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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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    • 4.5 • 9.2K 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.

    Childbirth: Are Doctors Messing It Up?

    Childbirth: Are Doctors Messing It Up?

    Childbirth seems to be getting more and more medicalized, with C-sections and other interventions out the wazoo. But childbirth isn’t a disease! So is all this medical meddling really necessary, or are doctors too trigger-happy with the scalpel? To find out, we talked to obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Sarah Osmundson, doula Shala Konomi, clinical scientist Dr. Sarah Stock, and obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Crystal Berry-Roberts.

    Here’s a link to our transcript: https://bit.ly/3kxPO2j 

    Check out Shala’s instagram here: Sajeandluna 

    This episode was produced by Meryl Horn with help from Wendy Zukerman, as well as Nick DelRose, Taylor White, Michelle Dang, Rose Rimler and Ekedi Fausther-Keeys. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell with help from Caitlin Kenney. Fact checking by Angely Mercado and Taylor White. Mix and sound design by Bumi Hidaka. Music written by Peter Leonard, Marcus Bagala, Emma Munger, and Bobby Lord. A huge thanks to all the experts and we got in touch with for this episode, including Tammy Hall, Aza Nedhari, Dr. William Grobman, Dr. Ana Betran, Professor Vincenzo Berghella, Dr. Prabhcharan Gill, Kate Dirk, Carol Burke and Dr. Ellen Mozurkewich. And special thanks to Jack Weinstein, Navani Otero, the Zukerman family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.
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    • 38 min
    Weight: Is Fat Unhealthy?

    Weight: Is Fat Unhealthy?

    We’re hearing nonstop chatter about the “quarantine 15.” But should we really care if we put on weight? Is fat bad for us? We talk to Prof. Henry Blackburn, Assoc. Prof. Laura den Hartigh, and Assoc. Prof. A. Janet Tomiyama. 

    Here’s a link to our transcript: https://bit.ly/2XxewHo

    Note: In this episode we discuss weight, weight loss, and weight stigma. Please take care when listening, and here are some resources:


    U.S. helpline for the National Eating Disorders Association: 800-931-2237

    SAMHSA's National Helpline US: 800-662-HELP (4357)

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). 

    Find other resources at: spotify.com/resources


    This episode was produced by Rose Rimler, with help from Michelle Dang, Ekedi Fausther-Keeys, Meryl Horn, and Nick DelRose. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Our executive producer is Wendy Zukerman. Fact checking by Diane Kelly. Mix and sound design by Bumi Hidaka. Music written by Bumi Hidaka, Peter Leonard, Emma Munger and Bobby Lord.
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    • 33 min
    Therapy: Does It Work?

    Therapy: Does It Work?

    Our mental health has taken a turn for the worse the past couple of years. We keep hearing that therapy can help, but it can be a big investment of time and money. So is it worth it? How often does therapy really help people? To find out, we talked to Jacquelyn Revere and psychologists Dr. Jonathan Shedler, Professor Bunmi Olatunji and Dr. Nancy McWilliams.

    Here’s a link to our transcript: https://bit.ly/2X9Ylzp 

    Note: in this episode we discuss mental health. Please take care when listening to the show, and here are some resources:


    SAMHSA's National Helpline US: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). 

    International mental health hotlines: https://unitedgmh.org/mental-health-support 


    Check out Jacquelyn Revere’s tiktok and Instagram accounts. 

    This episode was produced by Meryl Horn with help from Wendy Zukerman, Rose Rimler, Nick DelRose, Michelle Dang, Taylor White, and Ekedi Fausther-Keeys. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Diane Kelly and Eva Dasher. Mix and sound design by Bumi Hidaka. Music written by Bumi Hidaka, Peter Leonard, Marcus Bagala, Emma Munger and Bobby Lord. Thanks to the researchers we got in touch with for this episode, including Dr. Felicitas Rost, Dr. Bruce Wampold, Dr. David Taylor, Professor Julie Ancis, Professor Stefan, Hofmann, Dr. Erlanger Turner, Dr. Janee Steele, Professor Marvin Goldfried and Professor Elizabeth Lunbeck.
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    • 34 min
    Let’s Do Science Again!!

    Let’s Do Science Again!!

    There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Season 11 starts Sept. 9!
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    • 2 min
    Presenting Not Past It: The Vax That Got Axed

    Presenting Not Past It: The Vax That Got Axed

    Today, we’re sharing an episode of a show we love: Not Past It. ​​Did you know there was almost an AIDS vaccine? On June 3, 1998, AIDSVAX VAX004 reached the final stage of trials before widespread approval. Not Past It host Simone Polanen gets the facts on the vax and why it never made it to the masses.
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    • 33 min
    The Delta Variant: How Bad Is It?

    The Delta Variant: How Bad Is It?

    This delta variant of the coronavirus seems to really be screwing us over. Cases are spiking in the U.S., and we keep hearing about vaccinated people getting Covid. So how worried should we be? And what is it about delta that makes it so sneaky? We talk to public health supervisor Katarina Grande and virologist and immunologist Professor Ann Sheehy to find out.

    Here’s a link to our transcript: https://bit.ly/37Cn9la 

    UPDATE 8/25/21 : In a previous version of this episode, we used the word "infected" when it would have been more accurate to use the phrase "get sick." The episode has been updated.

    This episode was produced by Meryl Horn with help from Rose Rimler, along with Nick DelRose, Michelle Dang and Ekedi Fausther-Keeys. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Ekedi Fausther-Keeys, Michelle Dang and Nick DelRose. Mix and sound design by Bumi Hidaka. Music written by Peter Leonard, Marcus Bagala, Emma Munger and Bobby Lord. Thanks to the researchers we got in touch with for this episode, including Professor Michael Toole, Dr. Kathryn Stephenson and Dr. Barnaby Young.
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
9.2K Ratings

9.2K Ratings

king explosion murder 💥 ,

Why are people hating?

I love this show, and everything about it. There are a select few things I dislike, but that’s not what I’m talking about right now, I’m just breaking down what i see in the reviews because I genuinely don’t know why people are hating.

#1 Wendy’s Voice
This one feels like the dumbest to me because.. it a voice. It’s literally just a voice, and if you dislike that, that’s fine! Nobody is forcing you to listen to the podcast.

#2 “Biased”
Yes, the show is biased. It’s a show made be real people, with real biases!! But.. the show is based on SCIENCE, and science isn’t a completely unbiased thing, watch the news for 5 seconds and you will figure that out. The whole point of conducting an experiment is to prove your bias.

#3 Not Kid Frendly
Believe it or not, people will actually complain about this. There are definitely some episodes that aren’t suitable for young kids, though MOST (not all) of the time, you can tell if an episode is kid friendly or not based on the title.

That’s all I have to say for know, but I have a quick suggestion!! It would be super cool if SV did an episode of DID or OSSD!! Love your show!! <3

hannibal87 ,

Biased

Two episodes in a row now they’ve been biased towards 50–100 year old, out of date science that’s not proven by actual evidence.

In the latest episode, she said “significantly more likely“… But then gave the numbers of only 16%. She tried playing it off as though that 16% is likely to be fatal, when in reality it’s not at all.

I just can’t trust anything this podcast says anymore, given that they’re not following real science, but instead what some old white dudes said decades ago.

saschita ,

five stars

please do science vs. sun lamps and other cures for SAD :)

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