With more than 850,000 podcasts available to download and only 525,600 minutes in a year, it can be hard to know where to start or which shows are worth pressing play on.
We searched the podcast universe to find shows that will keep you interested and entertained, whether you’re on a road trip, heading out for that dreaded-but good-for-you run, making dinner or sorting your sock drawer.
Here are 11 podcasts that should be on every engineer’s playlist.
Engineering Heroes delves into the engineering challenges facing us today. Founded and hosted by Melanie and Dominic De Gioia, each week the pair chat to a different engineer about their career and area of expertise.
Now in its fourth season, this Australian podcast looks at topics from the problem with space junk to ethics in AI and overcoming imposter syndrome. There’s even an episode with Sean Brady, host of the next podcast on this list.
Why aren’t aircraft windows square? What can heart attack diagnosis tell us about engineering failures? And what happened during the Apollo 13 mission?
In this podcast, forensic engineer Sean Brady tells the stories of engineering failures and disasters, including the technical and human reasons behind them.
Perfect for anyone technically-minded, Brady looks at the role of forensic engineers in investigating collapses and their involvement in legal disputes. He also dips into psychology, discussing how humans make decisions — and why our decision making is not nearly as rational as we’d like to think.
Design is all around us, but we don’t always notice it. This weekly podcast from producer Roman Mars is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.
With more than 400 episodes covering everything from who invented ringtones, to why metal fire escapes are mostly found on older buildings, and how superstition shapes architecture around the world, this show is 100% fascinating. Can’t get enough? There’s also a book.
Fascinated by space? Then you won’t want to miss the official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center. Tune in to go behind the scenes and hear from some of the brightest minds in the universe, from astronauts to engineers, scientists and program leaders. At 171 episodes and counting, this weekly podcast covers everything you’ll ever want to know about space.
How can STEM shape a better future for all? This four-part series from the Australian National University’s (ANU) College of Engineering and Computer Science attempts to answer that question.
From placing social benefit at the heart of engineering, to reimagining engineering education, promoting diversity and drawing on knowledge from the world’s oldest cultures, it tackles some big topics. Hosted by ANU biomedical engineer Dr Kiara Bruggeman, you’ll hear from some of the country’s best and brightest STEM thinkers.
While unsettling fairy tales teach lessons to children, Cautionary Tales is for the education of adults, told by Tim Harford.
Stories of human error, tragic catastrophes and hilarious fiascos feature, with a moral emerging out of psychology, economics or design. From ‘How Britain invented, then ignored, Blitzkrieg’ to ‘How to end a pandemic’, this series will have you hooked.
Like what you hear? For more from the same host, you could also try More or Less, a podcast devoted to the powerful, sometimes beautiful world of numbers, or 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy, which features stories of inventions and innovations that helped create the modern economic world.
From Egyptian pyramids and Roman viaducts, to aeroplanes and skyscrapers, engineers have played a significant role in history’s greatest developments. But what does the future hold for engineers?
To meaningfully contribute in today’s society, engineering needs to be reimagined, by combining smart thinking with digital technologies and a focus on human-centred outcomes.
Will engineers be the rock stars of the future? Do our universities need to change? How can art and engineering create meaning in our lives? Do we take good design for granted?
This podcast from engineering consultancy firm Aurecon explores how people from all walks of life are reimagining the future and their leadership roles in it.
Radiolab began in 2002 as an exploration of science, philosophy and ethics, but has evolved into a platform for long-form journalism and storytelling. Topics range from upending myths about falling cats to how research into light and sound might retrieve lost memories.
With an archive of hundreds of episodes, adding Radiolab to your podcast app will keep you entertained for hours, while Radiolab for Kids will keep younger minds engrossed, too.
Over the last 12 years, Stuff You Should Know hosts Chuck and Josh have covered everything from planned obsolescence in consumer goods to why the US isn’t on the metric system. But you don’t need us to convince you to listen — it’s consistently at the top of the podcast charts for a reason.
One to recommend to your accountant cousin at Christmas lunch who has no idea what you actually do, But seriously, what is engineering? explores all parts of the profession, from the mine site to the microscope.
In this 12-part series, civil and structural engineer and Women in Engineering advocate Kartikee Gupta asks industry professionals, students and educators some of the big engineering questions. What does a career in engineering look like? What makes a great engineer? What’s in store for the future of engineering? Press play to find out.
This quirky show breaks down topics like the engineering behind battlebots and computational fluid dynamics in an easy-to-understand way, so you’ll be able to switch it on even before you’ve had your morning coffee. Engineers themselves, the hosts are passionate about the importance of engineering in society, and the episodes are the right mix of funny and informative.
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