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A curated collection of podcasts that sometimes venture into science or philosophy, among many other topics. Also see the Science Podcast Collection and the Philosophy Podcast Collection.

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Updated: 2024-Jun-19 15:14 UTC. Podcasts listed: 24. Ordered by date of most recent episode (newest to oldest). AI-generated content is based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions.

Collection summary covering past 30 days of combined episodes (AI-generated):

These podcasts encompass a diverse array of topics, often delving into intellectual, philosophical, and scientific discussions. They explore complex issues across multiple dimensions, including technology, culture, politics, science, and personal growth.

Many episodes focus on the interplay between modern advancements and their societal implications. For instance, several discussions revolve around the impact of artificial intelligence on democracy, economy, and personal life, examining both its potential to increase prosperity and its risks for widening inequality. There's also a significant focus on the philosophy and practicality of AGI (Artificial General Intelligence), exploring its potential dangers and control mechanisms.

Philosophical inquiries are also prominent, with episodes examining the nature of consciousness, the ethics of scientific progress, and the human condition. These discussions involve experts contemplating profound questions about reality, existence, and societal norms, often bringing in historical contexts to enrich their analyses.

Another recurrent theme is the exploration of historical events and figures, offering in-depth analyses of pivotal moments in history and their long-lasting effects. Topics include the Cultural Revolution in China, the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster, and the mass migrations following wars. These narratives not only recount historical facts but also reflect on their implications for contemporary society.

Several podcasts delve into personal narratives and biographies, shedding light on the lives of individuals who have made significant contributions to their fields, such as prominent scientists, political analysts, and cultural icons. These episodes frequently address broader themes of personal development, resilience, and the intersection between personal experiences and larger societal trends.

Social issues, including gender equality, cultural diplomacy, and systemic racism, are also rigorously examined. The podcasts frequently engage with activists and experts to discuss the challenges and advancements in these areas, highlighting the ongoing struggles and potential pathways for future progress.

In sum, these podcasts provide a rich tapestry of thought-provoking content, blending rigorous analysis with personal stories and expert insights to tackle some of the most pressing issues and fascinating questions of our time.

Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria Image Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria
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508 episodes
2014 to 2024
Median: 68 minutes
Collections: SciPhi-AdjacentScience

Themes (AI-generated): science communication • interviews with experts • books and research discussions • psychology • technology • diversity and inclusion • history • human rights • health and wellness • environmental science

Description (podcaster-provided): Cara Santa Maria is a science communicator, television host, producer, and journalist. She is excited to present "Talk Nerdy," a place for conversations with interesting people about interesting topics.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-18 05:06 UTC): Refrigeration w/ Nicola Twilley

Ideas Image Ideas
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226 episodes
2023 to 2024
Median: 54 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Contemporary thought • Intellectual history • Social issues • Queer rights • Indigenous perspectives • Environmental concerns • Historical analysis • Political debates • Scientific exploration • Cultural insights • Philosophical discussions

Description (podcaster-provided): IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. No topic is off-limits. In the age of clickbait and superficial headlines, it's for people who like to think.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-17 12:10 UTC): BBC Reith Lectures: Artificial Prosperity

Moral Maze Image Moral Maze
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218 episodes
2015 to 2024
Median: 42 minutes
Collections: PhilosophySciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Live debates • Moral issues • Current events • Forgiveness • Work ethics • Immigration • Marriage • Veganism • Punishment • War and peace • Assisted dying • Identity • Politics • Memory • Prisons • Enemies • Impartiality • Freedom • Youth power • Idleness • Climate activism • Warfare ethics • Privatisation • News coverage • Scientific ethics • National borders • Football ethics • Cancel culture • Suicide • AI • Economic growth • Pacifism • Trust • Leadership faith • Colonial reparations • Natural disasters • Money ethics • Evil • Maturity • Personal debt • Family ethics • Kindness • Work value • Religion and ethics • Human rights • Social class • NHS future • Abortion • Strikes • Inequality • Monarchy

Description (podcaster-provided): Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze

Latest episode (2024-Jun-17 09:57 UTC): Democracy - is our system morally superior?

