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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 Pandemics, to Vaping and Fasting Diets.

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    • 4.9 • 40 Ratings

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 Pandemics, to Vaping and Fasting Diets.

    Protein: Are You Getting Enough?

    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 giving us a bunch of hacks for getting it. Why? They say that eating extra protein helps us build muscle, feel full, and lose weight. So is that true? We talk to kinesiology professor Stuart Phillips and nutrition professor Faidon Magkos. 

    Find our transcript here: bit.ly/ScienceVsPROTEIN

    In this episode, we cover:
    (00:00) Protein is all the rage right now
    (02:53) Why protein matters
    (05:32) How much protein is enough?
    (11:33) Do you need more protein if you’re working out?
    (15:06) Is it risky to eat a LOT of protein?
    (18:46) Should you pound protein right after a workout?
    (23:09) Protein and weight loss

    This episode was produced by Rose Rimler and Michelle Dang, with help from Wendy Zukerman and Meryl Horn. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Erica Akiko Howard. Mix and sound design by Bobby Lord. Music written by Bobby Lord and Bumi Hidaka. Thanks so much to all the researchers we spoke with for this episode, including Prof. Brad Schoenfeld and Dr. Nicholas Burd. And special thanks to the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.

    Science Vs is a Spotify Studios Original. Listen for free on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow us and tap the bell for episode notifications. 
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    • 33 min
    Introducing The Journal: Trillion Dollar Shot

    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 other blockbuster drugs being used for weight loss. The first episode focuses on the Novo Nordisk scientist who invented the compound that paved the way for Ozempic. You can find every episode on The Journal’s show feed.

    Trillion Dollar Shot is part of The Journal, which is a co-production of Spotify and the Wall Street Journal. This episode was hosted by Jessica Mendoza, with Bradley Olson. It was produced by Matt Kwong, with help from Jeevika Verma. Additional production from Adrienne Murray Nielsen. The series is edited by Katherine Brewer. Sound design and mixing by Peter Leonard. Mixing for Science Vs by Bobby Lord. Music in this episode by Peter Leonard and Bobby Lord. Theme music by So Wylie, remixed for this series by Peter Leonard. Special thanks to Maria Byrne, Stefanie Ilgenfritz, Kate Linebaugh, Peter Loftus, Sara O’Brien, Enrique Perez De La Rosa, Sarah Platt, Sune Rasumssen, Jonathan Sanders, Nathan Singhapok, Leying Tang, Rolfe Winkler, Liz Essley Whyte, and Tatiana Zamis.
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    • 41 min
    Trans Kids’ Healthcare: Are We Getting It Wrong?

    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 U.S. states restricting the care that children can get. And then there’s a new report out of the UK, called the Cass Review, saying that a bunch of the evidence that doctors have been relying on to treat trans kids is “remarkably weak.” So what’s going on here? What is the best health care for trans kids? We sort through the science with Professor Stephen Russell, Dr. Cal Horton, and Dr. Ada Cheung.
    UPDATE 6/6/24: In a previous version of this episode, we said a study was published this year, when it was actually published last year. The episode has been updated.

    Mental health resources, including suicide lifelines, for around the world: spotify.com/resources



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    Find our transcript here: bit.ly/ScienceVsTransKidsCassReviewTranscript 

    Here are links to our previous episodes about the science of being transgender and misinformation about care for trans kids.

    In this episode, we cover:
    (00:00) The battle over care for trans kids
    (02:45) What to do when a kid wants to change their name and pronouns
    (13:44) Do puberty blockers help trans kids’ mental health?
    (20:44) Does hormone therapy help trans people’s mental health?
    (25:25) How often are people "retransitioning"?

    This episode was produced by Meryl Horn and Wendy Zukerman, with help from Michelle Dang and Rose Rimler. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Eva Dasher. Consulting by Rebecca Kling. Mix and sound design by Bobby Lord. Music written by Bobby Lord, Bumi Hidaka and Peter Leonard. Thanks so much to all the researchers we spoke with for this episode, including Blake Cavve, Dr. Doug VanderLaan, and Dr. Quinnehtukqut McLamore. And a very special thanks to the trans folks and their families we talked to, Christopher Suter, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.

    Science Vs is a Spotify Studios Original. Listen for free on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow us and tap the bell for episode notifications.

