Science Podcast Collection


  • All in the Mind iTunes Feed Web Site
    • An Australian podcast that explores the mental universe - neuroscience really - and takes a clear look at everything from addiction to artificial intelligence
  • Astronomy Cast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Take a weekly facts-based journey through the cosmos with Astronomy Cast.
  • Cambridge University Science Festival (Video) iTunes Web Site
  • CBC Quirks & Quarks Feed Web Site
    • Covers every aspect of science, from the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom...and everything in between.
  • Discovery Channel Space Podcast iTunes Web Site
    • Video podcasts that take you inside the world of NASA and deep space.
  • Discovery Channel Video Podcasts iTunes Web Site
    • A trove of video podcasts from Discovery.
  • Earth & Sky Clear Voices Feed Web Site
    • Earth & Sky reporters interview scientists from around the world. Interviews are generally 7 to 15 minutes in length.
  • Einstein and the Mind of God
  • Exploring Environmental History Feed Web Site
    • A podcast about human societies and the environment in the past. The periodic programmes feature interviews with people working in the field, reports on conferences and discussions about the use and methods of environmental history.
  • Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast - iTunes - Feed - Web Site
    • Dr. Charles Lee and Dr. Frank Ling take an in-depth look at recent events in the world of science and technology, and examine the effects of recent discoveries on our daily lives.
  • Hmmm.... Krulwich on Science iTunes Feed Web Site
    • NPR Science Correspondent Robert Krulwich demystifies what's dense and difficult -- even if you feel lost when it comes to science. Coverage that can be delightful, moving, funny, perhaps even upsetting.
  • Jet Streaming iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Every week Jet Streaming brings an insider's look at the weather and climatology. It's everything you wanted to know about the weather, but were afraid to ask.
  • National Geographic Magazine (The Best of) iTunes Feed Web Site
    • National Geographic needs no particular introduction.
  • National Geographic's Wild Chronicles iTunes Feed Web Site
    • "See the natural world like never before through the eyes of National Geographic adventurers, scientists, researchers, and the extraordinary Crittercam."
  • NASAcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A series of videos from NASA.
  • Nature Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Nature, a highly respected peer-reviewed science journal, offers well produced podcasts that feature scientists talking about their cutting-edge research.
  • New Scientist Podcast Feed Web Site
    • New Scientist's weekly podcast on all the latest science and technology news and features, including guests from the world of science.
  • NOVA iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A series of short videos ("vodcasts") from the world of science.
  • NOVA Science Now iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Irreverent stories and intriguing personalities from the world of science.
  • NOVA e = mc2 iTunes Web Site
    • Hear how 10 top physicists describe Einstein's equation in a few minutes or less.
  • RadioLab Site, iTunes, Website
    • An hour-long science show from WNYC -- each episode tackles a particular issue through several stories.
  • Science and Society iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A host of distinguished thinkers speak about innovations in science -- nanotechnology, space explorations, life sciences and more.
  • Science Friday Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • From the well known NPR program hosted by Ira Flatow.
  • Science Friday Video iTunes Web Site
    • From the well known NPR program hosted by Ira Flatow.
  • Science Magazine Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Audiocasts from Science Magazine.
  • Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American iTunes Feed Web Site
    • The host, Steve Mirsky, explores the latest developments in science and technology through interviews with leading scientists and journalists.
  • Science Times iTunes - RSS
    • Want to know more about black holes? Or progress in the cure for cancer? Learn about the latest news and trends in science, medicine and the environment from the reporters and editors of the popular Science Times section of The New York Times. David Corcoran is your host.
  • Slacker Astronomy:iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Lots of slacking and astronomy.
  • The Engines of Our Ingenuity: iTunes Feed Web Site
    • The story of technological progress is one of drama and intrigue, sudden insight and plain hard work. Explore technology's spectacular failures and many magnificent success stories.
  • The Missing Link Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A podcast on the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine put out by Prof. Elizabeth Green Musselman.
  • The Naked Scientists iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Dr. Chris Smith, of Cambridge University, takes an interactive look at different aspects of science, medecine and technology.
  • The Science Show iTunes Feed Web Site
    • One of the longest running and well-regarded science shows on Australian radio.
  • The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A weekly podcast that explores the world of the paranormal and fringe science. It's hosted by Dr. Steven Novella is an academic neurologist on full-time faculty at Yale University School of Medicine.
  • This Week in Science Feed Web Site
    • Self describes as: "A weekly science and technology radio show presenting a humorous and irreverent look at the week in science and tech. Each week TWIS discusses the latest in cutting edge science news on topics such as genetic engineering, cybernetics, space exploration, neuro science, and a show favorite Countdown to World Robot Domination."
  • This Week in Virology iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A weekly podcast hosted by two Professors from Columbia University. "We talk about viruses - the kind that make you sick. The podcast covers how viruses work, how they make you sick, and the latest in news about viruses." You can find it at
  • USGS CoreCast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • From the US Geological Survey, CoreCast brings you straight science insight on natural hazards; climate change; satellite imagery and monitoring; water quality; human health and wildlife disease; and much more. Tune into CoreCast. It's natural science from the inside out.
  • 60 Second Science iTunes Feed Web Site
    • From Scientific American, leading science journalists offer a brief commentary on the latest developments in the world of science. Presented by Scientific American.
  • 60 Second Psych iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute commentary on the latest developments in the science of brain and behavior. Presented by Scientific American.

