Have you listened to a podcast yet today? Podcasts are dominating the digital media market because they are accessible and engaging ways to learn about absolutely anything. If you’re looking for a new series to binge, the Department of Energy has several podcasts with tons of episodes that dive into science, energy, and the people who drive our work. Join us in celebrating International Podcast Day today and check out this list of fascinating podcasts.
Direct Current by DOE Headquarters
Direct Current is a podcast that touches on every aspect of energy, produced by Matt Dozier in the Office of Public Affairs. You’ll hear conversations with experts leading the energy revolution, listen to stories that will simplify the most complex energy topics, and get to know the DOE’s digital team.
Looking for a place to start? We recommend a throwback like “Episode 9: What Happened to Acid Rain?” Or maybe a cult favorite like “LCLS-II: Brighter, Faster, Smaller” (spoiler alert: get ready for massive lasers and diamond rain).
Since today is International Podcast Day, we had to celebrate by releasing a brand new episode of Direct Current. Tune into “Brewing Up Energy Savings” which shares the background on how hundreds of hours of labor and vast amounts of resources go into each glass of beer – and what the DOE’s role is in the process to save water and energy.
Sound of Science Podcast by Oak Ridge National Laboratory
"The Sound of Science" is a podcast from DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee that lets you hear from the voices behind the lab's scientific breakthroughs and innovations. From fuel for deep space travel to thawing permafrost in the Arctic, this series explores a range of science happening at ORNL.
Get ready to approach climate change from a completely new angle after listening to “SPRUCE: Welcome to a Warmer Future” and try to wrap your head around a 3D printed nuclear reactor in the episode “TCR: Printing the future of nuclear.”
A Day in the Half Life by Berkeley Lab
Get ready to learn about how science evolves by listening to A Day In the Half Life podcast by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. This podcast gets listeners thinking about the past, present, and future of research.
If you want to know more about how machine learning has evolved over the last 80 years, make sure to check out Episode 1. If you’re more into vegan burgers and advanced medicines, you have to listen to Episode 3 on synthetic biology and biomanufacturing.
Mars Technica by Los Alamos National Laboratory
The Mars Technica podcast by DOE’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico is about as close as you can get to being on NASA’s Perseverance Rover. Listen as scientists detail their process of collecting information from millions of miles away.
This limited series tells the listener a story. Starting with Episode 1: Was there life on Mars and finishing with Episode 7: Mars needs women, Mars Technica explains everything about Perseverance and the Red Planet. Whether you’re interested in the ancient river delta, if the microbes formed on rocks indicate life, or the Curiosity Rover, this podcast tackles each of these issues over the course of the series.
SciVIBE by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
SciVIBE takes you behind the scenes at DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state -- where we are inventing the future. Our scientists are creating new kinds of batteries, making sure the lights stay on in your home, out-smarting cybercriminals, repelling bio-threats, and so much more. Give it a listen and share in the Lab’s excitement of discovery.
Genome Insider and the Natural Prodcast by Berkeley Lab’s Joint Genome Institute User Facility
Genome Insider is a podcast that showcases the work of the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) collaborators in brief forays, connecting audiences with the people behind the science. Hear diverse voices in science talk about their groundbreaking research to better understand — and harness — the superpowers encoded in plants, fungi, microalgae, environmental viruses, and bacteria to contribute to a more sustainable world. Host Alison Takemura produces profiles of JGI-supported projects, delving into the researchers’ motivations, the insights that amaze them, and how their work contributes to solving energy and environmental challenges.
The Natural Prodcast talks about all things genomes, from genome mining to tools like a natural products structure database developed produced by a large international collaboration. The show features expert guests from across the country to talk about their research with host Alison Takemura.
Let’s Talk Exascale by the Office of Science and the NNSA
The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) is a collaboration between the National Nuclear Security Administration and the DOE’s Office of Science. The ECP is accelerating delivery of a capable exascale computing ecosystem to provide breakthrough solutions that will address America's most critical challenges in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and national security.
In the podcast, Let’s Talk Exascale, listeners explore topics like Application Development, Software Technology, and Hardware and Integration—all which are major focus areas of the ECP. Give it a listen!