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DATE: Tue, 28 Sep 2010
SIZE: 52.5 MB
Ep 55: Science... sort of - Peppers with a Bite

00:00:00 – In the intro Patrick is unsure about the theme, and the quality therein, Charlie is expanding his IPA repertoire and Ryan gives a mini-dissertations on the merits of small batch Kentucky bourbon.   00:08:21 – What is the one thing that separates humans from all other mammals? Spicy picante hot pepper chili sauce! Our monkey brains are so broken we like the pain capsaicin provides. Charlie elaborates and Patrick gets a bit blue.   00:28:31 – Trailer Trash Talk wants to come in from out of the cold as the Paleopals discuss the "new" child Vampire romance Let Me In. 00:39:43 – Birds can't taste the spicy, but they can still pack a punch all their own when they're gigantic and toothed, just like a new find from Chile.   00:55:18 – PaleoPOWs come in all shapes and sizes. Patrick has the Cadillac of picks with a double dip of donations from Doug in AL and Curtis from TX. Thanks guys! Jackie reminds us, via Charlie, that science needn’t always be silly. And Ryan has a voicemail from RJ in KS who needs help with AI.     That's it for this week, thanks for listening and be sure to stop by for more content and schwag!     Music for the show provided by: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker You're so damn hot – OK Go I'll Let You In – Jackie Greene Can you picture that – Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (In honor of Jim Henson, who would have had his 74th birthday last Friday, September 24)  

DATE: Wed, 22 Sep 2010
SIZE: 40.3 MB
Ep 54: Science... sort of - Pulling Down Your Reaction Time

00:00:00 – It's a high-powered introduction this week as the Paleopals are drinking top shelf beverages endorsed by various world leaders!     00:07:12 – Charlie says video games can make you react faster, we'll see how fast he reacts when he's popping pills to stave off ghosts.     00:20:46 – Ben and Charlie get deep with this week's Trailer Trash Talk. Ryan keeps it on the level. Either way, Its Kind Of A Funny Story.     00:35:08 – Ben wants to tell you about Australians using lasers to move particles and call it a tractor beam. Oh Ben, when will the silliness end?     00:45:03 – PaleoPOW this week has Charlie and Dustin K. taking it to the Yeti. Ben is back on the Canadian iTunes reviews with a new one from NessaB87 (really sorry if I spelled this wrong, I couldn't see it, your guess is as good as mine) and Ryan has a message from Pete in Japan about some hilarious wordplay. Who are we kidding? Wordplay is ALWAYS hilarious.       Thanks for listening. Be sure to check out the website for more great content at       Music for this week's show: President's Choice – Sweatshop Union Video Challenge – Anamanaguchi (What's the story) Morning Glory? - Oasis Closer to you – Jackie Greene  

DATE: Tue, 14 Sep 2010
SIZE: 41.1 MB
Ep 53: Science... sort of - The Monkey Moon Conspiracy

00:00:00 - Ryan is surprised this week to find a girl (i.e. Heather) has infiltrated his boys only podcasting clubhouse. How will Charlie respond? Stay tuned to find out!   00:05:13 – Not only is the moon getting farther away but now it’s shrinking too?! Will our kids even be able to see the darn thing?!   00:16:49 – For maybe the first time ever a PG movie is on the chopping block for Trailer Trash Talk as the Paleopals discuss Legend of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.   00:24:00 – Owl Monkeys are many things. Firstly they are adorable. Secondly they are nocturnal... sort of. It's weird cause they need the moonlight, but also some temperature stuff. Just listen to the segment alright?!   00:39:29 – In the PaleoPOW this week Charlie reads an iTunes review from Jason Gosse that's all about having business in the front and a party in the back. Heather has blog feedback from Dustin Kreidler. And Ryan thanks everyone for the birthday wishes and deals with a question about Wolverine posted by Vincente Bolocofsky on the Facebook page.   That's all for this week, for more great content check out our blog at   Music for the show: Like a Lady – The Sounds Behind the Moon – Matt Costa Night Bird Flying – Jimi Hendrix Proudest Monkey – Dave Matthews Band  

DATE: Tue, 07 Sep 2010
SIZE: 51.9 MB
Ep 52: Science... sort of - Thriving and Surviving

