If you like a science podcast with a political agenda this is the podcast for you
The SGU has been providing excellent thoughtful content for years!
I've binged the entire archive and benefitted from the best education in scientific mindfulness I've experienced so far. The ability to distinguish reality from assumption is critical for a sustainable society. It's an excellent introduction to mental hygiene and ongoing discoveries relevant to reason.
Easily my favorite podcast. Funny, intelligent, entertaining. Just try it, you'll love it.Edit: I wrote that review several years ago. But Steve is clearly intent on pushing his politics, since last November. And I just can't take the weak "scientific" justifications to do so. I'll try back when a democrat is in office.
Really enjoyed Nov 11 episode.
Listen to find out what real skeptics think about the world. No cynicism, just critical thinking and science!
Been listening since 2010, and immediately went back and caught up on everything I had missed! Iâve learned so much from everyoneâs hard work at the SGU. Thanks!
Informative and fun. Gives me hope in the 24 hour news and gloom media frenzy. Science based podcasting.
SGU has nothing to say about having known abusers on their show, so unfortunately I have to stop listening. Do better.
Steve, Bob, Jay, Evan, and Cara do a magnificent job as standard bearers of science and critical thinking. My commutes to work represent a time that I can absorb the quality learning that the SGU provides. Thanks Rogues! Cheers!
Favorite podcast! Keep it up Rouges!
One part skepticism. One part science. One part science fiction. Three parts Novella. One part Evan. One part Cara Santa Maria. Mix vigoursly and...hey, what's that noisy? The skeptic podcast against which all others are measured.
Since discovering this podcast, I have not only been listening to the new releases but also catching up from their first show at a rate of one or two a day. Never gets boring! Update: listening to the complete backlog of SGU episodes and then following up with other skeptical podcasts convince me to become a skeptical activist myself. I am now a member of Susan Gerbicâs Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project, helping to improve science content and fight pseudoscience on one of the worlds most visited sources of on-line information. I have even been in communication with several of the SGU rogues about their Wikipedia articles. How cool is that?
I've listened to every episode since the beginning, some of them twice or more, but finally had to give up. Cara's and Evan's vocal mannerisms have just become too annoying, I can't get into What's the Word, and when Bob, Jay, and Evan do their solo bits, they often just go off on what seems to be disorganized, unfocused, unedited rambles. Those presentations are in serious need of some tightening up. It's been a good time, gang, but I'm on to other things.
This podcast is generally ok but they have a tendency to spend too much time discussing some topics
I love this show and all the hosts. Great structure (which is rare for podcasts) and love to play along with Science or Fiction every week!
The group can be a little droll at times and the outline of the show lends to hearing one voice many minutes at a time. BUT overall the podcast is amazing and you will learn a lot about navigating through the BS that clogs the airways. The group is very intelligent and just listening to them do their best to speak rationally is refreshing in the modern world. Eye opening to the slew of pseudoscience that surrounds us.
This podcast is phenomenal. Superb coverage about a variety of topics!! Love it!
This is a great podcast. I have been listening to it for many years. Cara has been a perfect addition. This is the podcast I most look forward to every week. I have never not learned something from the show. I am not sure there is anybody I admire and respect more than Steven Noella.
The best show I've found covering matters of skepticism. The banter is fun, the discussions great and the information excellent
12 years these guys have been doing this. Best Skeptics podcast on iTunes.
I love this Podcast above all others. Better even than Radio Lab. I have been a long-time listener of many podcasts and this is the one I cannot live without. The cast of this show are my only real family. The SGU has made steady progress over their career and that is a pattern which we can expect to continue. While most folks would find it difficult to imagine their lives without their birth family, my life would border on meaninglessness without the SGU. I don't merely value it, I truly love it! Each cast member, with all their faults, are so very dear to me, just as they are. Long live the SGU, they are sorely needed!
Probably in my top 5 (and I listen to a lot of podcasts). I use it as a regular update on matters of science and skepticism.
Always great. Such a wonderful podcast.
Good podcast. Would prefer more info and less incessant giggling. You're more interesting than you are funny.
I was an early adopter of podcasts and when I started in 2005 I was a "true believer" of everything pseudo and woo. I had always, however, been a seeker of truth and knowledge and was a natural skeptic. My intellectual evolution took a huge turn in direction when I came across several "skeptical" themed podcasts, including the SGU. I soon discovered the correct way to think and then went on to learn all about the "real" world through this and other great "teaching" podcasts. Jay, I've heard you say that if you can help turn a single person from a credulous fool to critical thinker you will feel like your work here is worthwhile. Well here I am, so thank you! All these years later this podcast is still my all-time favorite. Cara Santa Maria, you are brilliant, thoughtful, charming and they couldn't have magically conjured a more perfect "skepchick rogue"! You ROCK! All of you are my heroes!
