This is the best podcast ever and I like the humor. I don’t even mind the swears. I listen to it so much that I can memorize the first thirty seconds of the episode and I listen to it more than my parents (who are telling me that I listen to it so much that their heads are going to burst.) Also: the antidepressant episode was the funniest.
Im so excited to listen to the new season and what makes it even better, is that the new season starts on my BIRTHDAY!!! One of the best presents I could ask for! Thank you for the wonderful show. I listen to it all the time!
Been here since the first episode! Love the podcast! The topics are so unique and thought provoking. They do all the research and present the topic from both sides of the argument. Really love listening and feel like I’ve learned so much with each episode! Keep it up Gimlet!
I love this podcast, was SO glad to hear that the new season was going to be non-Covid related stuff. I had really liked it before even though the science isn't alway objective. I really hope you'll go back to your older style and BE MORE OBJECTIVE. you are doing great by getting away from coronavirus
I listened to every episode and loved this podcast until every single episode was about the coronavirus. I know it’s an important topic but this is just excessive and I’m tired of hearing about it. Please, if you have to do coronavirus episodes please make it every other episode or something similar.
I go to podcasts to escape and learn. And all you’re giving is more COVID. I just can’t listen to one more thing coronavirus related. It is overload. Please bring back your variety of science topics and help me have some sort of relief!
I LOVE this podcast and it has definitely helped my have an argument against certain viewpoints some relatives of mine have. I wish they would do a homeopathy episode as that is one topic a relative believes in of which I am skeptical but cannot be sure. Let’s get Science Vs on the case!
I got super into this podcast after hearing some early eps. Prior to covid there was a handful of pieces that didn’t quite fit into the “science” box for me... I’m suffering from covid fatigue like everyone else and am docking from 4 to 3 temporarily as, like many other reviewers, I need a break!! No more covid eps, I’m just going to skip them.
I love how much I learn from this podcast and I especially love the fact that transcripts are always available!
No more COVID-19 episodes! This used to be a very interesting podcast. Never knowing what to expect but always expecting something interesting and different. Every time I see another episode load up talking about coronavirus I just delete it anymore. I don’t wanna hear about it from absolutely everyone including one of my favorite podcasts. Please go back to your original format and pick New and exciting topics!! I will check in periodically but I am unsubscribing for now. I recommended your podcast to three people right before coronavirus started and everyone of them has said is this all they talk about? That’s for people just in my group… Please stop talking about it!
I used to love everything about this podcast... but reporting on nothing except coronavirus for several months now is not the right direction to go in my opinion. We are inundated with COVID info from every outlet imaginable, sometimes you need a break from it. Seems to have lost all imagination.
I absolutely love science versus I really like the fact that ads are spread out in each episode I have only been listening for three days and I am hooked Keep up the amazingly fabulous work!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Since the May 22 episode aired, the scientific community seems to be taking the position that cloth masks do provide a player of protection over nothing and recommends wearing them. Can you report on the current studies and make a correction to this episode and provide a new episode discussing current studies? Anti mask folks are using information just like this episode to support their claim and are digging their heals in refusing to wear masks. Now is a good time for an update.
Fantastic topics with a very entertaining host. A fantastic way to stay informed and expand your knowledge!
This is the stuff you need to know, packed up neatly and easy to understand. It’s also extremely interesting. Give it a listen and have something intelligent to contribute to conversations!
what are you doing with your life if you aren’t sucked in after 2 min of listening?
I always enjoyed scientific shows and such and this place uses its sources making it more comfortable to trust their word
This show chooses interesting topics. I appreciate the quest for facts and evidence and, as a science teacher, I am happy to hear them refer to the number of citations in each episode. Anyone who questions the information presented can go to the Science VS website to search the citations. Wendy and her crew make each show interesting and entertaining. I saw that one reviewer criticized Wendy for talking too fast. I completely disagree. Her speaking voice and pace are perfect. In fact, they are factors that help to always keep my interest. Keep up the great work Wendy and crew!
This podcast does a great job of presenting topics solely based on the scientific research. It is thoughtfully presented for anyone to understand. As a person who conducts scientific research, I applaud the team’s effort to read through published work and interview scientific leaders to present these topics in an objective manner.
It is super informative and fun! Wendy’s voice and tone makes sad things feel not so sad, and I love that. This is my fave podcast. I learn so much and my parents and teachers are totally wowed when I tell them all of the stuff I learned. I just have one critique. I don’t really like how they keep doing Covid-19 episodes. I know it is important to know about it, but this podcast is usually my escape from reality and know...? I feel like just a bit of NCVC at the end of each episode just isn’t enough. But don’t get me wrong, this is still my fave podcast! Keep up the good work! 😁😁😁Not biased AT ALL, and those who say so need too check their facts. They may have opinions, but they always look to the proper scientific way of seeing things. If you dont listen to this podcast, I gotta tell you-your missing out. I feel this podcast has all the things you need for success. 1. It’s NOT biased 2. It bases all of its facts on REAL SCIENCE 3. It has a fun and energetic host who actually CARES about science 4. Most of the episodes kids can listen to, and the ones that don’t, specifically says so in the beginning 5. It sites good sources and (most of the time) talks to scientists who know what they are talking about. TIP FOR EARLY LISTENERS: definitely listen to the PANDEMIC!! episode. It is amazing, and a lot of people can relate to what is currently happening in the world. They DO site there sources which I LOVE. And my biggest problem is this; ppl say stuff like “Anthony Fauci is wrong” or “they don’t base any of this on real science” and the thing is, if u are saying any of this, u should probably listen to an episode again, or if u believe corona is a hoax well... this isn’t the podcast for u. This is a SCIENCE podcast. Not fiction. To everyone out there, stay safe! 😷❤️ ~ A sci vs listener and lover
You say it’s fictional, but why are you talking about Corona2.0?
This is really awesome,the way you narrate is so captivating,it's never boring.You make all your topic sound so interesting and deliver everything so clearly .Good channel to learn things.You're podcast is my favorite one.keep up the good work.
Please do your own research before interviewing others so you can actually ask intriguing questions of Dr. Fauci. Half of what he says was false. His history of pandemics? How about the pandemic in the 60s that affected millions worldwide. At least 100,000 deaths. Interesting he has no problem saying he’s important enough to leave his home...not the rest of us. Why aren’t you asking for studies supporting masks when there’s plenty debunking them? No reporter pushes on him. What about the health issues on lockdown, loss of employment, suicides, small business shutting down forever, especially impact on schools and the future of our children. How about the WHO stating asymptotic do not spread the virus and there are medical studies that have the same conclusion? Why have you spread so much fear when we haven’t seen such a response in the past? Where is the accountability for these actions. How come no one questions safety of vaccines? Or the fact past recent pandemics by the time vaccine was available it was no longer needed. Same info over and over again yet there are so many unanswered questions?
Science Vs presented interesting topics in a factually way before coronavirus. Now I consider it an essential listen to keep me informed on coronavirus information that isn’t filtered through a main news outlet.
Funny while also staying deep into topics. I really enjoy the topics like, 7 Minute Workouts, abortion, and 5G. This podcast does their research and always puts up their citations. I look forward to new topics once the Coronavirus is over.
It’s refreshing to hear a podcast that isn’t afraid to cite sources and ask questions that go against the grain.
Love having an unbiased source of information during the pandemic and protests! While the information is definitely timely to things affecting the global population, it’s never presented in a politicized way!
I love this podcast. I appreciate that they do not shy away from things deemed “political” but tackle them head on with the same integrity as any other subject. Scientific facts about all kinds of subjects.
I’m not sure if this is meant to be a political or scientific podcast.
I like the podcast but they need to stop being so political. Love it though. Factual information about cool topics.
Thanks for keeping us informed Wendy!
I just wish it wasn’t so political. Still good though. :D
You should actually stop doing so much corona virus or it could impact your ratings. I got uninterested after the first few episodes of this corona stuff. DO SOMETHING ELSE. There is a lot of other interesting stuff besides corona virus, especially for a ten year old!
I don't have anything bad to say about this podcast. Informative, funny, smart. It's quite witty. I love it. Good job.
“To protest ‘Police using force against black people’ “ How about “to protest the crisis of police murdering black people with impunity” Or “to protest the horrific legacy of slavery and systemic racism in America. “ I’ve been a long time listener of this show and wanted to turn off this episode when I heard that “police using force against black people.” That severely minimizes what the movement is about and the horrific brutality black people have faced for hundreds of years. Words matter. Do better.
This used to be a great podcast Science Vs. However it seems to be morphing into politics versus. That’s a problem
I enjoy the podcast overall but as other reviewers have pointed out they definitely have a view point and bias. I honestly don’t know its avoidable when ultimately what you are doing is journalism rather than science. They being said it’s a good jumping off point to research further on your own.
This podcast is incredible!! I could listen for hours (and have🙊). I love science and learning all about it. This podcast is informative, funny, and incite full! It’s also really helpful that they get authority’s on each topic to interview. 100% would recommend.
ETA: Relieved to finally have an episode that’s semi-not about coronavirus (rather, labs and their projects and how they’re dealing with the disruption). As many others have commented, would love if this pod could get back to other topics. I’m always looking for science podcasts, and have enjoyed this one for some time. Lately though, I’ve been disappointed that it’s veered into a lot of political and human interest topics. It’s not that I don’t think those are important, it’s just that I think they’re done to death in every other podcast, and most of the information in Science Vs. is nothing new for anyone who follows current events. I’d like more pure science topics again, not the umpteenth podcast on immigration or abortion or weed. =\
So frustrated with the The Mask Wars episode: there was good science around how masks will (and will not) protect the wearer but only a passing mention that wearing a mask PROTECTS OTHERS. The absence of this perspective is suspect
If the podcast would stick strictly to science it could be a great resource but unfortunately it is totally biased. The premise that lockdowns should be in place if there are any deaths or if there are new cases of the virus is not science. It is an opinion that ignores other issues. Other viruses and causes of death are not handled with this constraint. The world could use an unbiased podcast on science and facts, sadly the Gimlet Science VS podcast is not it.
I think there is a bit of bias in these podcasts mostly from not exploring or under reporting on some sides of issues as much as others.
I love this podcast! Wendy is so smart, charismatic and makes science fun! Plus I love her accent and energy. I am literally laughing while learning.
I got into science vs like a month before the first people in wuhan China got Covid 19 and once the posted the first episode about the coronavirus I was using science vs and Newsela to keep up with covid 19 I highly recommend this podcast .
Seriously 😎 I ❤️ this podcast. Never 👂🏻 something better.
My go to show for a honest look at the science behind something. By and large they seem to get things right, although a few times they've picked a researcher who didn't and therefore missed the boat on an important topic. They need someone on staff to look at the subject and consider what else could be causing that result, even when it seems clear to the researcher. Some of the diet/nutrition studies talked about would have results identical or better for totally different diets, for instance. Many of today's 'best' diets are great because it means people aren't eating the other things, like junk food, fried food, and large amounts of sugar, not because they are on the ___ diet. The healthy user bias confounds the best of us. ;) That being said, most of the time, they are spot on, lack obvious bias, and are full of common sense, which is refreshing, and makes it easy to share with my own clients and readers. I love Wendy, her accent, and her puns and high energy, too.
This show has singlehandedly gotten me through quarantine. It’s smart, funny, entertaining, and you learn so much. definitely one of my favorites!
Chooses what science supports their view.
You make some good points however you are ignoring that those in care homes were refused to be transferred to urgent care. So basically they locked away the most vulnerable population and sacrificed them. I’m disappointed as a long time listener that this wasn’t addressed. No wonder the “new” hospitals weren’t overwhelmed.
I love science. There is potential for this to be a good show but the host speaks too quickly. She sounds hyper, which is draining. Also I don’t think the research methods are thorough enough. The research seems lazy. If you’re calling something science you are taking on a responsibility to be very thorough and balanced. I don’t get that from this show, which is concerning. There is danger in spreading false info as fact. This isn’t meant to be political- I agree with a lot of the claims the show makes. But a LOT of relevant info is left out, and the studies sited and “experts” used are very questionable. I call it Tabloid Science.
