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Three professional comedians and incompetent scientists take you through this week in science. Incompetently. Featuring Matt Kirshen, Brooks Wheelan, Andy Wood and a rotating cast of special guests.

Three professional comedians and incompetent scientists take you through this week in science. Incompetently. Featuring Matt Kirshen, Brooks Wheelan, Andy Wood and a rotating cast of special guests.
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Three professional comedians and incompetent scientists take you through this week in science. Incompetently. Featuring Matt Kirshen, Brooks Wheelan, Andy Wood and a rotating cast of special guests.




Episode 277 - Ben Roy

Comedian, star of Those Who Can't and frontman of the band SPELLS Ben Roy (@benroy00) joins Matt and Andy to talk about Andy’s accessibility, Poison songs, evolutionary psychology, the books The Mating Mind and The Righteous Mind, space growth, living underwater, cell phone risk, bats melting in Australia, frozen alligators, gila monster saliva helping diabetes, and bonobos liking jerks.

Duration: 01:29:36

Episode 276 - Ricky Carmona

Comedian Ricky Carmona (@RickyCarmona) of the podcast Who Shot Ya? joins Andy and Matt to talk about when to say Happy New Year, Weird Science vs. Real Genius, how to stop superbugs, raw water, the other John Snow, laser eagles, slowing down light, power plant mirrors that explode birds, things deadlier than sharks and parking mathematics.

Duration: 01:17:15

Episode 275 - TJ Chambers and Auggie Smith

Friends of the show TJ Chambers (@TJChambersLA) and Auggie Smith (@AuggieSmith) return to kick off 2018 with TJ and Andy's new podcast Twinsies (@twinsiespod), space beer, monkeys bonin’ deer, the recent SpaceX launch, traveling salesbees, sleeping jellyfish, Matt Walker on sleep (and on Probably Science), how to keep your exercise resolution, and Tommy Wiseau’s surprise tenant.

Duration: 01:18:05

Episode 274 - Environmental Science and Sustainable Food with Dr. Pete Newton

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...

Duration: 01:03:47

Episode 273 - Jim Jefferies

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.

Duration: 01:10:58

Episode 272 - Pat Francis

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.

Duration: 01:31:06

Episode 271 - Eli Braden

Comedian/musician Eli Braden (@EliBraden) joins Andy and Matt to discuss jazz addicts, the flat-earth rocket guy and his earlier flight, conspiracy theories, not a head transplant, prehistoric women's strength, why boning is heart-safe, mnemonics, grossing out chimps, health codes and California D.

Duration: 01:16:22

Episode 270 - Dr. Danna Staaf

Science writer, educator, and artist Dr. Danna Staaf recently published her first book, Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, and she joins Matt and Andy to talk about her dissertation on the reproduction and early life of Humboldt squid, penis fencing among hermaphroditic flatworms, the fact that calamari pre-date the dinosaurs, and why we should all have a lot more respect and awe for cephalopods in general.

Duration: 01:09:13

Episode 269 - Chris Turner

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 and enter "probably30" at checkout.

Duration: 00:55:08

Episode 268 - Raj Desai

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.

Duration: 00:41:50

Episode 267 - Jason Saenz

Comedian Jason Saenz (@jasonsaenz) joins Matt and Andy to talk about Jeff Foxworthy impressions, Saenz Signs, debunked early psychology experiments, oyster hearing, competition-grade oysters, squirrels and lepers, armadillo leprosy in Florida, gold and the documentary series Connections, a good moonbase location, Pluto’s Cave, herbal meds and cancer, blood sweat and Jason's hilarious Comedy Central series Ya Killin' Me.

Duration: 01:08:41

Episode 266 - Galloway Allbright

Comedian Galloway Allbright (@GalloWhy) joins Andy and Matt to discuss the death of expertise, extreme Michael Jackson fandom, that classic Encyclopedia Brittanica ad, the origin of bluegrass, in-flight death plans, channeling your inner Tea Leoni, a neutron star collision, the LIGO song, psilocibin for depression, genes for OCD, Cary Grant’s crazy parental history and LSD, a fundraiser for Dipak's niece, an upcoming Chinese space lab crash, China's NASA and scorpions' toxic blend.

Duration: 01:29:57

Episode 265 - Live From LA PodFest with Brooks Wheelan and Dave Anthony

Original co-host Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) and LA PodFest co-founder/The Dollop host Dave Anthony join Matt and Andy for a live Probably Science from the Millenium Biltmore hotel in downtown Los Angeles as part of the 2017 Los Angeles Podcast Festival.

Duration: 01:15:03

Episode 264 - Alice Fraser

Comedian and host of the Tea With Alice podcast Alice Fraser (@aliterative) joins Matt and Andy to discuss jet lag, breaking the seal, MS, a duck update (duckdate?) with video, a body clock Nobel Prize, Dr. Matt Walker’s new sleep book, a LIGO Nobel Prize and Janna Levin’s book on it, the downside of grass-fed beef, and cargo cults.

Duration: 01:09:30

Episode 263 - Sharon Houston

Comedian Sharon Houston (@sharon_houston) joins Matt and Andy to discuss flavor profiles, hurricane prep, Hemingway lookalikes, wolverines, duck dicks, finger phone contact, genes vs. alleles, the concept of zero, chisanbop counting, zapping people out of vegetative states, spider sacrifice and more duck dicks.

Duration: 01:13:55

Episode 262 - Casey Ley

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 and use the promo code “probably30” to save $30 off your first week of deliveries.

Duration: 01:10:19

Episode 261 - Sara Benincasa

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.

Duration: 00:54:24

Episode 260 - Dipak Srinivasan

Applied Physics Laboratory engineer (and Andy's old college roommate) Dipak Srinivasan returns to the podcast to talk about his work on the Mercury MESSENGER mission, the Pluto New Horizons flyby (that'll also soon be visiting Kuiper belt object 2014 MU69), and most importantly, the upcoming Parker Solar Probe and a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, the most likely place in our solar system to find extraterrestrial life.

Duration: 01:19:25

Episode 259 - Kara Klenk

Comedy's Kara Klenk (@karaklenk) joins Matt and Andy to talk about why Trump isn't good for comedy, bad forensics, hungry thinky worms, penis biting, bleach enemas to cure autism, slugs, Canaanites who just won’t die and The Goldwater Rule.

Duration: 01:06:08

Episode 258 - Heather Thomson

Comedian Heather Thomson (@CasualVelvet) joins Andy and Matt to discuss early email addresses, Woodboys, laws of mathematics that don’t apply in Australia, why chimps are pussies, how humans can out-jog horses, antibiotic lies, reversing brain damage with oxygen, Moon water, and the avocado hand epidemic.

Duration: 01:14:22

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