Best Science Podcasts - 2020

Science may not always seem approachable by the masses. However podcasts have made research and science topics a whole lot more digestible and, dare we say... even fun?! Whether you want to know how to apply hard science to everyday life, listen to historical science stories, or be a part of the discussion about the power of breaking scientific developments, there is a variety of other science podcasts out there for you that may fancy your interest.

While you might be most familiar with shows such as Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk Radio, an entertaining science and space podcast talking about all things in the universe. Looking for more stories, research or conversations about science, space, human beings or universe-related podcasts? Look no further. We are excited to share different genres of science podcasts that you may not be as familiar with yet.

If we could recommend a science technology series to start off with, check out The Dropout. This is a true story of Elizabeth Holmes, who was once identified as the ‘next Steve Jobs’. Her tech company, Theranos, had a mission to use a single drop of blood for multiple lab tests however, things were not quite as they seemed - ethically and scientifically (6 episodes). If you liked the Dropout, do yourself a favor and listen to the Patient Zero/a> podcast (11 episodes). This is another remarkable science-related podcast series centered around the study of disease/epidemiology and specifically, Lyme disease.

If you want something a little lighter and exciting, check out season one (10 episodes) of
The Happiness Lab. The host, Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos takes you through the latest scientific research and shares inspiring stories that will forever alter the way you think about happiness.

From podcasts that cover technology to science-based research, we created a list of our recommendations of the best science podcasts in 2020. Fuel your brain with these science podcasts and we promise you that you can’t go wrong with any of these shows. Get your science on!

The Dropout

by ABC News

23m

average length

12

episodes

Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world's youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as "the next Steve Jobs" find herself facing criminal charges -- to which she pleaded not guilty -- and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize healthcare, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way? ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, along with producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson, take listeners on a journey that includes a three-year-long investigation. You'll hear exclusive interviews with former employees, investors, and patients, and for the first-time, the never-before-aired deposition testimony of Elizabeth Holmes, and those at the center of this story.

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

by Pushkin Industries

31m

average length

47

episodes

You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale--the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history--Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show and to sign up to our newsletter visit: happinesslab.fm

Radiolab

by WNYC Studios

41m

average length

221

episodes

View the Episode Archive » Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes | RSS. #smartbinge Radiolab podcasts

StarTalk Radio

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

48m

average length

607

episodes

Science, pop culture and comedy collide on StarTalk Radio! Astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and scientists discuss astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe. Keep Looking Up! New episodes premiere Friday nights at 7pm ET.

Science Vs

by Gimlet

28m

average length

137

episodes

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. We do the hard work of sifting through all the science so you don't have to. This season we tackle football concussions, heartbreak, 5G networks, sleep, free healthcare, police use of force, asteroids and more.

Gastropod

by Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley

43m

average length

27337

episodes

Food with a side of science and history. Every other week, co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley serve up a brand new episode exploring the hidden history and surprising science behind a different food- or farming-related topic, from aquaculture to ancient feasts, from cutlery to chile peppers, and from microbes to Malbec. We interview experts, visit labs, fields, and archaeological digs, and generally have lots of fun while discovering new ways to think about and understand the world through food. Find us online at gastropod.com, follow us on Twitter @gastropodcast, and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/gastropodcast.

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

by Steven Novella

83m

average length

777

episodes

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is a weekly science podcast discussing the latest science news, critical thinking, bad science, conspiracies and controversies. -The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: Your escape to reality - Produced by SGU Productions, LLC: https://www.theskepticsguide.org

BrainStuff

by iHeartRadio

6m

average length

1481

episodes

Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.

Stuff To Blow Your Mind

by iHeartRadio

61m

average length

1288

episodes

Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future.

The Naked Scientists Podcast

by The Naked Scientists

58m

average length

776

episodes

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.

Science Talk

by Scientific American

25m

average length

512

episodes

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. He is also an articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine. His column, "Antigravity," is one of science writing's great humor venues. Also check our daily podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

Astronomy Cast

by info@astronomycast.com

31m

average length

452

episodes

Take a fact-based journey through the cosmos. Tune in to hear weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology. Hosted by Fraser Cain (Universe Today) and Dr. Pamela L. Gay (SIUE), this show brings the questions of an avid astronomy lover direct to an astronomer. Together Fraser and Pamela explore what is known and being discovered about the universe around us. Astronomy Cast is supported through individual donations and the sponsorship of Swinburne Astronomy Online.

The Science of Happiness

by PRX

20m

average length

77

episodes

Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

TED Talks Science and Medicine

by TED

13m

average length

290

episodes

Some of the world's greatest scientists, doctors and medical researchers share their discoveries and visions onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Science for the People

by Rachelle Saunders, Bethany Brookshire, Anika Hazra, & Marion Kilgour

60m

average length

298

episodes

Science for the People is a long-format interview podcast that explores the connections between science, popular culture, history, and public policy, to help listeners understand the evidence and arguments behind what's in the news and on the shelves. Our hosts sit down with science researchers, writers, authors, journalists, and experts to discuss science from the past, the science that affects our lives today, and how science might change our future.

The World: Science, Tech & Environment

by

5m

average length

131

episodes

A daily public radio broadcast program and podcast from PRX and WGBH, hosted by Marco Werman

The Infinite Monkey Cage

by BBC Radio 4

38m

average length

133

episodes

Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.