Science Monkey



The podcast that's just bananas


  • Episode 18 – It’s Easy Being Good-Looking From Two Metres Away

    27/06/2020 Duration: 53min

    As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, Science Monkey is once more brought to you from a distance, with Graham and Raywat recording from the comforts of their own homes. This is also our second ever video episode, which you can watch on YouTube. Or you can listen to audio version …

  • Episode 17 – Ma-Ma-Ma-My Corona

    17/04/2020 Duration: 58min

    Science Monkey is back with a very special episode, from deep within the doldrums of pandemic quarantine. This is also our very first video podcast, which you can watch on YouTube. The audio was rendered from that Zoom video call so it is, shall we say, less than ideal. In …

  • Episode 16 – A Reasonable Number of Vaginas

    26/02/2017 Duration: 31min

    Science Monkey is back! We took a lengthy sabbatical to mourn the passing of our mascot, Ouie the magical wonderdog, whose pawsteps are audible in this particular episode, which of course was recorded before his passing. On today’s show, we are joined by the erudite Dr Aparna Halpé for a …

  • Episode 15 – Is Fluoride Safe?

    04/09/2016 Duration: 29min

    The government puts fluoride in our drinking water. What is the evidence that this is safe? We examine two studies that purport to show a connection between fluoride in our water and both thyroid disease and lower IQ. We also learn a little about so-called “ecological” studies, some stuff about …

  • Episode 14 – Is Being Overweight Healthy? Fat Chance.

    21/08/2016 Duration: 29min

    We go back to our roots and actually talk about the rigors (or lack thereof) of a scientific study. A famous JAMA paper suggested that slightly overweight people are healthier than “normal weight” people. Is that study rigorous…. or just ridiculous? We also learn where not to get stung by …

  • Episode 13 – Two Facts, Too Furious(ly)

    31/07/2016 Duration: 25min

    Recorded outside (hence the sound of passing airplanes) and with Graham annoyingly smacking the microphone (he’s learning, people, he’s learning), today’s episode features our second session of rapid-fire facts, and just the facts (ma’am). You’ll never believe what Alfred Kinsey put into his urethra, or what gas Henry Ford kept …

  • Episode 12 – Sexual Fluidity Is So Homo (Sapiens)

    12/07/2016 Duration: 27min

    In celebration of Pride Week, today’s episode tackles the question of whether female sexual fluidity has evolutionary origins, based on a controversial article by Satoshi Kanazawa (link below). We recorded this outside, so you will hear sounds of actual nature –squirrels and birds– and the occasional airplane and siren… as …

  • Episode 11 – Homo Habitus (Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That)

    25/06/2016 Duration: 30min

    Once again, a listener (Mary Ellen) asks us via Twitter to tackle a big topic: is there such a thing as free will? Graham and Ray examine this question from the perspectives of quantum physics, neurology, multiverse theory, semantics, and sociology. That’s an easy topic for a 30 minute podcast …

  • Episode 10 – Boom Shakalaka! (Sweet, sweet potato)

    24/05/2016 Duration: 24min

    Once more, the whiskey has begun to flow. In this episode, Graham and Ray tackle the question of how many published studies are likely invalid or not reproducible. We learn about Type I and Type II statistical errors, publication bias, the Proteus Phenomenon and the Winner’s Curse.  As well, the wrath of …

  • Episode 9 – The Facts and the Furious

    15/05/2016 Duration: 27min

    Graham & Ray answer listener questions (yes, we have listeners now), including one from a dog who is very concerned about how dependent human civilization is on the existence of the sun. (Dogs are deep, man). We also answer that critical question currently plaguing the Internet: is 2016 a cursed …