
  • Learn Hindi from Bollywood Movies iTunes Free Feed
    • This looks like a fun approach to learning a language.
  • Namaste Dosti - Learn Hindi iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • There are few options when it comes to learning Hindi so the author decided to fill the void.



  • Icelandic Online Web Site
    • Created by University of Iceland. The lessons use various media - text, flashcards, videos and so on. Lets you track your progress. Available up to expert level. (Requires registration.)


  • Learning Indonesian iTunes Free Feed
    • A complete online Indonesian course geared towards developing conversational fluency in the Indonesian Language.



  • Talk Italian - Web Site
    • A lively introduction to Italian presented by the BBC.
  • iTunes Free Feed
    • A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Italian on your own terms.
  • iTunes Free Feed
    • A series of Italian language lessons that will get you up and running. I have personally used them and found them effective.
  • Let’s Speak Italian iTunes Free Feed
    • This collection will help you learn Italian in small, manageable 5-minute bites.
  • iTunes Free
    • Learn Italian step by step over a course of 20 weeks. Lessons cover all the language you need to know to get by on a visit to a Italian-speaking country. Created by the same people who put together the popular series “Coffee Break Spanish.”
  • World Languages Podcasting - Italian iTunes Free Feed
    • It’s admittedly a bit of an untraditional way to learn Italian. Lets you listen to conversations about Australian culture in Italian.

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  • Japanese Class (Video) iTunes Free
    • These videocasts from the Kyoto Japanese Language School get strong reviews. They use video effectively to demonstrate how to write in Japanese.
  • iTunes Free Feed
    • Over 100 quality lessons aimed at the beginner. Users give it high marks.
  • Kanji Characters iTunes Free
    • Learn the proper form and stroke for several important Kanji characters. From Emory University.
  • Learn Japanese iTunes Free Feed
    • Japancast teaches Japanese using lessons from anime and everyday conversation.
  • Learn Japanese Symbols iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • These lessons teach students how to work with Japanese symbols, such as Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana.
  • Survival Phrases iTunes Free Feed
    • Learn the must-know phrases for traveling in Japan.

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  • KoreanClass101 - iTunes Free
    • Features daily audio lessons, video lessons, word of the day, etc.
  • Korean Langauge Adventure Web Site
    • These lessons have been developed in the theme of travel and adventure, allowing learners to take a virtual journey to Seoul and its nearby popular tourist destinations.
  • Korean Learning for Correction Pronunciation Web Site
  • Online Intermediate College Korean - Web Site
  • Pathway to Korean: Beginning Spoken Korean from Zero - Web Site
    • Created by the National East Asian Languages Resource Center at The Ohio State University.
  • Survival Phrases iTunes Free Feed
    • Gets the phrases that will get you by.
  • Talk to Me in Korean - iTunes Free - Web Site
    • Korean learning made simple and easy.


  • Nightly News in Latin Web Site
    • “Nuntii Latini - News in Latin - is a weekly review of world news in Classical Latin, the only international broadcast of its kind in the world, produced by YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company.
  • Latinum iTunes Free
    • The Latin Language Learning program from London.



  • One Minute Luxembourgish iTunes Free Feed
    • Another niche language covered by the Radio Lingua Network.


  • Toku Reo Web Site
    • Learn Maori, the language of New Zealand's indigenous people. Although these lessons accompany a television programme that is currently running, the essential bits of the episodes are available to be watched right here on this site. The course starts at square 1. Site includes video lessons. Another useful site for learning the grammar can be found here.


  • One Minute Norwegian iTunes Free Feed
    • Learn Norwegian in minutes with the Radio Lingua Network.
  • Easy-to-Read Newspaper Text
    • This is not audio, but it's useful nonetheless. A newspaper that helps you learn Norwegian by using large fonts and basic language.


  • One Minute Polish iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Another helpful audio series provided by the Radio Lingua Network.


  • Brazilian PodClass iTunes Free Feed Web Site
  • Brazilian Portuguese 101 - iTunes Video Free
    • 45 lessons by Semantica.
  • Brazilian Portuguese Pronunciation - iTunes Free
    • Emory University presents audio & video for learning the Brazilian Portuguese alphabet.
  • Ta Falado: Brazilian Portuguese Pronunciation for Spanish Speakers iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Created by the Texas Language Technology Center in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UT-Austin.
  • Talk Portuguese Web Site
    • A video introduction to the language in 11 short parts with audio clips for key phrases.


  • One Minute Romanian iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Quick lessons by the creators of the One Minute language series.


