Science Vs

Spotify Studios

The show that pits facts against everything else, hosted by Wendy Zukerman, from Spotify Studios.

  • 42 minutes 51 seconds
    Mind-Blowing Orgasms: Does the Male G-Spot Exist?

    We’re hearing stories of people having amazing, cosmic orgasms. So what buttons are they pressing to do this?? Well, it's just one. The “male G spot,” also called the “P spot,” because that P stands for prostate. Word on the street is that if you touch your prostate in just the right way — BAM — one helluva orgasm. But is that really true? And if you don't have a prostate (ahem, me): are you stuck with your garden variety orgasms? To get to the bottom of this, Science Vs surveyed almost 16,000 people about anal sex and masturbation! We also speak with Dr Dan Dickstein, Dr Tom Gaither and Neuroscientist Dr Nan Wise.


    Have an idea for a Science Vs episode? Let us know! On Instagram we're Science_Vs, Wendy's Tiktok is @wendyzukerman and our email is [email protected]


    Find our transcript here: https://bit.ly/ScienceVsMind-BlowingOrgasms


    In this episode, we cover:

    (00:00) Absolutely cosmic orgasms

    (04:47) Anal sex is big right now

    (08:52) What makes the prostate special

    (12:02) The hole story. The butthole story.

    (20:19) How to get a cosmic orgasm

    (29:19) Tips and tricks for great anal sex

    (34:54) The real G spot


    This episode was produced by Wendy Zukerman, with help from Meryl Horn, Rose Rimler, and Michelle Dang. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Diane Kelly. Mix and sound design by Bobby Lord. Music written by Bobby Lord, Emma Munger, Bumi Hidaka and Peter Leonard. A huge thank you to Sam Levang for her help analyzing our data. And Professor Caroline Pukall and Dan Dickstein for your help with our survey questions. Thanks to the researchers we spoke to including Dr Devon Hensel. Thanks to Jack Weinstein, Hunter, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.


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    20 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 33 minutes 47 seconds
    Protein: Are You Getting Enough?

    Protein influencers are big right now, telling us that we're probably missing out on the protein we need — and giving us a bunch of hacks for getting it. Why? They say that eating extra protein helps us build muscle, feel full, and lose weight. So is that true? We talk to kinesiology professor Stuart Phillips and nutrition professor Faidon Magkos. 


    Find our transcript here: bit.ly/ScienceVsPROTEIN


    In this episode, we cover:

    (00:00) Protein is all the rage right now

    (02:53) Why protein matters

    (05:32) How much protein is enough?

    (11:33) Do you need more protein if you’re working out?

    (15:06) Is it risky to eat a LOT of protein?

    (18:46) Should you pound protein right after a workout?

    (23:09) Protein and weight loss


    This episode was produced by Rose Rimler and Michelle Dang, with help from Wendy Zukerman and Meryl Horn. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Erica Akiko Howard. Mix and sound design by Bobby Lord. Music written by Bobby Lord and Bumi Hidaka. Thanks so much to all the researchers we spoke with for this episode, including Prof. Brad Schoenfeld and Dr. Nicholas Burd. And special thanks to the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.


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    13 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 41 minutes 6 seconds
    Introducing The Journal: Trillion Dollar Shot

    Today we’re presenting Trillion Dollar Shot, a new series that explores the business story behind the rise of Ozempic and other blockbuster drugs being used for weight loss. The first episode focuses on the Novo Nordisk scientist who invented the compound that paved the way for Ozempic. You can find every episode on The Journal’s show feed.


    Trillion Dollar Shot is part of The Journal, which is a co-production of Spotify and the Wall Street Journal. This episode was hosted by Jessica Mendoza, with Bradley Olson. It was produced by Matt Kwong, with help from Jeevika Verma. Additional production from Adrienne Murray Nielsen. The series is edited by Katherine Brewer. Sound design and mixing by Peter Leonard. Mixing for Science Vs by Bobby Lord. Music in this episode by Peter Leonard and Bobby Lord. Theme music by So Wylie, remixed for this series by Peter Leonard. Special thanks to Maria Byrne, Stefanie Ilgenfritz, Kate Linebaugh, Peter Loftus, Sara O’Brien, Enrique Perez De La Rosa, Sarah Platt, Sune Rasumssen, Jonathan Sanders, Nathan Singhapok, Leying Tang, Rolfe Winkler, Liz Essley Whyte, and Tatiana Zamis.

