Podcasts

These are list of podcasts that I listen to regularly. At least now by listing them here I know where a significant portion of my week goes.

  • Skeptics Guide to the Universe features discussions of myths, conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, the paranormal, and many general forms of superstition, from the point of view of scientific skepticism
  • The Science Jerks Two comedians with limited knowledge of science invite on a special guest to discuss science topics.  Also has a really good part where they do a 5 question quiz to show that they really don’t know a lot about science 🙂
  • Skeptoid.com Brian Dunning. A weekly audio podcast dedicated “to furthering knowledge by blasting away the widespread pseudosciences that infect popular culture, and replacing them with way cooler reality.”
  • The Naked Scientists is made up of a few different podcasts that you can sign up for.
    • The Naked Scientists – Based at Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), the Naked Scientists are a team of scientists, doctors and communicators whose passion is to help the general public to understand and engage with the worlds of science, technology and medicine.
    • Ask The Naked Scientists – Listeners get to ask questions.  I think it is hosted as part of a South African radio show.  Some great questions and sometimes some dumb questions 🙂  but always handled professionally.
    • Naked Genetics You guessed it.  The focus is on genetics.  Not updated as regularly as the other podcasts but a great listen
  • Hello Internet a +2 hour podcast which is usually the ramblings and insights to two of the most interesting Youtube celebrities  CGP Grey and Brady Haran.
  • This Week In Science – The Kickass Science Podcast Very entertaining look at current science news stories.  A weekly, hour-long web and radio show presenting an humorous, often opinionated, and irreverent look at the week in science and technology. In each episode, TWIS discusses the latest in cutting-edge science news on topics such as genetic engineering, stem cells, cybernetics, epigenetics, space exploration, neuroscience, microbiology, the end of the world, and a show favorite – Countdown to World Robot Domination.
  • The Complete Guide To Everything This is more like listening to two guys at the back of the bus talking about whatever pops in to their minds. It might take you a while to get in to this but once you realise that they very rarely talk about the topic from the podcast you’ll get used to it.  Very entertaining.
  • StarTalk Radio a popular commercial radio program devoted to all things space and is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • No Such Thing As A Fish From the people who find the facts for QI.  So basically QI for the ears without all the annoying pretence of a game show.
  • Serial I’m not sure when there will be new episodes.  If you haven’t heard any of these, get them straight away.  Highly addictive podcast that currently only has one season. Season 1 focuses on one individual and runs through the events that lead up to his incarceration.
  • Be Reasonable Most people only like to hear sides of an argument that they agree with.  This podcast exposes sceptics to other sides of the story.  Very interesting how cool the interviewer keeps even when the guests discuss pseudo-science topics that may be harmful. This is how discussions and interviews should be done.
  • The Guardian Science Weekly Latest science news updates from the Guardian team .
  • The Why Factor Why do we do the things we do? Mike Williams searches for the extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions to inform us about the way we live in the 21st Century.
  • Nerdonomy: Nerds On History  History is full amazing stories.  Join hosts Bryan Moriarty & Eric Bricmont as they explore the most inspirational, terrifying, & funniest events in history.
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage is a BBC Radio 4 comedy series that isn’t available very often.  It releases in ‘seasons’ much similar to a TV show series. Hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince.
  • Science In Action BBC – Jack Stewart and guests discuss the latest science research and news stories from all over the world.
  • Little Atoms Podcast is a weekly show featuring the worlds of science, journalism, politics, religion, academia, human rights and the arts in conversation. Produced and presented by Neil Denny.
  • Future Proof With Jonathan McCrea I’m Irish so I wasn’t expecting an Irish produced podcast to be of much interest.  I’m glad to say that I am wrong.  Fantastic review of science news stories.
  • From Our Own Correspondent Great BBC podcast.  Every week correspondents, journalists and writers from around the world report on the stories behind the headlines, often bringing a personal perspective to them.
  • 60-Second Mind  latest news in behaviour and brain research delivered in approx 1 minute.
  • The Science Hour Another great BBC podcast.  Science, health and technology news and highlights of the week.
  • Stuff To Blow Your Mind examines neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and the technological underpinnings of our transhuman future.
  • The Maths Dude Quick And Dirty Tips To Make Math Easier 
    Math can be confusing and scary and this podcast gives you short tips to help you understnad Maths better.
  • The Philosopher’s Arms Matthew Sweet examines philosophical problems with a live audience in a pub
  • BBC Inside Science Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that’s changing our world.
  • BrainStuff An hour of entertaining science stories
  • Freakonomics Radio is an award-winning podcast and public-radio project hosted by Stephen Dubner, with co-author Steve Levitt as a regular guest
  • More Or Less: Behind The Stats Podcast Tim Harford looks at stats that are in the news and reviews how accurate they might be.
  • InKredulous InKredulous is the skeptical, satirical, comedy panel show from the Merseyside Skeptics Society.
  • Skeptics With A K Skeptics with a K is the official podcast of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. Each episode features Mike, Marsh and Alice chatting about stuff that interests them, often with a skeptical angle.
  • Discovery Discovery explores today’s most significant scientific discoveries and talks to the scientists behind them.
  • Talk Nerdy With Cara Santa Maria Cara Santa Maria has dedicated her life to improving science literacy by communicating scientific principles across media platforms.
  • Tech Weekly The Guardian’s tech team with news and discussion from the digital worlds of technology, gaming and the web
  • The Inuquiry BBC Experts analyse a pressing question from the news.
  • Those Conspiracy Guys Why do I listen to these.  To be honest I’ve no idea.  Probably one of the worst podcasts there are.  Maybe it is the Irish accent, or maybe it is to see what the other side think.
  • Skepticality: The Official Podcast Of Skeptic Magazine The official radio show and podcast of Skeptic Magazine and the Skeptics Society
  • Science Times Learn about the latest news and trends in science, medicine and the environment from the reporters and editors of the popular Science Times section of The New York Times.
  • Philosophy Bites Podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics
  • The Bugle The Bugle, one of the universe’s leading satirical comedy podcasts, featuring John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman, lives on.
  • The Guardian Long Read In-depth reporting, essays and profiles
  • PodQuiz Weekly Trivia Quiz Weekly quiz.  Not too dissimilar from a pub quiz.
  • Friday Night Comedy From BBC Radio 4 Enjoy a satirical take on the week’s news with the cream of UK comedy talent. The News Quiz and The Now Show from BBC Radio 4.
  • Pop Everything  See the Complete Guide To Everything
  • TED Radio Hour The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections.
  • You Are Not So Smart  You Are Not So Smart is a fun exploration of the ways you and everyone else tends to develop an undeserved confidence in human perception, motivation, and behaviour.
  • Point Of Enquiry is the Center for Inquiry’s flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you’re not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics.

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