Podcasts offer a unique tool in making science learning informative, engaging, and entertaining. They provide an excellent way to incorporate storytelling in science instruction. Podcasts can be accessed easily and free of cost on any internet-enabled device. Recording podcasts is also easy and inexpensive, making them useful to record lesson summaries and other content for revision. This article outlines different ways of using podcasts in the teaching and learning process. To support informal learning, podcasts typically cover cross-disciplinary issues that are relevant to present times as well as those important to local communities. They also feature interviews with researchers who walk through the scientific process of their discoveries. All of these things add value to a physics unit beyond textbook content. In a subject where assessments are dominated by mathematical equations, student-recorded podcasts offer an opportunity for students to string together spoken-word narratives of physics phenomena. In this article, we outline an example lesson centered around the NPR Short Wave podcast.

1.
Podcast: Definition of Podcast by Oxford Dictionary
,”
Lexico.com
, https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/podcast.
2.
L.
MacKenzie
, “
Science podcasts: Analysis of global production and output from 2004 to 2018
,”
R. Soc. Open Sci.
6
,
180932
(
2019
).
3.
D.
MacIsaac
, “
Podcasts for physics, astronomy and science teachers
,”
Phys. Teach.
44
,
622
(
Dec.
2006
).
4.
D.
Shapiro
, “
Podcasting in the science classroom
,”
NSTA Reports
30
(
8
),
1
4
(
2019
), http://static.nsta.org/pdfs/nstareports/nstareports201904.pdf.
5.
J.
Blickenstaff
, “
Science podcasts in the classroom
,”
NSTA
, nsta.org/resources/science-podcasts-classroom.
6.
A.
Popova
et al., “
How can podcasts support engaging students in learning activities?
Procedia Soc. Behav. Sci.
2
,
5034
(
2010
).
7.
NGSS Lead States
,
Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States
(
The National Academies Press
,
Washington, DC
,
2013
).
8.
M.
Sofia
(Producer), “
The Peculiar Physics of Wiffle Balls
,”
Short Wave
[Audio podcast] (
April
2020
), https://www.npr.org/2020/04/03/826747309/the-peculiar-physics-of-wiffle-balls.
9.
Audacity Team
, “
Audacity(R): Free Audio Editor and Recorder
,”
Version 2.4.2
(
2020
), https://audacityteam.org/.
AAPT members receive access to The Physics Teacher and the American Journal of Physics as a member benefit. To learn more about this member benefit and becoming an AAPT member, visit the Joining AAPT page.