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Each week, we dive into a new controversial topic to learn more about ourselves and the world around us. Get ready to hear some mind-blowing science, along with a few awkward stories of our own!

You can listen to all episodes of Sidenote on Apple Podcasts, or on the Sidenote YouTube channel.

 
 
 
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conspiracy theories: youtube’s heaven or hell?

Can we mathematically determine whether or not there's intelligent life elsewhere in the Milky Way? What science gets ignored by conspiracy theorists when it comes to water fluoridation?

This week, Greg and Mitch tackle conspiracy theories. They share stories about theories they've bought into over the years, and then take a deep dive into the rise of conspiracism on YouTube. Should the giant media platform be held at all responsible?

 

 
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ZOOS: do they help or harm animals?

What's currently going on in Marineland? How can you get over your fear of spiders?

This week, Greg and Mitch share stories about zoos, both the good and the bad. Afterward, Mitch sits down with a zookeeper from the Toronto Zoo to get his perspective on the work and initiatives that he gets to be a part of.

 

 
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how should you talk about vaccines?

In recent months measles outbreaks have been on the rise, and diseases we thought were long gone are making a comeback.  What's the solution?  How do we talk about vaccines and bust the myths around them?

This week Rachel and Greg (don't worry, Mitch will be back!) chat about how to best discuss science misinformation. 

 

 
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justin trudeau: from vogue to villain

Our handsome Prime Minister has been having a rough couple of months.  The recent SNC Lavalin scandal is showcasing that Trudeau and Canada aren't as squeaky clean has many would like to believe.

This week Greg and Mitch remember the time JT asked AsapSCIENCE to interview him as well as when they had a private Beyonce show!  They then take a deeper dive into what this political scandal means for the upcoming election.  

 

 
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going vegan: world saving or ego-inflating?

This week, Greg and Mitch discuss veganism. They share stories about their challenging attempts to do away with animal products, and then they dive deep into the issue to discuss things we all need to think about when considering what we put into our bodies!

 

 
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the oscars: should they be cancelled?

Why are tracking shots so effective? Are the Academy Awards merit-based? And speaking of awards, what are some things you could do to up your chances at winning a Nobel Prize?

This week's episode is all about the Oscars! Greg and Mitch review some of their most- and least-favourite nominated films, and then they debate whether or not the Oscars should even still exist.

 

 
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Vlogging: MEntal health nightmare or building communities?

Making vlogs and watching vlogs is a favourite millennial pass time!  On one hand it's a way of documenting and sharing your life but on the other there's a lot of pressure!

This week Greg and Mitch reflect back to the time they 'stole' a child, to when they posted weekly vlogs and whether or not they should start making them again! 

 

 
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apple vs. android: which is the smarter choice?

Why are Apple store employees trained to interpret body language? What are things you can do to reduce the amount of time you spend on your phone? 

This week, Greg and Mitch dive head-first into the Smartphone War! After sharing stories about their experiences with the competing brands, they debate over which is better: Apple or Android!


 
 
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winter: special or stressful?

Does temperature affect our perception of time? Why are some people more inclined than others to take risks? How much of an impact did the ice storm of 2013 actually have?

This week, as the snow piles up in Toronto, Greg and Mitch discuss winter! They share stories about some of their most harrowing winter experiences, and then they get into a debate over whether the coldest season is nothing but an inconvenience or a chance to cozy up and enjoy life!

 

 
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tidying up: life changing magic or waste of time?

What are some of the most stressful jobs, and some of the stinkiest smells? Can Greg and Mitch get through the tidying up process in one piece?

This week, Greg and Mitch are inspired by Marie Kondo, her bestselling book and her hit TV show! They share horror stories about cleaning up both at work and at home, and then get into a debate over whether or not tidying up is actually as magical an experience as Marie Kondo professes it to be. The science is spliced in throughout.

 

 
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breakfast: to eat or not to eat?

How can you improve your microbiome diversity? What's the science behind the new intermittent fasting craze? Why exactly do we eat three meals a day?

This week, Greg and Mitch share stories about what they ate for breakfast growing up, and how it still affects them to this day! They then get into a debate over whether or not this morning meal is overhyped or undervalued.

 
 

 
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Ellen: Funny or flawed?

What has Ellen's impact been on our culture and society? She seems to sell everything, so how much is she actually worth?

This week, Greg and Mitch share personal stories about Ellen, why she means so much to them, but also why they're beginning to be skeptical of her. They then get into a conversation surrounding where she currently stands in a cultural sense following her recent interview with Kevin Hart.

 
 

 

the best of 2018

As requested by listeners these are some of your favorite clips from 2018. Thank you for an amazing first year of our podcast - we really appreciate it! See you in 2019

 
 

 
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small towns or big cities: Where should you live?

