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7 Science Podcasts that Sci-Fi Fans Can’t Miss

Do you like your sci-fi rooted in a solid amount of real, grounded, believable science? Maybe you don’t mind a bit of hand-waving (you’ll give Old Ben Kenobi a pass), but you like honest-to-goodness, science-based fiction too (hi, Isaac Asimov). You’re not alone, and fortunately, there are plenty of podcasts out there that keep you informed of what’s happening in science, while also entertaining you. If you’re not listening to these yet, check them out. And tell us what other science podcasts you’d add to the list. Let’s make Bill Nye proud!

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Official description:
The radio show and podcast of the SETI Institute, Big Picture Science engages the public with modern science research through smart and humorous storytelling. The show does more than interview top scientists and technology innovators. Themed episodes connect those latest research ideas to identify emerging trends and why they matter, addressing the “so what?” of science.

Our take:
If you’re looking for a fun podcast about science, delivered by great hosts, this is it. SETI’s Seth Shostak knows how to explain science so it’s understandable, and he’s easy to listen to. Science journalist Molly Bentley rounds out the discussions with solid reporting. And the show does a monthly episode called Skeptic Check, which separates science from pseudoscience with the power of critical thinking. What’s not to love about that?

Flash ForwardFlash Forward podcast - 7 Great Science Podcasts You Can’t Miss on Recursor.tv 

Official description:
Flash Forward
is a podcast about the future. Each episode takes listeners on a possible (or not so possible) future scenario — everything from the existence of artificial wombs, to what would happen if space pirates dragged a second moon to Earth.

Our take:
Science is all about asking “what if?” And Flash Forward (the podcast, not the binge-y Robert Sawyer fiction), is very much about asking where science is going next. The podcast pokes at the edges of science and raises intriguing questions that sci-fi lovers often wonder—such as what it would be like if we were controlled by parasites infecting our brain (fungus, people), or what exoskeletons might be used for in the future, and what happens when they’re used everywhere.

Hidden Brain - 7 Great Science Podcasts You Can’t Miss on Recursor.tvHidden Brain

Official description:
Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves.Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.

Our take:
Hidden Brain deals with the psychology of human behavior in a way that draws on real, grounded science, not pseudoscience. It offers a nice complement to all the advances in technology, robotics, biology, and other hard sciences that we naturally think of when we look at the roots of hard sci-fi stories.

Science Vs - 7 Great Science Podcasts You Can’t Miss on Recursor.tvScience Vs.

Official description:
Science Vs takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between.  we’re covering plastic straws, essential oils, veganism, ancient aliens and a lot of other topics that have got the internet hot and bothered.

Our take:
You know all those opinions you see in your social media feeds about GMO vs. non-GMO, vaccine vs. anti-vaccine, and everything else that pits science against iffy thinking? Science Vs. wades boldly into that realm in a fun and entertaining way that finds out what the science really says. Want to know the scoop on whether you should sit or hover when you use the public toilet? And do you want to know the science behind the answer? Then this is the podcast for you.

Stuff to Blow Your Mind

Official description:
Prepare for a trip down the rabbit hole as Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick lead you on a scientific journey to the very limits of human understanding. Stuff to Blow Your Mind examines neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and the technological underpinnings of our transhuman future.

Our take:
All of the How Stuff Works podcasts offer great listening. But if what you really enjoy is applying science to anything from ancient myths like the Ship of Theseus of Greek legend to the ins and outs of squirrel biology and behavior, you can’t go wrong with Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

Star Talk - Stuff to Blow Your Mind - 7 Great Science Podcasts You Can’t Miss on Recursor.tvStar Talk

Official description:
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!

Our take:
We couldn’t leave this legendary podcast off our list! Neil deGrasse Tyson is both passionate about science and a charming host. The podcast features plenty of interesting science and sci-fi guests, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, director James Cameron, astrophysicist Charles Liu, and many others, talking about everything from NASCAR physics to the politics and privitization of space exploration.

Talk Nerdy - Stuff to Blow Your Mind - 7 Great Science Podcasts You Can’t Miss on Recursor.tvTalk Nerdy

Official description:
Conversations with interesting people about interesting topics. Talk Nerdy is hosted by award-winning science journalist Cara Santa Maria.

Our take: If you love learning new things, Talk Nerdy is for you. The host interviews a broad array of folks making an impact in the world, and many of them have science knowledge that doesn’t come up in everyday conversation — from what DNA can and can’t tell us about our genetic origins to what happens when your body is donated to science, and more.

Your Favorites?

If you have favorite science podcasts we haven’t mentioned, let us know. We’d love to hear about your playlists.

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