Guns, fracking, ASMR, serial killers, and nuclear power: ‘Science Vs’ examines facts, trends, and topics you’re wondering about
Gimlet’s “Science Vs” is identifying what are facts, what are not, and what fall into the maybe category in educational episodes running the gamut of topics. Host Wendy Zukerman and a slew of guests are examining subjects like what makes a serial killer, 5G, vaping, fasting, and more. Episodes “take on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob” with fact checkers ready to check your opinions at the door and share science.
Stream the series in any order with the average episode clocking in under an hour. Since 2015, “Science Vs” has released over 200 episodes with no signs of stopping anytime soon.
A recent episode explored ASMR and chatted with Dr. Giulia Poerio, Dr. Bryson Lochte, Professor Craig Richard, and ASMR artist Mike Bryant. How does whispering hijack humans’ brains, calm people down, and reduce anxiety? The experts share what happens in our brains and bodies when we have an autonomous sensory meridian response.
In an episode all about serial killers, hear from forensic psychologist Prof. Eric Hickey, criminologist Prof. Wayne Petherick, and psychiatrist Prof. Gwen Adshead.
There are episodes on burnout, animals, nature, climate change, fracking, dinosaurs, the body, sex, nuclear power, addiction, astrology, and so much more. Also tune in for conversations on space, UFOs, and even ancient aliens.
Episodes are sometimes geared toward current events, news, or impending legislation such as the Russia-Ukraine war or abortion. In the “Trans Kids: the Misinformation Battle” episode, hear about medical treatments for transitioning. U.S. politicians are trying to prevent trans kids from getting the care they need, and some states are banning them from playing on teams that match their gender. “Science Vs” released 2 episodes on gun control in 2016.
There are plenty of episodes on the pandemic, its variants, vaccines, and more. For food-based talks, check out episodes on alcohol, processed foods, antioxidants, artificial sweeteners, GMOs, and organic food.
Check out new, weekly episodes of “Science Vs” wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.