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Professional comedians with so-so STEM pedigrees take you through this week in science. Incompetently. Featuring hosts Matt Kirshen, Andy Wood (and sometimes Jesse Case or Brooks Wheelan) along with a rotating cast of special guests from the worlds of comedy and science.

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Professional comedians with so-so STEM pedigrees take you through this week in science. Incompetently. Featuring hosts Matt Kirshen, Andy Wood (and sometimes Jesse Case or Brooks Wheelan) along with a rotating cast of special guests from the worlds of comedy and science.

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This is the funniest show.

Funny and interesting

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My favorite podcast - I have discovered it recently and now I am binge listening it. It is great!

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524 Ratings
Average Ratings
477
24
10
6
7

Funny

By daviddoil - Nov 11 2019
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This is the funniest show.

Funny and interesting

By sci38guy - Sep 11 2019
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My favorite podcast - I have discovered it recently and now I am binge listening it. It is great!

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Probably Science

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Professional comedians with so-so STEM pedigrees take you through this week in science. Incompetently. Featuring hosts Matt Kirshen, Andy Wood (and sometimes Jesse Case or Brooks Wheelan) along with a rotating cast of special guests from the worlds of comedy and science.

Episode 158 - Caitlin Doughty

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Mortician, author, blogger, YouTube personality and death advocate Caitlin Doughty (@TheGoodDeath) invites Matt, Jesse and Andy into her home to talk about all things death, including her book Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Order of the Good Death, death rituals around the world, the history of embalming in the US, what goes down in a crematory, why dead bodies aren't dangerous to be around, our society's disconnect with its dead, the Disneyland of Death and how to prepare yourself and your loved ones for that eternal dirt nap that's headed our way.

Mar 31 2015

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Episode 168 - Bryan Safi

Jun 17 2015

1hr 5mins

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Episode 359 - Dr. Stuart Russell

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Artificial intelligence researcher and UC Berkeley Professor of Computer Science Dr. Stuart Russell joins Andy to talk about his new book Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control, which explores the concept of intelligence in humans and machines, what the benefits and drawbacks of creating superhuman intelligence are, and what AI researchers can do now to help usher in a future that's more utopian than dystopian.

Oct 31 2019

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Episode 069 - John Roy

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You've seen the very funny John Roy on Conan, Leno and Ferguson, and he joins Matt, Andy and Jesse this week to discuss: Daft Punk's new album! Edmonton's giant mall! Waterslides and skydiving! Tweets from space! Guided By Voices on Mars! Height inflation in professional wrestling! Youtube and Wikipedia holes! 480,000,000 needles in space! An explanation of orbits! Space insanity! The military efforts of Archimedes! Our favorite listener's penis! A working cocaine vaccine! The mystery of the Stevie Nicks coke urban legend! Polio vaccines that create more polio! Chicken pox parties: Bad idea! Human ancestors who couldn't hear well! Juggalo scientists! Soup-conducting hos! An affordable 3D printer! Maron in Space!

May 14 2013

1hr 17mins

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Episode 172 - Hampton Yount

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The hilarious Hampton Yount (@hamptonyount) returns to the show to talk with Matt and Andy about Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival, corny jet boat guides, paying for a Pluto probe or an NFL stadium, slowing air travel, Ant-Man science, colonizing the moon, the XFL, anti-piss wallsbacon-flavored kale, being controlled by semen, a malaria vaccine and the LA PodFest live video stream - use the code “science” for $5 off.

Jul 31 2015

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Episode 319 - Steve Brett Young

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Writer/comedian Steve Brett Young (@stevebrettyoung) joins Andy and Matt to talk about his friend the Studio City Life CoachMary Mary quite contrary, unicorns, El Niño, salmon-tossing for plants, Robert De Niro surprises and birth canals around the world. This week's episode is brought to you by the new educational comedy podcast Creature Feature.

Dec 11 2018

1hr 5mins

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Episode 169 - Jackie Kashian, TJ Chambers and Mark Agee

Jul 06 2015

1hr 11mins

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Episode 108 - Drs. Larry Price, Jamie Rollins and Janna Levin

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To help us make sense of the biggest cosmology story of recent years, we invited three of our favorite physicists back to the show. Matt and Jesse are joined by an in-studio Dr. Larry Price, and, thanks to technical wizardry, NYC-dwelling Prof. Janna Levin and a Washington State-based Dr. Jamie Rollins, as they talk us through The Big Bang, what Inflation means, what this BICEP2 experiment did, whether it's important, what the Asian guy with the champagne meant when he said “It's five sigma at point two” to the Russian man and woman in that viral video, what was going on with that colder-than-absolute-zero story we didn't understand last week, whether academic journals are glory hunters, how multiverses fit in with this Inflation thing, and what we should take away from the whole story. And Andy missed all this to make sure a TV show about skaters getting hit in the testicles got made.

