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Best Science News Podcasts?

Cliff posted more than 8 years ago | from the internet-broadcasts-for-the-brain dept.

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scienceListener asks: "As an avid radio listener with an interest in science and technology communication, I'm really excited about podcasts. I've found many that I like, and many more that are just terrible. One of the areas I find very lacking is science news podcasting. Aside from some very good podcasts that are really repackaged radio shows (NPR's Science Friday and their aggregated Health and Science, Canada's Quirks and Quarks, Australia's The Science Show, and a few others), and a couple produced by science centers (the Current Science & Technology Podcast from Boston's Museum of Science and the Redshift Report from the Ontario Science Centre -- which is good but isn't really about science news), I haven't found any independently-produced science podcasts worth listening to. Is anyone doing science news without the help of a major organization and doing it well?"

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Two of my favorites that you did not mention: (5, Informative)

jomas1 (696853) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934943)

Two of my favorites that you did not mention:
slacker astronomy http://www.slackerastronomy.org/slack-live.xml [slackerastronomy.org]

skepticality Science and Skeptic Thought http://skepticality.libsyn.com/rss/ [libsyn.com]

        Incidentally, I wonder if this article will slasdot itunes podcasts section? Podcasts don't seem to get the greatest amount of bandwidth compared to the rest of the itunes Music Store.

With All The Religious Fundagelicals: +1, True (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935026)

Try Al-Qaeda Headquarters [whitehouse.org]

Patriotically as always,
K. Trout, C.E.O.

Re:Two of my favorites that you did not mention: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935575)

The skepticality one looks neat, but it won't work in either FF 1.5-RC1 or IE 6. What plugin do I need in order to view it?

Re:Two of my favorites that you did not mention: (1)

eMartin (210973) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936570)

It's a podcast feed, which is basically RSS with a description and a link to some mp3 files.

You can use iPodder, iTunes, or Winamp to subscribe to the feed and download or play the mp3 files, or you could just search that page that loaded in your browser for the mp3 links, and download them from there.

Re:Two of my favorites that you did not mention: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13936846)

No no no you don't understand. I want to view it, not just listen to it.

Skepticality (2, Informative)

Creosote (33182) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936080)

This podcast attracted a lot of listeners when it zoomed to #1 in the iTunes Music Store listing about three months ago. Its hosts (Derek and Swoopy) are bright and likeable, and its production values are great.

And it has been the locus of an amazing story over the last two months. Host Derek Colanduno, by no means a senior citizen (I'd guess he's in his early 30s), had a major stroke or aneurysm event at the beginning of September, that put him in intensive care in an induced coma for a week. For a day or two it was dicey whether he'd pull out of it. Co-host Swoopy broadcast an announcement, and then began posting Derek Updates [skepticality.com] on the show's blog. Collectively they form a detailed look at first slow, then rapid recovery from a brain injury. As of this writing, Derek has regained most of his physical ability and a good bit of his speech--he even recorded a brief intro to their latest podcast, released today. Good people, good site [skepticality.com] .

Bill Hammack's award winning radio commentaries (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13936854)

Bill Hammack is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Illinois. He has a weekly commentary on Engineering and life that airs on some NPR stations. An archive of about 250 of his commentaries are available at his website http://www.engineerguy.com/ [engineerguy.com] See, for instance, this one on Linux http://www.engineerguy.com/comm/3344.htm [engineerguy.com]

Unfortunately, they are in Real Audio format. Come on Bill! What kind engineer are you. Where's the podcast?

I think the news is pretty scary right now (1, Interesting)

CityZen (464761) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934953)

So finding the "best" news will be a tough job.

Re:I think /. is pretty scary right now (1)

xtermin8 (719661) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935321)

The people who can find the best news probably aren't looking on Slashdot anymore, anyways

A few choices... (5, Informative)

phpm0nkey (768038) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934962)

The Naked Scientists:
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/ [thenakedscientists.com]

Berkeley Groks Science
http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~clgroks/ [berkeley.edu]

ScienceCast:
http://sciencecast.net/ [sciencecast.net]

Personally, I can't get into indie podcasts due to the typically poor production values. There are a lot of insightful podcasters that could be developing a real audience if they would just buy a high quality mic.

