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Unraveling Science Through Podcasts

Nov/07/2022 / by Melanie Fourie

These fascinating Indians have the knack of simplifying complex topics  

unraveling science through podcasts

Podcasts have been growing in popularity over the last decade. An Edison Research study found that more than half of all Americans have listened to a podcast, and 78% of all Americans have heard of the medium. Considering their continued surge in popularity, that’s a sizable chunk of the United States.

Recent data from Acast, a podcasting gateway, published in 2020, also indicated that medicine and science were the most popular categories of podcast episodes.

Listening to such podcasts is a great way to learn more about many scientific topics. Expert podcasters also demystify arcane scientific concepts. This can make science less intimidating and may also help boost engagement. Explore the world of scientific podcasts with our selection below, whether you have a passion for the subject or just want to learn more!

IndiaAsksWhy – IndiaBiospeaks

Shweata N. Hegde and Ruchi Manglunia, two passionate young women, launched IndiaAsksWhy with guidance from IndiaBioscience and Megha Kumar. This audio series features them posing and responding to issues that college students could have in their daily lives. They bring in scientists from all different sectors to assist them in figuring out the solutions.

Some episodes include discussions on why tigers have stripes, how wind and microbes contribute to the aroma of rain, the reasoning behind birds flocking together, and more. The second IndiaBioscience Outreach Grant was awarded to this podcast. IndiaBiospeaks provides a platform for the dissemination of information of interest to the life science community, including but not limited to, news, tales, the history of science, and discussions on science careers.

More Than a Pretty Face

Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, or “Dr. Azi,” is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist who hosts a podcast in which she discusses much more than the surface of her field by addressing listener concerns, talking to guests in the field, and giving listeners a glimpse of what goes on in the background.

Find out from one of the most sought-after dermatologists in Southern California about science-based skin care tips, lasers, and shots. Seasonal skincare transitions, in-office treatments, science-based looks at hormone optimization for radiant skin, and more are all covered in depth in her podcast.

Nature India

The podcast is part of Nature India, an electronic magazine giving information about India’s science. It is issued by Nature Research. Even though scientists are the main people who engage, the information is meant to be understandable to anyone who is interested in science.

Nature India presents the newest and finest research from the nation and collates content on scientific careers and events. Through in-depth stories and commentary, key figures of the scientific world, scientists, and broadcasters reflect on current concerns impacting India’s science. The Nature India podcast explores modern scientific subjects in both Hindi and English.

Kabhi Socha Hai

Kabhi Socha Hai is an educational podcast on science for youngsters. According to the podcast, the methodical acquisition of information about the material and physical world via observation and testing is called “science.” The podcast uses language that everybody can grasp. For about three to four minutes in every episode, the podcasters tackle a new and intriguing subject and present a straightforward, age-appropriate scientific or logical explanation.

The audience for this podcast, which is presented mostly in Hindi with some English, is not limited to children; rather, it includes parents who are curious about science and would want to brush up on the fundamentals so that they are knowledgeable when their children ask them questions.

Science & Us

Science and Us is a podcast series that explores the ways in which our everyday lives are shaped by scientific knowledge. It will clear up any confusion about scientific principles and show how they make sense.

The podcast dispels illusions about contemporary cultural views by explaining how past societies understood scientific concepts. Among the many topics covered in this podcast are climate change and lightning, cloudburst science, the effect of sexism on science, talks about reptiles, and much more.