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Each week Mitch and Greg of AsapSCIENCE explain the science behind a new subject. Using studies, anecdotes and interviews to keep you entertained while *BAM* simultaneously LEARNING!

Episode Date
Summer Bodies: The best way to get one!
00:59:53

Summer's coming! And after a year of quarantine, we thought we could use some science to motivate us. We'll be looking at calorie counting - does it even work, or is it not quite as simple as some make it seem? What happens when you work out your muscles, and how do steroids actually work?


What did we learn this week?


4:10 The fungus that takes over ants


8:35 The impact of eye contact between dog's and their owners


13:16 Studytime

 

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May 12, 2021
Dreams: what do they actually mean!?
00:59:56

Today’s episode is about DREAMS! Not your hopes and dreams, but the kind you have when you’re fast asleep. Why do you have dreams? What they actually mean? And what’s going on inside your brain as you dream?! Don’t sleep on this one! 

What did we learn this week?

7:01 When Does Cognitive Empathy Develop in Humans?

13:25 Our Ancestors Adapted So That We Could Get Drunk?! 

20:13 Studytime

 

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May 05, 2021
Penises: how did they evolve? ft. Natalie Norman
01:11:07

This is EXPLICIT, so make sure you’re not listening with young ones around! We’re talking about sex, our own bodies, sharing personal sex stories, and also looking at the evolution of penises and the decrease of male fertility around the world. If you’re down to listen to us talk about sexual health, this one’s for you! 

What did we learn this week?

4:26 Swarms of Mayflies are Basically An Orgy?

10:20 American Honey is Radioactive?

Studytime: 15:34

 

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Apr 28, 2021
The Monarchy: Are They Inbred?!
00:54:45

Today we’re spilling the TEA on…well, the science of tea and also the Monarchy! With Harry and Meghan interview and the passing of Prince Philip, it seemed like an interesting time to investigate The Monarchy. Are they inbred and proliferating a blood disease? Bloody hell! 

What did we learn this week? 6:40 Your Body Ages at Three DISTINCT Ages?!

9:33 Birds Are Born Knowing How to Fly South for the Winter?!

Studytime: 14:35

 

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Apr 21, 2021
Elitism in Science ft. Raven the Science Maven
01:03:29

Science is ELITIST, and today the incredible science communicator Raven the Science Maven (who is getting her DANG PHD IN SCICOMM) helps explain why, but also teach us all about the intricacies of science communication.

WDWLTW:

2:53 - this is the only way music can help you focus!

9:06 - when did the first domesticated dog come to the America's?

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Apr 14, 2021
Salads: are they even THAT healthy?
00:55:23

Building the perfect salad is an art…to some. Today we’re tackling the divisive subject of the salad from the history of kale to the science of salad dressing. Prepare yourself for the biggest debate of ALL TIME: whether or not salads are even worth eating! 

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What did we learn this week?

8:36 Who is Kendall Jenner?  12:23 Our Noses Can Distinguish Over A Trillion Different Odors!

Studytime: 21:41

 

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Apr 07, 2021
Gossip: Is It Healthy? ft. Hoodo Hersi
01:05:54

Today we are GOSSIPING! Is it good, is it bad, is it simply human nature? We’re joined by the hilarious and fantastic comedian Hoodo Hersi to hear what she thinks about gossip and the ways she participates in it! 

What did we learn this week?:

3:05 - Why Young People Are Having Less Casual Sex Than Ever (and It’s Not Because of the Pandemic!) 8:20 - How Noblemen 2700 Years Ago Kept Their Skin Moisturised

Studytime: Gossip: Is It Healthy?  13:09

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Mar 31, 2021
Gift-Giving: panic inducing or pure joy?
00:40:44

The science of gift giving is complex. It is a prosocial behaviour but it makes Greg panic and Mitch hates performing while receiving gifts. What is going on here?

What Did We Learn This Week:

2:53 - Why We Won't Have Banana's in 20 years

8:05 - There is a Disease Where You POO When You Enter BOOKSTORES!?

STUDYTIME:

12:08

 

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Mar 24, 2021
Will Humans Ever Live on Mars? ft. Emily Calandrelli
01:04:30

SpaceX, Mars Perseverance, Virgin Galactic - are humans going to live on MARS!? Today we are joined by Emily Calandrelli who is WAY smarter than us about all this stuff so she can teach us WHAT THE HECK IS GOING WITH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SPACEFLIGHT!

What Did We Learn This Week

03:23 - Why Two Candles Can Replace the Sensor Bar on Your Wii!

06:22 - Why Did Europeans Colonize the Americas?

Studytime: LIFE ON MARS

13:13

 

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Mar 10, 2021
Influencers: are they ruining Earth?
01:04:14

Merch, private jets, thirst traps, advertising McDonalds, are influencers ruining the planet? Today we look at the carbon footprint of an influencers, are influencers worse than traditional celebrities and wait ... are we influencers!?

WHAT DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK

5:27: “Gay Voice” and Gaydar - and how it impacts people’s lives?

14:43: where does our Salmon come from?

STUDYTIME: Influencers

22:49

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Mar 03, 2021
Houseplant Tips: the best advice you'll get ft. Nick Pileggi
01:07:41

How much water? Is 'dusting' plants bad? Is peat moss inherently evil? SHOULD YOU REPOT PLANTS? We have all the answers with plant expert Nick Pileggi! 

What Did We Learn This Week?

7:20 - Seaweed is in Your Toothpaste, Ice Cream and Salad Dressing!

11:02 - How Energy Drinks Change Your Brain

STUDYTIME: PLANT TIPS

17:17

 

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Feb 24, 2021
The Human Body: why does it suck?
00:58:16

Sprained ankles, sore backs, broken knees ... are we built right? Today we explore how painful the human body can be, and specific ways that we could fix it!