Re:A few choices... (5, Funny)

joschm0 (858723) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935014)

The Naked Scientists: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/ [thenakedscientists.com]

What a disappointment that site was. I didn't find one naked scientist.

Re:A few choices... (3, Funny)

MyIS (834233) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935593)

Disappointment... or relief?

Re:A few choices... (2, Funny)

LGV (68807) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936219)

Thanks for posting that. I was avoiding the link out of fear of naked scientists.

Re:A few choices... (1)

b0r1s (170449) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935684)

What they really need to do is video blogging / video casting, and then buy a $45 logitech webcam with mic builtin.

Record your own TV shows [vobbo.com] , I'll comp anyone who's serious and does a science-related broadcast.

 

For kids? (1)

shotfeel (235240) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935774)

Lots of good links showing up in the discussion. Just wondering if anyone knows of any science oriented podcasts for kids?

Re:For kids? (1)

chihowa (366380) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936333)

Science at NASA [nasa.gov] seems to be aimed at, or at least appropriate for, kids. Granted it's mainly space science, but it's pretty good.

Re:A few choices... (1)

cdinic (786779) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936280)

The Price is Right microphone that ships with most computers is good enough to record voice with. The problem is checking levels, appropriate distance from the diaphragm, and the noise floor in the rooms people record in. -C

Re:A few choices... (1)

lolife (81298) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936318)

Personally, I can't get into indie podcasts due to the typically poor production values. There are a lot of insightful podcasters that could be developing a real audience if they would just buy a high quality mic.
Oh bullocks, nonsense, crap, crap, crap.

We are such spoiled pussies about things like this. There are some insanely great indie podcasts out there and you are missing out if you turn them off because of less-than-NPR-quality sound quality. Ever hear an old Stones record? It is sloppy and sounds like shit compared to your average over-produced record of today but they are real and awesome in spite of their flaws.

This is a pet peeve of mine, so sorry.

Michael

What a great article! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13934968)

I predict this will be the most popular article in the history of Slashdot.

Hmmmmmmm (-1, Redundant)

Prince Vegeta SSJ4 (718736) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934972)

I didn't exactly know what podcasting was, until I looked it up on Wikipedia. How long until they have WiFi enabled Ipods/media players that will allow you to connect to your RSS podcast of choice, on the fly. Even a satellite hookup like XMSR?

Re:Hmmmmmmm (3, Funny)

xSauronx (608805) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935111)

i think, when you broadcast it over radio waves its no longer called podcasting.....but rather, "radio". ;)

Re:Hmmmmmmm (1)

punxking (721508) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935425)

i think, when you broadcast it over radio waves its no longer called podcasting.....but rather, "radio". ;)

Unfortunately where I live if it's broadcast over radio waves it's called "Infinity".

Re:Hmmmmmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13936218)

Ahhh, these new-fangled synonyms... one of 'em is comin' out every few days now! What's this new name for podcast? Radio?

Any good christian science podcasts? (-1, Flamebait)

Saven Marek (739395) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934975)

Any good christian science podcasts?

Most look to present science only from a secular-ethics POV.

Re:Any good christian science podcasts? (2, Funny)

Karma_fucker_sucker (898393) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935082)

Yes! All of them! You see, God created science, therefore, ALL of science is God's work. To reject science is to reject God!

Re:Any good christian science podcasts? (1)

parasonic (699907) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935176)

Christian Science is actually a Christian denomination. It's a church much the same as Baptism, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, Methodism, or Catholicism. The denomination emerged about a hundred years ago as a result of quack medicine concurrent with the "science" of the time. The officials railed on magnetism and weird drugs at the time (recall Coke's advertising of the era--a "tonic" or other medicinal beverage) and instead placed an emphasis in trusting in God as a source of healing.

