They always provide sources and it’s very informative, and amusing to listen to. This is more aimed at being entertaining. The satire is to spice up the conclusions they take away from the episode. If it were done any other way, this would be essentially a lecture. A few people are posting 1 star reviews because they rather stick their fingers in their ears. This podcast is not for people in denial. If you’re open minded and want to be informed, I totally recommend this podcast. I’m not keen enough on every topic they discuss, but a lot of people posting reviews heard an episode that refuted their beliefs. Most commonly, I see a lot of anti-vaxxers complaining.
Dear Wendy, I have loved and still love your show. I’ve recommended it to many. But you got it very very wrong in your vaping episode.. The insidious nature of vaping trumps (forgive me) any and all comparisons to cigarette smoking. The ease with which vaping can be done covertly, the advertising gimmicks used to lure children (and every one else for that matter), the very well known addictive nature of nicotine, and the astounding ease with which off-market substances can be added to the cartridges has provided us with an already disastrous situation. Survey ANY teacher, in ANY school ... elementary, middle and high school, the negative and insidious impacts of vaping are pervasive. Years ago I was warned that vaping, and it’s long term side effects (life long addiction being the most obvious), was already a national epidemic .... with children. I pooh poohed it in a similar fashion to how your guest (and eventually you) did. I, you and she were wrong. This is a BIG deal Wendy. The number of children (some well under the age of 12) who partake regularly is mind boggling. The number of teens, is immeasurable at this point. And as we know from decades of study, addiction doesn’t magically disappear with age. If they are “lucky”, these children and teens will “only” be addicted to nicotine for the rest of their lives. They will unfortunately more than likely, however live with addictions to other substances as well. The cat is out of the bag, and it’s after effects will be with us for decades. Remember, I love your show .... but it was/is terribly irresponsible to portray vaping in a positive manner by looking at it an alternative to cigarettes. We have an epidemic on our hands, and we are only just realizing the likely impact on an entire generation of children, teens and young adults, the ones who will be flying our planes, performing surgery, programming our computers, driving in the car beside us on the highway, Thank you for taking the time to read this. Kristina
I was very excited to listen to this podcast hoping that finally we could hear some real science from a credible source. Unfortunately, after passionately listening to many episodes, I had to stop listening to this. Most sources are cherry picked, and what they present is biased results. How can you make a science podcast without using the research that won the Nobel Prize instead just interviewing someone who is not even an expert on the subject matter. I’m still hoping that they will improve their research though.
This podcast is a total delight. The topics are on point. The hosts are frank and and straightforward. I love that I can get a comprehensive lit review with about 100 citations in every episode. A true gem.
One sided arguments with humor.
I’ve been listening to and enjoying the show for ages, but finally felt compelled to write a review after hearing an update to an old episode (exercise re: depression) mentioned at the end of the latest episode. I so enjoy these fun and rigorously researched conversations, and I’m even more impressed that these folks are careful to note and update when they missed something. As others have mentioned, you can’t include *everything* in a bite-sized show, but they do a beautiful job of surveying each topic, looking carefully at the significant research, and breaking things down with the experts. Thanks so much for what you do!
It’s a fine show. There isn’t a way to look at every study, and not every study is worthy of attention. When the scientific consensus is generally in line with reproducible or verifiable, high quality studies there isn’t any point in adding one more. If there are studies that oppose the consensus then it is incumbent on the believers to establish that the study is worth considering. The fact that some studies are ignored is not a bad thing. There are fools that believe vaccines are bad, the earth is flat and that NASA faked the moon landing. Don’t let them drag you down. They aren’t worth listening to.
I love how seriously they take facts! Like when they got new information about exercise and depression and they updated the episode.
They take complex scientific issues and explain them to where the average person can understand and enjoy. Wendy is a most pleasant host including her corney jokes. Appears that they have a great team
I listened to see if they were actually going to challenge the “opinion mob” as they claim. Guess what? They don’t. Lacking concrete scientific data, proof of opinion, as well as failing to incorporate a wide range of scientific studies. They don’t even start by defining terms. Their “science” is vague and simply repeats popular culture mantras. I’ve read that their non-political episodes are better, which is hopefully true, but I think I will just look elsewhere. Good try, though.
Her voice possesses a high pitched nasal quality coupled with the ubiquitous vocal fry. While the content of the presentation is quite interesting I find myself turning down the volume to soften the audio component of the presentation but ultimately turning it off.
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.
Chewing sounds at every opportunity and lots of vocal fry. And terrible puns.
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 look forward to listening to this podcast. I’m a science junkie and this podcast feeds my addiction. The host is great and the guests are also great. The presentations are lively and there’s never a dull moment.
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.
Really science vs?!? 1. Using the proper terminology is important. 2. If you have a problem with a term that has a gendered root, propose a new non-gendered term. Just switching it out with another gendered term doesn’t help.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Great idea for a podcast, but poorly executed. Too many puns and trivial comments that don’t add to the substance of the content. Plus, the one episode I listened was > 40% ads or repeating “facts.”
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).
I listened to the True Love podcast. Essentially what I received from this episode: it’s okay to cheat because vole’s chest and no one is monogamous. It sounds like the host is trying to trick herself into thinking a certain way.
Very interesting and entertaining
This a a great listen. It’s a break from the news that stimulates your mind. The host is delightful.
