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Science Vs
Science Vs
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There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Science Vs is the show from Gimlet that... more

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Protein: Are You Getting Enough?

Protein influencers are big right now, telling us that we're probably missing out on the protein we need — and... more

13 Jun 2024 · 33 minutes
Introducing The Journal: Trillion Dollar Shot

Today we’re presenting Trillion Dollar Shot, a new series that explores the business story behind the rise of Ozempic and... more

11 Jun 2024 · 41 minutes
Trans Kids’ Healthcare: Are We Getting It Wrong?

Health care for trans kids has been in the spotlight, with battles over what the science says and tons of... more

06 Jun 2024 · 37 minutes
The Great Dinosaur Smashup

More than 150 years ago, just before dino-mania struck, New York City was supposed to get a majestic dinosaur museum... more

30 May 2024 · 35 minutes
The Abortion Pill: How Dangerous Is It Really?

The Abortion Pill is now the most common way to have an abortion in the US. Yet what exactly happens... more

23 May 2024 · 38 minutes
What the Hell Is at the Edge of Space?

With the powers of the James Webb Space Telescope, scientists discovered some super weird things in the early Universe, and... more

16 May 2024 · 21 minutes
Heartbreak: Why It Feels So Achy Breaky

Getting your heart broken sucks — and for some of us, it even feels physically painful. So why does it... more

09 May 2024 · 28 minutes
Tig Notaro Shares Her Favorite Jokes

Comedian Tig Notaro, who just released her fifth comedy special, "Hello Again," joins us for a chat about the science... more

07 May 2024 · 22 minutes
The Funniest Joke in the World

If you Google "The Funniest Joke in the World," you'll be very disappointed. The internet might serve you something like,... more

02 May 2024 · 56 minutes
Wendy Talks About Her Pyromaniac Past — and More [Video]

[Video available on Spotify] Wendy and emma chamberlain of the Anything Goes podcast sit down for a chat and get... more

25 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Hormone Balancing: Should You Try It?

Tons of us are feeling run-down and crummy and are wondering: What can we do about it? Well, lots of... more

18 Apr 2024 · 36 minutes
Murder in the Ivory Tower

It’s 1849, and a gruesome murder has just happened at Harvard. As body parts turn up, the science of the... more

11 Apr 2024 · 32 minutes
Cannabis: I Get High With a Little Help From … Science

Weed has gone mainstream, and it's been rebranded as a wellness drug that you can customize to fit your needs.... more

04 Apr 2024 · 45 minutes
Intermittent Fasting: Hungry for Facts?

Fasting diets are going bonkers right now — some tech bros are down to one meal a day! And health-fluencers... more

28 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
Dreams: What Could They Mean?

Dreaming might be the weirdest thing that our brains do. Out of thin air we may see ourselves battling a... more

21 Mar 2024 · 44 minutes
Ozempic: Is It Scarier Than We Thought?

We looked at this class of weight loss drugs a year ago, and they've only gotten more popular — and... more

14 Mar 2024 · 40 minutes
Anti-Aging: Can We Be Forever Young?

We’ve been hunting for the fountain of youth for millennia, but if you go online, it looks like the search... more

07 Mar 2024 · 35 minutes

Strap in, nerds: New Science Vs episodes are coming! This season, we’re diving into the science of longevity, cannabis, hormone... more

29 Feb 2024 · 3 minutes
Ayahuasca: WTF is up with DMT?

DMT might be the weirdest drug in the already weird world of psychedelics. It’s the active ingredient in ayahuasca, but... more

14 Dec 2023 · 48 minutes
Personality Tests: Who Are You Really?

Personality tests like the MBTI are all over the internet, the workplace, and dating apps — but some say it’s... more

07 Dec 2023 · 44 minutes
Caffeine: How Much is Too Much?

Caffeine is a drug that tons of us take every day. But is that a bad thing? And if we... more

30 Nov 2023 · 42 minutes
MDMA: Can Ecstasy Cure Your Agony?

Molly, ecstasy, MDMA: whatever you call it, this drug is blowing up. Some say MDMA can be a legitimate medicine... more

23 Nov 2023 · 43 minutes
Pssst!! The Science of Gossip

We all know gossip can be bad — but some of us still can’t seem to get enough of it.... more

16 Nov 2023 · 39 minutes
When Your Eyes See Lies

A dead man with a bitten penis and perplexing DNA, a terrifying syndrome where everything around you appears in miniature,... more

09 Nov 2023 · 53 minutes
Sleep: How Do We Get More?

Not sleeping enough turning you into a monster? In one of our most popular episodes, we bring you the cutting-edge... more

02 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Seed Oils: Is Your Canola Oil Killing You?

