Science Friday

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  • parker-1
    I love science Friday!
    Science Friday is truly a voice of reason in a world of lunatics. Keep up the good work, guys.
  • ahbach!
    A breath of fresh air!
    Science Friday is a lifeline of reason, humor, curiosity, and real knowledge in this crazy world. Love it!
  • Ballsdeepinatiger
    Left wing propaganda
    This show used to be about the new advances in science, now it’s used to push a liberal agenda and I can no longer listen to it without being infuriated. They tell you the facts of the new discovery/hypothesis then the host puts his “spin” on it which is intellectually dishonest, and only hurts his “message” by making himself look/feel “superior” Typical leftist shill.
  • Mozartoperaman
    Running on fumes
    This program format has run out of time. Too much of non-science babble and every week hand wringing over climate change without exploring possible scientific solutions - leading one to think there aren’t any except to turn off the lights and eat only what can be foraged in the neighborhood. Loved it in the 80‘s and 90‘s but honestly, the program‘s irrelevant now due to redundancy.
  • bearWay
    I Ex’s
    SA were away
  • linsteff
    Thumbs up
    Great podcast
  • DIckcountryside
    Just like CNN
    I might as well be watching CNN or MSNBC.
  • Zombieaternum
    Favorite podcast!
    By far my favorite podcast. Love the conversations, the depth, and of course... cephalopod week! Been listening for at least 10 years now and keeps me coming back. Should have rated it long ago!
  • Crazyharp
    My Favorite Program
    Thank you!
  • OlePuddinHead
    Breathe in
    The more i listen to this podcast, the more frustrated i get. Listen for yourself. Every time Ira asks a question, he immediately breathes in loudly thru his nose. They need to have a younger host who knows how to work a microphone and breathe quietly
  • IZZY💜💙💕
    My mom loves this podcast
    My mom is crazy for science Friday so I decided To give it a try Lol
  • formerATT
    It’s a WNYC show, you unaware mongrels
    Commenters seem unaware that SciFri has been on WNYC since before podcasts, AND STILL IS. So comments re: time limits & adverts are moot points. AS FOR CONTENT... I LOVE IRA, the interesting topics, & bit sized sci tidbits. I’ve been listening since pre-pod & I’m a smarter more open minded person for it. Thanks to Ira & the team at Sci Fri and all the great people at WNYC. 5 stars plus.
  • Osovagabundo
    Stop doing live shows.
    I llove this show but when the conversation gets good the time limits stifle the very reason of science and conversation. Go look at the On Being format and see there is an option to listen to an unedited interview. A nice relaxed conversation is a value added treat for supporters.
  • jennakesti
    Maybe talking about 1 or 2 subjects MAX
    The cutting off of guests and callers when they’re speaking because of your limited time frame for them to speak drives me crazy! It causes me anxiety! Maybe lower the amount of topics per episode so you don’t feel like you need to rush everyone when they’re talking... it’s hard for me to focus when I can literally sense the rushing going on.
  • Ultra Runningham
    Easy, fun, & educational
    No better way to keep up with the current state of science. No matter your favorite science subject there’s a good chance Ira has you covered and may introduce you to something new.
  • Jon AM
    Hey Ira, go ahead
    Lots of stewing, no doing Think about your legacy on the “day it finally happens” Great that you talked and talked and vox popped Don’t worry, I’ll handle it so you can keep talking
  • DaveinEvansGA
    Great show. Now if they could just....
    I’ve been a long time listener and fan of Ira’s since childhood. They present very good information on a variety of science subjects. Unfortunately, they seem to grow more and more politically tilted. This tilt manifests itself in subtle word choices ( what would be called a micro aggression if the subject were different) to our and out hostile behavior. They seem to be so blinded by this that they don’t realize they alienate of half of the real world and impend their own motives. At least in podcast format I can jump past the self serving commentary to more useful information
  • dffjunk
    Have enjoyed these podcasts for years, with one HUGE exception. Please find a new host. Ira Flatow cannot manage his role as the host. It's as if he is distracted or disintrested with what his guests have to say only to discover that he lost track of time so he quickly jumps in and cuts them off. Extremey rude and it happens ALL THE TIME!
  • Caiman19
    Good info-weak production
    There are better produced podcasts for people who like science and tech. My biggest gripe is with the host Ira- he’s got passion and enthusiasm, but is also bumbling and awkward. The discussions can be dry and rambling occasionally, and Ira’s weak attempts a humor don’t help. I’ve also caught him asking guest questions that (the guest) have just given exact explanations of. It’s like he wasn’t paying attention to what they said... Occasionally there’s a guest who’s not very good at explaining their contribution to the topic, but that could be because it’s recorded live- which affects everyone different. Despite all that, the information itself is pretty good.
  • daisy45353
    A gem!
    Always a great way to end the work week. Tons of great info paired with a bit of humor. Keep up the good work!
  • lrj60
    Science Friday
    Wow I am so glad to find Science Friday I listened to Science Friday when I lived on the east coast This was before podcasts, Facebook and even the World Wide Web.
  • wolfie/wolf
    Love Science Friday
    Every thing said about Hawaiian telescope was really interesting about science in the local culture. Everything except letting a another left wing nut compare it to colonialism is just crazy. Hope they (scientists) get together with the Hawaiian elders and work it out. Just try to keep the young crazies out of it.
  • Scotach
    Split show into segments
    NPR’s “The News Hour” splits its show into segments by topic that can be downloaded individually. This show, “Science Friday”, would be perfect for that too. Parts of this program are must hear. Jumping ahead and back over what isn’t is frustrating.
