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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

DATE: Mon, 21 Jun 2010
SIZE: 44.8 MB
Ep 41: Science... sort of - Jacob Have I Loved

00:00:00 – Introducing a previously teased voice but now for a full episode it’s Jacob! Two other guys showed up to talk too. 00:07:11 – Charlie is a doctor now, and he’s gonna tell you why. Hint: Men are from Mars 00:28:31 – It’s the most literal Trailer Trash Talk ever as the guys breakdown the trailer Winnebago Man. 00:43:32 – If you wanted your Winnebago to make it to space, Jacob is the guy you want strapping on the rockets. He breaks down the current state of rocketry especially this Falcon 9 thing that matters to the engineering types out there. 01:03:21 – PaleoPOW! It’s like a punch from the past! (That should probably be incorporated as a slogan somehow.) This week Jacob reads out an iTunes review, which we love by the way, Alan Saiz sends a relevant link to Charlie, and Ryan spots PaleoPosse member James Comey in the wild.   Need more? Well there’s a blog! Go read it at   Music for this week’s show: Billy Brag and Wilco – California Stars Elton John – Rocket Man (’03 remix) Lou Reed – Sick of You M83 – We Own the Sky

DATE: Tue, 15 Jun 2010
SIZE: 47.0 MB
Ep 40: Science... sort of - Doc Hollywood

00:00:00 – The Paleopals can’t even get through introductions without Ryan being wrong about something, Charlie correcting him and Patrick presumably knowing all along.00:04:26 – This week’s guest is Rick Loverd who works for the Science & Entertainment Exchange as well as writing the comic Berserker for Top Cow. He has a lot to say about his own projects as well as how he fights the good fight to get the best science possible into the media you enjoy every day. A conversation not to be missed.00:43:41 – Trailer Trash Talk this week gets a little punny as the guys chat about Christopher Nolan’s latest offering: Inception. Comparisons are made, digressions are had and finally votes are cast.00:52:19 – That’s Dr. Paleopal to you. Our very own Patrick becomes a doctor mere moments (1 week in podcast time) before our very own Charlie. So the good doctor takes a moment to tell us about the research that led to the title. How long till Ryan gets his act together and finishes a PhD? (Hint: A very long time, stay tuned.)01:09:54 – PaleoPOW this week brings a more personal than usual addition to the Brachiolope Gallery, a comment on a self-serving (and list based) post, and Katherine brings the tweet with a callback to a previous show and a previous drink.Get more great daily or weekly content at or respectively.Music for this week’s show:The Beach – Dr. DogEntertain Me – BlurJambalaya (On the Bayou) – Hank WilliamsBeyond Electric Dreams – Bad Religion

DATE: Mon, 07 Jun 2010
SIZE: 56.4 MB
Ep 39: Science... sort of - Critical Drinking

00:00:00 - This week we're diving right in without a wasted second (... sort of) because we have an awesome guest who's voice you're likely already familiar with, Brian Dunning, host of the podcast Skeptoid, with whom we speak of a many great and numerous things.   00:46:44 - Ryan revisits his more recent childhood while Patrick and Charlie remain lackluster about the latest offering from Pixar, Toy Story 3 in this week's Trailer Trash Talk.   00:56:53 - Whales were once scum-sucking bottom feeders. But they evolved past it and left cool fossils with which we can use against another group of scum-suckers: creationists.   01:10:56 - PaleoPOW! Charlie finds a real Paleopal in Ed, James takes us to task on iTunes and we fire back (all in good fun, cause we're all friends here, right?) and Patrick reads a tweet from Quadell praising the blog.   Thanks for listening, find more great content at our blog   Music for this week's show: I Know More – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones When I Grow Up - Garbage Whale Song – Pearl Jam  

DATE: Thu, 03 Jun 2010
SIZE: 68.4 MB
Ep 38: Science... sort of - The Quiz Show

This week was the quiz show so we don't have traditional show notes. We get asked about the usual range of subjects covered in the show. Everything from climate change, personal history, lightsaber battles and  dinosaur acoustics.  And of course zombies.   Thanks to everyone who contributed to make this one of the most fun shows to record in a long time. If you didn't get your question answered feel free to yell at us by e-mailing or going to and leaving a comment.   See ya sooner than usual next week with the big 39.   Since there was only one song that wasn't the theme song here are some of the cocktails we were drinking this week.   Jamie's Champagne Cocktail… sort of Champagne Chambord Two Raspberries   Charlie's Quiz Cocktail 1 shot espresso 3 ice cubes 1 shot Disaronno Amaretto   Music: Question (Outro) – Sweatshop Union  

DATE: Mon, 24 May 2010
SIZE: 40.7 MB
Ep 37: Science... sort of - The High Ground

00:00:00 - You may not describe the Paleopals as rich, dark and smooth, but this week their drinks all were. That's something. Isn't it? It's not? Oh, moving on then.   00:04:51 - Birds like conventional wheat better than organic week according to a new study. The Paleopals dance around with this hot potato of a food issue.   00:20:36 - Ryan sounds like a jock during Trailer Trash Talk as he complains about the braniacs who will out-research him once they finish high school in this week's trailer for the documentary Whiz Kids.   00:30:42 - Get down with Greenland, cause things are moving up. Wow, that made no sense at all but there's no time to fix it. The point is Greenland is rising and it's probably you and your CO2's fault. I hope you're happy. Greenland is soggy, wet, high and dry.   00:38:27 - Getting high can make you sick, and we're not talking about drugs. Altitude leads to adaptation in the people of Tibet, and new study shows just how deep those changes go. Sir Edmund Hilary eat your heart out.   00:48:29 - PaleoPOW this week brings you a new feature to the website in the form of a Brachiolope Gallery, another reason for being a scientist from Cynthia G. and a place you probably don't want to add to your bucket list from Grainne S.   Thanks for listening! Find more great content at   Music for this week's show: Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder Fields of Gold - Sting Kids - MGMT The Snows They Melt the Soonest – Jesse Autumn & Friends Everest – Ratatat

