Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

After a short hiatus (Family Day!) Canada Speaks is back. And there’s nothing like 18 hours in a car to make it easy to catch up on podcasts.

Radio Freethinker

Over the last few episodes, Ethan and his cohosts have covered off a number of interesting topics. Episode 102 focused on religious accommodation, and looked at recent events in Quebec: a kirpan banned from the Quebec National Assembly; and a woman denied services because she was wearing a niqab. Episode 103 is also up, and includes topics ranging from veiled voting, whether math is innate, a trip to the argument clinic, and a discussion of the fraudulent Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

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

Episode 98 features science writer Jessica Wapner, who discusses the intersection between ethics, economics, and drug development, and what it means to pharmaceutical research. There’s also an interview with Mark Stevenson, about his book An Optimist’s Tour Of The Future.

Episode 99 is also up and is dedicated to medical scams and quackery.  Dr. Stephen Barrett of QuackWatch is the feature interview. Desiree also speaks with (Canadian born) James “The Amazing” Randi for a historical perspective on health fraud. Finally Jamie Williams introduces what’s behind his new web site, Ear Candles Are Illegal.

This week’s show is all about the science of semen. Evolutionary biologist John Logsdon returns to discuss the diversity of sperm design, and its connection with mating behaviour. Scientopia blogger Scicurious will also be on the show, discussing some  favorites from her Friday Weird Science archives.

The show’s recording schedule has changed. Interviews are now recorded live at 6pm Mountain time on Sundays. You can listen to the recording, and submit questions questions in their Ustream chat room. That following Friday night, at 6pm Mountain Time, you can listen to the complete show, and chat with the team, when each new episode debuts on their home station, CJSR 88.5 FM in Edmonton, Alberta. And the podcast will still be available via its RSS feed or via iTunes.

The Reality Check

From Ottawa, Ontario, The Reality Check has two new episodes up. In Episode 127, Jon tests a crystal under-arm deodorant, Adam talks about mermaids, and Elan investigates “placebo buttons”.  Episode 128 looks at the claim that Valentine’s Day was invented by Hallmark.  Xander looks up in the sky and wonders if those contrails are really chemtails. And Darren looks at a special pen that is claimed to have cost NASA millions to develop. Subscribe to The Reality Check on iTunes or via RSS.

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