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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 plastics, veganism, essential oils, gentrification and CBD cannabis.
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The Science Of Being Transgender
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. Check out the transcript right here.UPDATE 1/17/19: An earlier version of this episode implied that all people who are intersex are born with indeterminate genitalia. This is incorrect and the episode has been updated.Selected references: A paper from the 70s about shock therapy A review of the science behind the trans kids debateBest Practice Standards of Care for Trans PeopleRebecca’s podcast Trans Specific PartnershipThanks to our sponsor, Cole Haan. You can hear more of Wendy and other Gimlet hosts in conversation at ExtraordinariesOnTheMic.com, produced in partnership with Cole Haan.Credits:This episode was produced by Odelia Rubin and Meryl Horn along with Wendy Zukerman and Rose Rimler. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Editorial assistance by Rebecca Kling. Fact checking by Michelle Harris, Meryl Horn and Rose Rimler. Mix and sound design by Emma Munger. Music by Emma Munger and Bobby Lord.   A huge thanks to all the researchers we got in touch with for this episode - including Dr. Jack Turban, Professor Anne Fausto- Sterling, assistant professor Samantha Busa, Associate Professor Susan Stryker, Dr. Katrina Karkazis, Professor Neill Epperson, Paula Neira, Professor Michelle Forcier, and Professor Joan Roughgarden. And thanks to all the trans folks who shared their stories with us. Thank you! Also thanks to the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.  
The Wank Worm: How NASA Got Hacked
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. Check out the transcript right here. 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 was Galileo's electrical systems, not the propulsion system, which ran on nuclear power.Selected references: The original Sum of All Parts episode about Phoenix and Electron Suelette’s book, written with the help of Julian Assange, about the early Australian hacking movement, UndergroundAn in-depth reference on HacktivismThanks to our sponsor, Cole Haan. You can hear more of Wendy and other Gimlet hosts in conversation at ExtraordinariesOnTheMic.com, produced in partnership with Cole Haan.Credits: Original story produced by Joel Werner, for Sum of All Parts, from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Science Vs is Wendy Zukerman, Rose Rimler, Meryl Horn and Odelia Rubin. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Mixed and sound designed by Emma Munger. Music written by Emma Munger and Bobby Lord. Our fact checker is Michelle Harris. A huge thanks to Alex Goldman, Jason Scott, Chris Avram, Professor Graham Farr, Barbara Ainsworth, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.
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Apple Betty

https://medium.com/@ShaunKing/soul-snatchers-part-two-the-bronx-terrorist-detective-david-terrell-38be8bc35995

Feb 15th
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Apple Betty

A 2 part article was written about these crooked Bronx cops.

Feb 15th
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Apple Betty

https://medium.com/blacklivesmatter/soul-snatchers-how-the-nypds-42nd-precinct-the-bronx-da-s-office-and-the-city-of-new-york-7454a5a43924

Feb 15th
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Hooman Tofighi

Why has any new podcast been released since 2 months ago?

Feb 12th
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Vishous

I legitimately thought I'd learn something here, I thought I'd start listening to this podcast n made this my first episode but I started listening and just heard utter non-science. as a scientist I'm disappointed at the poor quality discussion this episode brought. I switched off half way n unsubscribed.

Feb 10th
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Shaadey

Vishous Good! No one needs a close minded idiot who doesn't want to learn anything anyways.

Feb 16th
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JoonBug27

Loved the latest episode on the man who died twice, pretty fascinating to learn about the growing community of genealogy sleuths out there that are helping police investigations!

Feb 4th
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Martin Z

one thing you gotta give these oils is they can keep a room smelling nice without needing to use the apparently much more harmful artificial scents like febreeze and glade

Feb 4th
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Greg Lewis

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Feb 4th
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Deepankar Chakraborty

Awesome Explanation of the Ghosts

Jan 24th
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Tom Hoole

this is not the first episode that uses skewed research to push a biased perspective , there were a lot of unanswered questioned , that weren't even approached, these are looking more like fluff pieces to push the Bloomberg agenda.

Jan 24th
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Nish Suresh

really enjoyed this episode

Jan 23rd
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Josie Cruz

This podcast is amazing. I'm addicted!

Jan 19th
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Tom Hoole

How do you spend a whole episode on Lyme disease and not once mention that it is a prion based illness?

Jan 19th
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Tze Ven Jong

Tom Hoole because it's due to spirochetes

Jan 22nd
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Kelly Breau

I am absolutely in love with this series.

Jan 15th
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Carl Doby

Even though I don't agree with everything in this episode, hearing the numbers has me thinking. I am a concealed permit holder and don't want to give my guns up. But very good points.

Jan 4th
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Ryan Fagan

no

Jan 2nd
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Vahid Ghadiri Rad

Hi in my phone, the first character of the episode's name has been omitted. Is this the same for others??

Jan 1st
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Pseudonymous Being

Excellent content! :D

Dec 29th
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Samantha Jeavons

This episode was literally pathetic! you only talked about 3 oils! peppermint, lavender and rosemary! You only talked about smelling them! There are 100s of uses and 100s of oils! For example, people make their own home cleaning products with essential oils, so they don't have to use/touch harmful chemicals such as kitchen sprays... I use oils alot, I'm also sceptical. I would have liked more research! I actually thought this episode was going to be great and informative with some actual science and research. Why bother producing this episode, if you're not going to bother putting in the effort...

Dec 28th
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jhunt5578

Veganism is better for the environment and on average better for health. there's also a logical aspect to the ethics of Veganism highlighted by the philosopher Peter Singer. it's a consistency test for anyone who believes in human rights, it logically follows that they should also believe in animal rights. the test goes: if you believe that innocent humans should not be needlessly and intentionally hurt and killed, then why is it that animals can be needlessly and intentionally hurt and killed? What specific characteristic does an animal have which means it's okay to hurt and kill them? Now you have that characteristic, apply it to a human. Now is it okay to hurt and kill that human? an example would be: it's okay to kill animals for tasty bacon, because they aren't as smart as us. Now apply the characteristic of a lack of intelligence to a human. (pigs have the intelligence of 3 year old children) So would it be okay to hurt and kill 3 year old children or mentally handicapped humans, simply because they lack intelligence? of course not. So if a lack of intelligence is not an excuse to hurt and kill a human, then why is it an excuse to hurt an animal? you could say the same of power, emotional relationship etc. animals suffer and desire to live. that fundamental fact cannot be overlooked by those who are intellectually honest and logically consistent.

Dec 22nd
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