Are big cities dangerous? Do small towns make you less smart? Is living in one better than the other?

This week Greg recounts a celebrity encounter in the big city he grew up in while Mitch breaks down the spooky fun you can have in the good ol' country. With Sidenotes on what makes a city succeed and what is widening the urban/rural divide. We then debate which is better - living in the hustle and bustle or the peace and quiet.

 
 

 
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Stress: how to fight the feeling

Is stress killing you and how can science help you deal with it?

This week Mitch talks about when he almost died in Bangladesh and Greg explains the stress of having his students light each other on fire.

We then explain how stress works, why it can slowly kill you and how to scientifically deal with it.

 
 

 
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grindr: destroying confidence or building communities?

What has science discovered about the gay hook up app Grindr? Is it damaging peoples confidence or fostering consensual sex? 

This week, Greg and guest host Matt Rogers (comedian / host of Las Culturistas) tell stories about their experience with Grindr, open relationships and STIs.

 
 

 
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Juul: Blowing up or Blowing smoke?

Okay, so this week Greg and Mitch debate about whether or not "Juuling" -- the e-cigarette phenomenon sweeping the nation -- is having a positive or negative impact. They also share stories about their experiences growing up with tobacco products of both the smoking and chewing variety!

 
 

 
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astrology: scientific or scam

This week, we talk about marijuana, our experience with it, how it effects your brain and body, its history and ultimatley whether we think its good or bad.

 
 

 
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liberals vs. conservatives: why do you hate the other side?

This week Greg talks about being punched in the face at his first protest and Mitch explains his mental breakdown at a shooting range. In the end we have a debate about HOW to combat the divide between Liberals and Conservatives. It feels like the world is SO DIVIDED, what is the best approach to fixing this or do we just all hate each other too much? Greg thinks we need to call people out while Mitch thinks we need to call people in. Which side will you end up on?

 
 

 
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Scary movies: Ghosts, sleep paralysis & Spooky Stats

This week Mitch talks about seeing ghosts and dealing with sleep paralysis, while Greg faces his childhood fear of being robbed in the night. Then they debate about what is the scariest movie of all time!

 
 

 
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coffee: tasty treat or bad habbit?

This week Greg talks about the time he tried to quit caffeine and the AsapSCIENCE office nearly shut down entirely.  Mitch remembers when he was duped into drinking decaf coffee and we then break down the science behind the placebo effect. 

 
 

 
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Climate change: is it too late?

This week Mitch talks about a horrifying experience at the slowly disappearing Great Barrier Reef and Greg explains the scorching heat they felt in the Arctic while on a trip with Greenpeace. Then Mitch and Greg GO OFF on the current politicization around climate change and highlight important aspects of the new IPCC report. 

 
 

 
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masturbation: Addictive habit or healthy pleasure?

This week Greg explains the weird ways he used to download porn and Mitch talks about struggling not to masturbate while on Big Brother. We then debate whether masturbation is good or bad for you all while splicing the science throughout.

 
 

 
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phone addiction: are you addicted to your phone?

This week we break down the science of phone addiction. Greg talks about the horrors of texting the wrong person while Mitch speaks about when a phone saved his life. This weeks debate is about whether or not Greg is clinically addicted to his phone.

 
 

 
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musicals: what's the greatest show of all time? (live)

Live in Toronto from Just For Laughs festival! Greg recounts getting robbed and having his "Cats" musical VHS stolen, while Mitch goes into the dark web to find Lord Of The Rings The Musical clips to trade. Our guest Henry Koperski literally blows everybody's mind with an amazing music lesson and a look at some famous songs. Then Greg and Mitch debate: what is the greatest musical of all time? 

 
 

 
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gay marriage: should we get married?

This week, Greg and Mitch decide whether or not to get hitched.  The guys tell stories about bizarre wedding traditions such as ALWAYS serving dry chicken.  They then debate whether or not they want to throw a big expensive party to celebrate their love or skip marriage altogether.

 
 
 

 
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human extinction: is the world going to end soon?

Greg and Mitch talk about the current political climate and how much it's impacted their lives, including remember the day that Trump was elected. They then debate whether or not the world as actually getting worse - for good - or whether or not this is just a blip on the timeline of history. 

 
 
 

 
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louis c.k: should he still do comedy?

Mitch and Greg discuss the controversy surrounding Louis C.K. Mitch talks about the first time her heard Louis say a gay slur and Greg talks about doing Stand Up with verbally abusive comics. In the end Mitch and Greg debate whether or not they think Louis C.K. should still do comedy.

