Join A Live Recording Of Science Friday’s Radio Show

Join the live conversations with Ira Flatow and guests as they record for our radio program—and get the chance to have your voice on the show!

Ira Flatow in profile sitting in a radio studio, shot from behind as he looks to his right, with a microphone, phone and computer set up in front of him

Join A Live Recording For Science Friday’s Radio Show

Because of the pandemic, our show is currently pre-recorded, so we are not able to take your calls. We miss having your voices on our radio program. We still want to hear from you on our VoxPop app, and we also want to experiment with something new—we’re inviting you to join us live for select recordings for Science Friday on the radio!

We will livestream select recording sessions, which will be open to any SciFri fan who wants to listen in and get the chance to have their voice back on the radio. Attendees will be able to hear the interview before it is broadcast the following Friday, as well as chat with fellow listeners, ask questions to Ira and his guests via the chat feature on Zoom, and could be selected to ask their question live—just like our call-in show! There’s no space limit to join, although we may only have time for a few listeners to ask their questions on-air.

See below for our scheduled recordings. If you can’t make it to this one, don’t worry—we will announce more recording sessions coming up. We hope to hear you soon!

Please note: All events will be recorded for use on Science Friday’s radio show. Any comments or voice recordings by attendees may be used as part of these pre-recorded segments.


Past Events

Two cephalopod creatures underwater in translucent eggs#AskAnExpert with Squid Scientist Sarah McAnulty

Listen in as Ira Flatow chats all-things cephalopods with squid biologist Sarah McAnulty!

  • When: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 5:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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a women in a light gray sweatshirt, grimacing slightly, holds up her left arm with her forearm exposed and scratches near her wrist with her right hand#AskAnExpert: Why Do We Itch? with Diana Bautista 

Got questions about our impulse to itch? Join Ira and researcher Diana Bautista for a live Zoom interview.

  • When: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 1:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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an illustration of the planets mars and venus, anthropomorphized with sneering faces and arms raised with blue boxing gloves on, floating on a black space with white dot stars backgroundPlanetary Smackdown: Mars vs. Venus

Which planet has what it takes to support life? Join our experts, Briony Horgan and Jaime Cordova, for an out-of-this-world debate!

  • When: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 3:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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a scuba diver swims toward an underwater anchor from a shipwreck with multicolored coral growth on the anchor#AskAnExpert: Meet The Marvelous Microbes That Live On Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks are a great place to look for microbial life! Take a deep dive with Erin Field from East Carolina University as we explore her underwater research.

  • When: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 11:00am ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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an illustration of a Black woman wearing a futuristic device on the back of her head, which is on the cover of the book "news suns." in the right corner is a logo that says "science friday events"SciFri Book Club: Meet New Suns Editor Nisi Shawl

We’re closing out Fall Book Club with a call-in celebration! Christie Taylor and cohost Aisha Matthews will chat with speculative fiction author and editor Nisi Shawl.

  • When: Monday, October 26, 2020 at 1:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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The Science of Designing Cities with Roman Mars

Ira will chat with podcaster and author Roman Mars from 99% Invisible to talk about the science behind the design our built spaces.

  • When: Monday, November 16, 2020 at 5:30pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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#AskAnExpert: Health Effects of Wildfires

What health effects of the recent wildfires are you wondering about? Our experts, Colleen Reid and Chris Migliaccio, answer your questions.

  • When: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 5:30pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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The Best Science Books Of 2020

We’re rounding up the best science books of 2020! Brian Muldoon from the Brooklyn Public Library and Valerie Thompson from Science Magazine discuss their picks with host John Dankosky.

  • When: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 5:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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The Annual Christmas Bird Count

The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count begins this year on December 14th! Join us as we sit down with CBC Director Geoff LeBaron and other special birder guests to discuss this birdwatching tradition, 120 years in the making.
  • When: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:30pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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a father and 5-year-old daughter looking into a mirror; the father is brushing his teeth and smiling, and the daughter is smiling large#AskAnExpert: “Why’s my tooth loose?” Bring Your Big Kids With Toothy Questions

Why don’t baby teeth grow into big teeth? Did ancient people have to go to the dentist too? Bring your kids big and small to ask biological anthropologist Shara Bailey your questions!

  • When: Tuesday, March 2, 2020 at 5:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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two rainbows over a tropical green and ocean landscape, with the tag "science friday events" on the bottom right cornerThe Scientific Secrets Behind Rainbows (And Why Hawai’i Might be the Rainbow Capital of the World)

What’s the physics and science behind rainbows? Ask atmospheric scientist Steven Businger about everything from double rainbows to white rainbows.

  • When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 6:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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two gloved hands hold a small pile of microplastics mixed with sand on a beach; a tag with "science friday events" in the bottom right corner#AskAnExpert: Where In The World Are Microplastics Found?

Microplastics are not just an ocean problem. Join a conversation with marine researcher Imogen Napper and ask your questions about our plastics problem.

  • When: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 12:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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Hosting a Lost Feast: How to Protect Flavors and Food Traditions

We’ll talk biodiversity, flavor, and how our own choices have impacted both with author Lenore Newman and food biodiversity advocate Mimi Edelman.

  • When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 6:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free! 

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The Future of Food: Science, Culinary History and More from ‘Lost Feast’

We’ll talk talk Indigenous food systems, the impact of colonization, and the movement to restore them with Noa Lincoln, Katie Kamelamela, and Melissa K. Nelson.

  • When: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 5:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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SciFri’s Summer of Sci-Fi

Looking for the best new books for your summer stack? Annalee Newitz and Gretchen Treu are joining us to recommend the best sci-fi books for your summer reading list.
  • When: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 5:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free! 

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Celebrating #CephalopodWeek

We’re diving behind-the-scenes with Christina Biggs, Senior Aquarist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, to get the latest octo-news!

  • When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 3:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free!

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#AskAnExpert: The Garden Hotline

Are your garden strawberries too small, or tomatoes cracking before they’re ripe? In this special ode to Ralph Snodsmith’s WOR radio program of the same name, we’re harvesting your gardening questions for guest experts Elizabeth Buck and Gary Pilarchik. We’re rooting for you!
  • When: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 4:00pm ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free! 

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