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    11 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 37 minutes 45 seconds
    Trans Kids’ Healthcare: Are We Getting It Wrong?

    Health care for trans kids has been in the spotlight, with battles over what the science says and tons of U.S. states restricting the care that children can get. And then there’s a new report out of the UK, called the Cass Review, saying that a bunch of the evidence that doctors have been relying on to treat trans kids is “remarkably weak.” So what’s going on here? What is the best health care for trans kids? We sort through the science with Professor Stephen Russell, Dr. Cal Horton, and Dr. Ada Cheung.

    UPDATE 6/6/24: In a previous version of this episode, we said a study was published this year, when it was actually published last year. The episode has been updated.

    • Mental health resources, including suicide lifelines, for around the world: spotify.com/resources
    • Trans Lifeline: A Trans peer support hotline: 1-877-565-8860
    • Trevor Project: crisis support services to LGBTQ young people: Call 1-866-488-7386 or Text ‘START’ to 678-678


    Find our transcript here: bit.ly/ScienceVsTransKidsCassReviewTranscript 


    Here are links to our previous episodes about the science of being transgender and misinformation about care for trans kids.


    In this episode, we cover:

    (00:00) The battle over care for trans kids

    (02:45) What to do when a kid wants to change their name and pronouns

    (13:44) Do puberty blockers help trans kids’ mental health?

    (20:44) Does hormone therapy help trans people’s mental health?

    (25:25) How often are people "retransitioning"?


    This episode was produced by Meryl Horn and Wendy Zukerman, with help from Michelle Dang and Rose Rimler. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Eva Dasher. Consulting by Rebecca Kling. Mix and sound design by Bobby Lord. Music written by Bobby Lord, Bumi Hidaka and Peter Leonard. Thanks so much to all the researchers we spoke with for this episode, including Blake Cavve, Dr. Doug VanderLaan, and Dr. Quinnehtukqut McLamore. And a very special thanks to the trans folks and their families we talked to, Christopher Suter, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.


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    6 June 2024, 4:58 pm
  • 35 minutes 14 seconds
    The Great Dinosaur Smashup

    More than 150 years ago, just before dino-mania struck, New York City was supposed to get a majestic dinosaur museum full of amazing models of dinos. There would have been nothing like it in the world. Until a bunch of thugs showed up with sledgehammers and smashed every bit of the models to smithereens — and buried it all in Central Park. Today we’re finding out what happened — and WHY. We speak with doctoral researcher Vicky Coules and paleontologist Carl Mehling.


    SURVEY!! HELP US SCIENCE!! WE NEED YOUR HELP TO UNCOVER THE LAST MYSTERIES OF SEX https://bit.ly/ScienceVsSurvey


    Find our transcript here: https://bit.ly/ScienceVsTheGreatDinosaurSmashup


    In this episode, we cover:

    (00:00) ​​The amazing dino museum we didn’t get to have

    (03:15) What we knew about dinos in the 1800s

    (04:57) The famous Crystal Palace dinosaurs

    (06:48) The plan for the Paleozoic Museum is born

    (10:40) The Great Dinosaur Smashup of 1871

    (12:52) Suspect No. 1: Boss Tweed

    (17:58) Vicky cracks the case!

    (26:17) One final mystery — where are the dino pieces??


    This episode was produced by Blythe Terrell with help from Wendy Zukerman, R.E. Natowicz, Michelle Dang, Meryl Horn, Rose Rimler and Joel Werner. Editing by Wendy Zukerman. Fact checking by Erica Akiko Howard. Mix and sound design by Bobby Lord. Music written by Bobby Lord, Emma Munger, So Wylie, Bumi Hidaka and Peter Leonard. Thanks so much to everyone we spoke to about this episode, including Gowan Dawson, Robert Peck, Wendy Anthony and Jessica M. Lydon. Also thanks to Jack Weinstein, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.


