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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.

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.

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 385 - Carlos Alazraqui

5/24/2020
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.

Duration:01:09:56

Episode 384 - Kristin Key

5/18/2020
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

Duration:01:15:28

Episode 383 - Scott Vrooman

5/9/2020
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 This episode is brought to...

Duration:01:04:57

Episode 382 - Jesse Case

4/28/2020
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 This...

Duration:01:14:48

Episode 381 - Sam Pasternack

4/11/2020
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...

Duration:01:01:59

Episode 380 - Danny Jolles

4/4/2020
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...

Duration:01:26:08

Episode 379 - Grant Lyon

3/30/2020
Comedian Grant Lyon (@grantlyon1) returns to the podcast on the heels of the release of his new album "Scheduled Fun Time" to talk about "Imagine" parodies, a Mars lander hitting itself with a shovel, NASA accepting applications, genetically modified neurons and implants, Earth's tiny new moon, Grant's astronaut neighbor and an animal that doesn't need oxygen to survive.

Duration:00:55:07

Episode 378 - Dr. Barry Fox

3/19/2020
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...

Duration:01:07:41

Episode 377 - Langston Kerman

3/18/2020
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

Duration:01:05:34

Episode 376 - Sharon Mahoney and Byron Bertram

3/13/2020
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

Duration:01:19:46

Episode 375 - Barry Rothbart

3/1/2020
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.

Duration:00:57:30

Episode 374 - Rob Yescombe

2/20/2020
Video game writer/narrative director and VR advocate Rob Yescombe (@robyescombe) joins Matt and Andy to discuss 90s computer games on TV, Gamesmaster with Take That, Oculus Quest, inside-out tracking, parallax, light field cameras, volumetric video capture, Surinder Rattan's The Lick, making the VR whodunit The Invisible Hours and the game RiME. This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners a free month of unlimited access by visiting...

Duration:01:18:19

Episode 373 - Krister Johnson

2/11/2020
Writer/producer Krister Johnson (@KristerJohnson) joins Matt and Andy to discuss his hilarious new Netflix show Medical Police, God's Pottery, Matt LeBlanc and a very specific accent, virus-naming, radiation-eating fungi, autism and myelin, extreme knitting and walking sharks.

Duration:01:11:50

Episode 372 - Ed Salazar

2/7/2020
Comedian Ed Salazar (@edasalazar) joins Andy and Matt to talk about the new Goop show, Marianne Williamson's disease theories, yoga scammers, Catholic workouts, Einstein being right again, Mercury retrograde explained, YouTube Wired experts, dorking out on musical intervals, more giant horrendous creepy-crawlies, the upcoming show The Great Debate and koala balls. This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, offering Probably Science listeners three months of unlimited access...

Duration:01:15:02

Episode 371 - Tiffany Stevenson

2/1/2020
Comedian Tiffany Stevenson (@tiffstevenson) joins Matt and Andy to talk about loads of Australian spiders and how to catch them, more drop bear nonsense, Vesuvius turning brains to glass, alcoholic spines, eating too many Australian cakes, Dr. Heimlich and cuttlefish VR.

Duration:01:02:19

Episode 370 - Richard Vranch and Alice Fraser

1/21/2020
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.

Duration:01:06:48

Episode 369 - Dr. Damian King

1/14/2020
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

Duration:01:02:54

Episode 368 - Kate Kennedy and TJ Chambers

1/6/2020
Comedians Kate Kennedy (@TheOGKennedy) and TJ Chambers (@tjchambersLA) join Andy to discuss physics for poets, Feynman memoirs, family trips and home movies, record-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

Duration:01:15:40

Episode 367 - TJ Chambers and Jordan Morris Talk 2010s

12/31/2019
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.

Duration:01:04:13

Episode 366 - Cecil and Vincent Castellucci

12/18/2019
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.

Duration:00:53:49