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Just to ask if anyone is aware of any interesting math podcasts? I am particularly interested in podcasts describing mathematics in the wider world; but interesting academic podcasts would also be useful.

Interesting mathematical audio other than podcasts is also welcome.

Summary of Podcast Links

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I think it's best to edit a summary into an answer, rather than into the original question. – Scott Morrison Nov 23 '09 at 20:37
Good for you. However, I disagree. – Magic Andi Nov 23 '09 at 21:15
related: – Michael Bächtold Jun 15 '11 at 22:22

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Here are some math podcasts.

Travels in a Mathematical World from the IMA

Mathematical Moments from the AMS

Math Mutation from Erik Seligman

Strongly Connected Components

(The AMS podcast is quirky. See my notes at the end of this blog post about how to subscribe to Mathematical Moments.)

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John, thanks, the links look useful. As soon as I have enough rep, I will vote your answer up ;-) – Magic Andi Oct 25 '09 at 21:18
The AMS site drives me nuts -- no audio? not a podcast. Or am I just missing it? – Graham Leuschke Oct 26 '09 at 0:45
Graham, there is audio, and there is a podcast for AMS, but neither is obvious from their web site. I edited my answer to explain how that podcast works. – John D. Cook Oct 26 '09 at 4:15
John, as promised, +1. – Magic Andi Nov 23 '09 at 19:19

Just to mention the BBC's More or Less, a programme that looks at the numbers and statistics that come up in everyday life. It is produced in conjunction with the Open University.

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Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time frequently has mathematical editions.

Subjects have included: infinity, Indian mathematics, music and mathematics, Godel's incompleteness theorems, Leibniz vs. Newton, Fibonacci numbers, the Poincare hypothesis, negative numbers, prime numbers, Renaissance mathematics, pi, zero, chaos theory, symmetry and Archimedes.

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Samuel Hansen's Strongly Connected Components consists of a weekly interview with a mathematician; so far he's had Gary Chartrand, Bruce Reznick, George Andrews, David Bressoud, Andrew Granville, Lance Fortnow, and Joshua Cooper.

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The Fields institute has audio recordings of talks. You can also get audio tracks of MSRI videos of talks, but you have to do some clicking (and encoding, if you want decent compression).

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I produced a math podcast "dansmathcast" from 2005-08 that is still up on iTunes, in the Education category, with 33 episodes so far.

It's like a math variety show, with a chapter-of-the-week, mathematics for the masses, math or myth, an advanced topic, and other features, capped off with a math joke. Listen to dansmathcast; in a half hour you'll be smarter!

See if you like it here or subscribe on iTunes (and feel free to add me to your list!)

Dan Bach the Math Jock

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I just wanted to let you know that I subscribed to your podcast. It kind of touched me that you took the time to make one on your own. – user230452 Jun 16 at 16:01

Canal Académie has a collection of interesting mathematical podcasts.

The only drawback is that you need to be able to speak French. If this is not a problem, I recommend Henri Cartan et la fondation du groupe Bourbaki and Jacques Tits, mathématicien, prix Abel 2008.

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There's the Math Factor.

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Graham, I believe the correct link is (no "www" prefix). The link that you gave gives an address not found error. – Magic Andi Oct 25 '09 at 22:10
Quite right, thanks. – Graham Leuschke Oct 26 '09 at 0:45

Here are a couple applied math podcasts I've discovered more recently.

inSCIght (scientific computing)

The Science of Better (operations research)

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RadioLab has programs that touch on mathematics, although I would not necesarily say they are about math. Here is one about Numbers and here is one avbout Stochasticity.

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