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Science Vs

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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 sex addiction, nuclear war, Lyme disease, and serial killers.
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Serial Killers: Science of the Lambs
What makes a serial killer? What drives them to kill again and again? To find out the truth about this ghastly lot, we talked to forensic psychologist Prof. Eric Hickey, criminologist Ass. Prof. Wayne Petherick, and psychiatrist Prof. Gwen Adshead.Check out the full transcript here.Note: in this episode we discuss homicide, and sexual violence. Please take care when listening to the show, and here are some resources:National Mental Health Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).National Hotline for Crime Victims 1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846) National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)Selected readings:Dr. Mike Aamodt’s database of serial killers  at Radford UniversityThis study looked at more than 1000 juvenile offenders to find out what was different about those who became killers  All sorts of statistics for some of the common behaviors of serial killersThis paper digs into some of the more unusual “ritualistic” behavior of serial killers Credits: This Episode has been produced by Shruti Ravindran, Meryl Horn, Rose Rimler and Wendy Zukerman. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Additional editing help from Alex Blumberg. Fact Checking by Michelle Harris. Music by Bobby Lord and Emma Munger. Sound Design and mix by Emma Munger. A big thanks to all of the other academics who helped us out, including Dr. Mike Aamodt, Dr. Ann Burgess, Dr. Scott Lilienfeld, Dr. Devon Polaschek, Dr. Kori Ryan, Dr. Kim Rossmo, Dr. David Finkelhor, Dr. David Keatley, Dr. Jennifer Lansford, Dr. Karen Franklin, Dr. Michael Maltz, Dr. Gabrielle Salfati, Dr. Claire Ferguson, Dr. Sandra Taylor, and Katherine Ramsland. Extra thanks to Sarah McVeigh, Christopher Suter, Frank Lopez, Rose Reid, the Zukerman Family, and Joseph Lavelle Wilson, and everyone at Gimlet who listened and gave thoughts.
UFOs: What the Government Covered Up
Could aliens actually exist? Is there any chance they’ve visited Earth already? What really happened at Roswell? The truth... is right here. We talked to astronomers Dr. Jill Tarter, Dr. Seth Shostak, investigative journalist David Clarke, and physicist Prof. Jim Al Khalili. Check out the full transcript here. Selected readings: Seth’s account of that day in 1997The “Condon report”-- a 1968 effort to go through and identify all UFO sightingsThe Roswell ReportThis paper estimating how many planets are in the “Goldilocks” zoneA good read on wormholes and their history; a tough read on how we might use them to teleportCredits: This episode has been produced by our senior producer Kaitlyn Sawrey, as well as Wendy Zukerman and Rose Rimler, with help from Shruti Ravindran and Meryl Horn. Fact checking by Michelle Harris and Meryl Horn. Music by Bobby Lord and Emma Munger. Editing by Blythe Terrell. Additional editing help from Caitlin Kenney. We performed this live for GimletFest - and we were joined onstage by our Aussie mate and mathematician Adam Spencer who has his own podcast you should check out ‘The Big Questions’, and astronomer Dr Emily Rice, who helps run Astronomy on Tap which brings together astronomers and beer. Check it out to see whether it runs in your city. Also thanks to Dr. Ravi Kumar Kopparapu, Dr. Craig O'Neill, Dr. Jessie Christiansen, Dr. Cameron Hummels, Dr. Phil Hopkins, Dr Avi Loeb, and the many other researchers who helped us on this. 

Lyme Disease: How Scary Is It?

2018-06-1500:34:1812

How Science Created Morons
This week, how one of the worst ideas in science got a big push from a bad study… and intellectuals of the day lapped it up. We speak to science writer Carl Zimmer and Prof. J. David Smith, whose research helped get to the bottom of this disturbing story.UPDATE 05/25/18: This episode has been updated. A previous version said that the 'good' side of the Kallikak family included someone who had signed the Declaration of Independence. It now says that the 'good' Kallikak family member married into the family with the relative who signed the Declaration of Independence. Check out the full transcript here.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisersSelected readings: Carl Zimmer's book 'She Has Her Mother's Laugh' Henry Goddard’s book about the Kallikak familyJ. David Smith’s article on the truth about Emma’s familyThe sad story of Carrie Buck and forced sterilization This episode was produced by senior producer Kaitlyn Sawrey, Wendy Zukerman, Romilla Karnick with help from Meryl Horn, Rose Rimler, and Shruti Ravindran.  We’re edited by Blythe Terrell, extra editing help from Alex Blumberg and PJ Vogt. An extra thanks to Phoebe Flanagan as well as Emily Ulbricht for help with German translations. Fact checking by Michelle Harris and Meryl Horn. Mix and sound design by Emma Munger. Music written by Bobby Lord and Emma Munger. Thanks also to Professor Peter Visscher, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.