This week on the podcast Science... sort of celebrates it's one year anniversary by doing a mostly normal show!   00:00:00 – Patrick actually tries for a decent beer this week (and succeeds), Charlie is being covertly classy and Ryan has too many options thanks to friend of the show Josh Christie (!   00:08:43 – Can alcohol make you live longer? One study says it could but the Paleopals put on their science hats to get to the bottom of this too good to be true correlation.   00:25:29 – Trailer Trash Talk this week celebrates the downfall of Joaquin Phoenix in the new documentary I'm Still Here, which may in fact be a mockumentary but no one is really sure.   00:35:24 – Patrick shoehorns his PaleoPOW, a voicemail from Jay in Ferndale, WA, into a new study about tetrapod diversity over time.    01:01:07 – PaleoPOW is stunted this week because Ryan and Patrick were trying to streamline things but Charlie still have some great feedback in the form of a bumper stick the Paleopals called for in a previous show provided by BabbleTrish ( and on display in the Brachiolope Gallery.   Also this week we announced our brand new store where you can buy all kinds of Science... sort of merch, go to the website ( and click on the store link to see all the great swag!      Thanks for listening, if you need more Science... sort of go check out our blog:     Music for this week's show: Losing a whole year – Third Eye Blind Another Drinkin' Song – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Truman Show – Sweatshop Union For My Family – The Devil Makes Three  

DATE: Mon, 30 Aug 2010
SIZE: 55.1 MB
Ep 51: Science... sort of - Area-51

00:00:00 – The Paleopals Ryan, Patrick and Charlie are all drinking beers (shocking!) and they're all in locations (also: shocking!) but the only way to learn what those beers are and where they're being consumed is to listen!   00:05:44 – This week the Paleopals are talking with Dr. Seth Shostak ( who hunts aliens and has a real radio show. (He also uses radios to hunt aliens.) They're talking specifically about an article positing that the search for ET may need to focus more on the AI than the squishy EBE's that made them.   00:33:03 – Because everybody loves George Clooney this week's Trailer Trash Talk features The American (not the one from The Bugle).   00:42:23 – Charlie, widely considered the most energetic of the Paleopals, brings us a story about some of the problems facing alternative energy. The guys are sure to get this problem solved, they just need some organic matter to be broken down over a few million years until it's some sort of fuel… made from fossils. That would do the trick!   01:03:01 – PaleoPOWs are as follows: Patrick cheated by using a facebook post from David Precht ( earlier when we talked with Seth Shostak. H. Elliot wants to know if you can smell in space. And Ryan gets some love for the “sort of side” from Danielle ( when it comes to stripping.   Thanks for listening, be sure to check out our blog for regularly updated content all week long at!     Musi c for this week's show: 12:51 – The Strokes Aliens Exist – blink-182 American Idiot – Green Day Royal Oil – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones  

DATE: Mon, 23 Aug 2010
SIZE: 52.5 MB
Ep 50: Science... sort of - X-Treme Manimals!

00:00:00 – Charlie is taking point this week to welcome everyone to the Science... sort of golden anniversary. Hooray! We made it to 50! Next stop... 51! (Obviously)   00:06:11 – There are a lot of animals in the world worth talking about. The Paleopals crank through as many as they can with this omni-list segment of some of our favorite extremophiles! (Not really extremophiles but the word was thematically appropriate.)   00:43:44 – Trailer Trash Talk is feeling monstrous this week so we take a trip to the Mexican border with the trailer for Monsters.   00:51:18 – We're sad to report that last year we lost a Chinese snake with a foot when it was tragically beaten to death with a shoe by a woman who caught it crawling up her wall. Hard to blame her.   00:56:29 – PaleoPOW brings us a question about the Hulk which makes Charlie angry (you won't like him when he's angryz), a 'critical' review from a 'pal' of 'Pods' over at iTunes, and some good old fashioned spam debunkery!     Thanks for listening, check out more great content updated regularly on our blog at     Music for the show: Animal (Punks Jump Up Remix) – Miike Snow Lisztomania (Alex Metric Rmx) - Phoenix Monster – Abandoned Pools Footloose – Kenny Loggins    

DATE: Mon, 16 Aug 2010
SIZE: 46.3 MB
Ep 49: Science... sort of Of Marsupials and Mutants

00:00:00 – Patrick is feeling whiney again; Charlie thinks he's being typical and Ryan unwinds with some local flavor after a long journey. 00:04:46 – Patrick surprises everyone by telling us marsupials might not have come from Australia at all! Ryan argues for the Creationist perspective. Charlie tries to make sense of it all. 00:17:59 – This week Trailer Trash Talk goes behind bars as the (chain)-gang talks about the new documentary Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo. 00:28:29 – Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the frying pan Charlie scares us more than a prison rodeo with his story about mutant canola escaping the confines of the farm. 00:43:39 – Now all Ryan wants to talk about is kissing with the dudes, which is different than kissing dudes, a distinction he may have missed. 00:53:41 – PaleoPOW is a bit somber this week as Nicole takes us to taxonomy class, Ryan gets yelled at for illegally riding a dinosaur while under the influence and finally H. Elliot's husband used us to get an 'A.' We approve but want to see the assignment for ourselves.   Thanks for listening, if you'd like more great content updated all week check out our blog at   Music: Old Number Seven – Devil Makes Three Australia – The Shins Prisoner of Today – Billy Talent Personal Space Invader – Sugar Ray Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer  

