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10 Science Podcasts You Should Listen to Right Now

It seems like there's a podcast for everything these days, and everyone (and their dog) is making a podcast. Whether you’re into beekeeping or bigfoot, there’s a pod out there for you. In the U.S., 33% of people report listening to a podcast in the past month; and 16 million Americans would call themselves an “avid podcast fan”.




With all these shows and listening platforms around, it can be difficult to know where to turn. To help you find the best science podcasts for whatever you're into, we’ve collected a list of our staff picks. While the PhysicsCentral podcast is our personal, unbiased favorite (you can listen to all 110 episodes on SoundCloud), these programs are nice too.

We hope that these particular soundwaves resonate in a positive way inside your ears. Happy listening!

Ologies

Allie Ward, host of the CBS series "Innovation Nation", also runs a delightful podcast where she spends each episode interviewing a different “ologist”. The episodes take a deep dive into anything from mars, to mushrooms, to the apocalypse. To learn some physics-ologies, check out this episode on cosmology with astrophysicist Katie Mack.


The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week


The Weirdest Thing is a perfect podcast for your friends who are always inserting strange facts into otherwise normal conversations. Brought to you by Popular Science, these journalists spin the most delightful science yarns, quasi-competing to decide who tells the strangest science vignette. For some physics-centric fun, check out their episode featuring the strange idiosyncrasies of Nikola Tesla. It may or may not involve pigeons.

Talk Nerdy



Science journalist Cara Santa Maria has a knack for finding incredibly unique topics. In her podcast, Talk Nerdy, she talks with a scientist each episode about fields you’ve probably never heard of. If you’re looking for physics, we recommend this episode, where Santa Maria talks with Dr. Helen Czerski on the science of bubbles.

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape



Dr. Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech, but when he isn’t researching, he’s bridging science and media with pieces in the New York Times, Scientific American; and he’s even been on The Colbert Report. In his new podcast, Carroll talks with scientists, philosophers, and artists about anything from quantum gravity to morality.

Science VS



Science in the media is full of myths to dodge, fads with not a lot of evidence, and a whole lot of gray areas. In Science VS, host Wendy Zuckerman and a team of fact-checkers take on hot topics in the media and get down to the facts. For a physics-themed episode, check out this one discussing nuclear power.

Science Friday



No matter you’re into, Science Friday is sure to satisfy your science needs, and its been around for decades! Every week, host Ira Flatow talks with scientists, journalists, and writers about their work, and gets down to what exactly it means for all us science-muggles. For physics fans, it’s a goldmine (featuring segments on how grapes spark in the microwave, to natural nuclear reactors, to a mysterious atmospheric phenomenon named "Steve")

Nature Podcast




If you’re looking for straight, no-nonsense updates on the latest research in science, then the journal Nature’s podcast is the one for you. This podcast supplies weekly updates of the newest research coming out of Nature journals, covering a wide range of high-profile topics.

Stuff to blow your mind


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As the title would suggest, this podcast from How Stuff Works will find new ways to scramble your brain each episode. Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick examine extraterrestrial worlds, neurological phenomena, technology and much more in this witty podcast.  For some physics, check out this episode on the wacky Higgs Boson particle.

The Habitat



While this podcast is not strictly about developing scientific research, The Habitat takes a look at how science can impact our lives. This short podcast series details the lives of six strangers for a year as they participate in an experiment to simulate what life would be like on Mars. Journalist Lynn Levy documents the lives of the volunteers as they spend 365 days isolated on a remote mountain in Hawaii, and crafts a compelling story about human behavior and the relationships we build.

Radiolab





Radiolab isn’t a strict science podcast, but the WNYC studios program is a classic show you can always rely on. While their topics span from politics, to history, to current events, there's quite a few science-oriented episodes. For example, if you’re interested in learning about cosmic rays, and their potentially catastrophic effects on computers, cars, and even elections; their episode “Bit Flip” might be just for you.


Is there a fantastic science podcast that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!


–Lissie Connors


Lissie Connors (@LissieOfficial) covers social media and writes about science happenings for APS and Physics Central. In her lifetime, she has listened to at least one podcast, but probably more. 

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  1. The best science podcast ever, hands down, is The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe. Cara Santa Maria is actually one of the hosts of it!

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