Aggregated reviews for Nature Podcast

The Nature Podcast brings you the best stories from the world of science each week. We cover everything from astronomy to zoology, highlighting the most exciting research from each issue of Nature journal. We meet the scientists behind the results and providing in-depth analysis from Nature's journalists and editors.

So valuable   (5/5)

It is truly a breath of fresh air. No BS, just clear, well crafted information on very interesting topics. Sometimes a little over my head, but it is a great stretch. Thanks

Nature rules   (5/5)

Nature is my favorite! This podcast is much needed for science lovers and the sci-curious, who might not seek out the research journals themselves, alike :)

So interesting and informative   (5/5)

Please keep going. Much needed interesting podcast.

Research paper long read   (5/5)

I really enjoy the long read because it is nice to hear about research without having to always read a research paper since they are not the most approachable thing to read all the time.

Best podcast !   (5/5)

I am glad that I get to listen to nature podcast as I get to work. Love it! You guys are awesome.

Good Wrapup   (4/5)

This podcast is an excellent wrapup of Nature’s news and general science related news as well as other topics that may relate to a particular science discipline. My only complaint would be its length: I could listen to this all day and I am a subscriber to Nature magazine. Maybe offer a longer news podcast for subscribers? On any case, do not pass up this podcast for neat science news!

Excellent   (5/5)

This podcast has been extremely educational and enjoyable! I am always eager for the next episode to come out!

Great science—terrible presentation   (2/5)

Awful attempt to make the material more “relatable”. Pathetic. This podcast used to be better. The intro is way too long and the presenters lack professionalism and, frankly, the talent to pull off this feeble attempt to jazz up the science. It’s insulting to a well-respected journal to trivialize it in this way and to any listener with half a brain.

Excellent science reporting   (5/5)

This is my one stop podcoast to keep up with all the latst in areas of science beyond the molecular biology I deal with daily. The information is provided in a way that I can clearly understand articles ranging from particle physics to astronomy or quantum chemistry! Love the Brit accents as well!!

Love it   (5/5)

This is my favorite Podcast by far. I am a research scientist, and this is real science. The production may not be as polished as you’re used to from your favorite news source, but that’s because the hosts are chosen for their extensive background. The topics presented here are legitimate and drawn directly from the primary sources. To know what’s really cutting edge and relevant in science, look no further!

Good Podcast   (5/5)

Good Podcast

Great information.   (5/5)

As a scientist I listen to this show to get inspiration and keep up with what's going on in other disciplines. Approachable!

Informative   (4/5)

A fun, interesting way to keep up with some of what’s going on in the science world.

Billc60   (5/5)

My favorite podcast. Funny interesting and informative.

Happy lab technician!   (5/5)

The Nature podcast is my companion on many late nights in the lab. The hosts have a goofy sense of humor combined with impressive knowledge of science and are excellent at distilling the week’s science into an enjoyable 23 minutes. Many generations of bacteria in my lab have grown up listening to the podcast and I like to think they like it too!

Excellent source of current scientific discovery   (5/5)

I love this podcast and look forward to listening to it each week. It helps to keep me current on many different branches of scientific research and discovery of interest. It’s also a good primer for reading the journal.

Super fun   (5/5)

I spent most of my 2-hour commute today listening to this podcast, and every 5 minutes i was yelling “no way!” out loud in my car. Granted, I have only listened to 1.5 episodes. BUT the full episode I listened to was about soft microbots and manipulable holograms. Thanks for keeping alive the part of science that feels like magic.

Light lively profound   (4/5)


Topical   (5/5)

Well presented, not a surface look but also not bogged down with the entirety of tech speak without accompanying explanation. Easy to listen to.

Fantastic!   (5/5)

Broad range of science and science policy topics that is informative, interesting, and well produced.

Professional and informative   (3/5)

Professionally presented and full of interesting information. Basically the audio equivalent of reading Nature magazine, which is very convenient, because I can absorb the content while multitasking instead of setting aside time in the day to read a magazine.


This is the only science podcast on earth. I am so grateful to the team behind this, who make my daily commute bearable. I wish it could be possible to release it daily. I would be glad to pay for it. I can't believe all other news outlets and science journals don't have their science podcasts. The ones they call science are really not.