DATE: Mon, 17 May 2010
SIZE: 38.4 MB
Ep 36: Science... sort of - Seen from Space

00:00:00 – Ryan is the only one drinking alcohol this week. That's probably the sign of a dependency issue, but he'd argue the Paleoposse depend on great content and that he's just stepping up.   00:05:44 – There are holes in the Milky Way. Listener Angella Beshara is relying on the Paleopals to get to the bottom of it! Only Ryan stands in the way with his usual nonsensical sidebars.   00:15:41 – Beavers have been industrious up in the great wet north, but we have our eye on them… from space! Then Ben goes off on many tangents about Canadian history, because who would know if he didn't tell us? They certainly don't teach us about it in school.   00:30:11 – T-cubed this week is talking about the “documentary” Cropsey. What if the boogie man was real? Scary! What if he was from Staten Island? Well, none of us grew up there, so significantly less scary. And maybe fake. You decide!   00:44:29 – PaleoPOW is a doozy this week as the Paleopals celebrate a milestone, answer tough question from Charles Kressbach about The Flash without the aid of Tom Katers, and finally get inspired for new topics by Jaqueline F.   Get more great content from us at   Music for this week's show: Reasons to Quit - Phosphorescent Holes to Heaven – Jack Johnson O Canada – Celine Dion Drinking at the Dam - Smog The Kids Don't Stand a Chance – Vampire Weekend

DATE: Mon, 10 May 2010
SIZE: 37.0 MB
Ep 35: Science... sort of - Change Over Time

00:00:00 - The Paleopals go through the motions of introductions but they're tired because they were up late and they were up late because they were at the Calacademy Nightlife. Which was pretty cool and they'll tell you why.   00:08:36 - What happens when a species gets divorced? Does that mean they don't love us anymore? Patrick explains the delicate and debated topic of speciation; specifically some cute little lizards on islands.   00:26:20 - The trailer this week involves some irresponsible scientists with a tale as old as time as the Paleopals tackle Splice. The tale of creating a monster you can no longer control. The Paleopals get a little harsh on this B-movie plot that perpetrates the image of the irresponsible scientist.   00:36:13- Another tale from an old time is a dinosaur tale. And they may be back soon if the Canadians are allowed to have their way with Chicken DNA. Everything you just read is true. Moving on.   00:50:10 - PaleoPOW this week brings a scientific inspiration from Hannah Elliot, Patrick's favorite iTunes review, and Ryan pleading to stay ahead of some nude academics on podcast alley.   More  science goodness available at   Music for this week's show: Extreme Ways - Moby Island in the Sun – Weezer Experiment Number Six – Lemon Jelly Things I Don't Remember – Ugly Casanova    

DATE: Mon, 03 May 2010
SIZE: 52.1 MB
Ep 34: Science... sort of - Brain Freeze

00:00:00 - Yeah, yeah, yeah, Paleopals, drinking, some kind of theme. There's no guest this week, just the usual knuckleheads. It only takes a few minutes to get through, SCIENCE happens soon.   00:08:03 - After hearing that who on earth would feel inspired to become a scientist? Probably no one, but then again the Paleopals haven’t attained pop-culture icon status… yet. Someday in the future people will definitely say “I became a scientist because of Science… sort of!” Those will be grand days indeed.   00:21:55 - Asteroids are full of chemicals, some more interesting than others. Charlie tries to unboring up this story for the guys while Ryan complains about the media… again. Guys really got a hard on for reporters, must be some history there. Best not to ask and just move on to...   00:32:38 - Trailer Trash Talk (T^3) which this week is talking about another brainy guy with issues while reviewing indie movie The Scientist. Opinions are mixed, hearts are broken, little is accomplished.   00:50:12 - Ryan has your weekly CalAcademy Nightlife breakdown; it’s your best chance to see a Paleopal in their natural environment (i.e. drinking around SCIENCE). Like the show, all interactions with live Paleopals will be pre-recorded and highly edited.   00:41:14 - If you’re not bored with the show yet, then you'll love this next bit. If you are bored you've likely yawned, well your brain has tricked you into paying attention! HA! Take that stupid brain. If you feel that you were tricked you should send your complaints to us which may earn you a spot in the...   00:52:39 - PaleoPOW segment! We love the Paleoposse and devote (an increasing) chunk of the show to singing their praises. This week Ryan B. raises a question in the wrong solar direction, James P. P. (actually) and Patrick will not let whole fly penis thing go, and Ryan is pronoun confounded on iTunes. Of course Ryan also has more to announce such as:    Another Iron Man article, this time on User Interface at Another iFanboy article about how comics have predicted the future at Another guest spot on the Nerd List #20, this time talking Marvel villains vs. DC villains  at   Music this week provided by:   Still Alive – Jonathan Coulton & GLaDOS The Motivation Proclamation – Good Charlotte Rest My Chemistry – Interpol Scientist – The Dandy Warhols I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones   For even more great content be sure to check out our website  

DATE: Tue, 27 Apr 2010
SIZE: 63.1 MB
Ep 33: Science... sort of - Sex, Bugs and Rock'n'Roll

00:00:00 - The Paleopals taste the full spectrum of beer with sweet, bitter and sour. Who had what? Why? How was it? All this and more will be answered!   00:06:11 - Next the Paleopals sit down and jaw with author Mary Roach. She's written all kinds of books you should have already bought and read but it's not too late! The books are Stiff, Spook and Bonk. The interview should make the evocative titles more clear. Find more Mary Roach at her website   00:54:12 - Bonking can lead to babies, and babies can lead to documentaries, apparently. The Paleopals suffer cuteness overload as they Trailer Trash Talk the movie Babies.   01:07:30 - Fruit flies need love too, but their penises are covered in hooks, barbs, spikes and TERROR!! Learn what happens when you give these dipterans a Brazilian. And it would be impossible for this topic to stay on the rails, so be prepared.   01:20:09 - Patrick forgets how important the listeners are, but Charlie and Ryan are there to remind him with an internationally flavored PaleoPOW! Thanks to all who contributed, we'd thank you in the show notes if we were more organized.   01:31:55 - This is the end of the podcast, sit quietly and wait one week for Episode 34. If you must do something go here and leave comments everywhere you can.   Music this week provided by: Sexxlaws – Beck Open Book – Cake Baby Hold On – Eddie Money Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters  

DATE: Mon, 19 Apr 2010
SIZE: 72.0 MB
Ep 32: Science... sort of - Gets It Together

  "Gets It Together" originally referred to one thing, but should really be accredited to Ben Tippett, who kept this show on track by sheer force of Canadian will and charisma. He definitely leveled up with this one.   00:00:00 – Drinks and introductions. The intros technically came first, but the drinks dominate the show later on, so I figured they deserved higher billing. 00:06:07 – Guess who’s coming to Science… sort of?! It’s the return of the effervescent Sr. Nino. The esteemed gentleman of the climate explains why meteorologists aren’t to be trusted and how to save your family from global warming. Not to be missed. 00:26:29 – Saturn has a moon that looks like Pac Man in infrared. Do you really need more than that to intrigue you? Also Charlie is in his element and rocks some truly delicious science all up in your ears. 00:43:22 – Some things from Canada are good. Ben is one, Scott Pilgrim is the other. There’s a movie coming out (with a trailer first, hence the segment), but there were comics first. This segment doubles as Odd-Man Out for Charlie. 01:00:33 – We like to keep it positive, and nothing gets us exciting like thinking we may all live in a wormhole generated from a black hole, but Ben has some bad news. I hope no one’s feelings get hurt. 01:23:04 – The Paleoposse says things to us. And we love them for it. The show is off the rails at this point. Charlie and Ryan are borderline incapacitated from booze; Ben keeps things on track and GETS IT TOGETHER!!   You’ve reached a save point. Good job.   Music for this week’s show provided by: Bottles & Cans – Rehab Senorita – Los Lonely Boys Satellite - Guster Scott Pilgrim - Plumtree Way down in the hole – Blind Boys of Alabama   For more science lunacy take your browser on a trip to  