A lot of the negative reviews for this podcast say it’s “biased” but don’t explain how or why, and they all seem to repeat themselves. It feels to me like someone with an agenda is spamming the review feed. The ones I’ve listened to have been carefully unbiased, fun, and informative. My only complaint is that the discussion is often superficial and they spend as mucj time talking about how they’ve traveled to america to interview someone than about the point of the interview. could you really not have just interviewed this person over the phone?
New York City charter network Success Academy has barely been open a week this school year, but some students are already learning valuable lessons about nepotism and organizational dysfunction. According to multiple reports, enrollees of a Manhattan branch of the city's controversial charter network were surprised to find their AP Economics class taught by the son of Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz, Culver Grannis Moskowitz. The younger Moskowitz does not have a college degree, and recently transferred to Columbia University, after two semesters at Haverford College and a gap year. He is the only of Eva Moskowitz's three children who did not go to a Success Academy high school, instead attending the posh Avenues World School in Chelsea, where he apparently ran for class president and recorded some educational raps:
Bless you guys for doing a vegan episode & not jumping on the “let’s everybody bash vegans” train. I can’t tell you how nice it was to hear a real, fact-based discourse about this stuff. Heck, when you got into Big Dairy & the calcium myth I almost cried I was so pleased. The show in general is wonderful. I’ve learned tons from it. The abortion episode was definitely another highlight, as were the gun control & immigration episodes. Great stuff, all.
The team does a great job of summarizing dozens of citations and boiling it down to the concentrated bits. It’s a podcast that looks at big picture science with high production quality. I do wish there was more time for a deeper delve but I know you’d lose your audience if the episode goes on too long.
well... im looking for good episode, hmm yet interesting
I appreciate the topic and while I have my own skepticism about the efficacy of essential oils (or any chemical of any origin), I know from experience and have seen scientific proof that essential oils work for multiple purposes. In this episode, you addressed only the efficacy of EO’s on humans only. However, you applied your limited interview findings and results to a broad scope of possible uses. Just because you concluded that there is little to no effectiveness when used in or on humans does not mean that EO’s are not effective for other applications. Certain essential oils have been proven to repel insects from humans and animals (I have watched insects jump off my dogs and myself when certain diluted EO’s were applied). Further, a blend including orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary, has been proven to kill viruses and germs (petri dish lab studies ), and is thus an excellent non-toxic household cleaner. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this episode is how small your scope of research and interviewing was compared to how broad and significant your conclusions were.
I love this podcast!
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. =\
A much-needed, easy to listen to investigation of interesting questions. As a science nerd myself, it's great to hear another one. I appreciate the serious respect shown for the scientific method in the discussions of the research (or lack thereof) being discussed. Also as a pun-maker myself, it's great to hear another one! Seriously--I have learned new facts about a lot of science issues listening to Wendy. I look forward to more!
This is one of the most addicting and informative shows I've listened to. There's so many topics that relate to people's everyday life. Love it!
I love listening to this show as I go about my day in my own research lab. The early seasons are a bit shaky at times, but the new season is fantastic. I’m looking forward to the next episode!
When i first heard the podcast i fell in love immediately! I always learn from ScienceVs and the topics are always so interesting! Wendy’s enthusiasm and jokes makes learning with ScienceVs even more great! I highly recommend!
This show was the first podcast I have listened to. Yes I was slightly resistant to figuring out the platform, but I am grateful that I did. I love that you are willing to retract potential error in subsequent podcasts. I think this is important for budding scientist and laymen to experience. Thank you for what you do and keep it up please!!
I really wanted to like this podcast. So much so I listened to a whole season hoping it would get better with time. The premise is great but the final product is NOT. The host Wendy has great energy and a wonderful voice. She is a trying very hard to be funny but falls flat on her face. The puns - aarrggghh!! The entire podcast is full of cringeworthy bad puns. I literally groaned out loud. It’s distracting and lame.
Great host (Wendy!!) and puns (which should come with rimshots). Seriously, it provides good overviews of the issues. It’s not definitive, doesn’t try to be. May not agree with all of the arguments presented but to my mind, that’s a credit to the show.
Aussie Ladies talking science and busting myths. What could be better? The production is first class.
This host selectively brings out facts to suit her agenda.
This podcast is awesome! I’ll often mull over the different studies they discuss for days after listening to an episode. The host does an awesome job of being engaging and citing lots of research that fits well into a shows story. I really appreciate the amount of puns the host fits into the shows as well! If you’re expecting this to be a podcast where the host reads scientific research papers verbatim, you’re not going to enjoy this podcast, or maybe any podcast.
one of the most powerful podcasts. pits fact against fiction and I always end up learning something
Not based on scientific information but pure political statistics that are impossible to find references. Not of any value unless you appreciate propaganda cloaked as science.
Their research is designed to support the opinions they held before they started to research. Not science at all.
This podcast used to be one of my favorites. Yeah speaking to one or two experts in a particular field doesn’t prove or disprove anything. But it was still entertaining. That was until they made the ignorant mistake to go political. I dont want to hear your biased views on current events thinly veiled as a “science” podcast. Keep your opinions on current events and the upcoming election to yourself.
This podcast is one of my favorites! It takes on interesting scientific proposals and evaluated them to determine how factual they actually are. Wendy is a great host and podcaster! She makes learning and hearing the scientific arguments so enjoyable and fun! She’s like a modern feminine Bill Nye! I have been loving the election special episodes and would love more than one episode a week!