What Did We Learn This Week:

7:53 - Do Plants Have Consciousness?

12:51 - How LSD “Free’s” Your Brain

STUDYTIME

19:40

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Feb 17, 2021
The COVID Variants: how scary are they?
00:46:10

"New variants of concern" is an ominous name. Today we will go through the most recent research about how scared we should be. Also, what can we do to mitigate their spread and will the vaccines work?

What Did We Learn This Week:

07:26 - How Hot Will the Earth be by 2100?

10:42 - How Your Childhood Diet Affects You For Life

Studytime:

16:56

 

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Feb 10, 2021
Antivaxxers: how do you convert them
00:58:39

Vaccine hesitancy is running rampant. Today we explain why Facebook is causing it, tips to convert anti-vaxxers and the POWER OF EMPATHY (which can obviously be really hard at times).

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WHAT DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK

7:08 - Would you save 1 human over 100 dogs?

13:21 - There are no animals on land that do not have a left and right side of their body that isn’t a mirror image of each other

STUDYTIME

19:45

 

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Feb 03, 2021
Crying: why do your eyes leak?
00:57:50

We are the only animals that cry emotionally. Scientists don't know exactly why we do it, but all of our theories lead us to believe it is a healthy practice, and maybe we should seek it out. Today we are going to explain all the up to date research about BALLING YOUR EYES OUT!

WHAT DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK:

7:40 - Why Platypus Are So Weird

12:40 - Do Bees Have Consciousness?

STUDYTIME: 

18:34

 

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Jan 27, 2021
Boredom: creative catalyst or horrible feeling?
01:00:03

The science of boredom is confusing. Depending on the study it is considered helpful, or harmful. Today we are going to look into why, and how we can all cope or even thrive in the midst of pandemic boredom.

WHAT DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK

5:04 -Astronomers have detected millions of signals from an intelligent civilization

13:08 - dark-eyed junco come to Toronto from the arctic

STUDYTIME:

18:11

 

 

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Jan 20, 2021
Winter: how to cope and thrive!
00:57:46

All humans experience winter. The pandemic is a form of winter, forcing us to be stagnant, stay inside and reflect. There are fascinating psychological studies on how to cope with the winter, and how to even make it your FAVOURITE SEASON!?

WHAT DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK:

8:04 -  how biodiversity makes you happy

12:24 - trees bud in SUMMER!?

STUDYTIME:

15:16

 

 

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Jan 13, 2021
Marijuana: what happens when you quit?
00:51:32

Weed changes your brain, so what happens if you stop? Today we explain what happens when you get stoned, what endocannabinoids do in our body and how they create LEGIT WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS!

WHAT DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK:

5:50 - Human language evolved as GOSSIP!

8:39 - Driving under the influence of CBD does not affect your ability to drive

STUDY TIME on QUITTING WEED:

15:00

 

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Dec 16, 2020
Humour: what makes something funny?
01:02:01

The science of comedy is complicated. It involves complex neurophysiology, culture, context and … feeling safe? We evolved language between 80,000 - 160,000 years ago and jokes evolved alongside that. Today we will break down what makes something funny, why laughing feels good and teach you how to become a funnier person!

WHAT DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK:

8:20 - We NEED To Use Natural Dyes!!!

15:25 - Does The Brain Resemble the Universe?

STUDYTIME:

22:17

 

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Dec 09, 2020
Drinking Alcohol: how bad is it?
00:54:15

Vodka, Beer or Cider? Is one worse than others? With the holidays coming, being stuck at home and drinking can become a vice. So, according to physiology, how bad is it? Today we talk about why you get drunk, if small amounts can be healthy and why alcohol can feel “fun”. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK:

3:00 - Female Hares Can Get Pregnant Twice at the Same Time

6:50 - What If You Lost Your Sense Of Smell?

STUDYTIME: DRINKING ALCOHOL

10:23

 

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Dec 02, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Update: What's the gossip?
00:47:34

Spring 2021? Moderna better than Pfizer? 94.5% vs. 90%? What details do we know about these slique new super BRILLIANTLY MADE COVID-19 vaccines? All around it is hopeful news, but we will explain some caveats to the press releases, why conservatives are less likely to get it and all the info you need for your next zoom cocktail party ...

WDWLTW:

4:40 - MURDER HORNETS ARE BACK!?!?

8:20 - Jeans are ruining the planet, here's how!

STUDYTIME on COVID-19 VACCINES:

14:05

 

 

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Nov 25, 2020
Among Us: how video games play with your emotions
00:53:48

Video games, such as Among Us, have become popular in a pandemic, but why do we as humans love them? Studies find it is about guilt, the reward pathways of the brain and making things taboo feel normal. Also we start of the top by talking about the MEANING OF LIFE!!!

 

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Nov 18, 2020
Crushes - why do we get them? ft. DJ Mausner
00:53:51

A brain while crushing is similar to people on COCAINE! In the past people thought a crush was a lovesicknesses disease that caused you to become obsessed, and mentally ill. They even thought the lovesick disease was passed through your eyes. Now studies explain it is controlled by neurons in your brain, and it all starts when you are young.

Today we are joined by comedian @djmausner to talk about first crush, our biggest crushes right now, and when in our lives we got THE MOST LOVESICK!

 

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Nov 04, 2020
Take Out - how bad is it?
00:47:28

Styrofoam, aluminum, plastic - which is worse? Also, new studies show we are getting way more takeout in the pandemic, so what does that mean for the environment? And, WHY DON’T WE BURN ALL OUR STYROFOAM LIKE EUROPE!? There is SO much fascinating information to learn about when studying take out

WHAT DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK:

2:36 - The soon to be built, world's largest solar farm!!!

