Best Science Questions Podcasts (2021)
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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 Emily Kwong for science on a different wavelength.
 
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Freakonomics Radio

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Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher

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Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers.
 
Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.
 
Physics World Weekly offers a unique insight into the latest news, breakthroughs and innovations from the global scientific community. Our award-winning journalists reveal what has captured their imaginations about the stories in the news this week, which might span anything from quantum physics and astronomy through to materials science, environmental research and policy, and biomedical science and technology. Find out more about the stories in this podcast by visiting the Physics World web ...
 
The BMJ is an international peer reviewed medical journal and a fully “online first” publication. The BMJ’s vision is to be the world’s most influential and widely read medical journal. Our mission is to lead the debate on health and to engage, inform, and stimulate doctors, researchers, and other health professionals in ways that will improve outcomes for patients. We aim to help doctors to make better decisions.
 
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Sci-gasm

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Sci-gasm

Byrne and Wade

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Strap yourself in as Byrne and Wade take a look at the complex scientific issues, from time travel and black holes to the wacky world of animal sex, and debunk some junk Science along the way. Enjoy your Sci-gasm!
 
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Words & Numbers

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Words & Numbers

Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan

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Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan co-host Words & Numbers, where they look at current events through the eyes of an economist and a political scientist. The show is aimed at interested non-experts. Regular episodes come out each Wednesday and bonus episodes each Saturday.
 
A podcast about how we imagine, and how what we imagine shapes what we do. Each conversation brings together visionaries from the worlds of arts, sciences, humanities, and technology discussing the nature of imagination and how we collaborate to create the future. Hosted by Dr Brian Keating, Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Physics at UC San Diego. For show notes go to: https://briankeating.com/podcast.php Audible is hands-down my favorite platform for consuming podcasts, fiction and ...
 
A fun-filled discussion of the big, mind-blowing, unanswered questions about the Universe. In each episode, Daniel Whiteson (a Physicist who works at CERN) and Jorge Cham (a popular online cartoonist) discuss some of the simple but profound questions that people have been wondering about for thousands of years, explaining the science in a fun, shorts-wearing and jargon-free way.
 
Quiz Quiz Bang Bang is a weekly pub trivia practice podcast. For three weeks out of the month it is straight questions and answers as read by the hosts Annie and David Flora. Once a month we invite friends to join us for a live game of quiz bang trivia to add the humor, thought processes and fun. The show’s format is 4 rounds of 4 questions each with a quick-fire Bang Bang Round after Round 2. After Round 4, a final Big Bang round caps off the show with 3 questions, the answers of which are ...
 
Two professional quizmasters ask each other and guests their favorite questions of the week, while providing additional information and commentary. Learn interesting bits of trivia knowledge, discover what goes into crafting a good trivia question or team name, laugh at the hosts many moments of ignorance and pure stupidity and more on the Know Nonsense Trivia Podcast! Know Nonsense Trivia Podcast is hosted by two independent quizmasters from Southwest Florida, Lee Breshnyda (Know Nonsense T ...
 
Crossroads is a channel from The Epoch Times focused on political discussion, traditional values, spirituality, and philosophy. Join host Joshua Philipp as he speaks with experts and authors about politics, history, and the values that are worth keeping.
 
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Unbiased Science

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Unbiased Science

Vital Statistics Consulting

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Dr. Jessica Steier, a public-health expert, and Dr. Andrea Love, an immunology expert, are the hosts of Unbiased Science, a podcast devoted to objective, critical appraisal of available evidence on health-related topics relevant to listeners’ daily lives.
 
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How To!

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How To!

Slate Podcasts

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What if Dear Abby was an investigative reporter? Each week on How To!, Amanda Ripley (bestselling author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, The Unthinkable, and The Smartest Kids in the World) takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask, but couldn’t. Until now.
 
Exploring the coolest and most incredible stuff in science, from way back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth to a future where humans live in space! Fun Kids Science Weekly is hosted by Dan and is the perfect science podcast for kids and families everywhere. Each week, you'll find episodes from series like Deep Space High, Age of the Dinosaurs and Professor Hallux. There's also a special guest, top experts answering all your science questions and Dangerous Dan - something scientific that’s also ...
 
Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Each week, a different kid co-host joins Molly Bloom to find answers to fascinating questions about the world sent in by listeners. Like, do dogs know they’re dogs? Or, why do feet stink? Plus, we have mystery sounds for you to guess, songs for you to dance to, and lots of facts -- all checked by experts.
 
