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There are so many great podcasts out there, that it sometimes feels overwhelming. Here’s our list of the top 8 science ones you should give a try!
The Story Collider
The Story Collider has to be my favorite podcast ever. Rather than focusing in on particular science, each episode is a single person telling a personal story about how science has affected his or her life. The stories can be funny or sad, heart breaking or enlightening, but they are always entertaining.
The Naked Scientist
This BBC podcast is an hour long and covers all fields of science from astronomy to neuroscience. It is based out of Cambridge University and includes science news, answers to questions, and interviews. It also has more specific spin-offs like Naked Engineering, Naked Astronomy, and Naked Archaeology.
Quirks and Quarks
Quirks and Quarks is an award-winning Canadian podcast that covers the latest discoveries in the physical and natural sciences. It also takes on the challenge of presenting the related political, social, and environmental implications.
NPR’s Invisibilia, is the most psychology-based podcast on this list. It “is about the invisible forces that control human behavior — ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.” It is relatively new, having begun in 2015, but it already becoming popular. The first season focused on our thoughts and how they affect us, whereas the second season will focus on everyday objects and how they shape our worldviews.
Done in the same style as Thing Explainer, written by the creator of XKCD, Randall Munroe, this podcast uses only the thousand most common words in the English language to discuss scientific phenomenon. They allow themselves a small amount of leeway by including prefixes, suffixes, names of places and people, and numbers. Only 8 episodes are available, but they are worth a listen!
60 Second Science
If time is tight and you’ve only got a minute per day to devote to your science education, Scientific American’s podcast might be for you. It is short and sweet, as well as entertaining and educational.
If you can’t get enough of Neil deGrasse Tyson, this podcast is for you! Unsurprisingly, Tyson delves into the world — or should I say universe — of astronomy and “bridges the intersection between Pop Culture and Science with clarity, humor and passion.”
White Coat, Black Art
If the world of medicine is where your interests lie, The CBC’s White Coat, Black Art is the podcast for you. It covers everything from medical mysteries to ethical dilemmas in healthcare, mainly from the point of view of medical professionals, “with a refreshing and unprecedented level of honesty.”
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