Science Friday

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I am such a nerd and this podcast makes my heart happy and leaves me with endless new curiosities too!
This show whether listening live on the radio or this podcast is terrific for a car ride is long and short. Enjoyable for my kids since they were five years old. And they listen now while in college. The show is also worth going to see live. The staff are fabulous and engaging and very personable.


I love the topics and the question and answer.
I have listened to this podcast for a long time because I find the topics interesting and I guess I don’t know of any other science podcasts. However I get the urge to turn it it off whenever Ira opens his mouth. Partly it’s his voice but it’s also his lame questions. He literally never asks any interesting follow up questions. Probably because he isn’t listening or engaged with what his guests are saying. Change the host! The times when there is a guest host the show is 100 times better.
Ira is a fantastic science communicator. Once he retires, he'll be leaving incredibly big shoes to fill. This show is low on condescention and full of recent science news.


Such a great podcast. Interesting stories every week.
Five stars but when I tried to rate it planning to check all the stars beginning from the leftmost it kept saying “submitted”. So several one star, two star and 3 and one 4 star reviews are fake news. This is in fact my one “ must listen” show.
Ira Flatow does an excellent job of interviewing guests on a variety of topics. His style is enthusiatic and engaging. I find the show covers a broad range of topics at the "right" level of depth. Thanks to Ira, NPR and the Science Friday team for a great show!!
The way he treats women who are invited on the show, is pretty gross. Talking over them, interrupting them, pitting their answers and explanations against the men who are invited on the show. Why won’t he let them finish a sentence?? Why is their information somehow less credible than the mens’?? Gross.
I love the show, but Ira needs to stop cutting guests off to promote a break. He cuts them off when they have 10-20 seconds left on their point!! Wait till they finish before you go to your unsponsored break
This is a unique show and Ira is unique and exuberant moderator. I hope WAMU will reconsider the excellence of this program. NPR is my go-to media -- and Science Friday reigns supreme.
Fascinating show. My only complaint being the interruptions to the guests. The interruptions are often due to being short on time. I enjoy hearing the interviewees’ thoughts as they are often experts on the subject matter. Nonetheless, I remain a fan of the show!
Too much political talk for my taste.
As a podcast junkie who listens 50 to 60 hours a week while I work, I have given many podcasts a trial run. Most never last more than an episode or two. This one made the cut, and I actually look forward to new episodes.
Been listening to every episode for 3 years. And I love it.
I listen to a lot of science podcasts and this is one of my favorite because of Ira Flatow. I used to watch Newton’s Apple and I love Groucho Marx, so I was already predisposed toward him. But I didn’t know how much he “makes” the show until one time I was listening to SciFri and they had a substitute host - I tried to listen but the wooden, waspy, bland delivery just held no appeal. I love Ira bc he actually gets excited, he asks dumb questions I am thinking myself, he seems unpretentious, and he always handles the callers with grace. I like to think I am a lot smarter from listening to this show-at the very least, I have been entertained!
Great topics, very in formative, but can you play some music to let the guests know Ira is going to interrupt them to say it’s Science Friday?
As a conservative I can’t help but feel unwelcomed by this show sometimes, this was one of my 1st podcasts but with all the other sciences i think it’s time that I moved on and tried some of the others. Might be back depending on what I find.
This podcast was so interesting & enlightening. Cancer continues to be so very complex but its very encouraging to hear the rapid advances with immunotherapy. This is a must to listen too.
This podcast deserves our $$ of support. It provides a critical public service in presenting science topics to a general audience.
I love the diversity of content and I learn so much. Great job!
I think they SF needs to come up with a format that doesn’t have Ira always cutting off guests because “we’re short on time.” He does this to callers too so that they can’t even get to their question. What’s the point of taking calls then? There are many shows I watch that have time constraints but they’re not constantly cutting off guests like this. I love the topics but they need to fix this format. Hard to relax and enjoy when you start hearing Ira’s grunts as he’s about to cut off a guest. Also, why not wait until a natural pause in the conversation before doing the “PRI” announcement? So many of these interruptions are avoidable.
This is a great show! I was so disappointed when my radio station canceled the broadcast, but now I can listen whenever I want. Whenever a new science fund is announced, I wait for SciFri to cover it so I get a deep understanding. Love it and Ira!
Dude does a horrible job leading conversations, and trying to control the length of his guest input. He always comes across as rude and awkward. Also, why do you need 3-4 guest to talk about a certain topic. Every episode at one point or another turns out extremely jumbled and awkward. Find a new host or teach him how to interact with guest without coming across as insensitive, not interested, or like an ocd control freak. This show puts commercial breaks above and beyond content. Unsubscribed.
This is the perfect podcast to keep you up to date on all the science news. It is very relevant and informative, the guests are extremely knowledgeable and the host is easy to listen to. I feel like it is always rushed though, the host having to cut people off or tell them to speed up. I also don’t like him having to say the name of the show in the middle of conversations, more often than not it interrupts the flow of the guest speaker. I always get a mental picture of the host trying to do his job and some director or higher person standing over him tapping his watch or pointing to a teleprompter that says “say the name of the show!!!”
One of the oldest and best shows in the public sphere. I never miss it
This podcast helps keep me up-to-date on recent developments in science. I like the in-depth coverage of science news. Thank you Ira and team!
I love this show. Always interesting. The Ig Noble Awards show is a favorite. Consistently silly.
I have not ever seen anything on the channel
For the intellectually curious layman, Ira and his team offer the best weekly science updates available. For years this has been my “go to” jam for Friday commute. Combines topical coverage and features with legitimate experts in a myriad of scientific disciplines. Thoroughly enjoy the show and you will too!
If you get a lot of your news from radio and podcasts, you should be listening to Science Friday. Hey guys, this is real stuff about the real world.
Want to know the latest in science news. You won't find it on any cable channel. Not even the Science Channel. Ira & the SciFri team is truly THE. BEST. SOURCE. of all things science.
The guy’s voice = nails on chalkboard, skin crawling, gag reflex, etc
This is an esential show for anyone interested in science and rational thinking but have not been able to download in a month, what is wrong!!!
Great show all around. Incredibly well produced, researched, and executed. Keep up the great work!!
iTunes has problems downloading this feed. But the content is great
Has a lot of great mind expanding topics on lots of different and interesting things. The interviews are well done with very smart people. I feel that a lot of time it is rushed and in the podcast it cuts off abruptly as Ira is still talking, the production at the end of every show is disappointing. There are other podcast that run for over 2 hours and are not split up or have cut outs.
Terribly disappointed. Problem has lingered for months.
Starts with a review of top stories in the week, then a deep-dive on various current science topics. So good.
Please limit yourself to science.
I have not been able to download this podcast for the last two weeks.


