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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 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 and cover everything from 5G and Pande… read more

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149 Episodes | 2016 - 2021

How Science Created Morons

April 8th, 2021


REBROADCAST: This episode looks at how one of the worst ideas in science got a big push from a bad study… and intellectuals of the day lapped it up. We speak to science writer Carl Zimmer and Prof. J. David Smith, whose …

Coronavirus: How Scary Are the Variants?

April 2nd, 2021


Just as coronavirus vaccinations are ramping up, a bunch of new variants are here, threatening to muck everything up. So we’re wondering — will these jabs still work, or is this the pandemic that never ends? To find …

Snake Bite Cures: Weasels, Pigeons, Pee

March 30th, 2021


Venomous snakes entranced medieval Europe. And although bites were rare, this didn’t stop 14th century doctors from using everything but the kitchen sink to make snake bite treatments. We’re talking weasels, birds — …


March 25th, 2021


Snake venom is a wily beast. It's packed with hundreds of toxins that can attack our blood vessels, muscles and nerves. That's why snake bites kill some 100,000 people each year. On today's show — dangerous snake bites …

UFOs: Through the Wormhole Again

March 18th, 2021


In 2017, a weird-looking space object called ʻOumuamua whipped past our sun. Now a Harvard scientist is suggesting it miiiight be an alien probe! So we’re revisiting this episode from a few years ago, where we ask: …

Brood X: A Drug-fueled Cicada Orgy

March 12th, 2021


Parts of the U.S. are about to see a surge of cicadas — masses of flying bugs, popping up all over the place. After 17 years underground, a crap ton of Brood X cicadas will emerge for a giant chorusing orgy — and it’s …

Immune Boosting: Is It a Bust?

March 5th, 2021


Internet influencers have been pushing “immune boosters” during the pandemic — claiming they’ve got just the pill, berry or brew to rev up our body’s defenses. But is there really a way to boost our immune system? We’re …

Bringing the Science Back, Baby!

February 25th, 2021


There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Season 10 starts March 4!

Butterflies Are Secret Monsters

January 28th, 2021


Butterflies flit through life as the pride and joy of the insect world. But when we saw photos of butterflies swarming the eyes of turtles, we …

Presenting Coronavirus: Fact Vs. Fiction

January 21st, 2021


This week, we’re sharing an episode of Coronavirus: Fact Vs. Fiction, a podcast from CNN. This episode is The Hunt for Disease X: As human activity ventures further into the wilderness, scientists believe more diseases …

Magic Mushrooms: Trip Through the Science

December 10th, 2020


Magic mushrooms have hit the headlines, with people saying that shrooms cured their depression and anxiety. But is this for real? How can taking a trip on psychedelics fix your brain? Today, magic mushrooms ditch their …

Coronavirus: More Scared or Less Scared?

December 7th, 2020


MINI EPISODE! Tons of new science means fresh answers on a few things that really freaked us out at the start of the pandemic: coronavirus on surfaces; ibuprofen and Covid-19; and getting Covid twice. 

Link to …

Coronavirus: Shots! Shots! Shots!

December 3rd, 2020


There’s a ton of hoopla over these new coronavirus vaccines. But given that they’ve been produced at warp speed — can we trust them? We also find out …

Did the CIA do it? Part II

November 19th, 2020


When a deadly pig virus hit Cuba in 1971, some claimed the CIA was behind it all. But could it be true? In part two of our investigation into the …

Did the CIA Plant a Virus in Cuba?

November 13th, 2020


When the Cuban government rounded up and killed thousands of pigs in 1971, people were angry and confused. Castro claimed they were trying to stop an outbreak. But then rumours started spreading that something much …

Platypuses Get a Glow Up

November 5th, 2020


The eccentric platypus has always turned heads, and now it’s got something else up its sleeve. We talked with mammalogist Dr. Paula Anich to get the …

Reparations: How Could It Work?

October 30th, 2020


The idea of paying Black Americans reparations for slavery has been around for a long time, but it’s starting to get more support than ever. So we …

Supervolcanoes: Is Yellowstone Gonna Blow?

