Science & Technology

TED Radio Hour:

In TED Radio Hour, Guy Ros interviews different TED Speakers that all relate to one common theme (to some degree). Organized in an interesting format, I often times find the thread linking these different speakers to be thought provoking in and of itself. It’s excerpt-style structure directs interested listeners to the full TED Talk, which I feel is a great strength of the podcast.  Some people find these one hour podcasts a little too academic, but I feel Guy Ros does a great job treading the line between being relatable and asking deep, high-level questions (I love you, Guy).

“The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections.”

3 starter recommendations:

  1. Predicting the Future  (10/10/14): I love this TED Radio Hour because it provides a broad range of instances… Negroponte predicting smart phones and touch sensitive displays at the first TED Talk in 1984. Personalized medicine by engineering tissue from your own cells, growing bones and organs. Genome based diagnoses, and driverless cars.
  2. Champions (5/27/16): 
  3. Networks (1/13/17):


Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel co-host this podcast from NPR News about interesting and unusual phenomena related to human behavior. In this podcast, Miller and Spiegel talk to experts and laypeople, often presenting both scientific views and individual perspectives. Bonus: They even have coloring pages to go along with each episode!

“Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.”

3 starter recommendations:
  1. How to Become Batman (1/22/15):
  2. The Personality Myth (6/24/16): 
  3. The Power Of Categories (2/5/2015)In this 60 minute episode, Lulu and Alix explore the way categories define us. Development/ babies. Knowledge about that category guides response to that thing- efficient way of processing information. Gender flipping.


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Brain Science Podcast

I stumbled upon Brain Science Podcast with Ginger Campbell in iTunes some years back. In these 1 hour segments, Dr. Campbell interviews big names in neuroscience including (but definitely not limited to) Michael Gazzaniga, Michael Merzenich, Olaf Sporns, and Dan Ariely. The podcast just celebrated it’s 10th anniversary, and you can find a full list of books covered in the series and a list of scientists interviewed on the website. Each episode is about $1, but if you download them off of iTunes directly, you can listen to them for free.

 “Dr. Campbell is an experienced emergency physician with a long-standing interest in mind-body medicine, the brain, and consciousness. In this podcast she shares recent discoveries from the world of neuroscience in a way that people of all backgrounds can enjoy.”

[Note that this podcast is geared towards the scientific community and not necessarily the general public. I highly recommend scrolling through the list of scientists interviewed and looking for names you recognize from your own work and literature searches. If you’re interested in neuroscience with no background in the field, please do check this podcast out, but if it is too heavy I would highly recommend TED Radio Hour, Invisibilia, RadioLab, and Hidden Brain to learn more about the fascinating relationship between brain and behavior].

3 starter recommendations:

  1. Brain Networks with Olaf Sporns (Episode 24)