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[Rerun] Dr. Kirk Honda talks with Humberto about Nagy's concept of invisible loyalties. Become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/PsychologyInSeattle Email: https://www.psychologyinseattle.com/contact Get merch: https://teespring.com/stores/psychology-in-seattle Dr. Kirk’s Cameo: https://www.cameo.com/kirkhonda Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p…
 
Anne Wignall joins Dan for this week's Science Weekly podcast talking about the history and importants of the assassin bug and how it uses taps to calm its prey. We catch up with Sidney McSprockett who's teaching us about great british scientists, this week its Babbage, Lovelace and Berners Lee. In Karina's Chemistry we find out about how we can he…
 
In most cultures, the soundtrack to our lives is one of optimism. We're told to aim for the stars, dream big and believe that tomorrow will definitely be a better day. But why do so many people subscribe to the cult of 'glass half full' when life’s hardships should make any reasonable person a bit more wary? Listener Hannah from Germany - a self-de…
 
New Cold Storage Method Solves Freezer Burn—And Saves Energy Have you ever pulled a long-anticipated pint of ice cream out of the freezer, only to find the strawberries crunchy and the normally creamy substance chalky and caked with ice? Freezer burn, a phenomenon caused by water in food crystallizing into ice inside the ice cream or fruit or meat …
 
A More Delicious COVID Screener One of the most bizarre symptoms of COVID-19—a nearly surefire way to know if you have been infected—is a loss of taste or smell. Estimates of how many people are impacted range wildly, with the highest estimates reaching 75 to 80% of COVID-19 survivors. There’s still a lot scientists don’t understand about why this …
 
Dr. Kirk and Humberto answer patron emails and Discord questions. Become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/PsychologyInSeattle Email: https://www.psychologyinseattle.com/contact Get merch: https://teespring.com/stores/psychology-in-seattle Dr. Kirk’s Cameo: https://www.cameo.com/kirkhonda Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psychologyinseattle/ Di…
 
In the wellbeing podcast, the dread topic of phone usage has come up again - how social media, and an "always on" culture can affect our wellbeing.But knowing that, and changing our behaviour are two different things - so to give some advice on reducing our reliance on phones, Abi and Cat are joined by Nidhi Gupta, assistant professor of pediatrics…
 
What do you need to know about the new COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5 - 11? Sam, age 8, and Natalie, age 10, are here to help! They participated in a COVID vaccine trial, which is an important part of the science that will help end the threat of coronavirus. Along with Dr. Kawsar Talaat, an epidemiologist who helped run the trials, they share the beh…
 
L’Oréal and UNESCO For Women in Science award for lithium battery researchL’Oréal and UNESCO For Women in Science award for research into nutrient value of reef fishChildren’s book considers the origin of lifePrimary students see the big picture with Einsteinian physicsNew approach for treating strep A throat infection without antibioticsUnderstand…
 
Researchers studying finger snapping find it’s 20 times faster than the blink of an eye; Pregnant male seahorses grow a placenta to nurture their young; Why an ancient crater in Labrador is the perfect place for astronauts to train for a moon mission; An agile robot that can skateboard, slackline and even fly; This physicist knew years ago that inf…
 
Original broadcast date: July 10, 2020. What makes a true apology? What does it mean to make amends for past mistakes? This hour, TED speakers explore how repairing the wrongs of the past is the first step toward healing for the future. Guests include historian Brent Leggs, law professor Martha Minow, librarian Dawn Wacek, and playwright V (formerl…
 
The environment plays a large role in your success as medic in survival settings. If you don’t take weather conditions and other factors into account, you have made the environment your enemy, and it’s a formidable one. One major issue is cold-related illness, otherwise known as hypothermia. Normally, the body core ranges from 97.5 to 99.5 degrees …
 
In 1545 the English warship Mary Rose sank in a battle off the south coast of England and was raised more than 400 years later. The ship and some of its contents are now on display at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-3759129-1'); }); In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast…
 
Part two of Richard Seymour responding to listener's questions, including on Amia Srinivasan's work, and also on critiques of psychoanalysis - a practice that plays a very important role in Richard's writing.Become a £5 PTO patron to get access to this episode and all other episodes of PTO Extra: https://www.patreon.com/poltheoryother…
 
On this week’s episode of the pod, we tackle the common question: “do food sensitivity tests work?” On this week’s episode of the pod, we tackle the common question: “do food sensitivity tests work?” To answer this, we bring on Dr. David Stukus, clinical allergist and immunologist. First, we discuss the differences between food allergies, intoleran…
 
Today, most machine learning algorithms use the same paradigm: set an objective, and train an agent, a neural net, or a classical model to perform well against that objective. That approach has given good results: these types of AI can hear, speak, write, read, draw, drive and more. But they’re also inherently limited: because they optimize for obj…
 
This week, we answer listener questions that cover a gamut of topics. Get Your Copy of Cooperation and Coercion Now! http://www.cooperationandcoercion.com Show Your Support for Words & Numbers at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/wordsandnumbers Quick Hitshttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/20/technology/personaltech/iphone-upgrades-cost.html Join the Co…
 
