Please comment on if you find podcasts useful to your research and/or if you find science based podcast more enjoyable or entertaining.
I personally find podcast to both useful to my research and enjoyable to listen to while I'm at the bench. My iPod is pretty much with me at all times when I'm in the lab, so it is very convenient for me to listen to podcasts whether they be scientific based or not.
I find listening to science based podcasts not only updates me on current work in my field but does so without taking me away from the bench. If I hear something of interest to me then I can go back to my desk and research it further. I also like the idea of getting to hear what researchers have to say about their current work, especially when the podcast is conducted with a question & answer format.
About 95% of the podcasts I listen to are science related. Generally listen to them in the gym. I listen more to things not related to my area of research than what is related.
I just subscribed to the This Week In Science (TWIS) and I love it! Can you guys recommend more sciency (preferably fun, newsy, humorous) podcasts for me? I always have time to listen while I'm working in the hood, or when I have to prep my microplates (though I sometimes have to turn it off so I don't lose my count!).
I do not listen to podcasts that much, mainly because I like focusing on the material I am going through and reading is my favorite way of doing this. Plus I am very visual so having images while going through a topic is a big positive for me. I do think that podcasts are a great resource but they are a minor component of my science e-library.