I’ve been listening to the show for about a year, including some of the old episodes, it has just become other Leah parents in these more recent episode that they are just doing the work of the Liberal party. Not so much science and a lot more opinion or picking their science as they please. They’re not even very discreet about it and a lot of episodes. But then claim it’s all science at the end. I listen to a lot of gimlet podcast this is by far the worst.
This has got to be one of the best podcasts around. They dive deep into controversial topics, searching for good science. I never feel pressured to come to a certain conclusion, but presented with facts and research. Seriously, give it a listen! If you have a question about anything from GMOs to Nuclear Power to the G-spot to Abortion, they've got you covered. (5/5 for Wendy's puns and amazing attitude.) My only complaint is with the episode on chiropractic medicine. Obviously, not all chiropractors are good, but the ones that are know an incredible amount about the human body and pain management. I would consider speaking with the anyone from the Palmer College of Chiropractic and acknowledge that there isn’t big money in chiropractic care, so there are not big financial investments into its effectiveness.
A lot of the negative reviews seemed to be expecting a peer reviewed research paper... it’s a podcast, people! Well researched and entertainingly presented.
As a scientist, the topics covered by Science VS are either (1) topics that I already know quite a bit about or (2) topics that I don't need to concern myself with. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a listen, and I'm really glad that I did! Wendy has a fantastic instinct for choosing topics that are interesting and relevant in today's world. She presents arguments on both sides of every issue, and communicates the relevant science in a clear and really humorous way, without dumbing it down at all or resorting to technical jargon. There are 100 ways to totally screw this concept up, but Wendy nails it every time! This podcast is terrific, and a joy to listen to!
Gimlet showing their high standards once again. Their podcasts are always well produced with professional, engaging hosts.
LOVE THE SHOW
The answers to so many questions! I love this podcast! the subjects, the accent, the humor. Thank you! your job is a contribution to my life and now I am back to taking my B12 thanks to your podcast on vegans. Almost there... there is just this cheese at the farmers market... oh well that is a different review 😉
Science vs. is the best. Cheers to all the crew that make this show possible. I find l the host (Wendy Zuckerman) personable and endearing. The show delves common perceptions about a given topic and explores what the scientific evidence has to say about the topic. We get interesting. Best, Dear fan, -William
Yeah, that’s about it.
Informative but also fun.
Absolutely delightful podcast. Gets to the bottom of various trends and fads in our society. Spreads knowledge in a ceaselessly humorous way.
Don't get huge appeal. It's light on both science and entertainment.
This show talks about things that really matter to me, and/or really intrigue me, and/or really shock me in the most amazing way. Wonderful to listen to when wanting to relax, wanating get things done but want their brain to focus on something brilliantly made, or any other time of your day!
I really love this show I feel like it gives a good balanced view of things and uses facts to form what it says. Awesome show.
Decent subject matter but what's with all the drama? Geez, turn it down a few notches and just present a good, solid science podcast.
I have been listening for a while and I am loving it ( Not and ad for McDonald’s) I totally love this podcast. I would like to see an episode on conspiracy theories because I think it would be AMAZING! Mostly on was the USA the first people on the moon also on things such as Atlantas.
This show is like your sniveling friend who insists on playing devil’s advocate on every single issue you bring up, cherry picking “science” to back up their curmudgeonly views. Wendy’s smugness is grating and the clear influence of the editorial direction of the show. She tries to create bite-sized, sugary truths out of complex issues that don’t necessarily have clear cut answers. To serve this end, ridiculous logical fallacies are relied upon: for example, saying that gentrification doesn’t displace people of color because evictions don’t increase (completely ignoring getting priced out at the end of your lease, buildings being sold to be demolished, and so on). She throws around science terms to give her conclusions a veneer of respectability, yet glosses over obvious biases and problematic methods in the research she mentions. Basically, if you know more than a surface scratching of an issue, hearing someone put it into simplistic black and white terms and make invalid conclusions lacking any nuance whatsoever gets really old. Beyond, she refuses to give much more than cursory mentions of underlying sociological forces that have more weight than science on certain issues. “The research isn’t there” is often used to completely invalidate the lived experience of those on the short end of things. My itch to unsubscribe was heightened on the opioids show, and confirmed on the gentrification one. PS: This is a US-based show and should employ American English grammar, regardless of the origins of the host. “Different to” is not part of that.
Great podcast that I’ve been listening to for over a year! A rare truly analytical look at the world. You guys should do a carbon capture episode!!!
I’ve noticed a trend I’m now attributing to intellectual dishonesty. There are unsupported assertions about controversial topics, but only when there is a social favorable side. If the data is “socially unfavorable”... warnings that this isn’t peer reviewed or it’s just what the data says. Their biases are strong, be skeptical, you’ll probably be dumber listening to this.
This show is meant to entertain, not give accurate information. It’s like if Buzzfeed called itself a research center. Biggest fail is the “Gentrification” episode where they claim people haven’t been displaced and rich white people lowers the crime rate.
Science Vs seems to be low on actual Science. Not sure how you can do a whole episode on Gentrification and not mention the increased tax revenue created by Gentrification and how that can have a positive effect on local schools. I know property taxes help support the local schools in my state.
This show takes on tough topics, complicated science, and controversial issues, but somehow manages to make them fun, understandable, and hilarious. The host is awesome, and her sane, concise explanations of the research are incredibly helpful. Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful resource for me to refer people to for good information!