We’ve been told that foods like butter and bacon are bad for us — because they're packed with saturated fats.... more

26 Oct 2023 · 43 minutes
UFOs: The Truth Is Right Here

A whistleblower claims that the U.S. government is covering up what it knows about aliens on Earth, and several military... more

19 Oct 2023 · 43 minutes
Andrew Huberman on Supplements, the Covid Lab Leak Theory and more

Andrew Huberman is a skate punk turned neuroscientist, and he hosts one of the most popular podcasts in the U.S.:... more

12 Oct 2023 · 41 minutes
Self-Care: Can You Hack Your Mood?

Can plunging into an ice bath make us feel happier? What about gratitude journaling? We’re digging into some of the... more

05 Oct 2023 · 38 minutes
Why Fossil Nerds Are Pissed Right Now

The smash hit Netflix documentary “Unknown: Cave of Bones” has kicked off an all-out science brawl. The film makes extraordinary... more

28 Sep 2023 · 52 minutes
Vaping: Is It Really That Bad?

More and more people are puffing on vapes — but some governments are making moves to ban them. So how... more

21 Sep 2023 · 41 minutes
Breathwork: A Bunch of Hot Air?

The latest hot new trend is: breathing. Yeah, that’s right — there are claims that so-called breathwork can cure depression... more

14 Sep 2023 · 43 minutes
We're Back! And Boldly Going Where We've Never Gone Before

Brand-new episodes will drop starting next week! Stay tuned for science deep dives on breathing and breathwork, seed oils (what... more

07 Sep 2023 · 2 minutes
The Best Ever Episode of Science Vs

This week – our episode that you voted as our BEST wild card episode!! You’ll have to listen to find... more

24 Aug 2023 · 44 minutes
Orgasms: Your Favorite Sex Episode!

Here’s the episode you picked as our best sex and sexual health episode: Orgasms! There’s this idea that the female... more

17 Aug 2023 · 38 minutes
Exercise: Your Favorite Wellness Episode!

Here’s the episode you voted as our best wellness episode: Exercise! Lots of people hit the gym to shed unwanted... more

10 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Magic Mushrooms: Your Favorite Drugs Episode!

Here’s the episode you voted as our best drug episode: Magic Mushrooms! People are saying that shrooms cured their depression... more

03 Aug 2023 · 37 minutes
Behind the Scenes of ‘Oppenheimer’

Today we're going behind the scenes of Christopher Nolan's blockbuster film “Oppenheimer.” Professor David Saltzberg, one of the scientists who... more

27 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
How Bats Break Science

Many bats can live a bizarrely long time, and brush off viruses that kill people. How do they do it... more

20 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
Sex Drive: The Dirrrrrrty Science

Tons of people struggle to get revved up about sex. It can mess with their relationships and how they feel... more

29 Jun 2023 · 40 minutes
Who Killed Affordable Housing?

Housing has gotten SO expensive — for many of us, buying something seems totally out of reach. And even renting... more

22 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
Gluten: Should You Give It Up?

Going gluten-free is all the rage — we hear it’s the secret hack to being more healthy, even if you... more

15 Jun 2023 · 36 minutes
AI: Is It Out Of Control?

Artificial Intelligence seems more human-like and capable than ever before — but how did it get so good so quickly?... more

08 Jun 2023 · 42 minutes
Blue Balls: A Ball-Faced Lie?

We join forces with Sarah Marshall from You’re Wrong About to dive into a question for the ages: Blue balls... more

01 Jun 2023 · 40 minutes
The Dentist: Toss the Floss? Flush the Brush?

The dentist tells us to floss, brush, avoid certain food and drinks ... but what actually matters when it comes... more

25 May 2023 · 36 minutes
Skin Care: Is Anti-Aging a Scam?

When it comes to keeping our skin looking younger, what works? Retinol, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C? This simple question has... more

18 May 2023 · 36 minutes
Did We Predict the Pandemic?

Just two months before Covid-19 broke out, we made a fictional pandemic episode that was like “Contagion” but with citations.... more

11 May 2023 · 49 minutes
I’ll Be Dammed: Beavers Fighting Climate Change

Today, we give a dam about beavers. These busy rodents don’t just chill and go with the flow — it... more

04 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Ketamine: How Special is Special K?

