Nerd out on Science Podcasts

Podcasts nourish us like Flintstones Vitamins. They reimagine the classroom by taking dense sciences—biology, cosmology, anthropology, and chemistry—and packaging them up into narratives we can chew on. They give us our medicine in a sugary treat. If you want to be spoon-fed your learning, listen to these brilliant podcasts.

STATE OF THE RE:UNION
The Hospital Always Wins“It follows an artist named Issa Ibrahim who falls prey to a really awful experience with schizophrenia and ends up in a hospital for the mentally ill, where he remains trapped for years with nothing connecting him to sanity but his art.”
– Jenny Radelet, Managing Editor, Earwolf

RADIOLAB
Space: “Every Radiolab episode is the most interesting class you’ve ever taken, but this one blew my mind.”
– Devon, editor

IT’S YOUR UNIVERSE
It’s Your Universe: TIME’s podcast repackages grade-school lessons about space, including the wonder and mystery, with a superb and engaging script and production.”
– LJ, editor

SCIENCE VS
Science Vs: “Host Wendy Zukerman joined Gimlet on the strength of the first year of Science Vs. To catch up before the debut of the second season, binge listen to the science behind pornography, the Paleo diet, happiness, and more.”
– Eric, editor

YOU’RE THE EXPERT
Octopus Defenses: You’re the Expert has host Chris Duffy interview an academic expert while three comedians ask questions and make jokes, and it’s always fun! I particularly liked ‘Octopus Defenses.'”
– Erica Reisman, reader

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The Timbre brings thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis to podcasts and the larger culture of podcasting.

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