I am not a scientist, but I appreciate knowing the facts. The host Wendy Zuckerman delivers the facts in a manner that is delightfully zany--replete with many bad puns, which I confess I enjoy. The show has a simple format, opening with a few straightforward questions that regular people might actually be curious about. Then comes the science part, often with short interviews with real scientists who can explain things in a way that non-scientists can understand. I especially appreciate how Wendy wraps it all up at the end with the answers to the questions posed at the start of the episode. It's great to have a host with a personality--who's not afraid to tell it like it is. Thanks, Wendy! Keep it coming.
I have gone back and listened to all past epidsodes just so I can be fully caught up. Only issue I have with the show is it isn't long enough. I could use another 15 minutes of information.
Great and entertaining pod. Pop culture references put to the test. Science vs ... = Science wins!
I was very interested in the health topics such as Vegan, Detoxing etc as I have experienced the benefits. I was excited that these episodes would share the benefits to a broader audience. However not only did the host not highlight any benefits, she mocks those that are in favor. Listen to this podcast and get dumber and sicker. Really disappointed.
I enjoy this podcast sooo much. I listen to it at work and I sometimes get caught up in the amazing discussions. Love the accents, love the diversity of the topics and I especially enjoy the learning experience/set up of the discussions. Easy to follow and hard to pull away from.
The most important podcast out there and very timely as well
I just finished listening to the episode ‘Vegans: Are a they Right’ and disappointed by the outdated science gathered regarding B12. The host and guests allude you need to eat meats in order to get an adequate serving which is not true. B12 is sourced from bacteria *not* animal products and you can get a healthy amount of traces from eating vegetables. Additionally many fermented foods (kimchi, kombucha, etc.) contain B12 which was not mentioned at all. . Your body only needs a little bit of B12 and it’s stores well for quite awhile! This is one example, but have listened to other topics covered that are lacking sound evidence for their investigations / arguments, meh
Using a little science here and there to back up your opinion and leaving out the other side of the story is misleading.
Until you inundated us with so much advertising— and yes, I know fast forwarding is an option— it’s still irritating and way too much
This seems like a wannabe slapstick comedy routine loosely based on science. I’ve come back to this show (and now leave again) twice now. I’m drawn in by the content. It’s very interesting! But, it seems like the target audience is people with the attention span of a squirrel and a bad sense of humor. It’s not necessarily Wendy Zukerman, but it is how she presents things. I switched from this to listening to NYT’s The Daily and it was like night and day.
I’ve lost all faith and trust in anything they have to say on this podcast because they got their facts all wrong on attachment parenting. Anyone with basic facts on attachment parenting knows it was misrepresented.
A winning mix of fact and humor to present where the science is and what is known about important topics. I enjoy equally having my beliefs challenged as well as reinforced. I have changed my mind on a number of issues based on this wonderful podcast. Just love Wendy Zukerman and her voice!
Just listened to the vaccine pod and she looked at 0 of the science. Didn’t read Andrew Wakefield’s study. Compared mercury being eaten in fish to what is in vaccine. Injection is much different from eating something. Very disappointing that this podcast has science in the title. What about aluminum? Why do we need a chickenpox vaccine? Very misinformed. They have never studied multiple vaccines together over a long time, which she admitted but still says she should get vaccines.
I just wasted a half hour listening to their essential oils episode. Skeptical host uses self confirming bias to accept doing poor research of her own and then tout it as fact. Of course not every claim made by EO proprietors are valid. No one is arguing that; however, you did a piss poor job of highlight human studies where they actually are effective. Not to mention, research is limited in natural medicine because there isn’t the profit margin as there is in traditional medicine. We are seeing this field emerge and it’s poor to just dismiss it “because studies aren’t there” thats why we study them. By the by, eucalyptus and peppermint contain menthol which works as a decongestant. These are the active products in vick’s vapor rub and Hall’s mentholated drops. So using either of those oils diffused has the same effect because of their menthol content....... not placebo effect.
Absolutely one of my fave podcasts. I love Wendy’s accent and wit!
Awesome podcast. Interesting facts and topics with a captivating hostess. Always looking forward to the next episode.
fist-pumped when i saw science vs. was back! easily my favorite podcast, science or otherwise. never miss an episode!
Wendy is great to listen too (as well as her support team). I’m so glad they look at both sides of the issue at hand & really put science to work instead of emotion. Some topics are more interesting than others but that’s all personal preference. I look forward to many more episodes & tough to talk about subjects!
Season 5 trailer had me ROLLING - for what it's worth <3 your voice Wendy!!!
OK, unless you subscribe to this show the title will be UTTERLY nonsense to you. Has to do with a teaser they dropped which claimed that a review said the wonderful Wendy Zuckerman was to be replaced by the throaty "Lars Trembley" because nobody liked her "nasally" Aussie accent...they were taking the p*ss, obviously, as nobody who deserves this show would whine about Wendy. Science Vs. is about science and its relationship to popular culture products, fads, interests, beliefs, or behaviors. Each episode takes a topic, gives us the "public face" of it, then applies the lens of logic and analysis to it. Many of the topics the 'cast covers easily wither when subjected to empirical evidence, but some are not as easy to discount -- and Science Vs. will tell you so. They will discuss the evidence that EXISTS, not what we might wish it to be. Y'know -- like you're supposed to do if you do science. People with toilet training issues in early childhood, or socioreligiopolitical opinions so dug-in that no evidence will cause them to re-evaluate the issue, will probably object to the show, as will anyone who fails to understand the need to balance entertainment and empiricism. But the show's interesting, informative, and a hoot, more than occasionally not kid-friendly due to topic and the fact that Wendy and crew don't always shy from using...colorful...terminology that wouldn't probably be cool in Science or PLOS-One. You want to subscribe to this show. And if you don't like Wendy, sod off, mate :)
I love this show - Wendy is great and I always learn something new. She’s funny but still approaches sensitive topics well, and I love the “out there” episodes that cover fantastical things too.
