Probably Science

This week Matt, Jesse and Andy are joined by Caltech Planetary Science Postdoctoral Scholar Bjoern Benneke and author Lee Billings to talk about the many topics covered in Lee's new book, Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars, including: Hunting for exoplanets! Dating sites for farmers! The Drake equation! Earth's recent trend toward radio silence! Oxygen: The first great pollution crisis! Harold Urey's pessimistic time capsule predictions! Energy-hungry alien civilizations creating Dyson spheres! Competition in the exoplanet field! The philosophical reasons for searching for extraterrestrial life!

Direct download: Episode_096_-_Lee_Billings_and_Dr._B.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:00pm PST

This episode kicks off two weeks in a row of real science, as Matt, Jesse and Andy welcome Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, author of Newton's Football, and comedian/football fan Sarah Tiana ( to discuss Dr. Ramirez's new book, and more specifically: Footballs in humidors! Football suicide pools! Andy's football ignorance! The brutal early days of the sport! Football's concussion epidemic! A new style of safer tackling! Refrigerator Perry's rapping prowess! Desperation giving rise to the A-11 offense! Vince Lombardi's background as a science teacher! Choosing plays based on game theory! Waffle House waiters who are like quarterbacks! Risk-averse monkeys! The toe-less placekicker! Greg Cook's injury giving rise to the West Coast offense! The origin of the no-huddle offense! The reasons for the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry! Compulsory pep rallies! Andy's football announcer grandfather Bob Ufer!

Direct download: Episode_095_-_Dr._Ainissa_Ramirez_an.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:16pm PST

Scottish comedy wunderkind Daniel Sloss ( is here in the US to perform on Conan, and he stopped by Bluebell Ranch to talk with Matt, Jesse and Andy about: British comedian intros! Doing comedy at a rave! Scottish pride! Upkilt photographs! Ben and Jerry-inspired homophobic slogans! Bot Out Of Hell: Daniel and his father's Robot Wars competitor with a diamond sawblade! A new drug that fixes bent boners! Everyone's fingers connect! Adolescent mice that drink alcohol because of peer pressure! Where humans really sit on the food chain! Eating animals to teach them a lesson! Throwing pennies away! The nuts and bolts of being hanged, drawn and quartered!

Direct download: Episode_094_-_Daniel_Sloss.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:19pm PST

This episode is a complete shambles. With Andy out of town, Canadian/British comedian Jason John Whitehead ( drops in on Matt and Jesse attempting to make a Thanksgiving bonus episode in Jesse's bedroom. Topics include: Birthright trips to Israel! Thanksgiving stuff! Jesse's typewriter collection! Mighty hunters! Genetic inheritence of fears! Seahorse fluid dynamics! Illegal koala handling! Goosing!      

Direct download: Episode_093_-_Jason_John_Whitehead.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:41am PST

British comedian/actor/writer Andi Osho ( now lives here in the US, where she's recently appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and @midnight, and she joins Matt, Jesse and Andy this week for a listener-centric episode focused on topics sent in by our lovely fans, including: The speed of gravity waves! How to pronounce Trygve! Andy's Nicaraguan rental car! Jesse and Andy's roommate's iTunes woes! Jesse's dad was a mall Santa! The gray area of children's photos! Ridiculously fast LED-based Li-Fi internet connectivity! A fluid dynamics discussion of fart dissipation! A scientific analysis of urinal splashback! Dogs reacting to the directions of fellow dogs' tail wags! Why spoilers might increase your enjoyment of a story! Junk DNA corrections!

Direct download: Episode_092_-_Andi_Osho.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:23pm PST

Actor Samm Levine ( who made a name for himself on Freaks and Geeks and Inglourious Basterds and comedian Susan Burke ( who's received rave reviews for writing the film Smashed join Matt, Andy and Jesse this week to discuss: All-night comedy shows at UCB! Halloween robot costumes! Samm's Short Circuit 2 nostalgia! Samm playing doctor as a kid! Losing to Jon Hamm in the Leonard Maltin game! Monkeys who are hardwired to be scared of snakes! Hotel living! Jesse's fake Zagat binder for solo dining! The perks of priesthood! The secret to sneaking into things! Using levitating droplets of water to create nanoparticles! Samm's gold-collecting dentist father! Using teeth to make replacement eye lenses! Actress Hedy Lamarr's frequency-hopping spread-spectrum invention! The early days of Jim Jones! Asteroid-hunting space telescopes!

Direct download: Episode_091_-_Samm_Levine_and_Susan.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:34pm PST

Hilarious writers/comedians/producers Scotty Landes ( and Heather Thomson ( join Matt, Andy, and Jesse this week for the show.  Man about town James Austin Johnson ( sits in for color commentary!  Together, they dive deep into: Pepto Bismol!  Scientific Hippie poetry!  Sitting in the shower!  Women are better multitaskers!  Self-pleasuring in cars!  Rubbernecking!  Professional hugging!  The science of Captchas!  Second rate sex parties!  Selling your own blood!  Robotic dogs!  Facial recognition software!  Animals doing math!  Sam Elliott!  India's space program!  Scratch-off tickets and champagne!

Direct download: Episode_090_-_Scotty_Landes_and_Heat.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:09pm PST

Caltech and LIGO physicists Jamie Rollins and Larry Price ( join Andy, Jesse and Matt to up the Science:Probably ratio for just one week as they discuss: Why we don't go straight through tables! What's inside an atom! Why chemistry isn't their forté! Dark matter and WIMPS! Gravity waves and what LIGO actually is! How to measure something that's smaller than the smallest thing you can think of! Putting experiments in space! What inspired Einstein to come up with relativity (hint - the two of them didn't agree on it)! How scientists fake getting a result to test each other! The feebleness of gravity!

Direct download: Episode_089_-_Jameson_Rollins_and_La.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:25am PST

Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Brendon Burns ( sits in with Matt, Jesse and Andy this week to dig into: Worrying about your Google-ability! LA streets named for celebrities! Orange people in the Australian outback! Making "Be a Lady" T-shirts! Naked children on giant slip-n-slides! Underwear that filters your flatulence! Learning how to pronounce "awry"! Finding bombs with dolphin-inspired radar! The four-disc Flaming Lips experimental album! Whatever killed the dinosaurs wiped out a load of bees, too! Personality trends across the US! Junk DNA that shapes your face! Perthans!

Direct download: Episode_088_-_Brendon_Burns.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:57pm PST

You've seen comedian Nate Craig ( on truTV's World's Dumbest and Comedy Central's Mash Up, and he joins Matt, Andy and Jesse to discuss: Jesse's new co-host status! Lowball podcast donations! Exchanging a million pennies! Fake IDs! Figuring out what Yetis actually are! Farting into tissues! Ancient human ancestry! Youtube videos of Danny Devito cuddling with Michael Jordan! Los Angeles coyotes! Flushing out brain toxins while you sleep! Matt's experience with colonics! Andy's Jack In The Box confession! Our upcoming live video stream of the show! Using static electricity to dispose of space debris! Rapidly aging breast tissue! Ironing your jeans! A possible cure for baldness! Toupee stories! Ironic combovers!

Direct download: Episode_087_-_Nate_Craig.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:15pm PST