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Every sincere question deserves a nonjudgmental, supportive response. Mike McHargue (aka Science Mike) will answer your question, too. Visit asksciencemike.com to send in a question.

    Episode 236 - Making It to the Other Side

    Episode 236 - Making It to the Other Side

    In this episode, Mike discusses the most current scientific understanding of COVID-19, how we got here, and what could come next.Make sure you read the sources referenced in this episode--they're crucial.
     
    How the Pandemic Defeated America
    New Evidence Suggests Young Children Spread Covid-19 More Efficiently Than Adults
    SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Infection Among Attendees of an...
    We Thought It Was Just a Respiratory Virus
    The Coronavirus Is Never Going Away

    • 48 min
    Episode 235 - Casper ter Kuile on The Power of Ritual

    Episode 235 - Casper ter Kuile on The Power of Ritual

    This week, Mike talks with Casper ter Kuile (of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text) about his new book, The Power of Ritual and how we can all start to establish a sense of sacred and worth during a pandemic where our routines are disrupted.
     
    This episode was made possible by KiwiCo. You can get 60% your first month of inspiring and fun STEAM learning experiences by visiting kiwico.com/asksciencemike

    • 45 min
    Episode 234 - Weighted Blankets, Asexuality, and Science

    Episode 234 - Weighted Blankets, Asexuality, and Science

    This week Mike responds to the following questions:
     
    What is the science behind weighted blankets?
    Weighted Blankets: How They Work
     
    Is it ok for me to identify as asexual?
     
    What are the limitations of science?
    Science has limits: A few things that science does not do
     
    How do we know vaccines are safe and effective?
     
    Gish Gallop
    The contribution of vaccination to global health: past, present and future
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 233 - How do we do this?

    Episode 233 - How do we do this?

    Mike talks about strategies for protecting and preserving mental health during the pandemic and associate periods of quarantine. 

    • 33 min
    Episode 232 - The Second Wave

    Episode 232 - The Second Wave

    Mike talks about the "second wave" of COVID-19: how we got here, and what we can do about it.
    The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus
    Thousands Who Got COVID-19 in March Are Still Sick
    Understanding SARS-CoV-2-related multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children
    COVID-19 Can Last For Months: Thousands Struggle With Virus : Short Wave
    Coronavirus: US cases 'may have topped 20 million'
    https://globalepidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid-suppression/
    Atoms Everyday Mask – Reusable, Comfortable Face Mask

    • 54 min
    Episode 231 - I Feel Sad

    Episode 231 - I Feel Sad

    This week, Mike reflects on the response to a tweet he sent on Father's Day about feeling depressed.

    • 26 min

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