Bad Science



Each week we pair a comedian with a scientist, to break down the scientifically inaccurate elements of popular movies and TV shows. Warning: There will be spoilers.

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What is Bad Science?

00:46 | Apr 23rd, 2018

A weekly show by Seeker that puts popular films under the microscope, breaking down the science with the help of a comedian and a scientist.Be sure to subscribe and join us each week!Email us your thoughts and ideas at

DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004) w/ Joe Kwaczala

1:17:30 | Dec 4th, 2018

Hope you're ready to die of laughter and come back to life way uglier because this week it's DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)! We've got Joe Kwaczala and Assistant Professor of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, Dr. Michael Harris. Learn how to survive ...Show More

FREE WILLY w/ Rick Overton

1:10:15 | Nov 27th, 2018

Are you equally into killer whales and Michael Jackson? This is the episode for you! We're talking about FREE WILLY with Rick Overton and Marine Biologist Dr. Gwen Goodmanlowe from Cal State Long Beach! Learn all about Orcas and get a couple great sc...Show More


1:13:27 | Nov 20th, 2018

Listen you must! Today is our special 30th episode Star Wars spectacular! Obviously we do a Star Wars film every 30 episodes and this time we've got legendary comedian Andy Kindler joined by JPL Astronomer Dr. Varoujan Gorjian to discuss Return of th...Show More

CONTACT w/ Scott Thompson

1:15:45 | Nov 13th, 2018

An entire podcast about a replacement for glasses?! NO! It's the movie Contact, not contact lenses. We've got sketch comedy legend Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall) and Agent To The Stars, Dr. Paul Sutter. So be like Jodie Foster and put your hea...Show More

A QUIET PLACE w/ Mekki Leeper

1:23:19 | Nov 6th, 2018

Shhh don't play this podcast over any speakers because we're breaking down A QUIET PLACE. We've got comedian Mekki Leeper and Professor of Audiology at Cal State LA Dr. Peter Ivory on the show. We will really be getting into your ears this episode as...Show More

IT (2017) w/ Horny 4 Horror Podcast

1:25:10 | Oct 30th, 2018

Just in case Halloween Eve isn't the spookiest night of the year... we're discussing IT and by IT we mean the science of fear and the movie IT based on the book IT! IT'S AWESOME! We've got the amazing hosts of Horny 4 Horror: Betsy Sodaro, Adam McCab...Show More

THE MARTIAN w/ Neel Nanda

1:12:22 | Oct 23rd, 2018

The most requested film in Bad Science history has arrived... THE MARTIAN! Neel Nanda and Dr. Bethany Ehlmann (JPL Research Scientist & Caltech Professor of Planetary Science) discuss everything from growing food on Mars to space poop bags. Godspeed!...Show More

GET OUT w/ Open Mike Eagle

1:25:15 | Oct 16th, 2018

Hypnosis, Racism, Deer, Freestyle Rap, and Drugs! What more do you want? Today we discuss GET OUT with Open Mike Eagle and Dr. Rafael Romero from the Brain Research Institute. Enjoy!Check out more from Open Mike Eagle at and email us at...Show More

THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967) w/ Erin & Melissa

1:15:22 | Oct 9th, 2018

Fun fact: This podcast episode is one of the top 10 Bear Necessities of life! Hear musical-comedy duo Erin & MeLissa and Dr. Jim Dines (Mammalogy Collections Manager at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum) discuss Elephants, Panthers, and what to ...Show More

INCEPTION w/ Kim & Aliya

1:12:44 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Don't sleep on this episode because it's all about Inception! Kim and Aliya are joined by Dr. Raj (Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Specialist at Keck Medicine of USC) to dive deep into your dreams!Check out more from Kim & Aliya:Twitter: @kimseltzer...Show More

LAKE PLACID w/ Zach Noe Towers

1:04:22 | Sep 25th, 2018

Chomp chomp! We're talking Lake Placid today so don't lose your head! We've got Zach Noe Towers and Dr. Greg Pauly (LA Natural History Museum's Associate Curator of Herpetology)!


1:17:35 | Sep 18th, 2018

Good day Bad Science Mobile Infantry! Today we take down Starship Troopers with our old friend Dr. Brian Brown and The Cooties! Learn all about arachnids, mid-air mating and what "hold-on-to-my-tablet" really means! 

TOTAL RECALL w/ Brent Weinbach

1:05:08 | Sep 11th, 2018

No need to get your ass to Mars to listen to this episode. It's Total Recall with Brent Weinbach and Dr. Laura Kerber (Geophysics & Planetary Geosciences research scientist at JPL). We discuss everything from Terraforming to 3-Breasted Women. I'm pre...Show More

BLADE RUNNER w/ Paul Scheer

1:07:31 | Sep 4th, 2018

Gather round humans (and replicants) for a special live episode with Paul Scheer and Dr. Kathy Wei! We discussed Blade Runner at the California Academy of Sciences.Write us your film requests/questions/comments at and follow us ...Show More

GRAVITY w/ Nicole Calasich

1:07:15 | Aug 28th, 2018

Dr. Liz Warren, Associate ISS Program Scientist for CASIS, floats some facts by us about what it's really like in space.. We learn about what it takes to be an astronaut, including pre-requisites, training, and safety protocols.Write us your film req...Show More

THE FLY w/ Byron Bowers

1:17:43 | Aug 21st, 2018

Today we talk about the superbly interesting (and disgusting) movie, The Fly with Byron Bowers and Dr. Doug Yanega. Learn about Yellow Jackets, Insect population, how to best kill house flies and much more!Write us your film requests/questions/commen...Show More

