Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism


It’s been a freezing week in Toronto, and I’m buried deep in my parka listening to podcasts. Here are the highlights…

The Reality Check

This week, Darren is invited by a Chinese firm to put his DNA in the mail. Adam explores the ex-gay movement. And Elan examines if bulls actually hate the colour red. Download this weeks’ show here.

Radio Freethinker

Radio Freethinker’s episode #101 is up, and you can download it here. This week, discussion about legislation that is forcing archaeologists to rebury finds, the UN’s concern about the world’s population, the imminent invisibility cloak, and a new attempt to modernize the bible. Plus, Bill Gates calls out anti-vax liars, a discussion of correlation and causation in the argument clinic, and a review of common misconceptions.

Note that Baba Brinkman will be performing The Rap Guide to Evolution February 20th at 9:00pm at the Railway Club in Vancouver, and it’s sponsored in part by RF. Here for more info.

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

Have you ever thought about a what a kiss is? I mean, really, really thought about kissing? Last week Desiree spoke with Sheril Kirshenbaum about her new book The Science Of Kissing. It’s a pretty fascinating interview, and the book is now my “to read” book for 2011. And Greg Laden returned to discuss if there are there really universal traits that appear across all human cultures. A great show.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s show. It features science writer Jessica Wapner who will examine intersection between ethics, economics, and drug development, and what it means for the future of pharmaceutical research. And there’s a discussion with author, comedian and futurist Mark Stevenson, to discuss his new book, An Optimist’s Tour Of The Future, about the cutting edge science that’s going to sustain and entertain the human species.

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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