About The Studies Show

The Studies Show is a podcast where two science writers (Tom Chivers and Stuart Ritchie) talk about a controversial scientific issue every week.

We’ll cover science stories that are in the news, digging into the details of the studies, finding the most reliable research, and criticising the bad science. We’ll cut through the spin of overblown scientific press releases and hyped media stories to get to the truth. And we’ll cover the most polarising, confusing debates where scientists disagree — and try to work out who’s right.

If you’d like to have a well-informed opinion on all the latest contentious scientific issues, then The Studies Show is for you.

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If you like what we do, then you might want to subscribe. There are three levels of membership to The Studies Show.

FREE subscribers: You’ll get an email each week with the latest episode of the show, so you never miss an episode. We’ll also put our notes up with the studies we’re referencing. You can comment and we’ll reply to as many as we can.

PAID subscribers: As well as the free episodes, paid subscribers will get access to live chats where you can ask us anything about the evidence we’ve looked at, and to subscriber-only episodes.

FOUNDING subscribers: This is the top tier of membership. We’ll give founding members a direct mention in the podcast and let them listen to a recording as it happens.

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How to listen

You can listen to The Studies Show right here on Substack, or using the Substack app. It’s also available from all the usual places:

Contact us

If you have ideas for future episodes, or any other feedback on the podcast, you can contact us by email: thestudiesshowpod@substack.com

The hosts

Tom Chivers (@TomChivers) / Twitter

Tom Chivers (@TomChivers on Twitter) is a science writer at Semafor. He’s previously written for Unherd, BuzzFeed News, and The Daily Telegraph. His most recent book, co-authored with David Chivers, is How to Read Numbers: A Guide to Statistics in the News (and Knowing When to Trust Them). He’s the one with the English accent.

Stuart Ritchie (@StuartJRitchie on Twitter) has been an academic psychologist, a science writer, and now works on Research Communications at Anthropic. His most recent book is Science Fictions: Exposing Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype in Science. He also curates the Science Fictions Substack. He’s the one with the Scottish accent.


Everything the hosts say on the podcast is their own personal view, and doesn’t represent the views of either of their employers.

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A weekly podcast about the latest scientific controversies, with Tom Chivers and Stuart Ritchie


Research Comms lead at Anthropic; Former Academic; Monthly Substack Updater
"Far too nice to be a journalist": Terry Pratchett. Science writer at Semafor, email chiversthomas(a)gmail. Latest book, How To Read Numbers, out now