By Tbott91
Usually has interesting stuff but the content is more for the general public rather than scientists. The phone calls are infuriating - people chatter and babble. The ads are really repetitive as well.
I love this podcast but can't get it on my Windows 7 machine anymore. Evidently there are problems with Windows 10 as well. Try going to sciencefriday(dot)libsyn(dot)com to download direct to PC and then you can import into iTunes. You actually have to start playing the podcast before you will see the download arrow. It's a pain, but SciFri is worth it. I hope they get this fixed soon!
I have been a subscriber for years and years, but the continual harranging and recurring stories that go on ad-nauseam about AGW get really old. Alarmists versus deniers, deniers versus alarmists, yada, yada, yada. Tell us what practical, and I mean realistic steps individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Tell us what you are doing personally to reduce your own carbon footprint. Tell us what NPR is doing as an organization to reduce its own carbon footprint. I don't want to hear that we all must pay higher taxes, higher utility bills, higher gasoline prices to save the planet coupled with how stupid and dimwitted deniers are and how brilliant alarmists are. These segments generally contain no actionable information and are full of name calling which only serves to piss people off regardless of which side of the argument they are on.
I tend to sway away from huge programs that PRI puts out but when I have THIS Ira a try I immediately realized he's out there fighting the good fight of illuminating our best scientific minds out there today.
I hope that you will correct the issue that prevents these from downloading.
I am still unable to get SF to download to iTunes on my computer; it does, however, load onto my iPhone. HELP!!! Anyone?