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    30 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 38 minutes 35 seconds
    The Abortion Pill: How Dangerous Is It Really?

    The Abortion Pill is now the most common way to have an abortion in the US. Yet what exactly happens when you take these pills is shrouded in mystery. Even many doctors don't know how well they work! Today, we're letting the sun shine on the abortion pill. We'll walk you through what happens when you take these pills: what they do to your body, and how safe are they for your physical and mental health? To explore all this - and more - we speak to Dr Sara Whitburn, Professor Oskari Heikinheimo, and Professor Ushma Upadhyay.


    UPDATE 7/15/24: The episode has been updated to clarify that surgical abortions do not always happen at a hospital by a doctor, while the patient is under general anesthesia. They can also happen at clinics and patients can get a local anesthetic.


    Find our transcript here: https://bit.ly/ScienceVsTheAbortionPiill


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    If you want to talk to someone - there's some great resources in here: spotify.com/resources


    In this episode, we cover:

    (00:00) The battle over the abortion pill 

    (04:28) How does the abortion pill work? 

    (09:05) How it feels to take the abortion pill

    (14:34) How often do people hemorrhage?

    (21:22) What's "normal" bleeding? 

    (24:11) Does taking the abortion pill affect your mental health? 

    (32:02) Why some people prefer the abortion pill


    This episode was produced by Meryl Horn and Wendy Zukerman, with help from Rose Rimler, and Michelle Dang. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Diane Kelly. Mix and sound design by Bobby Lord. Music written by Bobby Lord, Emma Munger, So Wylie, Bumi Hidaka and Peter Leonard. Thanks to all the researchers we spoke to including Dr. Tiffany Green, Dr. Ned Calonge, Professor Jenny Higgins, Dr. Daniel Aaron, Dr. Beverly Winikoff, and Dr. Abigail Aiken. Also thanks to Lauren Silverman, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.


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    23 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 21 minutes 59 seconds
    What the Hell Is at the Edge of Space?

    With the powers of the James Webb Space Telescope, scientists discovered some super weird things in the early Universe, and it's making some nerds question our theory of everything. 

    This story comes to us from our friends at Unexplainable at Vox Media.


    Find Unexplainable’s transcript here: https://bit.ly/ScienceVsUnexplainable


    In this episode, we cover:

    (0:00) Liftoff

    (01:10) The James Webb Space Telescope 

    (04:57) Party of the early universe 

    (08:39) Mysteries of the early galaxies 

    (15:23) How do we figure it out?


    This episode was produced by Brian Resnick, with help from Noam Hassenfeld and Meradith Hoddinott, who also manages the Unexplainable team. Editing from Jorge Just, music from Noam, and mixing and sound design from Cristian Ayala. Fact checking from Kelsey Lannin. Mandy Nguyen is searching for new forms of life.


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    16 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 28 minutes 45 seconds
    Heartbreak: Why It Feels So Achy Breaky

    Getting your heart broken sucks — and for some of us, it even feels physically painful. So why does it hurt so bad? And what can science tell us about how to get over it? We dive into all of this with neuroscientist Prof. Lucy Brown. 


    Find our transcript here: https://bit.ly/ScienceVsHeartbreak


    In this episode, we cover:

    (00:00) Heartbreak sucks

    (07:17) What heartbreak does in the brain

    (12:14) What heartbreak does in the body

    (15:07) How to get over heartbreak 


    The episode does mention abuse. Here are some resources if you’re struggling to move on from abuse: 


    This episode was produced by Michelle Dang, with help from Wendy Zukerman, Rose Rimler, Meryl Horn, Kaitlyn Sawrey and Lexi Krupp. Editing by Caitlin Kenney and Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Diane Kelly and Erica Akiko Howard. Mix and sound design by Peter Leonard and Bobby Lord. Music written by Peter Leonard, Bumi Hidaka, Emma Munger, and Bobby Lord. A huge thanks to all the scientists we got in touch with for this episode, including Professor Larry Young, Professor Tiffany Field, Professor Ethan Kross, Professor Sandra Langeslag, and Professor Naomi Eisenberger. Thanks to Lori Segal. A special thanks to the Zukerman family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson. 


