Name of Podcast: 虹巴伦漫游科学 (pinyin: hóng bā lún màn yóu kē xué)
What topics are covered: This is a popular science podcast aimed at an audience of children and teenagers. The science information explained in this podcast is uses real-life examples and is interesting.
Why is it good to listen to?
As this is a podcast aimed at children or parents, the speed of the speaking is relatively slow. Therefore, it’s perfect for Chinese learners to listen and understand. The speech of the podcast is in standard mandarin and free of accent. The female presenter has a clear with a slight child-like sound. You can learn a lot of easy scientific terms in Chinese from this podcast. As a a children-oriented podcast, every scientific term or phenomenon is thoroughly explained in order to let young learners to understand. As a result, Chinese learners can guess what does the term or phenomenon mean based on the detailed explanation.
To listen or subscribe to the podcast, you search 虹巴伦漫游科学 on iTunes Store.
How often are the podcasts updated? Programs are updated on a weekly basis.
Length of each podcast: Each episode of the podcast is about 6 to 11 minutes long.
In each episode of the podcast, the podcaster raises a controversial scientific question, but something accessible and related to our everyday life. She then introduces some background knowledge about this question and give corresponding examples of scientific knowledge. At the end of the podcast the host gives a scientific answer to the formerly mentioned question with solid reasons in the end. Normally, the answer is exactly opposite to your “common sense”, and you will be enlightened by this scientific truth.
If you are into science, or want to learn some scientific terms, this podcast can be a good option for you.