Podcasts are audio or video files that one can download from the web; or more simply said, downloadable Internet radio shows or video programming. Although many people play them on portable devices (like the IPod, hence the name), one can also simply listen to a podcast on their computer. There are thousands of podcasts that span a broad range of topics. In this post I will highlight a few podcast series that might be of interest to scholars in the sciences. Each of these podcasts is available for free on the websites, via RSS feeds, or in a podcast directory such as the one in the iTunes Store. Here is a list of a few that i recommend
Nature Nature Publishing Group produces a rich array of podcasts that highlight stories covered in their journals. There is also a blog on the site that facilitates discussion of each episode. All podcasts are archived on the site back to the first episode in October 2005.
Science In December 2005, around the time podcasts became popular in the mainstream, Science started producing their podcasts as a pilot project. They have been posting new episodes to their site twice a month since then. These shows contain excellent coverage of articles published in the journal, but with an interesting down-to-earth tone appropriate for any audience.
Scientific American Sciam.com has two podcast series: 60-Second Science and Science Talk. 60-Second Science is posted every weekday and contains 1 minute reports that explore 1 interesting scientific topic each. With this one, you can't claim you don't have time to listen to a podcast. Science Talk, on the other hand, is posted weekly and covers a variety of scientifc topics in each 20-minute show.
Science Friday Excellent weekly coverage of the top stories in science and technology.