Short science podcasts to get you up to speed

LiSTNR and the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) have released their first co-created shortcast, Huh? Science Explained, following a landmark podcast collaboration agreement. 

Huh? Science Explained brings together a new generation of science voices, with some of Australia’s brightest scientific journalists from RiAus’s Cosmos magazine to answer life’s weird and wacky science-related questions. 

In 10 minutes or less, Huh? Science Explained will tackle all curiosities. 

From the big – “How old is the Earth? And how do we know?” – to the small – “How does popping candy work?”

It’s everything you wished high school science class was like, with episodes on coral bleaching, sausages, soil carbon, the shape of a football, and more.

The all-female host line-up includes Amalyah HartImma PerfettoMatilda Handsley-Davis, and Ellen Phiddian, who bring their scientific credentials to answer questions that mystify most Australians.  

The first of the weekly shortcasts launches today, with the following episodes dropping each Thursday afternoon. 

SCA CEO, Grant Blackley, said: “Science podcasts have grown exponentially in popularity as consumers embrace the fascinating world of science. We are delighted to launch our first co-produced podcast that showcases that science can be fun and engaging and applies to everyday life, using the power of audio. We are looking forward to more podcast collaborations to come with RiAus.” 

RiAus is an independent not-for-profit based in South Australia, dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. 

RiAus publishes the highly respected Cosmos magazine that aims to inspire curiosity in ‘The Science of Everything’ and make the world of science accessible to everyone. It has won 47 awards for high-quality journalism and design. 

RiAus Executive Director, Will Berryman, said: “Here at the RiAus we are delighted to share our passion for finding things out about the world through science with the LiSTNR audience.”

“Working with the LiSTNR team to put together these podcasts and evolving new ways of presenting these fascinating subjects and facts has been a lot of fun for the team and this shines through in listening to Huh? Science Explained. Audio is a powerful way of presenting science to new audiences.” 

Huh? Science Explained is now available on LiSTNR.

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