6:17 - The migration of birds and insects and HOW MANY ARE FLYING AROUND YOU RIGHT NOW

STUDYTIME: TAKEOUT

13:07

 

 

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Oct 28, 2020
Pet Peeves - where do they come from? ft. I Have To Call My Sister Podcast
01:24:56

This ep is LOL! Chewing loudly, nails on a chalkboard, LEAVING FOOD IN THE SINK!? Everyone has a pet peeve, but where do they come from, why do they exist and HOW CAN YOU OVERCOME THEM!? We are speak with the HILARIOUS DUO Stacey Kay and Kayla Bulmer of the AMAZING HILARIOUS podcast I Have To Call My Sister about their pet peeves, and add in the science throughout!

STUDYTIME - Pet Peeves ft. I Have To Call My Sister Podcast:

12:24

What did we learn this week?:

3:38 - what is the funniest joke in the world according to science?

7:43 - why are there so many crab like physical forms?

 

 

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Oct 21, 2020
Muscles: how do you get JACKED!?
00:34:57

The science of muscles, motivation and steroids is fascinating. In recent years it seems humans have become obsessed with health and fitness, but what does science say? Also, is 'roid rage' real? We break it all down today!

STUDYTIME: MUSCLES

02:53

WDWLTW:

28:35 - puppy dog eyes have evolved to manipulate you!

31:25 - how much garbage is in space?

 

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Oct 14, 2020
Houseplants - how do they help your health?
00:42:08

Volatile organic compounds, nature bathing, repotting plants and your heart rate, there are a lot of studies about houseplants and your health ... but is it all good?

STUDYTIME - Houseplants:

02:46 

WDWLTW:

28:34 - Is twitter racist?

36:35 - if you see a firefly flying ... it's dying

 

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Oct 07, 2020
What You'll Eat on Mars ft. Dr. Proctor
01:03:26

Dried fruits, simple veggies, PINEAPPLE EVEN!? WHAT WILL HUMANS EAT ON MARS!? Dr. Sian Proctor is an incredible food scientist who spent months living on a MARS SIMULATION! She has applied this knowledge to better understand sustainable eating here on Earth but ALSO predict what we will be eating on MARS!!!

Dr. Proctor Interview:

2:22

What Did We Learn This Week:

53:49 - how orange and red veggies and fruit can make you look more tanned

57:55 - can acetaminophen help help you take risks!?

 

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Sep 30, 2020
Face Creams: are they just hype?
00:40:10

Glycerol, retinol, phenoxyethanol - chemicals galore! Are face cream ingredients fake or do they actually help your skin? There is a lot of misinformation out there, but one cream we study today truly is the best!

WDWLTW:

04:14 - you were lied to about sperm

06:47 - a molecule in honeybee venom can prevent breast cancer

STUDYTIME:

12:24 - Face creams

 

 

 

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Sep 23, 2020
WAP: The Science of Arousal
00:47:12

The vulva, lubrication and Bartholin's glands contribute to a WAP! In fact, there is a reason why Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's song is a scientific masterpiece. We will explain it to you, plus some fascinating science about sexuality and why we all love WAP WAP WAPs!

 

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Sep 16, 2020
Android vs. Apple w/ Marques Brownlee
01:04:46

Marques Brownlee is the king of tech on YouTube. Today he explains how the pandemic is affecting tech product roll outs, if Mitch needs to drop his Android for an iPhone, and how he cultivated over 11 million subscribers on YouTube.

What Did We Learn This Week:

1:25 - why your musical taste freezes at age 30

6:50 - why head lice is an evolutionary advantage

Marques Brownlee Interview:

10:22

 

 

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Sep 09, 2020
Meditation: does it really work?
00:44:57

Meditation activates your default mode network, but how? Can meditating help other people around you? What is the best way to meditate? We answer it all and also have some v centred, chill and relaxed scientific convoszszzz!

What Did We Learn This Week:

5:08 - why collagen in skin creams is FAKE

8:00 - why being a jerk doesn't help your life

Meditation STUDYTIME:

11:18

 

 

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Sep 02, 2020
WTF is Economics? ft. Anna Gifty
01:16:29

Are economists evil or the backbone of society? Anna Gifty explains economics, sociology and how diversity on wall street can prevent economic crashes.

What did we learn this week:

1:32 - are government assistance programs cost effective?

5:36 - how our gut bacteria eats us when we die

Anna Gifty on Economics:

9:15

 

 

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Aug 19, 2020
How Will The Universe End? ft. Katie Mack
01:22:38

The end will come, but how? Katie Mack, the brilliant cosmologist and author of the new book The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) is here to blow our minds and honestly, change our perception of ... EVERYTHING! Also, go buy her book! We loved it, it made us laugh, cry, challenged us and explained complex concepts of physics in the most incredible and simple ways. We love Katie, we love this convo and we LOVE HER BOOK! 

 

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Aug 05, 2020
Masks - do they work against Coronavirus?
00:48:09

This is the updated science on masks. How many droplets do they stop? What are the best kinds? How can you test them yourselves.

What Did We Learn This Week?:

2:00 - the history of breathing

8:30 - why are some people more sensitive to pain?

STUDYTIME:

12:20 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MASKS!

 

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Jul 29, 2020
Starfish Sperm and Your Brain! ft. Dr. Esther
01:02:51

Esther Odekunle studies the neurophysiology of Starfish, and your brain. She teaches us how starfish vomit out their stomachs, how "sensitive" they are and what they're sperm looks like, lol! She also explains the beautiful way in which she found science and teaches us about her science communication.

