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The best podcasts for science lovers

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Who am I?

We are Garret and Sabrina, the husband & wife team behind the dinosaur podcast I Know Dino. We love dinosaurs so much, we had a dinosaur-themed wedding and then started our podcast shortly after! Eight years later we're still going strong, releasing new episodes every Wednesday covering the latest discoveries, interviewing experts, and nerding out about dinosaurs. (Lucky for us, there's a new dinosaur discovered almost every week!) Dinosaurs are a gateway to science. After nearly a decade of doing our show, we can connect any topic back to dinosaurs—baking, farming, hockey, math... (we even started a Dinosaur Connection Challenge segment in our show about it). The world is full of wonders, and science helps us better understand it.

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What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

New dinosaurs are discovered all the time. Each week in our podcast, we explore the latest dinosaur news, chat with paleontology experts, dive deep into a “dinosaur of the day,” go down Oryctodromeus burrows with our fun facts, answer our listeners' burning questions, and connect dinosaurs to topics ranging from chocolate to the Titanic and more! Educational and entertaining, I Know Dino is a must listen dinosaur podcast for experts and newcomers alike. That said, the study of dinosaurs and paleontology goes well with lots of other types of science—biology, chemistry, geology, neuroscience, astronomy, and more (and the history of how fossils hunters/scientists have found dinosaur skeletons is fascinating as well).

What is my podcast playlist about?

Each podcast in this playlist specializes in a particular topic. And they each touch on a different aspect of science. So for the science lovers, who love to dive deep into specific subjects, this playlist is for you.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. Big Biology

Why this podcast?

Biology is the science of life, and Big Biology features interesting conversations with scientists doing exciting new research. One of our favorite episodes is where they chat with paleontologist Steve Brusatte, about the rise of mammals and the fall of dinosaurs.

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Art Woods, Cam Ghalambor, and Marty Martin

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The biggest biology podcast for the biggest science and biology fans. Featuring in-depth discussions with scientists tackling the biggest questions in evolution, genetics, ecology, climate, neuroscience, diseases, the origins of life, psychology and more. If it's biological, groundbreaking, philosophical or mysterious you'll find it here. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bigbiology/support

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2. Lost Women of Science

Why this podcast?

Lost Women in Science highlights groundbreaking female scientists who most people haven’t heard of. Each season focuses on one person, so you get to really know their life in addition to their work, like with Yvonne Y. Clark, the “First Lady of Engineering” who worked at NASA.

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For every Marie Curie or Rosalind Franklin whose story has been told, hundreds of female scientists remain unknown to the public at large. In this series, we illuminate the lives and work of a diverse array of groundbreaking scientists who, because of time, place and gender, have gone largely unrecognized. Each season we focus on a different scientist, putting her narrative into context, explaining not just the science but also the social and historical conditions in which she lived and worked. We also bring these stories to the present, painting a full picture of how her work endures.

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3. The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Why this podcast?

Critical thinking is important, probably now more than ever. The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe does a great job of discerning reality from false claims. One of our favorite episodes talks all about the wide variety of medical misinformation that we all see on TV and social media.

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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is a weekly science podcast discussing the latest science news, critical thinking, bad science, conspiracies and controversies. -The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: Your escape to reality - Produced by SGU Productions, LLC: https://www.theskepticsguide.org

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4. Gastropod

Why this podcast?

Who doesn't love food? Gastropod talks about the science and history of food, like their episode on eels. Who knew so many eel bones have been found in rubbish dumps in northern Europe from the Middle Ages?

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Gastropod

Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley

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Food with a side of science and history. Every other week, co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley serve up a brand new episode exploring the hidden history and surprising science behind a different food- or farming-related topic, from aquaculture to ancient feasts, from cutlery to chile peppers, and from microbes to Malbec. We interview experts, visit labs, fields, and archaeological digs, and generally have lots of fun while discovering new ways to think about and understand the world through food. Find us online at gastropod.com, follow us on Twitter @gastropodcast, and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/gastropodcast.