Wendy tackles all the hot button issues of the day with an unbiased sensical approach. This is truly a breath of fresh air in this hyper partisan climate. With superb production, great pacing and a consistently vibrant performance by the lead lady, Science Vs is a must have for all podcast listers!
I am kind of a younger person so I try to censor your episodes, but overall this is a great podcast. I am vegan, so I appreciated the episode on veganism where you proved that we are right. Also, I’m so happy for you Meryl! Sorry you just HAD to get pregnant during a pandemic though 😒. Best wishes! 🤰🤱❤️💗💖
I love it!😍😍😍😍😍😍😍👌🏻😍😍👌🏻👌🏻👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👽
I do rate the content I just wish they could find a presenter with a less offensive accent. I guess her family sponsors it so we’re stuck with her. The researchers are brilliant.
GIRL YOU DID NOT JUST SAY “CRITICAL ROLE”!!! 😂😂😂
I love this podcast! I have listened to all of the episodes, and they are very informative and fun. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Also, I love Wendy’s accent and all of the puns/jokes. But pleeeeeeease go back to doing episodes with ncvc only, not just at the end. (Don’t get me wrong: your show is still the best podcast ever)
Always informative and entertaining. One of my faves!
Binged every episode of the show and I love it! It seems very well researched. Some episodes are definitely a little frustrating when they get you hooked into a topic but don’t really answer any questions about it and just shrug their shoulders. Doesn’t happen extremely often. Still a great show.
I find all these episodes so interesting and they are always presented in humorous and easy to understand ways. Highly recommend
This is an amazing podcast, it is so informational and I love science!! I love Wendy’s voice!! The facts about Covid-19 are very good! Best podcast I have ever listened to!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
These ads about listening on Spotify are incredibly annoying. I’m never going to do it. What a shame Gimlet was sold to Spotify. Can’t stand the way they carry themselves now. Listening to the Gimlet podcasts just feels cringe now.
This is the best podcast on Corona Virus; I’ve gone through a lot of them but this one is far more interesting and scientifically sound.
I love this podcast but am sick of all of the coronavirus content. A few episodes in the topic would be fine but it’s all we hear about from all sources and I would love this podcast to go back to some of it other more entertaining content.
Interesting content but I cannot stand Wendy’s narration/vocal fry...I get trying to be “entertaining” but throwing out platitudes, puns and just the very rehearsed nature of her narration gets obnoxious REAL QUICK. Love the idea of this podcast but I can’t listen to this on the regular.
Thank you so SO much for providing this reliable, fact-based evidence to give us the information we need!!! This podcast is a LIFE-SAVER and I share your episodes with everyone I know :)
I love this show. Would normally give five stars but PLEASE stop with the Coronavirus content. It’s not that I’m ignoring the facts or the science right now. I’m reading about it all the time. I’m turning to my favorite podcasts right now to keep my mind off of those things, and I haven’t listened to a single Science Vs. episode since this all started.
I love this podcast! When I was listening to Smash boom best I Searched this and fell in love!
Wendy, I stumbled on your podcast from a Science Friday promo. I love how your show separates the truth from the chaff, especially in our current political environment of scapegoating by invoking the buzzwords “fake news”. I Use Science Vs. to stimulate my brain while doing mundane tasks or chores around the house or on long drives, etc. Keep up the great work and keep the interesting content coming! — loyal groupie, W. Chan - Knoxville, TN
Dear Wendy and team, your podcasts have literally saved not only my mental state but quite possibly my life as we all try and navigate this new COVID reality. Would love to hear some podcasts on the following subjects: - toilet plume: how high is the splash? - bidets: are they effective? - workplace toilets: one at a time? I know, I know, my mind is “in the toilet”, but one of your podcasts hammered home that fecal matter was highly contagious. Hence the potty fixation. Anyways, keep up with these amazing reports, they’re informative and reassuring. Best regards, JWO
Serious science and entertaining
Way to make science entertaining Wendy! I have a big follow up question for the last episode- why did only 700 people on the Diamond Princess Cruise contract Covid-19? How did the other 2300 stay virus free? If only 23% of people contract this on a cruise which is the opposite of social distancing then why is the world’s population locked up at home? Same thing with senior living facilities- what causes some people to get sick but not everyone? Maybe you can address in a future episode
Wendy is a great host. I love that she answers questions to the rumors with science. Her enthusiasm and clear explanations make me forget that I am learning.
Really enjoy her topics.
She is an awesome host and I can learn and laugh a little as well.
Was Coronavirus made in a lab? This was the question of the episode. The answer given by one persons opinion . I thought this podcast was to be based on science? This is not how it’s done in science and don’t use the word science to mask the another podcast on pushing a personal agenda.
Wendy always makes me smile with her upbeat, fun hosting and the content is interesting and well researched. Highly recommended!
Wendy is a delight! I enjoy getting multiple sides of the conversation. She sorts out what everyone is arguing about with a wit that is super fun, yet still impartial.
this is hands down my favorite podcast. Educational, entertaining, and never fails to brighten my spirit
She didn’t look at states that had banned guns. Every single time violent crimes go up. She never looked at it. Other then that the show is pretty good. I’m surprised.
The two episodes that I listened to were very slow, included small amounts of information, and little research. Based on the description, I expected the podcast to do a deep dive into the title topics, but it seemed a bit lazy and shallow to me. Caveat: I listened to two coronavirus episodes. Perhaps earlier episodes are better.
Plz change some other type of music when u introduce the topic.
Would love for the podcast to go back to other science topics besides the trend it has gone in the last few weeks of sticking to all COVID-19 related topics. The world is inundated enough with COVID-19 and even a middle of the road consumer of news and reports can discern what he or she needs to know about COVID-19. I don’t need another podcast to reiterate the saturation that’s already broadcasted.
This is my favorite podcast... Such a perfect blend of hard science and goofy puns. I've been listening for a while, but finally posted a review because your coronavirus season is the best thing in my world right now. Thank you Wendy and team!!
I enjoy this podcast and appreciate the well-researched episodes, but (shockingly) there is more going on than just coronavirus. I’m hoping this season isn’t exclusively coronavirus content. A couple minutes of NCVC at the end of each episode isn’t enough. This is Science Vs. not just “Science Vs. Coronavirus.”
Thanks Wendy for your informative, entertaining podcast! It’s fun to listen to, like I’m with a friend. Great content and well done.
I started listening during Christmas 2019 and heard the pandemic episode -LISTEN TO THAT ONE IF NONE OTHERS. But Wendy has such a sweet and energetic voice that makes even the bad information easy to hear. I love their integrity and honesty when conveying the science.
I’ve been listening for a few years. There has only been one episode I didn’t enjoy at the time - a fictional episode in which they imagine a global pandemic. It’s like they knew. They always do a nice job of explaining things at a level that people with a middle school-level understanding of science can handle.
Hi Wendy! Love your podcast!
There’s rarely an episode that doesn’t address something I’ve recently been thinking about. I love this podcast and the host. Very engaging
Facts and a bit of humor. To the whiners: If you want more, go read the references they provide in the show notes.
So relevant. So fun. So scientific and legit. This an educational podcast that knows I need to be entertained, too! The topics are current and if new data ever contradicts something they’ve previously recorded, they will tell you that! And another refreshing bit of honesty and transparency—I can check out ALL of their sources from each episode. I can see where they got their data, and come up with my own conclusion if I want. I’m especially thankful to have Science Vs, a resource I trust, during this pandemic. It’s still scary, but hearing the facts from Wendy and crew makes it all feel less alarming. Thanks for keeping it real and honest.
I’ve appreciated the amount of thought and research into each topic since the first episode, but am so very grateful for the bi-weekly COVID-19 updates that have evolved with the crisis - asking the questions and providing detailed information that has been hard to find and trust from other media outlets. I love to listen to Wendy’s reporting. The education has been a salve for my quarantine anxiety.
During a national health crisis, for you to compare a legal, pre-approved and tested drug that may have a positive impact when used under a doctors supervision to that of someone eating fish tank cleaner that happens to share one of the ingredients is despicable. You portray your show as being “fact based”. The fact is, you are just playing the same media bias game that the rest of the mainstream media is. Aren't you tired of being wrong, over and over?
Really appreciate the sound research they are doing, summarized into concise, easy to understand episodes. Science can be nuanced and hard to understand, but that is precisely why now, more than ever, we need people to understand the science and use it to base their decisions!
Love this podcast however I don’t appreciate the cliff-hanger in the last episode in these uncertain times it felt unnecessary Had to still give 5 cuz I really appreciate this show
Keep doing what you do! I love all your episodes because I can get a lot of information. I love that I can also fact check by looking up the citations
Would Science Versus please do some non covid-19 podcasts? Maybe for every 2-3 covid-19 podcast, you do one podcast about literally anything else. I understand covid-19 is the hot topic and a serious pandemic, but I think a podcast about something other than covid-19 would be great. Thank you very much, I absolutely love the podcast.
Interesting yet humorous. Love Wendy.
Used to love this podcast but unsubscribed due to the inability to critically evaluate without showing bias. Also promotes left ideology to the extreme which is nauseating.
This is one of my favorite podcasts! Please go back to making eps that aren’t about Coronavirus though, my life needs more normalcy/less corona inundation
I’m to scared by this please stop with the scary episodes 🙏😬😭🤯😳🥶🥺👎👍🤜🎺
Science is the fad cult of the moment. Lets see where it lands its followers in 10 years let alone 1000.
Stories have some decent content but allusions to political sides is nauseating. Document. No sides. You’re losing me..
There has been around 6 to 7 episodes within the last year and a half that work more as a one sided political opinion column rather than based out of actual science and research. I like to learn and come here for the actual research and interesting facts. I am bombarde with politics already everywhere else. Please stop so I can enjoy the podcast again. This podcast used to be good! If u don’t believe look at the other one star reviews. We are noticing Wendy.
The show used to show not always unbiased evidence but was documented, fun and laying out the questions that need answers! Since Covid19, where is the research ? One doctor’s opinion is becoming the truth. The episode on masks and protection is just so weak in presenting the real questions at hand. This is going along the general US opinion instead of really searching for evidence. This show used to be great when it was really able to say “we do not know!”
Anything else is a lie
Been listening for awhile and been catching up on episodes and just listened to the Pandemic episode on 3.25.2020 and holy moly did you ever get it right?! Keep fighting the good (science) fight! I’m gonna keep listening and spreading the word, not germs. 😷
I love the podcast so much! The information they give definitely seems credible, and I feel confident because I can research their sources if I question it. The only thing I’ve noticed that I wish could be addressed, is that I see holes sometimes in the coverage. For instance, the face mask episode said homemade cloth masks don’t do anything, but it seems like it should also address whether or not a cloth one vs none at all would be better. Something else it left me wondering after that was whether or not it seemed likely a US health care worker would even need to make that decision...(and maybe that’s why they didn’t look at that perspective). Another episode I can recall this happening in is the one on essential oils-if I remember correctly, it didn’t really address effects of topical application of oils. There are a couple other episodes I can remember having that feeling of “what about this perspective?”, but because I love the podcast and I’ve listened to a bunch of the episodes, I can’t remember exactly which other ones. Overall, it’s one of my favorite podcasts and I’ll recommend it to anyone!
I discovered this podcast last year & was looking forward to this season. Very timely return & a perfect time to be listening to what the science says
The clothe masks are being created to go over an N95 for healthcare workers to potentially extend the life of the N95. Not for just a clothe mask to be worn. This was a disheartening episode. I expected better research and reporting.
I found this because of Covid but I’m listening to past episodes and I love the coverage and how relatable it is. Highly recommend!
This podcast is amazing. Ironically she made pandemic episode in October 2019 and they explained flu pandemic was the most likely to happen and here we are. This podcast does amazing work. They interviewed CDC doctors in October 2019 same doctors that are working on the current pandemic situation right now. If you haven’t listened to the October episode it please listen to the old episode it predicted the future. It’s all about science.
Enough with the COVID-19 bandwagon!!!
Thank you for scrapping the upcoming season for Covid19 coverage. You are an important source of accurate science information in my life and it’s comforting to know that you will be updating me through the pandemic.
Wendy Zichermann has such a warm personality and sense of humor! She can talk about the most serious or awkward subjects and still be a great pleasure to listen to. Quite simply, she makes science fun without sacrificing the quality or depth of reporting. The strict fact checking and careful research behind the science is the best part. She has no agenda other than to educate, share insights, and entertain. Bravo!