 
 
 

 
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toxic masculinity: should we live in a matriarchy?

Greg and Mitch talk about growing up gay and their relationship to masculinity, including their first gay role models, and Greg's phase of wearing pearl necklaces. They then debate whether or not the world we be better off as a Matriarchy!

 
 
 

 
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Pets: Expensive Nuisance or the joy of life

This week Mitch talks about a horrifying experience with a horse and Greg explains how he killed his hamster. In the debate Mitch and Greg argue over whether or not their new puppy is actually capable of bringing them joy. Rachel splices in the sidenotes to hit you with the science throughout.

 
 
 

 
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Entrepreneurs: privileged men or hardworking creatives?

We figure out what it really means to be an entrepreneur this week, as we chat about the hits and misses of running our own business, interview a special guest and learn the science behind what it takes to become an entrepreneur. 

 
 
 
 

 
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Popstars: who is the greatest of all time? Live from jfl montreal 2018 ft. matteo lane

We hit the stage of JFL Montreal with Matteo Lane to discuss who should be hailed the greatest popstar of all time, while Rachel tests our science knowledge with interesting questions and sidenotes. Lady Gaga? Brittney Spears? Its all up for debate live at JFL Montreal 2018.

 
 
 
 

 
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Elon musk: Evil billionaire or innovative genius?

We spend this episode chatting about the infamous Elon Musk. From Greg's terrifying tale of discovering his favorite artist is dating the man himself, to an insightful debate about whether Elon Musk is a 21st century technical savant who will guide us beyond the stars, or an evil genius whose ulterior motives may be the end of us all, find out on this week's episode of Sidenote.

 
 
 

 
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Sex Education: corrupting minds or saving lives?

Greg and Mitch recount their very different Sex Ed experiences.  While Greg was putting expired condoms on wooden dildo's, Mitch was getting some misinformation at Catholic school.  This week the guys are on the same side of the debate and are reading our current government to filth for sending the Sex Ed Curriculum 20 years back to the past. 

 
 
 

 

Influencers: Pure Trash or This generations Treasure?

This week, we talk about the power of Influencers. We share some stories about YouTubers, and  our Producer Rachel interviews Science Sam, an amazing science communicator. We end it all with a debate about whether we should respect influencers, or look down on them.

 
 
 

 

Alcohol: Liquid courage or dangerous blackouts?

We're talking about Alcohol. We have a lot of stories about drinking- but we get into some of our best ones. Including Greg breaking into a celebrities car. Rachel explains the science of what happens when you get black out drunk, and than we finish it off with a debate wether or not alcohol is good or bad for society.

 
 
 

 
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Polyamory: What it is like to be in a POLYAMOROUS relationship

This week we're talking all about relationships - including ours! We remember our first encounters with polyamorous couples and how awkwardly we reacted. Greg chats with our friends who are now in a 4-way polyamorous relationship, and asks them all about how it happened, how it works and how they feel. We finish it off by debating whether or not WE could be in a poly-relationship.

 

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Death: Crippling Anxiety or Ultimate Peace?

This week we take on a lighthearted topic, DEATH!  We talk about the most painful ways to die, near death experiences, and how our relationship with spirituality has changed.  Mitch and Rachel discuss different funeral practices around the world.  We then debate who is more afraid of death and Mitch explains why he would like to live forever.

 

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Video Games: Violent Problem or Productive Hobby

We discuss video game culture, our own attachments to video games, and debate wether video games are a violent problem or a productive hobby.

 
 

 

Therapy: over-hyped hoax or essential to life?

Were chatting about Therapy. Greg talks about panic attacks and his experience with seeing his therapist in public. Than we move onto the history of pyschiatric help, and end with a debate about wether or not we feel therapy is actually effective.

 
 

 
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comedy: ridiculous boys club or purist art form?

On this episode we're talking about comedy. We discuss Greg's transition into the world of stand up comedy, interview a professional stand up comedian about how to craft jokes, all while debating issues that are plaguing the comedy industry right now.

 
 

 

all inclusive vacations: Relaxing getaway or Unethical Disaster

This week we're discussing some stories behind a recent all inclusive trip. We're gonna take a deep dive look into the enviornmental and economic impact of all inclusive vacation. We end it all with a debate about this type of vacation. 

 
 

 
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Reality Tv: Social experiment or

On this episode we talk about reality TV. We start with some stories from Mitch's time on Big Brother Canada, interview a reality TV show winner and super fan, and discuss the history of reality TV.

 
 

 
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marijuana: Creative tool or harmful substance?

This week, we talk about marijuana, our experience with it, how it effects your brain and body, its history and ultimatley whether we think its good or bad.