40 Best NPR Science Podcasts

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Here are 40 Best NPR Science Podcasts worth listening to in 2024

1. Short Wave

Short Wave New discoveries, everyday mysteries, and the science behind the headlines - all in about 10 minutes, every weekday. It's science for everyone, using a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join host Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@npr.org
Apple Rating 4.7 / 5Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 3 episodes / week Avg Length 14 min Listen on Apple Spotify YouTube Get Email Contact Get Influential Podcasters ContactsGet access to 100k active Podcasters, Influencers in 1500 niche categories.Get targeted media contact list in your niche at your fingertips so you can focus on running your campaign.Email us the categories of Podcasters you want to reach out for your marketing campaign at anuj@feedspot.com Copy email. We'll share active Podcasters list with verified email contacts in an Excel or CSV format.

2. Living on Earth

Living on Earth As the planet we call home faces a climate emergency, Living on Earth is your go-to source for the latest coverage of climate change, ecology, and human health. Hosted by Steve Curwood.
Podcast loe.org
Email ****@loe.org
Apple Rating 4.7 / 5Facebook Followers 6.7MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 1 episode / week Avg Length 53 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

3. Blue Dot

Blue Dot Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities. Host Dave Schlom leads discussions about the issues science is helping us address with experts who shed light on climate change, space exploration, astronomy, technology and much more. Dave asks us to remember: from deep space, we all live on a pale, blue dot.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@gmail.com
Apple Rating 4.7 / 5Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 1 episode / week Avg Length 52 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

4. Cool Science Radio

Cool Science Radio From the discovery of new dinosaurs to the science of an avalanche. From the secret technology behind Facebook, to nanotechnology. Deciphering science and technology in an entertaining, amusing and accessible way. If we can understand it, so can you. Hosted by Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@kpcw.org
Apple Rating 4.9 / 5Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 3 episodes / month Avg Length 52 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

5. This Green Earth

This Green Earth This Green Earth is a weekly, hour-long program that focuses on the environment and environmentalism. Co-hosts Christopher Cherniak and Nell Larson explore the science, politics, economics and ethics behind the environment, natural resources and sustainability. The program includes interviews with local and national experts in the fields of water resources, air quality, environmental policy, fossil and renewable fuels, climate, conservation, ecosystems, agriculture, aquaculture and sustainability.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@kpcw.org
Apple Rating 5 / 5Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 4 episodes / month Avg Length 49 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

6. Outside/In

Outside/In A show about the natural world and how we use it. We explore science, energy, environmentalism, and reflections on how we think about and depict nature, and always leave time for plenty of goofing off.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@nhpr.org
Apple Rating 4.7 / 5Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 2 episodes / month Avg Length 33 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

7. The Point

The Point WCAI's award-winning public affairs program. Tuesday through Thursday, Mindy Todd hosts a lively and informative discussion on critical issues for Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Coast. Every Friday is the News Roundup, as CAI News Director Steve Junker speaks with news editors and reporters from around the region.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@capeandislands.org
Facebook Followers 6.7MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 3 episodes / week Avg Length 48 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

8. Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts Each week, Libby Hartfield, Retired Director of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, brings a specialist into the studio to answer your questions about various animals we see in Mississippi. And of course, Dr. Troy Majure, Veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Jackson answers your pet questions. Each week, you'll learn more about the animals that live in our homes and the animals who live in the world around us. You'll also find out more about family-friendly exhibits and events at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson.Email your pet and animal questions to animals@mpbonline.org and listen to Creature Comforts Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. CST on MPB Think Radio.
Podcast play.acast.com
Email ****@mpbonline.org
Apple Rating 4.9 / 5Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 4 episodes / month Avg Length 45 min Listen on Apple YouTube Get Email Contact

9. The Pulse

The Pulse Go on an adventure into unexpected corners of the health and science world each week with award-winning host Maiken Scott. The Pulse will take you behind the doors of operating rooms, into the lab with some of the world's foremost scientists, and back in time to explore life-changing innovations. It explores the questions that make people go, 'Yeah, why is that?' It tells stories from ground level, where illness, healing and discovery are personal. The Pulse celebrates science, and covers breakthroughs with healthy skepticism.
Podcast whyy.org
Host Maiken Scott.
Email ****@whyy.org
Apple Rating 4.6 / 5Facebook Followers 7KTwitter Followers 7.7KInstagram Followers 53.7K Frequency 1 episode / week Avg Length 51 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

10. Radiolab

Radiolab Radiolab is on a curiosity bender. We ask deep questions and use investigative journalism to get the answers. A given episode might whirl you through science, legal history, and into the home of someone halfway across the world. The show is known for innovative sound design, smashing information into music. It is hosted by Jad Abumrad, Lulu Miller, and Latif Nasser.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@gmail.com
Apple Rating 4.9 / 5 Frequency 1 episode / day Avg Length 41 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

11. Living Permaculture

Living Permaculture Permaculture is a design system for ecological and sustainable living, integrating plants, animals, buildings, people and communities. Living Permaculture airs on KDNK on the 4th Wednesday of every month.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@kdnk.org
Apple Rating 5 / 5Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 1 episode / month Avg Length 28 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

