Now with 100% more discussion of important topics like âmansplaining.â
Sorry guys. After over ten years youâve begun to lose me. I hate to point the finger but Iâve noticed it was after Cara joined the crew. Sheâs clearly very intelligent and well spoken but I believe she is too dominating and it kills the vibe Iâve always enjoyed. If itâs not your segment and what you have to say isnât earth shattering, let the segment leader speak.
She thinks every podcast (even other ones) are an interview about her. Everything leads back to her, somehow. It's getting tiresome.
Dr. Steven Novella (the host) has become my intellectual hero.
Hey guys. I canât recommend this podcast enough. Really enjoy listening each week to allof the segments. Science, skepticism and laughter. Keep up the awesome work STEVEN, BOB, JAY, EVAN and CARA!!
Like most forms of media today, this show has turned into just more Trump-hating, liberal propaganda. Sad.
Longtime listener, since the first lineup of rogues. Birds vs. Monkeys and all that. You get science and info, a primer on critical thinking, and it's fun along the way. All around dang good show.
Amongst the best pod cast available, a great selection of content, supportive and informative community. Keep it going rouges.
My favorite skeptical/ science podcast. Each host is great and i love the guests they have on. Full of interesting content and you end up learning someting to boot.
Healthy dose of skepticism, no Sam Harris style racism.
One of the top podcasts in my library!! Helpful, interesting, informative, fun and skeptical! Love the show and well worth the time.
I came to this podcast some years ago and have been a faithful listener since. Sadly, over the past year or so Iâve seen a intellectual complacency set in with the group. I had grown accustomed to the repetition of lines from Futurama, Monty Python and The Simpsons being referred to as jokes. (Note: repeating a line out of context because someone used a word from that line is NEVER a âgood oneâ - it is the fanâs form of worship and should be beneath anyone attempting to put out a professional podcast.) But, possibly due to to loss of Rebecca from the group, Iâve seen more and more confidence in speaking out about culture, as though an expertise in a number of scientific fields elevates their uninformed opinion about movies and music and culture in general.I first realized this was a growing trend in the show in the movie review of Blade Runner 2049. I was looking forward to a discussion of the scientific or possibly even philosophical ideas the movie toyed with. (What possible catastrophe could have wiped out most data on the planet but NOT erased the data in the Las Vegas entertainment programs? Why is the main character usually the only one flying a car? What exactly was Jared Letoâs characters goal and how could it possibly make any sense?) Instead, I got two very bright men turning into fan-boys and talking about all the feels the movie gave them. As the makers of this podcast well know, when intuition and emotion lead in an analysis, personal biases and unconscious prejudice are necessarily stirred into the pot. Science exists to try to extract those biases and prejudices from our understanding of the world. When experts in neurobiology or physics approach genetic engineering or structural engineering, they donât do so assuming their expertise crosses over. Itâd be nice if the skeptics on this show would show the same humility when approaching fields outside their expertise.
Pure unadulterated science and skepticism. These rogues are always current and relevant. Great topics and interviews.
Love love love this podcast. I have learned so much and I appreciate all the work Dr. Steven Novella and the others have put into making this weekly dose of science and logic. Iâm not kidding when I say itâs changed my life. Thank you!
Loaded with intelligence, information, and humor. Good interpretations on science reporting without getting political. While politics is important, I have plenty of other podcasts to go to for that. This one is just good, well-rounded, fact based discussion. Keep up the good work!
That tag line says it all. If I could listen to only one podcast, this would be it. I have listened for years, and never get bored with this one. Iâm so grateful for the work of the SGU.
A stellar presentation every week ! Every skeptic in this podcast shares such superior high quality information during each episode . They are truly amazing & are the Rock Stars of the skeptic community!!! Thank you SGU!
I started exploring the skeptic podcast world no too long ago. This one stands out in its focus and tenor.
I really wanted to like this podcast, but there is too much random nonsensical chatter.
As long as this show is, I always make time for it every week. Nothing has done more to make me a more critical thinker and be aware of how science works than SGU. The chemistry between the brothers grows on you and Cara has been an awesome addition to the show.
I eat up podcasts and this is easily my favourite. Fantastic science news, brilliant hosts, and great sceptical content. Canât wait for the book!
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.