DATE: Mon, 12 Apr 2010
SIZE: 59.0 MB
Ep 31: Science... sort of - Beer Science

00:00:00 – Intros seem unusually succinct, what's going on? Don't you dare short-change us, Paleopals! Furthermore, how did I, an anonymous fan, wind up doing the show notes? The only way out now is to forge ahead…   00:03:56 – Oh, I get it. You have an interview with Charles Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Brewing Science at UC Davis. This guy sounds awesome, and it's literally beer science, just like the theme of the show! You guys are the greatest.   00:37:18 – And now Trailer Trash Talk, this one is about In My Sleep. Some kind of sleep-thriller? Yeah, cause nothing is more thrilling than sleep. FAIL! Moving on… More Stars Wars talk? I'm on board, let's just keep in sciencey.   00:58:36 – Sometimes a story just seems tailor-made for you guys, doesn't it? A captured Oriental Yeti is such a softball but as usual y'all do a better job handling this story than 99.99% of actual news media. Well maybe that isn't usual, but when it comes to Yetis the Paleopals can't be beat.   01:08:48 – And now it's the PaleoPOW segment. What does POW stand for anyway? You've always been inconsistent with this acronym; I hope you didn't steal if from some other site. That would be low. Regarldess, I hope I get mentioned! If only I had a real identity and not just this collection of words without so much as name to attribute to it. Mine is the toughest of lots. So now Ryan's writing for some comic-book site ( I'm here having an existential crisis and he's riffing on funny-books. Jerk. Show's over, now I return to nothingness. Enjoy life, everyone else. *sigh*   Music for this week's show provided by: Broken Record – Sweatshop Union Charles in Charge – Relient K As You Sleep – Something Corporate Snow In His Hair – Johnny Cash   For more whacky times and internet wraiths check out:

DATE: Mon, 05 Apr 2010
SIZE: 57.4 MB
Ep 30: Science... sort of - Another Day, Another Podcast

  Coming up with real themes every week is hard.   00:00:00 - The Paleopals bring the excitement this week and we also have a recipe to share. Charlie's Tequila... sort of: In one tumbler glass put 3 ice cubes, 2 squeezed limes, 2 shots of tequila & a pour of soda water. Enjoy!   00:08:06 - If alcohol isn't your thing try a magnet to the brain for impaired judgment. Ryan explains why psychiatrists shouldn't write horror stories.   00:21:22 - If the Paleopals want to wear tights while recording that's a personal choice and frankly none of your business, but Trailer Trash Talk is everyone business and this week we're talking Robin Hood!   00:37:35 - Alligators don't breathe often but when they do they're kind of single minded about it. Patrick will make that make sense.   00:51:55 - PalePOW brings in a ringer for some added expertise. Welcome to Tom Katers of the awesome podcast Tom vs. The Flash to talk science and comics!   Go listen to Tom:   Go listen to us again (once is never enough):   Music this week provided by: Another Day - MEST Another State of Mind - Green Day The Bare Necessities - Phil Harris and Bruce Reitherman Breathing - Yellowcard  

DATE: Mon, 29 Mar 2010
SIZE: 45.6 MB
Ep 29: Science... sort of - Stranger in a Strange Land

  Short and sweet but still full of content... sot of. It's Episode 29: Stanger in a Strange Land!   00:00:00 - Soul-mates and Paleopals Patrick and Charlie almsot share beers both ways. It's confusing, but they seem to get. Ryan drinks something better and has obscure reasons for doing so. We've all been here before, yes? Moving on. 00:03:45 - If you think people aren't paying attention to you, try moving 30 degrees one way or another cause you may be invisible. Patrick explains. It also seems hard to find lively discussion, for it too is invisible. 00:12:32 - However, nothing is more visible than a black child star in China. Trailer Trash Talk this week is talking montages and remakes all centered around the Karate Kid. Guilty pleasures abound. 00:25:44 - Charlie is on assignment, and he may have been the wrong choice to send but he's got gumption and we reward that. If only he could breath as well underwater as he does on land. But he knows an insect that's up to the challenge. 00:34:05 - As rare as they are wonderful, Ryan brings us a story of gynadromorhpic chickens that are split straight down the middle. P.T. Barnum eat your heart out. 00:48:21 - PaleoPOW time. Patrick is uorthodox and unorganized, but next year will better. Charlie is his usual charming self. Ryan finds a way to bring up Zombies.   That's the show, but if you want more tasty fun go to our website See you there! Music this week provided by: Friends - Flight of the Conchords Lonely Stranger - Eric Clapton Remember the Name - Fort Minor Butterfly - Mason Jennings Two Birds - Regina Spektor

DATE: Mon, 22 Mar 2010
SIZE: 63.1 MB
Ep 28: Science... sort of - Fantasy Survival Guide

  Most of our listeners are human (we think) so chances are you'd be pretty useless in a fantasy realm. We brought in someone who agrees but is there hope? This week's theme is "Fantasy Survival Guide."   00:00:00 - Ben barely had time, and is under contractual obligation, to just have water. The other Paleopals enjoy more high pressured beverages...  00:02:48 - This week we chat with Matt Sturges, writer of books and comics. He's smart AND talented, so listen up! 00:41:06 - Psychopaths get pleasure at any cost (we would know) but why? Charlie presents a new study that may hold the answer. 00:50:37 - Controversial as always, but no one can deny that this week's Trailer Trash Talk Kicks Ass! 00:58:49 - When physicists see something they don't understand they call if "dark _____" and make the universe that much more complicated for the rest of us. Thanks, jerks. 01:22:43 - PaleoPAL brings the iTunes love this week from 2 countries. Bonus feature: Hilbilly vocabular lessons for Canadians!   Music this week provided by: Danger of the Water - The Futureheads Sick Muse - Metric (from the ablum "Fantasies", get it?) Evil - Interpol Kick Some Ass - Stroke 9 Parallel Universe - Red Hot chili Peppers   See more fun stuff at  