12. Looking Up

Looking Up Hosted by Cincinnati Observatory's Dean Regas and Anna Hehman, Looking Up brings you the latest astronomical discoveries in a fun, quick-paced conversation.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@cinradio.org
Apple Rating 4.8 / 5Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 2 episodes / month Avg Length 20 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

13. Science Friday

Science Friday Brain fun for curious people.
Podcast wnycstudios.org
Email ****@gmail.com
Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 1 episode / day Avg Length 21 min Listen on YouTube Get Email Contact

14. Petrie Dish

Petrie Dish A weekly explainer on the coronavirus and its ripple effects with science journalist Bonnie Petrie from Texas Public Radio.
Podcast tpr.org
Email ****@tpr.org
Apple Rating 5 / 5Facebook Followers 34.4KTwitter Followers 18.4KInstagram Followers 16.5K Frequency 1 episode / week Avg Length 7 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

15. Higher Ground

Higher Ground Climate change is already here. On Long Island, communities must prepare, and people find ways to adapt to rising tides and extreme weather that threatens America's first suburbs. Higher Ground tells the stories of these communities exploring solutions that may or may not give them the best chance at survival and help save the places millions of people call home. Or they may discover that the only way forward for suburban America is retreating from the sea. Hosted and reported by J.D. Allen.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@wshu.org
Apple Rating 4.8 / 5Facebook Followers 3.8KTwitter Followers 2.3KInstagram Followers 1.6K Frequency 1 episode / week Avg Length 25 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

16. Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? There's a lot going on up there. Join space reporter Brendan Byrne each week as he explores space exploration. From efforts to launch humans into deep space, to the probes exploring our solar system, Are We There Yet? brings you the latest in news from the space beat. Listen to interviews with astronauts, engineers and visionaries as humanity takes its next giant leap exploring our universe.
Podcast cfpublic.org
Hosts Ryan Ellison, Marian Summerall, Brendan Byrne
Email ****@wmfe.org
Apple Rating 4.4 / 5Facebook Followers 11.9KTwitter Followers 5.9KInstagram Followers 2.8K Frequency 1 episode / week Avg Length 28 min Listen on Apple YouTube Get Email Contact

17. Teen Scientist

Teen Scientist Teen Scientist with host Rayna Malhotra brings you groundbreaking innovation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines entirely from a teenage perspective. The program highlights local, regional, and national STEM stories with young people and respected experts in their fields.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@wdiy.org
Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 1 episode / month Avg Length 31 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

18. The Loh Down on Science

The Loh Down on Science The Loh Down on Science is the fun way to get your daily dose of science -- in less than two minutes! Writer/performer and Caltech alumna Sandra Tsing Loh explains the world of science with a dash of humor. It's a program for those who love science as well as for those who avoid it!
Podcast omny.fm
Email ****@scpr.org
Facebook Followers 91.1KTwitter Followers 122.6KInstagram Followers 25.8K Frequency 1 episode / day Avg Length 2 min Get Email Contact

19. A Moment of Science

A Moment of Science A Moment of Science is a daily audio podcast, public radio program and video series providing the scientific story behind some of life's most perplexing mysteries.
Podcast indianapublicmedia.org
Email ****@gmail.com
Facebook Followers 8.9KTwitter Followers 16.8KInstagram Followers 1.7K Frequency 4 episodes / week Avg Length 2 min Get Email Contact

20. Attribution with Bob McKinnon

Attribution with Bob McKinnon Why do some people make it, while others don't? How do the facts of our lives differ from our perception of it? And how does our psychology shape how we view ourselves and others? Attribution is, where people from all walks of life, reflect on who and what has contributed to where they ended up. Our hope is after each episode, you feel a little more inspired, grateful, or supported, than when you first hit play.
Podcast wliw.org
Email ****@wliw.org
Facebook Followers 3.3KTwitter Followers 171 Frequency 4 episodes / quarter Avg Length 53 min Get Email Contact

21. WXPR All Things Outdoors

WXPR All Things Outdoors From hunting to hiking and snowmobiling to water skiing, there's no shortage of outdoor recreation opportunities in the Northwoods.In WXPR's All Things Outdoors, we talk with DNR Conservation Warden Tim Otto about what you need to know to stay safe and have fun while out in the woods.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@wxpr.org
Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 1 episode / month Avg Length 6 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

22. Western Slope Skies

Western Slope Skies A bi-weekly short feature on astronomy, produced by members of the Black Canyon Astronomical Society.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@kvnf.org
Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 1 episode / month Avg Length 4 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

23. WXPR Field Notes

WXPR Field Notes On the second Tuesday of every month, we hear from our contributors in the field. Susan Knight and Gretchen Gerrish both work for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Limnology at Trout Lake Station. Scott Bowe is the Director of Kemp Natural Resources Station.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@wxpr.org
Facebook Followers 6.7MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 1 episode / month Avg Length 5 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

