Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

Listening for a baldness cure

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

Skeptically Speaking

Last week’s show was an interview with Bora Zivkovic, Blog and Community Editor at Scientific American and one of the ScienceOnline organizers, about how online science reporting and the explosion of science blogging are affecting the way science news is brought to the public. He introduced a fantastic new science blog aggregator which I’ve now bookmarked.

Speaking Up featured science journalist Stephen Strauss on the decline of the newspaper industry, and how it’s affected his profession.

This Friday, Desiree’s theme is “Delusions of Gender“, and will feature a discussion with psychologist Dr. Cordelia Fine on her new book of the same name. Dr. Fine challenges the assumption that gender roles are wired into our brains, and will explain how ubiquitous cultural stereotypes are mistaken for actual fact. And on “Everything You Know is Sort Of Wrong,” Greg Laden asks if modern hobbies are an evolutionary consequence of prehistoric gender roles.

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

Is there a cure for baldness? The Reality Check answers that question this week. In this week’s episode Adam looks at baldness treatments. Elan goes deep into chain letters. And Darren looks at the tradoffs of storing your bread in the refrigerator. Subscribe to The Reality Check on iTunes or via RSS. You can also play it directly here.

Radio Freethinker

On this week’s Radio Freethinker, Ethan Clow gives an review of the Secular Humanism conference which just concluded. (See his blog post on the conference.) There’s some discussion of the Nobel Prize winners in economics and literature. The major feature of the show is a discussion of the Ayodhya debate, an Indian land dispute that stretches back hundreds of years, and was just settled last month.

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.

There are several skeptical events highlighted on the show including a talk by the SkepDoc, Dr. Harriet Hall, on October 15. The talk is entiled “How to Identify Pseudoscience, Quackery, and Fraud.” There are several other upcoming events in Vancouver, so check the Radiofreethinker blog for all the details.

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

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