October 22nd, 2020


We keep hearing that a Yellowstone supervolcano could blow at any moment — and possibly wipe us all out. So is Yellowstone overdue for the BIG ONE, …

Science Vs Presents: How to Save a Planet

October 15th, 2020


We’re sharing another great Gimlet show, How to Save a Planet. On this episode: It started with students walking out of school to demand more action …

Lab-Grown Meat: We Grill It

October 8th, 2020


Silicon Valley seems to be constantly pumping out "solutions" to fix our broken food system. The latest and greatest: cell-cultured meat — meat …

Hunting an Invisible Killer

October 2nd, 2020


An adventuring Swedish doctor takes on a decades-long medical mystery: What exactly was the 1918 flu? We talk to Dr. Johan Hultin, Eileen Hultin, Dr. …

Orgasms: Come for the Science

September 25th, 2020


There’s this idea that the female orgasm is a complicated riddle, but for a man with a penis, getting off is easy peasy. Is there really an orgasm gap? And if so — can science explain it? To learn more, we talk to …

SHARKS!!! Sink Your Teeth in Again

September 10th, 2020


NOTE: This episode first published 6/13/19. 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 …

Astrology: Are Geminis the Worst?

September 3rd, 2020


For centuries, people have been looking to the stars to tell us all kinds of things — what our future holds, who we should date. So what does the …

Mini Mask Update

September 1st, 2020


MASKS. Since the early days of the pandemic, it’s been tough to nail down how much they can really do to slow down the spread of the virus. We speak to industrial hygienist Dr. Rachael Jones and share some new science …

Probiotics: Scam or Superfood?

August 27th, 2020


Kombucha, kefir and other probiotic-crammed foods are marketed as charmers of the human microbiome — and the key to immune, gut and brain health. But how much does the microbiome actually matter, and do probiotics live …

New Season! Time for Non-Coronavirus Content

August 20th, 2020


Science Vs is back August 27th. Fact you next week!

Coronavirus: Are We Back Where We Started?

July 3rd, 2020


We’re six months into this coronavirus pandemic, which has shaken the world and stunned scientists. What have we learned? Where are we headed? To …

Fauci! He’s Back!

June 23rd, 2020


Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and America's favorite nerd joins Science Vs again. Wendy chats with Dr. Fauci …

Coronavirus: Dude, Where's My Vaccine?

June 19th, 2020


All through the pandemic, we’ve been waiting for a possible silver bullet: a vaccine. How soon could we actually get one? To find out, we talk to …

Coronavirus: Weirdest Virus Ever?

June 12th, 2020


The coronavirus seems to cause symptoms all over our body, from nose to toes. So how can one virus do so many strange things? To find out, we talk to …

Coronavirus: Protesting in a Pandemic

June 9th, 2020


Hundreds of thousands of people have joined the global protest movement sparked by the death of George Floyd. And a lot of doctors and public health experts are on board, despite concerns about the pandemic. So how can …

Coronavirus: Labs Go Dark

May 29th, 2020


Life is on pause for many of us right now. But scientists don’t want to stop! Researchers have had to figure out how to keep experiments going and keep lab animals alive — all while keeping themselves safe. To find out …

Coronavirus: Sweden Goes Rogue

May 22nd, 2020


While a lot of countries have put in strict measures, like lockdowns, to stop the coronavirus, there’s been a conspicuous outlier: Sweden. The country has carved a different path, trying to keep its hospitals from being …

Coronavirus: The Mask Wars

May 15th, 2020


When the pandemic started, we were told not to bother with masks. But now it looks like experts have done a 180 here, and a lot of us are being told …

Coronavirus: Pregnant in a Pandemic

May 8th, 2020


How bad is the coronavirus for pregnant people and babies? Producer Meryl Horn is digging into this question for today’s episode. And it’s personal, because Meryl is pregnant and living in the pandemic hot spot that is …

Coronavirus: How Many Silent Spreaders Are There?