SGU is without question the best single resource for keeping up with science and skepticism in the universe. Dr. Novella and the gang are knowledgeable but human, and they will make sure you learn and laugh and come to love them all. Each week is devoted to recurring segments including "What's the Word" with the newest Rogue, Cara Santa-Maria and "Who's that Noisy" with Jay Novella. Important items from the week's news are discussed from a scientific skeptical perspective, going beyond the headlines and cutting through hype like butter. Finally, Dr. Novella challenges his panel to pick scientific fact from fiction in "Science or Fiction". Seriously, just subscribe already.
I would recommend this podcast to anyone and everyone who has an interest in science or skepticism. While I myself am a bit more science-oriented, I nonetheless find their explorations into quackery insightful and non-superfluous. While none of the rogues are clasically charismatic, their enthusiasm and approachability make them charming nonetheless. The single biggest arguement I can make to watch this show is that it is directed by Dr. Novella. Steve has a way of cutting away superfluous information and getting to the heart of an issue with clarity. The intellectual rigor he brings to the show is, to my knowledge and experience, unsurpassed in the science communication world. A couple of months listening to the show, and you'll be equipped with a bevy of skeptical tools, improving your critical thinking skills and general scientific knowledge.
Must listen for anyone interested in thinking critically about science and medicine.
I look forward to Saturdays mostly because of this podcast. I have been listening for 3 years. I have drawn my son into the fandom as well. Our best conversations are about topics discussed on this podcast.
I love the show. I am a retired Electrical Engineer and look forward to this podcast every week. They entertain and inform while chalanging the listener to think critically.Great work.
Host and practicing Neurologist Steven Novella is truly America's great undiscovered science communicator. He belongs along with Neil Degrasse Tyson or Bill Nye - but he's more restrained and pedantic than his peers. Novella focuses on HOW we think, rather than what, in pursuit of science and truth. Gimlet or NPR would be wise to snatch him up and build the next Freakonomics.
Love this podcast. I wish there were more like it and am surprised to see it way down here on the charts. Jay is my favorite.
Really great podcasts for all you science nerds & enthusiasts out there. I personally love Cara Santa Maria. She's bae and I wish I could go straight for her. But really, this is a great podcasts for lovers of science & science news.
This is the podcast I recommend to friends and family when I explain what podcasts are.
Great content and very dynamic, I enjoy listen to and also learn... Thank you
I agree with so many of the other reviewers that one can find definitive, nuanced information on this podcast, which I've enjoyed for years now. I get much "science" reporting that is neither of those and am so pleased when the headlines are brought up in the podcast and all is made clear. The warmth and good humor is a wonderful plus as well!
The show has gone from a good science type show to a "bash the right" politicl show...too bad, it was fun to listen to them
Great discussions about science and skepticism. I'm always looking forward to the next episode.
A group of 5 hosts from various backgrounds discuss scientific news and curiosities. Weekly segments, occasional interviews, and engaging discussions. Addictively interesting and entertaining with hosts you learn to love.
Funny and interesting, as always.
I started listening because I consider myself science-minded, and wanted to keep informed of the lastest goings on. But it turns out they only back science when it conforms to their political views. Politics should not be part of science.
Initially I enjoyed this podcast but lately it's gotten too annoying.For one thing, they often spend lots of time discussing topics in which none of them have any expertise (recent examples - spaceflight and electronics). They often make errors discussing these topics extemporaneously without any prior research.The host has a segment called "Science or Fiction" where he describes three news items, two of which are true and the third made-up. Each of the other panelist will spend a wildly inordinate amount of time in turn discussing the three items before picking the one they think is false. The host often plays tricks with the wording of the items to turn a Science item into a Fiction item on a technicality (or vice versa). This is very irritating.I'm going to look for a new podcast.
The absolute best way to stay up-to-date with breaking news in science. The rapport between the hosts is fantastic, and the interstitial segments (Cara's "What's the Word," Steve's "Science or Fiction," etc.) sneak knowledge into your brain under the guise of entertainment. Highly recommended! One of the rare podcasts out there which just gets better and better with age.
You guys used to aggressively look for truth among all the bs out there, but since caras arrival the show has drifted more and more to the left. You are very aggressive about rebutting positions from conservative outlets, as you should be, but you embrace liberal positions without the slightest question. I came for the escape to reality, but leave sad that reality is dead in this world.
The addition of Cara to this group makes this one of the most informative thoughtful podcasts.
This podcast has helped with my entire outlook on life. I've been listening for a bit over a year and I cannot recommend it enough!
One star for the entertaining value of listening to them TRY SO HARD to deny who they are.... Another star for the fact that...considering who we've elected this time around....it may be a GOOD thing to have five cookie cutter liberals tearing down our elected leader whilst pretending they're 'neutral'.Now that I've agitated EVERYONE on this topic...let me conclude with a unifying thought: I so miss the balancing presence of the fine Mr. Perry J! This show was much stronger when -gasp- the all to often hollow left mantra of 'diversity' was real....the way the others worked w Perry's often differing views was....endearing and a credit to them all... long live DeAngelis!
What a brilliant podcast! If you are a skeptic about anything in the universe, look no further this show is for you!