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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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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.
Sex Addiction: Are They Faking It?
Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey are said to have it. You probably have a friend who says they have it too. But is sex addiction the refuge of scoundrels? Or is it a real psychological problem? We speak to sex therapist Dr. David Ley, clinical psychologist Dr Shane Kraus, neuroscientist Dr. Nicole Prause, and someone we call Jeff. If you are experiencing troubles related to sex, you can look for support here.Check out our full transcript and its beautiful thickets of footnotes. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsorsThis episode has been produced by Shruti Ravindran, with help from Wendy Zukerman, along with Rose Rimler, Heather Rogers and Romilla Karnick. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Additional editing help from PJ Vogt. Fact checking by Michelle Harris. Mix and sound design by Emma Munger. Music written by Bobby Lord. Recording help from Gideon Brower and Hannah Colton. For this episode we also spoke to Dr. Marc Potenza, Dr. Carl Erik Fisher, Dr. Valerie Voon, Dr. Joshua Grubbs, and Dr. Mateusz Gola. Thank you so much for your help. And an extra special thanks to Frank Lopez, Joel Werner, Joseph Lavelle Wilson, and to all the men and women who allowed us to hear their stories in meetings for sex addicts and sexual compulsives in New York.Selected readings:   Shane’s review paper on the case for sex addiction Shane’s survey on sex addiction among veteransA review paper critiquing the case for sex addictionNicole’s lab study testing whether sex addicts can control sexual response
Opioids: Kicking America's Addiction
America’s got an opioid problem. So where do we go from here? What  can actually help people struggling with opioid addiction? We speak to Dr. Anna Lembke, Dr. Marvin Seppala, and a patient we call Mischa.UPDATE 04/17: We’ve adjusted a couple of lines of script in this episode to clarify the role of religion in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. A previous version of this episode incorrectly implied that the 12 step philosophy considers addiction a sin and a “defect of character”.If you or someone you love is struggling with an opioid addiction, in the US you can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP or visit their website.Check out our full transcript with all the footnotes you can handle.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to  gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers This episode has been produced by Rose Rimler with help from Wendy Zukerman, along with Shruti Ravindran and Romilla Karnick. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Additional editing help from Lulu Miller. Fact checking by Michelle Harris. Mix and sound design by Emma Munger. Music written by Bobby Lord. Recording help from Marissa Shieh and Julia Smith. For this episode we also spoke to Dr. Hilary Connery, Dr. Ben Davies, Prof. Linda Gowing, Dr. Laura Payne, Prof. Suzanne Nielsen, Prof. Tom McLellan, and Prof. Wayne Hall. Thank you so much for your help. And special thanks to the Rimler family, Devon Taylor, Sarah McVeigh Joseph Lavelle Wilson, and to everyone who spoke with us about their personal experiences with addiction and treatment. Selected readings:  The White House report on combating drug addiction This study that followed about 150 people in NA This review on buprenorphine and other medicationsThis review on risk of death This survey that asked doctors what stopped them from prescribing buprenorphine
Opioids: How America Got Hooked
More people in the U.S. died from opioids in 2016 than the peak year of the AIDS epidemic. So how did we get here? We speak to Prof. June Dahl, pain specialist Dr. David Tauben, and emergency physician Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone.If you or someone you love is struggling with an opioid addiction, in the US you can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP or visit their website.Check out our full transcript with all the footnotes you can handle - here. Credits:This episode was produced by Wendy Zukerman with help from Rose Rimler, Heather Rogers, and Shruti Ravindran. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Additional editing help from Alex Blumberg and Sruthi Pinnamaneni. Fact checking by Michelle Harris. Sound design by Emma Munger. Music written by Bobby Lord. Recording help from Amber Cortes. And a huge thank you to all the researchers and doctors who spent time with us. We really appreciate it.  Dr Andrew Chang, Dr Michael Vagg, Dr Andrew Kolodny, Dr Michael Von Korff, Dr Mary Lynch, Prof Gary Franklin, Prof David J. Clark, Dr Andrew Rosenblum, Frank Lopez, the Zukerman family, and Joseph Lavelle Wilson. Selected Readings:The National Academies of Sciences report on the epidemicThis government report on the marketing of OxycontinThe Danish study on chronic painThis review of opioids and hyperalgesia For a list of our sponsors and show related offer codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers
Chiropractors
Can they help with back pain or anything else? We talk to chiropractor Carl Cleveland III, physical therapist Anita Gross, neurophysiologist Dr. Marcello Costa...and Kaity Sawrey’s parents.Check out our full transcript here.By the way… Gimlet’s doing a holiday pop up shop selling t-shirts and stickers. So show your support by getting your very own Science Vs tee shirt! Check it out at sciencevs.show/shirt.Credits: This episode has been produced by Rose Rimler, Wendy Zukerman, with help from Shruti Ravindran and Heather Rogers. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Michelle Harris. Sound design by Martin Peralta and Bobby Lord. Music written by Bobby Lord. For this episode we also spoke to Dr. Richard Deyo, Prof. Tim Mirtz, Prof. Gregory Whitcomb, Dr. Adam Cifu, and Julie Knaak,-- Thank you for your insights. An extra big thanks to Rachel Ward, Emma Morgenstern, Christina Sullivan, Jasmine Romero and Phoebe Flanigan. As well as Alex Ward, Russell Gragg, Fiona Croall and Judy Adair. Also, a shoutout to the Sawreys! Thank you, Bill & Chris.  Selected readings:A history of DD Palmer and chiropractic, which Carl co-wroteAnita’s review on spinal manipulation and neck painThe UK evidence report on manual therapyJAMA editorial on spinal manipulation and lower back painClinical guidelines on treating lower back pain from the American College of PhysiciansAn analysis of neck manipulation and strokeAnd of course….this