Love the global and deep dives reporting on the pandemic in real time. Wendy keeps learning fun as we brave this new world. My one place for Corona updates!!
Just such an anti American sentiment throughout
UPDATE: I loved the pandemic episode last year. Can't believe we are actually living it. This is a very educational podcast, covering many interesting and controversial topics. The science part is well done (i.e. based on peer-reviewed papers and interviews with professionals). Wendy certainly brings a lot of joy to the somewhat serious stuff. Keep up the good work!
Hello to all you folks at Gimlet. I decided to write this review to finally put all the mixed feelings on this podcast to rest. This podcast is educational and is great for mind stimulation. Though sometimes is a bit biased, I like the way that Wendy delivers information. I’ve listened to every episode and when they went on break, I found myself craving more. Though they are long sometimes, you will never be able to tell. This is due to the sound effects, music, and great (but cheesy) puns. I am 14 years old and the only person at my school who is truly interested in science. When I did the science fair this year, this podcast helped me find so many studies and made it quite easy to find all sources and information for further study. Whether you are a huge science nerd like me, or just a casual listener staying active in modern science. Science Vs. is the podcast for you. -A fellow nerd
i haven’t listened to many podcasts but this one is always amazing :D
I have listened to a few episodes and have really enjoyed the content. Very educational. The most recent podcast I listened to was on vaccines and I was wondering if there would be a way to list the links to the journal articles you mentioned in the podcast? Great info, keep the high quality work.
Lol can’t wait for the now THIRD episode where they speculate incorrectly on Coronavirus
I’ve only listened to a couple of podcasts, however this is a consistently high quality program.
As a high school science teacher I’m constantly looking for ideas that spark my interest and could help me present science as rooted in the real world. This podcast is so excellent and helps me think about science in a compelling storytelling and three dimensional ways.
This was released months away from the actual pandemic.
A lot of the negative reviewers on here are more than likely unable to comprehend the psychological driven aspects this show utilizes in order to drive home the topics of discussion. Nothing is ever completely unbiased, so don’t seek a level truths in others that are impossible to emulate! Having said that, this show alone has blown away plenty of the “Hardcore” podcasts that wish to dive into specific fields of topic in a manner that alienates most listeners, aside from those who are already (in one form or another) “Specialized” in such topics of interest. Unless each episode was 10hrs long with a PDF file to follow along with, including all citations already presented in text format, then pointing out areas that have been “missed or overlooked” is a tautological comment, unwarranted, screaming “wah wah feed me what I want not what I need”. What do we need? What we’re getting! Enough information to squash myths, misunderstandings, clouded research that has been compounded by the long arm of the internet. This podcast points listeners in the right direction! It is always up to the student to do their due diligence! Research should not only be performed by the teacher, we all have to participate in order to gain understanding, leading us to our own truths, which hopefully lead us to The Truth. (If one and only is even possible, science evolves, information changes). I love the show! I’ve listened to about 60 episodes in one week. Cleared up a lot of skewed beliefs that I really wouldn’t have originally looked into myself without the proper nudge this show provides! The Hosts personality is top notch! Beautiful blend of tactics to keep MOST listeners listening! Huge thanks to the entire Science VS team for their quality work!
Listening to this in 2020 corona virus breakout happening
I love this podcast. It’s unbiased reporting on common topics that affect us all. I recommend highly.
I only listened to the Keto episode and that was enough for me. Lots of lame attempts at humor with a little actual science mixed in. At one point the host talks about trying the keto diet, being hungry one night, and having nothing in her house but olive oil, so she drinks some. Um, what? If you’re smarter than a tic-tac you’d probably buy some keto-friendly food to have in your house if you’re really trying to eat that way. Of course it’s going to sound gross and horrible if you basically tell people they have to drink olive oil for a snack. That part was beyond stupid. If the rest of the shows are as ridiculous as that moment, there’s no sense in even bothering to try to listen.
Great podcast about debunking commonly held beliefs using science. Cheeky delivery, always interesting, well researched.
I started listening to Science Vs every time I go run. I’m honestly in love with this show. It’s solidified my want to get a PhD in college!
Wendy e-nun-c-ates! This is refreshing with so many podcasters talking as if they have saltines in their mouth.
I started listening to this show a few months ago and I have really enjoyed it. I think the topics they pick are interesting and Wendy does a good job of keeping it fun to listen to.
This podcast is so good that I have to sing it’s praises. Great topics and delivery!
So good! So punny! As an adult that gets lots of side-eyes from making puns at almost every opportunity out loud with company (I think it's a coping mechanism to deal with my insecurities), it's nice to listen to a podcast that makes me feel that I might not be so weird.
Unevenly interesting. But my god her voice. Seriously. It’s not the Aussie accent but the excessive vocal fry and tone changes. It’s like bad Aussie valley girl
I just want to say thanks for interrupting your break to cover the coronovirus. This is a big story that concerns everyone, and it’s really nice having you ask and answer all the questions I have at once. I really appreciate the style of your podcast and how you do your research. Thanks for being thorough.
My 8 year old son and I have bonded over our love for this podcast, which combines genuinely good exploration of science topics with Wendy’s glorious Australian accent and fun sound editing for a consistently entertaining show. However, be aware that there are grown up only episodes (like abortion and the pandemic episode). I listen to a lot of podcasts, but whenever there is a fresh science vs. episode, it’s the first one I reach for.
Love this podcast. Just wish there were more episodes!
I really want to love this podcast, but the more I listen the bias is coming out. I’m often finding myself asking about facts that are missing, and areas where research seems light on the sides that would oppose their “results.” I would love this podcast if I really thought it was fact only and not biased and leaning.
Topics are interesting, but waaaaayyyyy too much enunciation and emphasis with the voice. I can only listen to that a little at a time.
I’ve always loved science and felt like I was becoming disconnected from it in my adult life but dining this podcast has helped rekindle the excitement that I’ve had for science since childhood! Thanks!
Would love to hear you do an episode on fish stocks - sustainability, impact vs. land-based meat, farmed vs wild, etc.
Y’all are the best. I love science and you make me feel like I’m not the only science nerd, no offense, but I’m 12 and people think I’m weird but u make me happy so thank you soooooooo much love u. ❤️😘🤣😍🥰😘
This podcast is often interesting and covers some diverse topics, but quite often I am booted out of focusing on the topic by the O-ver-EMPHASIS on certain words or syllables for no good reason by the host. She tries too hard to be funny or cutesy, and throws in a bit too much Aussy slang. Yes it’s great for a show to have some personality, but I find if I hear a couple of these back to back I become irritated by these things rather than focus on the underlying content which should be the goal.
You Guys have set the bar ! Funny, Informative, Captivating, Interesting. By far, my favorite podcast. Don’t ever stop the show !
Very informative! Keep up the good work!
I wanted to like this podcast so much because the content is interesting but I just cannot stand the voice of the narrator. It’s not the accent, it’s the awful tone and nasal sound. Hard pass.
I love the show and the fact that as a listener I can double check their work via the citations. I think they do a great job of being honest about their own views, but showing what the research says.
Good stuff save for the constant attempts to be cute/funny which are draining and annoying. Cut that by 2/3rds or more please.
This is really not an unbiased or scientific look at an issue, but rather a way to use factual tidbits, ‘certain’ studies and biased guests to come to the conclusion that fits the show’s political views. Entertainment value only, which will only feed the confirmation bias of those who share the host’s same political sway.
I’ve been a long time fan and usually enjoy the light-hearted approach of the show but on their Pandemic episode the show demonstrated that it can tackle serious issues with great maturity.
I finished the vaping episode after three sessions of eye rolling. I was waiting for a record scratch, accompanied by, “but that was when we used the scientific method and scientific analysis”. Needless to say, that never happened. This is pop culture using the word “science” to legitimize a theatrical dramatization of several individual narratives to prove a broader point. That’s not how science works, and the makers of this show should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.
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Listened for the past few seasons and the ads keep getting worse and worse. Almost 6-7 ads in 30 minutes!
I love this podcast and it’s Age appropriate. My science teacher recommended it and now I love it.
I just listened to this show for the first time. I enjoyed the episode so much, and then I saw that the last show was in 2017. 😔 I’m going to listen to all I am able, and hope there will be more! 🙏🏽
Love this show! It’s a level-headed non-full-of-itself response to all the things people freak out about in the news and Wendy is SO fun to listen to. ❤️❤️❤️
What a wonderful episode! A great story based on a whole host of real science. Well performed, recorded and produced. Nice work.
Don’t expect any depth from this. Shallow pop science delivery in a teenager friendly package...
I listened to the show on contraceptives. You did not cover the risk of DVT in women using COCP, risk of infections in IUD use and that giving men Testosterone has deleterious consequences. This show is a load of bull sh**!
This show is biased and doesn’t research well. I am unimpressed and don’t trust your information.
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every weekend i queue up a handful of episodes and let 'em rip while i work in my woodshop. it's so good i sometimes end up just standing there and staring at the piece i'm working on while i focus on what's in my ears instead. it's become a big motivator to get out to the shop more because i get to listen to Science Vs. keep up the great work!
Just the facts stated with fun humor and relatable great geeks and notable scientists! Thank you- you give me hope in the future of facts, science and intelligent complex thinking!
Just listened to the episode on exercise. Learned it helps cure cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s. If only it could cure the host’s unbearable vocal fry. I’d like to listen to more episodes. Just can’t.
Science and I have been together since I was a baby so I’m always ready SCIENCE RULES
I enjoy the podcasts when the subject is something like UFOs or Organic foods, etc. but when it goes to political hot button issues like abortion, gun control, immigration, climate change, the bias here is unbearable. She picks and chooses the studies and scientists that she agrees with, doesn’t answer the important questions, and is just another voice for the far left. Steer clear of these episodes if you want anything close to an honest look at the issues, and do a little research of your own. If you want to hear fun stuff about Bigfoot and laugh a little, enjoy.
I love listening to science vs! It’s so great how well researched everything is! I can’t wait for more episodes!
I'm not a bully or anything near it, but the voice it waves in and out, which is a bit annoying listening too. I know my voice isn't any better, but it's a podcast and I couldn't continue without speeding forward. I'm sorry.
I really enjoy this podcast! I’m a scientist and it’s fun hearing summaries of the more flashy topics out there. My biggest issue is that it sometimes feels like the podcast is trying too hard to take a controversial stance, which could end up hurting instead of helping depending on the audience. For example, they often start by heavily downplaying the benefits of something that’s overall perceived in the media and by scientists as a good exposure (such as exercise). Then they will very briefly discuss research that’s been done showing that exposure is overall good for you with a lot of attention paid to the many limitations of the studies that show this. This format is great if you’re able to critically review research because of your training and understand the nuances of what’s being said and what isn’t being said... but not so much if you’re just tuning in because the topic seems cool and you hope to learn something. In summary: keep up the good work but please be careful and try to realize that just because it’s observational doesn’t mean a study isn’t well conducted and informative!
She seems to enjoy having a podcast platform in which she can break down her opinions with the help of her social media grasp on “experienced” professionals (who wouldn’t?). I personally don’t enjoy it, but I enjoyed the idea of a podcast like this. Unfortunately the biases are so profoundly present in so many of these episodes that it’s genuinely hard to listen to. It would be much more interesting if she’d stop using the term “science” as a blanket term for something she finds on the internet and actually provide sound evidence for both sides.
This is interesting and well written, but all the broad Australian (?) accents are wearing. Had to unsubscribe, torture. Not everyone has the right voice for broadcast.
The abortion episode could be called “the logical fallacy episode.” Clearly just propaganda. They come with a belief and just hand pick studies.
The editing in pretty cringy, and the analysis usually off point and superficial. The vaccine episode was honestly annoying. Her primary focus was casualty with autism, with forced humor throughout.
I really like listening to this podcast because they actually retrieve scientific facts about all different subjects so you end up learning a lot! Also, this podcast is the opposite of being biased. You can’t argue with science!
It’s GREAT! If your open the hearing science i e the truth, you will love this podcast. Rick Cupertino CA
She tries to play the devils advocate but still displays her bias towards her assumed opinions and beliefs.