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5. I Know Dino: The Big Dinosaur Podcast

Why this podcast?

Well we kind of had to pick our own podcast, right? Maybe not...but here's a little bit more about our show :) We started our podcast because we're in the golden age of dinosaur discovery (a new dinosaur is named almost every week) and there aren't any other podcasts that cover all of those discoveries. So if you want to hear about every new dinosaur then our podcast is for you!

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New dinosaurs are discovered all the time. Have fun and relax with hosts Garret and Sabrina each week as they explore the latest dinosaur news, chat with paleontology experts, dive deep into a “dinosaur of the day,” go down Oryctodromeus burrows with their fun facts, answer your burning questions, and connect dinosaurs to topics ranging from chocolate to the Titanic and more! Educational and entertaining, I Know Dino is a must listen dinosaur podcast for experts and newcomers alike.

Dinosaurs have been found on every continent of planet earth: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America, in places like the Badlands in Black Hills, the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, Haddonfield, New Jersey, Munich, Germany, Hateg Island and more. Dinosaurs lived in the north and south hemisphere, in forests, swamps, and more habitats.

The podcast talks about types of dinosaurs that lived in the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous—all of the Mesozoic. Different kinds of dinosaurs covered include Allosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Apatosaurus, Archaeopteryx, Baryonyx, Brachiosaurus, Brontosaurus, Diplodocus, Dilophosaurus, Giganotosaurus, Oviraptor, Parasaurolophus, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Therizinosaurus, Triceratops, Troodon, Tyrannosaurus (sometimes known as t-rex), Utahraptor, Velociraptor, and many raptors.

Past interviewees include Brian Engh, Bolorsetseg Minjin, Darren Naish, Dustin Growick, Glen McIntosh, Gregory Paul, Hans Sues, Jack Horner, Jim Kirkland, Jingmai O-Connor, Matt Lamanna, Michael Benton, Mike Gunton, Nizar Ibrahim, Phil Currie, Phil Tippett, Riley Black, Steve Brusatte, Tim Walker, Thomas Carr, Tom Holtz, and Victoria Arbour.

Topics covered include paleontology (paleo), natural history, history (and prehistory), geology, art, mathematics, geography, earth sciences, life science, zoology, evolution, and culture.

Past dino episodes have dealt with dinosaur armor, big dinosaurs, small dinosaurs, bones, cannibalism, cartilage, carnivorous animals and predators, herbivorous animals and prey, claw, crest, courtship, dueling, facial features, feathers, being flightless, gliding, natural disasters (like with a volcano and lava, which forms igneous rock, and tsunami), natural science, opals, sail, sedimentary layers, skeletons, skulls, smell, species, spikes, termites, mating, microscopes, the last days of the dinos (and how the asteroid impact crater made them go extinct). Also, the atmosphere, bacterial infections, a cabin made of fossils, calcium, charcoal, comets, dinosaur hunter, and common misconceptions.

Past episodes about dinosaurs in the media include topics like how accurate the dinosaurs are, computer animation, Arlo from The Good Dinosaur, science fiction movies, Rexy, Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, King Kong, Gertie, Victorian sculptures like Crystal Palace, dinosaur animatronics, dinosaur game, dinosaur world, and Prehistoric Planet.

Famous people in history covered in the podcast include Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, Charles Knight, Charles Marsh, Edward Cope, Franz Nopsca, J. R. R. Tolkien, Richard Owen (who coined the term Dinosauria), Roy Chapman Andrews (who indirectly inspired Indiana Jones), and Thomas Jefferson.

Museum of science covered include the American Museum of Natural History, Yale Peabody Museum, Royal Tyrrell, Field Museum, and more, as well as state parks.

Additional past topics include different animals of the animal kingdom like the armadillo, sloth, crocodile, birds (like hummingbirds, the kiwi, ostrich, wild turkey, the dodo bird, and vulture), turtles, marine mammals like Mosasaurus, pterosaurs like Pteranodon, and other prehistoric reptiles.

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