The Gray Area with Sean Illing Image The Gray Area with Sean Illing
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661 episodes
2016 to 2024
Median: 66 minutes
Collections: PhilosophySciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Philosophy • Technology • Politics • Culture • Mental health • Identity • Science • Religion • Social issues • Historical context • Personal stories

Description (podcaster-provided): The Gray Area with Sean Illing takes a philosophy-minded look at culture, technology, politics, and the world of ideas. Each week, we invite a guest to explore a question or topic that matters. From the the state of democracy, to the struggle with depression and anxiety, to the nature of identity in the digital age, each episode looks for nuance and honesty in the most important conversations of our time. New episodes drop every Monday.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-17 09:30 UTC): The world after nuclear war

Converging Dialogues Image Converging Dialogues
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351 episodes
2020 to 2024
Median: 96 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Diverse dialogues on philosophy, psychology, politics, social commentary • Historical events and figures • Constitutional discussions • Human rights and social justice • Scientific and academic research • Cultural and societal impacts • Personal narratives and biographies

Description (podcaster-provided): Converging Dialogues is a podcast that is designed to have honest and authentic conversations with a diversity of thoughts and opinions. Wide-ranging topics include philosophy, psychology, politics, and social commentary. A spirit of civility, respect, and open-mindedness is the guiding compass.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-17 01:42 UTC): #351 - RNA as Catalyst: A Dialogue with Thomas Cech

Intelligence Squared Image Intelligence Squared
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1164 episodes
2013 to 2024
Median: 55 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Lively debates • In-depth discussions • Art and literature • Historical events • Technology and AI • Economics • Political issues • Social justice • Personal narratives • Cultural critiques

Description (podcaster-provided): Intelligence Squared is the home of lively debate and deep-dive discussion. Follow Intelligence Squared wherever you get your podcasts and enjoy four regular episodes per week taking you to the heart of the issues that matter in the company of the world’s great minds. We’d love to hear your feedback and what you think we should talk about next, who we should have on and what our future debates should be. Send us an email or voice note with your thoughts to [email protected] or Tweet us @intelligence2.
And if you’d like to support our mission to foster honest debate and compelling conversations, as well as ad-free podcasts, exclusive bonus content, early access and much more, become a supporter of Intelligence Squared today. Just visit to find out more.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-16 23:10 UTC): Sotheby's Talks – London: An Artistic Crossroads | Gallery Open House

Within Reason Image Within Reason
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72 episodes
2019 to 2024
Median: 73 minutes
Collections: PhilosophySciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Philosophy • Religion • Ethics • Science • Politics • Nihilism • Consciousness • Free speech • Historical debates • Utilitarianism • God and Christianity • Atheism • Cultural criticism • Existential questions

Description (podcaster-provided): For the curious.
A philosophy podcast that sometimes flirts with other disciplines, Within Reason has featured guests including Richard Dawkins, Douglas Murray, William Lane Craig, Peter Singer, Konstantin Kisin, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-16 19:26 UTC): #72 John Nelson - What Did Jesus Really Look Like?

Making Sense with Sam Harris Image Making Sense with Sam Harris
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397 episodes
2013 to 2024
Median: 45 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Current events analysis • Philosophy • Neuroscience • Moral philosophy • Religion • Rationality • Free speech • Political topics • Meditation • Mindfulness • Global conflicts • Identity politics • Artificial intelligence

Description (podcaster-provided): Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and five-time New York Times best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the mind, society, current events, moral philosophy, religion, and rationality—with an overarching focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live.
Sam is also the creator of the Waking Up app. Combining Sam’s decades of mindfulness practice, profound wisdom from varied philosophical and contemplative traditions, and a commitment to a secular, scientific worldview, Waking Up is a resource for anyone interested in living a more examined, fulfilling life—and a new operating system for the mind.
Waking Up offers free subscriptions to anyone who can’t afford one, and donates a minimum of 10% of profits to the most effective charities around the world. To learn more, please go to
Sam Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-14 17:14 UTC): #371 — What the Hell Is Happening?

