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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 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.

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The Mystery of the Man Who Died Twice (Dec 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 and controversial world of crime fighting. To tell this story, we talk to U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott, Dr. Margaret Press, and Phil Nichols.
Check out the transcript right here.
Note: in this episode we discuss suicide and homicide. Please take care when listening to the show, and here are some resources: 

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The Science Of Being Transgender (Dec 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 your kid doesn’t fit the mold? To find out, we talked with endocrinologist Dr. Joshua Safer, psychologist Dr. Laura Edwards-Leeper, and psychologist Dr. Colt Keo-Meier.

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UPDATE 1/17/19: An earlier version of this episode implied that all people who are intersex are born with indeterminate genitalia. This is incorr...

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The Wank Worm: How NASA Got Hacked (Dec 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 of Sum of All Parts, helps us tell this story, along with cybersecurity researcher Dr. Suelette Dreyfus.

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UPDATE 12/07/18: An earlier version of this episode stated that Galileo's engines ran on nuclear power. We've removed this line, as it ...

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Ancient Aliens: Who Really Built the Pyramids? (Nov 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 technology? To get to the bottom of this, we speak to author Erich von Däniken, paleoanthropologist Dr. Shelby Putt, Egyptologist Dr. Mark Lehner, and archaeologist Prof. David S. Anderson.

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7 Minute Workout: Fit or Fad? (Nov 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, Wendy gives it a go.

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CBD: Weed Wonder Drug? (Nov 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 you unlikely origin story of CBD and if the science backs up the hype. We speak to Paige Figi, neuroscientist Prof. Kent Hutchison, clinical researcher Dr. Mallory Loflin, and Josh and Joel Stanley.

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  • Mallory’s study showing most CBD products are labeled inaccurately and 1 out of 5 has some TH...

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Election Special: Immigration (Nov 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 for President Trump... and people say immigrants are stealing jobs and driving up the crime rate. But what does the research say? There have been a bunch of new studies since we published our episode on immigration, so we've updated this to reflect what's new.

Check out the transcripts, with all the citations, here.

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Election Special: Climate Change (Nov 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? And how bad will climate change get? Science Vs has brought this episode up to date so you have the facts for next week's midterm elections.

Check out the transcript with all the citations, right here.

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Election Special: Abortion (Oct 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: that it’s painful for the fetus, and that late-term abortions are a huge issue. But what does the science say?

If you want to read our transcript, with all the citations - check it out right here.  

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Election Special: Gun Violence (Oct 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 re-releasing it to give you the facts ahead of polling day.

Heads up: this episode contains the sound of guns - and we’ll be discussing homicide, suicide and domestic violence. Please take care when listening to the show. If you or someone you love is struggling, there's always someone you...

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Meet Chompers: A Kids Toothbrushing Show (Oct 27th, 2018)

Is getting your kids to brush their teeth a daily struggle in your house? Gimlet has a podcast for that! Check out Chompers - available on Alexa, Amazon, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Online Dating: Can Science Find You Love? (Oct 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 psychologist Asst. Prof. Paul Eastwick, social psychologist Prof. Viren Swami, mathematician Asst. Prof. Hannah Fry, and Rose Reid.

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  • Paul’s primer on speed dating experiments, and the Machine Learning study
  • The study with the archaeology students on physical attractiveness
  • Hannah’s book, whi...

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Murder Mystery: An 1850s Whodunnit (Oct 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 out: who did it? We speak to Prof. Paul Collins, who tells us how this morbid mystery unfolds. 

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Also check out our previous episodes on Forensic Science and DNA and t...

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Gentrification: What's Really Happening? (Oct 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 nowhere in sight.

But what does the science say? And, is there anything good about gentrification? We speak to Prof. Lance Freeman, Asst. Prof. Rachel Meltzer and Nicole Mader to find out.

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UPDATE 10/23/18: An earlier version of this episode mi...

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Soy, Almond, Oat Milks: Are They Udder Bull? (Oct 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 transcript right here.

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  • Joseph’s study which has a comparison of soy and dairy milk, and his database which includes all his raw data and references 
  • Systematic review of greenhouse gases for different foods and drinks (see table 9 for milks)
  • Lots of studies here on the...

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Vegans: Are They Right? (Sep 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 Hilliard, anthropologist Prof. Katharine Milton, and nutrition researcher Prof. Roman Pawlak.

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Essential Oils: Science or Snake Oil? (Sep 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 neuroscientist Dr. Rachel Herz and psychologist Prof. Mark Moss.

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Plastics: The Final Straw? (Sep 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 Christine Figgener, environmental educator Carrie Roble, physiology Prof. John Weinstein, and ecology Prof. David Barnes.

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We Return... With A Twist. (Sep 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. 

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Science Vs Presents: Sit or Squat? (Aug 30th, 2018)

The team at Every Little Thing answer our burning question: Are you wasting your time by hovering above public toilets? Should you just sit down? 

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