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    9 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 22 minutes 45 seconds
    Tig Notaro Shares Her Favorite Jokes

    Comedian Tig Notaro, who just released her fifth comedy special, "Hello Again," joins us for a chat about the science of her comedy: telling us how she builds jokes, and of course sharing a bunch of dumb and fabulous jokes. Enjoy! 


    Here's our Funniest Joke in the World Episode!! 


    Find our transcript here: https://bit.ly/ScienceVsTigNotaro



    In this episode, we cover:

    (00:00) We're interviewing Tig! 

    (01:22) I could be a comedian? 

    (02:47) How Tig creates a joke 

    (08:59) The element of surprise

    (12:27) The world's funniest joke?

    (13:55) Tig's favorite jokes


    This episode was produced by Wendy Zukerman, with help from Michelle Dang, Rose Rimler and Meryl Horn. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Mix and sound design by Bobby Lord. Music written by Bobby Lord and Bumi Hidaka. 


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    7 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 56 minutes 1 second
    The Funniest Joke in the World

    If you Google "The Funniest Joke in the World," you'll be very disappointed. The internet might serve you something like, "What has many keys but can't open a single lock??” (Answer: A piano). Screw that. That's not funny. Enter Science Vs. We’re going on a romp to find out once and for all: What is the funniest joke in the world. According to science. And for this quest we've interviewed a bunch of amazing comics including Tig Notaro, Adam Conover, Dr Jason Leong, Loni Love, as well as special guest Latif Nasser of Radiolab and, of course, some scientists: Neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott and Psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman. Which Joke Will Win??? 

     

    Find our transcript here: https://bit.ly/ScienceVsFunniestJoke


    In this episode, we cover:

    (00:00) The Quest Begins

    (08:40) Why laughing matters

    (13:13) The scientific search for the world's funniest joke

    (17:40) Woof, quack or moo?

    (21:33) The comedy K

    (26:30) Do different cultures have different senses of humour?

    (28:27) The winner!

    (32:15) Scientific theories of humour (lol)

    (38:28) Why the winning joke isn't funny

    (40:26) How do you stop a dog from humping your leg? 

    (44:43) Meet the comedy gods


    This episode was produced by Wendy Zukerman, with help from Michelle Dang, Joel Werner, Rose Rimler and Meryl Horn. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Sarah Baum. Mix and sound design by Bobby Lord. Music written by Peter Leonard, Bumi Hidaka, Emma Munger, So Wylie, and Bobby Lord. Thanks to all the researchers we spoke to including Dr Andrew Farkas, Professor Penny MacDonald, Dr Maggie Prenger and a huge thank you to Professor Chris Westbury for sharing your amazing spreadsheet!! Thanks to all the comedians we interviewed in this episode including Tig Notaro, Adam Conover, Loni Love, Takashi Wakasugi, Urooj Ashfaq, Dr Jason Leong, Penny Greenhalgh and Mohammed Magdi.

    Another big thanks to Lindsay Farber, Roland Campos, Lauren LoGiudice, Andrea Jones-Rooy and the other comics at Ha! or Nah!: A Joke Lab; and all the comics that we spoke to and couldn't fit into the episode, we really really appreciate you and your time! Thanks to Ben Milam, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Stupid Old Studios, Paige Ransbury, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.


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    2 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
    Wendy Talks About Her Pyromaniac Past — and More [Video]

    [Video available on Spotify] Wendy and emma chamberlain of the Anything Goes podcast sit down for a chat and get deep about “the guru effect,” science garbage on the internet, accusations Wendy’s faced of being a pyromaniac, orgasms and much more.

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    25 April 2024, 9:00 am
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