A Collection of Great Podcasts - Part 4 of 4: Science & Technology

Let’s Talk About Tech

This show is part of the Saturday Edition news show on BBC Radio 5 Live, hosted by the deep, rich tones of Chris Warburton. It used to be called The Joy of Tech (which explains the URL stub), and features a family of web, tech, and other science-y experts discussing the latest news and updates in their worlds. And most of the time, these experts include Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann (of Answer Me This! podcast fame) who are just a pleasure and a joy to listen to. Apart from the generallly informative nature of the show, the chemistry that Chris Warburton shares with the guests is simply fantastic.

The Infinite Monkey Cage

A witty, irreverent look at the world through the lenses of science with Robin Ince and everybody’s favourite scientist who’s not Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Cox. They only do about 6 shows in a series, and there are two series in a year. This hardly seems enough for this informative and funny show, but that appears to be par for the course for most good episodic British TV and radio programmes.


Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, I find it extremely difficult to concisely explain what the show is about. Wikipedia says “The show attempts to approach broad, difficult topics in an accessible and light-hearted manner and with a distinctive audio production style”, but while accurate, somehow this just doesn’t capture the true depth of the show. I was skeptical about it for a long time, until I gave it a proper listen. I wasn’t instantly hooked, but once you grok what’s going on, it’s like a light switches itself on and you’re suddenly plunged into examining the nature of beliefs ands truths you held to be incontrovertible.

See all the posts about the podcast collection here.