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Our selection of the best science podcasts of 2017. New science podcasts are updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.


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Father K
2017-10-12 19:59:15
Today, while the divisions between different groups in this country feel more and more insurmountable, we zero in on a particular neighborhood to see if one man can draw people together in a potentially history-making election.  Khader El-Yateem is a Palestinian American running for office in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, one of the most divided, and most conservative neighborhoods in New York City. To win, he'll need to convince a wildly diverse population that he can speak for all of them, and he'll need to pull one particular group of people, Arab American muslims, out of the shadows and into the political process. And to make things just a bit more interesting, El-Yateem is a Lutheran minister. This story was reported and produced by Simon Adler, with help from Bethel Habte, Annie McEwen, and Sarah Qari.  Support Radiolab today at Radiolab.org/donate.
1 hour, 11 minutes, 6 seconds


Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - American Pendulum I
2017-10-01 21:11:00
This story comes from the second season of Radiolab's spin-off podcast, More Perfect. What happens when the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, seems to get it wrong? Korematsu v. United States is a case that's been widely denounced and discredited, but it still remains on the books. This is the case that upheld President Franklin Roosevelt's internment of American citizens during World War II based solely on their Japanese heritage, for the sake of national security. In this episode, we follow Fred Korematsu's path to the Supreme Court, and we ask the question: if you can't get justice in the Supreme Court, can you find it someplace else?
51 minutes, 54 seconds


Driverless Dilemma
2017-09-26 14:55:46
Most of us would sacrifice one person to save five. It's a pretty straightforward bit of moral math. But if we have to actually kill that person ourselves, the math gets fuzzy. That's the lesson of the classic Trolley Problem, a moral puzzle that fried our brains in an episode we did about 11 years ago. Luckily, the Trolley Problem has always been little more than a thought experiment, mostly confined to conversations at a certain kind of cocktail party. That is until now.
40 minutes, 1 second


Oliver Sipple
2017-09-21 23:34:00
One morning, Oliver Sipple went out for a walk. A couple hours later, to his own surprise, he saved the life of the President of the United States. But in the days that followed, Sipple's split-second act of heroism turned into a rationale for making his personal life into political opportunity. What happens next makes us wonder what a moment, or a movement, or a whole society can demand of one person. And how much is too much?
1 hour, 6 minutes, 16 seconds


Radiolab Presents: Anna in Somalia
2017-09-11 22:45:00
This week, we are presenting a story from NPR foreign correspondent Gregory Warner and his new globe-trotting podcast Rough Translation. Mohammed was having the best six months of his life - working a job he loved, making mixtapes for his sweetheart - when the communist Somali regime perp-walked him out of his own home, and sentenced him to a lifetime of solitary confinement.  With only concrete walls and cockroaches to keep him company, Mohammed felt miserable, alone, despondent.  But then one day, eight months into his sentence, he heard a whisper, a whisper that would open up a portal to - of all places and times - 19th century Russia, and that would teach him how to live and love again. 
34 minutes, 41 seconds


Where the Sun Don't Shine
2017-08-25 07:05:45
Today we take a quick look up at a hole in the sky and follow an old story as it travels beyond the reach of the sun.
32 minutes, 27 seconds


Truth Trolls
2017-08-10 19:40:08
Today, a third story of folks relentlessly searching for the truth.  But this time, the truth seekers are an unlikely bunch... internet trolls. Support Radiolab today at radiolab.org/donate
20 minutes, 18 seconds


Truth Warriors
2017-08-03 16:00:00
After last week's episode exploring the future of fakery scared the living daylights out of us, we decided to search for a bit of hope. What we found... A few folks, warriors really, ready to defend the truth with all they've got. 
22 minutes, 53 seconds


Breaking News
2017-07-27 19:09:34
Today, two new technological tricks that together could invade our most deeply held beliefs and rewrite the rules of credibility. Also, we release something terrible into the world.
48 minutes, 46 seconds


The Ceremony
2017-07-14 01:00:00
Today, paranoia sets in: we head to The Ceremony, the top-secret, three-day launch of a new currency, wizards and math included. Halfway through, something strange happens.  
46 minutes, 59 seconds




Best Science Podcasts 2017

We have hand picked the best science podcasts for 2017. Sit back and enjoy new science podcasts updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
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