It took one episode of this podcast for me to unsubscribe, the one titled “Pet’s On a Plane”. I couldn’t believe how insensitive the host was towards the people that need emotional support animals. Pretty much gist of this episode was to grab a “blankie” and use that instead. She made of the people who need emotional support animals, which is total crap. When I went to therapy to deal with my brothers death, my counselor told me to picture my dog in my lap to give me comfort when I would get overwhelmed with the emotions; animals are used for therapy in many different ways but the host clearly has biased opinions and is extremely closed minded.
It is a well thought out and intelligent podcast!! The research is thorough and they aren’t afraid to tackle any subject... even if that means temporarily losing sponsors. This is a fantastic show definitely worthy of listening to!!
I like the show. The reason I gave 4 stars is because she’s only giving the opinion she agrees with. The vaccine episode was highly biased towards her “truth”. I personally don’t presume to know the truth, as, in my opinion, it has not been discovered, in regards to vaccines. Just because someone is worried about having their new baby pumped full of drugs, shouldn’t make you some kind of antisocial loser. I think when a scientific issue is highly debated, I don’t think it would be bad to show both sides.
Love this podcast, love the topics, love Wendy. Thanks for the facts.
I’m updating my review as I have continued to listen it. I used to call this show “pop science,” and some of the earlier episodes may be that. However, as time has gone on the show has gotten vastly better at listing their citations and using more citations from more various sources. They usually point out in the early episodes when this is a problem with recent research or research that has not been replicated. So I am upgrading from a 4 to a 5. I love listening to this show. It is entertaining, approaches new horizons in science and challenges some older thinking. I’m a former scientific researcher and a current science teacher. The show does make a bold attempt to present a cogent scientific argument in 30 minutes, so the show itself cannot be exhaustive. But if you care to learn more they cite their sources on their website, at least for the latest episode. So for the format, I believe the show does an excellent job. They do one thing exceptionally well, which is admitting very frequently that science does not currently have all the answers, and that good scientific work needs to be replicable and peer reviewed.
This podcast it truly one of my favorites!! I enjoy the controversial topics discussed. The woman’s voice is soothing. Great podcast!!!!!
Too easily jumps to conclusions based on minimal science and skews the presentation of the results to sound more dramatic. For instance, when something is or isn’t statistically significant is only mentioned when presenter wants to prove or disprove something. Just present the facts and not create drama.
Thank you, Wendy et al, for the interesting and engaging Science VS podcast. Happy to listen and learn about all sorts of topics. Keep up the great work!
I love how this podcast tackles a bunch of arguments in each show, and provides links to all their sources! I share this podcast out all the time on social media. One of my favorites for sure!
Obnoxious incessant giggling never stops
This podcast is fun, and easy to listen to. Those who have rated this terribly - have their preconceived notions that anything that goes against how they already feel is wrong. They say the information is mis captioned or taken out of context. None of them are actually saying what has been taken out of context ... so don’t believe them. Frankly - not going to listen to someone’s review that is named “ballsdeepinthelibtards”. It’s a great podcast!
I just started listening to this podcast, I love that the episodes on the shorter side & each one is about a new topic!
Charming host and some great, timely science communication. Love listening while I work!
For a podcast like this, it’s very important to trust the source that is curating the scientific research and presenting their summary of the consensus or lack thereof. In most cases Rose does a great job. In others, she has presented a straw man argument. That can be concerning for a show that pits “Fact against (fill in the blank)”. There have been a few cases where the opposition was taken out of context and presented as a synopsis for one side. If intentional, this is dishonest.
This show is great! I love learning about these topics with solid facts and logical processes. It can make political subject totally factual and I love looking at it this way. Educate yourself and listen! It’s fantastic.
I’ve learned so much listening to Science Vs! I’ve been a science nerd my whole life and have been looking for extra science after graduating college. I’ve learned about topics I never looked into before or had the desire to do so. Wendy does a great job! Great humor and great research.
The abortion underground episode was fascinating and important. Keep doing the good work!
Thank you for covering challenging issues! Y’all are awesome 🙌🏼🙌🏼
Podcast uses out of context quotes and seems to conglomerate facts to complete their own narrative instead of giving a more wholistic or comprehensive look at a topic.
Every episode is fascinating and intriguing. The perfect antidote to fake news. I tell everyone I know about it!
Data is our greatest weapon against propaganda. People on here are trying to say that the writers are using science to support their liberal agendas. Um, maybe the data proves that they are on the right side of history, and that you aren’t? Maybe their agenda is telling the truth? They site their sources! Go read them, maybe? Also, things are condensed to very simple terms. Does that make those facts untrue? No. That makes them accesible. I play this for my kids so that they can understand difficult concepts and hold their own in conversations. The bureaucracy of stem fields helps keep the average citizen in the dark-blindly following what major corporations and the gov tells us. Science Vs. is, I believe, part of a movement to educate the public, and in doing so giving them FREEDOM, something the right claims to fight for. Wendy Z I HOPE I speak for your other fans when I say that you are part of the revolution and you are making it so, so cute!
Wendy is so fun to listen to and she and her team make these scientific issues easy to understand and fun to listen to. Love this show. Can't wait for next season.
I love this podcast! It is a clever way to be introduced to a wide variety of topics that you can later delve into if interested. They do cover some sensitive arguments. There is some editorial bias. However, they use an extensive amount of professional and scholarly sources to cite claims on either side. They rarely even make claims unless it has been almost unanimously agreed upon by the scientific community. Most of the conclusions they draw are indeterminate like much else in science. The information is delivered in such a comedic, spunky format that I can’t stop listening!
Love this podcast. They do a great job of examining subjects from an unbiased, scientific eye. I have learned a lot from this podcast & look forward to listening to each new episode.
Mouth trumpet? Not cute or funny. Just annoying.Target audience is preteens I guess? Presenters shtick is truly awful. And the frequent ad breaks are irritating. 1 star is too many. Ugh!
So gooood! Funny and informative.
Your shark song is a creative masterpiece. Best thing I’ve heard since the Portal end credits. Bravo!
Wendy is very cute, and I think they did a great job in researching and sharing the truth.
Flawed, incomplete and one-sided arguments. Not science.
Love it! And Wendy’s accent is killer
Politically unacceptable. It’s a shame to me and others in the scientific community to see the politicization of science. It seems as though the information is cherry picked to accommodate the story. For those of you looking for facts; look elsewhere. For those of you looking for identity politics haphazardly “supported” by debunked studies in order to silently sit there whilst nodding and agreeing with yourself: this is for you.
Science vs. quickly moved up to my top 5 favorite podcasts. I love Wendy’s Aussie accent, her sense of humor and how they lay out the facts. The topics are always interesting and relevant.
Amazing, easy to listen to, interesting, well edited and often quite funny.
Great podcast. I’m learning a lot. And very entertaining, I like her voice.
This show always covers interesting topics and consults a number of scientific sources. The host is an aquired taste. It's clear that she considers comedy a part of her brand, yet it seems that she's never rejected a single joke that she's written. Nothing wrong with a few corny groaners, but any professional comedian will tell you that the mark of a good set is not using every single joke you came up with. But I keep the show in my feed because it's a good pop-sci overview of a lot of fascinating topics. (I will also add that while I share the host's political views, there's no denying she puts her thumb on the scale, and that's not consistent with good science.)
Amazing podcast. Very informational and it makes sure to package everything in a way that everyone would understand. One suggestion though. I understand that ads are how this podcast supports itself, but for the love of god shorten the ads. A single add feels like it goes on forever, and when you’ve heard the exact same ad over 20 times it becomes painful. Please. For the love of god. Shorten the ads.
Great podcast that really puts value on scientific evidence and peer-reviewed literature. I love science and this is a great podcast with so many interesting topics I just wish they’d make more! The podcast is written with some cheesy jokes and humor making it all the more enjoyable. Truly a great podcast, they dive into a topic and look at ALL perspectives to extract the science to either support or disprove the topic without bias, just scientific facts. Can’t wait for their new season in the Fall!
Seems like the show simply uses science-y language to advocate. One wouldn’t expect to hear a term like “back-alley abortion” used ritualistically or liturgically in a purportedly science-based report. And the term “person”—implemented from the start to frame the debate, doesn’t help determine scientific fact. I certainly think mystique/ignorance about the female body is unwise, but the program was disingenuous at the various instances where abortion was cast as a male/female issue or related to male oppression. I think you were unwilling to do social “science” on how men and women feel about the practice. But if you’re trying to persuade, the end justifies the means; right?
Love the content, always keeps my mind thinking!!! I do have one suggestion, here it is...... you should do an episode on the 6° of separation. Nothing negative to say about this.
I've been listening since the beginning and love every topic so far.
Curiosity and the thirst for knowledge and truth is the core quality of humanity. Be human.
This show is well researched, topical, and very cheeky. I love that every episode is focused on specific topic and that the producers understand science well enough to know that science's most common conclusion to a study is: inconclusive, we need more studies. 100% recommend this show, even if you just cherry-pick episodes on topics you care about.
I'm honestly surprised at how much I absolutely love this podcast! Binging through the years has been an absolute delight and I've loved every educational moment of it. The host is incredibly amusing and really keeps things from dragging too much, her love of puns may also sway my review in her favor though!
I love this podcast! I’m always sad when they have to take a break to record more episodes. Very informative! Love it!
I've caught every episode since the beginning. I like it! Some of the reviewers say they have an agenda, but I disagree. I think it's more of a perspective. Generally interesting and informative over a long period of time.
I listened to one episode and counted numerous logical fallacies, such as straw man arguments and false equivalencies, seemingly with the aim of driving the presentation to favor a preconceived notion the presenter held about the topic. Not at all uncommon with media outlets on either side of the political aisle, but this was billed as a scientific program.
I don’t know if it’s Wendy’s awesome accent, the music, or the facts that make this podcast so great, but I love it and I sincerely look forward to new episodes. Keep up the great work guys!
Sample size: at least 1 Methods: self-report Results: 100% satisfaction Conclusion: This is a %#*!ing awesome podcast. People can’t stop listening.
The podcast is entertaining but it seems like they interview people who support their agenda. I don’t think enough is done to seek out the real science I remember one physiologist was not to convincing or convinced herself but whatever it was that they were trying to prove was proven. But the thing I like the most is the way Wendy says vagina lol😂 keeps me listening.
This is easily one of my favorite podcasts. I'm frequently surprised and learn something new each episode, frequently about something that I thought I understood. If there were one podcast I could get everyone to listen to, it would be this one.
Need I say more?
In the age of disinformation this podcast is so refreshing. The topics of the episodes are fantastic, it’s amazing how well each episode sticks to the subject with out digressing. While presenting serious information the show maintains a high level of emotional awareness, playful at times yet very mindful and serious when need be. It’s like reading a well researched essay on s hot topic, learning something you didn’t know, and having a good time all the while. Thanks science Vs!
This is amazing, I love learning real facts vs what’s in the news or in someone’s agenda.
I love this podcast, but I thought this episode was unnecessarily insulting to people with mental heath issues. No good studies and just rude to people who suffer from anxiety and PTSD.
The show used to be interesting and entertaining, but it’s been corrupted by politics! Host and staff don’t look at all sides fairly and even abandon the standard format to push their political agenda. Ugh...
A great podcast. Well researched, edited, and presented. I’m not sure why others are complaining about “bias” and taking it so personally. Yes, there is a perspective and editorial voice. But the podcast isn’t obliged to present any and all sides of a subject. There is still a huge amount of information to be gained from these episodes, whichever way a person’s individual ideology swings.
I agree with some of the negative reviews, the show is obviously occasionally biased, some episodes only shows one side of the argument as well as antidotal information and there is some political correctness going on, but honestly how can any media be completely objective, unbiased and show all sides. Media is just entertainment and honestly this podcast is entertaining! I love it! Keep at it and maybe work on the bias and one sidedness.
Just listened to the 2019 abortion episode! This is an eye opening and powerful journey into women’s health and reproductive rights! I mean who really does know what their organs look like. Highly recommend a listen for all my sisters on this beautiful earth!
