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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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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 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: Episode 269 - Chris Turner

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Comedian/freestyle rapper Chris Turner (@ChrisPJTurner) joins Andy and Matt to talk about archeology, volcano-based Roman shit, old wine, old Amish people, gay evolution, monkeys playing chicken and the theory of mind. This episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh. For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit hellofresh.com and enter "probably30" at checkout.

Nov 17 2017

55mins

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Rank #5: 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 #6: Episode 268 - Raj Desai

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Comedian Raj Desai (@_rajdesai) almost makes himself late to his job writing for Sarah Silverman's I Love You, America to do a morning recording with Andy and Matt about his chromatography history, looking more closely at the placebo effect, and how the extinction of dinosaurs made way for mammals to come out during the day.

Nov 09 2017

41mins

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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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

1hr 23mins

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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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Rank #14: Episode 274 - Environmental Science and Sustainable Food with Dr. Pete Newton

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Matt’s on the road in Colorado and meets up with his old university friend Dr. Pete Newton (@newton_pete) who's now an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder to talk about his TEDx Talk on why "food miles" are aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, his journey away from and back to academia, safari tours in Botswana, hunting pangolins, anaconda attacks in the field, the perils of ruminants, changing our behavior, changing a whole country’s behavior, and whether you’d eat lab-grown meat.

Dec 26 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #15: Episode 157 - Robin Ince and Brian Cox

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Comedian/actor/writer Robin Ince (@robinince) and physicist/host/musician Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox), both of BBC Radio's The Infinite Monkey Cage, were kind enough to sit down with Matt and Jesse while they were stateside for a recent live performance, discussing David Lynch's America, why the queen is common, Alzheimer's being treated by ultrasoundBrian's pop group D:Ream, the silliness of What The Bleep Do We Know!?NPR's survey of great podcast episodesThe EPR Paradoxmanifest causality in quantum field theorythe Large Hadron Collider rebootBrian's upcoming BBC television show Forces of Naturebeing wrongfully accused of arson, Andy's obsession with The Jinx and The Staircase, getting to perform with Eric Idle and ELO's Jeff Lynne and Andy's anger about the success of the Matt and Jesse episode.

Mar 25 2015

1hr 15mins

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Rank #16: Episode 200 - Jesse Case and Brooks Wheelan

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Original Probably Science co-hosts Jesse Case (@jessecase) and Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) return to the show to celebrate Episode 200!

Mar 17 2016

1hr 24mins

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Rank #18: Episode 306 - Jordan Morris

Aug 20 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #19: 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

1hr 1min

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Rank #20: Episode 074 - David Angelo

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Comedian and Emmy-nominated writer David Angelo (twitter.com/dwangelo) made a name for himself on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon before moving out west in 2012, and he joins Matt, Andy and Jesse Case this week to discuss: Fiscal responsibility! eEconomics! Apprenticing as a sandwich artist! Martial arts legend Benny The Jet Urquidez! Yngwie Malmsteen! The effects of light and darkness on cabbage! Curing cancer! A listener microwaves grapes! Science advances courtesy of Denny's! Traveling to Mars via nuclear propulsion! The social contagion of applause! Playing remedial viola! Dick Bright's SRO! Andy and Jesse's roommate writes a screenplay! Andy's jury duty! Advencements in wooden batteries! David gets out of a ticket using a photo of his doppelganger!

Jun 26 2013

1hr 25mins

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Episode 394 - Jon Reep

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Matt’s Last Comic Standing buddy (and Season 5 winner) Jon Reep @jonreep joins Matt and Andy to talk about getting COVID, meteors and moons, Shazam for spiders, anus-escaping water beetles, unusual places to grow a penis, medieval antibiotics, Jon's new podcast Country-ish and this totally independent, unbiased ranking of podcasts that we hope to break.

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

Aug 06 2020

58mins

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Episode 393 - Mike McShane

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Improv and comedy acting legend Mike McShane (@thismikemcshane) joins Matt and Andy to talk about the funniest kind of nudity, cognitive impairment tests, the limits of human eating, the star that's hurtling across the universe, a sperm robot story we've done before, and mathematicians boycotting the police.

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

Jul 26 2020

59mins

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Episode 392 - Jonah Ray

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Comedian Jonah Ray (@jonahray), host of Jonah Raydio and co-guest with Matt on TONIGHT'S episode of The Great Debate on Syfy, talks about his great Seeso show Hidden America, taking over MST3K (and his favorite episode), how flying snakes fly, hungry hungry black holes, Twitter hacks and Bitcoin scams, talking to prairie dogs and the coming population crash.

This episode is brought to you by StartAPod, providing our listeners with a special offer by visiting StartAPod.com/probably

Jul 16 2020

1hr 15mins

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Episode 391 - Steph Tolev

Jul 10 2020

1hr 11mins

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Episode 390 - Chris Garcia

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Comedian and host of the outstanding podcast Scattered Chris Garcia (@_chrisgarcia) joins Matt and Andy to discuss getting a little too much parental help with science fair projects, dolphins using tools, 3D printing inside the body and how burning coal 250 million years ago led to climate change.

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

Jul 04 2020

55mins

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Episode 389 - Matthew Broussard

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Comedian, swimmer and math major Matthew Broussard (@mondaypunday) joins Andy and Matt to talk about linear algebra, swimming, neanderthal DNA, DNA degradation, Alex Falcone's NASA career, ancient Irish one-percenters, twins marrying twins and twin paternity tests.