DATE: Sun, 14 Mar 2010
SIZE: 55.1 MB
Ep 27: Science... sort of - Monsters Among Us

  The Monsters Among Us -or- 3 Paleopals in Fine Form Indeed   00:00:00 - Who is who? In which a woman with credentials is presented and the thematic integrity of Ryan's beer is questioned. 00:04:28 - Jeff asks the tough questions, such as: How is a quaking Earth like a spinning figure skater? The answer may surprise you, but you'll have less time to figure it out than you might think. Not even factoring in daylight savings. 00:28:51 - Trailer Trash Talk boths defends and attacks Defendor. It ain't easy being a Superhero. 00:37:39 - Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, we find out there may have been dinosaurs in there too. And not the common misappropriation of aquatic reptiles as dinosaurs. This is the real deal, suckas! 00:48:11 - Ryan is the glue that holds it all together, so what happens if he gets left out? Charlie and Patrick discuss the movie "The Sasquatch Gang" while Ryan tries to keep up. 01:00:22 - Praise be to Ryan (not the usual one), Chris needs some help, and Mark puts Charlie in his place. All this and more in this week's PaleoPOW. (Hint: The more is a voicemail from Pete, so there's that.)   Music this week provided by: The Monster's Loose - Polaris Bouncing Off the Walls - Sugarcult Do Somethin' Crazy - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones You Part the Waters - Cake Rockin' the Suburbs - Ben Folds     Find more goodies at

DATE: Tue, 09 Mar 2010
SIZE: 59.1 MB
Ep 26: Science... sort of - Rambling Catharsis

  More sort of than science this week, but still fun... sort of.   00:00:00 - The Canadian brings the Yeti! Justin drinks old beer and spews old nonsense to boot. Benjamin goes tropical in an unexpected way (at least to Old Man Yeakel). And Ryan quizzes the guys on mascots.   00:08:03 - Next some very overdue whining concerning the state of R2D2's aerodynamics. Turns out he's as hollow as the plot of the prequels. Bazinga!   00:36:33 - Ryan, being a shameless shill that he is, bring in Jon from the Nerd List for a brief plug and discussion of 2nd tier superheroics. Someone gets mocked.   00:44:17 - Trailer Trash Talk is full of Losers this week. It was a comic but you wouldn't guess it from all the action!! A woman is drooled over, both in and out of the trailer.   00:57:04 - Numbers can get big. We need words to help with all those zeros and someone has proposed "hella" for a 1 with 27 zeros. The Californians are furious, the Canadian is curious, and someone bothers to do some actual research. The controversy ends here!   01:11:28 - PaleoPOW! iTunes (both here and abroad) plus an e-mail! How much more need I say?   01:25:20 - If you haven't been listening after the credits you've been missing out, stay tuned...   Music this week provided by: Beer - Real Big Fish Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra Superhero - Stephen Lynch Lost and Found - Feeder Never Ending Math Equation - Modest Mouse  

DATE: Mon, 01 Mar 2010
SIZE: 50.6 MB
Ep 25: Science... sort of - Science Heavyeights

  This week we're coming in strong and don't intend to let up with our powerhouse theme: Science Heavyweights   00:00:00 The Paleopals may be crunched for time and resources but the drinking part of the show is important and taken care of. However, for the first time EVER the Paleopals are all drinking the same thing! Tune in to find out what liquid earned the honor.   00:02:51 The titular Science Heavyweight this week is Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. We talk to him about scientific outreach, what makes science exciting, and of course booze.   00:32:21 The Paleopals needs to unwind after all the excitement of Dr. Tyson. They take a few minutes to reflect before moving on to...   00:35:16 Trailer Trash Talk!! It's your favorite, and if not it should be. It's a short on this week, but strong on content... sort of.   00:43:06 Ryan represses the giggles as Patrick tries to tell him about bent wood on the international space station. Charlie chimes in (Cause he knows about this space stuff) and finally they design some projects of their own involving reality TV and chimps.   00:54:18 Double-wide PaleoPOW this week to make up for last week's absence. Ryan is on top of it but the other dud es can barely remember a week ago (probably their rampant alcholism or the fact that they have real jobs, wives, lives, ect.) but they manage to pull it together enough to get the job done. Voicemail too, it really is a doozy this week.   This week's show was sponsored by Color Storm! for the iPhone & iTouch.   Music this week provided by: Whiskey & Wine - Matt Costa Wonderboy - Tenacious D Another Girl Another Planet - blink-182 Wave on Wave - Pat Green Bent - Matchbox Twenty  

DATE: Tue, 23 Feb 2010
SIZE: 58.7 MB
Ep 24: Science... sort of - Hilarity Ensues

This week's theme: Hilarity Ensues   You never know what you're gonna get with Science... sort of and this week it's no exception. Somehow we lost segments and wound up with a longer than usual show, ain't it whacky!?   00:00:00 Apologies intead of intros, but you get enough info to keep listening.   00:01:36 We talk to science comedian Brian Malow. What more do you need to know? Isn't that enough? It's funny, I promise.   00:31:08 Trailer Trash Talk takes a trip... through time! The Paleopals ponder Hot Tub Time Machine.   00:42:26 Why do we laugh? Sounds philosophical but we try to tackle it from the psychological. Mallow provides most valuable insights.   01:04:02 Turns out a bee could pick your face out of a lineup. Is this an accident of evolution, or an intelligently designed plot to sting you on the nose?     Music this week provided by: The Final Countdown - Europe One More Time - Daft Punk Help, I'm Alive - Metric Queen Bee - Taj Mahal  

DATE: Mon, 15 Feb 2010
SIZE: 66.1 MB
Ep 23: Science... sort of - SHARK WEEK!!