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Comments (40)

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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Honor prettyboy

Do one about PORN ADDICTION. PLEASE!!

Apr 23rd
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cxr

I'm in my 50s. as a kid/teen in 70s, we were a rough & tumble bunch: pile on wrestling matches; full contact football with no pads; bicycle dodge (going as fast as you could between obstacles with plenty of blind corners --MAJOR CRASHES); roller derby (no pads, no helmets) etc etc. Played football in H.S.; avid city bicyclist for 45 yrs (4-5 bad crashes, including two VERY bad). For most of that time I was 6'2" 210-240 lbs. Get the picture? I put some serious wear & tear on my body. by the time I was in my early 30s & roller blades came out, I thought it be great exercise to start roller skating again after a 15 yr hiatus. I couldn't stand up straight on the skates! I thought it must be weak ankles/too much weight. Tried for weeks, but my ankles just wouldn't lock straight up when on the blades. Put those expensive skates in a closet. By the time I hit my 40s, I had two little sons to pickup and twirl, wrestle & rough house with...little kids hanging off a beat up body = NO Joke!! Started feeling more and more nagging aches & pains. Nothing serious, just soreness that I attrib to growing older & being overweight. I started walking 5+ miles a night, 4-5 nights a week. After a month or two I notice I seem to be leaning to my right when I'm supposed to be walking upright. At the same time, I find I cannot lay flat on my back without LOTS of pain in my right hip. My wife has had a bad back all her life.. born with fused bone (hip to lower rib cage). Horse rider = a few throws & once having a horse fall on her. She's 5'1" 110 lbs. She'd seen a chiropractor several times, esp after having the fused bone broken in a car accident in her 30s. She convinced me to see her guy. I was more than skeptical having heard all the witch doctor stories re: chiro. This Dr doesn't do the hard cracks that you see on tv. it's more subtle manipulations. He did find an out of place vertebrae in center of my back and x-rays showed a crooked atlas. After first visit I felt much bttr but after a few more visits and correction of my atlas my body felt GREAT! I even pulled out my, by then, 12+ yr old roller blades and found that I could stand up straight! (Unfortunately, by that time I was in mid-40s and more scared of a bad fall on concrete to ever allow myself to get back into skating.) I visited Dr regularly for abt two months.. but that was getting pretty expensive & it's not covered by insurance.. and I had two small kids, mortgage etc. It also seemed I was good... no pain, no leaning. I started seeing Dr less and less. And finally would only see him abt two times a year. Got to the point I hadn't been for a visit in abt 3-4 yrs until this past Jan. when I started having pain again. Just went for my second visit last week, feel bttr but not yet all there... process will probably take longer now that I'm ten years older. So... all that to say, it worked for me! LOL For those that say it's all hogwash... well.. a visit to a good chiropractor may change your mind. IF you gotta hitch in your giddy-up...it's worth a try IMO.

Apr 11th
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Richard Trethewey

Interesting, but it is amazing how quickly you were proved wrong. You said trucks can't be electrified, and now Tesla is selling amazing electric trucks. why should I trust anymore of your pessimistic outlooks?

Mar 16th
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Sharif Mukhashen

Can anyone recommend a similar podcast that I can listen to until the next season?

Mar 8th
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Luisa Sole

when is a new episode gonna come out! this is my favorite podcast of all time!!!! missing my bed time science Vs!

Mar 7th
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Lena Grechikhin

only started to listen to it resently, the ones I heard were interesting and well delivered

Feb 26th
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my.android. Mfz

Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43143889

Feb 22nd
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broselovestar

Nuclear episode: I think more comparison to other types of energy should be made. Essentially we want to see over 1 kWh of electricity, how "safe" or "economical" it is to use nuclear over other types of energy. This will give the viewers a better picture of our energy infographic. As of it is now, this episode is a little lacking to use as a discussion about energy. Don't get me wrong I love this show to death

Feb 20th
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Annabs Sanchez

That megamix though. 👏🏾 👏🏾 👏🏾

Feb 10th
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Rusty Hunt

Tupac Shakur was born a female?..how did they come up with this new theory.

Feb 3rd
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my.android. Mfz

when the crop is made resistant to weedkillers, the farmers will freely use weedkillers on crops. this will have a whole series of effect.

Jan 6th
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my.android. Mfz

BUT..i love the accent of the presenter..

Jan 2nd
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