Lex Fridman Podcast Image Lex Fridman Podcast
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434 episodes
2018 to 2024
Median: 144 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Science • Technology • History • Philosophy • Human Intelligence • Consciousness • Love • Power • AI • Space • Politics • Relationships • War • Culture • Economy • Famous personalities

Description (podcaster-provided): Conversations about science, technology, history, philosophy and the nature of intelligence, consciousness, love, and power. Lex is an AI researcher at MIT and beyond.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-13 21:50 UTC): #433 – Sara Walker: Physics of Life, Time, Complexity, and Aliens

Lives Well Lived Image Lives Well Lived
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6 episodes
Median: 62 minutes
Collections: PhilosophySciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Ethical living • Fulfillment and happiness • Influential figures • Activism • Decision-making • Music and art • Historical perspectives • Animal rights • Human condition • Love and intellect

Description (podcaster-provided): Lives Well Lived is hosted by Peter Singer & Kasia de Lazari Radek. Episodes consist of interviews with remarkable guests who have lived well, both in the sense of living an ethical life, but also in that they are fulfilled and happy with what they have achieved in their lives. Some of these guests will be well-known figures, but others who are doing extraordinary things will be unfamiliar to almost all of our listeners. The conversations will often cover ground that involves ethics, how to live well, and how to make a positive difference in the world. It will inspire and empower its audience to change their own lives for the better.
Executive Producer - Rachel Barrett
Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-13 06:44 UTC): JUDY COLLINS: the life of an artist

Conversations with Tyler Image Conversations with Tyler
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225 episodes
2015 to 2024
Median: 57 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Geopolitics • Technological advancements • Cultural criticism • Historical analysis • Music and arts discussions • Science and philosophy • Personal identities and social issues • Intellectual biographies

Description (podcaster-provided): Tyler Cowen engages today’s deepest thinkers in wide-ranging explorations of their work, the world, and everything in between. New conversations every other Wednesday. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-12 11:30 UTC): Velina Tchakarova on China, Russia, and the Future of Geopolitics

Dwarkesh Podcast Image Dwarkesh Podcast
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70 episodes
2020 to 2024
Median: 90 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Deep dives into AI and technology • Interviews with influential thinkers and entrepreneurs • Discussions on economics and geopolitical issues • Insights into historical events and figures • Explores moral philosophy and effective altruism

Description (podcaster-provided): Deeply researched interviews

Latest episode (2024-Jun-11 17:03 UTC): Francois Chollet, Mike Knoop - LLMs won’t lead to AGI - $1,000,000 Prize to find true solution

Good Is In The Details Image Good Is In The Details
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145 episodes
2019 to 2024
Median: 46 minutes
Collections: PhilosophySciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Philosophy • Psychology • Self-improvement • Relationships • Law and justice • Creative writing • True crime • Fitness and health • Marketing • Education • Ethics • Faith and spirituality

Description (podcaster-provided): Good Is In The Details is hosted by Gwendolyn Dolske, Ph.D and Rudy Salo. We believe that being curious and satisfying your curiosity is the key to happiness. Every episode is a discussion with an expert where we are learning what we didn't know we didn't know. Join us in gaining a bit of wisdom, health tips, lessons on self-improvement, and some laughter in between.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-09 04:46 UTC): What Makes Decisions Difficult?