24. Arizona Science

Arizona Science Arizona Science explores the latest scientific research and technological innovations taking place in Southern Arizona and at the University of Arizona. Catch Arizona Science each Friday during Science Friday on NPR 89.1.
Podcast podcasts.apple.com
Email ****@gmail.com
Facebook Followers 25KTwitter Followers 13.2KInstagram Followers 5.7K Frequency 1 episode / week Avg Length 6 min Get Email Contact

25. WXPR The Stream

WXPR The Stream Water in Wisconsin's Northwoods and Michigan's Upper Peninsula serves as the basis of life and health. With countless lakes, rivers, springs, and aquifers, water is also linked with the very identity of this region.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@wxpr.org
Facebook Followers 3.8KTwitter Followers 1KInstagram Followers 1.6K Frequency 1 episode / month Avg Length 5 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

26. Invisibilia

Invisibilia Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia Latin for invisible things fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.
Podcast npr.org
Hosts Kia Miakka Natisse, Yowei Shaw
Email ****@npr.org
Apple Rating 4.5 / 5Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Listen on Apple YouTube Get Email Contact

27. Science Diction

Science Diction What does the word 'meme' have to do with evolutionary biology? And why do we call it 'Spanish flu' when it was never Spanish? Science Diction is a podcast about words and the science stories within them. If you like your language with a side of science, Science Diction has you covered.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@gmail.com
Apple Rating 4.7 / 5Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Frequency 1 episode / year Avg Length 18 min Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

28. Natural Selections

Natural Selections Conversations about the natural world with Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley, from member-supported North Country Public Radio. 010329
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@ncpr.org
Apple Rating 4.9 / 5Facebook Followers 6.7MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

29. Science on the Radio

Science on the Radio 'Science on the Radio' is a 90-second science information segment featuring Marvin Druger, retired chair of the Department of Science Teaching and professor of biology and science education at Syracuse University.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@syr.edu
Apple Rating 5 / 5Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

30. Chronic Catastrophe

Chronic Catastrophe Chronic Catastrophe is a four-episode podcast about the impacts of cumulative climate change-induced disasters on our minds, bodies, and spirits.
Podcast npr.org
Email ****@norcalpublicmedia.org
Apple Rating 5 / 5Facebook Followers 6.8MTwitter Followers 8.8MInstagram Followers 6.8M Listen on Apple Get Email Contact

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NPR Science Podcasters

Top Podcasters covering NPR Science. Get Spreadsheet
Podcaster Name Email Role Podcast Link Total Episodes Twitter Handle Twitter Followers
Maiken Scott. Host whyy.org/programs/the-pulse @maikenscott
Ryan Ellison Digital Director, Host cfpublic.org/podcast/are-we-there-yet 25
Marian Summerall Producer/Reporter/Host cfpublic.org/podcast/are-we-there-yet 25
Brendan Byrne Assistant News Director, Host cfpublic.org/podcast/are-we-there-yet 25
Kia Miakka Natisse Co-Host npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia @miakka_natisse 2.4K
Yowei Shaw Co-Host npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia @yowei_shaw 6.4K
Mindy Todd npr.org/podcasts/479326459/the-point-on-w-c-a-i 84 @NPR
Dave Schlom npr.org/podcasts/503170458/blue-dot 31 @NPR
Science Friday wnycstudios.org/podcasts 28 @npr 8.7M
Jason Klein play.acast.com/s/creaturecomforts/creature-comforts-all-the-pet-things 27 @npr 8.7M
AZPM podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/arizona-science-centers-podcast/id591806264 26 @azpublicmedia 13.6K
NHPR npr.org/podcasts/497561702/outside-in 26 @NPR
Bonnie Petrie tpr.org/podcast/petrie-dish 22 @TPRNews
Steve Junker npr.org/podcasts/479326459/the-point-on-w-c-a-i 21 @NPR
CAI npr.org/podcasts/479326459/the-point-on-w-c-a-i 14 @NPR
Ann Thompson npr.org/podcasts/504983884/focus-on-technology 13
Katie Mullaly npr.org/podcasts/608610021/k-p-c-w-cool-science-radio 12 @NPR
Dean Regas npr.org/podcasts/536627239/looking-up 11 @NPR
Katie Thoresen npr.org/podcasts/799007304/w-x-p-r-the-stream 10 @WXPR
Claire Wiley npr.org/podcasts/608606098/k-p-c-w-this-green-earth 8 @NPR
Nell Larson npr.org/podcasts/608606098/k-p-c-w-this-green-earth 8 @NPR
John Basile npr.org/podcasts/479326459/the-point-on-w-c-a-i 8 @NPR
Rayna Malhotra npr.org/podcasts/1057826866/teen-scientist 7 @npr 8.7M
Chris Cherniak npr.org/podcasts/608606098/k-p-c-w-this-green-earth 7 @NPR
Lynn Ware Peek npr.org/podcasts/608610021/k-p-c-w-cool-science-radio 7 @NPR
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