For years, ketamine has been thought of mostly as a horse tranquilizer — or a street drug that puts you... more

27 Apr 2023 · 32 minutes
Pit Bulls: Bad to the Bone?

Pit bulls have a dark reputation. And some people say the science backs this up: that they bite people more... more

20 Apr 2023 · 37 minutes
Superbugs: Apocalypse … Now?

Imagine getting an infection, going to the doctor, and having no little pill to make you better. Welcome to a... more

13 Apr 2023 · 38 minutes
Hangovers: What Really Helps?

What actually cures a hangover? Water? Crushed up Advil? Maybe a burger, fries and a Diet Coke? We wanted to... more

06 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Alcohol: Time to Put a Cork in It?

For decades we’ve been yanked around over alcohol: one day it’s actually good for us, the next day it’s a... more

30 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
Weight Loss Meds: Is Ozempic a Miracle Drug?

People say drugs like Ozempic are helping them lose tons of weight. But are these drugs really all they’re cracked... more

23 Mar 2023 · 41 minutes
Nerds, Assemble! Science Vs Is Back

We’ve got the goods on weight loss drugs, ketamine, pit bulls, skincare and more! Come for the science, stay for... more

16 Mar 2023 · 3 minutes
Listen to Science Vs in Spanish!

Science Vs has gone bilingual! La Ciencia Vs is the Spanish-language version of the show, and today we’re introducing the... more

09 Feb 2023 · 36 minutes
Adderall: What's It Doing to Your Brain?

There’s an Adderall shortage across the U.S., and it’s causing huge problems for people with ADHD. But on the flip... more

09 Dec 2022 · 33 minutes
When Science and Superstitions Collide

This is the THIRTEENTH season of the show! So we’re diving into stories about superstitions and luck. We’ll share the... more

02 Dec 2022 · 40 minutes
Hypnosis: Does It Really Work?

What is hypnosis? Is it mind control? Are some people just faking? We’re revisiting this episode in which we explore... more

17 Nov 2022 · 39 minutes
Deodorant: Is It Dangerous?

Today, we’re diving into your armpits! We’ll find out why some of us are so freaking smelly. And then we’re... more

10 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes
The Male Pill: When Is It Coming?

A male birth control pill has been this big tease for decades. And today, with the overturning of Roe v.... more

03 Nov 2022 · 30 minutes
The Mystery of the Man Who Died Twice

A dead body turns up with a stolen identity. We tell the story of how a grandmother tracked down the... more

20 Oct 2022 · 41 minutes
Mass Shootings: How Do We Stop Them?

Buffalo. Uvalde. Highland Park. These mass shootings keep happening. One side says the problem is the guns, and the other... more

13 Oct 2022 · 44 minutes
Should We Compost Human Bodies?

What's the greenest way to die? Some nerds are saying that our bodies should go the way of our veggie... more

06 Oct 2022 · 44 minutes
The Fight to Fix a Racist Medical Gadget

The EEG is an incredibly important medical tool — and it’s been failing Black patients for decades. So today we’ll... more

22 Sep 2022 · 36 minutes
Vegans: Are They Right?

Do vegans have a right to be so smug? We’re finding out whether it really is better for the environment,... more

15 Sep 2022 · 33 minutes
Hydration: Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Celebs and wellness blogs treat water like a magic elixir that will make us the most attractive and healthiest version... more

08 Sep 2022 · 45 minutes
We're Back for Season THIRTEEN

There’s tons of misinformation, fads and strong opinions floating around out there — but then there’s SCIENCE. Season 13 starts... more

01 Sep 2022 · 2 minutes
Fauci on Monkeypox: What Went Wrong

We called up Dr. Anthony Fauci to talk about monkeypox. We wanted to know — what’s the deal with the... more

03 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Monkeypox: What's Going On?

