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Episode 236 - Making It to the Other Side

In this episode, Mike discusses the most current scientific understanding of COVID-19, how we got here, and what could come next.

Make sure you read the sources referenced in this episode--they're crucial.


How the Pandemic Defeated America

New Evidence Suggests Young Children Spread Covid-19 More Efficiently Than Adults

SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Infection Among Attendees of an...

We Thought It Was Just a Respiratory Virus

The Coronavirus Is Never Going Away


Episode 235 - Casper ter Kuile on The Power of Ritual

This week, Mike talks with Casper ter Kuile (of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text) about his new book, The Power of Ritual and how we can all start to establish a sense of sacred and worth during a pandemic where our routines are disrupted.


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Episode 234 - Weighted Blankets, Asexuality, and Science

This week Mike responds to the following questions:


What is the science behind weighted blankets?

Weighted Blankets: How They Work


Is it ok for me to identify as asexual?


What are the limitations of science?

Science has limits: A few things that science does not do


How do we know vaccines are safe and effective?


Gish Gallop

The contribution of vaccination to global health: past, present and future



Episode 233 - How do we do this?

Mike talks about strategies for protecting and preserving mental health during the pandemic and associate periods of quarantine. 


Episode 231 - I Feel Sad

This week, Mike reflects on the response to a tweet he sent on Father's Day about feeling depressed.


Episode 230 - This Feel Hard

This week, Mike talks about the feelings that come up when a pandemic and mass protests intersect.


Episode 229 - White Homework with Tori Williams Douglass

This week, Science Mike talks with Tori Williams Douglass about, well, your questions from Twitter!

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Episode 228 - Compulsions, Gender, and Evolution

This week on Ask Science Mike, we explore the following questions today.

How do we overcome unhealthy, escapist behaviors?

You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass)

Do post-gender binary labels reinforce the gender binary?

How sex and gender — which are not the same thing — influence our health

Sex and gender: what is the difference? | Journal of Applied Physiology

Why are exterior testicles a feature on so many mammals?

Are testicles external for cooling, galloping, display, or something else?

How can I reconcile evolution with my beliefs about God?



Episode 227 - Time, Reconstructing Sex, and Being Healthy at Every Size

This week, Mike offers honest, non-judgemental responses to the following questions.

What happens in the brain that makes it feel as though time is moving faster as you get older?

Why Does Time Seem to Speed Up with Age?

What do you think about the Healthy at Every Size movement?

Healthy at Every Size

How can one develop a robust sexual ethic after deconstruction?

How do I know if I am Asexual?

10 Things you need to know about Asexuality