May 1st, 2020


We’re learning that people can spread the virus when they don’t have symptoms. But how often does that actually happen? We talk to Mark Jorgensen, …

Coronavirus: Was It Made In a Lab?

April 24th, 2020


Since the outbreak started, we’ve been hearing that this coronavirus came from bats before jumping to humans. But recently, claims that the virus escaped from a lab have been getting a lot of attention. So did it? Is …

Working Out From Home — in 7 Minutes? [Rebroadcast]

April 20th, 2020


Social distancing has made it harder for a lot of us to get exercise. So we’re revisiting our episode on the seven-minute workout. Can this bite-size routine really keep us fit? Back in 2018, we asked exercise scientist …

Coronavirus: Can You Get It Twice?

April 17th, 2020


We’re hearing stories of people getting this coronavirus, recovering, and then getting it again. So what’s going on: Does getting this virus give you …

Coronavirus: When Will It End?

April 10th, 2020


In the U.S. we've been social distancing for a few weeks now, and the question on everyone’s mind is: When can we go back to “normal”? And what’s happening in China, where they’ve already lifted the lockdown? To find …

Coronavirus: Should I Disinfect EVERYTHING?

April 7th, 2020


There are reports that the coronavirus can survive on surfaces for days. So how careful should we be about cleaning the stuff we touch? And do we …

Coronavirus: Is It Airborne?

April 3rd, 2020


We’re hearing conflicting things about how the coronavirus spreads — is it through coughs and sneezes only? Or could it be floating in the air, …

Coronavirus: Are Young People Safe?

March 31st, 2020


From the early days of this coronavirus outbreak, it’s looked like the disease is way worse for older people. But now we’re hearing more stories of …

Coronavirus: Will Chloroquine Save Us?

March 27th, 2020


President Trump says an anti-malarial drug could be a “gift from god” for treating Covid-19. Does it really work? And is it dangerous? We talk to …

Coronavirus: Unmasking the Facts and Ibuprofen Scares

March 24th, 2020


Healthcare workers across the U.S. are saying they don’t have enough protective gear to keep them safe against the coronavirus. They’re having to reuse masks, and they’re worried that they may have to resort to homemade …

Coronavirus: A Story From the Front Lines

March 19th, 2020


As Covid-19 cases rise in the U.S., healthcare workers are already struggling to keep up. In a different kind of episode, we bring you an interview with Dr. Antoinette Ward, who is leading Covid-19 testing at a major …

Coronavirus: What Should You Do Now?

March 16th, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic is here, and in the U.S., this is starting to get very real. We talk to people in South Korea and Italy to see what life has been like for them. And we find out what the problem was with …

More Science Vs Coming Right Up

March 12th, 2020


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

Coronavirus: Fears and Facts

March 4th, 2020


The new coronavirus continues to spread around the world, and it’s already killed several people in the U.S. People are starting to worry that this …

Coronavirus Outbreak: How Scared Should You Be?

January 31st, 2020


A new virus showed up in China late last year, and it’s making its way to other countries too. So what do scientists know about the virus so far? And …

How to Stop A Killer Asteroid

December 20th, 2019


This week — asteroids. Could a space rock really slam into us and destroy the world? And if we did spot one heading straight for us, is there …

Healthcare: How Do We Fix It?

December 13th, 2019


American healthcare has big problems. Some say the solution is Medicare For All: one government plan for everybody. But others say government …

Ants: Tales from the Underground

December 5th, 2019


On today’s show, three f-ant-astic stories of survival, friendship and courage about some of the most underrated creatures in the animal queendom. Produced with our friends at Every Little Thing, another Gimlet podcast. …

Police Shootings: The Data and the Damage Done

November 22nd, 2019


It’s been five years since the high profile shootings of several unarmed black teenagers and men launched the Black Lives Matter movement. Since …

When a Hospital becomes The Butcher Shop

November 15th, 2019


A group of teenagers and college kids were fed up with the lousy healthcare in their neighborhood. So they decided to fight the system head on—a …

Sleep: All Aboard the Snooze Cruise!

