Science Vs

There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Science Vs is the show from Gimlet Media that finds out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. We do the hard work of sifting through all the science so you don't have to. This season we tackle immigration, climate change, true love and artificial sweeteners.

https://gimletmedia.com/science-vs/

subscribe
share


 
 

recommended podcasts


      episode 3: The Rise of Anti-Vaxxers


      Last week we explored the science behind vaccine safety. This week we try to understand where these fears came from, and why they persist. We speak to three historians: Prof. Nadja Durbach, Prof. Elena Conis, and Prof. Robert Johnston. And a concerned mom named Noelle. Sign up to our newsletter >>here<< so you get the full transcript of the show with all of the footnotes and links to the science.

      Our Sponsors: Cotton Inc + Madewell | Spotify | Sundance Now's Riviera |...


      share





      32m
       

      episode 2: Vaccines - Are They Safe?


      Autism, seizures, and overloaded immune systems. Could these really be side effects of vaccines? This week, we dive  into the science to find out how safe vaccines really are. We also talk to public health researchers Prof. Dan Salmon and Prof. Amy Kalkbrenner and neurologist Prof. Ingrid Scheffer. Sign up to our newsletter >>here<< so you get the full transcript of the show with all of the footnotes and links to the science.

      Our Sponsors:Cole Haan | Google Cloud,...


      share





      35m
       

      episode 1: Detoxing & Cleanses - Do They Work?


      Juice cleanses, fancy foods, sweat, charcoal, and colonics-- is there a scientifically proven way to ‘clean out’ your system? This week, we dig in deep to the science of detox and turn ourselves into guinea pigs for a juicing experiment. We talk to a passionate proctologist named Prof. Graham Newstead, as well as nutrition researcher Prof. Stella Volpe and toxicologist Dr. Susanne Ramm.

      Sign up to our newsletter here - for all the cool science stuff we’re reading. View our guide t...


      share





      32m
       

      New Season... Coming Soon!


      Science Vs is back in your ears next week! This season we're going to dissect the science behind detox diets, the safety of vaccines and whether America can run on 100% renewable energy. We also figure out whether vitamins and supplements are a waste of your money, why the bees are dying and where the heck the Male Pill is at?!

      Go to sciencevs.show/fall to check out Wendy's favourite episodes of other Gimlet shows coming back this Fall. 

      Fact you next week!


      share





      2m
       

      Introducing... The Pitch


      Check out a new show from Gimlet Media called The Pitch! On it, real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors for real money. In this episode, a startup founder pitches his technology designed to reduce repeat head injuries in sports


      share





      25m
       2017-07-26

      Artificial Sweeteners - not so sweet?


      Low calorie, no calorie and so sweet. Artificial sweeteners just seem too good to be true. Is there a catch? We dig into two big questions: Do artificial sweeteners cause cancer, and are they making us fat? We talk to Prof. John Glendinning, Prof. Susie Swithers, Dr. Kieron Rooney, and PhD student Jotham Suez about the latest research. Plus we do a fun experiment with PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman from Reply All!  Also, please sign up for our brand spanking new newsletter! We’ll share s...


      share





      48m
       2017-06-08

      Nuclear Power - what are the Risks?


      Fukushima. Chernobyl. Three Mile Island. There’s been some big nuclear accidents over the past few decades, but how dangerous is nuclear power really? We take you inside the core of America’s biggest nuclear power plant and trace what went wrong at Fukushima to try to figure out: when will the next meltdown happen? And what our chances are of getting cancer from it? This week we talk to Dr. Spencer Wheatley, Dr. Jonathan Samet, and Jack Cadogan, an executive at the Palo Verde Nuclear Gen...


      share





      37m
       2017-06-01

      Meditation


      Silicon Valley CEOs, Tibetan monks, and crunchy hippies alike describe meditation as blissful and life-changing, but what does the science say? Can it reduce stress, increase your attention, and improve mental health -- or is all this focus on breathing just a bunch of hot air?  Sit back, get comfortable, and focus your mind as we talk to Tim Ferriss, Professor Gaelle Desbordes, Dr. Clifford Saron, and Dr. Britta Hölzel. Please note: we have updated this episode. We removed a reference ...


      share





      30m
       2017-05-25

      True Love


      What is love? With half of first time American marriages ending in divorce by the 20th anniversary, and infidelity being widespread, Science Vs asks: have we been lied to by our love songs?
      On today’s episode we explore: What happens to the brain when we fall in love? Is the compulsion to stay together biological? And, is monogamy really unnatural? We talk to Dr. Helen Fisher, Professor Larry Young, and Dr. Dieter Lukas about their labors of love.

      Our Sponsors:Everyday Bravery - L...


      share





      42m
       2017-05-11

      Antioxidants


      Are chocolate, coffee and red wine actually good for us? Reading the news it seems that one day they are helping us live longer, and the next day they are giving us heart attacks.  So what’s going on here? Host Wendy Zukerman and DJ/senior producer Kaitlyn Sawrey explore the science live on stage, with interview clips from Prof. Bruce Ames, Prof. David Sinclair and author Aidan Goggins.

      This show was recorded live at The Bell House on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017. If you want to l...


      share





      33m
       2017-05-04