80,000 Hours Podcast Image 80,000 Hours Podcast
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240 episodes
2017 to 2024
Median: 137 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): AI safety, ethics, and governance • reducing global poverty • scientific and philosophical theories • environmental optimism • biosecurity and pandemic preparedness • practical advice for impactful careers

Description (podcaster-provided): Unusually in-depth conversations about the world's most pressing problems and what you can do to solve them.
Subscribe by searching for '80000 Hours' wherever you get podcasts.
Produced by Keiran Harris. Hosted by Rob Wiblin and Luisa Rodriguez.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-07 17:48 UTC): #190 – Eric Schwitzgebel on whether the US is conscious

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31 episodes
2023 to 2024
Median: 91 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Fundamental physics • Philosophy of science • AI and technology ethics • Language and cognition • Interplay of science and philosophy • Music and cognition • Astrobiology • Climate science • Poetry and science

Description (podcaster-provided): Coffee table conversations with people thinking about foundational issues.  Multiverses explores the limits of knowledge and technology.  Does quantum mechanics tell us that our world is one of many?  Will AI make us intellectually lazy, or expand our cognitive range? Is time a thing in itself or a measure of change? Join James Robinson as he tries to find out.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-04 08:00 UTC): Do Electrons Exist? — Céline Henne: Physicist's Views on Scientific Realism & Instrumentalism

Conversations With Coleman Image Conversations With Coleman
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177 episodes
2019 to 2024
Median: 67 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Race relations • Politics • Culture • Philosophy • Therapy and mental health • Feminism • Science • China • Israel-Palestine conflict • Libertarianism • Media and journalism • Religion • Evolution • AI safety

Description (podcaster-provided): Conversations with Coleman is home to honest conversations with leading intellectuals on polarised issues in the realm of race, politics and culture in the West.

Latest episode (2024-Jun-03 12:00 UTC): From Foster Care to Cambridge with Rob Henderson

Bridging the Gaps: A Portal for Curious Minds Image Bridging the Gaps: A Portal for Curious Minds
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76 episodes
2014 to 2024
Median: 56 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Expert discussions with researchers and thought leaders • Cutting-edge science and technology • Artificial Intelligence • Quantum computing • Neuroscience • Space exploration • Science communication • Ethics in science and technology

Description (podcaster-provided): In-depth conversations with researchers, explorers and thought leaders from around the world, on cutting edge research and original ideas.

Latest episode (2024-May-20 00:11 UTC): “The Secret Life of Data: Navigating Hype and Uncertainty” with Aram Sinnreich and Jesse Gilbert

New Frontier Image New Frontier
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55 episodes
2020 to 2023
Median: 57 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Economists • Political Scientists • Philosophers • Technology • Economy • Society • Innovation • AI • Crypto • Trade • Finance • History • Culture Wars • Education • Energy • Religion

Description (podcaster-provided): Patrick Blumenthal (@PatrickJBlum) interviews some of the world's leading economists, political scientists, and philosophers to discuss their ideas and what they mean for society, technology, and the economy.

Latest episode (2023-Nov-27 14:00 UTC): Marian Tupy on Superabundance, Innovation, and Doomerism

The Neuromantics Image The Neuromantics
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23 episodes
2019 to 2023
Median: 46 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Neuroscience • Literature • Psychology • Cognitive bias • Memory • Emotion • Perception • Imagination • Communication • Cultural engagement • Mental health • Social bonds • Human behavior

Description (podcaster-provided): Welcome to The Neuromantics – a monthly podcast for writers, psychologists, neuroscientists, poets, philosophers, comedians, musicians, and anyone interested in the exchange of ideas. The idea: a free-ranging conversation between Professor Sophie Scott ( and @sophiescott) of the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL and Will Eaves about the brain, the mind, language, gesture, and communication as a fundamental property of science, literature and the arts. The format: roughly 30 mins of chat with musical stings in the punning style of the podcast title by Michael Caines. Sophie shares a bit of research. Will brings along a poem, story, speech, or essay. There will be guests in the future. There will be events.

