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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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Gentrification: What's Really Happening?
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.Check out the transcript right here. UPDATE 10/23/18: An earlier version of this episode misstated number of calls in our 311 analysis as "over 900,000." While the analysis started with over 900,000 calls, the number of calls over 6 years was a bit over 600,000. We've updated the episode to reflect that.Selected references: Lance’s study on displacement in gentrifying neighborhoodsRachel’s studies on jobs and businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods Nicole’s study on what’s happening with public schools with gentrification This study by NYU’s Furman study which has all sorts of stats on gentrifying neighborhoodsCredits:This episode was produced by Meryl Horn and Kaitlyn Sawrey with help from Wendy Zukerman, along with Rose Rimler and Odelia Rubin. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Michelle Harris. Mix and sound design by Emma Munger. Music by Emma Munger and Bobby Lord. A huge thanks to Kurtis Melby who helped us with the 311 call analysis. For this episode we also spoke to Associate Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino, Professor Elvin Wyly, Associate Professor T. William Lester, Assistant Professor Stacey Sutton, Amy Collado, Assistant Professor Francis Pearman, Dr Miriam Zuk and, Lorena Lopez. A big thanks to Francisco Lopez, Amber Davis, the Zukerman fam and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.

Vegans: Are They Right?

2018-09-2700:30:1223

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Comments (127)

Aaron Pesek

This podcast's title needs to be changed to "vague statistics supporting our viewpoint vs..." or "cherry picked info vs..." There is no hard science or new information. Just cherry picked interviews with no opposing viewpoint. Slanted bias at best. No science.

Nov 15th
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Rae

I cried laughing at the slurping of the olive oil

Nov 13th
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quatie

this was so interesting

Nov 9th
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Sasshley

This podcast could be so good. But so often it just fails in the “good” department ...

Nov 9th
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my.android. Mfz

you just referred Sri Lanka..my country...

Nov 5th
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Joseph Whitney

I agree vegan is the moral thing to do but you clearly didn't go with science on this one. Your body is not only missing vital nutrition that is not readily absorbed in a supplement but the health studies you quoted didn't negate the health bias. Were those vegan studies the 7th Day Adventists in California? If so the healthy lifestyle is what is most important. Look at that study against the Mormons who live a similar lifestyle but eat meat. There is no significant difference in health or longevity. You also missed the mark on environmental implications. Farmers kill more animals than hunters for raising crops. Furthermore, while there are similar grams of protein between broccoli and beef and spinach and chicken, it is per calorie. This means we'd need vastly more land and water to produce the same amount of protein in plant based food. This also means more chemicals and more run off. Farmers can't grow the amount of plants need to sustain life globally without chemicals. Please redo this episode after examining the data. I'll send it to you or give you resources to contact as I have researched this in a past life.

Nov 3rd
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Mike Turek

More correlation, consensus and studies but no actual science. .perhaps you could someday include interviews with scientists that share an opposing viewpoint instead of the usual ones that always seem to find a voice on your podcast.

Nov 2nd
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Adrine S

this is not the new one, is it?

Oct 31st
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Derek Miller

Adrine S No, it's the same one that aired before.

Nov 4th
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Jones

I think there are so many different variables and situations that you could analyze in relation to this topic and this episode only scratched the surface with what seems like flimsy data vs more flimsy data. It’s really hard to collect stats on events that don’t happen due to any factor. And I understand this is a replay episode but since they brought it up because of the synagogue shooting, I would have like to have heard analysis on mass shootings but they never mention it. I love the show but I think this episode was a little weak compared to others.

Oct 31st
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my.android. Mfz

hana is on science va...

Oct 26th
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Laura Stacey

I was cracking UP at all the puns! Good job

Oct 21st
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JP Maderson

I really enjoy the idea of this podcast but is wrought with confirmation bias and rarely attempts to look further into studies parameters. It's a good source for general information if you're looking for places to start your own research but final verdicts should be taken with a grain of salt. This is most obvious in the Vegan episode that fails to look deeper into farming practices and collateral changes involved in a vegan culture. Been teetering on how I felt about the podcast but the vegan episode was the straw that broke the camel's back. Hope to rejoin after improvements have been made.

Oct 15th
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my.android. Mfz

this is one of those episodes that took a totally biased stance.

Oct 12th
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Dea Applegate

my.android. Mfz I agree. I acknowledge that I am no expert, however, I have done research on gentrification for my MSW and the research I've found suggests different than what is presented here. I'm not really a fan of Wendy and I think this podcast sealed the deal to unsubscribe. Unfortunate as I like the idea behind the podcast.

Oct 12th
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Rob Gwynn

I agree the claims about essential oils probably don't have any scientific backing, but what about using them just because they smell nice :). Also, would have been interesting to hear what science has to say about their use for topical application in the skincare industry.

Oct 12th
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Sarah Ferrigan

The point of plant milks is not to hurt animals and the benefit to the environment is a huge bonus.

Oct 12th
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Axl Andersson

Half the episode speaks only of milk? This is the worst, least researched episode yet, I feel like.

Oct 8th
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Heath A. Wood

better for the environment!? no. not better at all. not worse but not better. if everyone went vegan that would mean more produce for consumption meaning more fields and more land wiped out to make room for said fields. also, if you think cattle farming would stop, you're wrong. what do they use to help those cops grow? manure. from cattle. also, it's not completely animal cruelty free either. do you know how many small mammals, ground nesting birds and even baby deer are ground up in those threshers when they clear the crops? yea... it seems these little facts were conveniently left out, Wendy!

Oct 5th
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Heath A. Wood

J. Heathrow I am in no way vegan. I eat meat every day. if youd read and actually think about my comment, youd know how its criticizing the vegan way.

Oct 24th
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J. Heathrow

Heath A. Wood Please continue to eat your Vegan menu. You will live a miserable life, feeling like crap and continue being smug and condescending. Yes, PLEASE do us all a favor and eat your leaves & beans. Your type will expire prematurely due to your poor choices. Enjoy and please be quiet. We all appreciate it.....

Oct 24th
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Chris Horton

Dairy includes Cheese. Haven't seen much in the way of plant based cheese substitutes.

Oct 5th
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Liz Radtke

Frankly, I don't care if it's healthier, it's the moral thing to do.

Oct 4th
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William Shook

nobody is pushing anything on no one....thay are called facts

Sep 29th
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