Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

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Why is Desiree smiling? Because all of you are going to help support the Fun Drive.

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

The Reality Check

In this week’s episode, Darren answers a listener’s email that asks if 30,000 children die every day in Africa. Jon looks at the purported energy savings we gain from from observing daylight savings. And Adam, having debunked every myth in the last decade, looks at the 1999 claim that Cindy Margolis is the most downloaded woman on the internet. Download this weeks’ show here.

Radio Freethinker

Radio Freethinker’s episode #87 is up, and you can download it here. Are autopsies of mummified bodies proof that cancer is a modern disease? Topics this week include an extended discussion of a recent Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe item on cancer and mummies. RF also did a blog post on the issue. There’s also some discussion about the recent promotion that suggested the Saskatchewan Science Centre is haunted.

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

Last week Desiree spoke with Guy P. Harrison, author of Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know about Our Biological Diversity. It’s a fascinating interview on the facts behind what we call “race”. For Speaking Up, Desiree spoke with Noah Nez, author of Diary of a Native Skeptic, a blog that looks at critical thinking from a Native American perspective.

This is the time of year when Skeptically Speaking’s host radio station, CJSR’s has its annual FunDrive campaign. If you want to support Canadian skepticism, this is an excellent destination to direct a donation towards.  If you would like to donate to FunDrive in support of Skeptically Speaking, click here! And make sure you write “Skeptically Speaking” in the “Show Donated To” field – you show how much Skeptically Speaking means to you, and you’ll be eligible for some prizes from the show.

On Friday night, it’s Skeptically Speaking’s first ever retrospective. They will listen back to the best bits, with commentary and insight from the entire Skeptically Speaking team, live in the studio. And for one week only, the webcam will be on, so you can watch the crew in action. 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!

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