Podcast list









I’ve recently discovered podcasts and they are awesome. They’re a great way to learn interesting new things, especially when you’re travelling. So this post is a collection of fantastic podcasts that I listen to and would recommend you pick up. Any suggestions are welcome so please let me know if there are any you like. (*= my favourites).

Social and Life sciences:

*Everything Hertz: Discussions about biological psychiatry, psychology, and the process of science with heavy sarcasm. (iTunes) (Soundcloud)

*The Black Goat: Three psychologists discuss how to perform science and the various issues that face scientists e.g. publication pressure, how to be an open scientist etc. (website) (iTunes)

BOLD Signals: Interviews with a wide variety of scientists such as neuroscientists, science informationists, and cognitive neuroscientists (and many others) on a huge range of topics. (iTunes) (Soundcloud)

Science VS: A podcast that takes an interesting topic e.g. the “gay gene”, and examines the evidence for and against it. (iTunes)

*Say Why to Drugs: Cutting through the hype and hyperbole about different drugs and examining what the research actually tells us about them. (website) (iTunes)

Invisibilia: Fascinating episodes on broad ranging topics related to how we experience the world e.g. is there a “solution” to mental health, and is thinking like this part of the problem? (website)

Stuff You Should Know: One topic or idea is examined in great detail and explained in each episode with topics ranging from sleep terrors to nitrous oxide. (website) (iTunes)

Unsupervised Thinking: Discussions about specific areas within neuroscience and AI e.g. brain size, the Connectome, etc. (website) (iTunes)


The Bayes Factor: Interviews with psychologists and statisticians who use Bayesian statistics discussing relevant issues to psychology. (website)

Not So Standard Deviations: Informal talks about statistics in academia and industry, covering a huge variety of topics in an entertaining and engaging way. (website) (iTunes)

More or Less: Tim Harford explains – and sometimes debunks – the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life. (website)


The Partially Examined Life: In-depth analysis of famous philosophical books or ideas with no presumed prior knowledge. (website) (iTunes)

*Very Bad Wizards: Discussions between a philosopher and a moral psychologist (with occasional guests) about current events, social issues, and research from their fields. (website) (iTunes)


*PhDivas: A cancer scientist and literary critic talk about life in academia, science, and how social issues affect academia. (website) (iTunes)

*Intelligence Squared: Hour long discussions or debates about an interesting topic featuring prominent thinkers. (website) (iTunes)


  1. Thanks (I listen to several of these and am eager to hear more)–

    The Skeptics Guide to the Universe (Hosted, in part, by Neurologist) Stephen Novella is great

    Neuropod stopped making podcasts in December but the archives are good.

    And I love the now retired Logically Critical… which no longer makes new podcasts, but their old ones are great for learning common logical fallacies.

    Neuroscientist Sam Harris also has a podcast called waking up.

  2. MISC: Reply All, TLDR, Sex Nerd Sandra, 99% Invisible, This American Life
    Social Sciences: Hidden Brain, Psychology In Seatle, IQ2 Debates, 60 Secong Psychology, Grammar Girl
    News: GPS (Global Public Square), 60 Minutes

  3. Self-plug, but actually relevant: I’ve got a neuroscience podcast that was heavily influenced by the format of Partially Examined Life (all of us involved are PEL fans). It’s called Unsupervised Thinking unsupervisedthinkingpodcast.blogspot.com

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