November 8th, 2019


Not sleeping enough turning you into a monster? Cutting-edge science helps us understand why. And we sort through the fads to find out, what really works to get more ZZZs. We speak with lab coordinator Pam De Young, …

5G: Welcome to the Revolution?

October 31st, 2019


How should we feel about 5G? Is it a breakthrough technology that will revolutionize our world, or in a bid to get new gadgets, are we risking our …

Vaping: What the Hell is Going On?!

October 25th, 2019


Vaping is all the rage in the U.S., but young people are turning up at hospitals barely able to breathe. Over a thousand vapers have gotten sick⁠—34 are dead⁠—and no one knows why. We investigated the case of the …


October 11th, 2019


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. …

Heartbreak: Why does it hurt so bad?

October 3rd, 2019


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 …

Football: Should We Cancel It?

September 27th, 2019


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 …

Exercise: Fat Buster or Belly Flop?

September 19th, 2019


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 …


September 12th, 2019


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

The Dinosaur Explosion

August 8th, 2019


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 …


June 14th, 2019


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 …

How Bad Science Killed A President

June 6th, 2019


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 …

Peanuts: Public Enemy No. 1?

May 30th, 2019


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 …

The Abortion Underground

May 23rd, 2019


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 …

Placebo: Can the Mind Cure You?

May 9th, 2019


Could fake medicine actually take away your pain or treat a disease? We dig into the science of placebos to find out more about the power of the mind …

Vaccines: Time for a Booster Shot [Rebroadcast]

May 2nd, 2019


Autism, seizures, and overloaded immune systems - could these really be side effects of vaccines? From the archives, we bring back our dive into the …

Fertility Cliff: Is It Real?

April 25th, 2019


We’re often told to have kids quickly, before our biological clock strikes and we fall off the fertility cliff. This week we find out if that’s true …

Race: Can We See It In Our DNA?

April 19th, 2019


For decades, we've heard that race is a social and cultural idea — not scientific. But with the changing world of genetics, is race science back? We …

DNA Kits: Can You Trust Them?

April 12th, 2019


Millions of people are sending off their DNA to companies like and 23andme to find out where they come from, and what diseases they might get. But how much can you trust these DNA kits? To find out, we …

Pets on Planes: Are Emotional Support Animals Legit?

April 4th, 2019


Can petting Fluffy or Fido help with anxiety on planes? Or are emotional support animals a load of croc? We talk to psychologist Prof. Hal Herzog to …

Fasting Diets: What's the Skinny?

March 29th, 2019


Fasting diets are all the rage right now and health-fluencers claim it can help you lose weight, live longer and even fight cancer. So what does the science say? We speak to nutrition researchers Dr Krista Varady and Dr …

Science's Rotten Underbelly

March 22nd, 2019


During a golden age for scientific progress, a group of scientists were given free rein to do whatever they wanted to their human lab rats. We got …

Alcohol: A Pour Decision?

March 15th, 2019


For decades we’ve been told that having a glass or two of wine is good for you. But recently there’ve been reports that even a little bit of booze is …

We're back next week!

March 7th, 2019


Season 6 is on it's way, fellow nerds!

The Mystery of the Man Who Died Twice

December 20th, 2018


A dead body turns up with a stolen identity. This week, we tell the story of how a grandmother tracked down the truth — and helped create a whole new …

The Science Of Being Transgender

December 13th, 2018


Recently we’ve been hearing a lot about transgender identity. That made us wonder… what makes us the gender that we are? And what should you do if …

The Wank Worm: How NASA Got Hacked

December 6th, 2018


Before WikiLeaks, there was the Wank Worm. In this week’s episode, we tell you the story of how Australian hackers infiltrated NASA, just months after the country was hooked up to the internet in 1989. Joel Werner, host …

Ancient Aliens: Who Really Built the Pyramids?