So be careful how you use that term.

Re:Any good christian science podcasts? (1)

Karma_fucker_sucker (898393) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935387)

Christian Science is actually a Christian denomination.

Yes, I know.

The denomination emerged about a hundred years ago as a result of quack medicine concurrent with the "science" of the time. The officials railed on magnetism and weird drugs at the time (recall Coke's advertising of the era--a "tonic" or other medicinal beverage) and instead placed an emphasis in trusting in God as a source of healing.

Cool, I didn't know that.

But, what I find really FUNNY is that the OP was mod'ed as "Flamebait" or something and that you took my post seriously. Maybe you were trying to educate me on Christian "Science", which I appreciate. BTW, I appreciate any correction or any additional information to my posts, which, in this world of FUD helps me to keep my bearings.

What I'm finding REALLY distressful is that FUD seems to be taking over the world. No one wants to think for themselves. Here's the "Flamebait": Rationally speaking (thinking)is taking the place of rational thought. Why would you trump rational thought with Faith? If you have evidence; real tangible evidence for anyting, why would you resort to Faith? You see, tangible evidence maybe God's way of telling the truth.

Christian Science is a denomination (1)

xtermin8 (719661) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935249)

These are the guys who believe in healing with only prayer. (curiously, they make an exception for dentists). They also forbid alcohol, smoking and even coffee. Mark Twain did a famous investigation in which he concluded that the healthy lifestyle and avoidance of quackery kept them as healthy as average doctor-visiting person.

This Week in Science (4, Informative)

Noksagt (69097) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934988)

TWIS [twis.org] is a somewhat entertaining college radio show that is podcast. Not the most thorough of science reporting, but digestable & there is some good stuff. Berkeley Groks [berkeley.edu] is in the same vein, but far nerdier.

Re:This Week in Science (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13936655)

TWIS is incredibly annoying. They go on talking for a while about their personal lives, trying to sound as oddly loserish as possible (and they aren't all that loserish, they're pretty average), followed by their pointing out science news (with inaccuracies and misinformed conclusions / person opinions), and some interviews (with dumb questions to boot).

Needless to say, I'm not subscribed to it any longer...

This week in science (0, Redundant)

sserendipity (696118) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934991)


My personal favourite - This Week in Science

http://www.twis.org/ [twis.org]

add ScienceFriday.com to the list (2, Informative)

gwn (594936) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935007)

well worth a look... sciencefriday.com ...also check out Ockham's razor, www.abc.net.au/rn/science/ockham/ockham.htm Easy to get a podcast addiction to this stuff... and they thought pr0n would drive the web...

How about some linkage there? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13936350)

Science Friday [sciencefriday.com]

Ockham's Razor [abc.net.au]

Nature podcast (5, Informative)

jwe21 (692155) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935020)

Nature recently started a weekly podcast. http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/index.html [nature.com]

Re:Nature podcast (1)

MoobY (207480) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935922)

You already had five, and I couldn't agree more with Nature's podcasts, excellent show on the latest from the magazine. Maybe not independent, but certainly fascinating.

This Week In Tech (TWIT) (1)

mexter2005 (854056) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935024)

Not sure if this counts as a science podcast or not, but it's certainly entertaining! (Even if lately they are conversing less about important issues) - ME -

my favorite (2, Informative)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935029)

are these [archive.org]

Nature Journal (1, Redundant)

eoyount (689574) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935033)

Nature has a podcast now, too.

http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/index.html [nature.com]

Re:Nature Journal (2, Funny)

mexter2005 (854056) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935058)

Very cool! But I have to wonder, on the picture featured on the Nature site, what is the woman with the open robe holding, and what is she about to do with it?? (http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/images/podca st2.gif [nature.com] ) Call me prudish, but is this sort of thing really nature? :) - ME -

Re:Nature Journal (1)

Gnascher (645346) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935143)

Heh ... how could I call you prudish knowing your mind is fully in the gutter.

