Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

Not every strategy goes as planned

It’s time for your dose of Canadian skeptical radio and podcasting.

Skeptically Speaking

Last week Desiree spoke with Brian Switek where they discussed his book Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature. They looked at how the fossil evidence helps our understanding of life on Earth.  On Speaking Up, paleozoologist Darren Naish discussed the Science of Godzilla, his look at the hypothetical biology, anatomy and physics of the famous movie monster. Download Skeptically Speaking here.

This Friday’s discussion is pulled right out of the headlines. Medical physicist Dr. Marc MacKenzie is back to talk about the scanning equipment that’s causing a stir at U.S. airports. How do these machines actually work, and is their radiation dangerous for frequent fliers? And Dr. Brian Goldman, the host of CBC’s “White Coat, Black Art” will be on the show to discuss Dr. Paolo Zamboni’s Liberation Therapy, a treatment that is claimed to drastically reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. It sounds like a great show.

Listen to Skeptically Speaking live, this Friday, December 10, at 6pm MST. Or  subscribe via iTunes.

Radio Freethinker

From Vancouver and Skeptic North contributor Ethan Clow, Radio Freethinker’s episode #92 is up, and you can download it here. Topics include:

  • Did the FBI successfully thwart its own terrorist plot?
  • What are the laws regarding polygamy in Canada?
  • What are some horrible gifts for skeptics? What are some good ones? (You might also consider a book from this list)

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. Their entire gift list they discussed is on their blog.

The Reality Check

In this week’s episode, Adam looks at the mystery of number stations. Jon interview Canadian Bart Farks about the JREF, the million dollar challenge, and the Starcraft strategy guide.  Finally, Elan looks skeptically at high heeled shoes.

Bonus Quasi-Canadian Content

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe needs no introduction to this crowd. This week’s episode was recorded in Vancouver, and their entire Canadian visit was supported by CFI Vancouver and probably wouldn’t have taken place without Skeptic North supporter Fred Bremmer.

Until next week!

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

  1. Dianne Sousa says:

    The godzilla pic above totally made my day.

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