What Did We Learn This Week:

2:26 - New research on why elephants get drunk

5:12 - How gratitude makes you have better sex

INTERVIEW W/ DR. ESTHER:

9:12

 

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Jul 22, 2020
Sibling Science - Does Birth Order Matter?
00:54:13

Does being born first make you smarter? Does having more siblings mean less parental care? There is a lot of scientific information on birth order, but what does the most recent research say?

WHAT DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK?:

5:33 - How electricity changed our evenings

10:13 - Are Filipino Flying Foxes, really THAT BIG!?!?

STUDYTIME:

15:58 - Recent research on Birth Order

 

 

 

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Jul 15, 2020
Sidenote Presents: Can I Speak To The Manager
01:03:09

"Can I Speak To The Manager" is Greg's other podcast where he and his co-host study an artists career to decide why they're famous, what went wrong and how they should comeback. This weeks episode is about Ke$ha / Kesha! Greg went from like to love with Kesha, but will admit things have gone wrong. So find out how they think she should comeback, and subscribe for weekly episodes!

 

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Jul 08, 2020
Teaching Math in DRAG? ft. Kyne
00:51:05

Kyne teaches math to millions, IN DRAG! We find out why she started, how she makes her famous TikTok's and how she combats racism with MATH! We even live love laugh about her upcoming stint on Canada's Drag Race!

What Did We Learn This Week?:

1:08 - How racist science created anti-immigration policy

4:48 - NASA names their agency headquarters after Mary Jackson!!!

 

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Jul 01, 2020
Does Protesting Work?
00:54:20

New technology can track protests and study the effectiveness of mass movements, so do they work?

What did we learn this week:

1) How humans perceive time differently

2) A new structure discovered near the Earth's core

Studytime:

How new technology can track and study protests.

The psychology of how protests work and why it's important to gather en masse

 

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Jun 24, 2020
Lab Shenanigans: TikTok meets SCIENCE!?
01:03:35

Darrion Nguyen a.k.a. Lab Shenanigans hilariously teaches millions about science on TikTok. We love his videos, and wanted to talk about how he makes them, being queer in science and what the future of a lab technician / TikToker will be!

 

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Jun 17, 2020
Racism and Science
00:45:26

Scientific studies show racism is real, and both psychologically and physiologically damaging. At the same time, STEM is dominated by systemic racism. How do we as white people and science communicators help? We'll explain important studies about how racism works and also grapple with the whiteness of science.

 

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Jun 03, 2020
Animal Crossing
00:58:46

Scientific studies find that Animal Crossing can improve social behaviour but contribute to negative ideals, such as, unchecked neo-liberal free market capitalism! Mitch and Greg explain hilarious studies about the popular video game. Mitch LOVES IT and Greg has NEVER PLAYED IT!

 

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May 27, 2020
Debunking Michael Moore & "Planet of the Humans"
01:00:59

Michael Moore's new documentary "Planet Of The Humans" attacks the environmental movement and has over 8 million views on YouTube. We watched it so you don't have too. We followed it up with research to help you get to the bottom of why this movie is SO MESSED UP!

 

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May 20, 2020
Conspiracy Theories: 5G, Coronavirus and the Plandemic
00:55:18

Greg and Mitch talk to Joan Donovan from the Harvard Kennedy School about how conspiracy theories work, how to stop them and what we can expect for our SPOOKY FUTURE!

 

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May 13, 2020
The Truth About Elon Musk
01:07:42

Murder hornets, new COVID-19 symptoms plus Elon Musk losing it on twitter, um, 2020 needs to stop!!! We break down all these things plus the science behind electric cars in our newest pod.

 

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May 06, 2020
How To Speed Up a COVID-19 Vaccine ft. Dr. Nir Eyal
00:25:05

This week we talk to bioethicist Dr. Nir Eyal about COVID-19 human challenge trial testing. It is a fascinating conversation about the bioethics of trying to speed up the creation of a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

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Apr 30, 2020
Infecting Yourself With Coronavirus
00:38:10

Human challenge trials may speed up the COVID19 vaccine. It means volunteers would get a trial vaccine or a placebo then be ADMINISTERED the virus. We break down all the science and decide if we would ever do something like this in our NEW POD!

 

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Apr 22, 2020
Tiger King
00:57:14

Does Netflix's Tiger King ignore science? We conglomerate studies and tackle the wildly popular documentary from a conservationist and cat historian perspective. We also confess our LOVE for Carole Baskin.

 

 

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Apr 15, 2020
Grace Helbig: How To Start a YouTube Channel
01:01:33

This week we learn from the amazing, hilarious and insightful Grace Helbig! We get tips about starting a YouTube channel, dealing with growing pains and figuring out if everyone feels as messed up as we do right now. We love her to bits and know you will too.

 

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Apr 08, 2020
Antivirals: Will They End COVID-19?
00:50:11

Antivirals are being tested RIGHT NOW to fight COVID-19. How do they work? When can we expect results? And why do we keep hearing about Chloroquine and Remdesivir?

 

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Apr 01, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine
00:49:49

What stage is it at? Anti-vaxxer issues? When can we use it? ALSO, WHY ARE VACCINES THE BEST DANG THING IN THE WORLD!? We use a variety of studies to explain on March, 24th, 2020 the newest details of the COVID-19 vaccine, how your body could use it and which animals are being tested on.

 

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Mar 25, 2020
Self-Isolation
00:50:09

What happens when you self-isolate? We look at studies from the 2003 SARS epidemic to explain what to expect from staying at home during a global pandemic.

 

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Mar 18, 2020
Love Is Blind
00:57:01

Greg and Mitch go OFF on the popular Netflix dating show “Love Is Blind” and explain the surprising amount of science. For example, what happens in your body when you fall in love? Are you more attracted to someone if you don’t see them? What part of the brain was Jessica using when she spoke like a chipmunk in the pods? Mitch loves this show, Greg doesn’t - listen now to see what goes down.

