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April 10, 2019
Game of Thrones: Brilliant or Boring?
Winter Is Coming!  Game of Thrones is back this weekend (April 14 2019) and as you might expect, Greg and Mitch feel different ways about it.  This episode we remember the infamous Red Wedding episode and all the reaction videos, we talk about FOMO and then debate whether GoT is the best show of all time or a bit of a snooze. SPOILERS THROUGHOUT EPISODE!
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47 min
April 3, 2019
Conspiracy Theories: YouTube's Heaven or Hell?
Can we mathematically determine whether or not there's intelligent life elsewhere in the Milky Way? What science gets ignored by conspiracy theorists when it comes to water fluoridation? This week, Greg and Mitch tackle conspiracy theories. They share stories about theories they've bought into over the years, and then take a deep dive into the rise of conspiracism on YouTube. Should the giant media platform be held at all responsible?
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45 min
March 27, 2019
Zoos: Do They Help Or Harm Animals?
What's currently going on in Marineland? How can you get over your fear of spiders? This week, Greg and Mitch share stories about zoos, both the good and the bad. Afterward, Mitch sits down with a zookeeper from the Toronto Zoo to get his perspective on the work and initiatives that he gets to be a part of.
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53 min
March 20, 2019
How Should You Talk About Vaccines?
In recent months measles outbreaks have been on the rise, and diseases we thought were long gone are making a comeback.  What't the solution?  How do we talk about vaccines and bust the myths around them? This week Rachel and Greg (don't worry, Mitch will be back!) chat about how to best discuss science misinformation.
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61 min
March 13, 2019
Justin Trudeau: From Vogue to Villain?
Our handsome Prime Minister has been having a rough couple of months.  The recent SNC Lavalin scandal is showcasing that Trudeau and Canada aren't as squeaky clean has many would like to believe. This week Greg and Mitch remember the time JT asked AsapSCIENCE to interview him as well as when they had a private Beyonce show!  They then take a deeper dive into what this political scandal means for the upcoming election.
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64 min
February 27, 2019
Going Vegan: World-Saving or Ego-Inflating?
What's really going on within the dairy industry? Why should we be on the lookout for Giardia lamblia? What are some ways to use cognitive bias to your advantage? This week, Greg and Mitch discuss veganism. They share stories about their challenging attempts to do away with animal products, and then they dive deep into the issue to discuss things we all need to think about when considering what we put into our bodies!
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58 min
February 20, 2019
The Oscars: Should They Be Cancelled?
Why are tracking shots so effective? Are the Academy Awards merit-based? And speaking of awards, what are some things you could do to up your chances at winning a Nobel Prize? This week's episode is all about the Oscars! Greg and Mitch review some of their most- and least-favourite nominated films, and then they debate whether or not the Oscars should even still exist.
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58 min
February 13, 2019
Vlogging: Mental Health Nightmare or Building Community?
Making vlogs and watching vlogs is a favourite millennial pass time!  On one hand it's a way of documenting and sharing your life but on the other there's a lot of pressure! This week Greg and Mitch reflect back to the time they 'stole' a child, to when they posted weekly vlogs and whether or not they should start making them again!
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54 min
February 6, 2019
Apple Vs Android: Which Is The Smarter Choice?
Why are Apple store employees trained to interpret body language? What are things you can do to reduce the amount of time you spend on your phone?  This week, Greg and Mitch dive head-first into the Smartphone War! After sharing stories about their experiences with the competing brands, they debate over which is better: Apple or Android!
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52 min
January 30, 2019
Winter: Special or Stressful?
Does temperature affect our perception of time? Why are some people more inclined than others to take risks? How much of an impact did the ice storm of 2013 actually have? This week, as the snow piles up in Toronto, Greg and Mitch discuss winter! They share stories about some of their most harrowing winter experiences, and then they get into a debate over whether the coldest season is nothing but an inconvenience or a chance to cozy up and enjoy life!
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50 min
January 23, 2019
Tidying Up: Life Changing Magic or Waste of Time?
