The 40 Channels I’m Subscribed To
Above the Noise
From PBS, this posts fortnightly videos exploring trending news topics.
American Museum of Natural History
Science, natural history, and the odd sloth.
Weekly science videos, often based on “what-if” questions or debates.
The Backyard Scientist
Molten metals and explosions a-go-go in this science channel.
Clips from the broadcaster’s stunning natural-history catalog.
Psychology and neuroscience, but with a light enough touch to watch with your children.
The Brain Scoop
The Field Museum in Chicago’s official channel, which digs into its collection with regular videos.
Twice-a-week videos on all things wildlife.
A British inventor whose creations range from Star Wars to rockets — with plenty of explosions.
Crash Course Kids
A biweekly show from the United States focusing on grade-school science topics.
All things spacey and robotics-y from Brit Paul Shillito, wearing “some of the loudest shirts on YouTube.”
Another PBS channel, this time exploring “big science by going very, very small.”
Epic History TV
Clever takes on historical topics blending animation, maps, and facts galore.
A weekly show looking at games, diving into a single topic each time.
Great Big Story
Short, newsy reports on interesting stories from around the world.
The one channel on this list that’s actually on hiatus, so you’ll need to visit its back catalog. Ace takes on science with an emphasis on the gruesome bits.
It’s Okay to Be Smart
Weekly science videos that are teaching me as much as they’re teaching my children.
Kurzgesagt — In a Nutshell
Concise and entertaining science videos “explaining things with optimistic nihilism.” Which you can’t have enough of, in my opinion.
More animation, this time focusing on life, the world, and everything about our brains.
Handy explainers for topics related to science, natural history, and our planet.
A similar channel for physics, which I thought — but was proved wrong — might be a bit challenging for my sons.
Nat Geo Wild
The latest videos from National Geographic’s animal antics.
Natural History Museum
My favorite museum as a child makes some great videos about its extensive archives of exhibits.
More videos on the brain and how it works.
Origin of Everything
Pop culture, technology, and historical vids from a “history nerd who will never shy away from a good debate or bad joke.”
PBS Idea Channel
Weekly videos looking at pop culture, tech, and art from PBS.
From glass breaking to levitating. If I had some of these vids as a teenager, I might not have given up on physics.
Red Ted Art
A British crafts channel with lots of interesting projects to make and do.
Sally Le Page
Science videos that “make you laugh, make you feel, and make you think” — all three claims are correct.
My other favorite museum as a child. There are some great explainer videos here, from superbugs to mind reading.
More “how” and “what-if” videos, based around a range of science topics.
Space, science, and even the sex life of slugs on this channel.
Animations giving famous historical topics a new spin.
The Slow Mo Guys
This channel’s focus is on super-slow-motion videos, and it keeps coming up with inventive ideas.
From space-walk livestreams to beautiful views of planets and moons, this has lots of space scenery to boggle at.
TED Talks with animations. Recent topics include the Inca empire, teeth, and why animals swarm.
Today I Found Out
Burning questions and historical curiosities jostle for your attention on this quick-fire channel.
Science, interesting places, and quirky question-answering mix together on this British YouTuber’s channel.
A science channel that, among other things, finally taught me why I sneeze at the sun.
Amy Shira Teitel is a marvelous guide to the present and past of space flight, digging well beyond the most famous topics.