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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 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.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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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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Mike Turek

A battle of two podcasts, Science VS Criminology ... in this case, I think Criminology wins.

Dec 21st
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Katie Kang

What's with the most recent episodes? They aren't very *Science* vs Topic anymore.

Dec 21st
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D Smith

I like science. I like healthy debate. I like discussion. unfortunately this has turned into something other than science. would love to see actual sides presented instead of cherry picking arguments. calling bunk on claims because one person says it isn't happening isn't unbiased science. revisit this when an actual scientific discussion can happen. I too can gather echo chamber fanatics and present a side as the truth..... off to search for actual science discussions. Too bad. I was enjoying this channel for the most part.

Dec 21st
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Jason Gregory

This is science. Gender, as with most things, is largely biological. This is fact snow flakes no matter what your fictional sky god books or the arrogant ignoramus Shapiro says.

Dec 20th
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Colby Gettling

This is not Science VS. Anymore. This is where my journey ends, mate.

Dec 19th
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Jason Huntley

Officially no longer Science Vs. Now rebranded Liberal Agenda Vs. I find the lack of actual science and, at the least unbiased opinion, to be abhorrent. Where are the scientific journal references concerning transgender as a fad and that being a huge increase in the number of cases? What about the Brown University cover-up? And why was the statistic of suicides thrown in as an afterthought to cover their butts? Absolute Liberal garbage of an episode.

Dec 14th
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Jason Huntley

Igor Coreixas Thank you for your insightful and relevant input. And Merry Christmas.

Dec 25th
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Jason Huntley

John A. Reynolds Wow... I have to be a dictionary now? A syndrome is a disease that has more than one identifying symptom. Thank you for wasting my time by not looking that up for yourself. Please provide an example where a disease, something that causes disorder in the body, on its own doesn't cause disorder and is good. There are approximately 1.4 million people who identify as transgender. That's a hell of a lot more than the 100,000 with a syndrome. Again, the Brown University study was shut up by Liberals who hate actual science. Circumcised people don't demand that you call them by some improper identifying name and sue you if you don't. People who get tattoos or piercings aren't trying to change their gender and use bathrooms that don't match their biologically assigned gender. They aren't trying to compete in sports or contests they don't belong in. Changing your gender is something that can't be done by any serious scientific reason. I reject the liberal fascism.

Dec 20th
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Yvette Jocelyn

I loved Midnight Oil back in the 80's.

Dec 13th
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Jennifer Buz

I can only hear the ads

Dec 12th
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Casper Thalacker

Science isn't supposed to have a political slant or personal bias. A little is expected, but not this large of a scale. I did enjoy a few of the episodes I heard, but I can't continue to listen to someone who blatantly picks and chooses scientific evidence. This is not what a science podcast sounds like. Re-name your podcast "my political and moral opinion vs." What a huge let down Gimlet.

Dec 11th
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Cody Buttron

The term "lemmings" just needs to be changed to people being decieved by a corporation and thrown off a cliff lol

Dec 10th
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Lizzie Sullivan

episode starts at about the 3min mark

Dec 10th
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Kyle Martin Olin

You forgot one important factor. What happens when law abiding citizens give up their guns, and the State decides what is best for them? There were huge experiments conducted in the 20th century by Russia, China, Germany, etc... that indicates it doesnt go well for the citizens... Something to think about when the U.S.A. is being run by "literally Hitler", Canada has Fidel Castro's (or Castro's buddy Pierre) son as P.M., and France and Germany are threatening everybody in the EU to conform to there destructive agenda "or else"...

Dec 9th
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Colin Busby

I am actually on suboxone also. it is an amazing lifesaver. but...it is also physically addictive like heroin...but even harder to get off. it's even harder to get off suboxone because it's long acting opioid so the withdrawal from it is way longer and harder. that is the only downfall to it. if you ever want to get off of it, it will be extremely difficult and painful and miserable. and I dont know any medications that can help get off of suboxone because suboxone is the medication they use to get u thru the withdrawal of heroin or opioid painkiller withdrawal symptoms. so getting on suboxone is a life saver and a prison.

Dec 8th
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play2much

Colin Busby I agree.... trying to kick one habit to only become addicted to another.. I've tried lowering my doses overtime but it's a hell of a fight .i wish u best and good luck

Dec 14th
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