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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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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.

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: Episode 231 - The Secret Life of Fat with Dr. Sylvia Tara

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Sylvia Tara (@SylviaTaraPhD) holds a PhD in biochemistry, and in her new book The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means For You she examines the function and behavior of fat, why it's essential to our lives, how our genetics, gender, hormones and microbiomes affect it and much more. Her book is on sale December 27th, and you can pre-order it here or visit thesecretlifeoffat.com for more information.

This episode is brought to you by Curiosity Box by Vsauce. To get your mystery box full of geeky science toys and gear along with a FREE Vsauce beanie, visit curiositybox.com/probablyscience.

Dec 20 2016

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Rank #3: Episode 238 - Ever Mainard and Deborah Etta

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Comedians Ever Mainard (@evermainard) and Deborah Etta (@deborah_etta) join Andy and Matt to talk about scientific weirdos and Galois, starfish and STDs and regrowing dicks, finger regrowth, Matt’s awful ex, why whales jump, unethical kitten experiments, science fairs gone wrong, more blood and shit stuff, moon stuff and monkeys and dogs judging cooperation in humans. This episode is brought to you by Audible. For a free 30-day trial, visit audible.com/psp.

Feb 13 2017

1hr 12mins

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Rank #4: Episode 249 - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson), astrophysicist, science communicator and author of the fantastic new book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, joins Matt and Andy for a Definitely Science episode, discussing, well, the entire universe: Its origins, the forces that govern it, general relativity, the multiverse, dark matter, dark energy, the fact that the universe is under no obligation to make sense to you, and the questions that Neil would ask a physicist in the year 2317. This episode is brought to you by Parachute; visit parachutehome.com/science for free shipping and returns and a no-risk 60-night trial.

May 17 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #5: Episode 228 - Cecily Knobler and Auggie Smith

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Comedian and movie reviewer Cecily Knobler (@Cecilysaysstuff) joins returning guest Auggie Smith (@auggiesmith) and Andy (@andytwood) to discuss hospice humor, intervention critiques, Andy Dick stories, sex addiction getting depathologized, Auggie's issues with addicts, Cecily's neuropsychology background, Myers-Briggs personality types, high school kids undercutting Martin Shkreli's expensive drugs, Google's AI that can lip read better than humans, SNL's Trump responsibility, naming Secretaries of State, Cecily's book and Andy's swim meet.

Dec 01 2016

1hr 37mins

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Rank #6: Episode 261 - Sara Benincasa

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Comedian and author of Real Artists Have Day Jobs (and three other books) Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) invited Matt and Andy into her kitchen to talk about Burning Man, Woodstock '99, talking people down from drugs, creating cryptocurrencies, Space Camp vs. Space Academy, whiskey dilution, faces trained on Skype, Zika for brain tumors, and the secret messages contained in dogs' sneezes.

Sep 08 2017

54mins

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Rank #7: Episode 243 - MK Paulsen

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Comedian MK Paulsen (@mkpaulsen) joins Matt and Andy to talk about Crazy Frog, public policy, October Sky, RIP radioactive boy scout, a heart of spinach, German fake suns, beating cancer and stopping aging, corrections corner, Andy's new swim teammate, strep, the Ten Commandments, tits on Nazis and chimp death rituals.

Mar 28 2017

1hr 26mins

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Rank #8: Episode 209 - Mary Roach

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Popular science author Mary Roach's (@mary_roach) books have tackled a wide variety of topics including sex, the afterlifedigestion and space travelIn her soon-to-be-released book Grunt, she takes on the curious science of humans at war, delving into combat medic training, stink bombs, genital transplant surgery, the war on heat, shark repellant and diarrhea as a threat to national security. Pre-order your copy of Grunt now!

May 25 2016

56mins

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Rank #9: Episode 262 - Casey Ley

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Comedian Casey Ley (@caseywley) joins Andy and Matt to talk about Andy's car, gay genes, gay face and AI, the first openly gay guy ever, snow leopards becoming less endangered, the end of Cassini, whether or not Saturn would float in water, the first live 4K video from space, the life of Sam Blackman, and Casey's podcast.

This episode is brought to you by Hello Fresh. Visit hellofresh.com and use the promo code “probably30” to save $30 off your first week of deliveries.

Sep 15 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #10: Episode 264 - Alice Fraser

Oct 05 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: Episode 180 - Patton Oswalt, Sean Carroll and Brooks Wheelan Live from LA PodFest

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This week's episode was recorded live from the Audible Los Angeles Podcast Festival, with Andy Wood (@andytwood) and Matt Kirshen (@mattkirshen) welcoming original third host Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan), along with comedy legend Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) and Caltech theoretical physicist/cosmologist Dr. Sean Carroll (@seanmcarroll). To support Probably Science and LA PodFest while getting a free 30-day trial and a free audiobook download, visit audible.com/lapodfest.