One of my favorite educational podcast! It’s not just educational if science was this entertaining I would’ve gotten straight A’s throughout high school! Wendy Zukerman is the reason Siri speaks to me with an Australian accent 😉Descr
This has been one of my favorite podcasts for a while. As a physician I am constantly frustrated by the amount of pseudoscience present in our society. You tackle important topics in an amusing, scientifically sound, and easy to digest manner. I should have left a review long ago but your episode on back alley abortions in the 60s was so incredible that I absolutely had to leave a review. Absolutely incredible, thank you for this.
Absolutely love this show and have listened to every episode. The host is so likable, witty, and charming. You can hear her smile on her face. The science isn’t always analyzed super in depth like some other shows, but this is hands down the most fun and entertainingly honest science show I’ve heard!
I heard some arguments and I only heard one side of the arguments over and over again. A lot of the facts and experts presented seemed to be biased sources anyways and the stories were geared to help steer arguments in favor of the bias.
I had high hope for this podcast as it was recommend by one of my favorite personalities. So I started listening from the beginning. I made it thru mid 2016 and couldn’t take it anymore. The reporting/assessment is obviously/painfully skewed to fit a narrative. Please stop pretending to be scientists. A scientist makes decisions based on the data without preconceived and prejudiced opinions.
Unempirical I’m a scientist, and through the first few episodes I heard, my only complaint was the way the host says the word “media.” (She almost puts an “m” sound at the end of the word.) But I got to the episode about extraterrestrial life, and that’s when I realized the lack of empiricism. There is absolutely zero life beyond earth. Period. Extraterrestrial life is 100% an idea from the human imagination. So the conjecture about its existence is not empirical, that is, not evidence-based. Scientific endeavors must be evidence-based. Lamarckism Also, in another episode, talking with an anthropologist about how humans became bipedal, the guest anthropologist put forth the idea that human ancestors started going on two feet in order to see over the tall grasses of the African savannas. This represents a nonsensical idea called Lamarckism, which was debunked 150 years ago. The prime example of Lamarckism is that giraffes grew longer necks because they needed to reach higher branches. The anthropologist was not called out on this, nor did the podcast’s crew make any statements about it. Politically Biased Despite this show being touted as a science show, it is disappointingly political in a few episodes. Politics have no place in science. It’s like any other bias: it should not come into play when considering scientific inquiry because it can taint your experiments, findings, and conclusions. For these reasons, I’ve unsubscribed, and would only tune back in if they corrected these issues. The sad thing is, listeners who aren’t scientists will probably not realize these problems are here because why wouldn’t they?
Wonderful show full of great information. The host is funny and show has great pacing. One of my favorites!!!
Wendy covers interesting topics through the lens of science. She presents the facts and not what people think should be true. All is done sincerely but with humor. Thank you for all your hard work!! Update: I just want to emphasize how much I appreciate the fact she takes on the hard topics- abortion, vaccines, back ally abortions- as well all the other interesting topics. Presenting the facts with references and not what people “feel are true” is invaluable.
This show is so informative! It’s thoroughly sourced and therefore trustworthy. In a time when facts are ignored and conflated with uninformed opinions, this show provides researched arguments for those of us willing to engage in spirited public debate.
I love how they demystify and distill the known research on the topics. New to the podcast? Check out the episode on acne.
I had high hopes for this podcast, but I find the hosts voice incredibly annoying. It’s not that she’s Australian (I’m also Australian). It’s more her extremely grating tone and the excessive chatter between actual information. I just can’t stand listening to her. Unsubscribing.
Science vs. is by far the best science podcast and even, dare I say, the BEST PODCAST EVER!!! The latest science topics (abortion, vaccines, CBD, etc.) presented in a fun, yet informative way. The thing I love the most about Science vs. is that both sides of an issue are presented and backed by a lot of legitimate research (usually each episode has over 100 citations). They really take care to distinguish science fact vs science fiction. Also I love Wendy’s accent!
If you live learning, like I do, you will enjoy this podcast. Wendy is a delight to listen to!
I've been happily soaking up every episode of the show since it aired on Gimlet. Wendy's charming sense of humor and in-depth approach to each topic can make anyone interested in knowing the truth not only entertained by each episode, but also radically informed about many sides of the topic at hand. Her natural approachability, respect, and curiosity she exhibits in her journalism and interviews has always been so nicely paired with the data and numbers - Wendy shines as today's Bill Nye. It wasn't until the most recent episode on Abortion that I felt so compelled to write a review. Her handling of this topic in a past episode was thoughtful and kind, but this recent take was thrilling and inspiring as well. The interviews with Carol Downer and Lorraine Rothman are so riveting and important to hear, it made me wonder why I'd never heard of these women before! While talking about a pretty uncomfortable topic, it was done with grace and confidence. Thank you, Wendy and the Science Vs team for your game-changing way of unearthing the real facts and showcasing the information we all are craving to know.
This podcast is both informative and entertaining. The issues are current and the research thorough. A great listen!
I love Science Vs. I am a high school teacher and have used a few episodes in my lessons! The climate change episode is remarkable! Wendy is the Best! 💜
Unbiased, funny, and awesome. Love this!
I used to love this show. I recommended it to all my friends and truly believed it to be unbiased. Now the show has turned into just mostly stories and has completely lost me. It no longer argues both sides of a scientific argument with facts. I’m sorry to say that I have now unsubscribed. Bring back the old style and I might come back.
It’s tough to find a science show that finds the right balance between education, interest, information and entertainment. This show does it well. As a scientist, i appreciate a balanced approach to common pop culture topics. Even more appreciated is the reference and the evidence-based reporting. Something that is even lacking in other science shows. Good job! Love the show! ❤️❤️❤️
Well researched and well produced podcast covering a range of topics. Wendy has a great voice, the guests brought on the show are always experts. My favorite part of the show is when they deep dive into the history of a scientific topic. Enjoy!
I really enjoy this podcast! As a scientist, I get excited when I find podcasts that exhibits the importance of science in a way that everyone can enjoy!
I’ve been listening to science vs. since the beginning. I love this podcast! Great topics that the public can use more quantitative information about! It’s fun to share with friends on road trips and great for listening to on a commute. All love for science VS!
Really great podcast that is awesome about breaking down issues with some great research to back it up. It was sad to me to hear that there were no sponsors on the latest abortion podcast--abortion is such a talked about topic right now and women need support!! Well, I am supporting this podcast and all of its greatness. Keep up the great work team!!
Just download it and listen now.
Great source of information from all sides of the topic being discussed. Really enjoy Wendy (the host) and the show format. I really appreciate the background, cited sources, and as close to objective style of reporting as possible.
I really like the host and they examine controversial topics. I like how they present both sides of each issue and it reminds me every time how nothing is black and white. I enjoy this podcast.
This podcast is very informative!
This podcast confronts the Confirmation Bias head on. As a statistician and professor in science, I very much appreciate their thoroughness!
This podcast is amazing. Wendy breaks down science topics through storytelling.
Really well-researched and comprehensive look at big issues. Fascinating to listen to!
I have learned so much from this podcast. A scientific approach to topics you Always wondered about. It’s hard to debate science (or you would think).
I love this podcast! Not only does it make me laugh and keep me entertained, but I learn something important every episode. In this era of everyone yelling “fake news” at each other, I feel it’s important to recognize there are a lot of hard true facts and real science. This is a show not about someone’s perspective but a show that ACTUALLY LOOKS AT what is scientifically TRUE. It is our responsibility to dig in and learn the facts and then we can shape our perspective. I appreciate the hundreds of references for each episode and the real research done here. I appreciate Wendy doesn’t shy from difficult subjects like gun control, abortion, and anti-vaxxers. Her research has gone Ben me new perspective on GMOs, fracking, and even the Egyptian Pyramids. It a podcast I recommend over and over to friends.
If you want to know what's wrong with this podcast, just one of its many flaws, look up "Gell-Mann Amnesia." To oversimplify a little bit, this podcast purports to educate but it will actually make you stupider if you take it seriously.
I was actually recommended this podcast by another (not affiliated) podcast and I haven’t been able to stop listening! All topics are interesting and even the ones I wouldn’t think I’d like I do! Very topical! Thank you Ear Biscuits for the rec!!! Thanks science vs for being amazing!!
The absolute best science pod cast. Thanks Wendy Z!
I really liked season 1-4, but things really went off the rails in season 5&6. The entire concept of this show is “science”, aka facts and results of experiments challenging our existing biases. I just listened to “The Abortion Underground” and hardly heard any facts or figures. Instead I heard a glowing promo for the earliest promoters of abortion, full of admiration and stories. Where is the science?? This happened again with the transgender episode. They talk to 1 person who is firmly committed to abortion and get their stories, there is no attempt to say there is anyone on the other side of the issue and no attempt to stick to the science. There used to be a “here’s side A, here’s side B, let’s see where the evidence is” approach, but now it’s all clearly biased from the get go. I wish I could like this again, but when I keep hearing emotional language wrapped up in scientistic pretenses, I find it very hard to take seriously.
This is by far one of the best science podcasts I’ve listened to - while still being funny and easily accessible, Wendy communicates real science from a wide variety of sources. The team doesn’t shy away from controversial topics, and it’s refreshing to hear commentary on these issues from a scientific perspective. I’ve been listening like crazy and recommending to all my friends - absolutely worth giving a try!
I love this podcast. Brings us interesting and important scientific discussions using, as the podcast name says, science vs popular believes. With good scent if base and putting it in a fun and easy to follow way I’m always looking forward for the next episode. Thanks Wendy and the crew for all the hard and awesome work
Love this show, mainly because of how great Wendy is. The joke about coconut water in the placebo episode almost made me just spit out my coffee.
Love this podcast! Lots of great science and fun that keep the science accessible. Glad I found this podcast!
A fantastic look into complex topics based on empirical evidence. Global in perspective and very well documented. Engaging and presented in a way that we can all understand and enjoy.
Thank you. I love this podcast.
Does a good job of being factual even when the truth isn’t what anyone wants to hear.
Wendy is the real deal—not only in her ability to make your eyes roll from amazingly corny and hilarious puns, but also as a professional science journalist and remarkable storyteller. This podcast is a must-listen for those who seek fact-packed investigative journalism that’s not meant to sensationalize but enlighten.
This show is every bit as entertaining and informative as radiolab without being over produced. I love how willing they are to speak about controversial topics and lay facts out bare based on research and evidence vs. opinions. Wendy is very entertaining and relatable as a host. A++
Incredible research, amazing host, entertaining while informative! Perfect podcast to play for your uninformed relatives. Objectively addresses topics like global warming, vaccines, abortions, and other hot button topics, and respectively always argues on the side of truth. Major props for releasing a recent episode about abortion despite a lack of advertisers!!!
I really enjoyed this show in the beginning. They used to explore topics from all angles. However, the abortion episode changed that. They approach this topic with absolutely no scientific basis. They tell stories about women doing botched abortions on each other back in the 60’s, with no medical training. Where was the reporting on up to date medical care that we currently have? How easy and accessible knowledge about our bodies and reproductive health is today. They only focus on how women didn’t know where their vagina was from their urethra. We live in completely different times. Knowing the history is important but the story told is completely one sided. The worst part is they referred to abortions as menstrual extractions. No information they presented reinforced why abortions should be legal. If anything, they expose the lack of evidence for which Roe v. Wade was passed on. Very biased episode.
I love this podcast! It is well researched and tries to present just the facts. It does have a left leaning view point at times but that doesn’t bother me at all. Wendy is enthusiastic about the topics and pleasant to listen to. However, the ads annoy me so much! They are long, repetitive, and awkward. Please record some new ones.
Wendy and her team seem to work tirelessly on each story. Their citations are something to be truly proud of, having both scholarly and non-scholarly citations as is appropriate. Their subject matter is most often timely and relevant to current issues in the media but they take a great long form look at subjects that might only get 15 minutes on the evening news. A great show produced by people who understand what proof in science really is.
The idea behind Science Vs is simple but brilliant. Each episode takes a concept (some are currently controversial, such as vaccines or abortion, others less so, such as acne medication or weight loss pills) and assess the science behind several points made about that concept. The show interviews scientific experts and cites academic studies to make its conclusions, and helps listeners to understand what they should and shouldn’t consider when looking at a particular issue. The host is wonderful, as is the entire team. Even when addressing contentious issues, they are thoughtful and deliberate—the most recent episode, which explored pre-Roe abortions, was deeply moving. This one is on my regular rotation and I listen to each episode as soon as it comes out. I highly recommend.