Considering the souce of the image ... I'm more inclined to say it is a woman in a lab-coat holding a test tube. But I guess it's open to interpretation. :-D

Re:Nature Journal (1)

mexter2005 (854056) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935273)

Actually, I first thought it was a woman in a labcoat holding an iPod mini. Then I realized that her headphones weren't connected to it and started to wonder.

And for the record, my mind has a LONG way to climb before it can be considered "gutter friendly".

  - ME -

IT Conversations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935037)

IT Conversations [itconversations.com] will periodically have science related items that are not specific to computer science. Look through the archives. The Tech Nation series is especially good at hitting a broad range of stuff.

Re:IT Conversations (1)

bkruiser (610285) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935806)

Excellent site, I particularly enjoyed the Steve Wozniak audio programs.

Nature Podcast (0, Redundant)

JackL (39506) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935041)

I know that this does not fit your criterium of being major organization free, but the journal Nature has a podcast [nature.com] covering each week's contents that is quite good.

Here's a few I like (5, Informative)

gmiller123456 (240000) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935044)

Slacker Astronomy
http://www.slackerastronomy.org/slack-live.xml [slackerastronomy.org]

Science @ NASA
http://science.nasa.gov/podcast.xml [nasa.gov]

Universe Today
http://www.universetoday.com/audio.xml [universetoday.com]

Berkeley Groks
http://www.groks.net/groks.rss [groks.net]

Regulus
http://www.regulusastro.com/regulus/whatsup/podcas t.rss [regulusastro.com]

Expanding the list ... (2, Informative)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935365)

Beyond Podcasts there are:

Let's Talk Stars (Astronomy)
http://www.letstalkstars.com [letstalkstars.com]

Celestial North Radio (Astronomy)
http://www.celestialnorth.org/radio/radio_program. htm [celestialnorth.org]

NPR Science Friday
http://www.sciencefriday.com [sciencefriday.com]

BBC's The Sky at Night (the best weekly science program ever)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/spaceguide/skya tnight/proginfo.shtml [bbc.co.uk]

BBC Science Radio
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/ [bbc.co.uk]

Dr Karl ROCKS!!! (5, Informative)

bmfs (467488) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935057)

Dr Karl has a happy hour on Triple-J every Thursday morning with Mel (who most slashdotters would die for) - and it's also released as a podcast too. http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/stn/default.htm [abc.net.au]

Once a week for a magic hour, Karl is Live on Air on triple j. It's an hour devoted to the collective exploration of some of the great mysteries of life, such as "why does the water in the shower slow down just when it gets hot?"

Another one from the ABC (australia) - Starstuff (1)

sr180 (700526) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936335)

Star Stuff, from newsradio (ABC).

Its a weekly round up of space news. Described as "NewsRadio's astronomy, space sciences and cosmology program, has the latest discoveries across the universe and space science news from around the world. Hosted by NewsRadio Science Editor Stuart Gary."

Its one of the best science shows Ive ever heard.

Whoops. Link.. (1)

sr180 (700526) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936409)

Star Stuff [abc.net.au]

DRM (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935060)

iPod usually means DRM audio player. Does "pod"casting imply DRMed content also? If so, should we clarify whether the content is free or paid for and whether or not the encoding is proprietary as with Apple products or open source/free as in Ogg.

Best science news, but not a podcast (4, Informative)

guanxi (216397) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935089)

ScienceWeek, no competition:

http://scienceweek.com/ [scienceweek.com]

It's not breezy, consumer friendly reporting of scientific oddities, but succinct, clear writing about serious science, complete with contextual explanations.

I don't bother with anything else.

Re:Best science news, but not a podcast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935503)

You missed the "podcast" part. Science Week is written, not audio.

David

Re:Best science news, but not a podcast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935634)

and you missed the subject where it says in big bold letters that this is the "best science news, but not a podcast."

