Probably Science

It's sports week here at Probably Science HQ, as Matt and Andy welcome to the show Sports Illustrated journalist and author of The Sports Gene David Epstein, as well as comedian Paul Morrissey, who played and coached college basketball, to dig into the meaty topics that David's excellent books discusses, including: Major league hitters who can't touch a 60mph softball! Being a short, white hustler at Venice Beach pickup basketball games! The excellence of Jamaican sprinters and Kalenjin distance runners! Being compared to Jimmy the Greek! What other sports could Lebron James have played? The anatomy of great pitchers! Getting critiqued by Malcolm Gladwell! Debunking the 10,000 hour rule! The genetics of wanting to train hard! The link between elite athletes and ADHD! The dangers of all-male stock trading! Andy's swimming career! The heart condition that claims the lives of many athletes! David's training advice for Matt!

Direct download: Episode_083_-_David_Epstein_and_Paul.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:15pm PST

Matt, Andy and Jesse welcome paleontology PhD candidate Kathleen Ritterbush to the show this week to discuss: Being the third man on The Dating Game! Roommate update: Stu's birthday is 9/11! Falling for the testicle-biting fish hoax! PhD superstitions and paperwork! Using fossils to determine skin and hair color! Teaching science to a boatload of evangelical kids! Thinking dinosaurs and humans coexisted! Paleontologists with Indiana Jones props! Kathleen comes bearing gifts of fossils! How fossils form! Chambered nautilus: The first submarine? The near-extinction of the amenites! What do we learn about marine ecology from mass extinctions? Studying the hydrodynamics of shells! Figuring out if you're looking at the fossil of a sponge! The bad science in M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening! Jesse gets compared to a schlubby squid! Cephalopod cosplay! Getting your wedding ring made out of snail fossils! 

Direct download: Episode_082_-_Kathleen_Ritterbush.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:50pm PST

Matt and Andy are back together this week, welcoming British writer/comedian Humphrey Ker ( and American writer/comedian Bryan Cook ( on the program to discuss: Going on strike against Joan Rivers! Fallacious labor dispute arguments! The hilarious Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction show! Moving someone else's hand with your mind! Swedish fish -- not the candy ones, the testicle-biting ones! The Sharknado finale! Asylum movies! Andy's summer adventures with fleas and nearly dead roommates! Being able to listen to and/or tune out your spouse's voice! The curse of having a posh accent! British comedians learning to ski! Attributing Hitler quotes to Taylor Swift! The new Kit Kat-named Android OS! American Gladiators! A lengthy explanation of pantomimes!

Direct download: Episode_081_-_Humphrey_Ker_and_Bryan.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:56pm PST

Matt's still out of the country, but luckily he was able to record a remote episode with the very funny Nick Doody (, his co-writer on the BBC Radio show Bigipedia. We'll be back soon with more new episodes!

Direct download: Episode_080_-_Nick_Doody.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:54pm PST