Five Space Podcasts You Should Definitely Check Out.

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Give Your Ears Some Love with Space Podcasts!

If you’re new to the idea of podcasts, then you’re missing out on some really great free content. Especially Space Podcasts. They’re incredibly easy to access, subscribe to, and play from just about any digital device. There are also some great providers out there with huge libraries of shows and episodes, such as Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

Nearly all podcasts are free to listen to – just like terrestrial radio, they’re mostly supported by ads. In this piece, we’re going to look at five space podcasts that every space fan should try out. After all, you can’t read Space Porn articles when you’re driving, so this is another great way to get your space fix during the day.  Most of these shows are talk format, though I’ve added a fictional one as well to show the diversity of content available.

1. Main Engine Cut-Off

Cover Art for Main Engine Cutoff

Cover Art for Main Engine Cutoff

Main Engine Cut-Off is a show about all space travel, policy, exploration, and other space-related news.  Anthony Colangelo hosts the show each week and interviews a different expert on that week’s topic.  There are over a hundred back episodes, each around a half-hour long for you to binge, or you can just start with the most recent episodes.

2. Marsfall

Marsfall podcast cover art.

Marsfall Podcast Cover Art.

This is a sci-fi podcast about the first colonists on Mars in the 2040s.  Marsfall follows Jackie O’Rania, mission commander, as her and her crew of colonists face the harsh realities of life on the red planet.  I’m a huge fan of fictional podcasts, and this one features excellent storytelling, top-notch voice acting, and a solid science foundation. 

3. Constellations

Constellations Podcast Cover Art

Constellations Podcast Cover Art

This podcast is from Kratos and moderated by John Gilroy.  Constellations mostly deals with the space industry itself. The show features interviews with industry insiders about new technologies and where the aerospace industry is headed. Episodes are kept to between twenty minutes long.  

4. Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet Cover Art

Are We There Yet Cover Art

Host Brendan Byrne, a space reporter at 90.7 WMFE in Orlando, FL, runs this show.  The bi-weekly episodes feature interviews with scientists, policymakers, journalists, and other experts in the field of space exploration.  Episodes run relatively short – between fifteen and twenty-five minutes – which is great for a commute.

5. Space by BBC World Service

Episode Cover for "Space" podcast from BBC

Cover Art For Space by BBC World Services

Space currently features 22 episodes on all kinds of space history.  It’s a documentary series put out by the BBC, so the production quality and storytelling are both top-notch.  These episodes are a bit longer at about 45 minutes apiece, but each one goes in-depth on a particular historical moment in space exploration.  

Did I Miss Any?

Let me know what you think!  Do you have a favorite space podcast that I left out?  Do you hate any or all of these podcasts?  Chime in below.

Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Brandon – Brendan Byrne here. Thanks for the shout-out, and appreciate you listening!

    I’m a subscriber to MECO, along with WeMartians — you should check it out.

    -Brendan

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