Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

Are you going to sit there, or are you going to download these podcasts?

It’s time for the weekly roundup of Canadian skeptical podcasts.

The Reality Check

In this week’s episode, Elan looks at the science behind different dating tips. Adam talks about Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) as featured in an Ottawa magazine (and made famous by Tony Robbins, pictured.) And Darren looks at the background and facts behind the belief that ostriches hide their heads in the ground. Download this weeks’ show here.

Radio Freethinker

Radio Freethinker’s episode #83 is up, and you can download it here.  Did the United Nations name an Aliens ambassador? In a word, no. Has a planet been found that can support life? Why aren’t we more excited? Plus updates on the Pope’s legal issues and the May 6 stock market crash. There’s an extended discussion on the recent study that suggests atheists have the greatest amount of religious knowledge.

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.

Note that CFI Vancouver  has two upcoming presentations that may be of interest to Skeptic North readers. On October 15th, Science-Based Medicine blogger Dr. Harriet Hall will be speaking on “How to Identify Pseudoscience, Quackery, and Fraud”. See the event information here.  And on November 20th, CFI Vancouver is presenting a live broadcast of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe , with music by special guest George Hrab. More information available here.

Skeptically Speaking

Just uploaded is episode 79 featuring neuroscientist and musician Daniel Levitin, who spoke about his book This Is Your Brain on Music and the neuroscience of music appreciation. On Speaking Up, Raven Hanna and Logan Daniel spoke about their Science Tarot project. And Richard Murray discussed the inaugural Toronto Skepticamp on October 23. (Remember, there are four Skepticamps in Canada on October 23: Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Ottawa.)

This Friday, Desiree will speak with Bora Zivkovic, Blog and Community Editor at Scientific American, about online science reporting and blogging, and how it’s affecting the way science reaches the public. Speaking up features science journalist Stephen Strauss on the decline of the newspaper industry and its effect on his profession.

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.

Until next week!

One Response to “Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism”

  1. The interview with Daniel Levitin was hilarious. Try to count all of the “Rolling Stones” song references. Oh, and the next time you’re in the Skeptically Speaking chat room on Friday night, make sure to say hello!


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