A hybrid relaxation/storytelling/comedy/science/adventure podcast. Join Scientist and Explorer Jonathan Peter Atwood as he tells stories about his adventures all over the world and beyond. Music, ambient sounds and sound effects all combine with Jonathan’s narration to help you chill, reduce stress, and enjoy a quiet, comforting sleep. Created by Chris Mancini. Music and Sound Design by Ron Tanski. Shows drop the first and 15th of every month.
Episode 78: Farewell to Mars and an Unexpected Detour
Professor Atwood and his crew depart Mars and head for home. But a distress call causes them to make an unexpected detour. Additional music by Worm v Snake.
Episode 77: Meteor Swarms, Amusement Parks and a story about Yetis
Professor Atwood puts his plan in motion to defeat the Sentient Meteor Swarm once and for all so he can his crew can leave Mars.
Episode 76: Revenge of the Sentient Meteor Swarm
Professor Atwood and his crew are ready to depart Mars, but the sentient Meteor Swarm has gone rogue and has other plans.
Episode 75: The Martian Amusement Park
Professor Atwood enjoys a lovely day at the Martian Amusement Park with his son Patrick, and gets a much needed explanation from Tom the Futurist about how it came to be.
Episode 74: Christmas on Mars
Professor Atwood and his crew celebrate Christmas on Mars, but the celebrations have to wait until they can get Tom the Futurist back from being "in Time out of Time" right by the Martian ruins.
Ep 73: The Martian Ruins and the Lost Futurist
Searching for his lost friend Tom, Professor Atwood explores the ruins on the surface of Mars and makes a startling discovery.
Professor or Wizard?
I know he’s a professor but I think he’s also a wizard because he magically makes me fall asleep every single time. I don’t think I have ever heard a whole podcast all the way through and yet, I hear enough to still know what is going on from episode to episode.
Interesting, soothing, creative and funny.
This podcast is pitch perfect bedtime stories to wind down with. The soundscape and the word choices are so soothing. The stories are interesting enough to keep you listening without being over stimulating. And every now and then something is laugh out loud funny (a giant squid cheating in a marthon, Albert Einstine whitewater rafting) And it's educational too - I had no idea I would enjoy learning about the history of pancakes or tunnel boring - but yep, I totally do. I don't know how he gets the balance of interesting, soothing, creative and funny just right, but he does. I got into this when I was trying to take a break from Youtube and general mindless scrolling before bed, which always made it harder to sleep. This was the perfect things to switch to. I highly recommend checking it out.
Someone else’s review mentioned that this podcast finds a “sweet spot” which was exactly the phrase I thought, too. It strikes a balance between being interesting enough that my brain is distracted by it, but just chill enough that I rarely am awake to the end. But even if I do listen to the end, the stories are fun so it doesn’t feel like a waste of time. It’s one of the only sleep podcasts where I can listen to an episode twice and it still works.