What are some of the most stressful jobs, and some of the stinkiest smells? Can Greg and Mitch get through the tidying up process in one piece? This week, Greg and Mitch are inspired by Marie Kondo, her bestselling book and her hit TV show! They share horror stories about cleaning up both at work and at home, and then get into a debate over whether or not tidying up is actually as magical an experience as Marie Kondo professes it to be. The science is spliced in throughout.
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49 min
January 16, 2019
Breakfast: To Eat Or Not To Eat?
How can you improve your microbiome diversity? What's the science behind the new intermittent fasting craze? Why exactly do we eat three meals a day? This week, Greg and Mitch share stories about what they grew up eating for breakfast, and how it still affects them to this day! They then get into a debate over whether or not this morning meal is overhyped or undervalued.
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48 min
January 9, 2019
Ellen DeGeneres: Funny or Flawed?
What has Ellen's impact been on our culture and society? She seems to sell everything, so how much is she actually worth? This week, Greg and Mitch share personal stories about Ellen, why she means so much to them, but also why they're beginning to be skeptical of her. They then get into a conversation surrounding where she currently stands in a cultural sense following her recent interview with Kevin Hart.
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44 min
December 19, 2018
The Best of Sidenote 2018
As requested by listeners these are some of your favourite clips from 2018. Thank you for an amazing first year of our podcast - we really appreciate it! See you in 2019
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43 min
December 12, 2018
Small Towns or Big Cities: Where Should You Live?
This week Greg recounts another celebrity encounter in the big city and Mitch breaks down the spooky fun you can have in the good ol' country. With Sidenotes on what makes or breaks a city and what is widening the urban/rural divide. We then debate which is better - the hustle and bustle or the peace and quiet.
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55 min
December 5, 2018
Stress: How To Fight The Feeling
Is stress killing you? How can science help you deal it? This week Mitch talks about when he almost died in Bangladesh and Greg explains the stress of having his students light each other on fire. We then explain how stress works, why it can slowly kill you and how to scientifically deal with it.
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52 min
November 28, 2018
Grindr: Destroying Confidence or Building Community?
What has science discovered about the gay hook up app Grindr? Is it damaging peoples confidence or fostering consensual sex?  This week, Greg and guest host Matt Rogers (comedian / host of Las Culturistas) tell stories about their experience with Grindr, open relationships and STIs. The final debate between Greg and Matt is about whether Grindr has a positive or negative influence on the queer community.
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50 min
November 21, 2018
Juuling: Blowing Up or Blowing Smoke?
Okay, so this week Greg and Mitch debate about whether or not "Juuling" -- the e-cigarette phenomenon sweeping the nation -- is having a positive or negative impact. They also share stories about their experiences growing up with tobacco products of both the smoking and chewing variety!
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48 min
November 14, 2018
Astrology: Scientific or a Scam?
How big is the psychic industry and is it ripping people off? Can our palms actually tell us things about our body and future? This week, Mitch talks about visiting a psychic after a night of drinking and Greg talks about the time he pretended to be a palm reader. The final debate between Mitch and Greg is about whether astrology has a positive or negative influence on society!
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52 min
November 7, 2018
Liberals vs. Conservatives: Why Do You Hate The Other Side?
This week Greg talks about being punched in the face at his first protest and Mitch explains his breakdown at a shooting range. In the end we have a debate about HOW to combat the divide between Liberals and Conservatives. It feels like the world is SO DIVIDED, what is the best approach to fixing this or do we just all hate each other too much? Greg thinks we need to call people out while Mitch thinks we need to call people in. Which side will you end up on?
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49 min
October 31, 2018
Scary Movies: Ghosts, Sleep Paralysis and Spooky Stats
This week Mitch talks about seeing ghosts and dealing with sleep paralysis, while Greg faces his childhood fear of being robbed in the night. Then they debate about what is the scariest movie of all time! For a total of $60 off, that’s $20 off your first 3 boxes, visit https://HelloFresh.com/sidenote60 and enter sidenote60
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40 min
October 24, 2018
Coffee: Healthy Treat or Addictive Trap?