15 February 2010 - We're sticking tight to a theme this week. CHANNEL your DISCOVERY of this week's show with episode 23 - SHARK WEEK!!   00:00:00 - The gang's all here plus one extra-Sharky, but never too snarky, Sora Kim! Beers are both thematic and provided.   00:05:47 - The Paleopals grill Sora on her underwater research. Patrick makes up species, Sora sets us all straight.   00:24:28 - It's insanity in the PaleoCave with this week's Trailer: The Crazies! Can you handle not-so-zombie zombies?   00:35:06 - Would you want to be headbutted by something called a shark but isn't a shark with somthing called genitalia but isn't actually genitalia? Yeah, us neither. But the science reporting is what it is, so that may be our fate.   00:47:48 - And you thought Great White Sharks were bad? How would you like to get chomped by a Megalodon? Chris from NJ asks the important questions.   01:05:06 - Then we bring it all home with a lengthy PaleoPOW segment. It's finally safe to go back in the mailbox.     Music This Week Provided By: Mermaids - Flight of the Conchords The Ocean [Moon Version] - The Bravery Smart Went Crazy - Atmosphere Ghostwriter - RJD2 So Long & Thanks for All the Fish - Hilary Summers, Kemi Ominiyi & The R'svp Voices Have Love Will Travel - The Black Keys    

DATE: Mon, 08 Feb 2010
SIZE: 54.9 MB
Ep 22: Science... sort of - Robot, all too Robot

00:00 – Ryan, Patrick and Charlie are settling into their roles as the standard paleopal permutation, recording once again in the same tower (err… empty classroom). NASA scientist Shawn Hart is our special guest this week and he complements the entire show. Ryan struggles with the drink... in a funny way not the 'affecting friends and family' sort of way. Patrick supports earthquake prone Eureka, CA with his brew selection. Charlie gets creeped out by his beer label. Shawn’s not much of a beer drinker but represents with a classic microbrew favorite. 6:36 – This week starts off science heavy with Shawn telling us all about the benevolent robot camera HiRISE. HiRISE, onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, circles Mars 300 km above the surface and takes pictures at submeter per pixel resolution. It makes one wonder what spy satellites can see on Earth. Find out why HiRISE is the peoples camera and how you can choose where on Mars it should look next. 28:08 – Trailer Trash Talk – Think incessant phone calls from credit card collection agencies are bad? Try missing a payment on your cybernetically enhanced organs. Forest Whitaker and a beefy Jude Law will track you down and kill you. Is Repo Men good Scifi? Is any Scifi good? We hash it all out and more. 40:20 – Next we tread deep into the 'Uncanny Valley' – The Uncanny Valley is a pseudo-scientific concept that explains our repulsion to robots that look almost human but not quite. In a 1970 paper in the journal Energy, roboticist Masahiro Mori proposed that a robot that’s too human-like can veer into unsettling territory, tripping the same psychological alarms associated with a dead or unhealthy human. Does it really exist or are we being robot bigots? What is with all this anti-robot propaganda anyway? The paleopals get over there initial prejudices and greet creepy robots with open arms. Disclaimer: We still do not like zombies. 54:15 – Shawn's one of those rare scientists with extensive right brain aptitude. His website, onehundredthmonkey, reveals his eye for aesthetics, art and culture. In his words, 'this site is an outlet of rad stuff from around the world, and various diatribes and impassioned calls to action (generally not the serious kind). Hope you enjoy it. ...oh and if you're wondering about the name one hundredth monkey, it's some pseudoscience theory about crazy brainwaves communicating ideas across the ether.  Ya, don’t even worry about it.' We paleopals frequent this site and we think the paleoposse would love it. 1:05:10 – Listener Feedback – We were featured on itunes! It ruled. We have a ton of new listeners and a ton of new feedback. Charlie fails at reading a bad review; Patrick succeeds. As it turns out, trailer trash is a whole lot like anchovies, radiolab is a good podcast, and, well, Charlie, Ryan and Patrick are hicks. Ryan reads off a list of the paleoposse elite – they have special prizes coming their way. This weeks music can be found here: House Party – Chomp Chomp < Up and coming indie Band from Bellingham, WA–stay tuned High Roller – The Crystal Method Guns of Brixton – Nouvelle Vague Deceptacon – Le Tigre Where It's At – Beck  

DATE: Mon, 01 Feb 2010
SIZE: 35.3 MB
Ep 21: Science... sort of - Red Devils

Ep 21 of Science... sort of: Red Devils 00:00:00 - The Paleopals are together again for the first time.  We explore the art of podcasting from the same time and space.  Also, we explore what we are drinking.  Finally, Ryan disappoints us… sort of! 00:03:42 - We kick off the science this week with a story of a stranded red (planet) rover.  The spirit has finally left the little robot in a pile of sand.  Spirit still works, she just doesn't get out as much as she used to.  00:13:30 - Trailer Trash Talk - This week we go down the rabbit hole to discuss the Disney/Tim Burton live action Alice in Wonderland. Apparently, this is an extension of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.  Best we can tell Tim Burton just put the band back together.  Is that a good or a bad thing?  The Paleopals will set you straight. 00:21:56 - Dinosaurs were a colorful lot, at least according to this story.  Science finds evidence of coloration on dinosaur feathers.  Naturally, this news makes Ryan want a pet Velociraptor even more than he did.  We discuss melanosomes and whether pet theropods are a good idea or not.  00:36:34 - Tazmanian devils have cancer, so's their face.  Wait it gets worse, it's contagious (amongst the devils, not to humans).  As if Australia wasn't deadly enough already.  The future doesn't look bright for these guys.  Probably the best thing they can do have lots of sex with partners they aren't likely to encounter in the first place.  That or quit biting each other.   00:41:33 - PaleoPOW. We give the Paleoposse their props and close out the show with some poll results on the ethical treatment of steak, I mean cows. 

DATE: Mon, 25 Jan 2010
SIZE: 79.0 MB
Ep 20: Science... sort of - Skepticism... sort of

Ep. 20 - Skepticism... sort of 00:00:00 - Just in case you don't remember who the Paleopals are they introduce themselves and introduce their drinks too! Patrick claims to have found a hard to find beer, Ryan has over-thought things again, Ben represents the non-alcoholics and Charlie's drink is a surprise! 00:05:28 - Dr. Steve Novella of the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe stops by for a chat. A long chat. But it's all golden as Steve walks the Paleopals down the short road between SCIENCE and skepticism. 00:54:13 - Terribly Happy is a movie not many will likely be able to see or even want to see but it ties in to a later segment of the show and it's all done in foreign talk. Has anyone even been to Dane-land? What's so Great about Danes anyway? Why would you name both a dog and a pastry after them? 01:03:00 - To be prepared for the future you'll need to know how to battle in space, the Paleopals break down the basics and help you decide what to watch to best give you the specifics. Physics ensues. 01:25:48 - The Odd-Man Out segment makes it's glorious return wherein Ben hasn't done his homework, nor was he supposed to. Charlie and Ryan talk lovingly about the trade paperback of Fell, and Ben does his part playing catch-up. Charlie uses the PaleoWOW: Occidental, it may not be scientific, but it's a good one to know. 01:39:41 - The Paleoposse represents in this installment of the PaleoPOW! Reviews are read, questions are answered, goodbyes are said. Music this week provided by: Mr. Jones (live) - Counting Crows Science is Real - They Might Be Giants Whiskey and Lemonade - Sourgrass Battlestar Scralatchtica - Incubus The Fallen Interlude - blink-182

