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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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Fasting Diets: What's the Skinny?
Fasting diets are all the rage right now and health-fluencers claim it can help you lose weight, live longer and even fight cancer. So what does the science say? We speak to nutrition researchers Dr Krista Varady and Dr Courtney Peterson, as well as cancer researcher Professor Valter Longo. Check out the full transcript here.Selected references: Krista’s study comparing alternate day fasting with regular dieting, which found they had similar weight loss after one year.Courtney’s study which measured metabolic changes after time-restricted feeding without weight loss.Valter’s paper summarizing the studies in fasting and cancer. Credits:This episode was produced by our senior producer Kaitlyn Sawrey and Wendy Zukerman with help from Michelle Dang, Rose Rimler, and Meryl Horn. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell, with extra editing help from Caitlin Kenney and Annie-Rose Strasser. Fact checking by Eva Dasher and Michelle Dang. Mix and sound design by Peter Leonard. Music by Peter Leonard, Emma Munger and Bobby Lord. A huge thanks to all the researchers we got in touch with for this episode including Dr Peter Chisnell, Dr Mikkel Holm Vendelbo, Dr Jiahong Lu, Dr Dorothy Sears, Prof. Mark Mattson, Dr James D Dvorak, Dr Calloway Scott, Professor Richard Billows, Professor Nancy Worman, Dr  Barbara Kowalzig  and the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Also thanks to the Kimmie Regler, Helen Zaltman Zukerman Family, Frank Lopez and Joseph Lavelle Wilson. 
Alcohol: A Pour Decision?
For decades we’ve been told that having a glass or two of wine is good for you. But recently there’ve been reports that even a little bit of booze is bad for you. So what is going on? Is just a bit of alcohol dangerous? To find out we talk to epidemiologist and nutritionist Prof. Eric Rimm, psychologist Prof. Tim Stockwell, and cancer researcher Dr. Susan Gapstur.Check out the full transcript here. Selected references: Eric’s study of drinking and heart attacks in over 40,000 men Tim and Kaye’s meta-analysis critiquing the heart benefit hypothesisMeta-analysis showing the increased risk of cancer and other diseases from drinking different amountsCredits: This episode was produced by Meryl Horn with help from Wendy Zukerman as well as Rose Rimler and Michelle Dang. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Editing help from Caitlin Kenney. Fact checking by Michelle Harris and Michelle Dang. Mix and sound design by Peter Leonard. Music by Peter Leonard, Emma Munger and Bobby Lord. Thanks especially to Michelle Dang for her all her research help on this episode. A huge thanks to all the researchers we got in touch with for this episode including Dr. Arthur Klatsky, Dr. William Kerr, Dr. Tim Niami, Professor William Ghali, Dr. Wendy Chen, Max Griswold and many others. Recording help from Andrew Stelzer, Susanna Capelouto, Katie Sage, and Joseph Fridman. Also thanks to Lynn Levy, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.  

Alcohol: A Pour Decision?

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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 3/29/19 : An earlier version of this episode misinterpreted a study regarding the question of how many children who visited a gender identity clinic grow up to be trans. The episode has been updated accordingly.  We've explained the change in detail in the transcript, which you can find 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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Omar Jaffrey

Like in a horror movie: the "Does race exist?" question is a monster that won't die—screw scientific consensus. Congrats to Wendy & Science Vs for fighting it.

Apr 19th
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Francis Olajide

Can we please get a Science Vs episode on the ability to learn a language while sleeping?

Apr 19th
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matt schmidt

wow, the bias word gets thrown around alot. people should listen to the intro to the show. the show starts with we know religion and social norms play a role but we only care the science the actually data. Do yourself a favor a d look up the scientific method.

Apr 19th
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Lilee Pee

"mystery of the devious defacator" 😂

Apr 16th
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Mae Lee Arant

coconut milk

Apr 15th
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angelinblackink

So. What about people who have mental disabilities that experience notable differences that weren't there with other comfort attempts doing little to nothing? It was a last ditch effort and worked better than anything so far. It wasn't 100% but it was noticably helpful. I'm just curious about how that works if there's no proof that it does help me.

Apr 11th
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Nicole Adams

Wow this host obviously hasn’t worked w any autistic children . Ugh sad..yes go w your gut girl!

Apr 9th
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Angel S

love this podcast

Apr 9th
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Isaias Montes Royal Wash & Detail

. . o. . 767 7 mil.

Apr 5th
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Isaias Montes Royal Wash & Detail

. . o. . 767 7 mil.

Apr 5th
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Ben Sehon

the 2nd amendment was design to arm white farmers to protect them from natives that want to take back the land that the white man stole and citizens to protwct plantation owners from a salavery uprise

Apr 5th
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Apple Betty

What?? THAT was the shortest episode ever, I feel like I've been ripped off.

Apr 4th
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Charlita Huffman

Apple Betty When being sarcastic in writing you can't assume everyone is going to read it the way that you intended. Just something to be aware of. https://wiredimpact.com/blog/sarcastic-writing-risks/ https://www.writerscookbook.com/how-to-write-sarcasm/

Apr 5th
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Apple Betty

Linh Nguyen ...and what gratitude should one have listening to a podcast??

Apr 5th
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Hooman Tofighi

🤮

Mar 25th
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Kyle Macdonald

I think just having a conversation with people is better, you don't need to cut and add little comments or added info.

Mar 24th
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k1

love to hear episode about LSD :)

Mar 22nd
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Denis Surkov

Wait, why is Tree Trunks in this podcast?

Mar 22nd
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VexxJam

meh...

Mar 22nd
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Andrew Ben Richard

where have this channel been all my life

Mar 19th
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Alessandro R

couldn't they use mice? Then you can recreate the same environments so you clear out the different living patterns...

Mar 19th
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DaWeVi

What happened to gun deaths after we took all the guns? What the fuck do you think happened? That's this pwlersons science for ya.

Mar 17th
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