In the course of our work here at CCC, and due to our own personal hunger for knowledge, we try to keep up —  at least on a basic, laypersons’ level —on top-notch scientific information. And, like many other people, we find podcasts are an efficient and effective means of keeping up on science topics of interest. My commute time ( or occasional mid-afternoon power nap )  is almost completely allocated to listening to podcasts – radio content on demand and on my schedule.

I asked a few of my colleagues what they listened to in the “keeping up with science” mode and learned of a few I hadn’t heard of. The resulting list of science podcasts (see below) is something we thought might be of interest to share and grow with our Velocity of Content readers.

Note I: As with any media product, personal tastes and preferences are subjective; and as with any information product, one should be critical of the sources before opting to like/subscribe/follow. They are each available on most major podcast platforms without direct cost to subscribers.

Note II: CCC has business relationships with several of these podcast producers.

    • In Machines We Trust (MIT) A pro-technology series that takes on future-facing topics.
    • The Antigen (Pfizer) Explaining how vaccines are developed, and how they work.
    • AAAS Podcasts Similarly to Nature, this series of podcasts focuses on a wide swath of scientific topics in great detail.
    • How Research Changed the World  This podcast series from Taylor & Francis highlights the dedicated people behind the research results.
    • IEEE Spectrum An occasional series of podcasts, more on the engineering side.
    • Nature Podcasts Nature Publishing covers a wide range of in-depth scientific topics.
    • Podcasts, from NPR Science Friday For those who enjoy (and there are many of us) the “NPR treatment.” Science Friday focuses on a few (different) key topics each week.
    • See You Now (J&J) A collaborative effort with the American Nurses Association, this series of discussions covers the nursing profession and the issues nurses face in technology and other developments affecting their work.
    • The Inspiring STEM Podcast (independent podcaster) Scientific, Technical, Engineering, and Medical (STEM) information – when reliable – carries social benefits to the public at large. This podcast highlights opinion and analysis from the frontiers of the “open science” movement.
    • This Study Shows (Wiley) A behind-the-scenes look at the research process and the hardworking professionals involved.
    • Voices for Health (Roche) Exploration of health policy issues from a scientific perspective.

That’s plenty to take a look at for now. We encourage our listeners to submit their top picks at the link below.


Author: Dave Davis

Dave Davis joined CCC in 1994 and currently serves as a research consultant. He previously held directorships in both public and corporate libraries and earned joint master’s degrees in Library and Information Sciences and Medieval European History from Catholic University of America. He is the owner/operator of Pyegar Press, LLC.
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