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Monday, 1 March 2021

Podcast recommendations: Science

In what should be the penultimate post in this series, I talk about podcasts about science. Sorry, I mean about Science!


How to Vaccinate the World

Tim Harford, of More or Less fame, started How to Vaccinate the World on BBC Radio 4 in the middle of November 2020 to talk about the then-exciting new possibility of vaccination for Covid-19, and how to get it into as many people across the world as possible. This is a very fast-moving subject and it’s gone from theoretical to actually happening very quickly. That has brought a number of controversies with it, from vaccine nationalism to the gap between doses to how to transport and deliver it. Like More of Less, it’s calm and collected and gets to the nub of whatever matter they’re discussing. There isn’t always a clear answer, the real world is messy like that, but it’s great for breaking through the hysteria that the 24 hour news cycle generates. Episodes are half an hour long.

The infinite Monkey Cage (science)

Combining science and comedy, The Infinite Monkey Cage from the BBC brings together presenters Robin Ince and Professor Brian Cox with world-leading scientists and comedians to discuss subjects ranging from space archaeology to the science of cooking to whether or not time actually exists to that ultimate question: are strawberries alive? The tone is usually light, but there’s real science, coming from experts in the field, with Ince ready to jump in with a quip if things get too heavy. The podcast episodes tend to be longer than the broadcast ones, running up to about 45 minutes.


And that’s it for podcasts that I listen to regularly. Next up, I’m going to talk about podcasts I used to listen to but don’t any more and why you might want to listen anyway. You can find the other posts in this series below.

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