DATE: Tue, 12 Jan 2010
SIZE: 62.2 MB
Ep 18: Science... sort of - Comfortable Mammals

It's a bit late and it's a bit long but it's all Science... sort of! 00:00:00 Imbibing is part of the show. Charlie has a thing for numbers, Patrick needs a pick-me-up and Ryan over explains things. 00:07:00 Charlie wonders why sea lions follow him up and down the coast. The other Paleopals learn some shocking secrets about his past as a lawbreaker. And a wild theory turns out to have some merit. 00:25:54 Would Cujo have been as scary if you were suspended above the mean dog? The guys try to suss out survival by trailer trash-talking the movie Frozen! 00:40:40 Patrick talks to Dr. Blaine Schubert, he's literally titularly excellent! 01:05:55 Cows have feelings too (for now), but humans eat cows: that's a fact according to Charlie. Patrick may throw him a curve ball. And Ryan tries not to confuse the issue, but it'll probably happen anyway. 01:21:15 Listeners also feed… back! But we think listeners are sacred and therefore should never be eaten. Music this week provided by: I've got your number – Passion Pit The Runaway - Something Corporate In The Cold, Cold Night - White Stripes Tennessee - The Wreckers Pain - Jimmy Eat World

DATE: Mon, 04 Jan 2010
SIZE: 47.6 MB
Ep 17: Sceince... sort of - Lengthening Our Listeners

Welcome to the post-Solstice Science… sort of Special: All New for a New Decade… sort of. 00:00:00 – An unusual lineup leads to unusual drinks. Who are these people and just what are they drinking? Here’s a hint but tune in to find out! 00:03:35 – An interview with Dr. Bruce Haupt who lengthens bones for a living. Get your mind out of the gutter and pay attention to the science. 00:25:07 – Tools are fun. Octopi are fun. Why not put them together? A new video shows just that, but only the Paleopals can tell you what this means for humanity and our potentially threatened future. 00:39:38 – Sam Neil keeps screwing things up as the Paleopals discuss this week’s trailer: Daybreakers. Fortunately silly sounding scientists (our favorite!) and Willem Defoe (another favorite!) are there to save us (us being all of humanity). 00:47:00 – Feedback Frenzy! The Paleopals have fallen behind on their email and the iTunes reviews keep rolling. Hold on as they race you through the updates. Bonus feature: LAZORS!! 01:05:48 – The end, in which puppies are discussed. Awwwww. Music provided by: The New Year – Death Cab for Cutie My Bones Are Gonna Rise Again (Rev C) – Old Crow Medicine Show Beyond the Sea – UC Berkley Men’s Octet (8, like an Octopus) Sunny Day – Abandoned Pools As A Fan (Bonus) – Greydon Square (

DATE: Tue, 22 Dec 2009
SIZE: 42.5 MB
Ep. 16: Science... sort of - Warm Light on a Winter's Day

Ep. 16: Science... sort of - Warm Light on a Winter's Day 00:00:00 - Your Paleopals bring the Heat this Winter's Solstice. Charlie and Ryan question the theoretical limits of the International Bitter Unit (I.B.U.) and discover a very 'science... sort of' I.P.A. (India Pale Ale), while Patrick, the ever-composed southern gentleman, calmly sips a Texan staple. 00:04:48 - We humans have been playing the global warming game so well, the Earth has decided to generously comp us a greenhouse gas bonus -- methane. Patrick takes us to the ocean depths where methane hydrates, a sherbet-like substance made of methane molecules trapped inside frozen water molecules resides. 00:21:50 - Trailer Trash Talks with Ryan nearly falling from the rarefied pedestal of comic geekhood. But with an impressive recovery his status shall not be questioned again. we discuss the disturbing iterative trend in the number of villains in superhero movie sequels -- Iron Man 2 plots right on the line unless you count the bottle as a villain (we do not btw). 00:30:30 - Ryan continues to bring the endothermy with a discussion of warm-blooded dinos. Yes dinos, our listeners wanted more dinos and we delievered. 00:47:33 - Listener Feedback Time: Listener Rob loves endorphins and will run great lengths in search of a fix. The paleopals pushers do what they can to enhance Rob's experience but do not, STRICTLY DO NOT, condone the use of Heroin, especially while running 20+ miles. Bump Music: Pink Bullets - The Shins Iron Man - Black Sabbath Dan Black - Pump my Pumps Foreigner - Hot Blooded

DATE: Mon, 14 Dec 2009
SIZE: 48.3 MB
Ep 15: Science... sort of - Fire and Ice

Ep 15: Science… sort of - Fire and Ice. The paleopals begin as they always begin, with chilled savory refreshments. Ryan and Patrick come up with a new meaning for an old label, while Justin samples from a vintage year for Trader Joes. 00:04:42 After discussing their iced beverages, Patrick delves into a study that explores a hotspot below our favorite island state. Justin ponders whether or not magma still glows if no one can see it. 00:26:51 Trailer Trash Talk opens with a discussion of 'The Book of Eli'. All wonder what the book could possibly be- maybe this is a marketing ploy from Amazon to sell Kindles? 00:26:51 Ryan returns to the deep to discuss life under the ice on Europa, a moon of Jupiter, with Richard Greenberg, Professor of Planetary Sciences at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona. 00:52:31 What would a Science… sort of Episode be like without a quick trip to our favorite continent Africa? Ryan leads the way on a journey through the strange world of mole-rats- animals that don't feel pain, don't need oxygen, don't get cancer, and are apparently immortal for up to 30 years. Of course, every superpower comes with a superweakness.

DATE: Mon, 07 Dec 2009
SIZE: 48.0 MB
Ep 14: Science... sort of - Below the Crust

From the ashes of episode 13 rises the phoenix of episode 14.  The Theme: Below the Crust. Be sure to check out each of the Paleopal's solstice shopping recommendations under their individual "About" pages at www.sciencesortof.comIntro: 00:00:00 One of the Paleopals is missing but, on the other hand, that means that 75% of them are here.  That's a passing grade.   It could be a lot worse.  Crocs… sort of: 00:02:55 Patrick is his usual crusty self in examining this feast of fossils.  Did these fossil crocs rule the world? Are they even crocs? Does duckcroc satisfy Kirk Cameron?Nitrogenous Isopterans: 00:21:35 We interview professor Kena Fox-Dobbs about her work suggesting that when in Africa, the termite is king of the nitrogen hill (or mound).  You might think that big organisms would hold the keys to moving nitrogen around the savannah, but you might be wrong. Trailer Trash Talk -  Clash of the Titans: 00:43:54 A remake of a 1980's stop-motion classic.  Patrick reminisces about the original movie that tells the story of the myth of Perseus.  Will the remake be a Greek tragedy?Fish on Europa? 00:53:47 There is almost certainly a vast ocean on Europa (everybody knows t hat).  There may be some oxygen dissolved in the water (Ok). There may be 600 million tons of fish on the planet (I'm listening)!?!   The question is, would the sushi be any good by the time you got it back to Earth?  Call me back when there is life on Uranus.  