Monkeypox has been spreading around the world. So … what exactly is this disease? How worried should we be, and... more

02 Aug 2022 · 43 minutes
Abortion: The Science and the Supreme Court

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. And in their opinion, we found a lot of scientific-sounding... more

30 Jun 2022 · 47 minutes
Nightmare on Science Street

Today, we’re sharing a collection of spooky science stories. You’ll hear about a nightmare in the ocean, a nightmare on... more

09 Jun 2022 · 45 minutes
Placebo: Can the Mind Cure You?

[REBROADCAST] Could fake medicine actually take away your pain or treat a disease? We dig into the science of placebos... more

02 Jun 2022 · 37 minutes
A Mystery in the Air

When a little girl, Ella Kissi-Debrah, suddenly got sick and landed in the hospital, doctors were stumped. In this episode,... more

26 May 2022 · 40 minutes
ASMR: How Whispering Hijacks the Brain

ASMR is huge. People say these videos of someone whispering or making soft sounds can make them feel all tingly... more

12 May 2022 · 42 minutes
Serial Killers: The Mind of a Murderer

[REBROADCAST] What makes a serial killer? What drives them to kill again and again? To find out the truth about... more

05 May 2022 · 35 minutes
Ultra-Processed Foods: A Load of Baloney?

We hear over and over that ultra-processed food is bad for us. But is there actually something funky going on... more

28 Apr 2022 · 41 minutes
Ivermectin: The Story of a Wonder Drug

Today, we’re digging into the weird and wooly world of ivermectin. When promising papers came out early in the pandemic,... more

21 Apr 2022 · 56 minutes
Spotify and Misinformation: An Update!

Today on the show an update about our push to get Spotify to do more to stop misinformation spreading on... more

15 Apr 2022 · 2 minutes
The Abortion Underground

REBROADCAST. The Supreme Court is set to rule on a major abortion case this year, and the court could decide... more

07 Apr 2022 · 44 minutes
Ukrainian War: Fighting Russia's Propaganda Machine

Russia attacked Ukraine more than a month ago — and the war has raged ever since. From the beginning, Russia... more

29 Mar 2022 · 40 minutes
Ancient Aliens: Who Really Built the Pyramids?

[REBROADCAST] Is it possible that the pyramids were built with a helping hand ... from aliens? If not, how did... more

24 Mar 2022 · 33 minutes
Trans Kids: The Misinformation Battle

U.S. politicians are trying to keep trans kids from getting the medical care they need to transition — and states are... more

18 Mar 2022 · 51 minutes
Here’s What’s Coming Up!

There’s tons of misinformation, fads and strong opinions floating around out there — but then there’s SCIENCE. Find it here! Learn... more

11 Mar 2022 · 1 minute
Misinformation: What Should Our Tech Overlords Do?

After Joe Rogan was accused of spreading Covid-19 vaccine misinformation on his podcast, Spotify landed in the hot seat. People... more

25 Feb 2022 · 46 minutes
Joe Rogan: The Malone Interview

Recently, Joe Rogan aired an interview that scientists are up in arms about — with Dr. Robert Malone. Malone talked... more

05 Feb 2022 · 43 minutes
The Moon: Why Are We Really Going Back?

The moon race is back! Countries — and billionaires — are lining up to take a crack at returning to... more

10 Dec 2021 · 37 minutes
Fauci on How This Ends

Dr. Anthony Fauci sits down with us to talk about omicron, how this pandemic actually ends — and how he’s... more

04 Dec 2021 · 17 minutes
Omicron: Do You Need to Freak Out?

Welp, the pandemic has served up yet another poop sandwich, and it’s called omicron. This variant is popping up in... more

03 Dec 2021 · 42 minutes
Presenting Gastropod: How Chilis Conquered the World

This week we’ve got a spicy treat for you: a show called Gastropod. Hosts Nicola Twilley and Cynthia Graber dig... more

25 Nov 2021 · 50 minutes
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Trans Kids: The Misinformation Battle
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U.S. politicians are trying to keep trans kids from getting the medical care they need to transition — and states are banning them... more