There are many entertaining and interesting podcasts out there but only a few qualify as essential listening. Science Vs is one of those.
This is a great podcast with excellent facts and up to date info! Fast Forward an EXACT year and the US Navy just released hours of HUD/aircraft flight recordings, of “unexplained” flying whachamacallits! KEEP ME UP TO DATE! Please bring back your experts! I want to hear what they are going to say! I love this podcast! Keep up the great job!
One of my all time favorite podcasts! Funny and informative with so many great puns! I also love how citations are provided so if you want to do more research you are all set!
I enjoy listening and I find the subject manner interesting, but I worry that it is sometimes a bit opinionated; I say this as someone who leans left, much as I see the podcast doing. I think my problem is that the podcast positions itself as being unbiased, but it doesn’t always do the work to present the entirety of a debate. I think it’s helpful to talk to experts about the issues, but I would prefer to see longer episodes with more representation from both sides of an issue. That’s not to say I have a problem with the team taking a stance at the end of a podcast, it’s just to say that it doesn’t seem like all sides are evenly represented in all discussions.
I love that the scientific evidence is presented in a balanced way without an agenda. And punny, too!
I found this podcast when I was looking for educational stuff to listen to with my kids, but it quickly became one of my favorite things to listen to whether they are with me or not!
Wendy is superb as the host of this informative podcast. Every topic is well researched and presented in a very entertaining format. The science is top notch. Experts in the topic are always consulted and appear in the episodes.
Arguably a most needed dose of meaningful facts and figures. Current and interesting topics - check it out!
It’s fair and informative and sometimes even funny! 10/10 would recommend!
You’ll be happy if you start listening to this podcast
I LOVE LOVE LOVE research-based disection of issues. This is how the world should work. Simple, straight forward and dispassionate. A-political. Advertisers - get your head in the game and support this institution.
The episode on the abortion underground is excellent. Very timely for what is going on in America right now.
Wendy and her team are excellent investigative scientist/journalists. They tackle topics of interest and that are relevant, even those that they can’t find sponsors to. If there was ever a podcast to support and at for, this would be it. Keep up the great work & thank you.
I recently ran out of Reply All’s so I was very glad to find this podcast. Bite sized episodes that help me feel more informed, without too much bias.
Science Vs. is a great podcast you should listen to. They're not afraid to tackle tough topics. You're guaranteed to learn and guaranteed to laugh.
I’ve had my mind changed a couple of times by the great research and reporting done through this podcast. Every episode is worth the time spent listening.
I started listening to Science vs. as entertainment because I love learning. I was delighted to find that this is more than a typical science podcast- it’s education on some very controversial subjects. We need more people teaching about the real facts behind our politics so we can make decisions based on facts and not emotion.
This podcast is one of my favorites. Topics and comments on point, very entertaiment and even tackles sensitive issues that some people does not like to have the facts. Try to focus on science and facts, which makes some people uncomfortable because science might contradict what they want to believe. I could hear Wendy talk all day long, she's funny and smart.
Wendy is a joy on all levels and the whole team works hard to bring you best quality and unbiased presentation of various topics ranging from plainly interesting to controversial. I've been listening for years and I'll be listening for however long they continue to produce this podcast.
Wendy is amazing! This show is entertaining and very thought provoking. A definite favorite.
This show is smart, approachable, and courageous, tackling some big 21st issues with humor and integrity! Thank you, Science Vs team.
I absolutely love this podcast. It makes me feel like there is a space for bi-partisan information, where I can learn! Engaging, interesting, educational. Also think it’s the perfect length, not too long and not too short. Love it, keep up the great work.
By far my favorite podcast. So concise, so interesting, just absolutely love it. Amazing job by producers, editors, etc. that work to put it together every week.
This show has such a huge variety of topics it hit that you’re constantly exploring all the different corners of science. It’s very informative and I love that Wendy and her team will share their own opinions while simultaneously sharing the opposing sides perspectives. Overall it’s a must!!
Wendy is smart, funny, and has the best accent!
Super engaging, backed up with extensive research, presented clearly while allowing with nuance. I always learn something new. Love it.
A lot of the conclusions I come to in life are focused around a simple question: what does the science say about this? That’s how this show approaches each of the topics it chooses to tackle. There are times when the truth of the matter may be uncomfortable, but the show doesn’t shy away from it. The explanations are always thoughtful, entertaining, and intellectually honest, and that’s a trifecta many podcasts fail to hit. Definitely worth a listen.
Don’t listen to reviews asserting “left bias.” This is legitimate scientific journalism and assessment. Great facts, great assembly and storytelling. I am getting a PhD in a social science field, and I’m impressed by the amount of research and nuanced scientific judgments by the staff. They aren’t afraid to tackle tough issues.
Great for understanding the context and history of current events, backed up by the facts!
Self-professed “factivists.” I listened to several of these, and could in all episodes think of ways that the statistics they cited could be flawed. In today’s world there are enough studies to “prove” anything you were seeking to prove, and that’s exactly what this podcast does. A large percentage of their “studies” aren’t anything other than subjective surveys, without any thought given to bias or influential factors.
One of my favorite podcasts! I look forward to it popping up in my feed every week.
I’m a scientist, and I run science communication workshops for other science grad students. I use this podcast as an example of GREAT science communication. It’s so fun to listen to, accessible, straightforward, and unbiased. I also love when it’s honest about science’s shortcomings, limitations, and occasional problematic history. I learn something (usually a lot of things!) every episode. It’s one of my favorite podcasts and I highly recommend it!
Interesting podcast, however they try to be perceived as unbiased, even though they blatantly are.
I like most episodes until they try to shove their agenda down your throat. Do controversial topics and have experts and scientists on both sides give their views. Don’t bash one side. You want to know why companies don’t want to sponsor abortion? Take a wild guess.
Thank you Wendy for not only breaking it down but backing it up. I love how you find topics that are relevant to current issues. It’s a fun, playful and informative podcast.
This podcast is entertaining and gives you real facts. They show both sides of the story- sometimes there is no “right” answer, and that shows that we need to keep an open mind no matter what our opinions or ideas try to whisper in our brain!!! Plus i wish I could imitate Wendy’s voice & accent- she sounds like she’s smiling 100% of the time. It makes me feel fuzzy inside!!!
Keep up the great work. I find the content well balanced, informative and I am never disapointed!
Corny jokes and a scientific review of complicated subjects put into plan language, what’s not to love
Even when I am uncomfortable about the topic I listen because listening is important to making good decisions.
I’m a scientist myself, but I love how Wendy and her team present the evidence in a way that is accessible to everyone. Keep up the great work!!!
1-star reviews tend to be people who are part of the anti-vaxxer/flat-earther crowd. Some also state this has a leftist bias, which may be true to some extent but only because a lot of the right seems to have abandoned science as a basis of their opinions. Anyway, give this podcast a listen and learn something interesting!
Well researched overview of current science topics from controversial to pseudoscientific trends. Very approachable while still quite comprehensive.
Nothing is perfect, and so science can be imprecise after we discover more or better scientific evidence. But that doesn’t mean we should say it’s “junk” science or we should trust political and religious pundits with a CLEAR power agenda. Science evolves and so should ideas, but don’t call science useless because it doesn’t align with your religion or politics.
Disclaimer: I am not a scientist in any sense of the word. Wendy is highly entertaining and the show has great production quality. I’ve been listening to her show for 2+ years. Many episodes are enlightening. I particularly loved the one on global warming. It’s such a complex subject that it was nice to have it broken down into less scientific terms. The guy that said the vaccines episode made him unsubscribe must hate healthy children and eliminating curable diseases. However there is a clear bias from Wendy regarding environmental issues. Not all of those issues are clear cut but her bias makes it seem that way. Overall this is a highly enjoyable podcast that I plan on listening to on a continued basis. And if you’re not a super scientist but like learning more about interesting topics, this is a great way to do so without having to do a major deep dive for yourself.
Okay I’ve been listening to this show for a while now. But this most recent show on underground abortions blew my mind. Definitely one of the very few anecdotal/opinion based episodes but it was still amazing. Brb going to buy my own speculum now!
I’ve been a subscriber for a couple years now. If you like to be entertained with investigative journalism, facts, science and critical thinking, then you will love it.
Been looking for a show like this for a long time. So often I feel lost about what the facts actually are and what peer-reviewed and statistically significant studies have been done on new science that people talk about all the time but it feels like everyone has a different idea about what the truth of it actually is. Literally every single episode (fasting, placebo, CBD) to name a few is an answer to a question I’ve had about this stuff. I often wish I had the time to go do the research myself, but I don’t and it’s great that I can trust Wendy and the team to go look it up. The show is upbeat and unapologetic, because why apologize for the facts? Listening to the abortion episode now, and it still feels a little tiny bit revolutionary to hear a bunch of women say the word “vagina” without lowering their voice or giggling nervously. It’s inspiring and it’s awesome and I love them and am grateful. Definitely worth a listen!
Funny and informative. My all-time favorite.
Some of the early episodes were somewhat interesting but once you realize they exist to further a viewpoint, meh. And I can’t take anymore of the sound effect between bits anymore. Gonna be a unsubscribe from me dog. “Smarter everyday” on YouTube scratches the science deep dive itch much better.
Amazing podcast 👏🏻 Science isn’t here to validate your feelings or opinions. Just because it tells you the things you “know” are wrong doesn’t mean it’s “left-leaning”
Lots of political options creep in.
After listening info to the podcast where Wendy said she received a review calling the podcast "Bogus" because he disagreed with her vaccine podcast, I felt I had to leave a review. This podcast is well researched and presented in an entertaining and informative manner. There's no fake news here. Science and facts don't lie. When there's something presented that may be unproven or contentious, Wendy communicates the why's and how's. Do yourself a favor. Listen, learn and think. Jason from PA
You’re great! Thanks for doing this work!
Enjoyed it at first but some of the episodes seem very biased with political issues. Wendy is amazing though!
Fun to listen to (especially for ADHD brains). I especially appreciated the vaccine episodes, a topic that is challenging to talk about with individuals who have gotten their info from random people on social media and bogus anti-vaxx sites. This podcast made talking to these vehement anti-vaxxers a little easier. However, there are legitimate medical reasons not to get vaccinated, but I'm not talking about those cases.
I used to be very fond of this podcast, but it has gone further and further downhill. It is now more of a political show than a scientific show - Wendy and her team set out for stories and data that confirms their preheld biases. This show uses often uses opposing logical arguments when one suits its narrative. For instance, in the abortion episode, Wendy implicitly argues that banning abortion will not stop women from getting them, it will just push it underground. Does this logic not hold the same in regards to banning guns? She did an entire episode about “immigration”, in reference to the illegal immigration debate. Only one problem-All of her data was about legal immigrants (which she admits)! She spent the whole episode building up this completely irrelevant strawman, so she could tear it down and make her political statement, completely missing the plot. The most recent episode about abortion was absolutely in poor taste. I’m not surprised they have had trouble getting advertisers. I’m disappointed with what this show has become. It had great potential. But I am cancelling my subscription. Not worth the listen.
Currently listening to the Abortion Underground episode. Science Vs didn’t get any sponsors for their first abortion episode yet they did it anyway. Then, all the laws passed this week and a second episode comes out, still unsponsored. Why are people scared about topics that need to be researched and discussed? Thank you Science Vs for not being scared and sticking with it.
Wendy is such an adorably hilarious nerd who gives us much needed scientific explanations for the important issues we’re all talking about. This is truly one of the best podcasts out there for people who like to laugh and learn at the same time. Warning: this podcast may make you completely reverse your understanding of what is accepted and what is science.
Wendy is a brilliant science communicator. I love the puns hilariously inserted into each show. I also love that she’s willing to take on “controversial” topics like vaccinations and abortion. Thanks to all involved putting this great product together.
Thank you Wendy and all the team at Science VS. Your topics are always fascinating and I love that you make citations available. A special thanks for today’s episode about the terrible history of back-alley abortions and the brave Self Helpers! So many women today are too young to know about it, but they really need to understand the stakes. And shame on those companies too cowardly to show support for your awesome show!
