SciShow

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SciShow
SciShow logo - 2013.png
SciShow logo
Presentation
Hosting Hank Green
Genre Education
Language English
Publication
Debut January 2, 2012
Provider YouTube
Website https://youtube.com/scishow

SciShow is a series of science-related videos on YouTube. The program is hosted by Hank Green of the VlogBrothers.[1] SciShow was launched as an original channel.[2]

Hank Green, host of SciShow

Several different scientific fields are covered by SciShow, including chemistry, physics, biology, zoology, entomology, botany, meteorology, astronomy, medicine, psychology, anthropology, and computer science.[3] The videos on SciShow have a vast variety of different topics, such as nutrition,[4] and "science superlatives".[5] A spin-off channel, SciShow Space, launched in April, 2014.

Reception[edit]

SciShow videos have been featured on CBS and Geekosystem articles among other publications.[6][7][8] The channel has amassed a large following.[9]

Funding[edit]

Due to the show's initial grant expiring in early 2014, on September 12, 2013 SciShow joined the viewer-funding site Subbable, created in part by Green.[10] Crash Course was also discussed, when Green spoke about Subbable.[11]

Hosts[edit]

Though Green hosts the majority of episodes, he is occasionally filled-in for by Michael Aranda and Lindsey Doe (and, previous to her move to Chicago, Emily Graslie). SciShow Space has three rotating hosts: Green, Reid Reimers, and Caitlin Hofmeister.

List of Segments[edit]

Show Debut
Dose January 2, 2012
Infusion January 8, 2012
Breaking February 8, 2012
News February 10, 2012
Great Minds February 23, 2012
I Don't Think It Means What You Think It Means May 8, 2012
Talk Show January 27, 2013
Quick Questions January 23, 2014
Quiz Show March 27, 2014

Controversy[edit]

SciShow has come under criticism for a perceived bias towards GM Crops and Synthetic Biology. This stems from a video that was produced about GM Crops, in which a previously debunked study linking GM corn to cancer in rats was used. Green has also made videos in the past which were mildly critical Synthetic Biology. Green and Sci Show have been criticized by other YouTubers for this bias.[12] In response to the controversy, Hank Green removed the video from the Scishow channel[citation needed].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leib, Bart (March 23, 2012). "Scishow & Crash Course: Why Isn’t School This Cool?". Geekdad. Wired. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Eördögh, Fruzsina (January 3, 2012). "Watch the premiere of Hank Green's SciShow". Daily Dot. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "SciShow: Chemistry". Watch Documentary Films. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Proefrock, Philip (April 11, 2012). "SciShow: The Dark Lord of Nutrition". EcoGeek. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ Leroux-Lindsey, Angela (January 18, 2013). "YouTube's SciShow Hails Hot Quark-Gluon Plasma as "Superlative Science"". Brookhaven National Laboratory. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ Goodman, Will (September 6, 2012). "A double-dose of Internet education for you (on the history of "cute" and "spam")". The Feed. CBS. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ Chant, Ian (July 8, 2013). "Recover From The Long Weekend With Weird Science From SciShow [Video]". Geekosystem. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ Condliffe, Jamie (July 15, 2014). "A Crash Course In Transistors, Processors And Moore's Law". Gizmodo Australia. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ Ryan, Jessica (July 22, 2014). "RYAN: Boulder's The Story Group explores stories behind climate change". Colorado Daily. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ Green, Hank (September 12, 2013). "SciShow Needs You!". SciShow. YouTube. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ Eifler, Emily (August 20, 2013). "Crowdfunding Matures with a Lesson from Public Broadcasting". KQED. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Power, Myles (February 25, 2013). "The Biased Views of Hank Green and SciShow". MylesPower.co.uk. Retrieved July 21, 2014.