Best host of any podcast. I listen to a lot of podcasts and this one is informative, well argued, and endlessly fun.
Wendy is amazing! Can’t wait for season 5 to start!
I look forward to each episode! Interesting and fun!
I am a huge fan of this podcast. I am have gotten a lot out of my time listening. I am looking forward to more episodes. I love hearing from wendy
Love this podcast. I've learned tons about things I thought I already knew a lot about.
This podcast is well researched and provides two different points of view. You then hear Wendy, puns and all- and I love puns!- show is the evidence on each account. Great production value and a really top notch show!
Covers popular topics from a fact-based POV.
The topics are very interesting so I download the episodes but I keep getting disappointed by shallow content.
I learn something every time!
Apparently they didn’t visit Dimock PA...🤦🏻♂️
I love to argue, now I’m not just B.S.’n I actually have facts!
Thank you so much for all this great content! I love gimlet podcast! Can’t wait to binge in this podcast
I think the most important takeaway from this show is that while science does answer a lot of questions, there is still uncertainty. Almost every episode has a "but wait..." moment. Please do an episode on pros and cons of vegetarian/vegan diet
I LOVE this podcast. They make the information so easy to grasp and fun to listen to. I learn so much. I just recently started listening and I am hooked.
I really enjoy this podcast. It’s presents summary findings with a scientific view to issues while keeping the format easily digestible and leaving room for more in depth research later on.
Thanks for educating me on topics I thought I knew about. My favorite episodes were about gun control and I definitely got an education, it totally changed the way I see gun control. Is there any way you could do any episode on pit bulls??? I tried to find a place on the website to recommend it but I couldn’t find anywhere but the reviews to ask for an episode on breeds of dogs, and nature versus nurture:) it keeps coming up with my friends and I would love to hear a Science versus pitbulls👌🏻
I have to hear the host's loud slurping so many times a day. I want to puke. Who thought that was a good idea?
I definitely recommend this show for anyone who wants a fun intro to some of the big issues where there is a lot of misinformation out there. Sometimes I don’t think they get the science right (I didn’t follow the reasoning on the chiropractic episode), but I learn a lot and really enjoy the show
If you know anything about the topic at hand, you'll see the investigations are way too pedestrian to be called "science". And I'm sorry but the host's voice is annoying.
This is my favorite podcast trifecta for laughs, learning, and news. Wendy makes science fascinating... and fun... AND relevant! But I have to admit the host being true to herself and her curiosity makes me more curious about my world. I love her direct questions and lightening-fast responses! No one can talk or laugh with a scientist like Wendy Z!!!
Things I already knew with bad puns given with a "Gee this is so bad a pun that you know I'm above it but I make it anyway because I'm not uptight." Oh, it is also Australian.
I love this show and have listened to almost all of them. Please make more! I love learning from scientifically backed up information!
I just listened to your Lyme disease episode and have to say that you don’t sound educated enough about this disease to be making judgement calls and making fun of Avril Lavigne when there are thousands of people feeling just like her. I’ve had doctors this last year tell me I’m crazy and I should “get my depression under control” when it has been for years and now I can’t hardly walk some days now. I’m getting progressively worse and doctors don’t know and don’t care, so please think more before you make judgement episodes for something you can’t possibly understand unless you’re living it.
Such a fun approach to dealing with the nuances of science. So often science is broken down into memes, further simpliflied, and shared around ad nauseum, telephone style, until the message that everyone is recieving has no bearing on reality. This podcast helps fight for science and truth and gives the listeners ways to talk about common misconceptions and even controversial topics through an actual scientific, and fact checked, lens. All while presenting the material in a light-hearted and fun manner when it's appropriate. Overall fantastic show.
At the outset the podcast moderator did not honestly report that the primary physician in the story was an observant Jew who is obviously biased in his circumcision practice. That was not revealed until the last few minutes of the podcast.
I recommend it to everyone. I love all the topics and Wendy of course. This season it’s so hard to pick a favorite...The bee-pocalypse, the year is space episode if I had to choose. Any episodes about LSD and how drugs like that might be helpful in treating certain mental conditions in the works?
So fun and informative. Love how they are willing to cover any topic. Keep it up guys!
I am so happy to have found a new podcast that is educational and fun! It’s a pleasant break from my true crime addiction.
This podcast is so informative and done in such a fun way. An easy way to learn about important topics.
