Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

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It’s time for your weekly update of skeptical radio shows, podcasts, and more. Here’s what’s happening across Canada this week.

Radio Freethinker

Live, from Vancouver, Radio Freethinker on CiTR 101.9 FM is hosted by Skeptic North contributor, and CFI Vancouver President, Ethan Clow. This week’s episode is action packed. Ethan and the crew talk about the anti-stoning rally for Sakineh Ashtiani Mohammadi, the woman sentenced to death by stoning. Don McLenaghen talks about his recent blog post, The enemy of my enemy is NOT necessarily my friend. Ethan discusses the recent pronouncement from the Japanese Medical Association that homeopathy is “absurd”. Finally they discuss new controls recommended for the IPCC. The major feature could be called “West meets East in Vegas”: A interview with Jon and the crew from The Reality Check, where you can hear behind-the-scenes stories from both shows.

Remember, Radio Freethinker broadcasts live on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm Pacific time. You can subscribe to the show’s RSS feed here, and follow them on Facebook, too. Radio Freethinker has its own blog, too, so add them to your RSS reader for more Canadian skepticism.

Skeptically Speaking

Skeptically Speaking is on CJSR 88.5 FM, based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Last week, Desiree discussed conspiracy theories with Karl Mamer, host of the podcast The Conspiracy Skeptic. Desiree also spoke briefly with Kim Hebert who wrote the epic Skeptic North post, Evidence Check: Bryce Wylde’s 21 Favourite Papers which is a detailed critical appraisal of a homeopath’s “favourite scientific documents”. And on Speaking Up, geneticist Josh Witten looked at irrational beliefs in the context of evolutionary theory.

Friday night (September 3) features Sharon Bertsch McGrayne on the most influential women in modern science. On Speaking up, Ryan Bromsgrove will discuss quantum misappropriations. And Nicole Gugliucci will provide an update on Dark Skies, Bright Kids.

Skeptically Speaking broadcasts live on Fridays at 6:00 pm Mountain Time. If you can’t listen live, the show is available as a podcast, and you can access the show’s RSS feed or subscribe via iTunes.

The Reality Check

Wrapping up the week, Ottawa Skeptics’ The Reality Check hosted by Skeptic North contributor, and Ottawa Skeptics President, Jonathan Abrams. This week’s episode looks at chiropractic, including a description from Darren of his first visit to a chiropractor. There’s an interview with James Randi where Randi speaks about his Canadian roots, and how an encounter with the RCMP prompted him to become an American citizen. Finally, Elan looks at the myth that half of the internet is pornography. Subscribe to The Reality Check on iTunes or via RSS. YOu can also play it directly here.

That’s this week’s wrap up of skeptical media. If you have a show that you’d like to have profiled, please mention it in the comments.

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