Podcasts are recorded radio programs that are made available for listening or download over the internet. Podcasts often come in episodic format — similar to a TV show. Although, some podcasts are more like a recorded interview, where a host brings on a guest and asks them questions about various topics. For those interested in nature and science, there are a wealth of podcasts available to the public. Below is a list of some of the best nature and science podcasts and a few episode recommendations for you to check out from each:
1. Ologies –
Hosted by Alie Ward, Ologies explores all things science and curiosity. The suffix –ology is used in English to say “the science of something.” On this podcast, the host and their guests go in-depth with experts in a number of different fields. Episodes range from discussing the science of cucurbitology (study of pumpkins) to myrmecology (study of ants) and even to topics like Indigenous cooking, trains, and the human body!
You might check out a few cool episodes below:
- Bryology with author, scientist, and natural historian Robin Wall Kimmerer. Kimmerer is the author of “Braiding Sweetgrass,” which is available in our collection.
- TikTok(ology) with author and science communicator Hank Green. Green is the author of two books in our collection: A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor and An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.
2. Radiolab –
Hosted by Jad Abumrad, Lulu Miller, and Latif Nasser and produced by WNYC, a public radio station in New York City. This podcast is primarily about science but also delves into topics that relate to philosophy and politics. One excellent component of Radiolab is its awesome music – they have even received awards for their sound mixing!
Consider exploring a few episodes on some of my favorite topics:
- Fungus Amongus
- Tit for Tat (this one is about Evolution!)
3. In Defense of Plants –
Hosted by Matt Candeis, this podcast explores the incredible world of plants. Inspired by people’s lack of interest in plants, this podcast delves into the interesting characteristics of plants and their many unique relationships with humans, insects, and the natural world. The best part of this podcast is that they often focus on environmental issues and topics relevant to the Midwest.
Some episodes that are directly related to conservation in the Midwest:
4. Nature Boost –
Nature boost is a podcast from the Missouri Department of Conservation hosted by Jill Pritchard. It is all about exploring the outdoors, from its health benefits to outdoor recreation opportunities. This podcast is full of excellent storytelling, often by and for folks from around Kansas City.
Some episodes that I would recommend:
- Blue Space