The vibe of the show is playful, which is not to everybody's tastes, but I find it makes the show feel breezy and approachable. They wisely avoid taking a dismissive or mocking tone of others' beliefs around a given topic. Overall they usually come to reasonable conclusions on all of these controversial topics. They generally do a good job of implying that "according to the best science we have right now" this is what we can conclude. When evidence can't give a 100% hard answer (which it often can't), they factor common sense, personal preference, and risk into the conclusion. They also will incorporate case studies/anecdotes into the process as well, which is important. These things have their place in science. They generate new hypothesis that can be tested and can help to identify relevant subgroups. That being said it's hard to really cover a topic fully and accurately in 30-45 minutes. The conclusions can be pretty glib and often opposing viewpoints are left out. Sometimes anecdotes are incorporated in a way that suggests those anecdotes are settling the argument. Some of the humor can seem flippant or out of place. This is coming from somebody who's pretty much fully in agreement with the supposed left-leaning bias of the show, so these aren't politically motivated critiques. This show is a great place to start, but don't make it your only/final source on a given topic.
I listen to this podcast because of Wendy’s accent.
Smart-witty; accurate-funny; educational-humorous; fact based-engaging A supremely entertaining and educational podcast
I came for the science and stay for the attractive accent. You the best!
They cover interesting topics, and always provide some interesting science. They're nicely rigorous to a point, but each and every episode also contains some lapse, or some jump in logic, that leaves me frustrated. So, on Keto diets, they gloss over the very obvious question: are people's results just based on calorie reduction. On circumcision, we learn that the foreskin is very sensitive .... and they jump into a quick digression on how sex is more than just physical sensation so foresking sensitivity isn't that important anyways. On polar bears, we learn that some populations are declining, and some increasing, but never learn their relative sizes ... and so on. There's a lot of good in this podcase, but it needs to be tighter if it's going to pretend to be scientific.
I really like content of this podcast but the host makes it unlistenable. She’s incredibly annoying.
Unbiased reporting along with a quirky upbeat tone. I’ve had a long interest in many of these topics and I enjoy the time and the amount of factual evidence used. It’s not long and drawn out and boring and it’s not too short and standing in shaker ground for facts. Perfect balance.
Interesting stories with great info
Dear Ms. Wendy Zukerman, you’ve done great podcasts! But you need to do more research on the Opioids podcast…. Read “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs” by Johann Hari, and maybe do a third podcast on Opioids… Keep up the good work!
Wouldn't know science if bopped them in the face, or violently grabbed their lips, pulled them off their teeth and hacked off as much as possible of their lips, cheeks and portions of their tongues.
But on some topics they really miss important points.
This show is excellent. It balances the nerdier scientific details with humor and storytelling, to appeal to a wide variety of audiences. It's educational, entertaining, and the best science podcast I've found. I'm seeing some 1-star reviews complaining about the long gap between seasons, but the episodes are coming out regularly now, and I'm really enjoying them!
Love the variety and the effort to get all the perspectives possible.
The first two seasons were fresh and interesting, but seasons 3 and 4 have been lacking. A few of my dislikes. Some of the topics are silly, Bigfoot. This is perhaps a few minute aside, but not a full episode of filler. The story on chiropractic lacked balance about alternatives, and also MDs that do manipulations. Basically, it was a love-in with chiro with no basis. Also, speculating that polar bears will be in real trouble in 100 years is pushing the models way, way, way beyond their capabilities. Quite disapointing since the series was off to a good start. But I'm finding other podcasts, RadioLab, for one, much more scientific.
Really great info on interesting topics. My only complaint is that the host gets a little exciteable sometimes and it makes it kind of annoying to listen.
Just listened to the "Moron" episode. I have to admit, "How Science Created Morons" took me aback a bit when I read it. It didn't sound as scientifically based as past episodes. I listened, though, and was graced with a story that surprised and intrigued me. Pseudoscience from not so long ago. Loved this episode especially.
This show WAS great- until they did an episode on ketogenic diets THAT WILL LITERALLY BE KILLING PEOPLE! Shame on you Science vs, you are supposed to use SCIENCE and you used NONE on this episode, all antidotal, then still came to a false conclusion that you made sound true! HEALTH JUSTICE FOR ALL! This and other FAKE NEWS is killing us fat and obese people all over the world! Shame on you!
The title says it all. As a scientist I have been impressed at the way Science Vs covers topics and the way they communicate sometimes complex issues in an entertaining, humorous, and simple way for anyone to understand.
Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? No thanks.
If you are tired of hearing “r”s pronounced at the end of words then these Aussie Sheilas will make you happy. Well produced and normally well balanced objective look at various topics from a Scientific perspective. Apart from the general knowledge you’ll garner, you’ll hear “a”s stretched incredibly and a litany if consonants dropped. Good on ya!
Very well researched podcast. Helped clarify a lot of concepts that I otherwise had misunderstood. They may not have all the answers but what ever they place in the podcast is very well thought out. I highly recommend it.
Ridiculous humor takes valuable time away from deeper discussions. Unsubbed after ketogenic diet episode - the hosts’ discussion of it broadcast their lack of understanding and made the diet sound disgusting at every opportunity.
This is by far my favorite podcast. Wendy is a very entertaining and knowledgeable hostess, and the topics covered are fun and intellectually stimulating. I listen to it on long runs, in the car, and basically whenever I can. I hope they never stop making this podcast!
I spend a lot of time reading science articles to keep my mom from hopping on weird diets or being afraid of random headlines she’s read. It’s ridiculous and this podcast has been a reference for me FOUR TIMES now to help disprove some crazy thing my mom heard about. Plus it’s really female friendly. A ton of the researchers they interview and the topics they cover have been lady based and it makes me feel super proud and happy.
