Our 10 favorite science podcasts

Whether you’re doing a quick Miniprep or labeling hundreds of PCR plates, listening to science podcasts can help keep you sane, entertained, and informed! With so many podcasts out there, we’ve pulled together this list of ten great options:

1. 60-Second Science (1 – 2 minutes, updated weekdays)

This Scientific American podcast provides a daily minute commentary about cutting-edge science, from potential causes of cat epilepsy to genes activated in songbirds and musicians. Perfect to entertain you while your samples are spinning.

2. Gastropod (25 – 55 minutes, biweekly)

Gastropod looks at food through the lens of science and history. Produced by two science and food journalists, each episode looks at the hidden history and surprising science behind a different food and/or farming-related topic.

3. Nature Podcast (25 – 30 minutes, weekly)

One of the best journal podcasts out there, Nature Podcast features the highlights from the week’s edition of Nature including interviews with the people behind the science and in-depth commentaries.

4. The Naked Scientist (1 hour, weekly)

Don’t let the title scare you. The Naked Scientist is safe for all ages and is the most interactive science podcast. Prominent scientists answer listener questions live on-air. Guests have included world-renowned microbiologist Dr. James D. Watson.

5. Quirks & Quarks (50 – 55 minutes, weekly)

Quirks & Quarks is Canada’s award-winning national science program hosted by a fantastic science journalist. Quirks & Quarks focuses on the people and story behind new scientific discoveries, from dinosaur cannibalism to cancer in ancient humans.

6. Science Friday (2 x 47-minute segments, weekly)

Best weekend science podcast. This podcast features interviews with scientists, science writers, and policymakers, who then answer questions from callers. Each episode is two hours long, which is great for science nerds. The website also includes videos, articles and useful resources.

7. Science Podcast (20 – 30 minutes, weekly)

Produced by Science, this podcast summarizes science news stories and often features a longer interview with the author of a Science paper.

8. Sawbones (40 minutes, weekly)

A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. Every Friday, the makers dig through the annals of medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we've tried to fix people over the years. Educational? You bet! Fun? We hope!

9. PNAS Science Sessions (4 – 6 minutes, monthly)

Much like PNAS itself, these short interviews with PNAS authors cover a huge variety of science! Enjoy the brief conversations with cutting-edge researchers and policymakers as they discuss topics relevant to today’s scientific community.

10. Science Focus Podcast from BBC (20-40 minutes, bi-weekly)

The BBC Focus team talk to the brightest names in science and technology about the latest news, ideas and breakthroughs shaping our world.