Science Friday is a weekly science talk show, broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide from 2-4pm Eastern time as part of NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' programming. Each week, we focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. Panels of expert guests join Science Friday's host, Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science - and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.
- Listen to Science Friday each Friday on public radio stations around the country.
- Listen live online.
- Subscribe to the podcast.
- Use the Science Friday app
- Download a special audio collection from iTunes
Many listeners contact us asking how to order transcripts of the program. NPR offers program transcripts, for a fee, from this page on their web site.
The cost for a single transcript is $3.95. The information will be delivered on a web page and in an email.
We do not offer CDs of the program for sale. However, you can listen to the program online for free using streaming audio, or download many of our more recent segments as MP3 files.
To call in during the show, phone 1-800-989-TALK (1-800-989-8255). We have a limited number of phone lines, and they tend to fill up quickly - so if you don't get through on your first call, please keep trying! We want to hear from you! Because of the limited length of the broadcast and the large number of phone calls we receive, some callers may not be able to ask their question or give their comment on-air. We apologize for this, and want you to know that your point of view is definitely important to us.
If the Science Friday program is not carried by your local station, and you would like it to be, the first step is to contact your local station and request they carry Science Friday, which can be carried individually or as part of the Talk of the Nation programming. If that doesn't work, let us know and we'll reach out to the station.
If you're interested in hosting a live broadcast of the program in your area, please fill out this form and email it to us. Remote broadcasts happen only a few times a year, so it is best to plan in advance.
Requests for Ira's participation in a scheduled event should be done by sending us an email with information about the event, including the date(s) and the manner in which you'd like Ira to participate. Don't forget to include your contact information so we can follow up with you regarding Ira's availability.