Episodes

Episode 141 - Michael Kosta

It's time for the first installment of the Probably Science Holiday Gift Guide! While you're taking care of all your seasonal shopping needs there, you can enjoy this week's episode with former tennis pro and current comedy pro Michael Kosta, who joins the gang to talk about Matt turning into a real boy, being a good samaritan with a lost phone, the horror of found comedy notebooks, hippie journals, Michael and Andy's Ann Arbor roots, impending earthquakes, Jesse's survival kit, British army surplus stores, being the 864th best tennis player in the world, gender parity in the professional darts world, ridiculously fast tennis serves coming from womenthe age-accelerating effects of milkcontagious yawning in wolves and Michael's Sports. Kosta. Basement. web series.

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Episode 140 - Emily Gordon

Producer of The Meltdown, co-host of The Indoor Kids podcast and former couples therapist Emily Gordon joins the festivities this week to talk about rage oranges, webcams, why rocket science is so damn hard, co-ed fraternities, people trying to get free therapy at parties, Emily's blog, decorating your house with Dave Kloc postersastronomy sleuths uncovering the origins of Monet paintingsBrooks appearing in an upcoming movieschizophrenia actually being eight different disorders, dating the person in front of you, algae that makes us idiotsthe Magnolia scene filmed in our neighborhood bar, out-of-date Philae comet-landing news, a robot that makes you think there's a ghost behind youthe Third Man Factor experienced by mountain climbers, Jesse and Andy's counseling breakthrough, working with your spousethe video game nostalgia of Ready Player One, and game recommendations including SplatoonUnfinished Swan and Spirits.

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Episode 139 - Tim Lee

This week's guest is that rarest of Probably Science breeds: A comic with a PhD. Scientist-turned-comedian Tim Lee joins Andy, Jesse and Matt to talk about crispness, anadromous fishes, California water subsidies, Australia's Big Banana, the problem with butt implants, next-generation CubeSats using iodine propellantworking in financial dark pools, The financial exposé Flash Boys, Jesse getting tricked by a prostitute, the lack of free speech in academia, the horror of bad seminars, the 10-year Rosetta mission landing Philae on a cometthe astounding number of proteins in testes, financial advice from Andy, the investment book A Random Walk Down Wall Streetour dwindling helium supply due to party balloonsrapidly evolving Floridian lizardsa great Johnny Carson biography, why women and men don't play darts together, evolution misconceptions, homosexuality correlation among identical twins and the podcast's recent spike in German listenership.

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Episode 138 with Holly Walsh!

British comic par excellence Holly Walsh joins the proceedings this week to talk with Matt, Andy and Jesse about British podcasting wigs, courtroom caricature artists, bum-to-bum golden retriever humping, the Pope's bold stance on evolution and the Big Bang, Matt's Bloodhound Gang fandom, Pussy energy drinkthe love hormone that controls sexual behavior in mice, the science of blue balls, oxytocin partiespheromone parties, Jesse's Neanderthal roots, a recently identified fragment of Amelia Earhart's plane, New Order vs. Joy Division, chopping the arachnophobia out of a man's brainthe tragic crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, celebrity space tourists, weightlessness vs. a lack of gravity and a dinosaur with giant, hairy arms

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Episode 137 with TOFOP's Wil Anderson!

Episode 136 with Henry Phillips!

Comedy and music virtuoso Henry Phillips visits with Matt, Jesse and Andy on the heels of recording his upcoming Netflix special to talk about bad comedy introductions, walking miracles, Elvis fandom, physics and free will, guitar worship, the awesomeness of the band Jellyfish, why reheated pasta may be less fattening, the hilarious web series Henry's Kitchen and You And Your Fu*king Coffee, the music of Jose Suicidio, the debate over the G-spot's existence, why yawning isn't contagious for autistic people, spiders burrowing through appendectomy scars, a puppy-sized spider, the closing of the Cat & Fiddle, Henry's great film Punching the Clown (viewable for free on Hulu) and its upcoming sequel.

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Episode 135 with Jeff Richards!

Episode 134 with Astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield!