This week Greg talks about the time he tried to quit caffeine and the AsapSCIENCE office nearly shut down entirely.  Mitch remembers the time he was duped by decaf coffee and we then break down the science behind the placebo effect.  They then debate whether or not the benefits of caffeine outweigh the horrible withdrawal symptoms that come with quitting.
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35 min
October 17, 2018
Climate Change: Is It Too Late?
This week Mitch talks about an horrifying experience at the slowly disappearing Great Barrier Reef and Greg explains the scorching heat they felt in the Arctic while on a trip with Greenpeace. Mitch and Greg then GO OFF on the current politics around climate change and highlights important aspects of the new IPCC report.  The science is spliced in throughout so you are always entertained while simultaneously learning.
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45 min
October 10, 2018
Masturbation: Addictive Habit or Healthy Pleasure
This week Greg explains the weird ways he used to download porn and Mitch talks about struggling not to masturbate while on Big Brother. We then debate whether masturbation is good or bad for you all while splicing the science throughout.
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42 min
October 3, 2018
Phone Addiction: Are You Addicted To Your Phone?
This week we break down the science of phone addiction. Greg talks about the horrors of texting the wrong person while Mitch speaks about when a phone saved his life. This weeks debate is about whether or not Greg is clinically addicted to his phone.
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43 min
September 26, 2018
Musicals: What's The Greatest Show Of All Time? (LIVE)
Live in Toronto from Just For Laughs festival! Greg recounts getting robbed and having his "Cats" musical VHS stolen, while Mitch goes into the dark web to find Lord Of The Rings The Musical clips to trade. Our guest Henry Koperski literally blows everybody's mind with an amazing music lesson and a look at some famous songs. Then Greg and Mitch debate: what is the greatest musical of all time?
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52 min
September 19, 2018
Gay Marriage: Should We Get Married?
This week, Greg and Mitch decide whether or not to get hitched.  The guys tell stories about bizarre wedding traditions such as ALWAYS serving dry chicken.  They then debate whether or not they want to throw a big expensive party to celebrate their love or skip marriage altogether.
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37 min
September 12, 2018
Human Extinction: Is The World Going To End Soon?
Greg and Mitch talk about the current political climate and how much it's impacted their lives, including remember the day that Trump was elected. They then debate whether or not the world as actually getting worse - for good - or whether or not this is just a blip on the timeline of history.
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47 min
September 5, 2018
Louis CK: Should He Still Do Comedy?
Mitch and Greg discuss the controversy surrounding Louis C.K. Mitch talks about the first time her heard Louis say a gay slur and Greg talks about doing Stand Up with verbally abusive comics. In the end Mitch and Greg debate whether or not they think Louis C.K. should still do comedy.
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36 min
August 29, 2018
Toxic Masculinity: Should We Live In A Matriarchy?
Greg and Mitch talk about growing up gay and their relationship to masculinity, including their first gay role models, and Greg's phase of wearing pearl necklaces. They then debate whether or not the world we be better off as a Matriarchy!
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45 min
August 22, 2018
Pets: Expensive Nuisance or the Joy of Life
This week Mitch talks about a horrifying experience with a horse and Greg explains how he killed his hamster. In the debate Mitch and Greg argue over whether or not their new puppy is actually capable of bringing them joy. Rachel splices in the sidenotes to hit you with the science throughout.
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45 min
August 8, 2018
Entrepreneurs: Privileged Men or Hardworking Creatives?
Mitch and Greg are entrepreneurs who run a YouTube channel about science. On this episode they tell stories about majorly screwing up a science video and the worst meeting they've ever sat through. Mitch interviews his sister who wrote her Ph.D on how to run a small business. Finally, Mitch and Greg debate whether or not they enjoy being entrepreneurs and the if the stress they deal with is really worth it in the end ... or not.
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65 min
August 1, 2018
Popstars: Who Is The Greatest of All Time? LIVE FROM JFL! Ft. Matteo Lane
It's our first ever LIVE podcast at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival! Greg and Mitch tell stories about the first album they ever bought and perfecting the Lady Gaga Bad Romance dance.  We then get schooled by comedian Matteo Lane on Mariah Carey, Maria Callas, and Patti LaBelle.  Finally, Greg and Mitch go head to head on who is the greatest pop star of ALL TIME!