The Perfect Science Podcast   (5/5)

I listen to dozens of science podcasts and this is my favorite. It is the perfect combination of interesting topics, entertaining presentation, and moderate duration. I listen while cycling to and from work and I never miss an episode. I am sorry, though, that the hostess (Kerri Smith) is moving on to other things. I have really enjoyed her style these past several years.

Perfect level   (5/5)

I'm a middle school science teacher - a science fanboy rather than a practitioner - and this podcast is right at my level; never so technical as to lose me, but rarely oversimplified. And the low-key, and very British, wit that occurs throughout is a much-appreciated aspect.

Essential Listening   (5/5)

This show is one of my required podcasts each week. The summaries of exciting new scientific stories, interesting perspectives on natural science, and thoughtful applied science pieces are all wonderful. The lovely rapport between the hosts is just a magnificent bonus. I'm always happy to download the latest episode and see what science has been up to this week. Please keep up the excellent work.

Best Science Podcast Available   (5/5)

This review is short, I have listened to pretty most every science podcast available, and this is the best podcast available. It is comprehensive, well produced, great quality sound, fun to listen to, and has enough detail and complexity to keep a well informed lay-person interested.

A wonderful report on scientific advances   (5/5)

This is a first-rate program that explains but does not oversimplify scientific news in the fashion of many media outlets. It assumes that its listeners possess intelligence, curiosity and a sense of humor. It makes my commute time fly by.

Keeps me up to date on science news!   (5/5)

These guys are funny and entertaining, and make keeping up with the latest news in science highly accessible, especially for a busy grad student working in the lab who doesn't have time to sit down and read the news!

Great   (5/5)

Well done and funny. I love learning more about the world with such guides.

Catch up on all the latest research while walking to class!   (5/5)

An indispensable tool for any scientist

Look forwad to it every week   (5/5)

This is a great podcast. I am a research scientist in ecology and too often find it difficult to keep up with what's new and important outside of my own field. However every week I know I can download the Nature Podcast, and by the time my run is over I feel like I've got a good sense about what's exciting outside of my narrow corner of the ivory tower. Well done!

Interesting Show Covering a Variety of Topics   (5/5)

Does a good job of breaking down scientific news into general layman's terms, and most importantly, explaining why it matters.

Weekly listener   (5/5)

Great way to keep up with some major scientific highlights each week! I also love the 'futures' science fiction slot!

Love you Nature podcast   (5/5)

Sorry it took me so long to give you these well-deserved stars! Four years this has been and remains my favorite weekly science podcast. I swear it's the British humor and wit that set it apart, not just the great science coverage and journalism. ;)

If you're interested top quality science news this is the best podcast around   (5/5)

The length of each episode is just perfect. I imagine it takes the right amount of time if you're washing dishes, driving to work, or working out to listen to a full episode. The research highlights are nice as are the interviews with actual scientists from around the world. I love the science fiction episodes once a month. These come in handy when I need to sleep or take a nap after a long day at the lab. Thanks to everyone who works on the podcast and especially the hosts.

Simply awsome   (5/5)

I wish more podcasts were done in this way! Every report is well thought through, and the podcast team keeps including their little puns and little jokes. There's hardly any episode that I don't forward to friends, so I'd also like to recommend it here! One criticism here: Somehow the podcast team believes that one shuldn't include too many numbers in a story such that it's easier for the listeners. I however love numbers, so I wish there would be a bit less number obmissions in their stories.

Not just the best science podcast -- it's "must-hear" audio   (5/5)

I have listened to the Nature podcast with fascination for years. From the first episode I heard, it has been must-hear audio for me. I can't let more than a few hours pass after the posting before I listen to it each week. The podcast's combination of extremely substantive reporting with the infectious, clever enthusiasm of hosts Kerri Smith and Adam Levy, leavened by numerous interviews with the scientists behind the discoveries, is always compelling. Hats off to the whole Nature podcast team! And thanks to Nature Publishing, for underwriting such an effective way of increasing understanding of and appreciation for its flagship publication, the monumental magazine Nature.

Often informative, at times political crap   (2/5)

Keep the fawning over Obama under control. It cheapens the otherwise interesting podcast. I do not care what you think of the least potent president in history.

