Podcast

Science Talk

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...more

Episodes

  • On the Origin of Darwin

    Feb 12 2019

    On this 210th anniversary of Darwin's birth we hear evolution writer and historian Richard Milner perform a brief monologue as Charles Darwin, and former Scientific American editor in chief John Rennie and Darwin's great-great-grandson Matthew Chapman read excerpts from The Origin of Species .

  • Warming Arctic on Thin Ice

    Jan 31 2019

    Scientific American collections editor Andrea Gawrylewski talks to managing editor Curtis Brainard about how warming in the Arctic affects us all. And glaciologist Elizabeth Case takes us out near Juneau to study and live on the shifting ice.

  • Fake Whiskeys and Octo-Ecstasy

    Jan 14 2019

    Scientific American assistant news editor, Tanya Lewis, and collections editor, Andrea Gawrylewski, take a deeper look at two short articles from the Advances news section of the December issue, on counterfeit whiskeys and the effect of real ecstasy...on octopuses.

  • Ultima Thule and the Apes of Earth

    Jan 03 2019

    As the New Horizons mission approached Ultima Thule, Rowan University paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara put our close-up study of the Kuiper Belt object into a deep-time perspective.

  • Meet the Real Ravenmaster

    Dec 18 2018

    Christopher Skaife talks about his new book The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London, in front of a live audience at Caveat, “the speakeasy bar for intelligent nightlife" in Lower Manhattan.

  • The Crusade against Dangerous Food, Part 2

    Nov 22 2018

    Pulitzer Priz‚Äče–winning journalist Deborah Blum talks about her book The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the 20th Century, Part 2.

  • The Crusade against Dangerous Food, Part 1

    Nov 22 2018

    Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Deborah Blum talks about her book The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the 20th Century, Part 1.

  • Bones and Stones: Cemetery Geology

    Oct 31 2018

    A tour of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, N.Y., focuses on the geology of the landscape and the mausoleums.

  • Tinder for Cheetahs; and an Unusual Blindness

    Oct 17 2018

    Scientific American assistant news editor, Tanya Lewis, and collections editor, Andrea Gawrylewski, host a new podcast that takes a deeper look at short articles from the Advances news section of the magazine.

  • Better Living through Evolution: Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    Oct 03 2018

    Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for using evolutionary principles to create highly efficient enzymes and antibodies, with numerous practical applications.

  • Laser Advances That Changed Our Lives: Nobel Prize in Physics

    Oct 02 2018

    Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland shared the Nobel Prize for finding ways to control and enhance laser light, leading to numerous common applications. 

  • Unleashing Immunity against Cancer: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

    Oct 01 2018

    James P. Allison and and Tasuku Honjo shared the Nobel Prize for their discovery of inhibition of negative immune regulation, the basis of new drugs against cancer.

  • Where There's a Wills There's a Way to Explain the Home Run Rise

    Oct 01 2018

    Astrophysicist and sports data scientist Meredith Wills talks about why a subtle change in Major League baseballs may be behind the jump in home runs after 2014.

  • More People, but Less Hardship?

    Sep 25 2018

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann talks about the just-issued Goalkeepers Report, tracking progress against poverty and disease even as the population keeps rising.

  • Here's Looking at Humanity, Kid

    Sep 05 2018

    Senior Editor Gary Stix talks about the September special issue of Scientific American , devoted to the science of being human. And Brown University evolutionary biologist Ken Miller discusses human chromosome 2 and what it tells us about us.