As a woman, I was seriously disappointed to listen to the episode on abortion. Prior to listening to it I had high hopes that a true unbiased scientific conversion would be presented, with both sides of the issue discussed in order for the listener to be given the opportunity to make up his or her own mind on the topic. It was clear to me that the point was to convince listeners of the producers own agenda under a shameless cover of “science.“ Unsubscribing.
Hated to hear you could not find a company to back abortions. I’ve been with this podcast sense day one. It’s not perfect but the host, Wendy Zukerman, is charming and quirky (that Aussie accent doesn’t hurt) and so is the show. They have real sources and though I think the ultimate focus is to be entertaining, and it is, it’s also extremely informative especially if you don’t have a background in science (I do, and find most of the data and how it’s framed to be solid, all be it quite playful). I appreciate taking on unpopular topics from time to time. Good work Guys.
Thank you for the reporting on these hero’s of reproductive autonomy. Ad dollars belong here.
Very few facts. Lots of opinions. Definitely left bias.
Stumbled upon the science vs ghost episode when I was looking for something new to listen to while I work and became an instant fan of the show. The hostess is great and fun and the topics are always interesting. One of my new favorite shows.
After hearing the show, “science vs vaccines” I cancelled my subscription. I thought the show would be superficial at best after hearing other science vs topics, but it is as far from science as voodoo.
Wendy is becoming the preeminent science communicator of our generation! Science Vs is a scientific literature review mixed with a well written comedy show. They bring compelling topics to the forefront, and draw their conclusions from the scientific community rather than their own opinions. It’s the only podcast I recommend to anyone, and I recommend it to everyone!
Fascinating, fun, and fact-based. Highly recommend
I absolutely love this show! Wendy is one of my top two favorite Podcast hosts (The ladies of What you missed in history class are the other). Thank you for all of the hard work you put into researching these interesting topics!
A fun intro to a lot of different scientific topics. As a program, very well presented and crafted. It’s great for the ADHD brain as well! (what up, my fellow Distracticons?) Wendy is a great host and her enthusiasm for the topics really shines through and feels genuine. The team is solid, and they keep the fluff to a minimum. Keep up the great work, Science Vs!
I really like this podcast but I would do anything not to hear the ads.
I am writing this review specifically in response to the reviewer who claims this podcast needs to do more research and be more science-based. It is obvious the amount of research going into these episodes is robust. At the end of every episode they list the number of citations. If you don’t know what that means, It's the number of peer reviewed sources of information that were referenced in order to develop/verify the content for the episode. I will venture an educated guess the reviewer claiming they need to do more research is not employed in academics or science. If there is a more rigorously research science based podcast of a similar nature out there, I am not aware of it.
There isn’t enough “Science” in the episodes. I know they’re quick dives into many different topics but the fasting episode is what did it for me. You really missed the mark with that one. Please do some more research before you create your next episode. Maybe I’ll start listening again once it becomes a more science based podcast.
I have been listening since you began. My boyfriend isn’t a huge podcast listener. He enjoys most when I have them playing. Today he told me he would listen to anything that girl talks about!! Can you tell him to do some cleaning 😃
I’ve been a semi-regular listener of this show since it began, choosing which episodes to listen to on a topic by topic basis. I like the concept and basic structure of the episodes. Sometimes I find myself wishing they would get to the point a bit faster (and maybe ease up on the intentionally bad puns), but they generally do a pretty good job making the subject matter entertaining and digestible. It’s fairly obvious where the podcast’s creators (and Gimlet) fall on the political spectrum, but it doesn’t seem to have colored their reporting TOO much, or prevented them from stepping away from the party line on certain issues when the relevant science suggests they should. This is what I would expect from a show that glorifies science (see: tag line “There’s [blank]...and then there’s SCIENCE”) and makes a point of highlighting their citations. Considering how I felt about the show up to this point, the recent episode on race took me by surprise. They prominently feature a short clip of Sam Harris discussing race and intelligence. The clip is taken completely out of context from a larger discussion (which I listened to when Sam originally released it) in order to portray him as one of a new breed of quasi-white supremacists. If they had spent more time with the source material, they could not have reasonably reached this conclusion. Sam is misrepresented in this way so often that I see only two possible reasons for it here: laziness or malice. Neither quality makes for good science. Intellectual honesty is everything in this domain. My confidence in the show’s integrity has been shaken enough by this incident that I won’t be listening anymore.
I love this podcast! In a world raging with opinions and not many facts, it’s refreshing to hear the science. Check it out, you won’t regret it. 🤗
Genuinely, the Lyme episode was so depressingly poorly researched. The information is so CDC standard and out of date, new research has shown over and over that chronic and persistent Lyme are both very real and all too common. The EM rash they cover only happens in 40 percent of cases, and minus the flu like symptoms the other symptoms they describe are only found in Lyme arthritis patients not neurological Lyme patients. The test is not 95 percent accurate. I was tested 20 times before my Lyme was found because it went dormant. Lyme can go dormant. They never mention that it’s a spirochete like syphilis and can move and burrow wherever it wants in the body. Antibiotics fail to treat Lyme all the time. The latest research shows that there are several antibiotic resistant strains that require 3 antibiotics at once for many months. They don’t cover co-infections at all. Honestly, bleak.
Why is it in a “science” podcast do we have to state that an episode is for cisgender? Like really? Yes an episode about the reproductive ability on men and woman but if you are a non Cisgender then it’s not really going to help? The people that say they are non cisgender still have the reproductive anatomy of what they were born with and it affects them the same. This podcast should be renamed What We Feel is wrong vs.
I’ve subscribed to this podcast for several seasons, finding it entertaining if not always scientific. However, in your intelligence and race episode, I really think you quoted Sam Harris completely out of context and it made me lose respect for you. Please take the time to listen to Harris completely (admittedly it takes a while for him to get to his point sometimes), and I think you will discover he is one of the more nuanced(and least racist) thinkers of our time.
I've enjoyed this podcast for a while. You can rely on the science they do report, but even science itself is still parsing through many of the topics they cover. However, I am compelled to write a review today because of their most recent podcast on race. Their conclusions on the subject make sense, but for some reason they made a point to go after Joe Rogan anf Sam Harris in this one, taking clips from their podcasts and placing it in episodes dialogue as if to say Sam and Joe are part of this racist dark web that are promoting whites as having a superior intellect. Incredibly disingenuous, and far from the truth. If you actually hear the entirety of their thoughts on the matter, they reach a conclusion very similar to what this episode has, except, particularly in Sams case, there is much more depth around the subject and commentary on how to LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD. Very far from what science vs has tried to label them as to their viewers. A real shame. A podcast supposedly structured around unbiased and agendaless science has taken an ugly turn. Taking shots and people in the public eye for their silly puns is one thing, but this is another. And as I've said, Joe and Sam are allies to equality of opportunity and the suggestions made by this podcast are show a stance that its creators are taking that is unfortunately misinformed and poorly researched, something true scientists work to stay far away from.
Please stop doing ads as skits. They are sooooo long and hearing the cheesey skits over and over make me skip th entire rest of the episode bc when I'm driving bc I can't skip forward
Often ignores science to push its own agenda. Aims to expand its audience more than it aims to expand its audience’s minds.
I've subscribed and listened to about 10 episodes. Most are interesting, and the host is quirky and engaging. The podcast about the "Science of Being Transgender" set me over the edge. The podcast started by examining how many people are born transgender (about 1 in 1500 according to the Intersex Society of North America) but no citation is given in the podcast. Instead, a conversation happens with one doctor who notes that this phenomenon happens occasionally. From there, the rest of the podcast works off the basis that gender is not biological and simply interviews people who affirm the premise "proven" by the last claim as if "science" proves that gender is a state of mind and not biological. This is, at best, simply biased science. At worst, it is very misleading. The "Science vs. Abortion" episode is very similar- interviewing doctors who perform or are in favor of abortions. When the podcasts stay away from politically charged issues by sharing only one-sided views, it is actually pretty interesting.
If anyone from Gimlet is reading this: Using one scientist or study as source material does not a scientifically valid claim make. Episodes tend to be poorly organized or structured around a very simple blanket statement that is so broad that it can never really be proven or disproven in our complicated, nuanced world. Narration is gimmicky and tacky. Scripting follows a mind-numbingly repetitive series of slightly less broad questions (all following from the oversimplified blanket premise) that are answered very generally using insufficient source material. Critical thinking (evaluating conditions under which sources could be incorrect or irrelevant, for example) is almost nonexistent. After giving this podcast a solid chance (listening to more than 10 episodes in their entirety), this very disappointed scientist gives this podcast two thumbs down.
In a world dominated by feelings being more important than facts, it’s very refreshing hearing science again.
Science with a healthy dose of puns; enough said.
The facts are amazing and mind blowing my fav episode of Bigfoot love Bigfoot well...kinda
Gimlet Media started the practice of playing music during commercials so that you can fast forward. Since GM sold the company the commercials are proliferate and the music muted. Science Vs is the worst offender in the Gimlet Media stable.
The Podcast’s topics are interesting and thought provoking, but many times they seem to neglect one side of the argument or conflate issues. The immigration podcast mixed legal and illegal immigrants as if they aren’t two separate issues. The circumcision was bad, one expert used studies done in Africa and presented it as if the US would have similar results. Their expert was a Jewish Urologist. Who is culturally predisposed to support the procedure and he performs the procedure. Therefore financially benefits from doing them. However, not all are bad, many times they make good points.
Great podcast that explores interesting and sometimes controversial topics based on facts and science. Wendy is fantastic!
Love this podcast! It’s a great way to learn while sitting in traffic. The topics are interesting and Wendy and her team does a great job of making the information easy to understand! Been sharing this podcast with all my friends - highly recommend!
Love what you guys do! Thanks for providing facts and the data to back it up.
This podcast is awful and merely uses studies to reach the conclusion they want to reach. The latest episode mocking people with disabilities was especially offensive and horrendous.
I just listened to the episode on ESA’s and this woman is laughing maniacally telling mentally ill people to “bring a blankie next time” on their flight because she spoke to ONE scientist. I think work like this could be triggering for some. For a podcast on science she should know you need than one opinion to form the idea that something is a fact. She also didn’t cite any of these “studies” mentioned. Honestly I always have enjoyed Gimlet podcasts and knew I could get quality podcasts with them, but this is beyond disappointing- it’s problematic. I had grown to expect better from Gimlet. As far as the comment stating this is leftist fake news: no, I don’t believe the left would want to take responsibility for this shameful exhibit of callousness.
As a PhD Candidate in nutrition with a background in environmental science from Stanford, I keep identifying faulty logic, bad use of studies, and likely biases whenever they address a subject in my domain of expertise. This makes me suspect that there is plenty of that "bad science" also going on when they address subjects that I am not as familiar with. I am not sure whether to think these flaws are the result of rushed research combined with biased preconceptions, or if there are less innocent reasons involved. When I have more time, I will look into who their funders are. The podcast may be fun to listen to, but don't take any of it seriously.
When I first began listening to this podcast I really enjoyed it. But anytime the host went out and experimented the topics on herself (Detoxing & Cleansing, Keto, etc.) she was SO annoying. No one is listening to this podcast to hear a grown woman complain like a child not being able to have dessert or toast or whatever. The podcast is way overproduced and riddled with comical, over the top sound effects. Next.
Mocks disability accommodations without input from the disability community. There are plenty of scientists with disabilities, interview them when covering disability issues.
They go from skepticism about losing weight while fasting because the only sources are tests done on worms and mice and then go to saying cancer treatment looks very promising because of test results in mice...
Hey science vs team! I wanted to suggest a very timely issue for you to look at. What Science says about the impact of working mothers on child development... with a raise of empowered and independent women we are seeing this debate resurge as women have to face a very difficult moment of dropping off their babies at day care... is it bad for babies?! Thank you!!
Hi Science Vs. Team, I love listening to your informative podcasts! I truly appreciate your hard work and funny presentation of the topics as well. Has there been an episode on organic meat and dairy? I haven’t been able to find it, if you have done one. I’m going through infertility treatment and would love to hear the science on that topic as related to unborn fetuses. Thanks so much!
Gimlet, stop union busting and respect the wishes of your employees. I wonder if your new corporate Spotify bosses are playing any role in your efforts to push against a union? Fight for workers rights, not billionaires.
