The Best Science Podcasts (2019)

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1. Hidden Brain

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

Nov 11, 2019
Hungry, Hungry Hippocampus
Anyone who's tried (and failed) to follow a diet knows that food is more than fuel.
2. Science Vs

There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Science Vs is the show from Gimlet Media that finds out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between.

Nov 8, 2019
Sleepy? Science to the Rescue!
Not sleeping enough turning you into a monster? Cutting-edge science helps us understand why.
3. Science Friday

Weekly brain fun for curious people.

Nov 8, 2019
Biomedical Espionage
Is the open culture of science in the U.S. inviting other countries to steal scientific discoveries?
4. 60-Second Science

Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to

Nov 10, 2019
Marine Mammal Epidemic Linked to Climate Change
A measles-like virus is ricocheting through marine mammal populations in the Arctic, and melting sea ice might be to blame.
5. Stuff To Blow Your Mind

Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is.

Nov 12, 2019
Black Hole Dream
Have you ever dreamt that you forgot about a college class until the day of a test — and then a black hole swallowed the entire university?
6. Curiosity Daily

The award-winning Curiosity Daily podcast will help you get smarter about the world around you — every day. In less than 10 minutes, you'll get a unique mix of research-based life hacks, the latest science and technology news, and more.

Nov 11, 2019
How Calculus Is Different
How is calculus different from algebra? And how can calculus do things that other math can't?
7. Discovery

Nov 4, 2019
Turi King
When a skeleton was unearthed in 2012, we needed evidence to prove it was the body of Richard III, England's infamous medieval monarch.
8. StarTalk Radio

Nov 1, 2019
Life of a Science Guy, with Bill Nye
Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with his friend and beloved science communicator Bill Nye to explore how he became the “Science Guy.”
9. You Are Not So Smart

You Are Not So Smart is a show about psychology that celebrates science and self delusion. In each episode, we explore what we've learned so far about reasoning, biases, judgments, and decision-making.

Nov 4, 2019
Prevalence Induced Concept Change
A look at prevalence induced concept change.
10. Bad Science

Each week we pair a comedian with a scientist, to break down the scientifically inaccurate elements of popular movies and TV shows. Warning: There will be spoilers.

Nov 5, 2019
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
A look at the science behind Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
11. The Story Collider

Whether we wear a lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all of our lives. And that means we all have science stories to tell.

Nov 1, 2019
Crushes: Stories about scientists in love
Two stories from scientists searching for that special someone.
12. Science Rules! with Bill Nye

Bill Nye is on a mission to change the world— one phone call at a time. He’ll tackle your curliest questions on just about anything in the universe.

Oct 31, 2019
The End of the World
It’s Halloween and the perfect time to get apocalyptic.
13. Short Wave

New discoveries, everyday mysteries, and the science behind the headlines — all in about 10 minutes, every weekday. It's science for everyone, using a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join host Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.

Nov 11, 2019
Can Global Shipping Go Zero Carbon?
A lot of the stuff we buy in the U.S. comes by ship, ships that use a particularly dirty kind of fuel. But one company wants to change that.
16. The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is a weekly science podcast discussing the latest science news, critical thinking, bad science, conspiracies and controversies.

17. Science Talk

Science Talk is a weekly science audio show covering the latest in the world of science and technology. Join Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists.

18. WSJ’s The Future of Everything

Nov 6, 2019
The Future of AI
Artificial intelligence has been called the "new electricity," meaning it will soon become a standard part of the world as we know it.
19. TechStuff

TechStuff is a show about technology. And it’s not just how technology works. Join host Jonathan Strickland as he explores the people behind the tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.

20. The Naked Scientists Podcast

The Naked Scientists flagship science show brings you a lighthearted look at the latest scientific breakthroughs, interviews with the world's top scientists, answers to your science questions and science experiments to try at home.

21. The Guardian's Science Weekly

The award-winning Science Weekly is the best place to learn about the big discoveries and debates in biology, chemistry, physics, and sometimes even maths. From the Guardian science desk.

22. Sean Carroll's Mindscape

Sean Carroll hosts conversations with the world's most interesting thinkers. Science, society, philosophy, culture, arts, and ideas.

23. In Our Time: Science

Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.

24. The Biology of Superheroes

Superheroes and science fiction meet the cutting edge of biological sciences in this podcast. Where does the science meet the fiction? Listen and find out!

25. Science Focus Podcast

The Science Focus Podcast is brought to you by the team behind BBC Science Focus magazine. In each episode we talk to the brightest minds in science, technology and health about the ideas and breakthroughs shaping our understanding of the world.

26. Nature Podcast

The Nature Podcast brings you the best stories from the world of science each week. We cover everything from astronomy to zoology, highlighting the most exciting research from each issue of Nature journal.

27. Planetary Radio

Planetary Radio brings you the human adventure across our solar system and beyond. We visit each week with the scientists, engineers, leaders, advocates and astronauts who are taking us across the final frontier.

28. Science in Action

The BBC brings you all the week's science news.

29. The Science Hour

Science news and highlights of the week

30. Science Magazine Podcast

Weekly podcasts from Science Magazine, the world's leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary.

31. Science & Futurism with Isaac Arthur

Podcast by Isaac Arthur

32. SciShow Tangents

Introducing the lightly competitive knowledge showcase from the geniuses behind the YouTube series SciShow.

33. Creature Feature

We take a critter’s eye view to explore how animal behavior parallels humans. Join comedians and science-lovers as we get inside the minds of animals.

34. BBC Earth Podcast

Intimate stories and surprising truths about nature, science and the human experience in a podcast the size of the planet.

35. This Birding Life

This Birding Life is a podcast from the folks at Bird Watcher’s Digest. And like the magazine’s content, the topics covered by This Birding Life range far and wide, from the backyard to the tropics.

36. UC Science Today

UC Science Today is produced by the University of California and covers the latest and greatest research throughout the system. From breakthroughs in medicine, agriculture and the environment to insights into the world around us.

37. Living on Earth

Living on Earth is a weekly news and information program from PRI about the world's changing environment, ecology, and human health.

38. A Moment of Science

You have questions and A Moment of Science has answers. Short science videos and audio science podcasts provide the scientific story behind some of life's most perplexing mysteries.

39. Science in Action

New developments in science and science news from around the world, weekly from BBC World Service.

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