Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

It’s time for your weekly update of skeptical radio shows and podcasts. Here’s what’s going on across Canada.

Radio Freethinker

From Vancouver, it’s Radio Freethinker on CiTR 101.9 FM. This week’s items include: the Anthropological Association drops science; the Ontario Ombudsman’s report on the G20; and Wikileaks’ Julian Assange and his criminal charges. Also, should we look skeptically at land ownership? RF does. Download this week’s episode.

Remember, Radio Freethinker broadcasts live on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm. You can subscribe to the show’s RSS feed here, and follow them on Facebook, too.

Skeptically Speaking

Skeptically Speaking is a weekly show on CJSR 88.5 FM, based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Last week, host Desiree Schell spoke with medical physicist Dr. Marc MacKenzie about the new scanning equipment that’s screening travelers in airports.  And Dr. Brian Goldman, the host of CBC’s “White Coat, Black Art” spoke about Dr. Paolo Zamboni’s Liberation Therapy, a treatment claimed to drastically reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. And Skeptic North’s Kim Hebert about the 2010 Skeptic North Awards.

Still shopping for the holidays? Plan your gift-giving this Friday with an hour on the best books about science. A panel of former guests, including astronomer Nicole Gugliucci, psychotherapist Dana Blumrosen, and writer/performer Kennedy Goodkey will share their favorite science books.

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

Wrapping up the week it’s the Ottawa Skeptics’ The Reality Check. This week, Elan looks at Benford’s Law. Darren reviews the book Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand. Are titanium rings so strong that finger swelling means certain amputation? Adam looks at the myth and the facts. Download the show here. Subscribe to The Reality Check on iTunes or via RSS.

That’s this week’s wrap up of skeptical media. If you have a show that you’d like to have profiled, please mention it in the comments.

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