I could listen to Wendy all day. I love how they lay at the facts and come to a conclusion.
Yo why is her voice so annoying. I am currently listening to the Alcohol: A Pour Decision and the way that she says beer is so cringe. She says beer, "beeaahhh" and heart is like "hahhtt" like I really don't like listening to her voice. Really takes away from the listening pleasure even though the content is pretty solid.
Love what you all do. How about an episode on recycling?? (I’ve loved the veganism and plastics episodes recently and would love to hear more environmental analysis.)
People are crazy calling this non-objective and pseudo-scientific. Also a scientist and researcher here, and Wendy and her team are amazing at dissecting every serious research out there on a topic and showing how it may or may not be subject to skepticism. It’s a REALLY good show to understand all the complexity of topics in 40-60 minutes. It’s my absolute favorite, and I have recommended it to every science fans I know - and it’s a hit with everyone. They do try to listen to every side of one story, even when it’s clearly the most non-scientific ones (eg. anti-vaxx, ghost believers etc). I actually appreciate how Wendy is straight-forward on her own beliefs, so it’s up to US to receive, interpret, and digest what the show gives us, considering its sides and sponsors. Poor, innocent people who prefer the lying media saying it’s impartial - when it’s IMPOSSIBLE to be when your show has sponsor or it’s owned by private companies. Keep up with the amazing job, Wendy and team!
If you’re looking for an opinion piece by somebody that says the word science incessantly then this is for you. It’s plucked studies to prove a point the podcaster wants to be the truth.
Very informative, while giving all the pertinent facts! I absolutely love the show, and Wendy.
One of my go tos. Her voice is pleasant with a nice delivery. It is too the point and fun without drudgery of too many details. Good topics.
This is not science. This is leftist opinions. Fake news
No, this isn’t science, nor does the podcast doesn’t present information in a non-biased way. They clearly have a specific agenda on each topic then present data to support that perspective ONLY. I’m bothered by that fact that the term “science” is in the podcast’s title but am even more more disturbed by the fact that they or others actually perceive it as such.
Seems very one sided in investigations.
I look forward to each new episode! This podcast keeps me engrossed start to finish, and then leaves me wanting the next episode. Anxiously waiting for mid-March!!!
I LOVE everything about this podcast!
Awesome evidence based podcast, super funny host Wendy!
The podcast itself is good and presents usually pretty accurate facts. A lot of the research seems slightly biased. After listening to the episode about chiropractors, as a chiropractic student it made me realize how much information these podcasts are lacking. Some thing are right... like subluxation is total BS but some things not so much. For example the field of chiropractic is so dynamic and there are so many different techniques and methods of treatment I don’t think it provides a great understanding of the profession. But it makes me wonder what they’re leaving out in their other episodes. I’ll stick to my unbiased, evidence based resources from now on.
Was excited to try this out but it just doesn’t go in depth enough. It’s quick pop science that fails to fully explain or examine some of the questions and research behind what they talk about.
It’s good. Period.
I've listened to Science Vs since the beginning and as someone to loves science and loves to learn, I get a lot out of this podcast. Their research is impressive and I love even more that they list their show notes with citations on the website. I also like the format - how they set up the questions they are going to answer as well as sharing sometimes why certain questions aren't being answered on a topic. I also really love that they are willing to tackle difficult or politically "hot" topics as well. They handle them very well.
When i saw the title science vs Vaccine I was hoping they would be open and honest about their “science” but the only quotes they used were from sources that are funded by big pharma. Disappointing imo
It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s informative. But is it science? Eh. When the word correlation suits the producers of this podcast, they use it and explain away... points for Science vs. BUT I’ve noticed they seem to completely miss other correlations and present them as causation because they work for the premise. The attachment parenting episode is a great example of this, and I know many people have complained about that episode already. To be honest I stopped listening to the episode when sleeping with a parent was presented as a primary causative factor in SIDS deaths when actually this occurs frequently in cribs and is often called crib death or cot death depending where you reside. Additionally, I find that the questions asked often bias the results. Who cares if saccharin causes cancer anymore, it’s sucralose that is added to everything at the grocery these days... what’s the science on that, is there any? It wasn’t mentioned once. Maybe there is a majority of people asking the questions they ask, but I often find myself thinking ‘well that’s completely beside the point isn’t it?’ My point is, it’s funny, and if mainstreaming science doesn’t get under your skin, it’s fun... but I don’t take it too seriously.
Love the podcast. Very informative and entertaining. Love the way that subjects are treated and presented. I learn something every time I listen.
Science is one of my favorite subjects in school. And this podcast opens my eyes to the bigger picture of science.
You only stated arguments from one side of the debate and only went after one side as target. As a science channel you need to show both sides but you only went after you bad opinion of firearms.
The Good: The host is talented at keeping things interesting. Seems like they put a lot of work into podcast. The Bad: For a podcast claiming they are using science to find the truth, they are biased in what science and facts they decide to share, or how they interpret the facts (very left leaning). I know both sides do it, but they are claiming to be unbiased. I was expecting science from both angles.
Awesome show! I used to listen to the daily bugle too. Talent runs in the family!
I looked at the review rating ..so many stars! No amount of tonal undulation or pop-fresh presentation will make this interesting. Sounds like a ten year old talking to her imaginary friend. She interrupts sound bites from actual interesting people with snap judgment conclusions you would get from a Scooby-Doo episode. Terrible.
A lot of these reviews will tell you the host is “snarky” and not serious enough. The point of this show is to be fun and informative! Which this show does beautifully. I don’t find it to be all that biased. I enjoy the fact that everything this show claims is backed up by citations. If you keep in mind that there is a ton of research on almost every topic this show covers and this show doesn’t have the time or the means to go through ALL of it, then you will simply sit back listen and enjoy. Feel free to do your own research and just use this show as a place to start. I LOVE this show and the host! Can’t wait to listen to more :)
I started off loving this podcast, but the slant portrayed in the episodes are just insane. Had to stop listening when science vs became... host’s political agenda vs
All the really important & serious topics important to our world + things that can have serious implications to us both now & in the future + overexcitable host that makes jokes about all of it = I’m not listening. Reminds me of a science show for kids. No thank you.
I honestly don’t understand all the reviews claiming bias. My views have been alternately bolstered and challenged, and they provide citations in every episode. Great for understanding the things that affect our daily lives.
Love this! It's informative, funny, and perfect. 5 stars!
Takes too much to get to the point , hosts try hard to make the show sounds funny and interesting but none of their humor worked cause they forgot science itself IS interesting ; the narratives are naive and childish , calling NASA nerds ? that is not how you do a proper science podcast ; this is not even suitable for kids as the lines are so below standards and misleading
I love this podcast. It made me interested in learning again.
biased and “evidence” is often poorly found
Not objective at all! They pick the answer they like and that’s what they call the science and facts. Don’t waste your time
I enjoy the depth and diversity with which the issues get discussed on this show. While it may not be an exhaustive exploration of ALL sides of a question, I find that all episodes discuss issues I didn’t know about or hadn’t considered. Which is perfect for me! I approach this podcast as interesting way to learn more about facets of a topic(s) which I might not have explored otherwise. Wendy is also really enjoyable to listen to - her accent is delightful and I get a kick out of the good (and bad!) puns scattered throughout. I also appreciate that she does simple recaps and summaries throughout the episode (you know, in case you’re multitasking and space out for a moment, or put an episode on pause for a few days).
This is literally the same voice from PBS Kids. Little insulting the producers think we need a imaginary situation and over enthusiastic voice to understand these topics, and I’m 19.
It was interesting at first but with the last season (#3 I guess) it went from discussion on science topics to pseudoscience baits and general story telling. Additionally, the content-to-ad ratio continues deteriorating.
You are demons in disguise you need to use science on yourselves get therapy and have a party.
It’s actually pretty good but they definitely don’t ask the questions that they won’t like the answers to. I was disappointed but not surprised. It’s okay as long as the subject matter isn’t politically charged.
Hardly based in science and their pop culture data is substantially lacking.
"science of being transgender" wow. why is there no science of being cisgender? what makes people cisgender? obviously they think being transgender is an anomaly, something weird. harmful to already marginalized people. not supporting gimlet again.
This pod had amazing potential. Under gimlet it has become overproduced, needlessly quirky, and sadly less scientific. Rare to hear counterpoints anymore and the information has felt cherrypicked. Can’t call it Science Vs without the science.
Very informative, and well balanced podcast between hardcore science and explaining the topic in such a way to be easily understood. Love the host, witty, funny, but always on-topic and I’ve learned so much from this.
I was interested until the racist angle came in, also if Egyptians were so brilliant to build the pyramids, why haven’t they built anything to rival it since?
Was recommended this podcast from “stuff to blow your mind” and probably the worst recommendation I’ve got so far. The host(mostly Wendy) is a drag. She seems like a snarky B-word. I was hoping for more science and technical breakdowns of topics. It just seems like they pull subjective articles from conspiracy theorists. At least that’s how the podcasts seems presented. I listen to allot of podcasts but holy crap. This is garbage.
I was so excited to find this podcast and all the interesting topics! I immediately subscribed to it and downloaded a ton of episodes. What a total disappointment to find two mistakes on the first one I listened to which was ~35 minutes long. This can be easily verified so who does the research? If the idea of this podcast is to inform and entertain, then at least get the information correct. I have already unsubscribed and deleted the other episodes I downloaded.
Technically she’s correct but only delivers a fraction of the information. I really wish she could give the whole 360 view on her topics. One star because Science is not meant to be Subjective but Factual - Disrespectful to the Science Community. Also this was recommended to me by “Stuff to blow your Mind” - shame.
You can scientifically observe things but you're hurting the scientific community when you overstep what you actually have the evidence to conclude and then present it to an audience as fact.
She cherry-picks what she wants to prove her bias and disregards the rest; I wonder how the person sleeps nights knowing they're doing disservice to people but also to the very title of the pod. It's no wonder Australia got rid of her but why here? Couldn’t she go where no one speaks English? I tried a repeat listen- it’s still trash. Wendy’s accent is irrelevant. I’m a scientist and liberal and this garbage is still garbage. I avoided mentioning any episode I’m professionally familiar with but others have so- attachment parenting. Evidence was available already in the 1970’s and there’s no dearth of new data. It’s not a hard sell, data wise, unless you take out biochemistry (hormones, energy), brain development, facial development, psycho social development, ... and attachment of the mother to the child. I can’t remember but I doubt she considered that... I can’t be bothered to spend more time on this but suffice it to say the episode was absolutely shallow and awful.
Love listening to an interesting and controversial podcast that is completely founded in primary scientific literature! For those saying it’s biased, I believe it may be just that they tend to choose topics that are more left-wing, if you will, but the facts themselves are not biased. Check the citations!
I think they do a great job - select relevant subjects and the right questions. Then they give you the facts - I feel like anything they explore is done in a responsible and neutral way.
Does not report on sample size when referencing research. Very important.
I find that the facts they present feel very biased towards one side of the spectrum, but it’s the side that I agree with, so I don’t mind so much. Just be aware that it’s there. Side note: Wendy’s accent makes everything so much more fun!
Leftist science! Gets old
After listening to a few episodes, as a science geek and clinical psychotherapist, I realized that the issues I was not super informed about were entertaining and interesting and OK, but that the issues I know a lot about were terribly misrepresented. It is so obviously biased that I cannot call this science-based information. Listener beware: there’s a lot more information here that is very relevant and being intentionally left out.
Wide variety of topics. Always good. Yes, there are gaps in the interview questions. No doubt due to time constraints. Having an extended version of each episode would be nice.
I’d love to hear an episode on the keto diet!
I’m still not convinced on a few things that were proven wrong it right but that’s just me! I really like this podcast but the newer episodes are only about 30min each and I feel like the episodes are rushed now.
Great topics, great fun.
I love this podcast and I love Wendy’s voice. I feel like they do a lot of research and have fairly unbiased results. They often have real scientists on to talk which is great. Definitely recommend listening!!
I was so taken with this podcast that I listened to ALL of the back episodes (of the Gimlet Media version). It is delightfully informative, but I also love how adorably goofy the host is (and that she never passes up a good/bad pun).