How Science Created Morons

2018-05-2500:34:0524

Nuclear War... Total Annihilation?
Nine countries, including North Korea, have nuclear weapons. What would happen if a nuclear bomb was dropped-- say, in New York City? We talk to nuclear historian Dr. Alex Wellerstein, nuclear engineer Dr. Tetsuji Imanaka, and epidemiologist Dr. Eric Grant. UPDATE 04/27: We've adjusted this episode to correct the elevated risk of cancer in survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombs. If you survived the atomic bombs your risk of cancer is 10% higher than someone who is the same age as you.Check out our full transcript here. Selected readings:This comprehensive report on nuclear bombsAlex’s nuclear weapon simulation websiteTetsuji’s paper calculating the radiation exposure of Hiroshima survivorsThis review of the Life Span Study of atomic bomb survivors This sobering report on nuclear winterTo find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors This episode has been produced by Heather Rogers, Wendy Zukerman, our senior producer Kaitlyn Sawrey, Rose Rimler, and Shruti Ravindran, with help from Romilla Karnick. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Additional thoughts from Lulu Miller. Fact checking by Michelle Harris. Mix and sound design by Emma Munger. Music written by Bobby Lord and Emma Munger. Thanks for recording help from John Wild. For this episode we also spoke to Prof. Richard Wakeford, Dr. Richard Turco, Prof. Brian Toon, Prof. Alan Robock, Dr. Dale Preston, Dr. William Kennedy, Dr. Jonathan D. Pollack, and a bunch of other experts on North Korea and nuclear weapons. Thank you so much. Also, special thanks to Shigeko Sasamori and Kathleen Sullivan. An extra special thanks to the Zukerman family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.
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derrick drake

Sweet

Aug 11th
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Lynn Davidson

I'm going to go ahead and subscribe. I haven't listened to any episodes yet but I got a sneaking suspicion that this will be pseudoscience with a liberal slant. I may be wrong.

Aug 11th
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Ruben Klokk

Great episode! 😄😄👍 However, you forgot to say "conclusion" at the end 😅 gotta remake it then?

Aug 9th
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Amanda Johnson

these are very interesting ,I am glad I found this podcast

Aug 4th
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Jason Mummery

I've been really enjoying this podcast, until I listened to this ep. I found the tone weird, and jarring. The light heartedness and jokey approach just felt wrong, and I couldn't help imagining if there was a similar procedure for baby girls, where say a little bit of the clitoral hood and maybe a bit of the labia minora were snipped off for 'cultural' or 'health' reasons, if the tone would have been so fun-filled and jolly. The findings of the medical research boiled down to: health benefits=negligible, disease prevention=essentially irrelevant in developed countries. Given this, why on earth was the conclusion not: this procedure is unnecessary, and should be left for the individual to decide upon once they are an adult? Only a failure of objectivity can explain the weird conclusion, as far as I'm concerned. A big old fail on that ep, science vs.

Aug 3rd
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Elliot McDonell

Jason Mummery didn't have a problem with the tone, I guess we're all just too used to this strange practice! but agree with everything else you said!

Aug 13th
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Phobic Ha

Junk science for morons. I listened to one episode and am now deleting. You don't have to dumb things down to make them interesting.

Jul 31st
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Benjamin Jordan

What a good podcast! Seriously well done.

Jul 14th
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Killian Spence

awesome

Jun 21st
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matt king

very biased.

Jun 19th
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Richard Oare

Poorly done episode. Stick to scientific arguments, no more political topics.

Jun 7th
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Rebekah Miller

wow this episode was incredibly biased! she didnt even interview anybody from the opposite side of the debate. she didnt even address the main problem with circumcision--that it is a violation of the infant's bodily autonomy. And it does make a huge difference in terms of sex. Male humans were equipped with foreskin by evolution for a reason. It's not some vestigial appendage. I've had boyfriends who were intact and the sex was so much better. I wouldn't be left sore for days after sex with an intact penis... in fact, sex with a circumcised penis can be very painful for both partners. The foreskin is supposed to be there. The decision to circumicize should ALWAYS be left up to the man and not performed until they can give informed consent

Jun 1st
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Esteban Ivanoff-Tzvetcoff

Circumcision is an elective procedure, because of that it should be delayed until the patient has the age to take an informed decision and to give consent. This decision should not be taken by the parents. His body will end up modified permanently so it should be his decision only.

Jun 1st
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Rebekah Miller

Esteban Ivanoff-Tzvetcoff yeah, it's someone else's body. Circumcision of an infant is a violation of bodily autonomy because they can't give consent

Jun 1st
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Matthew T Erickson

loosing interest due to the strong appearance of bias the narrator.. it's too easy to presume she too only focused on data that supports her beliefs. and one important missing factor.. feeling safe. security.. especially for woman.. if they feel safer... the data means little.

May 23rd
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Devona Ramirez

I'm a believer because I am very sceptical and analytical and things have happened that I just can't explain. Evidence is only evidence to the person that has the experience. Love the show!

May 16th
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Jonathan Vazquez

this was amazingly fun to listen to! im still debating on this keto diet as well because of the insufficient data. however, the reason there is no data is because we are trying it. more of us need to retry it and stick to it to help scientist get more data

May 15th
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Kgosi Motlogelwa

Gimlet - "We have a liberal view on something let's 'prove' it with 'science'. " The bias is SO blatant, and I support their view.

May 11th
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Diane Murray Mitchell

There's good science, rational thinking and reasoning, then there's opinion or under-research. This program is delightful and runs the gammet between good science to opinion to the under researched category. But it is done in a fun way.

May 11th
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Liam Dickinson

Absolutely Phenomenol! I just started listening the other day during work and i can't stop at all! Keep up the good work and funny jokes!

May 10th
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Valeriy Ovechkin

Nuclear War episode - I stopped listening and unsubscribed. 100% tone-deaf.

Apr 24th
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Scott Schneider

love it

Apr 24th
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