  • A Spoonful of Russian iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Recommended by our readers.
  • A Taste of Russian iTunes Free Web Site
    • This “isn’t a boring Grammar course, it is a real chat on different topics which can be heard in everyday life. It is a chance to listen to the native speakers talking at home, at work, at the shop, at the party, etc.”
  • Business Russian iTunes Free Web Site
    • Presented by the UCLA Center for World Languages, this series teaches students the essentials of Russian business communication.
  • Everyday Russian iTunes Free
    • Everyday practice for Russian language learners of all levels.
  • Russian (Kazahk) Feed Web Site
    • No Borat jokes. Learn some Kazahk style Russian from the Peace Corps. Be sure to download the accompanying PDF file.
  • Russian Literature iTunes Free Web Site
    • Also presented by UCLA, the lessons help users improve their comprehension and vocabulary by listening to excerpts from Tolstoy, Gogol, Chekhov and other Russian literary greats.
  • One Minute Russian iTunes Free Feed Web Site
  • RussianPod101 iTunes Free Web Site
    • Helps you learn Russian and Russian culture at your convenience.

Bookmark our free Russian lessons section.

Sign Language

  • American Sign Language - Web Site
    • Lessons that will get you started with the sign language prevalent in North America.


  • Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish Web Site
    • This telenovela, or Spanish soap opera, immerses students in everyday situations and teaches speaking, listening, and comprehension skills in Spanish.
  • Mi Vida Loca Web Site
    • An immersive video mystery set in Spain to help you learn simple Spanish. Created by the BBC.
  • Cody’s Cuentos iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • A Spanish-language series of lessons focuses of classic fairy tales and legends. The fact that you probably already know the story in English will aid your comprehension of understanding the tale in Spanish.
  • Coffee Break Spanish iTunes Free Web Site
    • Learn Spanish in a low-key, effective way. Currently the #2 overall favorite on iTunes Free.
  • Finally Learn Spanish - Beyond the Basics iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • If you’ve had some Spanish classes and you need experience listening to and speaking the language, then Finally Learn Spanish has lessons for you.
  • Insta Spanish Lessons iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Weekly comprehension and grammar exercises for students of all levels. One of the more popular programs on iTunes.
  • Learn Spanish at SpanishPod101 iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Created by teams from 5 Spanish speaking countries.
  • Learn Spanish Survival Guide iTunes Free Feed
    • If you’re planning a trip to a Spanish speaking country, and if you don’t know the language, this will help get you up to speed.
  • Learn to Speak Spanish iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Learn to speak Spanish in just 15 minutes per day.
  • LingusTV iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • A unique entry into the instructional language lessons arena. It’s an educational video series done in the form of a television sit-com (situation comedy), laugh track included. While the actors speak solely in Spanish, Spanish subtitles are provided and explanations of vocabulary and grammar points are provided on the web site.
  • Medical Spanish for Healthcare Providers Web Site
    • This site is presented as a free medical Spanish immersion, with vocabulary including greetings, history, examination, and everyday speech, all with translation and audio. It is designed to be helpful for a variety of medical personnel. Created by a general surgeon turned Spanish teacher.
  • Notes in Spanish iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site
    • Produced by Ben Curtis and Marina Diez, a husband-and-wife team out of Madrid, Spain. Ben is British and Marina is Spanish and they too have built quite a large following for their conversational Spanish lessons, (for beginners, intermediates and advanced students), which promise to teach listeners “real Spanish” the way it is actually spoken every day in Spain.
  • One Minute Spanish iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Covers the absolute basics of Spanish, focusing on the pronunciation used in most parts of Spain.
  • One Minute Latin American Spanish iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Same as above but focuses on the Spanish spoked across South America.
  • Rojas Spanish Language iTunes Free Feed
    • “No English is spoken here. These lessons are for the Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Speaker who would like to sharpen their Spanish skills. The fine points of the language will be presented and explored through a variety of topics to include; music, history, culture, food.”
  • SpanishPod iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Spanish on your own terms.
  • SpanishPod101 iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Distinguishes itself from other currently available programs by providing lessons that feature different accents from around the Spanish-speaking world. Dialogues are repeated multiple times and an English translation is provided, to further aid learning.
  • Spanish Lessons for Beginners iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Lessons recorded by native Spanish speakers with clear explanations in English.
  • Voices en Español iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Geared toward more advanced students, this series features an interview in Spanish with a native speaker from Spain, Latin America or the U.S. It's also accompanied by a bilingual blog that includes weekly Spanish grammar tips.

