There are many great science podcasts, and lots of intriguing episodes out there to explore. In this post we do not intend to offer a comprehensive review of them all, but rather a recommendation of a few of our favorites. From the ethereal narratives of Radiolab, to the cutting edge research of the Physics World, we can’t get enough science, and these six podcasts are topping our list right now. Let us know what you’re listening to in the comment section below.
Quick reports and commentaries on the world of science from the Scientific American Team.
Listen - Shoelace Study Untangles a Knotty Problem - The forces that interact to cause your shoelaces to untie.
2 - Radiolab
Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich host this radio show and podcast weaving stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries.
Speed - “We live our lives at human speed, we experience and interact with the world on a human time scale. But this hour, we put ourselves through the paces, peek inside a microsecond, and master the fastest thing in the universe.”
Color - “Our world is saturated in color, from soft hues to violent stains. How does something so intangible pack such a visceral punch? This hour, in the name of science and poetry, Jad and Robert tear the rainbow to pieces.”
Quantum Cello - “Jad and cellist Zoe Keating discuss the physics (if not metaphysics) of looping sound and how to use a 17th century instrument to make avant-garde electronic music.”
The (Multi) Universe(s) with Brian Green - “Robert and Brian Greene discuss what's beyond the horizon of our universe, what you might wear in infinite universes with finite pairs of designer shoes, and why the Universe and swiss cheese have more in common than you think.”
3 - StarTalk
Science, Pop Culture, and Comedy are seamlessly interwoven in this series led by famed Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Listen - Season 8 Episode 8 - Let’s Make America Smart Again
Physics for all – building a more inclusive discipline - Physics World typically covers the latest research into physics, which can stretch from the esoteric to the hugely practical. This episode shows they don't shy away from covering more general, societal issues that affect physicists, be it careers, education, policy or funding.
Art McDonald explains why neutrinos continue to amaze physicists - McDonald explains how his measurement of neutrino oscillation shattered the Standard Model of particle physics.
5 - A Brief History of Mathematics, with Professor Marcus Du Sautoy.
While this is primarily about mathematics, our Physics friends will certainly enjoy the series. This is a beautifully done podcast, produced and originally airing on the BBC Radio. 10 episodes about famous mathematicians and their mark, not just on mathematics, but on history.
“A journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TEDTalks from the world's most remarkable minds.”
The Spirit Of Inquiry - “The force behind scientific progress is the simple act of asking questions. This episode, TED speakers explore how a deeper and more humble style of inquiry may help achieve the next big breakthrough.”
Shifting Time - “We live our lives by the calendar and the clock, but time is also an abstraction, even an illusion. In this hour, TED speakers explore how our sense of time changes depending on who and where we are.”
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