This podcast is good for those who are interested in: critical thinking, science education and communication, reason and logic, and confronting pseudoscience.
Typical length of episodes: 80-120 minutes
How often a new episode comes out: weekly
Episode topics: recent science news events, bad studies, medical sensationalization in the media, latest medical conspiracies, best and worst of the year, interviews with popular doctors and science educators.
Segments: Who's That Noisy (they play a unique sound related to science and listeners guess), Science or Fiction (quiz), Forgotten Superhero of Science (brief profiles on lesser known researchers).
Sample episode — “#700 - Dec 8 2018”: This episode includes an interview with Nick Pyenson, a notable paleobiologist who is the curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The episode also touches on current news events such as living in the era of fake news and gene editing babies.
Tidbit about the show: Skeptics' Guide to the Universe (SGU) has been a leading science communication podcast for over 15 years and is the official podcast of the New England Skeptical Society (NESS), a nonprofit educational organization that promotes science and reason. Each week features their panel of "skeptical rogues" to evaluate scientific claims.
About the host: Dr. Steven Novella is the host of SGU. He is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine, the president and co-founder of the NESS, an author, and the founder and executive editor of Science-Based Medicine, a blog dedicated to issues of science and medicine. He is joined by co-hosts Jay Novella, Bob Novella, Evan Bernstein, and Cara Santa Maria.
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