i News reports that podcasts dealing with the wonders of science are many, varied and increasingly popular. But one of the fastest-rising shows comes with a surprise twist – its host, Nate Butkus, is just six-years old.
The Show About Science is utterly charming, and has seen guest appearances from some of science’s brightest and best, and even led to Butkus appearing on prime-time TV in his native US.
Humble beginnings The podcast first began in 2015, when a curious Nate asked his Dad if he could start one.
The podcast started out in humble fashion. The first guest was Nate’s mum – who took part in a three-minute discussion on the importance of science. After a few episodes, however, the podcast took it up a level.
Soon scientists from some of America’s most respected institutions were dropping in for a chat. He has talked genome-editing with MIT’s Kevin Esvelt, sat down with Yale ecologist Adam Rosenblatt, and probed the University of Michigan’s Monica Dus on biology.
Now researchers are contacting the podcast to discuss their latest findings. One of the big selling points of the show is the ease with which it can be enjoyed.
Episodes rarely run longer than 15 minutes. And when speaking to a six-year old, even the most lofty scientific minds are forced to condense their ideas into the simplest terms.
In its current, 29-episode run, Nate has covered everything from evolution to climate change. And while his presenting style is certainly adorable, it’s also surprisingly competent.
The childish wonder with which Nate approaches science proves infectious. Which is one reason why the podcast is building a sizeable and devoted following.
You can listen to all episodes of The Show About Science on Soundcloud, or subscribe via iTunes or watch an interview on Youtube.
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