Re:Best science news, but not a podcast (3, Interesting)

sisina (849900) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935646)

succinct, clear writing about serious science

The articles look interesting, but there's a definite political bent on the editorial pages. No matter what you think of National Review, calling them [scienceweek.com] "a frequent repository of right-wing slop and spittle" is pretty inflammatory. I get tired of seeing politics everywhere. I wish science writers would frame things so that they're disagreeing with, say, "creationists," instead of "the right wing." It would be apolitical, and a lot more accurate.

Dr Karl on JJJ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935134)

I love most of the Science Friday topics but the weekly Dr Karl [abc.net.au] podcast is my favourite

http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/podcast/drk_rss.x ml [abc.net.au]

The weekly Dr Karl show is a talkback format, people call in with their mostly everyday science and medical related questions such as "why does the water in the shower slow down just as it gets hot" "why does my beer spontaneously freeze when I pop the top off" and "what actually causes memory loss when you are drunk"

Since you asked... (-1, Offtopic)

DroopyStonx (683090) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935151)

Well, since you asked Slashdot, you'll get a Slashdot answer!

STFG (Search Teh Fucking Google), n00b.

I can't find any good podcasts! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935162)

Except this one, and this one, and this one, and this one...

Wanhoffs Wunderbare Welt der Wissenschaft (2, Informative)

JanesDaddy (871064) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935174)

Thomas Wanhoffs Wunderbare Welt der Wissenschaft http://wissenschaft.wanhoff.de/index.php [wanhoff.de] ist zwar auf Deutsch, but I think he also does an English show.

top quality programs (0, Flamebait)

distantbody (852269) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935181)

These are all top quality programs. I am particularly fond of the ABC (Australian) program, I'm going to bookmark them all. Also check out this link from the ABC site titled "inferior design" (I just love sticking it to the conservative religious scum of the world :) http://www.abc.net.au/science/features/inferiordes ign/default.htm [abc.net.au]

People + Religion = Confusion & Counterintuition

New Scientist (2, Informative)

RealRav (607677) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935189)

New Scientist, one of my favorite magazines will begin podcasting soon. http://www.newscientist.com/podcast/ [newscientist.com]

The Space Show (2, Informative)

techmage (72232) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935209)

With a focus primarily on Space and the people making it happen today, 'The Space Show [thespaceshow.com] ' is one of my favorites. It is available as a live feed on Tuesdays and Sundays and as a podcast.

No! You can't get that for free! (4, Insightful)

syousef (465911) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935212)

No noone is doing science news well without backing by a major organisation. Just like no one is mass producing cars very well without backing from a major organisation. In both cases there's a lot that has to happen behind the scenes before that science show (or car) can be put together. A good science show generally requires a team doing research - and not just library research, though that's required, but going out and talking to scientists. The interviewer also has to build a reputation with the science community to get scientists to agree to interviews and take them seriously.

If you want some college kid giving you their un-informed or one dimensional opinion on current science, you can get that for nearly nothing without any kind of backing. If you want good science journalism you need a team of well trained people each doing their bit to get the facts, get the interviews etc.

Re:No! You can't get that for free! (1)

MythoBeast (54294) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935601)

I have to agree with the above poster. On Intellectual Icebergs [intellectualicebergs.org] we do an indepth treatment of technological subjects, and it takes several weeks just to do the research. In order to accomplish this and still hold down a job, we only put out one podcast a month. Having also researched scientific topics I can say with authority that it's no different.

You have to be a serious expert to talk intelligently on any subject off the top of your head. A person can only be an expert on so many subjects. It's possible to do a regular show that consists of interviews with experts, but lining up experts is almost as time intensive as doing the research yourself, and you still have to know the topic well enough to ask intelligent questions. As a result, unless you have some infrastructure in place to do this kind of work you either have to limit your quality or your quantity.

Science is 4 Losers (-1, Troll)

Lije Baley (88936) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935248)

Forget science. Nobody likes science. It is the root of every evil from DRM to global warming, and it undermines our religion. Now why don't you quit dreaming at everyone else's expense and go to a third-world country where you can help them to live and multiply even farther beyond what their resources can support. Or maybe just stay home and perfect your society first, perhaps returning it to a 14th century state of bliss.

