Top 5 Podcasts for Science Majors (or Enthusiasts)

Whether you own an MP3 Player, iPod, smartphone, or other mobile device, you have a whole world of knowledge available to you in the form of podcasts. These digital media files are available to anyone with a basic MP3 playback, and they offer listeners the opportunity to explore the subject of their choice, no matter how small of a niche it may be.

The science field receives a lot of attention in the form of podcast production, and finding the best and most interesting podcasts can take some work. To help narrow down your choices, we’ve listened some of the top science podcasts for science majors and enthusiasts below.

  1. Radioab.
    Hosted by Jad Abumrad, Radiolab presents scientific exploration in a fun and quirky way. Using narratives, music, and research, Radiolab addresses topics like dreaming, empathy, and the darker side of human nature. Episodes are offered seasonally, rather than weekly.

  2. Science Weekly.
    A weekly podcast, Science Weekly is hosted by Guardian reporter Alok Jha. The podcast explores contemporary science news topics, and features interviews from prominent figures in the field. Recently, the podcast covered Daniel Everett’s book Language: The Cultural Tool and the subject of biological evolution.

  3. Science Friday.
    Part of NPR’s "Talk of the Nation" program, Science Friday is a weekly podcast hosted by journalist Ira Flatow. It explores science news from the week prior and features discussions with panels of experts. Previous topics include creatures of the ocean, human origins, and electric car technology.

  4. 60-Second Science.
    With a busy student schedule, it can sometimes be difficult to find the time to listen to whole podcasts. Luckily, 60-Second Science offers quick, minute-long episodes of science news each weekday. It is offered through Scientific American, and has covered topics like the reason why paper yellows as it ages, and the role of anxiety in boosting threat odor perception.

  5. The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.
    Produced by the New England Skeptical Society, in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation, the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe explores topics like the paranormal, popular science, homeopathy, and fringe science, all from a scientific viewpoint. It is hosted by Yale neurology professor Dr. Seven Novella, his brothers, founder Rebecca Watson, and Evan Bernstein. Recent topics addressed include neuropathy, the Tennessee Anti-Evolution Bill, multitasking, and cosmic superwinds.

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