August 1, 2017 (Vol. 37, No. 14)
Strong Points: Informative and humorous, varied topics
Weak Points: None
Produced by BBC Radio 4, The Infinite Monkey Cage presents thoughtful, humorous, and self-described “irreverent” takes on scientific topics as varied as quantum physics, climate change, the origins of life, and oceans. Hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, each episode features scientists and other experts on the given topic. In addition to focusing on specific scientific topics like artificial intelligence, many of the podcast’s episodes center on general topics of discussion like “What Makes Science a Science?” and “Popular Science.” The “Trust Me, I’m a Scientist” episode, for example, offers an entertaining and thoughtful analysis of people’s biases when faced with evidence that doesn’t support their previously held views and phenomena like the placebo effect. There are currently 91 episodes, each of which runs between 25 and 50 minutes long.