College Bans Wikipedia

A History Department Bans Citing Wikipedia as a Research Source

"...the Middlebury history department notified its students this month that Wikipedia could not be cited in papers or exams, and that students could not “point to Wikipedia or any similar source that may appear in the future to escape the consequences of errors.

With the move, Middlebury, in Vermont, jumped into a growing debate within journalism, the law and academia over what respect, if any, to give Wikipedia articles, written by hundreds of volunteers and subject to mistakes and sometimes deliberate falsehoods."

See full article from
The New York Times

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University Video Collections


Note: Please don't forget to visit our collection of Free Courses, which includes many courses from top universities in video.

  • Harvard Video Archive
    • You can find more free Harvard video here.
  • MITWorld
    • A free and open site that provides on-demand video of significant public events at MIT.
  • Oxford Internet Institute
    • Catch webcasts of prominent speakers, events and conferences held by the Oxford Internet Institute.
  • Princeton University Web Media
    • Catch streamed video lectures from Princeton
  • University Channel (Princeton)
    • Princeton has assembled a collection of public affairs lectures, panels and events from academic institutions all over the world. You can find podcasted lectures here from some of the world's leading thinkers.
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    • Audio and video speeches/lectures from one of the leading b-schools in the country.
  • Stanford Humanities Center - Audio/Video Archive
    • An excellent collection of some of the biggest thinkers out there.
  • UC Berkeley (webcasts.berkeley)
    • From this page, you can access webcasts and podcasts of full-fledged Berkeley courses and events.
    • You can also access Berkeley videos straight from Google Video.
  • UCLA
    • UCLA provides live webcasts of important campus events, archives them, and makes them available for on-demand viewing.
  • Yale University - Democratic Vistas
    • As part of Yale's Tercentennial celebration in 2001, the university presented a series of 15 lectures on the condition and prospects of American democracy. The series, captured in video, features some ofYale's leading scholars.
  • Yale University - YaleGlobal Online Magazine
    • This online site, run by the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, has numerous video interviews with major international leaders and thinkers -- for example, Thomas Friedman, Mohamed ElBaradei, Lawrence Summers and former President Clinton.

Goodies from Our Readers – Take 1

Here's a new feature that we'll do on a regular basis. If you know of goodies (podcasts, videos, etc.) related to what we generally discuss here, and if you think other readers might appreciate them, please drop us an email (or post your tips in the comments section below) and we'll do our best to post them. Thanks in advance for any contributions.

Here are several that we recently received:

The Top 25 Educational Podcasts on iTunes

ItuneslogoBelow, you'll find iTunes' ranking of the top 25 educational podcasts. For your convenience, we've included links to the feed for each podcast so that you can access it any way you like. We'll aim to
update this list twice per month and highlight what's new and worth listening to.