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54 min
July 25, 2018
Elon Musk: Evil Billionaire or Innovative Genius?
During story time Greg discusses his obsession with Grimes and Mitch tells a story about the time his Google Home tried to kill him.  In the debate Greg thinks Elon Musk is going to ruin the planet but Mitch is more of a fan.
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43 min
July 18, 2018
Sex Ed: Corrupting Minds or Saving Lives?
Greg and Mitch recount their very different Sex Ed experiences.  While Greg was putting expired condoms on wooden dildo's, Mitch was getting some misinformation at Catholic school.  This week the guys are on the same side of the debate and are reading our current government for filth for sending the Sex Ed Curriculum 20 years back to the past.
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53 min
July 11, 2018
Influencers: Pure Trash or This Generations Treasure?
Greg and Mitch try to come to terms with the fact that they are influencers while recounting their stories of famous online personalities. Rachel interviews science communicator / influencer Science Sam. And we end by debating whether the role of influencer is pure trash or a hidden treasure.
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56 min
July 4, 2018
Alcohol: Liquid Courage or Dangerous Blackouts?
This week we're talking about our favourite poison: alcohol. We revisit our most wild drinking memories, including the time Greg broke into a famous socialite's car! Rachel breaks down what happens when you get blackout drunk and then Greg and Mitch debate whether alcohol's liquid courage is worth the hangovers.
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45 min
June 27, 2018
Polyamory: What's It Like To Be In A Polyamorous Relationship?
This week we're talking all about relationships - including ours! We remember our first encounters with polyamorous couples and how awkwardly we reacted. Greg chats with our friends who are now in a 4-way polyamorous relationship, and asks them all about how it happened, how it works and how they feel. We finish it off by debating whether or not WE could be in a poly-relationship.
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51 min
June 20, 2018
Death: Crippling Anxiety or Ultimate Peace?
This week we take on a lighthearted topic, DEATH!  We talk about the most painful ways to die, near death experiences, and how our relationship with spirituality has changed.  Mitch and Rachel discuss different funeral practices around the world.  We then debate who is more afraid of death and Mitch explains why he would like to live forever.
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51 min
June 13, 2018
Video Games: Violent Problem or Productive Hobby?
This week, we talk about growing up with video games and how they affect your brain and society a large. Mitch secretly records Greg struggling to play Zelda for all to hear. We debate over whether or not video games are net positive or negative, all while touching on the modern science.
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53 min
June 6, 2018
Therapy: Over Hyped Hoax or Essential To Life?
This week Greg talks about having a panic attack from seeing his therapist in public. We give you a timeline to the horrors of psychiatry. We end it with a debate about whether therapy is actually useful, or not.
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41 min
May 30, 2018
Comedy: Ridiculous Boys Club or Purest Art Form?
This week we're talking about Comedy: Greg's new adventures in becoming a Stand Up comic, we figure out how to craft a joke with a professional comedian and debate the dark side of the comedy world.
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46 min
May 23, 2018
All Inclusive Vacations: Relaxing Getaway or Unethical Disaster?
This week we're talking about All Inclusive Vacations: we chat after coming home from our first ever all inclusive resort and the juicy details of our experience, explore research on whether or not these getaways are good for local economies or mostly exploitative, and then argue over whether we'd ever do it again!
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47 min
May 16, 2018
Reality TV: Social Experiment Or Predictable Mess?
This week we’re talking about Reality TV: we reflect on Mitch’s insane experience doing Big Brother Canada, we breakdown the history of Reality Television and Greg has a meltdown about how much he hates ALL OF IT.
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49 min
May 9, 2018
Marijuana - Creative Tool Or Harmful Substance?
This week we're talking about Marijuana; we remember a crazy time that Mitch almost overdosed on edibles, look into the racial history of Marijuana, and discuss the physiology of why it affects people so differently.
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38 min
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