Nature   (1/5)

Little science and a lot of political correctness!!!

Fun and interesting   (5/5)

As the host, editors and interviewees move through the latest science stories, they keep a witty banter that I find endearing and hilarious. The information is always interesting and well presented.

Not really nature   (2/5)

I thought this would be about nature as in plants and animals. But it has a lot of boring talk about archeology, space, drugs, whatever. It is also too long.

Excellent quality science podcast   (5/5)

This is the main podcast I listen to for important news in science. It’s presented really well, the stories are compelling and fascinating, and I’ve come to look forward to each episode. It’s a nice mark in my regular routine whenever I’m studying or in the lab, or even just doing errands. Keep making awesome podcasts!

Totally worth listening to   (5/5)

I've been listening to this podcast for years, and always look forward to it. I find it very listenable and informative. It's not too technical, although it's definitely aimed at an audience with more than a superficial interest in science.

good variety and balance   (5/5)

I'm not sure I could ask for more from a podcast. The show is well produced and narrated by a group of dynamic and passionate reporters whose interest in the content is contagious. Although the reports are mostly based on Nature publications (there are a few from Science as well), the show does a great job of presenting current events that affect the scientific world as a whole. As an organic chemist, I come here first to get updates on the rest of science outside of my narrow field. Great job Nature team!

Overrated   (1/5)

These guys are not as smart as they think they are. Each week they produce highly predictable guesses masqueading as science. They should interview competing theories as opposed to taking sides on speculation.

Excellent   (5/5)

They always have a great selection of stories to discuss. It's very accessible, not too technical. Their extras are always interesting, too.

Great stuff!   (5/5)

Fantastic, uplifting news. Also, I love the "Futures" section

Some of the Narrators are hit and miss   (2/5)

Listening to the Nature Podcast of 30 June 2016 about Dolly the sheep. Honestly, the narrator, Ewen Callaway, is terrible for this and has the complete wrong tone to narrate this important topic. His voice is weird, has odd delivery, is unpleasant to listen to and is not fitting for announcing. It sounds like he's wistfully reading poetry being emotional. Just terrible for narrating science topics.

Very engaging, massively diverse news.   (5/5)

Not a moment of boredom. Love it.

Need a "Nature Review" podcast   (4/5)

I love the flow and hosts of this podcast. I love the range of topics covered, but I can't help feeling disappointed that the topics covered are so shallow. Everyone at Nature knows every great scientific discovery that is published in your journals has an enormous history. It is much more important to know what avenues are opened with each discovery, and what avenues led to breakthrough reaearch. Even just take you "nature reviews" and pick your favorite article and read it in depth! It can't take more than a week to understand a review article and how it fits in its field! Please make this podcast!

One of the very best of science podcasts   (5/5)

Informative, timely, and in-depth science reporting. Great interviews and questions to the movers and shakers about scientific enterprise.

Great podcast!   (5/5)

I've been listening to this podcast for years. I liked it at the start and it has only gotten better.

Excellent Podcast   (5/5)

It is always interesting to hear from the authors and get a summary of the information from the journal. The crew performing the interviews and holding discussions are also interesting and excellent at their jobs. Extra segments on science in the news, special coverage of major events (e.g. gravity waves), etc. round this out to one of the best podcasts available in any subject area. Highly recommended.

Refreshing and Eclectic   (5/5)

This is easily one of my favorite podcasts. Very well presented, interesting topics, engaging guests.

Latest science in small digestible bits   (5/5)

I love the recently re-worked format that includes backchat about important scientific historical moments and general policy talk.

Great science podcast   (5/5)

This is a good source of science news that's not too dumbed down and not too technical where you feel like you are sitting at a dissertation. It managed to hit the sweet spot right in the middle.

Fabulous Program   (5/5)

I look forward to this podcast every week. The program helps keep me current and gives me breadth as a scientist. The show strikes a good a balance between technical depth and accessibility to a non-expert audience.

Most fun and informative science podcast available   (5/5)

Fun, informative, and credible. The Nature podcast crew convey the frontiers of science with personable storytelling. To me, keeping up on these episodes seats me at the edge of our human journey, looking forward, with popcorn.

