12 May 2012

Got an 80-gig iPod but only 5 gigs of music?

The summer traveling season is here.  Between the expected 3-6 hour layover at O'Hare because of thunderstorms, and the 8 hour car trips to visit family in New Hampshire and Cape Cod, I have lots of time for uninterrupted listening time.  

Here are some of my favorite sites to stock up on science podcasts.

Science Friday, the flagship science program on NPR.  Listen to repeats of your favorite episodes, or catch up on ones you missed.

Quirks and Quarks, the science show on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.  One of the benefits of living in Buffalo, NY is the ability to listen to this show live, but when I miss it, I check the podcast.  The segments tend to be a little shorter than the ones on Science Friday, but they are just as indepth. 

Berkeley Groks Each episode features an interview with a leading scientist, researcher, or industrialist discussing stimulating work in their field. The show often includes a humorous and entertaining segment; plus the world famous question of the week.

This Week in Science a weekly, hour-long web and radio show presenting an humorous, often opinionated, and irreverent look at the week in science and technology. In each episode, TWIS discusses the latest in cutting-edge science news on topics such as genetic engineering, stem cells, cybernetics, epigenetics, space exploration, neuroscience, microbiology, the end of the world, and a show favorite – Countdown to World Robot Domination. 

Radio Lab a show focusing on how science and ordinary life intersect.

The Naked Scientists continue the format of explaining science with humourous presentations, but in a way only the British can do.

Radio Australia has a plethora of science shows, such as All in the Mind, Future Tense, Occam's Razor, the Philosopher's Zone, and the main one, The Science Show.  Radio Australia shows how radio can be done when intelligent people are given free reign.

If you have any other favorite podcasts, please share.     

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