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  • Mwana Simba - Web  Site
    • This multimedia site features, among other things, 55 chapters of grammar lessons. All lessons are geared toward beginners.


  • Foreign Service Institute Basic Course Web Site
    • Offers 16 units of audio, each introducing you to basic dialogue and sentences.
  • Klartext Feed Web site
    • News in easy-to-understand Swedish.
  • Learn Swedish with SwedishLingQ iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Our readers have been waiting for Swedish lessons to come along. Here it finally is.
  • Swedish Survival Phrases iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • From the makers of the Survival Phrases series.


  • Pinoy iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • Learn to speak Tagalog to give you the advantage when you travel to the Philippines.


  • Thai Web Site
    • Lessons from the US Peace Corps
  • Learn Thai: Free English Thai Audiolearning Course iTunes Video - Web Site
    • Apparently the lessons are good, but they’ve been having some technical problems and not all lessons are always available.
  • Thai Alphabet iTunes Free
    • Emory University presents flashcards for recognizing letters in the Thai alphabet.
  • Thai Survival Phrases - iTunes - Feed
    • Covers the basics.


  • One Minute Turkish - iTunes
    • A quick primer.


  • Ukrainian Web Site
    • More lessons from the US Peace Corps.


  • Introduction to Urdu Alphabet - iTunes Free
    • Emory University offers a quick primer on the Urdu alphabet and pronunciation.


  • Survival Phrases iTunes Free Feed Web Site
    • You get the gist from the title. Learn here some phrases that will help you survive in Vietnam.



General How-To

  • The WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources Web Site
    • This website directory, which is part of the WWW Virtual Library System, features over 2000 carefully selected, annotated links in 37 international affairs categories. The site offers a great way to understand our changing world, but it also includes its own section of language learning resources, and it includes sections dedicated to SpanishFrench and German.
  • Teach Yourself a Foreign Language iTunes Free
    • This program discusses how to go about learning a foreign language on your own. Some people liked it, some didn’t. Check it out and judge for yourself.

    Our collection of foreign language lessons has been featured in the New York Times, Princeton University's Humanities Resource Center, and The New York Times again, and yet once again in The New York Times.

Music Podcast Collection – Classical, Jazz, and Rock


  • An Intimate Tour Through the Music of Yo-Yo Ma iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Each episode of this podcast delves into the history of his career, and what led him to record each of the tracks of his current release Appassionato.
  • Bach Podcast from iTunes Feed Web Site
    • 60 free minutes of Bach.
  • Bach Festival of Philadelphia Feed Web Site
    • Live performances of J.S. Bach works performed by various artists for The Bach Festival of Philadelphia.
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra Conservatory iTunes Feed Web Site
    • This educational podcast gives you an inside look at the symphony. Currently you will find a two season overview and recordings of Beethoven and Arnold Schoenberg.
  • Classical Performance iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Classical music performances from WGBH’s Studio One in Boston.
  • Composers Datebooks iTunes Feed Web Site
    • American Public Media’s Composers Datebook informs, engages, and entertains with timely information about composers of the past and present.
  • Danmarks Radio - Mozart Symphonies Feed Web Site
    • For the celebration of Mozart’s 250th anniversary, Denmark radio offered podcasts of nine Mozart symphonies by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Since the web site is in Danish, your best bet is to access these high quality MP3’s through the feed.
  • Deutsche Welle
    • Beethovenfest iTunes Feed Web Site
      • Beethoven’s most famous symphonies performed by excellent young orchestras and new compositions by award-winning composers.
    • Classical Masterpieces iTunes Feed Web Site
      • Six master composers, six symphonies, a star conductor and a leading orchestra are the main ingredients of this remarkable musical feast.
  • Gramophone Podcast Feed Web Site
    • A monthly window into the world’s most authoritative classical music magazine, featuring an overview of the best releases, news, exclusive interviews with leading figures from the music world, and lots of great music.
  • New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Host Julie Amacher provides an in-depth exploration of a new classical music release each week.
  • Naxos Classical Music Spotlight iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A leading classical music label looks at new releases, as well as the performers and composers who make Naxos’ recordings.
  • NPR Music iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Reviews, musician interviews, live recordings from Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other NPR programs.
  • Philharmonia Orchestra Video Podcasts iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A monthly series of video podcasts takes you behind the scenes with the Philharmonia Orchestra, including interviews with conductors, soloists and listening guides to famous pieces from the classical repertoire.
  • Radio Sweden: Mozart iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Swedish Radio has launched a Mozart Podcast to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday. They’ve been podcasting their own recordings from the 1940-1950s of Mozart’s operas.
  • The Concert iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and more from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston.
  • The Music of Masterworks iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Sony BMG Masterworks provides podcasts featuring interviews with artists and upcoming releases.
  • Wagner Operas Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Features, among other things, performances from the Bayreuth Festival.

