The 10 best scientific podcasts to follow

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Maybe you’ve started commuting back to work again, maybe you never stopped going into your lab or maybe you’re still working from your kitchen table. Whichever work scenario you find yourself in, nothing beats tuning into a great podcast that will entertain and enlighten you. In no particular order, the ValitaCell team have selected a hit list of ten podcasts that we would recommend. Available from Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Click on the podcast title to bring you directly to each website.

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Houston We Have a Podcast 

The official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Texas, a new podcast is available each week and covers complex topics in an engaging and accessible way. Hosted by Nasa’s Gary Jordan, listeners will love the conversations with astronauts, scientists and engineers.

 

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Nature 

There is a rich back catalogue of over five hundred podcasts to choose from the International Journal of Science.  New podcasts with the latest stories from the world of science are released weekly. Hosted by Nature’s journalists and editors, this podcast is wide ranging pivoting between astronomy and zoology.

Science vs. podcast

Science Vs. 

Our inboxes and social channels are saturated with news but how do we separate the truth from the fake news? Hosted by the Australian science journalist Wendy Zukerman, this podcast debunks the myths and fear mongering stories that we come across daily. Topics include the effects of 5G, fasting diet and Covid-19 anti-vaxxers.

The Life Scientific Podcast

The Life Scientific 

Professor Jim Al-Khalili interviews leading scientists about their lives and work. We get to know the person behind the work, what motivates them and drives them on personally and professionally.

Cell Culture Dish podcast

Cell Culture Dish 

This podcast is a great learning resource for any of us working in the biopharmaceutical industry. CCD covers topics such as drug research, discovery, development and manufacture of disease and biologic therapeutics.  Listeners accessing the podcast from the CCD website can easily search subject categories and find their areas of interest.

The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Infinite Monkey Cage

In this panel-style podcast from the BBC, hosts Brian Cox and Robin Ince discuss  a particular scientific topic along with a scientist and a famous comedian. Now in it’s eight season, this award-winning podcast is irreverent and light-hearted and has featured a wide number of leading scientists and comedians including Jonathan Ross, Stephen Fry and Dara Ó Briain.
 

Ologies Podcast

Ologies 

A weekly science podcast hosted by Alie Ward. The show’s tagline is “Ask smart people stupid questions” and each week, the host interviews and “ologist” from a particular scientific field. Listen to strange and wonderful stories from the world of science as the podcast seeks to find the answers to topics that may change your life.

Skeptics Guide to the Universe

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe

A long running show (2005), this weekly podcast sees a panel of experts discuss the latest scientific news and developments with the goal to fact check and debunk any myths.

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The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry

Another podcast from the BBC makes our list. Hosts Drs. Hannah Fry and Adam Rutherford are engaging and warm as they answer weird and wonderful scienific mysteries that are submitted by listeners. What’s the point of wasps? What are wormholes and do they exist? Lots more besides this, so tune in to discover more.

 

Radio lab podcast

Radiolab

Produced by WNYC, a public radio station in New York, Radiolab focuses on scientific, philosophical and political topics. Widely acclaimed with listeners and critics, Radiolab approaches deep questions in a light-hearted way and weaves some great music into the show at the same time! 

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