Last week I took a vacation and spent five glorious days on Cape Cod. While at the beach, I listened to many podcast episodes and discovered some new favorites. So today I wanted to share nine of my favorite science podcasts.
The Infinite Monkey Cage
This podcast, produced by BBC Radio, is a comedic popular science series hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince. The long lasting show has had 19 seasons since 2009 and is still running today. Each episode usually features a specific topic and three guests, two experts on the subject and one comedian. The show won a Gold Award in the Best Speech Programme category at the 2011 Sony Radio Awards and won Best Radio Talk Show at the 2015 Rose d'Or Awards.
Quarks and Quirks
Quirks & Quarks a Canadian science program hosted by Bob McDonald. He presents the people behind the latest discoveries in science, technology, medicine and the environment. The show covers a very wide variety of topics and is sure to have an episode that relates to your interests. There is a new episode every Friday and on July 20th they released a great Apollo 11 Anniversary Special.
This NPR podcast is described as “a conversation about life’s unseen patterns.” This show, hosted by social scientist Shankar Vedantam, seeks to teach us about the factors that drive human behavior and how biases change our world. They answer a wide variety of questions from, “Why do religions exist?” to “Why do some kids like spicy foods?”
Science Rules! With Bill Nye
Let’s be real, everyone loves Bill Nye so a podcast with him at the helm is destined for success. The best part of this podcast is that it gives you a chance to connect with Nye because each episode is structured around audience questions. He answers your burning science inquiries in each episode with new episodes posted weekly.
Magazine Science Podcast
Science Magazine produces podcasts on a very wide variety of topics, so now you can enjoy their content even when you don’t have time to sit down and read a magazine. One of my favorite recent episodes is titled “Probing the secrets of the feline mind and how Uber and Lyft may be making traffic worse.” As a (sometimes too) frequent user of ride hail services I found it really interesting to hear about how they are changing traffic patterns and this episode has caused me to change my habits and hop on the subway more often.
The brief description of this podcast on their website really says it all, “Professional comedians with so-so STEM pedigrees take you through this week in science. Incompetently. Featuring Matt Kirshen, Andy Wood and guests.” This podcast is great when you need a good laugh and want to catch up on current science events.
NASA + podcast = NASAcast. Need we say more? NASA actually publishes about 15 different podcast series all related to different space topics. Two of my favorites are “Houston We Have a Podcast,”the official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and “Gravity Assist,” a podcast that takes you through the solar system and beyond with host Jim Green the director of planetary science.
Superwomen in Science
I don’t like to choose favorites, but this is probably my favorite podcast in this list. This show is independently created, hosted and produced by Cordon Purcell, a registered music therapist, and neuroscientist Nicole George. They founded the podcast while struggling and supporting each other through grad school. This broad series covers women in science from the past to the present and looking into the future.
This Week in Microbiology
This podcast is just what it sounds like! Each week the TWiM team dives into a new topic in microbiology and often invites guests to contribute to the discussion. A great feature of this podcast is that there are also transcripts available of each episode.
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