Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

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Well, welcome back from Vegas, those of you that were at The Amazing Meeting (TAM), the world’s largest skeptical conference! To keep you on that TAM high, ready to go out and change the world, here’s a few podcasts to keep that motivation up.

The Reality Check

Starting with our nation’s capital, Jon and the team from The Ottawa Skeptics are back from TAM – and it’s a very special episode!  Recorded in front of a live studio audience at TAM, it features guest Jay Novella from the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe who joins Adam, Elan, and Jon to discuss casino game odds, slot machines, and situations when sports teams may want to lose.

Skeptically Speaking

Deep in the heart of Texas Alberta, this Friday, June 16, Desiree is joined by explorer and wildlife photographer Mark W. Moffett, to discuss his new book Adventures Among Ants. They’ll explore the parallels between their societies and our own. (As a Toronto resident that rides the subway daily, I can vouch for the similarities.) Listen live at 6pm Mountain time.

And now ready for download is last week’s episode, an interview with Dr. Kathleen Taylor, the author of Cruelty: Human Evil and the Human Brain. Desiree and her guest examine cruelty as a scientific phenomenon, using the latest research from psychology and neuroscience. The “Speaking Up” segment features Marc-Julien Objois of the Greater Edmonton Skeptics Society on their upcoming Skepticamp.

Radio Freethinker

And on the Left coast, this past Tuesday Ethan explored G20 conspiracy theories (there are a lot of them, from all sides),  had an interview with Jennifer Michael Hecht, and finally, did some post-TAM reflecting. Download the episode here.

And that’s it for this week in Canadian skeptical media! For the next few weeks, Melany will be filling in, bringing you a summary of our vocal Canadian skeptics.

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