Mar 27 2014

1hr 10mins

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Episode 042 - Emery Emery

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Emery Emery, host of the podcasts The Ardent Atheist (ardentatheist.com) and Skeptically Yours (skepticallyyours.net), makes his first Probably Science appearance with a full cast of Matt, Andy, and Brooks to talk about: The origin of Probably Science! Andy putting his foot in his mouth on Emery's podcast! Neil Young burying the Skynyrd hatchet! Blowing up a rat with 8 M-80s! The Bogdanov Affair! Trusting expertise! Brooks giving himself nicknames! Pegged jeans! Andy's ukulele project! Cheating yo-yos with mechanical clutches! Robot bee brains! Emery gets revenge on Andy via Shane Battier!

Oct 14 2012

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Episode 147 - Gareth Reynolds

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Comedian and co-host of The Dollop Gareth Reynolds joins Jesse, Andy and Matt this week to talk about Hollywood tourists, Gareth's important moss experiments, airborne farts, the point of the narwhal's point, an antibiotic breakthrough, what self-tickling tells us about brains, materiAl vs. materiElwhy lady jizz ain't jizz, why lady jizz may in fact be jizz, HIV getting milder and Native American art.

Jan 13 2015

1hr 33mins

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Episode 236 - James Acaster

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British comic James Acaster (@JamesAcaster) stopped by to talk with Matt and Andy about city rivalries, science marches, conga/flute/didgeridoo combos, Jerusalem Syndrome and Paris Syndrome, human/pig chimeras, cats possibly being as intelligent as dogs, Matt not knowing how big an otter is, giant otter fossilsslowing down light, a light speed sonic boom and James' band Luna Dott Raids the Bee Pigeon.

Jan 30 2017

1hr 11mins

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Episode 325 - Bridget Phetasy

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Writer/comedian/podcaster Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) joins Andy and Matt to discuss Australia, Monopoly game study, the big data book Everybody Lies, homespun back pain cures, weed towns, conspiracy theories that are wrong but fun, China plants on the moon, a meteorite hitting the super blood wolf moon and Marie Kondo according to a psychologist. This week's episode is brought to you by the new educational comedy podcast Creature Feature.

Jan 22 2019

1hr 30mins

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Episode 273 - Jim Jefferies

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Matt and Andy make a visit to the home of Jim Jefferies (@jimjefferies) to talk about a very British car accident, self-driving cars, Ted Danson's amazing face, feeding spiders graphene, a new space tire, Mars temperatures, cricket commentary, onion ubiquity, Dubai space agriculture, business class from the ground, and upsetting rock stars.

Dec 05 2017

1hr 10mins

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Episode 282 - Sarah Morgan

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Writer and friend of the show Sarah Morgan (@sarahlmorgan) returns to talk with Matt and Andy about the prey defines the chasevampire bats, memory wire, bismuth, robo-bees, playing HQ Trivia (and using the referral codes "andytwood" or "Mattbk"), Uber scams, plants and anesthesia, motherland vs. fatherland, curing Alzheimers in micepervy Koko the gorilla and reading too much into animal communication.

Feb 24 2018

1hr 20mins

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Episode 033 - Kira Soltanovich

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As seen on Last Comic Standing and Girls Behaving Badly, comedian Kira Soltanovich (kiracomedy.com) joins Matt, Andy, and guest host Auggie Smith to talk about: Shift workers are at risk for heart attacks! Heckles worse than "Too soon!" Siphoning out the contents of Rod Stewart's stomach! Auto-erotic self-asphyxiation! Fixing the hellmouth hot tub! The mysteries of Branson, Missouri! What does Perestroika mean? Pussy Riot! Tracking people's eye movements to predict what they'll say! Bodily changes brought on by pregnancy! Why do dogs wear bandanas? Would you give up your arms and legs to be able to unhinge your jaw? Chewbacca's Russian etymological origins! Going as a low-rent mummy for Halloween! Matt's wizard onesie! Strobe goggles can improve your memory! Auggie can summon death upon unruly audience members!