THE BIRDS w/ Chris Fairbanks

1:10:26 | Aug 14th, 2018

Get quacked up cause it's The Birds! The super sweet and ultra hilarious Chris Fairbanks joins Ornithology Collections Manager Kimball Garrett as we chirp about this Hitchcock classic. Learn about the ethics of keeping birds in cages, bird sounds and...Show More

THE MATRIX w/ Julio Torres and Steven Castillo

1:15:10 | Aug 7th, 2018

Pick up the phone and get jacked into The Matrix! We had so much fun at Caveat NYC discussing this 1999 blockbuster smash with Marie Curie Global Fellow Dr. Christoph Salge and SNL writers Julio Torres and Steven Castillo. Learn about the ethics of A...Show More

THE ABYSS w/ Kurt Braunohler

1:06:02 | Jul 31st, 2018

Take a plunge into The Abyss! We've got hot takes from submarine super-fan Kurt Braunohler and hot facts from Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Douglas Pace. We discuss the bends, underwater habitats, alien motivations and more.Write us...Show More

LIMITLESS w/ Steve Hely & Dave King (The Great Debates podcast)

1:30:36 | Jul 24th, 2018

Would you take a drug called NZT-48 if you had writer's block? Steve Hely & Dave King from The Great Debates podcast join us to discuss (without cognitive enhancers) the 2011 Bradley Cooper starring science fiction thriller film LIMITLESS. Neuroscien...Show More

ARMAGEDDON w/ Riki Lindhome

1:10:44 | Jul 17th, 2018

Garfunkel and OH MY GOD it's Riki Lindhome on today's show chatting about one of the most ridiculous films of all time, Armageddon! She's joined by our old pal, NASA JPL Astrophysicist Varoujan Gorjian! We discuss meteors, space stations, and Riki si...Show More

FINDING NEMO w/ Jackie Tohn

1:08:19 | Jul 10th, 2018

Picking apart a Pixar picture ain't pretty, but that's exactly what this episode is all about. Uncover the hidden truths about Finding Nemo with Jackie Tohn (GLOW, A Futile and Stupid Gesture) and Dr. Misty Paig-Tran (Assistant Professor of Marine Bi...Show More

WALL-E w/ Ian Abramson

1:01:26 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Get up off your hover chairs because we've got Dr. James Hicks, the science advisor for Wall-E, chatting with the hilarious Ian Abramson about Wall-E! We discuss sound design, what happens to human when they travel beyond Earth, and Ian's new "ladder...Show More

STAR TREK w/ Trace Dominguez & Seeker+

41:48 | Jun 26th, 2018

Live long and podcast! Today we warp into Star Trek with Seeker star Trace Dominguez (@tracedominguez) and Plasma Physicist Tammy Ma of the National Ignition Facility. We talk about lasers, fusion, and why Spock is to blame for a planet getting annih...Show More

JURASSIC PARK w/ Scott Rogowsky

1:02:53 | Jun 19th, 2018

Scott "Quiz Daddy" Rogowsky (HQ Trivia) and Paleontologist Dr. Alyssa Bell (Natural History Museum of LA County) discuss JURASSIC PARK! We learn about DNA, Dinosaurs, and Scott joins Ethan for a VelicoRAP Song! Download the trivia app HQ to see Scott...Show More


58:30 | Jun 12th, 2018

Join us as we investigate the instant classic INTERSTELLAR with Dan Levy (The Goldbergs) and JPL Research Scientist Varoujan Gorjian! We break down everything from black holes to Michael Caine's awful taste in interior design. Email us at BadScience@...Show More

PACIFIC RIM w/ Jon Gabrus

54:04 | Jun 5th, 2018

Our guests Jon Gabrus (HIGH AND MIGHTY Podcast) and Mara Tsudis (Construction Engineer) become drift compatible as we discuss PACIFIC RIM!We discuss all aspects of giant machinery and Jon displays his uncanny Guillermo Del Toro and Donald Trump impre...Show More

ANT-MAN w/ Jessica McKenna

53:08 | May 29th, 2018

Quantum queries galore on this episode because we put ANT-MAN under the microscope with Jessica McKenna (Off-Book Podcast) and Marvel’s leading science supervisor Spiro Michalakis!We discuss entanglement, quantum physics and Jessica sums it all up wi...Show More


48:21 | May 22nd, 2018

Ethan learns from comedian and self-proclaimed bigfoot expert Kassem G (BACKSEAT COMICS, and actually-acclaimed bigfoot expert and primatologist Natalia Reagan (Spike TV's 10 MILLION DOLLAR BIGFOOT BOUNTY, Neil deGrasse Tyson's S...Show More

ALIEN w/ Jessimae Peluso

59:34 | May 15th, 2018

Could the alien from ALIEN really exist? Ethan sits down with comedian Jessimae Peluso (GIRL CODE, HIGHLARIOUS PODCAST, SHARP TONGUE PODCAST), and Dr. Brian Brown (Head of the Natural History Museum's Entomology Department and Curator of Entomology) ...Show More


39:03 | May 8th, 2018

Calling all time travelers! In this episode, Ethan sits down with comedian Doug Benson (DOUG LOVES MOVIES, GETTING DOUG WITH HIGH, SUPER HIGH ME), and physicist Robert Hurt (IPAC) and string theorist Christoph Uhlemann (UCLA) to discuss the beloved f...Show More


46:15 | Apr 30th, 2018

Calling all padawans! For Bad Science: Episode I, Ethan sits down with Reggie Watts for an epic conversation with Emily Manor-Chapman, a NASA Systems Engineer, to break down the science of STAR WARS: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.We learn about...Show More