Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

Raising Skeptical Geeks: Featuring: Adam Savage, Barbara Drescher, LaVerne Knight-West, Jamy Ian Swiss, Laura Phillips, and (not visible) Daniel Loxton Moderator: Desiree Schell

It’s time for a weekly roundup of podcasts and other Canadian skeptical media.

Radio Freethinker

Radio Freethinker’s episode #80 is up, and you can download it here. Koran burning leads the topics discussed. The group examines the different  motivations for book burning: it it hate, or freedom of expression? They then turn to a made-in-Canada issue: Allegations that federally-funded scientists are increasingly required to obtain government pre-approval before speaking with the media. They also review claims of discrimination by Canadian Blood Services (See the Skeptic North background article here). Finally, the group uses a recent presentation by Greta Christina as a springboard for an extended discussion about diversity in the skeptical movement.

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.

Skeptically Speaking

At Skeptically Speaking last week, Desiree’s show was a mix of female voices from the Dragon*Con conference. And what a show! It’s a who’s who of women in skepticism.  Guests included Kylie Sturgess of The Token Skeptic, Robynn “Swoopy” McCarthy of Skepticality, Heidi Anderson and Jenna Marie Griffith of SheThoughtDonna Mugavero, Laurie Tarr, Dr. Pamela Gay, Dr. Rachie Dunlop, Jennifer Ouellette, Maria Walters, A Kovacs and Barbara Drescher.

Another feature from Dragon*Con is highly recommended for downloading:  A panel titled Raising Skeptical Geeks was moderated by Desiree and featured Adam Savage, Barbara Drescher, LaVerne Knight-West, Jamy Ian Swiss, Laura Phillips and Daniel Loxton.

On Friday, September 17, Desiree will speak with cognitive psychologist Barbara Drescher to discuss common mistakes that scientists make, and what happens to the science when their research goes wrong. And on Speaking Up, journalist David Dobbs explains the case against Marc Hauser, the Harvard evolutionary biologist who was recently found guilty of scientific misconduct.

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

From Ottawa, Ontario, The Reality Check has a smaller panel this week: Elan talks about a fad called “photo analysis”, where a photo can predict your fortune. Adam looks at the facts, and the fiction, of the Bermuda Triangle. And Jon answers the question, “Was Hitler Jewish?”. Download this weeks’ show here.

Until next week!

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