This is part of my 2015 series on podcasts I’m currently listening to . This post lists educational podcasts about health and science.

The list is in alphabetical order. The name of the podcast is linked to the feed itself (what you’d copy and paste into your podcast app). The “(info)” link will take you to the podcast’s homepage, where available. The “content” field tries to give you an idea what to expect as to language or disturbing content. As for ratings, clearly I like the podcast at least somewhat or I wouldn’t have it on the list at all, so I’m going with a 3-star system.

  • Three stars means I look very forward to the next episode and almost always listen to the entire episode.
  • Two stars are ones I still really enjoy, but I sometimes skip at least parts of the episode, maybe even half.
  • One stars are podcasts that I feel are hit and miss. I will routinely skip sections of the podcast and occasionally skip an entire episode.
  • Podcasts marked with the package_favorite  icon are über favourites. These are the ones I think just about everybody should listen to.

Again, let me know if you have any questions, and don’t hesitate to make suggestions for other podcasts I should listen to.

Astronomy Cast (info )

  • Rating: 3/3
  • Frequency: every 1–2 weeks
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Content: family friendly

An accessible discussion of astronomy and astrophysics. They talk about specific experiments, hardware, and current events.

Brain Science Podcast (info )

  • Rating: 1/3
  • Frequency: monthly
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Content: family friendly

Dr. Ginger Campbell interviews authors of books about brain science. The music is awful, but the content is often interesting.

The Checkup (info )

  • Rating: 1/3
  • Frequency: every 2 weeks
  • Duration: 20–30 minutes
  • Content: no explicit language, some adult content

A podcast about health. It’s hit and miss.

package_favorite  Quirks and Quarks (info )

  • Rating: 3/3
  • Frequency: weekly
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Content: family friendly

CBC’s science show. I love the format, and the topics are usually fascinating. This is my favourite science podcast.

package_favorite  Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine (info )

  • Rating: 3/3
  • Frequency: roughly weekly
  • Duration: 30–45 minutes
  • Content: no explicit language, occasional disturbing content

“Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin welcome you to Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. Every Friday, they dig through the annals of medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we’ve tried to fix people over the years. Educational? You bet! Fun? We hope!”

package_favorite  The Therapy Show (info )

  • Rating: 3/3
  • Frequency: weekly (on hiatus)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Content: family friendly

A regular part of my favourite daily podcast, The Morning Stream , is “therapy thursdays” where Scott’s sister (a proper therapist) answers a listener’s question. It was popular enough that they spun off a separate show. There’s only one season so far, but more is coming.