#1. Coffee Break Spanish  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#2. MyDailyPhrase Italian  iTunes  Web Site

#3. Legal Lad's Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#4. Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#5. Learn French with Daily Podcasts  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#6. The French Pod Class  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#7. Twelve Byzantine Rulers: The History of the Byzantine Empire
  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#8. Finally Learn Spanish - Beyond the Basics iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#9. French for Beginners  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#10.  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#11. MyDailyPhrase German  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#12. Man, God and Society in Western Literature (Course at UC-Berkeley) iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#13. Learn Spanish Survival Guide  iTunes  Feed

#14. Learn German with  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#15.  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#16. Let's Speak Italian
  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#17. NPR: Satire from the Unger Report  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#18. Learn Mandarin Chinese with  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#19. Digital Photography Tips from the Top Floor iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#20. Just Vocabulary iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#21. Learn French by Podcast  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#22. One Thing in a French Day  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#23. TEDTalks (Video)  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#24. LSAT Logic in Everyday Life (Princeton Review) iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#25. Life and Death in the USA: Medicine & Disease in Social Context iTunes   Web Site

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Part 4: Learning the Languages of the New World Powers – China

china-flag.jpgChina is the 800 pound gorilla among the new emerging world powers Its economy, says Goldman Sachs, may outsize every economy except the United States by 2016, and even surpass the US as soon as 2039. There is no point in belaboring things. China will be a force to be reckoned with.

According to yesterday’s New York Times, the hottest language being studied right now by business travelers is Mandarin, and quite rightly so. Mandarin is the official language of China and Taiwan, and it’s also spoken in Singapore. (Cantonese is widely spoken in Hong Kong.) As the Times article notes, speaking a little Mandarin can translate into new business opportunities, and so it could be worth spending some time getting conversant in the language. You could spend $2,500 for a week-long Mandarin course. However, if you’d like to do it on the cheap, we have some solid, free resources for you.

To get up and running, you’ll want to check out the well-reviewed podcast called Chinese Lessons with Serge Melnyk (iTunes Feed Web Site). Put together by an English speaker who studied Mandarin Chinese for almost 20 years (and who has lived in Beijing and Shanghai for 12 years), the free podcast currently offers 55 lessons that last between 20 and 30 minutes on average. A second option, which also gets very high marks, is (iTunes Feed Web Site). Produced by native speakers, these daily audio podcasts, each 10 to 20 minutes in length, will immerse you in colloquial (read: useful) Mandarin. Both of these podcasts are free, and the freely available material will keep you busy for some time. However, each podcast also offers additional resources for a reasonable fee, although you can certainly get by without them.

Beyond these podcasts, you may want to check out a couple other free alternatives: Think and Talk Like the Chinese (iTunes Web Site) and Chinese Learn Online (iTunes Feed Web Site). Also, if you’re looking for more systematic approaches to learning Mandarin, we’ve included some options in our new Amazon store.

Also, one of our readers asked us to through this one into the mix:

Please see the previous installments in this series:

Part 1: Brazilian Portuguese
Part 2: Russian
Part 3: Hindi

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Steve Jobs on DRM: The Business Strategy Behind the Manifesto

JobsdrmMost of the outside world didn't care. They didn't even know what Steve Jobs was talking about. But within tech circles it was a big deal, a landmark moment. Jobs' s anti-DRM manifesto, Thoughts on Music, moved us all closer to the day when music would be set free. (DRM = Digital Rights Management. Get more info here.) The reaction in the tech press was, of course, jubilant. Here's a quick sample reaction from the major tech blog, Gizmodo:

"Steve Jobs dropped a big one on us today, and no it wasn't a new MacBook. Instead it was his anti-DRM Manifesto, a state of the union for the music industry so to speak. In a nutshell, he advised the music industry to give up on DRM. It won't work. There are smart people circumventing this stuff, and with all the CDs being ripped in the world, just give up on it.

Amazing to hear the man speak without the PR mouthpiece, without regards to anything but what he feels is right for the world. He even throws the iPod/iTunes monopoly to the wind with these notions."

Now before we start a petition to canonize Jobs, it seems worth reflecting for a moment on whether St. Steve found religion, or whether Jobs was just being a brilliant CEO ... yet again. And that's why its worth giving a listen to Robert X. Cringely's recent podcast article DRM Catcher (iTunes - Feed). (You can also read the text version here.) Cringely is a particularly astute observer of how technology trends dovetail with business strategies, and he's right to see Jobs' manifesto as driven less by ideals than by what makes the most business sense for Apple at this particular moment. DRM helped put Apple into its market leadership position. Now, having a lock on 75% of the market, the best way to sell more iPods is to drop DRM. It's smart business thinking that you see at work here, not altruism. You can bet on that.

Give the podcast some of your time, and be sure to listen to the part about Google's ambitious web strategy, which ties into his recent thinking (see this piece) about the big plans that Google has on the horizon.

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