 

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Mar 04, 2020
Disneyland
00:46:10

Employees emotional distress, Rise of the Resistance and mosquitoes, Greg and Mitch went to Disneyland so you don't have too. They break down the science, the history, and the experiences that Walter Elias Disney has tried to design.

 

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Feb 26, 2020
David Epstein - Self Improvement, Sport Science and Science Communication
01:07:47

David Epstein is an amazing science communicator and the best selling author of "Range: Why Generalist Triumph in a Specialized World" and "The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance". We chat about some of his favourite research in self improvement, his experience in sport science, and his writing process/advice for others interested in writing or communicating science. 

We truly had a great time learning from him, and hope you enjoy the episode :)

 

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Feb 19, 2020
Simone Giertz
00:52:02

This week Mitch and Greg are joined by the infamous SIMONE GIERTZ. She is the amazing inventor, YouTuber, Truckla maker and DANG DANG COOLEST GAL AROUND! We talk about meeting on set of the most hated YouTube video of all time, how she is planning to go to space and much, much more.

 

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Feb 05, 2020
Testicles
00:38:25

Greg and Mitch breakdown the viral TikTok trend claiming testicles can taste. We also explain why you get "blue balls" or even "blue vulva", and finally deep dive into the most epic, dangly, WEIRD scientific info on TESTES, lol!

 

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Jan 29, 2020
Biorobots: Are They Actually Alive?
00:50:04

The first living robots were just created! We discuss the science behind them and argue what it means to "be alive". We also detail new robots unveiled at CES 2020 and ponder the future of humanity with our newly created AI friends.

 

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Jan 22, 2020
Australia Fires
00:47:00

Why did they start? How do we talk about them? Is Prime Minister Scott Morrison the worst human ever? This week we chat about the recent fires in Australia and how to properly link them to Climate Change.

 

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Jan 15, 2020
Biggest Science Stories of the Decade (2010 - 2019)
01:02:18

So much has changed since 2010 as we recap this decade through science. Crispr pigs, probes on comets, the black hole photo, we humans have done SO MANY THINGS! We recap the biggest stories for you so we can reflect all together *awwwww*

WE LOVE YOU AND WE LOVE SCIENCE!

 

 

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Dec 18, 2019
Body Image
01:02:02

Mitch and Greg speak on their own body image issues and the recent scientific studies about social media negatively affecting our perception of ourselves. They dissect why gay men are disproportionately struggling with their bodies and finally, end with the scientific tips to help you look at your body in a new way.

 

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Dec 11, 2019
Hustle Culture
00:48:11

Rise and grind! Hustle HARDER!

We are constantly told that working super hard aka "hustling" brings success ... but what does science say? We also chat about which YouTubers push this mantra, the concept of workism and statistics on what the perfect work week should look like.

 

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Dec 04, 2019
The Plastic Problem
00:55:51

Today we have Rachel Salt, the author of "The Plastic Problem" join us to talk about plastics! In our recent YouTube video we wore every piece of plastic we used in a week, and wanted to talk about why plastic is amazing, the impact of all this waste, and what we can do as individuals and society to minimize the problem. 

We also touch on parenting strategies and new baby science!

 

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Nov 27, 2019
The Streaming Wars
00:54:37

Netflix, Disney+, Apple+ or even something called Quibi. The amount of streaming services is out of control. But what is the environmental impact of these services? And, according to science who will WIN THIS WAR?

 

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Nov 20, 2019
Climate Change Deniers
01:00:31

Who are these "climate change deniers", and why do they believe the things they believe? More importantly, what are the most effective ways to communicate with them, so that they can understand the severity and stakes of climate change?

 

In this episode we also talk about a new discovery on why bird eggs have different colors and patterns, and a sneaky tactic that climate change deniers have used to fool the public.

 

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Nov 07, 2019
Instagram Addiction
00:49:36

Are you addicted to Instagram? WE ARE! Do you want to use it less? WE DO!

This episode explains a scientific perspective on how to decrease Instagram use. We also break down the impact social media has on mental health and how to get more LIKES! LOL. We're all in this fight against social media, so come explore the concept of TURNING OFF YOUR PHONE (after listening to this podcast)

 

 

 

 

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Oct 02, 2019
Sleep Deprivation
00:49:38

WARNING: We recorded this podcast with an extreme lack of sleep. We stayed awake for 36 hours to test our own sleep deprivation and you can hear first hand what happened in this podcast.

Will we hallucinate? Why does lack of sleep make your eyes puffy? Why did Greg wet the bed at the age of 18? It is all answered in today’s episode.

 

 

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Sep 24, 2019
Pubic Hair
00:53:28

This week is all about PUBES! What does science say about trimming? Are kids getting pubes earlier? IS IT DANGEROUS TO SHAVE DOWN THERE?

We tell embarrassing stories about puberty, our own body hair and how we are going to groom ourselves moving forward based on science.

 

 

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Sep 18, 2019
Burnout: The Creativity Killer
01:01:46

We've been gone from this podcast for 4 MONTHS, EEEEEK! The main reason was *drumroll please* YOUTUBE BURNOUT!

This week we explain the most recent scientific studies about burnout. Do you have it? Can you avoid it? With this info you can be fulfilled in life and learn to avoid burnout like the plague.

 

 

 

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Sep 11, 2019
Game of Thrones: Brilliant or Boring?
00:47:29

Winter Is Coming!  Game of Thrones is back this weekend (April 14 2019) and as you might expect, Greg and Mitch feel different ways about it.  This episode we remember the infamous Red Wedding episode and all the reaction videos, we talk about FOMO and then debate whether GoT is the best show of all time or a bit of a snooze.

