In today's world, podcasts are proving to be great tools for learning; there is a growing need for content creators to provide educative materials that were previously only available via books.
Currently, the topics covered by podcasters range from philosophy to rocket science - if you are interested in science below is a compiled list of some of the best science podcasts available at the moment.
A fusion of astronomical concepts and stories, world-renowned astrophysicist, and director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson is the host of the massive StarTalk Radio. His ability to simplify even the most seemingly toughest part of astronomy into layman's terms has brought the rise of this podcast. StarTalk has been running for over a decade and has close to 500 episodes. A normal episode usually involves inviting guests from different works of life to talk about all things Space related. If you love, the Milky Way this podcast is for you.
As the name implies, this show goes behind the scenes of recent happenings in the world to show the science or lack of science that made them possible. Now under Gimlet media, Australian science journalist Wendy Zukerman founded the 20 minutes show. Zukerman with her team of fact-checkers and scientist cover everything from pornography, to weight loss tea to peanut allergies. If you want to feel extra, brainy around your friends then this is the show for you.
The go-to podcast of science lovers for several years. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab has been at the top of science podcast since 2002, winning the Peabody Award. The show deals with scientific curiosity and discovery put together in a discovery plus storytelling style. Its tagline is Investigating a strange world, and with this podcast, there is no telling where it might take you too – running for an average time of an hour, it a great way to pass time while gaining knowledge.
As you might have guessed from the title, this podcast is all about Ologies. From biology to scatology, host Alie Ward interviews a different expert from different Ologies diving into the nitty-gritty of each specialization. In most episodes, you are bound to hear shocking stories – all mixed with a bit of cheerful banter between guests and host. Well worth tuning in for, if you want a more generalist knowledge of the world of science.
A bit different from the rest, the naked scientist is hosted by various researchers at the University of Cambridge. According to their description, the podcast is strips science down to its bare essentials and promotes it to the general public. If you are seeking a variety of knowledge from different brains, Naked Scientist is your best bet.
Understandably, not everyone will have the patience of sitting through 20-80 minutes podcast, so that is why 60-second science is a gem for so many. Brought to the people by Scientific America - it is hosted by various members of their team. The podcast covers different segments of the science world every day, with the best part being that it goes on for just a minute.
Hosted by Charles Bryant and Josh Clark, the podcast deliberately focuses on topics that are a little bit unnoticed but a part of our daily lives. Topics such as how do ships work? How does space work? Are answered in each episode – if these topics seem interesting to you then you should check it out.
The Infinite Monkey Cage is a bit unconventional – one of its hosts is an English comedian, the other, an English physicist. Together Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince have turned their little podcast into something special. Joined by a host of celebrities and scientists, the duo discusses everything in the world of science. From big data to the universe to climate change. Going on for more than a decade now and still growing rapidly - You will spend your time wisely by tuning in.
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