In the comments on my earlier post on Skeptical and Scientific podcasts a reader recommended I check out another related podcast. From there, with the help of iTunes, I also ran across another of a similar vein.
There is also another scientific podcast that I had left out of my previous post, primarily due to the random nature of new episodes.
As with that previous post, I am going to give a review of skeptical and scientific podcasts I am listening to and recommend others check out as well.
The Skepticality podcast is the latest one I have downloaded, but since I am still catching up on a few others, I have not yet listened to any episodes so far, and I won’t for at least a couple of months. When I do get around to it though, I will try to write a decent review of the podcast and it’s hosts. There are however two points I can review currently.
The Skepticality website is decent at best, with quick notes on each episode, and one-liner type biographies of past interview subjects; but it’s a tad disappointing that I don’t really see any links to more information, or more in depth articles on the topics they have covered on the podcasts.
And the final point I would like ot make, is that Skepticality is (somehow) the “Official podcast of Skeptic magazine”. If you have not checked out Skeptic before, I highly recommend it for anybody interested in Skeptical topics.
This is a short podcast done by host Brian Dunning that runs 5-12 minutes per episode. Brian does a very good job covering some very complex topics in a short time frame, and leaves the listener wanting, if not needing, more. While the topics are often very serious, Brian has quite an irreverent outlook. So far I have only made it through a couple of dozen episodes, and while I was not all that excited about a few of the topics, he covered them in such a way as to make them interesting.
My one negative comment would be that I don’t always agree with Brian’s view on some of the subjects. For example, Brian seems to feel that not all pseudosciences are a negative, and that in some cases they can be helpful; and he even goes so far as to say that skeptics should take advantage of the situation for the benefit of those who want to believe (see Episode #4 for more information).
The website is pretty solid, with the full transcript of each show included (being as it is a one person podcast, each episode is essentially Brian reading his pre-written script).
The last thing I would like to mention i that one the Skeptoid site is one of the greatest “tag lines” I have come across for any podcast.
“Each weekly episode focuses on a single phenomenon — paranormal, spiritual, alternative, or just plain stupid — that you’ve heard of, and that you probably believe in. Skeptoid attempts to expose the folly of belief in such phenomena, and more importantly, explains the factual scientific reality.”
PBS / NOVA & NOVA scienceNOW
While the NOVA podcast is essentially an extended commercial for the NOVA television series on PBS, it does give a good introduction of the topics. NOVA, and it’s offshoot NOVA scienceNOW are among the best purely science based programs on television today.
The website is essentially a series of web based commercials for the NOVA series as well, so it won’t get too much more in depth than the TV series, but it does help give you link to additional resources if you want to delve even further into a topic.