It is that time of year again, gentlemen. The time where I navigate my low-point to high-point swing in the ‘ol editorial calendar.

This month’s issue is always hard for me to write. That’s because I’m the entertainment editor. And what I write about is supposed to be, well, entertaining! Not so much educational.

Frankly, I’m not sure what educational learnings could come from the latest album by The Cunning, the upcoming Stars Wars installment, or James Corden’s latest viral Carpool Karoke video, but I am damn sure they are all entertaining.

This toughie is always followed by one of the easiest – and most fun – articles I get to write; the gift giving guide. But more on that next month.

Back to the topic at hand.

In this amazing technological age, learning is truly everywhere you turn. You just have to pay attention.   And one of the most popular ways to obtain knowledge is by listening to educational podcasts. They are easy to consume, easy to obtain, cover endless topics, and most cost absolutely nothing.

That’s right. Zip, zilch, nada. You can’t beat free, fellas.

Moreover, they are an entertaining (see what I did there, gentlemen?) way to gain some knowledge. Using your Bluetooth and your smartphone, they’ll make your commute far more productive and seemingly more enjoyable.

Here are a few that you might want to check out:

Hidden Brain: In this day and age of divisiveness, would you like to know why people think the way they do? This podcast is for you! Learn how unconscious patterns drive human behavior. It could also prove helpful if you’re in a position of persuading people. Just saying.

Freakonomics: If you enjoyed the books, you’ll love this podcast by one of the authors, Stephen Dubner.

The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson: Looking for a little exercise and mental health improvement? Author and nutritionist Stevenson has you covered.

Blind Spot: A Look at the Unplayed Songs on Spotify: If you are an audiophile – or like my wife and just enjoys finding music that you’d never hear on the radio – this podcast is right up your alley. As the name suggests, Kevin Huff and Matt McCroskey find songs in the seemingly endless world of Spotify that are getting rarely played. If you can’t find a new band or artist you’ve never heard before from this podcast then you aren’t paying attention.

Coffee House Shots: For those of you gentlemen who don’t have a ton of time, this one is great for getting all the day’s biggest events, along with takes from The Spectator’s Editor Fraser Nelson. They are usually in 8- to 15-minute segments.

Le Show With Harry Shearer: Truly a legend. The voice of The Simpsons’ Principle Skinner, and the actor who portrayed Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap (for those of you who go a little further back) provides his comic snark to politics and life in general. And he’s been doing it since 1983 – long before podcasting was, you know, a thing.

And finally…

For those of you gentlemen who are more ESPN than CNN or Fox News, you have a plethora depending on your sport: Football – I’d go with Move The Sticks. Baseball – you stick with the classic in Baseball Tonight. Basketball – you can’t go wrong with The Lowe Post. For just general sports talk – The Rich Eisen Show is a great listen.

You also don’t have to Google too hard to find really good podcasts on a more specific topic you have an interest in. For instance, if Astronomy is your game then you should probably listen to StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Actually, if you just want to be a smarter human you should listen to that. I think we can all become smarter just through osmosis if you listen to Tyson long enough.

There are plenty, plenty more if you keep digging.

But until next time, gentlemen…