SPOILERS THROUGHOUT EPISODE!

 

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Apr 10, 2019
Conspiracy Theories: YouTube's Heaven or Hell?
00:45:23

Can we mathematically determine whether or not there's intelligent life elsewhere in the Milky Way? What science gets ignored by conspiracy theorists when it comes to water fluoridation?

This week, Greg and Mitch tackle conspiracy theories. They share stories about theories they've bought into over the years, and then take a deep dive into the rise of conspiracism on YouTube. Should the giant media platform be held at all responsible?

 

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Apr 03, 2019
Zoos: Do They Help Or Harm Animals?
00:54:00

What's currently going on in Marineland? How can you get over your fear of spiders?

This week, Greg and Mitch share stories about zoos, both the good and the bad. Afterward, Mitch sits down with a zookeeper from the Toronto Zoo to get his perspective on the work and initiatives that he gets to be a part of.

 

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Mar 27, 2019
How Should You Talk About Vaccines?
01:01:43

In recent months measles outbreaks have been on the rise, and diseases we thought were long gone are making a comeback.  What's the solution?  How do we talk about vaccines and bust the myths around them?

This week Rachel and Greg (don't worry, Mitch will be back!) chat about how to best discuss science misinformation.  

 

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Mar 20, 2019
Justin Trudeau: From Vogue to Villain?
01:04:12

Our handsome Prime Minister has been having a rough couple of months.  The recent SNC Lavalin scandal is showcasing that Trudeau and Canada aren't as squeaky clean has many would like to believe.

This week Greg and Mitch remember the time JT asked AsapSCIENCE to interview him as well as when they had a private Beyonce show!  They then take a deeper dive into what this political scandal means for the upcoming election.  

 

 

 

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Mar 13, 2019
Going Vegan: World-Saving or Ego-Inflating?
00:58:35

What's really going on within the dairy industry? Why should we be on the lookout for Giardia lamblia? What are some ways to use cognitive bias to your advantage?

This week, Greg and Mitch discuss veganism. They share stories about their challenging attempts to do away with animal products, and then they dive deep into the issue to discuss things we all need to think about when considering what we put into our bodies!

 

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Feb 27, 2019
The Oscars: Should They Be Cancelled?
00:58:21

Why are tracking shots so effective? Are the Academy Awards merit-based? And speaking of awards, what are some things you could do to up your chances at winning a Nobel Prize?

This week's episode is all about the Oscars! Greg and Mitch review some of their most- and least-favourite nominated films, and then they debate whether or not the Oscars should even still exist.

 

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Feb 20, 2019
Vlogging: Mental Health Nightmare or Building Community?
00:54:31

Making vlogs and watching vlogs is a favourite millennial pass time!  On one hand it's a way of documenting and sharing your life but on the other there's a lot of pressure!

This week Greg and Mitch reflect back to the time they 'stole' a child, to when they posted weekly vlogs and whether or not they should start making them again! 

 

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Feb 13, 2019
Apple Vs Android: Which Is The Smarter Choice?
00:52:41

Why are Apple store employees trained to interpret body language? What are things you can do to reduce the amount of time you spend on your phone? 

This week, Greg and Mitch dive head-first into the Smartphone War! After sharing stories about their experiences with the competing brands, they debate over which is better: Apple or Android!

 

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Feb 06, 2019
Winter: Special or Stressful?
00:50:32

Does temperature affect our perception of time? Why are some people more inclined than others to take risks? How much of an impact did the ice storm of 2013 actually have?

This week, as the snow piles up in Toronto, Greg and Mitch discuss winter! They share stories about some of their most harrowing winter experiences, and then they get into a debate over whether the coldest season is nothing but an inconvenience or a chance to cozy up and enjoy life!

 

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Jan 30, 2019
Tidying Up: Life Changing Magic or Waste of Time?
00:49:42

What are some of the most stressful jobs, and some of the stinkiest smells? Can Greg and Mitch get through the tidying up process in one piece?

This week, Greg and Mitch are inspired by Marie Kondo, her bestselling book and her hit TV show! They share horror stories about cleaning up both at work and at home, and then get into a debate over whether or not tidying up is actually as magical an experience as Marie Kondo professes it to be. The science is spliced in throughout.

 

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Jan 23, 2019
Breakfast: To Eat Or Not To Eat?
00:49:03

How can you improve your microbiome diversity? What's the science behind the new intermittent fasting craze? Why exactly do we eat three meals a day?

This week, Greg and Mitch share stories about what they ate for breakfast growing up, and how it still affects them to this day! They then get into a debate over whether or not this morning meal is overhyped or undervalued.

 

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Jan 16, 2019
Ellen DeGeneres: Funny or Flawed?
00:44:52

What has Ellen's impact been on our culture and society? She seems to sell everything, so how much is she actually worth?

This week, Greg and Mitch share personal stories about Ellen, why she means so much to them, but also why they're beginning to be skeptical of her. They then get into a conversation surrounding where she currently stands in a cultural sense following her recent interview with Kevin Hart.

 

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Jan 09, 2019
The Best of Sidenote 2018
00:43:38

As requested by listeners these are some of your favourite clips from 2018. Thank you for an amazing first year of our podcast - we really appreciate it! See you in 2019

 

 

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Dec 19, 2018
Small Towns or Big Cities: Where Should You Live?
00:55:38

Are big cities dangerous? Do small towns make you less smart? Is living in one better than the other?

This week Greg recounts a celebrity encounter in the big city he grew up in while Mitch breaks down the spooky fun you can have in the good ol' country. With Sidenotes on what makes a city succeed and what is widening the urban/rural divide. We then debate which is better - living in the hustle and bustle or the peace and quiet.