DATE: Tue, 01 Dec 2009
SIZE: 46.5 MB
Ep 13: Science... sort of - Digging Deep

Episode 13: Science... sort of - Digging Deep Links and more available at In which Patrick puns, Ryan runs (his mouth), Charlie contemplates and Justin bothers to show up. 00:00:00 The Paleopals begin with bickering and confusion. Who's there? What's being drunk? (drinked? drankened?) Who wants to get a word in edgewise? 00:05:31 Then they talk to the Acid Queen. She says something interesting, Ryan says something awkward in response. The usual. 00:30:22 Trail Trash Talk steps inside the Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus this week. It's a confusing place, and Gilliam's luck sends the show off the rails but can the guys recover and make sense of it enough to buy stock? 00:47:23 After a trip to the Imaginarium the guys'll want a stiff drink, but the one they're talking about requires a bit of effort. 00:59:15 Self-correcting listener feedback from Jameson, just like Science... sort of. Music provided by: Adventures in Solitude - The New Pornographers Acid Queen - Tina Turner Make You Feel Better - The Red Hot Chili Peppers Drunken Lullabies (Acoustic) - Flogging Molly

DATE: Mon, 23 Nov 2009
SIZE: 42.8 MB
Ep 12: Science... sort of - Boldly Going

Welcome to episode 12! This week's theme is Boldly Going.  We are seeking out new (fake) life and (potential) new civilizations.  00:00:00 Intro and what-are-you-drinking? Justin has decided to pursue a career doing actual science and thus leaves us stranded for this episode.  So, we call upon Charlie again to bail us out.  00:03:57 Ecoterraforming Plot - How do we turn Mars into Earth?  Well, driving some Hummers around the Red Planet would be a start.  Charlie has a few other ideas but they all sound really hard.  Maybe we'll just hurl some nukes at Venus and see what happens.  Ryan contemplates the future leggy Martian race, once the planet is livable.  00:21:25 The Morae River - Category: Best Faux Naturalist Art;  and the Award goes to… Brynn Metheney.  Brynn tells us how she thought up the Morae River and her plans for  life after kicking her Velociraptor habit.  We learn about her artistic process and then put in a request some future faux naturalist art.  Outside of her blog, Brynn has a book on Blurb.  Buy it, it's only available for a limited time. 00:34:29 Trailer Trash Talk - The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Can Disney live up to past high expectations for Swashbuckling?  Can Jake Gyllenhaal play a convincing Persian?  Why do bad guys always want to destroy the world, isn't that a little short sighted?  Has their ever been a good movie made from a video game?  We look for answers to these pressing questions and more.  00:44:43 Updates and Listener Feedback:  LCROSS update, there is water on the moon, no word yet on green cheese.  Why can't NASA go from being sort of awesome to just awesome?  Also, we tackle comments from lunatics.  The Paleopals wax poetic on science and almost get emotional.  

DATE: Mon, 16 Nov 2009
SIZE: 42.7 MB
Ep 11: Science... sort of - Releasing Your Inner Avatar

00:00:00 Intro and What are you Drinking: The Paleopals are drinking a wide variety of beverages this week and Africa sneaks back into the show (nearly unnoticed. 00:02:43 Oxytocin.  All your relationship problems might be solved with just a little extra oxytocin.  Or, you might just turn into a naked mole rat; it's too soon to tell.  The hormone might also explain why you can't seem to get along with your siblings during thanksgiving.  00:18:48 Trailer Trash Talk - Avatar.  The Paleopals have been holding this one back waiting for the perfect time to pass judgment on James Cameron's remake of Dances with Wolves (in space).  Turns out this is the week.  Lucky you.  We discuss floating minerals and CG romance, then we reach a conclusion.  But you'll have to listen to find out if we are long or short on this one.  C'mon we even have time stamps now. 00:29:48 Babies Cry with Accents.  Patrick records his recent offspring for our listening pleasure.  Hard to place the accent but maybe she sounds a little like Zsa Zsa Gabor?  We teach you how to tell if you've adopted a French or German baby and also what floor to avoid if you are staying in a Ch inese hotel. 00:41:39 Odd man out - Superman Red Son.  Did Superman's spaceship land in the USSR instead of the USA.  No, but it be a whole lot cooler if he had.  Ryan and Justin leave Patrick out of Superman: Red Son.  They teach Patrick what the world would have been like if the Man of Steel had grown up behind the Iron Curtain.  Also, the book deals with why Superman and Lex Luthor are destined not to get along (and it has nothing to do with their oxytocin levels)

DATE: Mon, 09 Nov 2009
SIZE: 45.6 MB
Ep 10: Science... sort of - The End of the World

Welcome to the Decasode! Pulling out all the stops for the Paleopalophiles this week’s show notes include… time stamps! @ 00:00:27 – The intro! Has Patrick realized his fitness? Do the guys have a theme? Do they have drinks? All these questions will be answered. @ 00:09:23 – Topic #1: The audio equivalent of Hemmingway’s Snows of Kilimanjaro as the guys discus melting tropical glaciers, and the gumption they had daring to exist in the first place. @ 00:25:42 – This week on Trailer Trash Talk the guys take 2012 to task. Patrick again name drops the competition so here’s a link their site, cause we’re just that nice. The Paleopals even manage to include some Science… sort of (Hey! That’s the name of the show!) @ 00:38:36 – Topic #2: The universe shows the LHC a thing or two about how to accelerate a subatomic particle. Justin explains the science, Ryan drops some metaphors with SPORTZ. A science book is mentioned, and a non-science book is lamented. @ 00:51:22 – Ryan feels like he gets hit with a fist full of quarters since he’s the Odd Man Out as Patrick and Justin discuss the King of Kong! Music for this week’s show provided by: So Hard to Find My Way – Jackie Greene When the World Ends (Live) – Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds We Like Sportz – The Lonely Island Super Mario – Byu Vocal Point

DATE: Tue, 03 Nov 2009
SIZE: 46.5 MB
Ep 9: Science... sort of - SuperManEatingLions

In episode 9 the paleopals add Charlie to the mix again and then turn the mic on themselves, Justin specifically.  Justin had a paper come out in PNAS discussing the famous man-eating lions of Tsavo (of Ghosts in the Darkness fame).  He thinks that it was just one of the pair that was causing all of the trouble.  He also figured how many people they ate using only science.  Next the paleopals take a stab at The Box.  Is it a masterpiece of moral dilemma or another Richard Kelly debacle?  Would you push the button? Finally, the guys learn all about how Superman's various abilities are really just one physics defying power.  We start out discussing amongst ourselves, but Ryan has a surprise.  He brings in the big gun, Benjamin Tippet (AKA Lenny Lippet?), to infom us that unless you have a pocket full of kryptonite or a black hole at your disposal, you don't tug on Superman's cape (spitting in the wind is optional). 