A nice variety of science information   (5/5)

A welcome addition to my science podcasts.

Excellent - been listening for many years   (5/5)

Nature Podcast is by far and away my favorite podcast each week. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in science.

what a fantastic podcast   (5/5)

really nature is one of the best science publications.

Good even for non-scientists, and recent changes introduce some fun   (5/5)

II have spent much of my adult life striving, mostly unsuccessfully, to take an interest in math and science. I decided to force myself to ingest some scientific cod liver oil every week via this podcast and I have been so pleasantly surprised! A lot of it goes over my head, but I do always feel like I’m learning something new and interesting. The hosts are funny and irreverent in a decorous way. Lately they have been trying to sex it up a bit, so now with your podcast subscription, you get a monthly piece of original short science fiction read aloud, as well as a monthly episode called "Backchat" in which the science journalists do a roundtable about the things they're working on, and that is always fun and interesting. The podcast also features women in a wholly non-tokenized way. This week's year-in-review episode includes a round of "scientific podcast charades” that was outright hilarious. So all in all, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

A great Podcast   (5/5)

I started listening to this podcast 10 years ago and still find the reports fascinating. Always love hearing science news from the source.

Best general science podcast   (5/5)

The most highly regarded science journal in the world reported at an intermediate level combined with good production quality makes for the best science podcast that I have found.

Science for the Scientist   (5/5)

The journal Nature is a multidisciplinary magazine, and I doubt any one reader can really understand every article from beginning to end. Each week the podcast picks a few articles from the current issue of Nature and summarizes them for their readership. So it's aimed at scientists, but not necessarily scientists in the field of the research articles. It's a fascinating listen, even for scientifically literate non-scientists. Just don't expect 'Scientific American' level of explanation, and you'll be able to follow along with the cutting edge of peer reviewed scientific inquiry.

Bland   (1/5)

Listened to a month's worth, have a BS, got next to nothing out of this.

Great podcast for researchers   (5/5)

This podcast covers a few key findings per week published in nature. I think it is ideal for basic science researchers who want to keep abreast of the major developments outside their field without reading nature. Because honestly don't we read enough science articles!? I love listening to this podcast while doing some monotonous bench work. If you aren't a scientist it might be hard to understand at times however. Thanks npg!

Good source of science news   (4/5)

Science handled intelligently and in context without the usual media hype.

One of my favorites   (5/5)

Love the format of the shows, and I'm glad they don't water down the science. Great job.

Well done   (5/5)

Great cheeky science review from a top notch journal.


Horrible AM radio-minded choice.

Great alternative to car radio   (5/5)

I love this because it's scientific and entertaining. The topics are a mixture of pure science, public knowledge,and fiction. Great time killer when I am driving!

Best cast on the net   (5/5)

Top notch stuff.

Great!   (5/5)

Couldn't be better

I like!   (5/5)

Listen to religiously.

Love it   (5/5)

I love this podcast. I learn new things every time and help me to know the current advances of science and technology.

Excellent Science in a Fun Format   (5/5)

This is real science from real scientists. The descriptions of the processes are almost as amazing as the science. Sometimes it's a bit technical but the hosts make it fun and you'll be amazed by the stories.

Interesting podcast   (3/5)

This is the podcast of one of the two most prestigious science journals, Nature. It reviews some of the latest and most exciting Nature news, along with interviews of the scientists who wrote the papers. It, like the journal, covers all types of science: physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, etc. It's in a "reporting" type format, with occasional humor, but mostly kinda formal. Not bad though.

Informative but dry   (3/5)

I started listening to the Nature podcast in interest of learning about the cutting edge of science, since Nature is a premier scientific journal. I was listening to other scientific podcasts at the time, including the podcast for The Naked Scientists with Dr. Chris Smith. Dr. Smith is the same host for both. Nature's standard format is Dr. Smith interviewing the scientist spokesperson for the research being highlighted. If he had an engaging researcher, then it was an interesting interview. Unfortunately, he rarely had the good luck to interview such a researcher. The podcast format never changed. It became so the podcasts were piling up, and I was dreading to listen to them because they were so dull. I loved the timeliness of the information, but I just could not listen to the podcast. So, after several months of trying to listen, I had to unsubscribe. If you have a higher tolerance to droning interviews, you may well like this podcast and find it very interesting. The science is excellent, the format execution is poor.