DATE: Tue, 10 Aug 2010
SIZE: 53.1 MB
Ep 48: Science... sort of - No Frills

00:00:00 – Charlie drinks something that helps clarify a previous misstep. Patrick avoids problems. Ben is bennnnn. Ryan regales (or bores) everyone (including you) with his tales of travelling around the USA in search of good beers.   00:07:36 - Jack Horner and Co. have taken our Triceratops but the Paleopals are arguing to get them back!   00: 23: 43 - Dinosaurs may not be expendable but your favorite 80's action stars are in this week's Trailer Trash Talk for The Expendables!   00:31:53 - Charlie sounds like a Bond villain as he explains possible plans to geo-engineer the Earth!   00:57:20 - Ben may not drink alcohol but he has no problem recommending a quick drink to help superconductors function better.   01:04:18 - PaleoPOW: Canada steps up it's game with a all new, all northern iTunes review. Patrick thanks COED magazine for some unexpected publicity. Charlie finds out how much we confuse the older generation. And Ryan revisits an old friend, an old joke, and an even older computer program.     Find more great content all week at our blog   &n bsp; Music this week: Russian Jazz Waltz – Vagabond Opera Let There Be Horns – RJD2 Bad Company – Bad Company The World at Large – Modest Mouse Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant  

DATE: Mon, 02 Aug 2010
SIZE: 49.9 MB
Ep 47: Science... sort of - The Colors of the Wind

00:00:00 – The Paleopals are introduced as Ryan does his last show in California (for awhile) sitting in the same room as Charlie. Jacob returns too from the double east coast, which isn't as cool as a double rainbow but suffices.   00:06:00 - Jacob tells us about some sweet retro future rockets that can keep you cool on a hot summer's day. Or while reentering earth's atmosphere. Whichever.    00:20:34 - Next Ryan attempts to explain a new method for finding planets. Charlie attempts to help. We hope you attempted to learn something from it all. Also some of the inner workings of West Virginia culture are illuminated, because you were dying to know.   00:37:17 - Instead of relying on the Paleopals to help you out why not rely on some Other Guys, which is the title of the movie in this week's Trailer Trash Talk!   00:46:26 - Jacob yet again takes us back to school teaching us the ins and outs of wind turbines (Hint: Wind goes both in AND out). Charlie and Ryan decide that if America wanted to be Communist, we’d be the best at it. Somehow those previous two sentences are related.   00:59:46 - The PaleoPOW delivers the goods with a little bit of criticism. We're scientists, we can take a critical beating, just keeps us honest.     Thanks for listening! For more great content updated every day of the week check out our blog:      Music for this week's show: East Coast Anthem – Good Charlotte Rocketship – Guster In Search Of – Miike Snow Nice Guys Finish Last – Green Day Four Winds – Bright Eyes  

DATE: Tue, 27 Jul 2010
SIZE: 51.2 MB
Ep 46 Science... sort of - Asian Invasion

00:00:00 - Ryan drinks his most complicated beer yet so thankfully Patrick and Charlie keep it simple and Ben has something else (as usual!)   00:07:50 - Patrick tells us how to make MORE money by being charitable. Man, that guy is crafty. Also, not so fast believing that study, the group tested may be a bit too... college, if ya know what I mean.   00:27:36 - The Paleopals then attempt to de-obfuscate the trailer for Centurion in this week's Trailer Trash Talk. However, it's possible there was no plot to unravel in the first place...   00:39:20 - If your mom ever told you not to play with your food then she was clearly unaware of how useful it could be as a building material, according to some very old Asians who figured this out long ago. Put some of that sticky rice between some bricks and that wall ain't coming down.   00:45:54 - Korea is planning to start replacing English teachers with Robots. The question now becomes: Will this disaster be linguistic or apocalyptic?   00:54:33 - PaleoPOW!We have a kiwi flavored iTunes review, a oddly friendly offer, a few trifling tweets, and Patrick is surprised by criticism.   Thanks for listening, for more great content all week check out blog   Music for this week's show: Turning Japanese - No Use for a Name Fair - Ben Folds Rome - Phoenix Ways to Make it Through the Wall - Los Campesinos! Robot - The Futureheads  