Jazz & Blues

  • Bending Corners Feed Web Site
    • BendingCorners explores the groove within: acid jazz, afro-beat, bop, cool jazz, cosmic jazz, dub, downtempo, electro-jazz, fusion, future jazz, groove jazz, jazzatronic, jazz dance, jazz-funk, jazz-rock, kozmigroov, modal, phusion, progressive, modern, nu-jazz, soul-jazz, spiritual, and world.
  • Brooklyn Jazz Underground iTunes Web Site Blog
    • A podcast looking at the Brooklyn jazz scene. Part music, part interview.
  • Christian McBride Podcasts iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Talks with and peformances by bassist Christian McBride. Includes some video clips.
  • Detroit Jazz Stage iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A monthly podcast featuring the best in the Detroit jazz scene.
  • In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond iTunes Feed Web Site
    • From Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing hard-bop jazz and fusion. Featuring Independent Jazz artists from around the world. A popular podcast.
  • Jazz Corner Innerviews Feed Web Site
    • innerviews are vignettes with insightful commentary, interesting sound bites and lots of great music with great jazz masters and up and coming musicians. Each podcast ranges in time from 4 minutes to more than an hour.
  • Jazz in Chicago iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Interviews and information about the jazz scene in Chicago.
  • Jazz Podcast from Magnatune iTunes Feed Web Site
    • 60 minutes of straight, high quality jazz.
  • NPR Piano Jazz Shorts iTunes Feed Web Site
    • For more than twenty-five years, pianist Marian McPartland has welcomed a stellar line-up of jazz artists for conversation and improvisation on her Peabody Award-winning program. Piano Jazz showcases both acclaimed artists and up-and-coming performers.
  • Pat Metheny - The Song X Podumentary iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Guitarist Pat Metheny explores his influences, recordings, music and more on this intimate podcast series.
  • Portland Jazz Jams Podshow iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Live jazz jams, interviews with great players, and instructional materials, all coming out of the Portland jazz scene.
  • Sonny Rollins Podcast iTunes Web Site
    • A 12-part video podcast series to be released in monthly installments. It introduces Sonny Rollins, a major American jazz figure, to new listeners.
  • Swing is in the Air iTunes Web Site
    • Although swing is something of a focus here, this podcast coming out of Canada also looks at other jazz forms.
  • The History of Chicago Blues iTunes Web Site
    • Narrated by Buddy Guy, this enhanced and extensive podcast takes you on a tour (geographical and historical) of Chicago's rich blues tradition.
  • The Jazz Suite Feed Web Site
    • This is a podcast dedicated to Jazz played by independent and indie artists that the major music labels have missed.
  • The Night Passage Jazz Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • An English-language podcast coming out of Rome, Italy.
  • The Traneumentary iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A series of podcasts featuring the work of the jazz great, John Coltrane.


  • Beatlegs Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Features rare interviews or behind the scenes clips, followed by a rare outtake or live performance that few have heard before.
  • Beatles Minute iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A podcast coming out of Philadelphia that gives you short, daily tidbits about the band.
  • Bob Dylan Podcast iTunes Web Site
    • Patti Smith hosts music and conversation about Bob Dylan. His friends, early influences and collaborators discuss their close relationships with Dylan, the stories behind his greatest songs and other memorable moments of his career. Journalists and biographers add critical insights and provide historical contexts.
  • Bono: The Rolling Stone Interview iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Jann Wenner leads a long and wide-ranging interview with the lead singer of U2.
  • Elvis Costello: The First Ten Years iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Elvis Costello looks back at the beginning of his music career.
  • George Harrison: Living in a Material World iTunes
    • A look back at George Harrison’s 3rd solo album. Includes talks with artists who played on the album.
  • John Lennon: The Rolling Stone Interview iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Conducted by Jann Wenner (the founder of Rolling Stone Magazine) this famous 1970 interview with John Lennon was conducted shortly after The Beatles’ bitter breakup. Running over 3 hours, it is one of Lennon’s most extensive interviews, touching not just on the breakup, but also on art and politics, drugs, Yoko, primal therapy and more.
  • John Lennon: The Lost Lennon Tapes iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Originally presented by Westwood One in 1988, this podcast presents a collection of Lennon’s private tapes — tapes that include early recordings of The Beatles, radio interviews with John, demo tapes, chronicles of the Double Fantasy recording sessions, and private moments at home.
  • Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary Podcast iTunes Web Site
    • The Beach Boys look back at their album that is consistently considered their finest and an important one in the rock tradition. The podcast includes 15 tracks.
  • Rolling Stone: Best New Bands (Video) iTunes
  • The Beach Boys: The Warmth of the Sun iTunes Web Site
    • Narrated by The Beach Boys themselves, this podcasts looks at the band’s artistry and complex legacy.
  • The Elvis Presley Podcast iTunes Website
    • This podcast, which features musical excerpts and interviews, revisits the King's unparalleled musical career.

