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 football concussions, heartbreak, 5G networks, sleep, magic mushrooms, free healthcare, police use of force, asteroids and more.

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episode 4: PANDEMIC!!!

If a pandemic ripped across the world, how bad would it really get? You’ve heard the horror stories, but you’ve never heard one like this. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who advises the President on emerging infectious diseases, helps us out.
Check out the full transcript here: 
Selected references: 

  • The CDC’s history of the 1918 Pandemic: 
  • Time-lapse tracking the transmission and evolution of H7N9: http://bit...



episode 3: Heartbreak: Why does it hurt so bad?

We’ve all been dumped, but some of us have felt physically sick from a heartbreak -- sometimes really sick. Neuroscientist Prof. Lucy Brown explains how pangs from a heartache might not just be in our heads.

Check out the full transcript here:

Selected references: 

  • Lucy’s FMRI study of the rejected in-love college students: 
  • The social/physical pain overlap in the brain: https://bit...



episode 2: Football: Should We Cancel It?

America’s favorite pastime seems to be plagued by tragedy. Former NFL players have come forward to say they’re suffering from a serious brain disease. Others have ended their lives. So we wanted to know: how risky is playing football? Neuroscientist Dr. Kevin Bieniek, neurosurgeon Prof. Bob Cantu, and neurologist Dr. Ira Casson weigh in.

Check out the full transcript here: http://bit...



episode 1: Exercise: Fat Buster or Belly Flop?

Lots of people hit the gym to shed unwanted pounds, but they don’t always see results on the scale. This week, we tackle the power of exercise and why you should bother. We speak with obesity expert Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, psychiatrist Dr. Gary Cooney, neuroscientist Prof. Wendy Suzuki and urologist Dr. Stacey Kenfield.

Check out the full transcript here: http://bit...




Science Vs is back September 19th. Fact you next week.


 2019-09-12  1m

episode 1: The Dinosaur Explosion

Why are there so many new, weird dinosaurs? Friend of the show Joel Werner goes down the rabbit hole, and finds a surprising answer. He speaks to paleontologists Dr. Steve Brusatte and Dr. Jonathan Tennant. Listen to Joel’s podcast The Sum Of All Parts here: 

Science Vs will be back in September with a brand new season!

Credits: This story came from the podcast the Sum of All Parts which is produced and hosted by Joel Werner...


 2019-08-08  22m

episode 13: SHARKS!!!

Are sharks the super-predators we think they are? Or have we been baited with great white lies? To find out, we interviewed shark researchers Dr. Taylor Chapple, Dr. Tricia Meredith and Dr. Chris Pepin-Neff, along with surfer Mike Wells.

Check out the full transcript here. 

Selected references: 

  • Tricia’s shark smelling study:
  • Chris’s book “Flaws”:
  • Tiger shark study here: https://bit...


 2019-06-14  42m

episode 12: How Bad Science Killed A President

When President Garfield was shot by an assassin in 1881, the best and brightest in medicine and science did everything they could to save him - and turned the President into a human guinea pig. But they missed something big, that could have saved him. To find out what it was, we spoke to surgeon and medical historian Dr Ira Rutkow, and Sara Murphy - collections manager at the National Museum of American History.

To find out more about this story, read Dr Ira Rutkow’s book - James A...


 2019-06-06  31m

episode 11: Peanuts: Public Enemy No. 1?

Peanut allergy in children has been on the rise since the 1990s. What’s to blame? We find a clue in a very unexpected place, and talk to pediatric allergist Prof. Gideon Lack.
Check out the full transcript here:

Selected References: 

  • Gideon’s landmark 2015 study:
  • The mouse rash study:
  • CDC’s report on rising skin and food allergies (1997-2011): https://bit...


 2019-05-31  17m

episode 10: The Abortion Underground

Before Roe v. Wade, there were thousands of illegal abortions in the U.S. every year. Some of these were incredibly dangerous; women would use knitting needles or coat hangers to end pregnancies. This, and other illegal methods, could lead to injury or death. In the 1970s, one group of women got fed up and decided to take women's health into their own hands. We talk to “self-helpers” Carol Downer and Francie Hornstein, who led a movement for safe abortions and education for women by women...


 2019-05-24  37m