Online audio libraries

Audio recorded news updates, interviews, and radio shows can be incorporated into the Earth and space science classroom. Downloaded from the internet or streamed live from a website, scientific news stories recorded for a general audience are an excellent supplement to textbook material and classroom lectures. By introducing students to science news stories throughout a term, students gain a better understanding of science processes, have an awareness of what is going on in the discipline, and see the relevance of what is being covered in the classroom to their everyday lives. (from Guertin (2011), "Classroom integration of Earth and space science news stories through audio," The Earth Scientist, v. 27(2): 41-45)

  • Living on Earth - Living on Earth is a weekly environmental news and information program that broadcasts news, features, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues.  Transcripts of audio files are included online.
  • Naked Scientists Podcasts - The Naked Scientists are a group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio to strip science down to its bare essentials and promote it to the general public.  Topics include astronomy, oceans, planet Earth, and breaking science.
  • NASA - Several podcast collections can be found on NASA’s website, including the NASACast with the latest mission news and This Week @NASA report.  Other audio podcasts focus on the solar system, universe, Earth, human research, NASA moments, and shuttle & station.
  • Nature Podcast - Each week Nature publishes a free audio show. Every show features highlighted content from the week's edition of Nature including interviews with the people behind the science, and in-depth commentary and analysis from journalists covering science around the world.  Each story is one-to-twenty minutes in length.
  • NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW Podcasts - Listeners can subscribe to NOVA Podcast, brief science audio stories that expand on topics from NOVA television programs, and NOVA scienceNOW Podcast, the companion podcast to the news-magazine series NOVA scienceNOW with brief, often irreverent conversations with scientists and science journalists.
  • NPR Science - The latest science, space, and environment news stories are presented in the following categories: environment, space, humans, energy, animals, and research news.  Podcasts average five minutes in length, and many podcasts have the full text accompanying the audio.
  • NPR: Science FridayScience Friday is a weekly science talk show, part of NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' programming. Each week, the show focuses on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on scientific issues. Panels of expert guests join the host to discuss science.  Click on the For Teachers tab for a summary of the radio program, discussion ideas, activities, links to the audio, selected resources, and related science standards.
  • Planet Earth Online - Planet Earth online is the free, companion website to the award-winning magazine Planet Earth published and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). You can subscribe to the quarterly magazine online, or browse through all of the stories on this website.  Podcasts are approximately twenty minutes in length.
  • Science Podcast - Science's weekly podcast overviews of some interesting stories in the journal and on its sister sites.  Each podcast ranges in length from seven minutes to one hour and includes a transcript in PDF format.
  • Scientific American Podcasts - Every weekday, Scientific American posts 60-second reports and longer commentaries and interviews on the world of science, Earth, and psychology.
  • 365 Days of Astronomy, Your Daily Astronomy Podcast - The 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast is a project that will publish one podcast per day, for all 365 days of 2009-2011 -- and now 2012. The podcast episodes are written, recorded and produced by people around the world.
  • Pulse of the Planet - Each weekday, the Pulse of the Planet radio series provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sound.
  • Science360 Radio - Science360 Radio is a new 24/7 internet stream that showcases 100+ radio shows and podcasts from the U.S. and around the world. It's available on the Web and via iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. From the latest news headlines to in-depth interviews and lively discussions, Science360 Radio delivers to a worldwide audience engaging daily programming about all things science, engineering, math and technology. Science360 Radio is a part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Science360 network.
  • StarDateStarDate is the public education and outreach arm of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. Our radio program airs daily on almost 300 stations. And our popular bimonthly astronomy magazine is the perfect skywatching companion for anyone interested in astronomical events and space exploration. We also offer astronomy resources to teachers, the media, and the public.