A Conference Hosted by Ministry of Ideas at Harvard Divinity School



Every day, millions of listeners listen to podcasts and radio programs to teach themselves about the humanities, sciences, and other academic topics, selecting the programs and hosts that suit their learning styles. From tenured academics in university studios to young hobbyists in bedroom closets, producers of educational audio are a diverse set. But they share a common goal—to distill complex information into lectures, conversations, and interviews that are free and accessible to everyone in the world.

Sound Education is a 3-day event at Harvard University for educational and academic podcasters and radio hosts, and their listeners. It is hosted by Ministry of Ideas, a podcast based at Harvard Divinity School. 

On Thursday, November 1, PRX’s Podcast Garage will host a workshop from 6:30-8:30 PM. Attendees will meet noted podcast creator, Eric Nuzum, who will give advice on the storytelling, character and voice aspects of podcasting. Register for this workshop here.

On Friday, November 2, panel presentations, followed by discussions, will be hosted by prominent podcasters, radio hosts, and other educational audio producers from various fields. A list of panels is available here. Register for attendance on our registration page. Friday’s registrants also have the opportunity to participate in a pitch workshop. You can learn more here.

Saturday, November 3 will feature a keynote address by Dan Carlin of Hardcore History as well as public talks held by some of the most influential voices in educational podcasting and radio on a wide range of subjects. You can see a full list of talks here. Register for attendance Saturday on our registration page.

More information is available in our first email update.


The conference will take place at Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA. For directions, please see the Harvard Divinity School website.

Andover Hall: 45 Francis Avenue

The Center for the Study of World Religions, 42 Francis Avenue

Divinity Hall: 14 Divinity Avenue

Lodging Options


Charles Hotel (One Bennett St. Cambridge) 1-800-882-1818

Irving House (24 Irving Street Cambridge) 617-547-4600

A Friendly Inn at Harvard (1673 Cambridge St, Cambridge) 617-547-7851

Sheraton Commander (16 Garden St, Cambridge) 617-547-4800

Hotel Veritas (1 Remington St, Cambridge, MA) 617-520-5000

Marriott Courtyard (777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge) 617-492-7777  

A Cambridge House Inn (2218 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge) 1-800-232-9989

Hilton Hotel Boston Doubletree Guest Suites (400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston) 617-783-0090

The Harvard Square Hotel (110 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge) 617-864-5200 

Boston Marriott Cambridge (Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway, Cambridge) 617-494-6600 

Hyatt Regency Cambridge (575 Memorial Dr, Cambridge) 617 492 1234