What’s the show about?
We say our show is about the unpublished stories behind the world’s most compelling science, as told by the researchers themselves. Doug’s mom says “It’s like the Sunday Book Review … it’s interesting, I get the important information, and don’t have to read the whole thing.” Ryan’s mom explains it this way: “You guys interview scientists from all over the world. They tell how they got into science and things about their particular field of science.”
So how can I get my own sense of what the show is like?
When did you launch the show?
Our first episode aired July 25, 2017.
What kind of science topics do you cover?
We work to secure diverse guests from a wide variety of scientific disciplines. You can browse past episodes by scientific discipline from the bottom of the home page, or via the navigation menu on the right-hand side of any other page on the site.
How often are new episodes aired?
Every other Tuesday, except for some special episodes, for a total of 26 episodes per year.
How can I get new episodes?
You can subscribe for free via iTunes via the Apple Podcasts (iTunes) app, on Google Podcasts or Google Play, in any 3rd party iOS or Android podcast app, via email, on TuneIn, or via RSS. You can also ask your Amazon Alexa device to “Play Parsing Science podcast.”
How can I listen to older episodes?
In addition to any of the options listed above, you can also listen to back episodes here.
How do you select guests?
We read a lot of science news every day, and post what we find to be the most interesting on our Twitter feed. From this we identify studies that have been published within the preceding 12 months, typically in a peer-reviewed journal, though occasionally as a preprint or in book form. We then ask the lead and/or corresponding author(s) if they’d be interested in speaking with us and, if they’re available, we schedule a time to do so that’s most convenient to them.
How and where do you interview guests?
We talk with and record guests over the internet, using Zencastr. All conversations are recorded through headset microphones. If they don’t have one, we mail a set to the guest in advance of their interview (after which they’re theirs to keep).
How long is a typical interview?
We ask for 90 minutes with each guest, with the main discussion about their publication taking approximately 60-75 minutes. After recording, we edit guests’ responses down to about 25-30 minutes, then record interstitial commentary to make the interview flow within our timeframe.
What happens to the remaining 30-45 minutes of the recording?
Guests’ responses that are just too long to fit into the episode as aired are included as Bonus Clips, which are available to our Patreon donors for as little as $1 per month.
Tell me more about these Bonus Clips.
Patreon donors receive a code which allows access to Bonus Clips from all episodes, both current and prior. Donors are able to download mp3s of full episodes as they aired, as well as any Bonus Clips from all episodes.
Are text transcripts available for your episodes?
Yes. Since September 2018 transcripts for each episode as aired are available on each guest’s page on parsingscience.org. These might not appear immediately for recently aired episodes as the process of transcribing the episodes takes a bit of time.
How do I cite an episode?
I’m a teacher. Do you have advice for using Parsing Science in my classroom?
Yes! See here for ideas on how your students can make use of our episodes, interview scientists on their own, or even design a replication study.
How do I connect with you on social media?
We post the latest science news 4-5 times per day both on Twitter and Facebook, and eventually archive our shows on our LinkedIn page. In addition, we release a newsletter each Saturday highlighting the seven most popular science stories from the previous week. You can subscribe to the newsletter for free here, or check out past issues in our news archive.
How can I suggest an episode?
If you have a particular science article or book in mind — and it’s been published within the past 12 months in a peer-reviewed journal, a major book publisher, or is currently in preprint — you can suggest it here, or leave us a message at 1-866-XPLORIT (1-866-975-6748). You’re also welcome to recommend your own research, so don’t be shy!
How can I learn who’s scheduled for upcoming shows?
See here for a list of upcoming guests. If the episode hasn’t yet been recorded, we invite you to send us your questions for the guest the bottom of that page, or by leaving a message at 1-866-XPLORIT (1-866-975-6748).
How can I help?
The best way to help is by reviewing our show on iTunes so that others can find out about it. If you like the show, you can also subscribe to it for free. Listeners may also support the show by donating as little as $1/month via Patreon, and get access to exclusive Bonus Clips in thanks. We also have a free weekly newsletter highlighting the week’s most popular science news (back issues are available in our news archive). You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
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What other shows do you recommend?
Lots! We’d originally hoped to style the show after the magnificent Song Exploder, but soon realized that we really required a Q&A format to discuss scientific research. Other science-related podcasts we enjoy are American Scientist, AAAS Science, Big Picture Science, C&EN’s Stereo Chemistry, Daniel & Jorge Explain the Universe, Data Skeptic, eLife, Everything Hertz, Hidden Brain, Inside the Petri Dish, Nature, No Jargon, Partially Derivative, Physics Central, Planetary Radio, PLOSCast, PNAS Science Sessions, Quirks & Quarks, Research in Action, Social Science Bites, Speaking of Psychology, Teaching in Higher Ed, The Dirt, The Naked Scientist franchise, The Positive Psychology Podcast, The Science Show, BigThink’s Think Again, Time to Eat the Dogs, Two Psychologists Four Beers, Undisciplined, and Very Bad Wizards. Got another? Let us know by leaving a message at 1-866-XPLORIT (1-866-975-6748).
I have a different question.
Great! We’d love to hear from you. Send us an email at or leave us a message at 1-866-XPLORIT (1-866-975-6748). You can also send us a message via Twitter.