 

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Dec 12, 2018
Stress: How To Fight The Feeling
00:52:28

Is stress killing you and how can science help you deal it?

This week Mitch talks about when he almost died in Bangladesh and Greg explains the stress of having his students light each other on fire.

We then explain how stress works, why it can slowly kill you and how to scientifically deal with it.

 

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Dec 05, 2018
Grindr: Destroying Confidence or Building Community?
00:50:38

What has science discovered about the gay hook up app Grindr? Is it damaging peoples confidence or fostering consensual sex? 

This week, Greg and guest host Matt Rogers (comedian / host of Las Culturistas) tell stories about their experience with Grindr, open relationships and STIs.

The final debate between Greg and Matt is about whether Grindr has a positive or negative influence on the queer community.

 

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Nov 28, 2018
Juuling: Blowing Up or Blowing Smoke?
00:48:28

Okay, so this week Greg and Mitch debate about whether or not "Juuling" -- the e-cigarette phenomenon sweeping the nation -- is having a positive or negative impact. They also share stories about their experiences growing up with tobacco products of both the smoking and chewing variety!

 

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Nov 21, 2018
Astrology: Scientific or a Scam?
00:52:11

How big is the psychic industry and is it ripping people off? Can our palms actually tell us things about our body and future?

This week, Mitch talks about visiting a psychic after a night of drinking and Greg talks about the time he pretended to be a palm reader.

The final debate between Mitch and Greg is about whether astrology has a positive or negative influence on society!

 

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Nov 14, 2018
Liberals vs. Conservatives: Why Do You Hate The Other Side?
00:49:53

This week Greg talks about being punched in the face at his first protest and Mitch explains his mental breakdown at a shooting range. In the end we have a debate about HOW to combat the divide between Liberals and Conservatives. It feels like the world is SO DIVIDED, what is the best approach to fixing this or do we just all hate each other too much? Greg thinks we need to call people out while Mitch thinks we need to call people in. Which side will you end up on?

 

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Nov 07, 2018
Scary Movies: Ghosts, Sleep Paralysis and Spooky Stats
00:40:09

This week Mitch talks about seeing ghosts and dealing with sleep paralysis, while Greg faces his childhood fear of being robbed in the night. Then they debate about what is the scariest movie of all time!

 

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Oct 31, 2018
Coffee: Healthy Treat or Addictive Trap?
00:35:58

This week Greg talks about the time he tried to quit caffeine and the AsapSCIENCE office nearly shut down entirely.  Mitch remembers when he was duped into drinking decaf coffee and we then break down the science behind the placebo effect. 

They then debate whether or not the benefits of caffeine outweigh the horrible withdrawal symptoms that come with quitting.

 

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Oct 24, 2018
Climate Change: Is It Too Late?
00:45:04

This week Mitch talks about a horrifying experience at the slowly disappearing Great Barrier Reef and Greg explains the scorching heat they felt in the Arctic while on a trip with Greenpeace. Then Mitch and Greg GO OFF on the current politicization around climate change and highlight important aspects of the new IPCC report. 

The science is spliced in throughout so you are entertained while simultaneously learning.

 

 

 

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Oct 17, 2018
Masturbation: Addictive Habit or Healthy Pleasure
00:42:47

This week Greg explains the weird ways he used to download porn and Mitch talks about struggling not to masturbate while on Big Brother. We then debate whether masturbation is good or bad for you all while splicing the science throughout.

 

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Oct 10, 2018
Phone Addiction: Are You Addicted To Your Phone?
00:43:59

This week we break down the science of phone addiction. Greg talks about the horrors of texting the wrong person while Mitch speaks about when a phone saved his life. This weeks debate is about whether or not Greg is clinically addicted to his phone.

 

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Oct 03, 2018
Musicals: What's The Greatest Show Of All Time? (LIVE)
00:52:12

Live in Toronto from Just For Laughs festival! Greg recounts getting robbed and having his "Cats" musical VHS stolen, while Mitch goes into the dark web to find Lord Of The Rings The Musical clips to trade. Our guest Henry Koperski literally blows everybody's mind with an amazing music lesson and a look at some famous songs. Then Greg and Mitch debate: what is the greatest musical of all time? 

 

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Sep 26, 2018
Gay Marriage: Should We Get Married?
00:37:39

This week, Greg and Mitch decide whether or not to get hitched.  The guys tell stories about bizarre wedding traditions such as ALWAYS serving dry chicken.  They then debate whether or not they want to throw a big expensive party to celebrate their love or skip marriage altogether.

 

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Sep 19, 2018
Human Extinction: Is The World Going To End Soon?
00:47:52

Greg and Mitch talk about the current political climate and how much it's impacted their lives, including remember the day that Trump was elected. They then debate whether or not the world as actually getting worse - for good - or whether or not this is just a blip on the timeline of history. 

 

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Sep 12, 2018
Louis CK: Should He Still Do Comedy?
00:36:11

Mitch and Greg discuss the controversy surrounding Louis C.K. Mitch talks about the first time her heard Louis say a gay slur and Greg talks about doing Stand Up with verbally abusive comics. In the end Mitch and Greg debate whether or not they think Louis C.K. should still do comedy.

 

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Sep 05, 2018
Toxic Masculinity: Should We Live In A Matriarchy?
00:45:47

Greg and Mitch talk about growing up gay and their relationship to masculinity, including their first gay role models, and Greg's phase of wearing pearl necklaces. They then debate whether or not the world we be better off as a Matriarchy!

 

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Aug 29, 2018
Pets: Expensive Nuisance or the Joy of Life
00:45:28

This week Mitch talks about a horrifying experience with a horse and Greg explains how he killed his hamster. In the debate Mitch and Greg argue over whether or not their new puppy is actually capable of bringing them joy. Rachel splices in the sidenotes to hit you with the science throughout.