Aug 13 2012

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Episode 290 - Emily Fleming

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Comedian/actor/writer Emily Fleming (@FlemilyEming) joins Matt and Andy to discuss bad AI, gastro doctoring, constidar, Andy’s phone getting stolen mid-show, the smell of Uranus, New York water, penis transplants, David Reimer, ravens ruining science, why privacy on the internet isn't privacy and kids bouncing back from bouncing.

Apr 26 2018

1hr 26mins

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Episode 154 - Brooks Wheelan Returns

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Original Probably Science co-host Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) returns to the show after spending a year on Saturday Night Live, not to mention appearing on Girls, Conan, and Late Night with Seth Meyers, to give the inside scoop on what it's like to join the cast of the most iconic sketch comedy series ever, RHCP tattoos, Terry Crews and David Prowse, handshake-smellingJuggalos and tattoo removal creamsbird strikes, New York stories, Brooks's new albumwhy bubbles don't spill, the shovel video and urban legends about celebrity stomach-pumpings.

Mar 03 2015

1hr 36mins

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Episode 306 - Jordan Morris

Aug 20 2018

1hr 21mins

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Episode 272 - Pat Francis

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Host of the Rock Solid podcast Pat Francis (@pat_francis) joins Matt and Andy to talk about donating medals, miming phones, teen brains that can't tell what's important, homeless etiquette, Voyager I firing up again, coffee and health, grammar rules and beard posturing.

Dec 05 2017

1hr 31mins

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Episode 365 - Louis Katz

Dec 12 2019

1hr 5mins

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Episode 364 - Bil Dwyer

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Comedian and game show-hosting veteran Bil Dwyer (@BilDwyer) returns to the podcast 7 1/2 years after his last appearance to talk about Dirty Rotten Cheater, more reasons to hate paper straws, the greatest prank call ever, BLEVEs, frozen dogs, shrinking birds, tattooed mummies, audiophile coral reefs and a possible fifth force of nature.

Dec 06 2019

1hr 23mins

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Episode 363 - Matthew D. LaPlante

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Matthew D. LaPlante (@mdlaplante), author of the new book Superlative: The Biology of Extremes, joins Matt and Andy to talk about all creatures great and small (and fast and slow and strong and old and deadly...) and look at the many surprising things to be learned from nature's outliers.

Nov 28 2019

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Episode 362 - Chris Mancini

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Comedian/writer/podcaster Chris Mancini (@chrisjmancini) of Comedy Film Nerds joins Andy and Matt to talk about the good Kickstarter for his graphic novel Rise of the Kung Fu Dragon Master (and a less-good one for this dumb wine thing), what the deal with Pez is, toilet stickiness, Ohio religion laws, L’Hopital’s rule, supernova blobs, pigeon bones, antibiotics resistance and why you may not have to finish taking all of yours, pig organs, tonight's northern lights, Andy's Guilty Treasure show tomorrow, suspended animation and Michael Moschen’s Labyrinth juggling.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners a free trial with unlimited access to thousands of lectures by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

Nov 21 2019

1hr 27mins

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Episode 361 - Noah Gardenswartz

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Comedian Noah Gardenswartz (@noahgcomedy) of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel joins Andy and Matt to discuss left-handed women’s smell, cannibal ants, cg mustaches, an ebola vaccine, anti-vax Facebook ads, mouse deer and Mars air.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners a free trial with unlimited access to thousands of lectures by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

Nov 17 2019

1hr 10mins

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Episode 359 - Dr. Stuart Russell

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Artificial intelligence researcher and UC Berkeley Professor of Computer Science Dr. Stuart Russell joins Andy to talk about his new book Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control, which explores the concept of intelligence in humans and machines, what the benefits and drawbacks of creating superhuman intelligence are, and what AI researchers can do now to help usher in a future that's more utopian than dystopian.

Oct 31 2019

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Episode 358 - Daniel Dominguez

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Comedian-turned-writer Daniel Dominguez joins Matt and Andy to talk about his new animated Netflix series Seis Manos, Nobel Prize announcements in physics, medicine and chemistry, Ursula K. Le Guin, people with Goodenough names and implanting false memories in birds.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners a free month of unlimited access to thousands of lectures by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

Oct 23 2019

1hr 9mins

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Episode 357 - Troy Walker

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Comedian Troy Walker (@troywalkeresq) joins Matt and Andy to discuss erector sets, owl pellets, scientists growing tooth enamel, aspen sunscreen, a Milky Way explosion, Dr. Magma, too many wallabies, university ripoffs and antibiotic resistance.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners a free month of unlimited access to thousands of lectures by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

Oct 16 2019

1hr 23mins

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Episode 356 - Matt Monroe

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Comedian Matt Monroe (@heymonroe) joins Andy and Matt to discuss retirement community shows, Sandler on Netflix, the Salton Sea, the toilet water scale, Terence Howard science, lizard womb babies, lady rabbit orgasms, Sarah Morgan's web series, a tooth bird fossil, Matt Monro and Born Free.

