7 science-related podcasts worth a listen

Here are a few that I’ve been loving lately, as well as a few I’ve been meaning to listen to in the near future.

Recent go-to’s:

1. Exolore

With each episode set on a different type of floating space rock (i.e. planets, moons, etc.), Exolore uses the constraints of scientific knowledge to imagine new worlds. Astrophysicist and folklorist Moiya McTier brings on scientists of all backgrounds—from physicists to biologists to political scientists and more—to paint a vivid picture of what life looks like beyond the context of our current existence.

This podcast is SO cool. I absolutely love anything that treads the line of science and fiction (see: my recent summer project), and Exolore is an incredibly well-executed exploration of speculative, interdisciplinary science.


Homepage: https://www.exolorepod.com/

2. The Biology of Superheroes

Where’s the line between the science and fiction of superheroes? The Biology of Superheroes explores cutting-edge biology-related research all through the lens of various superheroes, mythical creatures, and more. Hosts Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton and Arien Darby chat with expert guests about pop culture ranging from Spiderman to Black Panther to Stranger Things.

Sensing a theme with the science/fiction thing? Yeah, definitely. The Biology of Superheroes is another fantastic bridge between real and imagined worlds, and it breaks down emerging science in an accessible (and super fun) way.


Homepage: thebiologyofsuperheroespodcast.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/superbiopodcast

3. Just the Zoo of Us

Join hosts Ellen and Christian Weatherford as they rate a vast variety of animals in the categories of effectiveness, ingenuity, and aesthetics. Hear from science experts about their opinions on their own study animals, as well!

This podcast never fails to make me smile. Between the (absolutely incredibly serious) discussion of animal adaptation ranking and the Weatherfords’ infectious laughter, Just the Zoo of Us is consistently an educational, family-friendly, and overall delightful listen.


Homepage: https://www.justthezooofus.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JusttheZooofUs

4. LGBTQ+ Stem Cast

LGBTQ+ Stem Cast episodes are each a quick snapshot into the lives of LGBTQ+ scientists from diverse backgrounds. Hosted by Annabel Gong and Felix J Berrios-Ortega, each scientist’s story shares unique perspectives into what it’s like to be a scientist at various career stages.

This podcast is definitely one to keep tabs on as it grows—it’s personal, casual, conversational, and a wonderful step toward increasing LGBTQ+ visibility and creating a more complete picture of individuals making waves in STEM fields.


Homepage: https://linktr.ee/lgbtqstemcast

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LGBTQstemCast

5. Hot Take

Hot Take is a candid, comprehensive look into discussions (or lack thereof) about the ongoing climate crisis. Storytelling-expert hosts Amy Westervelt and Mary Annaïse Heglar (sometimes along with guests) dive into media coverage of all forms and dissect how climate change, policy solutions, and more are presented and what that means for society moving forward.

This podcast is a great place to refer to for critical thinking about how the climate crisis—a difficult but necessary discussion topic—impacts every part of life (and does so differently for everyone).


Newsletter: https://realhottake.substack.com/subscribe

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealHotTake

A couple podcasts I actually have yet to listen to but still feel are worth listing based on intrigue…

6. Sawbones

Join Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy for a tour of all the dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways we’ve tried to fix people.

Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine official description

A friend recommended this to me recently—I got really into Wondry’s podcast Dr. Death about surgical mispractice a while ago, and Sawbones seems to fall in a similar vein (pun not intended) of sharing stories about medical mistakes past and present. (Stay tuned for my review once I finally listen to it, perhaps?)


Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sawbones

7. Petri Dish

Profane, insane, and 100% primo science, Petri Dish is a no-BS podcast that explores the wildest subjects in modern science with clarity and evil joy. Hosted by Sean Allen, a Nanoparticle/Immunology Researcher, and Nathan Allen, his “screenwriter” brother, Petri Dish fuses hard science with a freewheeling and madcap conversational style…So reject ignorance. Join the Scientific Revolution. Join Petri Dish.

Petri Dish official description

I stumbled on this podcast through science Twitter (which is how I find most of the science-related podcasts I listen to, actually!), and I’m excited to see how these hosts use comedy to effectively communicate science. If you give it a listen, let me know your thoughts!


Homepage: https://anchor.fm/petridish

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DishPodcast

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