Shhhh! I hear the footsteps of Doc Ruby and his thralls approaching -- Let the karma whoreing begin!

The space show (1)

j_cavera (758777) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935263)

Check out the Space Show at http://archived.thespaceshow.com/ [thespaceshow.com] The host has a moderately annoying voice, but the guests are first rate and the content is deep enough to satisfy the interested nerd. Shows are generally more than an hour, so also good for long drives.

- Jim

Podcast? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935296)

Science News rocks! (2, Informative)

joabj (91819) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935361)

If you can spring for an Audible [audible.com] subscription ($49 a year I think), I'd *highly* recommend the weekly Science News [sciencenews.org] . It is concisely written for an intelligent lay audience, covering all the fields, with strength in physics, astronomy and the biological sciences (They are pretty weak in compsci though).

SciNews is run by some non-profit organization, so its not the watery, awkwardly-written PopSci articles you get with most commercial publications, i.e. the "Discovery X Can Cure Cancer" or "New 2006 Automobiles Filled with Science!"

New Scientist ain't bad either, though can be a bit flakey. I'd avoid the audio broadcasts of Scientific American, which has articles that tend to be longer and murkier. That pub's seen better days.

Podcast.net (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935420)

http://www.podcast.net/cat/12 [podcast.net]
Have you tried?

Overclocked by BlueJack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935441)

Not just about science, but some very good thoughts and interviews on some good science topics.

http://www.bluejack.com/ [bluejack.com]

ABC Radio National (3, Informative)

JasonFleischer (620495) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935464)

IANAA (I am not an Aussie) but Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National seems to me to have some of the best science podcasting out there. Blows Science Friday away in terms of depth, seriousness, and presentation. I am a particular fan of All in the Mind [abc.net.au] (Neuroscience, Psychology, & cognitive science) and Ockham's Razor [abc.net.au] and The Science Show [abc.net.au] (both general interest). They also do other health + science podcasts that are linked from those pages.

Beyond Tomorrow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935542)

Here is another australian science show which is being shown on the discovery channel here in the US. Not sure if anyone is offering podcasts for it however, if anyone finds them let me know :)

http://science.discovery.com/schedule/series.jsp?s eries=115556&gid=0&channel=SCI [discovery.com]

http://www.beyond2000.com/ [beyond2000.com]

Berkely Groks Science - ack that voice! (1)

russtrotter (113032) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935551)

*Content*-wise, BGS is a pretty good podcast, but after listening to about 5 of them, one of the hosts has the most irritating, screetchy, nerdy, fingernails-on-the-chalkboard laughs I've EVER heard. I had to unsubscribe in complete disgust and anger with the intent on never listening to it again. The cream of the crop IMHO, is Science Friday and for astronomy-related stuff, iPlanetary Radio is good.

Coast to Coast (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935553)

Coast to Coast AM www.coasttocoastam.com for some fringe science topics such as abiotic oil and zero point energy.

Re:Coast to Coast (1)

boy_afraid (234774) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936530)

WOOT! Another bump for Coast to Coast with Art Bell and George Noory!!

Alternative energy, dark matter, astronomy, etc. You get the idea.

Oh, and don't forget Ghost-to-Ghost!

seti's podcast (2, Interesting)

anhdres (844345) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935622)

I like SETI institute's "Are We Alone" podcast very much. I think it's their radio show and still retains the advertisings, but the debates are usually pretty interesting. RSS is at http://podcast.seti.org/index.xml [seti.org]

Re:seti's podcast (1)

Creosote (33182) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935927)

I like it too, but the advertising-to-content ratio is ridiculous! (Is there any software out there that will reliably strip ads from an MP3 file?)

MicrobeWorld Radio (1)

Lazaru5 (28995) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935658)

www.microbeworld.com

My wife (MicroBio Ph.D) tells me this is a nice podcast for laypeople.

