About Playing With Science

Welcome to StarTalk Playing with Science

Playing with fire gets you burned, Playing with Science gets you learned.

Recently named the podcast for sports fans by Parade Magazine in “12 Podcasts We Love for Every Pop Culture Fan.”

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StarTalk Playing with Science is our second spin-off and the third podcast in the StarTalk Podcast Network. New episodes air Wednesday nights at 7 pm ET.

It’s hosted by professional British soccer player and sports broadcaster Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice, who has been voted Favorite Co-Host by StarTalk fans two years in a row. In StarTalk Playing with Science, Chuck and Gary interview some of sports iconic and top athletes such as basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, cyclist Lance Armstrong, former Baltimore Ravens center John Urschel, and former US Women’s Soccer star Hope Solo (to name a few) as well as sports experts, coaches, pundits, and scientists including astrophysicists Neil deGrasse Tyson and Charles Liu.

Where to Listen to StarTalk Playing with Science

You can listen to StarTalk Playing with Science on its own channel on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn,  Google Play Music, SoundCloud, and Stitcher. You can also link directly to our RSS feed here.

Where to Watch StarTalk Playing with Science – Commercial Free!

You can listen to ad-free versions of StarTalk Playing with Science, or watch video versions of the podcast streaming online, or on Apple TV, Amazon, and Roku, as a subscriber to StarTalk All-Access.

What Is StarTalk Playing with Science?

What puts the line in “line drive”? What causes a tennis ball, endowed with top spin, to skip like a school child? What causes a football to spiral like a galaxy? The answers and so much more are what make StarTalk Playing with Science entertaining, informative, and addicting.

StarTalk Playing with Science teases out the science behind some of sport’s most iconic moments, to explore how and why the play happened. The show explores the seldom-considered marriage of science and sport. And just like StarTalk uses pop culture as the launch pad for science discussion and education, StarTalk Playing with Science uses the passion and excitement of sports to do the same. Show topics range from the physics behind Franco Harris’ “Immaculate Reception” in the 1972 AFC Division Playoff, arguably the most famous play in NFL football history, to the science behind a forty-foot set shot by NBA superstar Steph Curry. We’ll also cover advancements in sports technology like those that helped the record-breaking speed of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, or aided NY Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in making the “greatest catch” in NFL history.