Probably Science

Comedians Ahmed Bharoocha (@ahmedbharoocha) and Auggie Smith (@auggiesmith) join Matt and Andy for the final recording from Bluebell Ranch, which happens to coincide with an apocalyptic forest fire in the area, and the crew discuss topics including bouncy castle economics, zorbs in Russia, a new hard material, the Mohs hardness scale, Pliny the Elder, the Randi paranormal challenge, new brain areas, listening to music while drinking, a new biohybrid creature, a Mars laser with free will, artwork damagers and what to call Ahmed’s album.

Direct download: Episode_217_-_Ahmed_Bharoocha_and_Auggie_Smith.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:41am PDT

Science teacher-turned-comedian Al Jackson (@aljackson) joins Matt and Andy for one of the final Bluebell recordings (also video streamed on Facebook here) to talk about ball-boiling as contraception, why flossing may not help you, steroids in sports, Al's research, stomach taps, old cars vs. new cars, firefighting equipment sharing and fire in space.

Direct download: Episode_216_-_Al_Jackson.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:48pm PDT

Dr. Farah Alibay, a systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, invited Matt and Andy to her home in Highland Park to talk about her work on a real-world Armageddon mission to redirect an asteroid, CubeSats, giant geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus, the importance of planetary protection and upcoming solar system exploration missions.

Direct download: Episode_215_-_Dr._Farah_Alibay.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:38pm PDT

Pacific Northwest comics Derek Sheen (@dereksheen) and Sean Jordan (@SeanSJordan) join Andy and Matt back at Bluebell to talk about going to a Scientology boarding school, non-ice cream heir Tony Robbins, amateur Australian ball surgery, Juno's pics of Jupiter, AIDS ceasing to be an epidemic in Australia, good news on the ozone hole's healing, and even more good news about finding new reserves of helium.

Direct download: Episode_214_-_Derek_Sheen_and_Sean_Jordan.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:35pm PDT

Professor Sophie Scott (@sophiescott) of University College London's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience welcomes Matt and past guest Nick Doody (@NickDoody) to her office to discuss her research on the neural basis of human speech processing, and specifically her study of laughter.

Direct download: Episode_213_-_Professor_Sophie_Scott_and_Nick_Doody.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:46pm PDT

Podcaster, host and science communicator Alie Ward (@alieward) appears with Matt and Andy on Science Channel's upcoming How To Build Everything (premiering June 22nd at 10pm) and she makes her first appearance on the podcast to discuss supernumerary nipples, McNuggetinis, owl pellet mouse skeletons, a third lizard sexan inflatable space station room, Alie’s aeronautic training, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, MRSA, wrestling bugs and swimming pool pee.

Direct download: Episode_212_-_Alie_Ward.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:24pm PDT

Software engineer and Google employee John Eric Hoffman welcomes Matt and Andy to his house (next door to Todd Glass's, coincidentally) to talk about machine learning, neural networks, Maxwell's Demon, DeepDream, natural language processing and the recent short sci-fi film written by AI (and co-starring past guest Humphrey Ker).

Direct download: Episode_211_-_John_Eric_Hoffman.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:36pm PDT

This episode was taped live at the 2016 Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Oregon, with Matt and Andy welcoming comedian/environmental engineer Ella Gale (@hellakale) and author/podcaster/@BitchMedia editor Sarah Mirk (@sarahmirk) to discuss gender biases in science reporting, women in science (and comedy) and why it's hard to make bagels when it's hot outside.

Direct download: Episode_210_-_Ella_Gale_and_Sarah_Mirk.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:16am PDT

Popular science author Mary Roach's (@mary_roach) books have tackled a wide variety of topics including sex, the afterlifedigestion and space travelIn her soon-to-be-released book Grunt, she takes on the curious science of humans at war, delving into combat medic training, stink bombs, genital transplant surgery, the war on heat, shark repellant and diarrhea as a threat to national security. Pre-order your copy of Grunt now!

Direct download: Episode_209_-_Mary_Roach.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:35pm PDT

Comedian/rapper/writer Zach Sherwin (@ZachSherwin) can be seen on Epic Rap Battles of History, among many other places, and he joins Matt and Andy to talk about writing a JAP battle rap battle on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, p-branes, playing Einstein, the new Ghostbusters script, Andy’s bidet, magician hacks and Joel Hodgson's ventriloquism mask invention, Shy Tony, silver underwear, John Oliver’s science story, a teen's Mayan discovery that may not be what it seems, everyone yells air ball at the same pitch, diving robots, being bepenised, and long-lasting batteries.

Direct download: Episode_208_-_Zach_Sherwin.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:43pm PDT