They don't get much more badass than Colonel Chris Hadfield. A highly decorated test pilot and fighter pilot, engineer and astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space, not to mention command the International Space Station, Col. Hadfield captured the public's imagination with the incredible photographs and videos he shot while on orbit covering topics ranging from recycling water in spacewringing out a wet towel in microgravity and making a sandwich on ISS. The music video cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" that he shot during his mission has been viewed hundreds of millions of times. After a brief chat about the history of space exploration and Andy's time at Space Camp, Col. Hadfield was generous enough to talk with Matt, Andy and Jesse about his amazing career and his books An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here.

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Episode 133 with Tim Minchin and Dr. Amy Parish live from LA PodFest!

This week's episode was recorded live from the third annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival, where Matt, Jesse and Andy welcomed musician/comedian/actor/skeptic Tim Minchin and bonobo expert/primatologist/Darwinian feminist Dr. Amy Parish to the program to talk about Mini Queen, honorary degrees, fixed-gear microphones, bonobos as a model for human feminism, DIY OB/GYNs, soap opera-obsessed apes, primates that get mad at unfairness, matriarchies in nature, the purpose of the female orgasm, keeping your baby's gender secret, animals that mate face-to-face, female bonobos ganging up on males, and World Vasectomy Day.

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Episode 132 - Burning Man with Jordan Morris and Dr. Matt Faulkner!

Returning Probably Science guest Jordan Morris of Jordan, Jesse, Go! and @midnight fame joins Matt, Jesse and Andy this week to share stories about Burning Man and to pick the brain of Caltech computer scientist Dr. Matt Faulkner, who built an insanely awesome musically controlled Tesla coil for this year's burn:

Topics discussed include deciduous breasts, Googling with Bing, lying about your Burning Man car rental, refilling your pudding phallus, $80 car washes, Camp HeartNSoul, "safety third," naked people everywhere, unbearable levels of EDM, the sweet release of Thunderdome heavy metal, showing your penis to get a snow-cone, Tesla coil hobbyists, how to create duophonic music with lightning, angering the gods with technology, electrical storms in the desert, machine learning and distributive systems, picking up your transformer at the railyard, the upcoming Steam Carnival put on by LA-based technology and entertainment collective Two Bit CircusDr. Brainlove and, of course, welding while listening to Rush.

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Episode 131 with Roisin Conaty!

Episode 130 with Daniel Sloss!

Episode 129 with Bethany Dwyer!

Episode 128 with Adrian Poynton!

Matt is back from his travels abroad, and he welcomes British writer/actor/producer Adrian Poynton to the proceedings this week to talk with Jesse and Andy about the listener-made country/western re-imagining of the ProbSci theme, a pseudo-scientific look at the history of shoe sizes, secret codes for elevators, salmon cannons, getting your body freeze-dried, Jesse's naked haircut, the effect of exercise on pain tolerance, a study of British bum sex, capturing audio from silent videos of bags of chips and luring audience members to your hotel room.

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Episode 127 with Kulap Vilaysack and Mark Agee!

Actress, Who Charted? host and documentary director Kulap Vilaysack joins returning guest Mark Agee to talk with Andy and Jesse about Andy's Burning Man address (it's 5:30 and A), comic book jocks, discovering your parents aren't who you thought they were, Kulap's crowdfunded documentary Origin Story, the Laotian saying "bo penh nyang," bacteria that survive on electricity, repeating previous stories on the podcast, female snakes that save sperm for later, Jesse and Andy's awful attempts at Australian accents, removing 232 teeth from an Indian boy's head, Kulap's DC Comics alter-ego Katharsis, studying the best ways to avoid urine splashback, and getting soup spilled in your lap by 11-year-old waitress Kulap.

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Episode 126 with Matt Champagne and Auggie Smith!

Episode 125 with Brent Schmidt and Zach Pugh!

Up-and-coming comedians Brent Schmidt and Zach Pugh join Jesse and Andy this week to talk about the Pickathon music festival, growing up in Sturgis, South Dakota, re-purposing mines for science, teenage nervous breakdowns, falling off the wagon for a podcast sponsor, figuring out when Hogwarts abandoned muggle technology, the majesty of the "apparently" kid, feathered dinosaurs, the theory of humorism, tyrannosaurs that hunted in packs, growing up in a Chik-Fil-A family and making your body's organs transparent.

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Episode 123 with Jordan and Ben Brady!

Episode 122 with TJ Chambers!