Sep 23 2015

1hr 25mins

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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: Episode 086 - Karen Gillan

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Star of Doctor Who and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Karen Gillan (twitter.com/KarenGillan2) joins Matt, Andy and Jesse this week to talk about: Being on the cusp of superstardom! Andy and Jesse's rat problem! Growing up as a Scottish serf! The parade of bad accents! Kaisers of the Cosmos! Dealing with nerdy fans! Criticizing the physics of the movie Gravity! Closed captioning for grandparents! Alfred Nobel's personal ad! Karen's Carmina Burana funeral plans! This year's Nobel Prize winners! What's your go-to charity? Karen's freshly shaven head! Fruit bat fellatio! Androgen-insensitive supermodels! Parents tracking your career via Google! Metallic 3D printing! Karen's Twitter nemesis!

Oct 16 2013

1hr 22mins

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Rank #16: 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

57mins

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Rank #17: Episode 258 - Heather Thomson

Aug 02 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #18: Episode 078 - Dr. Sean Carroll

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Theoretical cosmologist at Caltech, author and blogger Dr. Sean M. Carroll invited Matt and Andy to his Pasadena office this week to lend some insight into his areas of expertise, including: Being the house cosmologist on a paleontologogical dig! Dark matter! Defying what you thought you knew about the conservation of energy! The fixed density of dark energy! What happens a quadrillion years from now! Boltzmann brains! You might not have existed before this very instant! The arrow of time! Entropy! The second law of thermodynamics! We are the creamy tendrils in a universal cup of coffee! Consulting on movies like Thor and Tron: Legacy! Imposing boundaries on superheroes! Another blow to new age-y quantum BS! Multiple universes!

Jul 28 2013

1hr 4mins

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Rank #19: Episode 300 - Brooks Wheelan, Jesse Case, Andy Wood and Matt Kirshen

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The gang's all back together again to celebrate 300 episodes of Probably Science while discussing barely any science at all, instead reminiscing about the last six years, getting nostalgic for Country Summer and trying to figure out which actors have achieved the coveted SPATS (piloting a spacecraft, plane, automobile, train and sea ship on film).

Jul 12 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #20: Episode 308 - How To Invent Everything author Ryan North

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In addition to being a programmer and computational linguist, Ryan North (@ryanqnorth) is the writer behind Dinosaur Comics, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, the Adventure Time comic book series, and Romeo and/or Juliet, and he joins Andy and Matt to discuss his new book How To Invent Everything, a survival guide for stranded time travelers who need to figure out where they've landed in time, and how to get civilization back to the present by inventing everything from writing and farming to buttons and birth control.

Sep 18 2018

1hr 7mins

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Episode 370 - Richard Vranch and Alice Fraser

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Alice Fraser (@aliterative, Tea With Alice, The Last Post) sits in as guest co-host for this chat with Comedy Store Players veteran and Whose Line Is It Anyway cast member Richard Vranch (@richardvranch), who more importantly for us is Dr. Richard Vranch, former physicist, for talk about the early days of UK comedy, and his experiments with silicon chips and radiation.

Jan 22 2020

1hr 6mins

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Episode 369 - Dr. Damian King

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While on the road, Matt talks to Dr. Damian King about his work as the head of Neutral Beam Injection for the JET (Joint European Torus) at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and why heating things to 30 million degrees isn't nearly enough.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners three months of unlimited access for only $30 by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

Jan 14 2020

1hr 2mins

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Episode 368 - Kate Kennedy and TJ Chambers

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Comedians Kate Kennedy (@TheOGKennedy) and TJ Chambers (@tjchambersLA) join Andy to discuss physics for poets, Feynman memoirs, family trips and home moviesrecord-breaking geysers, blood waterfalls and freezing water at its boiling point.

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

Jan 06 2020

1hr 15mins

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Episode 367 - TJ Chambers and Jordan Morris Talk 2010s

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Writer/comedians TJ Chambers (@tjchambersLA) and Jordan Morris (@Jordan_Morris) return to the podcast to wrap up the decade that was the 2010s, covering things along the way including penis fish, the cat that says "well, hi!", the biggest scientific happenings of the decade, Karen Gillan's box office dominance, the book Orange World and the podcast Bubble.

Jan 01 2020

1hr 4mins

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Episode 366 - Cecil and Vincent Castellucci

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Author of books, graphic novels and comics including DC's Batgirl Cecil Castellucci (@misscecil) joins Matt, Andy and her neuroscientist father Vincent to talk about her new graphic novel memoir Girl on Film, which intertwines the story of her life in the arts and schooling at Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts with sidebars on the neuroscience of memory and a look at Vincent's life's work in that field.

Dec 19 2019

53mins

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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

55mins

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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

40mins

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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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iTunes Ratings

530 Ratings
Average Ratings
483
24
10
6
7

Square Space

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Funny

By daviddoil - Nov 11 2019
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