The world of science and technology is vast and infinitely complicated. There is so much about our world to learn. From psychology to physics, from geology to coding, humanity has unearthed huge amounts of fascinating information. I find podcasts to be the easiest way to consume this knowledge. Some of these science podcasts are as little as a minute long and take you on fun journeys.
Would humans have evolved if dinosaurs weren’t extinct? Why are we as a species drawn to nature? Questions you’ve had and questions you’ve never dreamt of but would love to know the answer to–find them in these podcasts!
Invisibilia is the Latin word for invisible. This podcast explores the invisible forces that make humans act the way they do. It combines social sciences and the sciences to study particular incidents and connect them to the broader spectrum of human behavior.
2. There Are No Girls On The Internet
Yay for feminist podcasts! The host, Bridget Todd, highlights the important roles that marginalized voices play on the Internet. Recently after the Capitol storm, she started the DISINFORMED series. This series tackles the issue of disinformation on the Internet and the often-ignored voices that try to combat it.
This was the podcast that got me into science podcasts. The hosts take listener questions and try their best to find the answers from scientists and experts. If the answer doesn’t exist, they ask the experts to give them their best guesses. Find out what scientists think about our chances of survival would be if dinosaurs weren’t wiped off the Earth!
4. Hidden Brain
This podcast is quite famous–and rightly so. If you want to know why humans have a compelling need to tell stories, why memes go viral, or why some relationships work while others don’t, this is the place to go! The episodes have different guest hosts, mostly psychologists with their answers on human behavior.
You may have heard of this one. After all, it’s been around for almost two decades. Radiolab performs deep dives into specific occurrences and examines why things happened the way they did. Although it does delve into scientific topics, this podcast actually has a broader spectrum and goes into history as well.
6. Star Talk
Time for some scientific star power on our list! Neil Degrasse Tyson, the American astrophysicist and the director of the Hayden Planetarium, has his very own podcast. StarTalk is what happens when you combine comedy, pop culture, and science. You may also catch other celebrity guests on this podcast.
7. BBC Discovery
The BBC has some great podcasts. Discovery not only talks about scientific exploration and discoveries but also about the very real human stories that accompany them. What was the reaction of the press when NASA started recruiting women of color? Can digital touch replace the human touch in the future? From dancers to professors, this podcast gets everyone’s views and tries to build a cohesive picture.
8. Ologies with Alie Ward
This is a really fun podcast where the host “asks smart people stupid questions”. I really like this one because of the humorous tone and the range of topics covered. Each episode explores a different “ology”. From oceanology to anthropology, there’s something for everyone!
9. 60-Second Science
This is for busy people or those who don’t want to spend an hour on a podcast! All episodes aren’t exactly 60 seconds long but they don’t exceed 9 minutes. You get simple, bite-sized developments from the world of science.
10. Overheard at National Geographic
Love the National Geographic? This one’s for you! This delightful podcast features interviews and stories from the scientists, explorers, and photographers that work at National Geographic. Each episode is around half an hour long. It’s sort of like a behind-the-scenes podcast, where you get to see how they research and write their articles, and capture those breathtaking natural moments.
11. The Science of Happiness
This podcast really breaks down complex psychological concepts and helps listeners understand what happiness is and why certain things, like music, help to improve your mood. Each episode starts with a story that effectively demonstrates the concept explained. It’s a nice boost of positivity, and you get to learn something too!
12. Making Sense with Sam Harris
Best-selling author Sam Harris is a neuroscientist and philosopher. This podcast is more on the philosophy track than the others, but that in no way means it’s any less fun! There are comedian guest appearances to keep it light too.
13. Science Vs
Science Vs is a great podcast that takes myths and popular beliefs and examines whether or not they are scientifically true. Do people actually see UFOs? Do immunity-boosting pills and hacks really work? A podcast truly needed for our times. May the truth win!
14. Houston We Have a Podcast
The name may have given you a clue as to who runs this podcast. ‘Houston we have a podcast’ is from NASA. There are some interesting astronaut interviews you can listen to. It’s fun to live vicariously through them! There are also episodes that focus on the engineering and designers who make spacesuits and space crafts. This is a great one if you are interested in the present and future of human space travel.
15. The Infinite Monkey Cage
Here’s another podcast that mixes science and comedy – literally. Hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, The Infinite Monkey Cage is a perfect blend of entertainment and learning. Celebrity guests appear here too – find out what Mark Gatiss thinks the reality of time is, or how Steve Martin wants the world to end!
16. The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman
Psychology again! Each episode features a new guest and a new relevant topic. There are some really interesting episodes here where experts give insights into their fields. So far they have been (among others) therapists, philosophers, journalists, linguists, biologists, and writers.
17. The School For Dumb Women
Rounding off this list is another feminist podcast! According to the hosts, they “investigate the subjects you’re too proud to admit you know nothing about.” Funny, random, insightful, and really informative, this one is light but a really productive listen!
All of these podcasts are informative and light enough for an easy listen! I’ve been listening to an episode while drinking my morning coffee, or while doing any kind of work that doesn’t require too much involvement. I love knowing that I’m filling my days with learning and I just feel more productive in general. It’s a crazy, beautiful world we live in and there’s a lot to know about it!
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