Latest episode (2023-Oct-16 13:53 UTC): The Neuromantics – S3, Ep 3

Futuremakers Image Futuremakers
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50 episodes
2018 to 2023
Median: 49 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): AI and technology advancements • Climate change and solutions • History of pandemics • Brain and mental health • Suicide prevention • Young people's mental health • Workplace wellbeing • Maternal mental health

Description (podcaster-provided): Welcome to Futuremakers, from the University of Oxford, where our academics debate key issues for the future of society.
Season Four: Brain and Mental Health
Season Three: The History of Pandemics
Season Two: Climate Change
Season One: Artificial Intelligence
Special Episode: A brief history of Quantum Computing

Latest episode (2023-Sep-21 13:30 UTC): S4 Ep9: Evidence-based strategies for suicide and self-harm prevention with Professor Seena Fazel

Context with Brad Harris Image Context with Brad Harris
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31 episodes
2018 to 2023
Median: 35 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Historical analysis • Philosophical discussions • Cultural evolution • Scientific milestones • Notable books and authors • Societal impacts • Intellectual debates • Patterns in history

Description (podcaster-provided): What led to the rise of the modern world? How have we made so much progress, and what are its consequences? What are humanity's best ideas? Join award-winning historian Brad Harris as he engages these fundamental questions and interprets the biggest historical forces that shape their answers, from the rise of civilization and the development of modern science to the spread of disease and the growth of globalization.

Latest episode (2023-May-17 15:24 UTC): Into the Trenches Once More

Rationally Speaking Podcast Image Rationally Speaking Podcast
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263 episodes
2010 to 2021
Median: 51 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Science vs. pseudoscience • Philosophy • Economics • Politics • Ethics • Technology • Psychology • Public policy • Social issues • Rational thinking • Data analysis • Human behavior • Interviews with experts

Description (podcaster-provided): Rationally Speaking is the bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join host Julia Galef and guests as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely from unlikely, and science from pseudoscience. Any topic is fair game as long as we can bring reason to bear upon it, with both a skeptical eye and a good dose of humor!
We agree with the Marquis de Condorcet, who said that in an open society we ought to devote ourselves to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them."Rationally Speaking was co-created with Massimo Pigliucci, is produced by Benny Pollak, and is recorded in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village.

Latest episode (2021-Dec-23 16:02 UTC): Is cash the best way to help the poor? (Michael Faye)

Talking Politics: HISTORY OF IDEAS Image Talking Politics: HISTORY OF IDEAS
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27 episodes
2020 to 2021
Median: 46 minutes
Collections: PhilosophySciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): Political philosophy • Historical political thinkers • Influential texts and ideas • Modern political issues • Democracy • Feminism • Morality • Justice • Social inequality • Revolutionary theories

Description (podcaster-provided): A new series of talks by David Runciman, in which he explores some of the most important thinkers and prominent ideas lying behind modern politics – from Hobbes to Gandhi, from democracy to patriarchy, from revolution to lock down. Plus, he talks about the crises – revolutions, wars, depressions, pandemics – that generated these new ways of political thinking. From the team that brought you Talking Politics: a history of ideas to help make sense of what’s happening today.
Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

Latest episode (2021-May-08 23:00 UTC): History of Ideas Q and A

The Big Idea Image The Big Idea
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42 episodes
2018 to 2020
Median: 10 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Themes (AI-generated): pandemics • addiction • political behavior • urban regulation • sleep science • fairness • criminology • emotions • data analysis • urban happiness • disgust • personal beliefs • marriage optimism • dictatorial regimes • laughter • afterlife speculation • economic disparities • language mechanics • AI in healthcare • tree intelligence • consciousness theories • teenage neuroscience • homicide prevention • famine causes • social discrimination • inequality anxiety • implicit racism • trust crisis • intergroup relations • randomized control trials • memory reliability • climate solutions • social media outrage • friend limits • child intelligence • super-intelligence • social physics • educational attitudes • epigenetics • future predictions • primate behavior

Description (podcaster-provided): What are the big ideas shaping our world now?

Latest episode (2020-Dec-19 08:50 UTC): Fighting pandemics