November 29th, 2018


Is it possible that the pyramids were built with a helping hand... from aliens? If not, how on Earth did the Egyptians built them without modern …

7 Minute Workout: Fit or Fad?

November 21st, 2018


The 7 Minute Workout is all the rage, but can working out for just 7 minutes really do anything? To figure out whether this fitness trend is a load of crock, we speak to exercise scientist Prof. Jeff Coombes. Plus, …

CBD: Weed Wonder Drug?

November 15th, 2018


CBD mania is in full swing and people are using it for just about anything, but what is this chemical in cannabis? In this week’s episode, we tell …

Election Special: Immigration

November 2nd, 2018


In the final installment of our election series, we tackle immigration: the #1 concern of Americans as they head to the polls.

It's been a huge focus …

Election Special: Climate Change

November 1st, 2018


Recently we've been warned that climate change is scarier than ever -- and that we are to blame. Yet surveys find around half of Americans don't think climate change is caused by humans. So how does science know that? …

Election Special: Abortion

October 31st, 2018


The battle over abortion is fast becoming one of the key issues of the midterm election. And in this battle you’ll hear many things about abortion: …

Election Special: Gun Violence

October 30th, 2018


After 11 people were shot and killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend, mass shootings are back in the news. With the midterm elections happening next week, we've updated our episode on guns and are …

Online Dating: Can Science Find You Love?

October 26th, 2018


Online dating can feel like drudgery… can science help you game the system? And do those matching algorithms actually work? To find out, we talked to …

Murder Mystery: An 1850s Whodunnit

October 18th, 2018


It’s 1849, and a gruesome murder has just happened at Harvard. As body parts turn up, the science of the day is put to the ultimate test… to find …

Gentrification: What's Really Happening?

October 11th, 2018


You’ve probably heard that gentrification changes neighborhoods for the worse: first come the hipsters and then the bankers. Soon, the neighborhood is overrun with dog spas and wine bars, and the original residents are …

Soy, Almond, Oat Milks: Are They Udder Bull?

October 4th, 2018


Moooove over, dairy milk: the alternative milk craze is here. But are they more than just a frothy fad? To find out which is best for the planet, we speak to environmental researcher Joseph Poore.

Check out the …

Vegans: Are They Right?

September 27th, 2018


Do vegans have a right to be so smug? This week we find out whether it really is better for the environment, and our bodies, to go vegan. We speak to environmental researcher Joseph Poore, historian Prof. Connie …

Essential Oils: Science or Snake Oil?

September 20th, 2018


Essential Oils - and their claims - are huge right now. But is it all hype, or is there something special about these little brown bottles? To get to the bottom of it, we dig through the studies and speak to cognitive …

Plastics: The Final Straw?

September 13th, 2018


We’re back! This week we tackle the War on Straws and how worried we should be about all the plastic filling our oceans. We speak to marine biologist …

We Return... With A Twist.

September 6th, 2018


Season Five of Science Vs will be in your ears next Thursday. This season we're covering plastic straws, essential oils, veganism, ancient aliens and a lot of other topics that have got the internet hot and bothered. 

Welcome, New Listeners!

July 17th, 2018


We'll be back in your ears with season 5 of Science Vs in the Fall... but in the meantime, new listeners, here's some episode recommendations to get you started. 

Serial Killers: Science of the Lambs

June 28th, 2018


What makes a serial killer? What drives them to kill again and again? To find out the truth about this ghastly lot, we talked to forensic …

UFOs: What the Government Covered Up

June 21st, 2018


Could aliens actually exist? Is there any chance they’ve visited Earth already? What really happened at Roswell? The truth... is right here. We …

Lyme Disease: How Scary Is It?

June 15th, 2018


This week, we’re entering the Lyme Wars. We’re asking: what is Lyme disease? How do you get it? How do you know you have it? And if you get infected, …

Circumcision: Why Are We Doing This?