"Not My Fault!" - Re:MicrobeWorld Radio (1)

Lazaru5 (28995) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935756)

I am deeply sorry for that. It should have been www.microbeworld.org. Blame my wife.

podcasts... (1)

professorhojo (686761) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935675)

same information at a tenth of the speed.. :(

what is "pod" casting? (0, Redundant)

Broken_Ladder (821456) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935712)

i didn't see anything listed here that was a podcast. these are all netcasts, or "blogcasts", if you like that term better. a podcast is a specific kind of netcast, which is irrelevant to someone who doesn't have itunes/ipod.

you go play with your "mp3 player". i'm going to play with my dmp.

Re:what is "pod" casting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935810)

Here's an article [disketteroulette.com] that comments on the difference between digital audio files and podcasts.

Re:what is "pod" casting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935943)

You're irrelevant, pedant.

KGNU's "How on Earth" - quality science journalism (1)

nealmcb (125634) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935808)

KGNU [kgnu.org] : independent noncommerecial community radio for Boulder, Denver and beyond, has a weekly 25-minute science show " How on Earth [kgnu.org] .

We don't quite yet have it configured as a podcast with nice topic information, but you can listen to the mp3s off of our web site. For the shows starting 2005-09-06, go to http://kgnu.net/audio/HowOnEarth/ [kgnu.net] . "Jim Hightower" is the segment just before How on Earth, and in our current state you'll usually have to skip a minute or two of his show before the science show.

How on Earth is the Tuesday feature of the KGNU "Morning Magazine [kgnu.net] " news show. Once you become a fan :-) you can go back to the Tuesday editions of that show and you'll find HowOnEarth shows back to 2002 or so, about 37-minutes in to each audio file.

French program (1)

jerometremblay (513886) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935840)

There is a french program called "Les Années Lumières" available on the Radio-Canada website which is quite good. They have a whole list of programs available for podcasting.

http://radio-canada.com/radio/baladodiffusion/ [radio-canada.com]

(btw, I hate the translated term they came up with. "baladodiffusion")

oh..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13936030)

www.newscientist.com/podcast

FAGORZ (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13936207)

Fuck The Baby move foRward,

On the Radio (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936224)

...some very good podcasts that are really repackaged radio shows...
Podcasting may be big, but it's still got a tiny fraction of the audience of radio, and I don't see that changing any time soon. As long as that's true, the best podcasts will be mostly repackaged radio.

mod doWn (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13936272)

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theWatt: Energy Issues (3, Informative)

MountainLogic (92466) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936362)

For energy issues such as peak oil, fuel cells, and hybreds check out http://thewatt.com/ [thewatt.com] . They have a nice (PHPnuke) site. The folks behind it are a bunch of Canadian engineering Grad students

Tech Nation (3, Informative)

D'Eyncourt (237843) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936472)

Tech Nation with Dr. Moira Gunn
http://www.technation.com/ [technation.com]

If you ever say PODCAST again... (0)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936475)

I will rip your fucking throat away.

Re:If you ever say PODCAST again... (1)

Willis Wasabi (96857) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936519)

And you would call them what instead?

Re:If you ever say PODCAST again... (1)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936614)

Something with a kick, something that'll be in with the in crowd, something the marketing department can eat right up, something along the lines of "streaming audio".

Re:If you ever say PODCAST again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13936929)

If you think podcasting is streaming audio, please get a brain transplant.

NewScientist is about to start pod-casting (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13936494)

The 50 year old UK-based weekly science magazine is about to start podcasting - probably this week. http://www.newscientist.com/ [newscientist.com]

One that I don't recommend. (1)

fitchmicah (920679) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936815)

One show that I don't really like is the Infidel Guy. It seems quite dogmatic. The Infidel Guy acts like he knows why he has made up his mind but some of his questions show his varied ignorance at times. I am not saying that I am less ignorant, but I don't really like ignorant dogmatism very much.

Science Video (1)

suavew (240392) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936902)

For the great science news in the form of video I recommend ScienCentral [sciencentral.com] .
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