For my money, one of the less depressing and useless byproducts of the proliferation of consumer-electronic gadgetry has been the introduction of the podcast. As someone who has had no formal education since he was 17 years old (21 years ago) and who suffers from enfeebled reading habits as a result, the podcast is an invaluable development. Here is an overview of some of my favorites, but first, here’s a ninja explaining what a podcast actually is:
One of my favorites is Astronomy Cast, a weekly fact-based journey through the cosmos that not only explains what we know, but how we know what we know. I never understand when people object to rational, science-based understandings of the universe as ‘cold’ or ‘arrogant’. Cosmology is about wonder and amazement, not only about what we know, but also about what don’t know and probably will never know.
Are We Alone?
The mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe. They are conducting the most profound search in human history – to know our beginnings and our place among the stars. Not to be confused with any of the myriad psuedoscientific paranormal podcasts that report on alien abductions and Chupacabras.
Stone Pages Archaeo News
Where do we come from? What are our cities built upon? Who was here before? Where did they go and why? Why is it that I have to stumble upon an obscure UK archaeo podcast to find out about recent discoveries in Canadian prehistory? This modest little podcast manages to do what the frontpages of our multi-million dollar mainstream papers and news networks seem to consistently fail to do: report newsworthy findings in human history and human prehistory that help us better understand the world we were born into. “
Point Of Enquiry
Point of Inquiry is the podcast of the Center For Inquiry, a global federation committed to science, reason, free inquiry, secularism, and planetary ethics. Point of Inquiry explores CFI’s three research areas:
1. Pseudoscience and the paranormal (Bigfoot, UFOs, psychics, communication with the dead, cryptozoology, etc.)
2. Alternative medicine (faith healing, homeopathy, “healing touch,” the efficacy of prayer, etc.) and
3. Religion and secularism (church-state separation, the effects and proper role of religion in society, the future of secularism and nonbelief, etc)
Leafs Lunch Podcast
And finally, the most important podcast a human can tune into. A fact-based journey through the day to day trials and tribulations of the greatest hockey team ever to take to the ice: the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hosted by hockey insider Darren Dreger.