May 31st, 2018


This week, we’re entering the foreskin firestorm. We’re asking: what are the risks of circumcision? And are there any medical benefits? To find out …

How Science Created Morons

May 25th, 2018


This week, how one of the worst ideas in science got a big push from a bad study… and intellectuals of the day lapped it up. We speak to science writer Carl Zimmer and Prof. J. David Smith, whose research helped get to …

Polar Bears: A Surprising Tail

May 17th, 2018


We have this idea that polar bears are teetering on the brink of extinction. But the story isn’t that simple. To find out why, we talk to …

Scott Kelly: How A Year in Space Changes You

May 3rd, 2018


This week, something different. We speak to astronaut Scott Kelly, who went up to space a man and came back a Rhesus monkey. Just kidding, that didn’t happen at all. Listen to find out the real story. PLUS: We talk to …

Ketogenic Diet... Is Fat Good For You?

April 26th, 2018


People who love the ketogenic diet swear it boosts their brainpower, melts their fat, and makes them better athletes. Is it true? To find out, we go keto. And, we talk to some scientists: neuroscientist Dom D’Agostino, …

Nuclear War... Total Annihilation?

April 19th, 2018


Nine countries, including North Korea, have nuclear weapons. What would happen if a nuclear bomb was dropped-- say, in New York City? We talk to …

Sex Addiction: Are They Faking It?

April 5th, 2018


Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey are said to have it. You probably have a friend who says they have it too. But is sex addiction the refuge of …

Opioids: Kicking America's Addiction

March 29th, 2018


America’s got an opioid problem. So where do we go from here? What can actually help people struggling with opioid addiction? We speak to Dr. Anna Lembke, Dr. Marvin Seppala, and a patient we call Mischa.

UPDATE 04/17:

Opioids: How America Got Hooked

March 23rd, 2018


More people in the U.S. died from opioids in 2016 than the peak year of the AIDS epidemic. So how did we get here? We speak to Prof. June Dahl, pain specialist Dr. David Tauben, and emergency physician Dr. Jeanmarie …

Brand New Science Vs!

March 16th, 2018


We'll be in your ears with new episodes next week - Thursday March 22nd.

Obesity - Is It Your Fault?

December 14th, 2017


We’ve always been told to get off the couch and stop eating junk food if you want to lose weight - but is the obesity epidemic that simple? (Spoiler …


December 7th, 2017


Can they help with back pain or anything else? We talk to chiropractor Carl Cleveland III, physical therapist Anita Gross, neurophysiologist Dr. …

Birth Control - The Biggest Myths

November 30th, 2017


Everyone’s got a myth or two about birth control they want cleared up. Like... is 'pulling out' AKA withdrawal really such a bad idea? Does the pill …

Molly - Scary Drug or Promising Therapy?

November 16th, 2017


Molly, Ecstasy, MDMA... whatever you want to call it, it's all the same thing. This week, we’re turning up the bass and checking out what does it do …

Balding - What Actually Works?

November 9th, 2017


So... you’re losing your hair. Is there anything that can be done about it? And are the treatments dangerous -- for your or your penis? We talk to …

The Bee-pocalypse

November 2nd, 2017


What is killing the bees? And will we have enough food to eat if the bee-pocalypse becomes worse? We speak to Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology and …

Vitamins & Supplements - Are They Worth It?

October 19th, 2017


Americans spend billions of dollars on vitamins and supplements, but are they worth it? We look at the science behind some of the most popular …


October 12th, 2017


All over the world people report sightings of big, hairy, human-like beasts, so could Bigfoot really be out there... somewhere? We ask Dr. Jeff …

100% Renewable Energy - Can We Do It?

October 5th, 2017


We need to ditch fossil fuels. Can America go 100% renewable by 2050? Does the technology already exist? We speak to Prof. Mark Delucchi, Prof. …

The Rise of Anti-Vaxxers

September 21st, 2017


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. …

Vaccines - Are They Safe?

September 14th, 2017


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 …

Detoxing & Cleanses - Do They Work?

September 7th, 2017


Juice cleanses, fancy foods, sweat, charcoal, and colonics-- is there a scientifically proven way to ‘clean out’ your system? This week, we dig in …

New Season... Coming Soon!

August 31st, 2017


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 …

Artificial Sweeteners - not so sweet?