 

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Aug 22, 2018
Entrepreneurs: Privileged Men or Hardworking Creatives?
01:05:13

Mitch and Greg are entrepreneurs who run a YouTube channel about science. On this episode they tell stories about majorly screwing up a science video and the worst meeting they've ever sat through. Mitch interviews his sister who wrote her Ph.D on how to run a small business. Finally, Mitch and Greg debate whether or not they enjoy being entrepreneurs and the if the stress they deal with is really worth it in the end ... or not. 

 

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Aug 08, 2018
Popstars: Who Is The Greatest of All Time? LIVE FROM JFL! Ft. Matteo Lane
00:54:58

It's our first ever LIVE podcast from the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival! Greg and Mitch tell stories about the first album they ever bought and performing the Lady Gaga Bad Romance dance in sketchy bars. We then get schooled by comedian Matteo Lane on Mariah Carey, Maria Callas, and Patti LaBelle. Finally, Greg and Mitch go head to head with a formal debate about who is the greatest pop star of ALL TIME!

 

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Aug 01, 2018
Elon Musk: Evil Billionaire or Innovative Genius?
00:43:56

During story time Greg discusses his obsession with Grimes and Mitch tells a story about the time his Google Home tried to kill him. 

In the debate Greg thinks Elon Musk is going to ruin the planet but Mitch is more of a fan. 

 

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Jul 25, 2018
Sex Ed: Corrupting Minds or Saving Lives?
00:53:53

We're going to be at Just For Laughs Comedy Festival! Get your tickets — THEY SELL OUT FAST

Greg and Mitch recount their very different Sex Ed experiences.  While Greg was putting expired condoms on wooden dildo's, Mitch was getting some misinformation at Catholic school.  This week the guys are on the same side of the debate and are reading our current government to filth for sending the Sex Ed Curriculum 20 years back to the past. 

 

 

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Jul 18, 2018
Influencers: Pure Trash or This Generations Treasure?
00:56:57

Greg and Mitch try to come to terms with the fact that they are influencers while recounting their stories of famous online personalities. Rachel interviews science communicator / influencer Science Sam. And we end by debating whether the role of influencer is pure trash or a hidden treasure.

 

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Jul 11, 2018
Alcohol: Liquid Courage or Dangerous Blackouts?
00:45:36

This week we're talking about our favourite poison: alcohol. We revisit our most wild drinking memories, including the time Greg broke into a famous socialite's car! Rachel breaks down what happens when you get blackout drunk and then Greg and Mitch debate whether alcohol's liquid courage is worth the hangovers.

 

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Jul 04, 2018
Polyamory: What's It Like To Be In A Polyamorous Relationship?
00:51:12

This week we're talking all about relationships - including ours! We remember our first encounters with polyamorous couples and how awkwardly we reacted. Greg chats with our friends who are now in a 4-way polyamorous relationship, and asks them all about how it happened, how it works and how they feel. We finish it off by debating whether or not WE could be in a poly-relationship.

 

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Jun 27, 2018
Death: Crippling Anxiety or Ultimate Peace?
00:51:32

This week we take on a lighthearted topic, DEATH!  We talk about the most painful ways to die, near death experiences, and how our relationship with spirituality has changed.  Mitch and Rachel discuss different funeral practices from around the world.  We then debate who is more afraid of death and Mitch explains why he would like to live forever.

 

 

 

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Jun 20, 2018
Video Games: Violent Problem or Productive Hobby?
00:53:48

This week, we talk about growing up with video games and how they affect your brain and society a large. Mitch secretly records Greg struggling to play Zelda for all to hear. We debate over whether or not video games are net positive or negative, all while touching on the modern science. 

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Special thanks to Josie Brechner of @visagermusic who let us use their music for this episode of Sidenote.  It comes from their album 'Songs From An Unmade World 2' - the tracks are inspired by old-school adventure/RPG video game music and they mix classic chiptune sounds with more modern electronic elements.

 

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Jun 13, 2018
Therapy: Over Hyped Hoax or Essential To Life?
00:41:18

This week Greg talks about having a panic attack from seeing his therapist in public. We give you a timeline to the horrors of psychiatry. We end it with a debate about whether therapy is actually useful, or not.

 

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Jun 06, 2018
Comedy: Ridiculous Boys Club or Purest Art Form?
00:46:46

This week we're talking about Comedy: Greg's new adventures in becoming a Stand Up comic, we figure out how to craft a joke with a professional comedian and debate the dark side of the comedy world.

 

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May 30, 2018
All Inclusive Vacations: Relaxing Getaway or Unethical Disaster?
00:47:28

This week we're talking about All Inclusive Vacations: we chat after coming home from our first ever all inclusive resort and the juicy details of our experience, explore research on whether or not these getaways are good for local economies or mostly exploitative, and then argue over whether we'd ever do it again!

 

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May 23, 2018
Reality TV: Social Experiment Or Predictable Mess?
00:49:43

This week we’re talking about Reality TV: we reflect on Mitch’s insane experience doing Big Brother Canada, we breakdown the history of Reality Television and Greg has a meltdown about how much he hates ALL OF IT.

 

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May 16, 2018
Marijuana - Creative Tool Or Harmful Substance?
00:38:54

Welcome to the first Sidenote Podcast ever, where every week we (Mitch and Greg of AsapSCIENCE) chat about what's stumping us right now, and then we research and splice in all the mind blowing science. 

This week we're talking about Marijuana; we remember a crazy time that Mitch almost overdosed on edibles, look into the racial history of Marijuana, and discuss the physiology of why it affects people so differently.

 

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May 09, 2018