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!


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.



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.



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.



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!



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.



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?



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!



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. 



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. 



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.



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.



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? 



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.



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. 



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.



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!



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.



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. 



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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. 



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.



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.