More Scientific Topics In Podcasts Emerging

By @vitthernandez on
Neil deGrasse Tyson
(IN PHOTO) Host Neil DeGrasse Tyson (L) and Seth MacFarlane, executive producer of "Cosmos", participate in Fox Broadcasting Company's part of the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter 2014 presentations in Pasadena, California, January 13, 2014. Reuters

Podcasting is another method of spreading information and distributing audio content. Science-related topics have also found its way to this new platform.

There are various scientific podcasts out there that provide entertainment and education to listeners. Popular Science names a few of these podcasts, praising them for their funny and compelling science programs.

One of the most rated podcasts on science is astrophysics’ Neil deGrasse Tyson's Star Talk. The podcast releases episodes three times a month and is considered entertaining because of its astrophysics topics and high-profile guests that include actors and actresses. “Radio Lab” is also a prime example of a science podcast that is often noted by other online Web sites.

Another popular podcast is Science Friday, which is all about science news. Science does not have to be boring and uninteresting, some of them can be like this show, which is informative and entertaining. Some experts join the show’s hosts in the studio for interviews to discuss the week’s topic.

Science Friday had interesting topics like the use of drones in the military and the winter season psychology. There is also 60 second Science, a daily podcast from Scientific American. It’s short and focuses mostly on news. BBC’s podcast from Brian Cox and Robin Ince, The Infinite Monkey Cage, is also among listeners’ favorites.

According to an Edison Research study, the 12-34 year old age bracket makes up the majority of the podcast audience, and most of them are most likely a social media user.

An article in USA Today said that podcast is booming and have been the popular medium of choice of broadcasters and listeners for news on what’s happening around us, politics and sports. 

Podcasting is still a "small portion of overall listening, but we need to invest in it," Brian Lakamp, Clear Channel's president of digital was quoted as saying. Advertisers are also noticing the value of podcasts with more advertisements shifting to this channel.

Digital media is growing at a healthy pace. New shows online are released monthly in throngs along with hundreds of thousands of new consumers. New York Magazine, in a report, said that podcasts are cheaper to produce than a television show or a radio show, which is why it’s getting more popular and more and more personal.

London-based  Audioboom (LSE: BOOM) is an audio social media platform that produces several popular podcasts shows. It also attracts podcasters by making uploads easy. According to the Audioboom Eeb site, “you can embed and play back clips right on your Tweets and Facebook shares, so users never have to leave the page or their favorite apps to listen. We can also share your content directly into dozens of other social sites including Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, ThingLinks and more.”

The content are brought to the listeners via Facebook, Twitter, and other media platforms. One popular podcast is that of comedian Russell Brand. BBC, Telegraph, Guardian, CBS, Sky Sports, Premier League, Southern Cross Austereo, Reuters, CNBC, Universal, and Fox are among the big company names using this platform.

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