Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor.
  • Science
    Photo of Trump Says Trees Can Explode. He’s Not Wrong!

    Trump Says Trees Can Explode. He’s Not Wrong!

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: This week, President Donald Trump graced California with his bilious presence so that he could flump around the state saying stupid things about the wildfires that have been tearing along the west coast destroying homes and making the air…

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  • Anti-Science
    Photo of Trump Admin Pressures CDC to Change COVID-19 Reports & Warns of Armed Insurrection

    Trump Admin Pressures CDC to Change COVID-19 Reports & Warns of Armed Insurrection

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: In July, which in Quarantine Time was approximately 12 parsecs ago, I told you that it looked like Trump was attempting to hide the true COVID-19 case numbers in the United States by stopping hospitals from reporting their data…

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  • Skepticism
    Photo of Should You Be Skeptical of a COVID-19 Vaccine?

    Should You Be Skeptical of a COVID-19 Vaccine?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: I’ve been fighting anti-vaccine nonsense for the past 15 years. The problem started way before I even became active in science communication, way back in 1998 when Andrew Wakefield drew the blood of children at a birthday party with…

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  • PodcastPhoto of Viruses From Space!

    Viruses From Space!

    Astronomer Dr. Nicole Gugliucci is back along with bioengineer Dr. Christopher Hunter, talking to Rebecca about a recent “study” that suggests the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus came to Earth on a comet that was seen over China in October of 2019. Spoiler alert: that did not happen. https://media.blubrry.com/skepchick/p/content.blubrry.com/skepchick/Viruses_From_Space.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | Blubrry…

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  • Science
    Photo of Ben Shapiro Tries to Figure Out How Many People Got COVID-19 from Sturgis

    Ben Shapiro Tries to Figure Out How Many People Got COVID-19 from Sturgis

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Guys, Ben Shapiro is confused. I mean that in general but also specifically he is confused about a recent study that found that this year’s Sturgis motorcycle rally was a “superspreader” event that led to an uptick in COVID-19…

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  • PodcastPhoto of Our First Podcast Episode! Nerds at DragonCon

    Our First Podcast Episode! Nerds at DragonCon

    Host Rebecca Watson chats with longtime Skepchick contributors Maria Walters and Dr. Nicole Gugliucci about this weekend’s virtual science panels at DragonCon, plus some reminiscing about nerd cons from years past and chat about how astronomers are continuing to explore the universe during a global pandemic. https://media.blubrry.com/skepchick/p/content.blubrry.com/skepchick/Science_Nerds_at_DragonCon.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher |…

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  • Feminism
    Photo of “Cancel Culture” and Why Aaron Coleman Shouldn’t Be in Congress

    “Cancel Culture” and Why Aaron Coleman Shouldn’t Be in Congress

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: In our current world where “cancel culture” runs amok ruining lives at a whim, can anyone ever truly be forgiven? Can anyone truly change and grow? Yes and yes, because cancel culture isn’t what rich white guys with bad…

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  • Politics
    Photo of Study: Conservatives are Terrified (and That’s Why They’re Conservative)

    Study: Conservatives are Terrified (and That’s Why They’re Conservative)

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Back in June, which was approximately four years ago, I talked about a study that found that people tend to be turned off by “extreme” protests. I pointed out that first of all, history shows us that protests are…

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