Excellent content and presentation   (5/5)

This is one of my favorite podcasts. The content is supurb. The layout is perfect, allowing for quick and easy comprehension of new ideas. Thank you.

Nature Has Great Podcast   (5/5)

Where better to get your science updates than from the science journal that has the highest impact factor? Nature has all the science content that you could want. GREAT PODCAST!

More substance than most   (4/5)

This podcast is great, as others have said. The important thing to know is that this show assumes a little bit more basic science knowledge in the listener than your typical popular science show. For me this is good; if you haven't taken any basic, college-level science, you might find yourself confused.

Among the best   (5/5)

This very professionally produced podcast has no intentions of trying to use itself as a springboard to sell its own products. Rather, they present the world's best science in an extremely informative half hour program. To give you an idea of Nature's significance, they were the first to publish the discovery of X-Rays, neutrons and DNA. Being so idiosyncratic is unusual for a science publication, but it works for the podcast by exposing an interesting variety from all the sciences.

Superbly informative   (5/5)

Excellent host in conversation with the people who do the science. No cruft. Should be regular listening for readers of the journal and lay persons alike.

Well done.   (5/5)

A staple of my commute. Polished and rich.

Oh puh-lease - must we anthropomorphize?   (2/5)

Filming is well done but script is terrible. It's over-dramatized and puts human emotions on animals. Example: in polar bear/walrus episode, narrator says the walruses are "indifferent" basking in the sun a few yards away from where a polar bear is lunching on one of their young. That's just one of many occasions in the video where the producers applied their own sense of theatrics to a very natural event. The video would have been good and interesting if the events had been described without the dramatic music and poor script.

My favorite Science Podcast   (5/5)

I especially like that they talk directly to the scientists. Chris asks great questions like "why is your work important?" and "how did you do it?" By letting the scientists speak for themselves, he captures their excitement and shows that science is done by PEOPLE. But he always keeps things at a level that the non-specialist can understand. His more popular-oriented podcast The Naked Scientist is also good.

Mangareader   (5/5)

This is a nice podcast to learn about nature. Dr. Chris Smith, part of the naked scientists team and podcast, does a great job with both podcasts. For nature or science luvers like me, I recommend this podcast.

Slick, professional & interesting   (5/5)

This is one great example of how to podcast about technical subjects. It's not aimed at everyone, just at serious brainiacs who enjoy hearing from experts in their language. This is NOT for people who roll their eyes when they hear latin words or scientific jargon, not at all aimed at the general 'I kinda like science' audience. This is serious science. If you want a good science/technology podcast aimed at a more general audience, try the New Scientist SciPod.

A great podcast, very informative   (5/5)

A great podcast that I listen to regularly, love hearing from the scientists doing the actual research rather than just hearing from the newscaster. Dr Smith is also an excellent interviewer, nails the questions and comments. Also touch on a wide variety of topics.

Excellent PodCast.   (4/5)

Now this is what podcasting is about. A very slick, well-produced show, which is entertaining as well as informative. The show essentially takes major stories from Nature magazine, and talks with the scientists themselves about their articles. Really very impressed. Perhaps more journals should think of doing something like this…

Entertaining   (5/5)

Chris Smith is also the host of the 13 British Counties show, The Naked Scientists, both shows strip the mystery from the science and explains it in terms that is clear and concise to non-scientific audiences. Good show!

Needs to Pick an Audience   (3/5)

The is a well-produced show with a lot of good information in it. Be aware that it is not really “science news” as most people think of it. Because it is a survey of the week’s issue of Nature, it only covers publication in that journal. Science is not a fast process, so the results of that space mission you heard about last week may not be on this podcast until next year. However, with this podcast, you do you that what you are getting is REAL science. That said, the producers of this show need to figure out their audience. One minute they are explaining a topic in simple, easy-to-understand terms, while the next segment may have words in it some scientists hive never heard. Hopefully they will settle down to a medium level for the science-interested. If they can to that, this will be a solid podcast.