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7 Great Science Podcasts You Can’t Miss

If you’re here checking out our website, then it’s a good bet you enjoy science fiction that is rooted in believable science. We do too. And we love to share. So, we put together a list of 7 podcasts that cover science in a way that is entertaining and educational. Check them out, and enjoy.

Big Picture ScienceBig Picture Science - 7 Great Science Podcasts You Can’t Miss on Recursor.tv

Official description:
The radio show and podcast of the SETI Institute, Big Picture Science engages the public with modern science research through smart and humorous storytelling. The show does more than interview top scientists and technology innovators. Themed episodes connect those latest research ideas to identify emerging trends and why they matter, addressing the “so what?” of science.

Our take:
This podcast is flat out fun. SETI’s Seth Shostak knows how to entertain listeners, talk science in ways the average person can grasp, and has a great radio voice. Science journalist Molly Bentley complements the podcast’s subjects and themes with solid reporting. And the show does a monthly episode called Skeptic Check, which separates science from pseudoscience with the power of that underrated skill called critical thinking. What’s not to love about that?

Flash ForwardFlash Forward podcast - 7 Great Science Podcasts You Can’t Miss on Recursor.tv 

Official description:
Flash Forward is a podcast about the future. Each episode takes listeners on a possible (or not so possible) future scenario — everything from the existence of artificial wombs, to what would happen if space pirates dragged a second moon to Earth.

Our take:
Talk about a podcast that delves into the “what ifs” of science that inspire science fiction. Flash Forward is great at exploring the edges of science and raising questions that intrigue—such as what it would be like if we were controlled by parasites infecting our brain (fungus, people), or what exoskeletons might be used for in the future, and what happens when they’re used everywhere.

Hidden Brain - 7 Great Science Podcasts You Can’t Miss on Recursor.tvHidden Brain

Official description:
Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves.Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.

Our take:
Focusing on how we see the world and what makes human beings tick, Hidden Brains deals with the psychology of our behavior in a way that leans on science, not pseudoscience. It offers a nice complement to all the advances in technology, robotics, biology, and other hard sciences that we naturally think of when we look at the roots of hard sci-fi stories.

Science Vs - 7 Great Science Podcasts You Can’t Miss on Recursor.tvScience Vs.

Official description:
Science Vs takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between.  we’re covering plastic straws, essential oils, veganism, ancient aliens and a lot of other topics that have got the internet hot and bothered.

Our take:
Host Wendy Zuckerman is fun, funny, and sure to entertain as she looks at the real science behind the memes and opinions your friends are sharing on Facebook every day. Want to know the scoop on whether you should sit or hover when you use the public toilet? And do you want to know the science behind the answer? Then this is the podcast for you.

Stuff to Blow Your Mind

Official description:
Prepare for a trip down the rabbit hole as Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick lead you on a scientific journey to the very limits of human understanding. Stuff to Blow Your Mind examines neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and the technological underpinnings of our transhuman future.

Our take:
All of the How Stuff Works podcasts are worth listening to for different reasons. But if you’re into applying science to anything from ancient myths like the Ship of Theseus of Greek legend to the ins and outs of squirrel biology and behavior, Stuff to Blow Your Mind will fit the bill.

Star Talk - Stuff to Blow Your Mind - 7 Great Science Podcasts You Can’t Miss on Recursor.tvStar Talk

Official description:
The first popular commercial radio program devoted to astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe, Star Talk Radio is now in its 8th season. The show is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Our take:
You’ve probably already got this legendary podcast on your playlist. But we couldn’t leave it out of our recommendations. It features tons of interesting science and sci-fi guests, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, director James Cameron, astrophysicist Charles Liu, and many others, talking about everything from NASCAR physics to the politics and privitization of space exploration. It’s always entertaining, and it’s the original in its class.

Talk Nerdy - Stuff to Blow Your Mind - 7 Great Science Podcasts You Can’t Miss on Recursor.tvTalk Nerdy

Official description:
Conversations with interesting people about interesting topics. Talk Nerdy is hosted by award-winning science journalist Cara Santa Maria.

Our take:
If you’re a person who loves discovery, Talk Nerdy is for you. Interviews take place with a wide range of people who are making an impact in our world or have science knowledge that doesn’t always come up in everyday conversation, from what DNA can and can’t tell us about our genetic origins to what happens when your body is donated to science, and more.

Your Favorites?

If you have favorite science podcasts we haven’t mentioned, share them in the comments. We’d love to hear about your playlists.

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Header image photograph taken by astronaut Donald R. Pettit, en:Expedition 6 NASA ISS science officer, on board the en:International Space Station (ISS), 2003, via Wikimedia Commons.

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