Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

Desiree Schell of Skeptically Speaking. Photo by Marc-Julien Objois

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for your weekly update of Canadian skeptical media.

Skeptically Speaking

Last week’s episode is now online. Last Friday, Desiree interviewed Sharon Bertsch McGrayne on the most influential women in modern science. On Speaking up, Ryan Bromsgrove spoke about quantum misappropriations in alternative health. And Nicole Gugliucci provided an update on Dark Skies, Bright Kids.

This Friday, Desiree brings “The Women of Skepticism” direct from Dragon*Con conference.

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

In what type of monster does Canada lead the world? The Reality Check answers that question this week.  This week’s episode features an extended and quite intriguing interview with Ben Radford, scientific and paranormal investigator. Ben talks about some of his most interesting Canadian cases. There’s also a discussion of the use, and theatrical misuse, of the electromagnetic pulse (EMP). Finally a discussion from Elan of the number of bones in your body, which the crew somehow leverages into a discussion about the Terminator movie series. Subscribe to The Reality Check on iTunes or via RSS. YOu can also play it directly here. (Caution: there’s some salty language in this episode.)

Radio Freethinker

This week’s Radio Freethinker with Ethan Clow covered a number of issues. Stephen Hawking’s recent pronouncements on the origins of the universe were scrutinized, and the media reaction was also considered. Did Hawking end the God debate? Clearly not, judging by the media reaction.  There’s also a discussion of a small Florida church’s plan to burn copies of the Koran on September 11, and a brief mention of an ancient Egyptian settlement discovery. The major feature of the show is an extended discussion of the Venus Project, a utopian, socialist, “paradise” where money is eliminated and the economy is resource-based.

Remember, Radio Freethinker broadcasts live on Tuesdays on CiTR 101.9 FM at 3:30 pm Pacific time. You can subscribe to the show’s RSS feed here, and follow them on Facebook, too.

That’s this week’s wrap up of skeptical media. Until next week!

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