Oct 09 2019

1hr 19mins

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Episode 355 - Nick Turner

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Comedian Nick Turner (@NicksTurners) returns to the show seven years after his last appearance to talk about his podcasts Get Rich Nick and Recently Added, walking dogs, very slow zombies, a herpes vaccine, fun math with 3s, a new blackest black, Instant Hotel, cooking with ostrich eggs, Instant Hotel, Fastest Car and Hyperdrive, spiders flying with electricity and a play with a very controversial name.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners a free month of unlimited access to thousands of lectures by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

Sep 24 2019

1hr 16mins

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Episode 354 - Dr. Ria Lina

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PhD-having comedian Ria Lina (@rialina_) joins Matt and Andy to talk about bioinformatics, her research in viruses, specifically the herpes family of viruses, predicting this year's flu, the definition of life, the other kind of beach bodies, pathology, terrorism hypotheticals, herd immunity, viral ontology and Ria's ukulele song for Alabama.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners a free month of unlimited access to thousands of lectures by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

Sep 19 2019

1hr 22mins

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Episode 353 - Nick Vatterott

Sep 13 2019

1hr 25mins

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Episode 352 - "How To" author and xkcd creator Randall Munroe

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Cartoonist/author/engineer Randall Munroe of the Hugo Award-winning webcomic xkcd joins Matt and Andy to talk about his new book How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, in which he gives novel, ridiculous and technically correct tips on doing everything from digging a hole to winning an election. You can catch Randall in person on his book tour running through September 19th.

Sep 05 2019

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Episode 351 - Chris Martin and Hanna Stanbridge

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Comedians Chris Martin (@ChrisMcomedy) and Hanna Stanbridge (@HannaStanbridge) join Andy and Matt to talk about our Wired video, soap on a rope, some scientist listeners’ corrections, burp-free cows and seaweed, July being the hottest month ever, how tongue rolling isn’t fully genetic, vaccine-delivering Congo drones, asparagus pee, boney boners, Will Smith’s penis, water-powered space craft and peeing in space.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners a free month of unlimited access to thousands of lectures by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

Aug 29 2019

1hr 11mins

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Episode 350 - Pollyanna McIntosh

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Actor/director Pollyanna McIntosh (@PollyAMcIntosh) of The Walking Dead, Lodge 49 and her directorial debut Darlin' joins Matt and Andy to discuss Dennis dentists, human-sized penguins, gay penguins with an egg, an ebola cure, good environmental news, bad environmental news and tails for old people.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners a free month of unlimited access to thousands of lectures by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

Aug 22 2019

1hr 3mins

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Episode 349 - Joyelle Johnson

Aug 19 2019

46mins

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Episode 348 - Jordan Doll

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Comedian Jordan Doll (@razorlou) joins Andy and Matt to discuss old UK comedy, field archaeology, being a shovel bum, King Arthur’s various swords, massive parrots, the periodic table of Jeopardy!, tardigrades on the moon, disinfecting Mars, water-filtering wood, toxic Paris, Maya Angelou ads, problematic pics and The Mechanical Turk.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners a free month of unlimited access to thousands of lectures by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

Aug 12 2019

1hr 21mins

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Episode 347 - KT Tatara

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Comedian KT Tatara (@kttatara) joins Matt and Andy to talk about a CRISPR sickle cell cure, a mysterious radiation leak linked to Russia, Mr. Wizard, Bob Lazar and UFOs and bees' sense of the electric fields of flowers.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners a free month of unlimited access to thousands of lectures by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

Aug 02 2019

1hr 1min

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Episode 346 - Francisco Ramos

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Comedian Francisco Ramos (@FranciscoRamos) joins Andy and Matt to discuss thermos technology, socialism, whether canned laughter works, an asteroid close call, quantum teleportation and an HIV cure for mice.

Jul 28 2019

1hr 2mins

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