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

From Vancouver, Radio Freethinker on CiTR 101.9 FM is now online. Ethan and the crew discuss some of their recent “skeptivism” events included Van Praagh and John Edward. There’s some discussion about the plausibility of the hypothesis that wind could have parted the Red Sea, and debate about the final size of the Gulf Oil spill. Finally there’s an extended discussion of the merits of the long gun registry.

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.

Skeptically Speaking

Skeptically Speaking is on CJSR 88.5 FM, based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Last week, Desiree talked about the stranger side of science with Marc Abrahams, the editor of Annals of Improbable Research and creator of the the Ig Nobel Prize. If you can listen to this episode without laughing, I’ll be surprised. (Listen for Desiree and the crew trying to suppress their own laughter.) On Speaking Up, Desiree spoke with an Ig Nobel Winner, Dr. Richard Wassersug who explains his research into palatability of Costa Rican tadpoles – and I thought he made a compelling argument for its merits!

Friday night (October 1) features neuroscientist and musician Daniel Levitin, to discuss his book This Is Your Brain on Music and the neuroscience of music appreciation. On Speaking Up, Raven Hanna and Logan Daniel will look at the Science Tarot, a project that uses eye-catching art and the mythical structure of the tarot to illuminate scientific concepts. And finally, Richard Murray will be speaking about the inaugural Toronto Skepticamp on October 23.

Skeptically Speaking broadcasts live on Fridays at 6:00 pm Mountain Time. 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 is online. Adam gives an exhaustive overview of the merits and challenges of space elevators. Darren talks about the president of Iran’s mention of 9/11 conspiracies. Jon looks at the myth that Walt Disney was an anti-Semite. Subscribe to The Reality Check on iTunes or via RSS.

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

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