  • Jdw alaska
    Alaska Jdw
    Good show but you have got to stop cutting guests off !! It’s a podcast so cutting someone off for advertising or because you are short on “time” in the middle of an important topic is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE
  • HelloDumplin'
    One of my favorite things to do is go for a trail hike, and listen to this podcast. Ira conveys scientific ideas in a VERY palatable way. He makes learning enjoyable.
  • Stairsguy2
    Wonderfully instructive and listenable.
    I can’t imagine the challenges involved in putting this program/podcast together. So much available material to cover from all of science and yet they manage present each topic with enough depth to inform an interested lay listener. I also appreciate that the issue of political push-back against the implications of scientific research is addressed. With so many critical issues on the on the line, none of us can afford to be ignorant.
  • journy445
    Using science for left wing politics
    At first, I was very impressed with the episode about paternity. However, in the back of my mind I was wondering how Ira was going to use this for political purposes. I found the argument that being a father is not just genetic but also social, compelling and I agree with that. However conflating the situation at the border with this is total fabrication and deceptive. Basically he implied, but not directly that taking blood test to determine paternity at the border was Nazi like and similar to what we did to the Chinese. This is a complete lie and fabrication to associate the two. He neglected to mention that there is a great deal of fraud taking place at the border with children. The only way to tell if the parent is related is true genetic testing. Again very disappointing to see Ira use politics again so deceptively.
  • (Allen+)
    Earth first was recently given a platform on this podcast. They are in environmental terrorist group. Self identified as representing the fanatics on the left.
  • Transfer RNA
    Fun and engaging
    As a former biology teacher I find Science Friday very entertaining.
  • joke central
    Too much politics! Good-bye!
    I have stopped listening because the show become too political. Maybe Ira should take the lead that ESPN as taken on stopping to put politics where they don’t belong! Good-bye Ira.
  • Mc chicken12343
    Stop limiting the guests!
    First off I have to say I really enjoy the content you guys present, but the cutting off of guests needs to stop. It’s frustrating to be engaged in whatever the guest is saying and then the host just butts in to talk about a sponsor or some other triviality. I think it would be more beneficial to treat this show more like how Joe Rogan does it and actually have a genuine conversation without the confined time frame and other archaic media shenanigans.
  • Gypsychx
    Full of information!
    This podcast is amazing! Ira is brilliant, topics are on the latest information, and his guests are incredible! Ira always stays on topic, with no BS! My son, a high school junior and I listen ritually! I haven’t found another podcast like this! Don’t waste your time looking any further!
  • Cross011088
    This podcast has revitalized my love for science and learning. Science Friday is truly informative and educational. It has also prompted me to look into other areas and topics of science and share findings with my students!
  • Rarthlight
    Better than 5 stars!!!
    As a scientist I enjoy the varied and up to the minute research!!
  • Barrann55
    Amazing program!
    I love this program so much! I enjoy listening to this program. I ever skip any program. Ira, you are doing a fantastic job.
  • jheintz81
    Josh H
    One of the best! #science
  • Harsh But Fair
    Needs better vetting
    Yet another science news podcast that is slipping when it comes to the credulity regarding their guests, advertisers, and how they engage their listeners using social media (and other third-party services).
  • Ehab Manie
    Too long
    Great program but I stopped listening because it’s too long, I wish he talk less and makes it 1hour show. I just feel this new ideas would reach more people. Thx again
  • Llcooldaf1
    I love all the content. The interviews are very informative and I enjoy learning as I listen on my way to work. Thanks for all the great scientific stories. Especially the science stories of the space and the cosmos! Keep them coming Ira.
  • nk0426
    Promoting misinformation
    They interviewed a woman who said only 2 aborted fetuses have been used in vaccines. However, Stanley Plotkin a lead vaccine researcher stated under oath that 76 fetuses were used in just one study alone. So stating that only 2 have been used is grossly incorrect. I can not listen any more not knowing how much information they are giving could be incorrect.
  • KennySteven
    Science communication the way it should be done!
    I listened to Science Friday occasionally through the years, but now that it’s in podcast form I’ve become a regular! Host Ira Flatow is obviously passionate about communicating science to us non-scientists, and it shows. He asks good questions and keeps his guests focused on explaining their work in an accessible manner. Not every topic and guest is a home run, of course, but I find the vast majority of the topics and guests to be interesting and a way to open doors into knowledge I’d never otherwise have had. Kudos to Ira and all the show’s staff!
  • FonzieFish
    Dr Ludwig
    Finally sanity coming through media from Harvard nutrition. Thanks for having Dr Ludwig on. Truth. Reversed my own Type2 Diabetes with LCHF and intermittent fasting 2 years ago. But I ache for my generation that is still being misled by the low fat dogmas and for-profit commercial diets.
  • Golgi App
    What happened to Bob?
    On Nov. 30, 2018 episode on climate change, Ira’s guest expert Bob was disconnected after what sounded like the building collapsing on Bob. Did he simply drop his phone that made that strange noise or did Bob get struck by a meteor? It seemed like Ira wasn’t aware of the noise and continued like everything was okay. So what happened to Bob?
  • sarashubhada
    I am such a nerd and this podcast makes my heart happy and leaves me with endless new curiosities too!
  • jones family fans
    Great for all ages.
    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.
  • CheerleaderSgirlxo:)
    Informative in the field of science
    And entertaining
    I love the topics and the question and answer.
  • Tooty footy
    Topics are interesting, host is horrible
    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.
  • FlipSkipTrip
    Great show
    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.
  • Hey224456
    Such a great podcast. Interesting stories every week.
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