June 8th, 2017


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 …

Nuclear Power - what are the Risks?

June 1st, 2017


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 …


May 25th, 2017


Silicon Valley CEOs, Tibetan monks, and crunchy hippies alike describe meditation as blissful and life-changing, but what does the science say? Can …

True Love

May 11th, 2017


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: …


May 4th, 2017


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 …

Abortion: What You Need To Know

April 27th, 2017


Abortion is so taboo. People don’t talk about abortions they’ve had. Doctors don’t talk about abortions they’ve given. But it's happening a lot. …


April 17th, 2017


Science Vs peels back the label on GM foods to find out whether they’re safe to eat and what impact they can have on the environment. Both sides of the debate have written impassioned songs, but what does the science …


April 6th, 2017


Why do four out of five dentists recommend Colgate? How many Americans really approve of Trump? This special episode is a two-parter: First, we talk …


March 30th, 2017


One third of Americans believe in ghosts, and one fifth have had a personal encounter. We go to a haunted house with some paranormal investigators and things get spooky. But, scientists aren’t scared - they have a range …

Climate Change... the Apocalypse?

March 16th, 2017


Less than half of Americans think climate change is caused by humans, but scientists are sure about it. So, how do they know that humans are to blame? We also look into the climate change crystal ball to figure out are …


March 9th, 2017


Trying to get rid of acne can feel like a science experiment with your face -- so we get to the bottom of what works and what doesn’t. We investigate …


March 9th, 2017


We head to a farm in Alabama to find out what happened after thousands of immigrants left the state. Did it create more jobs for Americans and what happened to the crime rate? We speak to economists Prof. Samuel Addy, …

New season... coming soon!

February 28th, 2017


We’ve read the studies. We’ve spoken to the experts. And now it’s time for facts. There is no alternative. 

The new season of Science Vs will be out March 9th.


October 28th, 2016


There’s an intriguing body of research that suggests the power of antidepressants doesn’t come from chemicals in the drugs, but from the power of placebo. Not everyone agrees, though. We speak to researchers and medical …

DNA and the Smell of Death

October 21st, 2016


In these cases, emerging DNA evidence and the smell of death (yes, really) pushed the boundaries of what was technologically possible. But how …

Forensic Science

October 7th, 2016


There are a slew of scientific techniques that forensic experts use to solve crimes. But how reliable are they? We’re putting forensic evidence under …


September 30th, 2016


Since 2015 there have been Zika outbreaks reported in sixty countries. So, where did Zika come from? What happens when you get infected? How worried …


September 23rd, 2016


This week, we explore the science of hypnosis, and take Science Vs to the edge of consciousness. In the service of journalism, Wendy tries to get hypnotized at a comedy club and in a doctor’s office. We talk to comedian …

The G-spot

September 2nd, 2016


Join us on a hunt for the elusive G-spot. Our guides: Prof. Beverly Whipple, who introduced America to the G-spot in the 1980s, and Prof. Helen …

Organic Food

August 26th, 2016


People are going bonkers for organic, but what are you really getting when you buy them? Better taste? Fewer toxic chemicals? A cleaner environment? …

Gun Control (Pt 2)

August 12th, 2016


In last week’s episode, we learned that around 30,000 Americans die each year from guns. This week, we examine possible solutions. Do better …


August 4th, 2016


We find out how many times a year guns are used in self-defense, how many times they’re used to murder someone, and what impact guns have on the crime rate. In this episode we speak with Prof. David Hemenway, Prof. …

Attachment Parenting

July 28th, 2016


Judy, a mother of two young kids, practices a demanding style of child-rearing. It’s called attachment parenting, and it says you should keep your …


July 27th, 2016


We often hear stories about fracking that go like this: a gas company comes to a small town, starts drilling wells, and then terrible things start to happen. People get sick. Water burns from taps. Earthquakes ruin …

Sneak Peek

June 28th, 2016


There are a lot of fads, a lot of strong opinions and a lot of blogs, but then there’s SCIENCE. Science Vs is the new show from Gimlet Media that finds out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. We do …

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