If the last years have taught us anything, it’s that we could all do with a better understanding of science. And if school taught us anything, it’s that dry and dull science textbooks are not the way to do it.
So, why not listen to these best science podcasts. They’re fun and informative and make science accessible to everyone! Enjoy!
Science VS likes to stay very current with its science and if you’re looking for the facts on something you just heard about in the news, it’s the podcast to turn to.
There are, quite literally, hundreds of episodes to choose from and if you don’t have time to listen to a whole podcast? They also offer a short form version that’s easy to fit into any day!
Radiolab is NPR’s award-winning science podcast and Invisibilia is a spin off series from that, instead of operating in Radiolab’s world of hard science, it tries to engage with less tangible forms of science.
In particular, it looks at the forces which shape human behavior and social scientific manipulation.
The Infinite Monkey Cage
Our favorite science podcast comes from across the pond, Brian Cox is a physicist and his podcast partner is the comedian Robin Ince.
Each week brings together scientists and comedians to explore a particular subject, to learn how to understand it and have a lot of laughs doing so.
Science Friday is an end of week wrap up of all the topics in the news that touch on science and if you want to really stay up to date with science, this is the way to go.
There are two other podcasts from the same group that also engage with science; Science Diction and Undiscovered, so you’ll never be bored at WNYC.
Scienceish is what happens when you merge pop culture and science to answer the big questions in life like, “Can I manipulate matter like Dr. Strange?”
With input from the New Scientist magazine, you can be assured that when something in your favorite movie or TV show is possible, you’ll learn about it here first.
We recently ran a piece on Sustainable Milk Alternatives according to Harvard, Gastropod is like this but on steroids, exploring the science of food and nutrition.
It examines every aspect of food from farming to plating and the co-hosts regularly bring on a range of experts to get to the bottom of everything.
The Curious Cases Of Rutherford & Fry
If you’re looking for some inspiration to get your kids into science, why not buy them a science kit and then get them listening to The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry?
They take a sort of Sherlock Holmes style approach to science and make it a journey of discovery and detective work that’s a whole heap of fun.
Scientific American’s podcast is for the time-pushed adult and that’s because it’s called 60-Second Science and offers nothing but bite-sized intros to different aspects of science.
As you’d expect from this renowned journal, the science covered here is cutting edge and based on the latest research.
The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe
If you’re wondering whether the Clean Book of Beauty is really science based (though, we can assure you that it is) then you might find out on The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe.
They try to analyze the most controversial topics in science and get to the truth no matter what and they’re not afraid to debunk a myth or two along the way.
Dr. Chris Smith, the host of this podcast, is a lecturer at Cambridge University in the UK and he’s been running Naked Scientists for two decades now.
It’s a weekly 1-hour episode which is very informative, though it can be a bit dry at times, and it’s packed with information on big science news.
Final Thoughts On Science Podcasts
There’s something for everyone here and even the most well-informed scientist will be able to get something from our best science podcasts.
Science doesn’t need to be boring as you’ll discover when you start listening to these podcasts, it’s exciting and it can be super entertaining too. Enjoy!