Dr. Kirk answers patron emails regarding codependency. (Intro) The full episode is available to patrons of the podcast. Become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/PsychologyInSeattle Email: https://www.psychologyinseattle.com/contact Get merch: https://teespring.com/stores/psychology-in-seattle Dr. Kirk’s Cameo: https://www.cameo.com/kirkhonda Instag…
 
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic there was a lot of confusion, as we all tried to figure out what we should and shouldn't do to best protect ourselves and others. Fortunately, we now have more definitive answers to some of our most pressing questions - which are backed-up by data - including "umm...should I be wearing a mask?". As COVID c…
 
Health insurance can be tremendously confusing, with its complexity, jargon and acronyms. But putting in a bit of time to learn what these health insurance terms mean can empower you to better understand what signing on to a plan might mean for your budget and your health. Whether you're picking a plan for the first time, thinking of changing a pla…
 
The high-profile sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell is set to begin in a week, with no sign of a plea deal as of Nov. 23. And in other news, the Australian army has begun moving residents in the Northern Territories infected with COVID-19 to a quarantine camp located in Darwin. In this live Q&A with Crossroads host Joshua Philipp, we’ll dis…
 
In space, will a feather stay still? Fall down? Float away? Turns out, the answer depends on where you are! But one thing affects your feather no matter what: gravity! So Galileo is joining us all the way from the 1500s to fill us in on his theory about gravity. Then, we’re heading to space, and dropping a feather in a few different places to see w…
 
Tom Bilyeu is shaking up multiple industries on his way to impact a billion brains in the Universe! Boy, was this a fun interview to do! Tom runs a legit film studio out of his house and I was delighted to be connected to him via my friend Danny Miranda. Tom did not disappoint. We discussed his epic careers -- he's now on at least his third incarna…
 
Jackie is newly engaged, but thoughts about her big day fill her with dread, not excitement. Jackie and her fiance want to have only vaccinated people at their wedding to protect some vulnerable family members from COVID-19. However, requiring vaccination means Jackie’s parents and sister likely won’t attend, which would break Jackie’s heart. On th…
 
When you think about the game, you lose the game. When you lose the game you must declare that you have lost the game, causing all others in your vicinity to also lose the game. That’s it, that’s the game. The game is mind game that trades on a quirk of human psychology, and is so intensely viral that it went from a college science fiction club in-…
 
As we strive for a transition to a green future, we're asking "would wood be good" to help us build everything from better buildings to more insulating windows, from steak-cutting knives to nano-engineered, biodegradable glitter. Plus, in the news: as Covid cases take off again in Europe, we review the situation here in the UK; also, making strawbe…
 
Millions of Americans are planning to travel this week and gather inside for Thanksgiving — many in groups of 10 or more. At the same time, COVID-19 cases are rebounding. NPR correspondent Allison Aubrey's been talking to experts to find out how to gather in-person as safely as possible and minimize a new surge. Read the CDC's tips on gathering for…
 
Caller Sophia needs to know: What’s it like inside a kangaroo pouch? We get the inside scoop from marsupial expert Robin Beck. Plus, should Flora’s sister Ruth fear her squash? Professional pumpkineer Steve Reiners has a tip: if it smells like cat urine, beware. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
Collin asked Dr. Kirk and Humberto to be judges for the Queer 2 Queer Film Festival. You can check out the films at queer2queerfest.com. Become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/PsychologyInSeattle Email: https://www.psychologyinseattle.com/contact Get merch: https://teespring.com/stores/psychology-in-seattle Dr. Kirk’s Cameo: https://www.cameo.com…
 
Quizmasters Lee and Marc meet for a general knowledge quiz on Anatomy, 70's Movies, 80's Sitcoms, Literature, U.S. History, Retro Games, Vintage Toys and more! Round One JAM BANDS - What jam band is responsible for the song "Wilson," which became a popular chant amongst fans of Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson? 80’s SITCOMS - Airing for…
 
In movies, asteroids careening towards Earth confront determined humans with nuclear weapons to save the world! But a real NASA mission to change the course of an asteroid (one not hurtling towards Earth), the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), is about to launch. NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce joins the show to talk about wha…
 
This week, Matt contacted us asking "With three space missions currently converging on Mars how do the nations avoid orbital collisions? Do they share data, do they have transponders or space traffic control etc?". Katie King spoke with Chris Bridges, academic at Surrey Space Centre in the University of Surrey to find out how we keep our spacecraft…
 
After Austria implemented Europe's first COVID-19 vaccine mandates and announced enforcement of lockdowns on the unvaccinated, Germany is now debating whether to adopt a similar policy. And after Kyle Rittenhouse was found innocent on all charges by a jury, discussion is spreading on whether he will sue news outlets and public figures for defamatio…
 
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