SciShow Tangents Introducing the lightly competitive knowledge showcase from the geniuses behind the YouTube series SciShow. Every Tuesday, join Hank Green, Ceri Riley, Stefan Chin, and Sam Schulz as they try to one-up and amaze each other with weird and funny scientific research... while not getting distracted. There will be tangents about video games, music, weird smells, surprisingly deep insights about life, and of course, poop, but it always comes back to the science. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios
SciShow Tangents

SciShow Tangents

From WNYC Radio

Introducing the lightly competitive knowledge showcase from the geniuses behind the YouTube series SciShow. Every Tuesday, join Hank Green, Ceri Riley, Stefan Chin, and Sam Schulz as they try to one-up and amaze each other with weird and funny scientific research... while not getting distracted. There will be tangents about video games, music, weird smells, surprisingly deep insights about life, and of course, poop, but it always comes back to the science. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios

Most Recent Episodes

37 - Fungi

Plants and animals get all the glory, but fungi are out there every day, breaking down leaf litter, making our bread nice and fluffy, and fermenting alcohols They deserve a little thanks, so we did a whole episode about them! Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we'll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! If you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out this show's page at scishowtangents.org!

36 - The Apollo Program

From 1961 to 1972, thousands of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, seamstresses, pilots, and even a child or two worked on the Apollo Program, collaborating to bring humanity to the moon. Today, Tangents celebrates this unparalleled work of collective science and engineering! Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we'll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! If you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out scishowtangents.org

35 - Cancer

Living things are so full of complicated systems of cells and DNA, that things are bound to go wrong. And sometimes when things go wrong, cancer is the result. Today on Tangents we talk about the causes, health impacts, and potential cures (both real and fake) of cancer. Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we'll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! If you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out scishowtangents.org

34 - Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are a fact of life when you live on a giant ball of water, ice, and rock with a gooey magma center that's hurtling through space... and all the pollution we're pumping into the environment doesn't really seem to be helping, either. Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we'll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! If you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out scishowtangents.org! And don't forget to get your official SciShow Tangents sticker at https://store.dftba.com/collections/scishow-tangents!

33 - Fossils with Kallie Moore

Fossils: a profound link to our Earth's past... some are profound... some are beautiful... some are poop! Kallie Moore, host of PBS Eons joins the Tangents crew to talk old stone bones, fraudulent fossils, and a dinosaur so well preserved, we may be able to figure out what its last meal was. Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we'll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! If you want more Kallie Moore, check out PBS Eons: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzR-rom72PHN9Zg7RML9EbA And if you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out scishowtangents.org!

32 - Communication with Vanessa Hill

Birds singing, dogs barking, computers sending and receiving data, you reading this description: at the end of the day, it's all communication. This week, we sit down with Vanessa Hill, host of the YouTube channel Braincraft, and do a little communicating about communication! Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we'll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! If you want more Vanessa Hill, check out BrainCraft: https://www.youtube.com/user/braincraftvideo And if you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out this episode's page at scishowtangents.org

31 - Digestion

Everybody eats, and everybody poops, but in between... that's where the magic happens! This week we're talking about everyone's favorite organic method of removing nutrients from food: digestion! Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we'll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! And if you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out this episode's page at scishowtangents.org!

30 - Messes with Joe Hanson

Be they big or small, purposeful or accidental, innocuous or potentially-planet-destroying, there is no question that humans are great at making messes and not so great at cleaning them up. Joe Hanson, host of the PBS channel Hot Mess, joins us to talk about some of the more notable messes we've made, and what, if anything, we can do to be less messy in the future. Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we'll tweet out themes for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! And if you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out this episode's page at scishowtangents.org!

29 - Sleep

So, right off the bat, basically all you need to know about this episode is that Hank sings this week's Science Poem. Beyond that, we delve into the eternal mystery that is 'sleep.' Where do ours dreams come from? How does sleeping help rejuvenate our brains and bodies? Why do some people need less sleep than others? Turns out, no one really knows yet, but it's still fun to talk about! Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we'll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! And if you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out this episode's page at scishowtangents.org!

28 - Cooking

Every day, billions of people perform vital, life sustaining chemistry right in their homes! Baking, frying, boiling, fermenting... all cooking is science, and the way it weaves into our lives and cultures makes it uniquely fascinating! Join us this week to learn why the heck there's iodine in your salt, what happens if you forget where in the bog you buried your cask of meat, and why baking a cake at high elevations can be so frustrating! Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we'll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! And if you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out scishowtangents.org

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