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    • 37 min
    The Great Dinosaur Smashup

    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 full of amazing models of dinos. There would have been nothing like it in the world. Until a bunch of thugs showed up with sledgehammers and smashed every bit of the models to smithereens — and buried it all in Central Park. Today we’re finding out what happened — and WHY. We speak with doctoral researcher Vicky Coules and paleontologist Carl Mehling.

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    Find our transcript here: https://bit.ly/ScienceVsTheGreatDinosaurSmashup

    In this episode, we cover:
    (00:00) ​​The amazing dino museum we didn’t get to have
    (03:15) What we knew about dinos in the 1800s
    (04:57) The famous Crystal Palace dinosaurs
    (06:48) The plan for the Paleozoic Museum is born
    (10:40) The Great Dinosaur Smashup of 1871
    (12:52) Suspect No. 1: Boss Tweed
    (17:58) Vicky cracks the case!
    (26:17) One final mystery — where are the dino pieces??

    This episode was produced by Blythe Terrell with help from Wendy Zukerman, R.E. Natowicz, Michelle Dang, Meryl Horn, Rose Rimler and Joel Werner. Editing by Wendy Zukerman. Fact checking by Erica Akiko Howard. Mix and sound design by Bobby Lord. Music written by Bobby Lord, Emma Munger, So Wylie, Bumi Hidaka and Peter Leonard. Thanks so much to everyone we spoke to about this episode, including Gowan Dawson, Robert Peck, Wendy Anthony and Jessica M. Lydon. Also thanks to Jack Weinstein, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.

    Science Vs is a Spotify Studios Original. Listen for free on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow us and tap the bell for episode notifications. 

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    • 35 min
    The Abortion Pill: How Dangerous Is It Really?

    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 when you take these pills is shrouded in mystery. Even many doctors don't know how well they work! Today, we're letting the sun shine on the abortion pill. We'll walk you through what happens when you take these pills: what they do to your body, and how safe are they for your physical and mental health? To explore all this - and more - we speak to Dr Sara Whitburn, Professor Oskari Heikinheimo, and Professor Ushma Upadhyay.

    Find our transcript here: https://bit.ly/ScienceVsTheAbortionPiill

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    In this episode, we cover:
    (00:00) The battle over the abortion pill 
    (04:28) How does the abortion pill work? 
    (09:05) How it feels to take the abortion pill
    (14:34) How often do people hemorrhage?
    (21:22) What's "normal" bleeding? 
    (24:11) Does taking the abortion pill affect your mental health? 
    (32:02) Why some people prefer the abortion pill

    This episode was produced by Meryl Horn and Wendy Zukerman, with help from Rose Rimler, and Michelle Dang. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Diane Kelly. Mix and sound design by Bobby Lord. Music written by Bobby Lord, Emma Munger, So Wylie, Bumi Hidaka and Peter Leonard. Thanks to all the researchers we spoke to including Dr. Tiffany Green, Dr. Ned Calonge, Professor Jenny Higgins, Dr. Daniel Aaron, Dr. Beverly Winikoff, and Dr. Abigail Aiken. Also thanks to Lauren Silverman, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.

    Science Vs is a Spotify Studios Original. Listen for free on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow us and tap the bell for episode notifications. 
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    • 38 min
    What the Hell Is at the Edge of Space?

    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 it's making some nerds question our theory of everything. 
    This story comes to us from our friends at Unexplainable at Vox Media.

    Find Unexplainable’s transcript here: https://bit.ly/ScienceVsUnexplainable

    In this episode, we cover:
    (0:00) Liftoff
    (01:10) The James Webb Space Telescope 
    (04:57) Party of the early universe 
    (08:39) Mysteries of the early galaxies 
    (15:23) How do we figure it out?

    This episode was produced by Brian Resnick, with help from Noam Hassenfeld and Meradith Hoddinott, who also manages the Unexplainable team. Editing from Jorge Just, music from Noam, and mixing and sound design from Cristian Ayala. Fact checking from Kelsey Lannin. Mandy Nguyen is searching for new forms of life.

    Science Vs is a Spotify Studios Original. Listen for free on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow us and tap the bell for episode notifications. 


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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

nyehu09 ,

My Favorite Podcast

Every episode is well-written and well-researched, presented by a charming host. The team is also not afraid nor embarrassed to later correct themselves for any slip-ups or updated scientific discoveries. In the world of podcasts, there are lots of opinions and baseless assumptions, but then there’s Science.

Snarlert ,

Very entertaining when doing yoga or cooking

Keep doing you guys! Love it :)

parttimewarrior ,

Bye

Spotify sell outs.

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