Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

Don't fear it. Embrace it.

It’s time for your weekly update of skeptical radio shows, podcasts, and more. It’s a week where Skeptic North speakers will dominate the airways and podcasts. Read on for more details…

Radio Freethinker

From Vancouver, Radio Freethinker on CiTR 101.9 FM is now online. CiTR is in the midst of a fundraising drive, and the show invites your support – and you can earn some cool prizes. Did you know Oaklahoma has taken pre-emptive action against Sharia law? They’ve banned it, with some unanticipated consequences. There’s a new strategy proposed for global warming in the United States: divine intervention. Also, is there evidence we can see into the future? Plus, what’s in a placebo? Does it matter? And, why was a lesbian student stopped from graduating? Finally, are there too many creepy male skeptics? These questions answered, and more. RF 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 spoke with Jeff Potter, author of Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks and Good Food, where the science of cooking was dissected. And Speaking Up featured immunologist Dr. Gary Stadtmauer with some really insightful science on food allergies.

Friday night (November 19) features two Skeptic North contributorsErik Davis and Steve Thoms explain how non-professional researchers can understand the state of modern science on questions from climate change to the effects of electromagnetic fields. And on Speaking Up, Skeptic Bros Tom and Nick Croucher talk about the Placebo Band, a project targeting the claims of applied kinesiology.

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. Darren reviews Sam Harris’ new book The Moral Landscape. Can nose blowing be “debunked”? Jon tries. And Elan looks at the question: Do we really need eight hours of sleep each night?  Subscribe to The Reality Check on iTunes or via RSS.

Conspiracy Skeptic

Karl Mamer is back with another podcast, and this one is about the Laurel Canyon Conspiracy, which ties together virtually every dead rock musician.

Bonus Content!

If you can’t get enough Steve Thoms, he’s featured in a new interview over at Meet the Skeptics!

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