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Science Talk is a weekly science audio show covering the latest in the world of science and technology. Join Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists. He is also an articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine. His column, "Antigravity," is one of science writing's great humor venues. Also check our daily podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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    • 4.1 • 518 Ratings

Science Talk is a weekly science audio show covering the latest in the world of science and technology. Join Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists. He is also an articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine. His column, "Antigravity," is one of science writing's great humor venues. Also check our daily podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

    175 Years of Scientific American: The Good, the Bad and the Debunking

    175 Years of Scientific American: The Good, the Bad and the Debunking

    We look back at some highlights, midlights and lowlights of the history of Scientific American, featuring former editor in chief John Rennie. Astrophysicist Alan Guth also appears in a sponsored segment.

    • 31 min
    Bread Science: A Yeasty Conversation

    Bread Science: A Yeasty Conversation

    “Baking is applied microbiology,” according to the book Modernist Bread . During pandemic lockdowns, many people started baking their own bread. Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs talks about Modernist Bread, for which he was a writer and editor.

    • 45 min
    The Coming or Possibly Nearly Here Storm

    The Coming or Possibly Nearly Here Storm

    Former Scientific American editor Mark Alpert talks about his latest sci-fi thriller The Coming Storm, which warns about the consequences of unethical scientific research and of ignoring the scientific findings you don’t like.  

    • 27 min
    COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics: Who Gets It First and Other Issues

    COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics: Who Gets It First and Other Issues

    Contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs spoke with Arthur Caplan , head of the NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s division of medical ethics, about some of the ethical issues that researchers have to consider in testing and distributing vaccines against COVID-19.

    • 24 min
    How Your Homes and Buildings Affect You

    How Your Homes and Buildings Affect You

    Journalist and author Emily Anthes talks about her book The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness .

    • 34 min
    African-Americans, Nature and Environmental Justice

    African-Americans, Nature and Environmental Justice

    Journalist Bob Hirshon reports from the Taking Nature Black conference, reporter Shahla Farzan talks about tracking copperhead snakes, and nanoscientist Ondrej Krivanek discusses microscopes with subangstrom resolution.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
518 Ratings

518 Ratings

ForgetfulGamerYT ,

Pretty decent!

I love science, so I wanted to listen to science podcasts. So far this podcast has been great! I have read other reviews and heard that the host sometimes gets political, but sometimes you can’t avoid that.

i like science ,

Epically epic

I really like science so I just keep watching for school for an hour :)

Dr_pHrank ,

Engaging Science Stories

Good length shows about various science topics. A good partner to the very short 60 Seconds Science podcast also Scientific American

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