DATE: Mon, 26 Oct 2009
SIZE: 67.9 MB
Ep 8: Science... sort of - Preserving the Stars

In Episode 8 of Science... sort of, Patrick Ryan and Justin sit back, relax, and eat some science... while drinking their favorite beverages. Patrick discusses a recent meeting on global species diversity, while Ryan and Justin can't decide what a species is in the first place. Then the trio discuss the trailer for the upcoming movie, Sherlock Holmes. Opinions of the trailer are varied, but all agree to buy stock in Rachel McAdams. Next, the Paleopals move on to the topic of parallel universes, and agree that productivity would be greatly increased if the idea were true. Finally, Ryan, Patrick, and Justin briefly discuss 'Starman' by James Robinson before playing Ryan's interview with Robinson recorded directly from the field, that is- in a bar.

DATE: Mon, 19 Oct 2009
SIZE: 69.0 MB
Ep 7: Science... sort of - The Butterfly Effect

In this week’s installment of Science… sort of; The mysterious Sr. Nino makes an appearance, he teaches the guys and important lesson about jumping to meteorological conclusions but he also needs your help! Once you’ve listened to the show you can e-mail him, "seniornino" at "" and find out how you can get involved in SCIENCE! Next Patrick’s tell us about butterflies having sex with caterpillars, which seems like incest but is really bestiality. The lesson: you’re never too old to start a blog for your crackpot theories. Gentleman Broncos is up on the chopping block for this week’s Trailer Trash Talk. We learn a secret of Patrick’s past, a not so secret about Justin’s current, and Ryan hears Kiwis everywhere. Justin is excited about Ardi, a “new” hominid fossil from Africa. The guys disagree with the consensus in a few spots and go through some of the basics of evolutionary theory that confuse creationists and other laymen. Lucy’s grandma is full of surprises! Or maybe she’s exactly what we expected all along… Jon has written in to find out about of sultry feminine intros. The guys defer to Patrick who has to decide whether or not to reveal another secret. Music this week provided by: The Gitanos - Dejame en Paz Blue October - Into The Ocean Flight of the Conchords - Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros They Might Be Giants - My Brother The Ape

DATE: Mon, 12 Oct 2009
SIZE: 57.5 MB
Ep 6: Science... sort of - Space... sort of

Episode 6 of Science… sort of is probably the most sciencey episode so far.  We bring in an extra-terrestrial expert to talk about water on the moon.We contemplate the price of lunar bottled water and where to hide a space elevator from terrorists. Next we discuss NASA’s LCROSS mission, which is essentially launching a missile at the moon to see what happens. Ryan reminds us that there may be dinosaurs on the moon just waiting for cyborg paleontologists to discover them.We return to earth to discuss the upcoming Chinese epic, Red Cliff.  Patrick has a surprise up his sleeve and Justin and Ryan don’t care for it (I think they are just jealous).Are you going to die 3 billion years from now when our galaxy collides with another? Chances are you’ll be dead already but at least future humans will get to crown a galactic champion, or will they?

DATE: Mon, 05 Oct 2009
SIZE: 63.0 MB
Ep 5: Science... sort of - Avoiding Extinction

Science... sort of: Episode 5. Do pretty women actually make men loose their minds? Justin, Ryan, and Patrick explore a new study that suggests that this is indeed true. Next the paleopals continue to be lost in space as they discuss the trailer for the upcoming horror scifi flick "Pandorum". Then the Nile crocodile tries to avoid extinction in the Okavango Delta, as the trio analyze opportunities for artificial insemination. Finally, Justin plays the odd-man-out as Ryan and Patrick continue their love-affair with werewolves as they discuss the comic "The Astounding Wolfman".

DATE: Wed, 30 Sep 2009
SIZE: 64.0 MB
Ep 4: Science... sort of - 80's Nostalgia, Looking back on Simpler Times

In Episode 4 of Science. . . sort of: Read the full show notes with links The guys are all drinking beer of diverse qualities, you should join (if of legal age, Science… sort of and their creators take no responsibility for anything that may go wrong in the event of drunken Science). Next the Paleopals attempt to get put on the No Fly Lists for several countries including the United States, Mexico, Quebec, Texas and Canada by talking about EMP attacks on our outdated electricity grid. Then Ryan and Justin get excited for a remake of a movie Ryan’s never seen, Justin just watched, and Patrick never liked as they talk about the trailer for Tron: Legacy! Is your baby smarter than a dog? Probably not, but either way a wolf will never trust you according to Patrick’s story of the week. Finally, He-Man may be the Master of the Universe but Ryan is the Odd-Man-Out as Justin and Patrick discuss a seminal work of 80’s animation.

DATE: Fri, 25 Sep 2009
SIZE: 71.4 MB
Ep 3: Science... sort of - Going to the Dark Side

Tales of animals using sinister techniques to hunt down prey, alien human ancestors with multiple words for murder, boys being sent to bed without their supper, and matter (the dark kind).Read more in depth show notes and find relevant links at

DATE: Fri, 11 Sep 2009
SIZE: 56.0 MB
Ep 2: Science... sort of - Zombies Were People Too

Can werewolves be sexy? Should they even try? Zombies invade computational sciences, we milk Europe for all it’s worth, and a ‘critical’ look at Blacklight Power’s claim to harvest energy by pushing Hydrogen electrons below their ground state.Read more in depth show notes and find relevant links at

DATE: Fri, 04 Sep 2009
SIZE: 52.6 MB
Ep 1: Science... sort of - Governing Animals

For full show notes with links visit During the inaugural (i.e. #1) episode of Science… sort of: The guys introduce themselves, as is appropriate, you probably don’t know who they are. Google Earth captures the Loch Ness Monster, it may or may not be disguised as a boat. There used to be really big scary reptiles back in the day, Patrick tells us more! Trailer Trash Talk kicks off with the trailer for The Men Who Stare at Goats, and we explain the mysterious workings of the Hollywood Stock Exchange. Hybridization is awesome, except for one terrible flaw, would you make the switch? Is Superman a plant? You decide! Disney buys Marvel and Ryan pontificates on the business side of Imagineering.

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