I’ve listened to every episode of this podcast so far and, though I was occasionally frustrated by the frequency and maturity of Wendy’s jokes, I still enjoyed it. But the recent nuclear attack episode was completely offensive and wrong. I am a physicist myself, and listened to it with a friend who is a radiologist. We could not believe what we were hearing. The vague conjecture at the beginning was annoying, but the assertions about cancer rates are garbage. Hey fact-checkers — perhaps you should do some reading on the reproducibility crisis in science right now.
I’m curious to see what type of “research” they are examining and what “professionals” they are talking to? 🙄
I really liked the idea of the show but did not appreciate how unfairly you represented the Keto diet (felt very theatrical). Regardless to the scientific approach There is a personal responsibility to understand what we do to our bodies. The vast majority of people I know don’t “just do it” they learn about it and prepare. they make sure to have enough electrolytes and fats. There is a learning curve. People reversing their diabetes and that doesn’t only saves lives but also money to healthcare. People who do the ketogenic diet don’t jog olive oil when they don’t have food in their house, they are making sure to be prepared and learn about this to avoid this situation. I wish you give it an honest shot for those who really needed it and now discouraged. yes, this is not for everyone but those who really need it and followed it accurately had an incredible results in reversing diabetes which their own doctors did not reach. If someone wants to go deeper (with non-bias scientific research) listen to 2 Keto dudes.
Massages data to fit her own stories. This podcast is doing more harm than good for people’s health.
This podcast helps me get through life when really tough things happen at home.
Takes actual peer reviewed research and delivers the facts in a clear and unbiased delivery. Also love the corny jokes!!! Enjoyable listen and learn!!
Covers some interesting and pretty controversial topics. I appreciate highlighting the various schools of thought and points of view, as well as the acknowledgement when things are still inconclusive. I could do with less of the 10 year-old boy humor though...
Wendy gives a science lesson with humor and wit
Informative interesting and so entertaining!
I absolutely love Science Vs. It helps me feel more informed and safe about a lot of different subjects. Even heavier subjects, like abortion or nuclear war, are talked about in ways that have some lighter parts to the episode that keep it from feeling overwhelmingly sad. I look forward to this every week!
An entertaining, well researched podcast. I get legitimately sad when a season ends.
Very informative look at interesting topics done in an entertaining way.
I always look forward to the next episode release. If only it were released daily.
Science Vs is such a great show. I tell people about it all the time. I love her sense of humor and how she keeps things light while still explaining the research. Obviously you can’t get too in-depth in a single podcast but I love being introduced to the basic science of these subjects. Also, I LOVE her voice
This is great science podcast. It blends humor and information and is very entertaining. The do a great job of looking at an issue from a varieyt of perspectives while leading to the conclusion that the scientific method concludes. The podcast is written, produced and hosted by women which can be a nice change of pace. Can't reccommend highly enough.
I love science, i love de-bunking myths and deep dives into cutting edge science, but this just doesnt satisfy that itch of curiosuty and the host's voice/ accent is distractingly annoying.
Part of the appeal is Wendy’s chipper voice. Lose that and you’ll lose listeners.
Analytical. Really really great show that brings a fun look to serious topics. They keep it light without pulling any of the punches their impactful informative episodes are throwing. The jokes are self aware and a lot of fun.
Very fun and thoroughly researched science. I loved the first season, and the second season is shaping up to be as good as the first!
I love this show. It’s very science based with enough humor to keep it light. One thing I would note is that it doesn’t always give you an answer on the question they are asking, because science isn’t like that. Sometimes we just don’t know yet. And they don’t try to force it, they stick to the facts. Great show with very little else to compare to.
Show approaches topics from different angles and allows you to reach your own opinion.
This is the pinnacle of science communication and reporting. Wendy and team comminate both the nuance and fun of science in a compelling and captivating way.
This has been the best informative and objective podcast I have heard. They do a really good job with research and approaching every viewpoint and being okay with the result of “uncertainty “. Wendy also does a great job not portraying her biases as well.
Wish you guys made one a day! Good topics! Get the evidence in an easy to listen format and the host is hilarious!
Fun and smart!
I love this show. It’s always interesting and well-researched. I always learn something and find their analysis interesting. Definitely worth a listen!
This is an amazing podcast - funny, lighthearted, and well-researched. I always learn something new, and always have a few laughs along the way.
This is an incredible podcast. It's engaging, fascinating, funny AND educational. Talk about a knock-out combination!! I absolutely recommend this to everyone and anyone. I'm usually not a great podcast-listener (get distracted very easily) and this one keeps me riveted and ALWAYS coming back for more. Also, as an American living in Australia, I love listening to a science podcast hosted by an Australia living in America. :) Get amongst it people!
I listen while working and I greatly appreciate a scientific approach to common societal issues. I now have the word “dodgy” on my whiteboard for reference...thank you!! Ms Zukermans occasional comedic relief brings a bit of fun to each cast while not detracting from the “realness” of each topic. Interviewing a scientific proponent to counter scientifically accepted views would be great. It’s nice to try to understand why people think crazy things sometimes.
An often cloying cutesiness and lame humor, though enough focus on the science to usually make up for it. Hard to binge on, though, because of the above. One or two at a time, if you're catching up or exploring.
