Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

From Flickr User Curtis Kennington

As much of the Canadian skeptical community gathers in Las Vegas for The Amazing Meeting (TAM), it’s time for a weekly roundup of podcasts and other Canadian skeptical media. Perfect for those layovers on your flights back from Sin City.

Skeptically Speaking

At Skeptically Speaking last week, Desiree spoke with Ben Radford, columnist and managing editor for Skeptical Inquirer Magazine, about the investigation of paranormal claims. This Friday’s discussion will be on cruelty as a scientific phenomenon. This pre-recorded episode will feature an interview with researcher Dr. Kathleen Taylor, the author of Cruelty: Human Evil and the Human Brain. You can listen to the show on Friday, or wait until early next week to download the podcast.

Radio Freethinker

From Vancouver and Skeptic North contributor Ethan Clow, Radio Freethinker’s episode #70 is up, and you can download it here. Topics include:

  • The BP oil well – nuke it?
  • Pride Toronto and the “Queers Against Israeli Apartheid” controversy
  • UFO’s in Europe
  • Should Stanley Park’s name be changed to Xwayxway?

The Reality Check

From Ottawa, Ontario, The Reality Check seems to be on a TAM-induced break this week. Host Jonathan Abrams is undoubtedly loading up on crystal skull vodka (banned in Ontario!) and trying to interview as many skeptics as possible.

New Podcasts!

I was also told about Think For Yourself on 102.7, Vancouver Co-op Radio. A production of  BC Skeptics, it’s on Thursdays at 1:00 pm. That’s all I can find out about the show – if there’s an RSS, please let me know.

Another Canadian podcast that was brought to my attention was The Conspiracy Skeptic Podcast, hosted by Karl Mamer. This is a podcast I wasn’t familiar with, so I’m going back to check out the archives, including an interview with Skeptic North contributor Jonathan Abrams.

I also want to flag the blog The Skeptical Review, that compiles a review of recent skeptical podcasts. If you’re pressed for time and looking for the best episodes, this blog may be a place to start. Unfortunately, it doesn’t profile much Canadian content. However, it does have a great interview with Skeptically Speaking host, and Skeptic North contributor, Desiree Schell.

Cryptozoology!

Yes, Canada has its own sea monster. It’s Ogopogo, in Okanagan Lake, British Columbia. Despite the fact that, unlike the Loch Ness Monster, Ogopogo actually exists, it hasn’t received the profile of its Scottish cousin. Enter writer, producer, actor, skeptic, and friend of Skeptic North, Kennedy Goodkey to right that wrong.

Kennedy will be premiering his new film The Beast of Bottomless Lake this Saturday, July 10, at the Mississauga Independent Film Festival. It’s been picked as one of the five things to do this week in Toronto by the National Post!  Kennedy will also be making an appearance at CFI’s Cafe Skeptique at The Bean on College Street, this Saturday, July 10.

I was one of the lucky few to see a rough cut of the movie exactly one year ago at last year’s TAM. Congratulations to Kennedy for his perseverance in making this movie a reality. Here’s a preview of The Beast of Bottomless Lake, to close out this week’s update:

One Response to “Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism”

  1. Thanks for the boost Scott!

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