While I’ve managed to review a few interesting media programs for this blog, there are far more out there that I enjoy but have yet to get around to reviewing. I’ve collected some of my favorite paleontologically-inclined educational programs here for your viewing and listening pleasure so that they have at least some kind of presence on this blog in the meantime. I’ll include a brief summary of each here, along with links to my full reviews as I manage to complete them. Happy learning!
Documentaries and Shows
Created in part by Hank Green and hosted by Kallie Moore, Michelle Barboza-Ramirez and Blake de Pastino, PBS Eons is the premiere paleontology channel on YouTube right now. They have videos on just about every topic you can imagine!
Join series host Steven Bellenti as he reviews dinosaur toys sent in by viewers, comparing them to the latest fossils and scientific papers, so as to better tell us just exactly how Your Dinosaurs Are Wrong.
Prehistoric Road Trip follows Emily Graslie (of The Brain Scoop fame) as she travels around the American West visiting significant fossil sites from various periods in Earth’s history. This informative program is sure to entertain fossil fans of all ages.
Why Dinosaurs? is an upcoming documentary by father/son duo Tony & James Pinto, who meet with people around the world, from professional paleontologists to toy collectors, all to answer the question: Why do we love dinosaurs?
My favorite podcast these days, Paleonerds, is hosted by Alaskan artist, Ray Troll, and ventriloquist David Strassman, who interview various experts in paleontology on their specialties within the field. The casual style and jovial hosts make Paleonerds perhaps the most accessible of all the podcasts featured here for paleo newbies.
Another easily accessible podcast for laypeople, I Know Dino (hosted by husband & wife duo Garret & Sabrina) covers multiple topics, from a dino-of-the-day, to the latest paleo news, to occasional interviews. (Check out Sabrina’s book here!)
The delightfully nerdy science rock band, The Amoeba People, in addition to their awesome Fossil Record album, host something of a behind-the-scenes Podcast themed around songs they’ve written. The first half of each episode features a specialist relevant to the song’s theme, while the second half delves into the creative process behind the writing of the song.
My most recent discovery on this list, Dinosaurs Will Always Be Awesome is also based around interviews with various paleo personalities (including the hosts of Why Dinosaurs?, mentioned above). You can either listen in on your podcast app, or watch certain episodes in video format on their YouTube page, which is where I first stumbled across it.
One of the most highly-regarded podcasts on this list, Palaeocast‘s multiple hosts take turns interviewing different individuals involved in paleo topics, including scientists, paleoartists, and science communicators. The basics of the program are similar to Paleonerds, but for a much more technically-inclined audience.
After years as one of the most popular paleo-themed blogs on the entire internet, the Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs team now have their own podcast! Each episode so far features both an interview with an important paleo personality, and a review of a classic paleo book.
Hosted by paleontologist Darren Naish and paleoartist John Conway, the TetZoo Podcast represents perhaps the most famous podcast on this list, despite the irregular release schedule of its always busy hosts. It doesn’t strictly focus on paleontology, however, as like its eponymous blog, it covers all things tetrapod, including both living animals, and the occasional diversion into cryptozoology or speculative evolution.
Perhaps the most niche podcast on this list, Palaeo After Dark features paleontologists Curt, Amanda, and James in book club style discussions of important paleontological research, with plenty of alcohol to wash it down. Between the technical language and blue comedy, it certainly caters to a very narrow audience, but I love it to death.