The Graduate Guide to Podcasts: Science, Medicine, & Educational

The semester is winding down, and many of us are leaving campus for the semester. While we may be away from one another, that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! We asked our graduate student community on our Instagram (@cofcgradschool) and the GSA’s Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/937754550061477) to share their go-to podcasts, and boy did they deliver! This edition encompasses the best of science, medicine, and educational, as recommended by our graduate students!

99% Invisible:

Curious about the origin of the wacky, waving, inflatable, arm-flailing tube men at car dealerships? What about where fortune cookies come from? This podcast, hosted by Roman Mars, is all about the unnoticed architecture and design that shapes our world.

Average Length: 30 Minutes

Frequency: Weekly

The Fisheries Podcast:

Alumni alert! This podcast interviews professionals in the field of fisheries science and management, in the hopes to educate the public about the field of fisheries science. Hosted in part by alumni Julie Vecchio (M.S. Marine Biology), this podcast has a sister podcast that tackles diversity and inclusion in the field.

Average Length: 40 Minutes

Frequency: Weekly

Mental Illness Happy Hour:

Comedian Paul Gilmartin creates a safe space for comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor to discuss mental illness, trauma, addiction, and negative thinking. This award-winning podcast works to break down stigma, and offer support for those who are affected by, or know someone who is, by depression, addiction, or other mental challenges.

Average Length: 60 minutes

Frequency: Weekly

Ologies:

Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about topics ranging from volcanoes to beauty standards to beer science to drunk butterflies. Host Allie Ward, a humorist and Daytime Emmy Award-winning science correspondent, asks smart people stupid questions about what fuels these professional “-ologists” obsessions.

Average Length: 60 minutes

Frequency: Weekly

RadioLab:

This podcast is brought to you by NPR. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich weave stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries.

Average Length: 30 Minutes

Frequency: Weekly

The Savage Lovecast:

Host Dan Savage brings back the tried-and-true call-in advice show with this podcast. Savage answers listeners burning questions about love, sex, relationships, LGBTQ+ issues, religion, and politics.

Average Length: 50 Minutes

Frequency: Weekly

Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine:

Ever heard of the Four Humors? What about when we used to use mercury as a cure-all? Join husband-and-wife team of Justin McElroy and Dr. Sydney McElroy, MD as they bring listeners on a comedic tour of medical history from the beginnings of time to the current pandemic.

Average Length: 30-45 minutes

Frequency: Weekly

Science Vs.:

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this podcast offers some fact-checked rebuttals to any family dinner topic, from detox teas to gun control. No fad, trend, or “opinionated mob” is safe from the fact-checker team hosting this podcast!

Average Length: 30 Minutes

Frequency: Weekly

Stuff You Should Know:

Want to be the MVP at every Zoom trivia night? Hosts Josh and Chuck cover topics you should know about, ranging from champagne, the Stonewall Uprising, the Great ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Myth, and more!

Average Length: 50 Minutes

Frequency: Three Times a Week

This Podcast Will Kill You:

Sick of only hearing about the coronavirus? This podcast covers all sorts of other deadly diseases to distract you from the pandemic. Hosted by ecologists and epidemiologists Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke make these topics more palatable by offering the perfect cocktail recipe to go with each episode, which might be the best reasons to listen in!

Average Length: 90 Minutes

Frequency: Bi-Weekly

 

 

Educational podcasts not what you’re looking for? Tune in to future posts that will cover graduate student recommendations for comedy, storytelling, and more! Earlier editions covered true crime and can be found here, and news & politics can be found here.

 

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