Also see our collection of Mp3 Music Blogs.

  • An Aquarium Drunkard: Based in Los Angeles, this eclectic audio blog “bridges the gap between contemporary indie and vintage garage, psych-folk, country, New Orleans funk, R&B, soul and everything that falls in between.”
  • Brooklyn Vegan: Here you get a New York City-centric, mostly-music blog that focuses on reporting music news, live show reviews, tour dates, and, yes, MP3’s.
  • Cacophonous: A classical music MP3 blog.
  • Chromewaves: Along with the ruminations of a self-confessed indie rock geek, you get an “MP3 of the Week” that features a random or not-so-random cover song.
  • Daytrotter: Gives you “exclusive, re-worked, alternate versions of old songs and unreleased tracks by some of your favorite bands and by a lot of your next favorite bands.”
  • Destination: Out: A jazz blog focusing on rare or out-of-print music. Typically publishes twice a week, and leaves songs available for about two weeks.
  • Discobelle: A Sweden-based music blog that posts single tracks and remixes and occasionally exclusive mixes from DJs all around the world.
  • Done Waiting: Part film, part music with MP3s.
  • Elbows: A meta collection of great music blog posts, which collectively provides you a snapshot of what’s going on in the new genre of audio/music blogging.
  • Fluxblog: One of the oldest and most commonly cited MP3 blogs, this site posts two MP3s every weekday along with more related information.
  • Gorilla vs. Bear: One of the biggies worth checking out.
  • I Guess I’m Floating: A good music blog with a good sprinkling of MP3s.
  • Idolator: Maybe this summary will help: “When the internet came, we overthrew the pasty white tastemakers, the duplicitous music marketers and the manufactured pop idols. And then they all came back. This is Idolator. We’re so disappointed.”
  • La Blogotheque: A well-regarded French language MP3 blog.
  • Largehearted Boy: A "music blog featuring daily free and legal music downloads as well as news from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture.”
  • Marathon Packs: Writes about and lets you listen to interesting songs, to paraphrase the sites self-description. Keeps audio files posted for two weeks.
  • Moistworks: An audio blog started in April 2004 (meaning it has a track record) that gets updated Monday through Friday.
  • Motel De Moka: A daily blog posting eclectic playlists, including indie rock, acoustics and ambient.
  • My Old Kentucky Blog: What’s new and hot in indie rock, pop, folk and hip-hop.
  • Nothing But Green Lights: An MP3 blog that keeps track of indie, electro, folk & pop, all from the UK. The site only posts tracks that the internet is giving away for free, or ones that have been granted permission.
  • Product Shop NYC: Although not exclusively an MP3 blog, you do get some MP3s worth your time here.
  • Said the Gramophone: Launched in 2003, the site is among the first MP3 blogs and it offers a daily sampler of “really good songs,” although all songs are removed within a week or two of posting. The blog comes out of Canada.
  • Six Eyes: An MP3 blog by Alan Williamson.
  • Skatter Brain: A mostly indiepop music blog.
  • So Much Silence: MP3s a plenty.
  • Soul Crates: Your home for soul MP3s.
  • Stereogum: A popular gossipy blog about the indie music scene. The site often posts MP3s of new music, plus offers record reviews, announces tour dates, and covers music festivals.
  • The Hype Machine: The Hype Machine tracks and aggregates a variety of MP3 blogs. Another meta approach.
  • The Music Slut: A comprehensive music blog with oodles of MP3s.
  • Trrill: Another good classical music audio blog.
  • WFMU Beware of the Blog: An MP3 blog run by WFMU, an independent freeform radio station broadcasting out of NYC.
  • Who Needs Radio?: We believe in music, not money. We’re here to keep your ears alive.
  • You Ain’t No Picasso: A good music blog with a very nice blogroll and MP3s too.
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