DATE: Mon, 19 Jul 2010
SIZE: 47.9 MB
Ep 45: Science... sort of - A Tall Cold Pint of Nightlife

Show notes are a little less traditional than usual this week seeing as we recorded this episode live at the CalAcademy Nigthtlife in San Francisco! The show was fun but fraught with distraction. We told what we were drinking, talked about what would happen if the earth stopped spinning, and the trailer for the week was the etymologically indistinct Green Hornet. All this is interspersed with Nightlifers asking questions and just generally being cool. Finally we bask in the iTunes review left by Cat Eyed Fox.   Forgive the less than stellar audio quality but hopefully the content makes up for it. Thanks again to everyone who came out to support us and welcome to any new listeners we might have!   Find more content at and our blog at   Music this week: This is Your Night – Amber  

DATE: Mon, 12 Jul 2010
SIZE: 45.3 MB
Ep 44: Science... sort of - Dinosaur Language

00:00:00 The Paleopals are joined by Ryan North, a computational linguist and creator of Dinosaur Comics (as well as a Canadian).  The Americans have beers and the Canadians have other stuff, some more interesting than beer, and some less so.     00:08:45 Ryan North talks to us about computer using linguists and helps us sort out articles involving computers (supposedly) cracking indecipherable dead languages and how and why to save languages that are going extinct.    01:11:23Northern Ryan joins the usual suspects for Trailer Trash Talk.  We attack Piranha 3D, with surprising results.  We trade more stock than usual, find out if it's long, short, or both.    01:24:23 We check in with Ryan at The Amazing Meeting in Vegas and plug our live recording at Cal Academy Nightlife on July 15th.  Then, we settle in on what is really important, you (talking about or to us).  Ben reads a classic review which sparks a Roman history duel between Ryan and Ben.  

DATE: Mon, 05 Jul 2010
SIZE: 31.3 MB
Ep 43: Science... sort of - Predation and Libation

00:00:00 - Ryan is out of character as he demands to keep things moving as the other Paleopals Charlie and Patrick are forced to rush through drinks and a theme.00:03:50 - Patrick is annoyed by the name of a new mega whale, but at least it has more teeth than stupid Sperm Whales (whom also have a weird name, am I right?).00:16:39 - But this week the Paleopals are also on the hunt as they dissect the trailer for Predators. Things get a bit literal and heavy handed.00:27:32 – A new type of scientist finds an old type of spear. Do your part for anthropology by walking around melting glaciers and picking up odd shaped sticks. You could be the next Indiana Jones!00:38:40 – PaleoPOW! Patrick has news from Chad on newly discovered brews. Charlie is Dallan’s forgotten favorite in a new iTunes review. And Ryan gets some cow-based blog feedback from Tomica.Links to these stories and more can be found at I in Threesome – InterpolWhaley – SentinelIt was a good day – Ice Cube (From the album “The Predator”)Hunt - Aceyalone

DATE: Mon, 05 Jul 2010
SIZE: 39.7 MB
Ep 42: Science... sort of - Free Falling with a Jetpack

00:00:00 – Ben has made it to the proper (read: west) coast but is still too far north for Ryan and Patrick who are side by side and sharing a brew.00:05:03 – Patrick may be looking to get away because he wants to talk about jetpack science. You know this one will lead to digressions.00:19:44 – The Paleopals are feeling a bit loopy Trailer Trash Talking Knight & Day with Tom Cruise. We’re not sure if he’s crazy off-screen, on-screen, both or neither. Scientology should sue Ben, we’re pretty sure he said the meanest stuff.00:37:22 – Ben has a real physics story he wants to talk about. He promises not to get distracted. He might succeed but we don’t remember cause we got distracted.00:48:14 – The PaleoPOW leads to a confused Ben, which is amusing in its own right (blame Formspring). Also Ryan and Patrick each read some sort of listener interaction too. What were the odds?!Find links to these stories and more at United Sates of Whatever – Liam LynchJet Pack – Eve 6Crazy Eyes – Old Crow Medicine ShowFall – Something Corporate  

DATE: Thu, 01 Jul 2010
SIZE: 15.8 MB
Special Edition 1: Science... sort of - Macro Brew Experiment

On the advice of a previous guest of the show and in conjunction with the website Brews and Books ( ?Charlie and Ryan take to the streets in what is sure to be an informative and hilarious romp through macro brew science! Not to be missed.Find more great content at the podcast and blog ing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly) - PhosphorescentFixed Income - DJ Shadow

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