Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

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It’s time for your weekly update of skeptical radio shows, and podcasts. Here’s what’s happening across Canada this week.

Radio Freethinker

From Vancouver, Radio Freethinker on CiTR 101.9 FM is now online. The CiTR fundrive is still on, and the hosts ask you to support the station by donating here. This week’s show is made up of a number of smaller items, including captive antimatter, the Pope endorsing condom use (under specific circumstances), the merits and risks of the TSA’s new scanners, the growing demand for exorcisms, the exhumation of Tyco Brahe, and finally, anti-vaccine advertisements scheduled to run in American movie theatres (Now stopped!) There’s also the introduction of CFI’s newest campaign, Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence.

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 looked at scientific consensus with two Skeptic North bloggers, Erik Davis and Steve Thoms. How should non-professionals comment credibly on modern science on questions such as climate change, or the effects of electromagnetic fields? And on Speaking up, Skeptic Bros Tom and Nick Croucher spoke about the Placebo Band, a project targeting the claims of applied kinesiology.

What do roller coasters, zombies and gambling have in common? Calculus. Find out more this Friday (November 26) when Desiree speaks with Jennifer Ouellette, author of The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. And on Speaking Up, hip-hop science advocate Baba Brinkman returns to discuss his new project, The Rap Guide to Human Nature.

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. Elan looks at multi-level-marketing (MLM) schemes. Adam looks at the risk of electrocution. Finally, Darren looks at the myth that touching baby birds will cause the birds’ mother to reject it. 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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