I’ve very much enjoyed many episodes of this podcast. I’m a scientist and appreciate the delivery of science and facts in this podcasts. Thanks to everyone that makes this show happen!
I like this dame a lot. No new ones since 12/17? I hope it comes back!
Listening to the fascinating selection of topics covered by Science Vs has been a mind-expanding delight. I love the format of the podcast: it's engaging, easy to understand, and mind-expanding.
This is a great podcast! Good stuff :)
The Science Versus team does a great job of getting to the truth of key issues today. Prepare to have your superstitious beliefs put to the test. I trust their research, analysis, and conclusions. I really appreciate them cutting through the noise, marketing, and politics to get down to the real science behind something. They also aren't afraid to say we don't know what the truth is if there's no evidence one way or the other. A great, informative, and entertaining show that's one o my go to pod casts.
Entertaining episodes, content and pacing. Only dislike is the Gimlet adds. Segmenting on a cliffhanger gets old pretty quickly.
So informative I give it to my students! An excellent teaching tool for inciting discussion and critical thinking.
Fabulous look at the science behind everyday things we take for granted. My favorite is the one on organic food.
Wendy is such an amazing host - the topics are always interesting, well-researched and focused on getting to the truth of an issue, while being amusing and playful along the way. Every episode is a joy.
Super annoying narrator. However, I just listened to the abortion episode and I learned SO much. I'm a 29 year old female (and have never had an abortion but am a great advocate of them) and actually learned a whole lot. Great info on this. Didn't learn much on most other topics covered. Annoying narrator, stupid jokes and weird sound effects= my take on the rest of the episodes I've listened to so far
A fantastic balance of excellent science reporting and fun. It definitely leaves you with the sense that things are always more complicated than they seem, which is a narrative we don’t always hear in the media. Love it.
This show discusses a lot controversial topics and a lot of non-controversial. This show is absolutely wonderful. I consider myself a liberal. I’ve wondered how much this show leans liberal but a lot of my liberal ideas have been put down by this show and I have to be okay with that. My whole point is that Science Vs legitimately looks at the science of it all and bases their belief off of science. If you want to educate yourself, this is your show.
I can not stop listening to this podcast! It is the greatest thing I’ve stumbled upon. If you enjoy good statics, facts, and learning you’ll love it! Just keep an open mind and be ready to learn!
Love this podcast. Sharing with all me friends
I love this !!! We need more smart podcast that dissect sex and beyond ! Mainly sex though !! Keep it up guys !
Welcome to the CNN of science podcasts. Let's pick a side and then sway all the info in that direction. DELETE!!!!
It’s been a while since I listened to the episode about immigrants, but I found a lot of issues with her scientific approach. She found that immigrants primarily take jobs that Americans don’t want, but not typically jobs that typical blue collar workers would want. Well, I know of a town where they specialize in a trade. They manufacture products that are sent all over the world. The businesses of this town bring in lots of immigrant workers so they don’t have to pay taxes, benefits, etc. I’ve seen in in multiple mills over and over. My position gives me a unique view that others aren’t typically privileged. I’m sure there are other industries and towns with such practices. This phenomenon is completely dismissed in the podcast. In general I enjoy the podcast, but there are a lot of assumptions. It blasphemes science in certain episodes.
I could listen to the host all day long, if you throw in science I am all over it. This is extremely fun to listen to, I like the sound effects and editing, provides relevant and useful information and is always upbeat. I really like this podcast and the way it is laid out. I have listened to 95 different podcast and read the description on 135 and this podcast is in my top 10.
Please find someone else to narrate. Her accent overpowers the message.
I tried. Many episodes, I really did. Maybe if there were a different host who was less grating, didn't try to be so cheeky and snarky, and who addressed the topics with a sincere attempt to be unbiased (it is called "Science vs." after all) I might continue listening. But I cannot take it anymore. Wendy Zukerman's voice almost literally hurts my brain now. It's like fingernails on a chalkboard. She is almost cartoonish in her expression, where every fourth or fifth word seems to be over-emphasized to hyper-excited effect, and every other word seems to have an extra vowel or two thrown in for good measure. Call me culturally insensitive if you must, but her voice, accent, and vocal expressions do more to drive me away than the biased, pseudoscientific treatment of the subject matters (I do realize after all the show is for entertainment predominantly, so I could live with some limitations that such a format might impose).
Science Vs turns dry textbook content into nothing short of fun. The presenters bring a healthy skepticism to each topic and make only well reasoned conclusions. I’ve just discovered this podcast and I’m quickly listening to the entire archive.
I love this show. Each episode is a deeper dive into a specific topic and I always learn something. The host is excellent with just the perfect amount of snark to keep the podcast fun and zipping right along. This is another Gimlet Media hit. Check it out!
Timely and interesting information. They definitely brush through very complex topics very quickly but the summaries are useful and Wendy is very funny!
I love the way this podcast explores the validity of "facts". The host is adorable and so genuine.
I listen to a lot of podcasts but this one has easily jumped into my top three most anticipated shows each week. The topics range from serious to more silly but the science is always well researched and spot on. I can't wait for the next season!
Most episodes, please!!
Love Science Vs! When recommending it to friends (which I often do) I describe it as Bill Nye The Science Guy for adults. It has the puns, sound clips and science (duh) just like the show we loved as kids. However the content can be more mature and many jokes aren’t for kids. The content is relevant and does well explaining both sides of research.