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

Jun 26 2020

1hr 16mins

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Episode 387 - Dan Oster

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Comedian and actor Dan Oster (@dernerster) joins Matt and a normally voiced Andy to discuss pantomime dwarves, a desert update, neutron stars showing their cores, a porn star and a toad-venom death, psychological pain treatments, tripping on nutmeg and Dan's A Podcast, But Evil.

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

Jun 06 2020

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Episode 386 - Sarah Morgan and JJ Whitehead

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Friends of the show Sarah Morgan (@sarahlmorgan) and JJ Whitehead (@JJWhitesnake) return to talk with Matt and a strangely deep-voiced Andy about a USB stick to protect you from the evils of 5G, controlling monkey minds via ultrasound, a super-deep octopus and monkeys stealing coronavirus samples.

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

May 30 2020

1hr 2mins

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Episode 385 - Carlos Alazraqui

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Comedian, actor and voice performer extraordinaire Carlos Alazraqui (@carlosalazraqui) joins Matt and Andy to talk about what you can learn from hundreds of skydiving jumps, mud flows on Mars, laughing gas from penguin poop, a worm that survived being frozen for 41,000 years and Carlos' new movie Witness Infection.

May 24 2020

1hr 9mins

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Episode 384 - Kristin Key

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Comedian Kristin Key (@thekristinkey) joins Matt and Andy to talk about her new album Keeper of Feelings, the importance of moths, illicit surfing in bioluminescence, neon dolphins, Pluto's haze, SOFIA, thirsty koalas licking trees and rain caused by nuclear testing.

This episode is brought to you by StartAPod, offering our listeners 50% off the first year of a monthly or annual subscription by visiting StartAPod.com/probably

May 18 2020

1hr 15mins

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Episode 383 - Scott Vrooman

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Writer Scott Vrooman (@mescottvrooman) joins Matt and Andy to discuss watching rocket launches, Trident missile tests, what it actually takes to make a ventilator, murder hornets, how to give CPR, the psychological health of vegetarians and meat-eaters, girlfriends' effects on risk-taking and the new Quibi show Memory Hole.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering our listeners a free trial by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

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May 10 2020

1hr 4mins

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Episode 382 - Jesse Case

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Erstwhile Probably Science cohost Jesse Case (@jessecase) of Jesse vs. Cancer fame returns (remotely) to discuss everyone's new living situations, what the old Bluebell house looks like now, Andy's neighbor's text, a new LIGO discovery, bird brain sizes, a black paint that somehow cools buildings and analyzing whether farts can spread coronavirus.

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering our listeners a free trial by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably

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Apr 28 2020

1hr 14mins

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Episode 381 - Sam Pasternack

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Writer Sam Pasternack (@SamPasternack) of The Podcasternack joins Matt and Andy while riding his quarantine exercise bike to discuss the real toilet paper problem, bomb tests and whale shark ages, a VERY personalized toilet, an unexpected downside of planting trees, a Mercury mission that just got underway and a five-year time lapse of its path to Mercury orbit.

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

Apr 12 2020

1hr 2mins

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Episode 380 - Danny Jolles

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Comedian/actor Danny Jolles (@DannyJolles) joins Andy and Matt to discuss celebrity centers, political science, the astrophysicist who got magnets stuck up his nose, arm hickeys, mouse emotions, finding Clooneys when stressed, neanderthal fishing, ancient Australian fossils, wrestler Mae Young, Danny's podcast Everything But The Scores and Brooks' ridiculous one-man hungover marathon.

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

Apr 04 2020

1hr 26mins

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Episode 378 - Dr. Barry Fox

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Dr. Barry Fox is a Clinical Professor of Infectious Disease at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He also teaches An Introduction to Infectious Diseases on The Great Courses Plus, which turns out to be a very timely lecture series right now. Dr. Fox talks with Matt and Andy about infectious disease in general, and COVID-19 in particular, while helping clarify what we do and don't know about the pandemic in which we find ourselves. For up-to-the-minute coronavirus information, Dr. Fox recommends the CDC, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/probably to access Dr. Fox's course and hundreds of others.

Mar 20 2020

1hr 7mins

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Episode 377 - Langston Kerman

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Comedian/actor Langston Kerman (@LangstonKerman, Insecure, South Side, Bless This Mess) joins Matt and Andy for a COVID-19 quarantine edition of the podcast, discussing oceanography, subterranean chlamydia, raining molten iron, bike speed records, tiny dinosaurs, mammoth bones, forbidden fruit and insect butter.

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

Mar 18 2020

1hr 5mins

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Episode 376 - Sharon Mahoney and Byron Bertram

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Comedians Sharon Mahoney (@sharonmahoneyca) and Byron Bertram (@byronbertram) join Matt and Andy to discuss glowing amphibians, COVID-19, Pence's spotty record, the Halifax Explosion and molecular oxygen being found beyond the Milky Way.

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

Mar 13 2020

1hr 19mins

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Episode 375 - Barry Rothbart

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Barry Rothbart (@barryrothbart) returns to Probably Science eight years after his last appearance to discuss Scorcese films, Mad Mike Hughes, an autism apology, COVID-19, relative risks and vaccines, expensive cars and being a dick, electricity from thin air, seatbelt laws and lives saved and bomb-sniffing locusts.

Mar 02 2020

57mins

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iTunes Ratings

540 Ratings
Average Ratings
490
28
10
5
7

Square Space

By Ndb484 - Jan 12 2020
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I need a square space powered website now.

Funny

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