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Based on the information provided, it appears that the best geology podcast is Earth and Environmental Systems Podcast by Christian Shorey from the Colorado School of Mines Department of Geology and Geologic Engineering. This podcast is free from ITunesU and starts with the simplest of geologic features and processes and finishes with a detailed story through Geologic time to the present. Other possible options include Science Sort Of, Science Friday, Nature, Weekly Weinersmith, and Nick Zentner Geology Podcast.


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"Earth and Environmental Science by Colorado School of Mines seems like one of the best geology podcasts out there. It starts with the simplest of geologic features and processes and finishes with a detailed story through Geologic time to the present [1]. Apparently, it's also free from ITunesU [10], which is a big plus. People seem to think it's a great course for beginners [1] since it covers topics in an accessible way [1]. It's definitely worth checking out!"

Don't Panic Geocast

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Don't Panic Geocast
Don't Panic Geocast seems to be a great option for those looking for a geology podcast. People say that it covers wide topics ranging from geology, geophysics, meteorology and data collection [3]. It is enjoyable and light-hearted but still thoughtful [4], with listeners learning something new in every show [5]. It is also suitable for commuters as each episode is not too long [6].
It seems people really enjoy Nick Zentner's Geology Podcast [3]. It's described as "really interesting and surprisingly accessible" [3] and "his podcast is more a Geology 101 series" [3], making it great for beginners. Others have also said it's "very informative and entertaining" [5] and they joke around a lot [5], getting more organized after the first few episodes. So if you're looking for something light-hearted but still educational, this might be the best geology podcast for you.

Science Sort Of

8% of mentions
Science Sort Of
Science Sort Of seems to be a popular choice for a geology podcast. People say that it is a great general science podcast and that its original contributors were geologists [2]. It's also said to be enjoyable to listen to, because the hosts joke around a lot [4][5]. It covers topics ranging from geology, geophysics and meteorology [3], as well as other topics like movies and beer [2], making it an interesting and diverse podcast. Additionally, it has multiple spinoffs such as Weekly Weinersmith [2] and What Is Reality? [6], both of which are said to be very good podcasts.

Science Friday

8% of mentions
Science Friday
Science Friday is an NPR radio show which covers science stories in the news in detail [2], and people seem to think it is a good podcast for higher level science talk [3]. It has been mentioned as one of the top 10 all-time podcasts [4], and compared to other possible answers in the notes, it seems to be a better choice for those looking for something more detailed than a casual conversation about the Earth System [6]. It might be interesting to those who don't mind a mostly talk-show format [7], though its focus isn't strictly geology related.

All answers

  • Earth and Environmental Science by Colorado School of Mines
  • Don't Panic Geocast
  • Nick Zentner Geology Podcast
  • Science Sort Of
  • Science Friday
  • WeMartians Podcast
  • Geology Flannelcast
  • History of Earth Podcast
  • Earth and Environmental Systems Podcast
  • Nature
  • Weekly Weinersmith
  • http://historyoftheearthcalendar.blogspot.com/
  • http://www.explorationradio.com/
  • In Defense of Plants
  • Stuff You Should Know
  • Considerations

    Type of Podcast

    When it comes to the type of podcast, you have your choice between lecture-based, talk show, and casual conversation formats. Earth and Environmental Science by Colorado School of Mines [1], Science Sort Of [1], Science Friday [1], Nature [1], Weekly Weinersmith [1], Don't Panic Geocast [2], Amoeba People Podcasts [3], Valleycast Podcast [2], Nick Zentner Geology Podcast [3], WeMartians Podcast [5], Geology Flannelcast [5] are all great examples of podcasts related to geology.

    Host/Speaker

    The hosts of these podcasts range from professional geologists to comedians. For example, Earth and Environmental Science by Colorado School is hosted by Dr. Christian Shorey from the Colorado School of Mines' Department of Geology and Geologic Engineering [10]; Science Sort Of is hosted by a paleontologist; Don't Panic Geo-cast is enjoyed by the poster and their partner for a few months; Amoeba People Podcasts is hosted by Dr Chris Smith out of Cambridge University; Nick Zentner Geology Podcast is hosted by Nick Zentner; WeMartians Podcast regularly brings on geologists and Planetary Scientists to talk about Mars stuff like gullies, eskers etc.; Geology Flannelcast is hosted by guys who joke around a lot; StarTalk Radio is hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosted by comedian Eugene Mirman; Ask the Naked Scientists! is hosted by Dr. Chris Smith out of Cambridge University; This Week in Science – TWIS is hosted by Dr. Kiki (Kirsten Sanford), Justin Jackson, and Blair Bazdarich; SciFri is hosted by Ira Flatow; Science Weekly is brought to you by the Guardian; Generation Anthropocene is not strictly geology but in the broader field of earth & environmental sciences; Palaeocast also works on a virtual Natural History Museum etc.

    Topics Covered

    The topics covered in these podcasts can range from simple geologic features and processes to detailed stories about geologic time to the present for example Earth and Environmental Science covers simplest of geologic features and processes to a detailed story through Geologic time to the present [1]; Science Sort Of talks about movies, beer as well as general science topics with original contributors being geologists[1]; Nature covers higher level science talks[1]; Don't Panic Geo-cast covers wide topics ranging from geology, geophysics, meteorology, and data collection[2]; Amoeba People Podcasts answers a variety of questions[2]; StarTalk Radio primarily focuses on space but has recently branched out into other topics[7]; Ask The Naked Scientists! answers questions about science and technology[7]; This Week in Science – TWIS tells stories that emerged from the previous week in science[7]; SciFri covers a really wide variety of topics broken down into different segments[7]; Science Weekly are well researched with well known authors being featured as guests[7].

    Educational Content

    These podcasts provide educational content aimed at helping listeners understand earth systems science better such as Earth and Environmental Systems Podcast which provides an introduction to earth systems science[9] or History of The Earth Calendar which devoted each month to a different geologic period last year[8]. Some other examples include Coastal and Marine Geology produced USGS Coastal & Marine Sciences Center Team which provides lectures related to marine & coastal sciences.[6] In Our Time produced BBC Radio 4 which provides lectures related to natural sciences.[6] Stuff You Should Know that talks natural science topics such avalanches, mass extinctions,[7] What Is Reality? which ranks top 10 all time podcast,[6] The Infinite Monkey Cage which discusses general sciences but not strictly related to geosciences,[6] Randall Carlson podcast on Joe Rogan Experience that mostly pertain ancient history,[6] Generation Anthropocene early episodes are amazing,[3] Third Pod From The Sun,[4] I Know Dino: The Big Dinosaur Podcast,[4] Ologies,[4] Podship Earth.[4] Additionally iTunes U also provides online courses/lectures recordings for those looking for more detailed educational content.[4].

    Availability

    These podcasts are mainly available through streaming services like iTunesU (Earth & Environmental System), LearnOutLoud (Earth & Environmental Systems), Spotify (Don’t Panic Geo-cast), Stitcher (WeMartians), SoundCloud (Geology Flannelcast), Apple Music (StarTalk Radio), Google Play Music (Ask The Naked Scientist!), TuneInRadio (This Week in Science – TWIS), OverCast (SciFri), BBC iPlayer Radio (Science Weekly), YouTube/Vimeo etc. Additionally websites like http://historyoftheearthcalendar.blogspot.com/ offer downloadable versions.[8]. http://www.explorationradio.com/, http://www.dontpanicgeocast.com/, https://lepodcastnetwork.com/originstories/ provide direct download links for their respective podcasts.[4][5][8].

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