Best Skeptic podcasts — Discussion from a skeptical standpoint (Updated September 2017; image)
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The Cracked Podcast
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The Cracked Podcast is an extension of the editorial team discussions that shape the brilliant articles and sketches on Cracked. Host Alex Schmidt, along with an impressive roster of guests, uses the platform to identify and dissect pop culture tropes, debunk myths and generally try to reach the large demographic of people who would enjoy their site's content if only they'd learn to read.Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ...
 
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The Skeptics Guide
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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is a weekly science podcast discussing the latest science news, critical thinking, bad science, conspiracies and controversies. -The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: Your escape to reality - Produced by SGU Productions, LLC: http://www.theskepticsguide.org
 
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Skeptoid
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Since 2006, the weekly Skeptoid podcast has been taking on all the most popular myths and revealing the true science, true history, and true lessons we can learn from each. Free subscribers get the most recent 50 episodes, premium subscribers (skeptoid.com) can access the full archive, all ad-free.
 
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Rationally Speaking
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Rationally Speaking is the bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join host Julia Galef and guests as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely from unlikely, and science from pseudoscience. Any topic is fair game as long as we can bring reason to bear upon it, with both a skeptical eye and a good dose of humor!We agree with the Marquis de Condorcet, who said that in an open society we ought to devote ourselves to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding pl ...
 
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Thinking Sideways Podcast
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Devin, Joe and Steve have always been curious. Though they don’t have any formal education to guide them, they sit down every week to discuss unsolved mysteries of all kinds: weird noises, strange website and horrific suicides that look a lot like murders. They take a skeptical approach, but never discount the truly odd nature of the world.
 
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Cognitive Dissonance
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Every episode we blast anyone who gets in our way. We bring critical thinking, skepticism, and irreverence to any topic that makes the news, makes it big, or makes us mad. It’s skeptical, it’s political and there is no welcome mat.
 
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Inquiring Minds
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Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers. Produce ...
 
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Expanded Perspectives
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The Expanded Perspectives podcast is a weekly show about ancient history, alternative history, cryptozoology, UFOs, time slips, serial killers, the paranormal, trolls and fey folk, legends, myths and dark historical tales that spark the imagination. Each episode offers an immersive audio experience that brings up more questions than answers. Join Kyle and Cam each week as they explore the unknown and perhaps expand your perspective….for more information go to www.expandedperspectives.com
 
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Evil Twin Podcast - #EVLTWN
 
Skeptical, even of skepticism, The Evil Twin Podcast takes on a variety of topics from very unexpected angles. In this podcast you get to ride shotgun while twin brothers Brad and Thad explore the strange underbelly of "belief" in American culture and what it means to identify with those beliefs.
 
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Skepticality:The Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine
 
Skeptical discussion, critical thinking, science, and the de-bunking of the supernatural and psuedoscience.
 
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Skeptics with a K
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Skeptics with a K is the podcast for science, reason and critical thinking from the Merseyside Skeptics Society.
 
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Science for the People
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Science for the People is a weekly syndicated radio show and podcast. We are a long-format interview show that explores the connections between science, popular culture, history, and public policy, to help listeners understand the evidence and arguments behind what's in the news and on the shelves. Every week, our hosts sit down with science researchers, writers, authors, journalists, and experts to discuss science from the past, the science that affects our lives today, and how science migh ...
 
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Reasonable Doubts Podcast
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Reasonable Doubts takes an informative and humorous look at religion from a freethinking perspective; offering news and commentary of interest to skeptics, atheists, agnostics, humanists, courageous religious believers looking for a challenge and freethinkers of all persuasions. In addition to interviewing the top minds in skepticism (former guests include Christopher Hitchens, Susan Jacoby, Paul Kurtz, Edward Tabash, DJ Grothe) RD offers regular segments on counter-apologetics, biblical cri ...
 
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Token Skeptic Podcast
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Why do we believe weird things? What does feminine intuition really mean? How do you become an effective activist for science and reason? Are you ready for a fortnightly show that poses these questions and more? Tune into the Token Skeptic for a slightly more skeptical look at stories in the news, urban legends, good science, pseudoscience, and what makes popular culture pop. Hosted and produced by Kylie Sturgess.
 
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Ask Science Mike
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A weekly podcast where Mike McHargue answers questions about science, faith, and life.
 
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The Reality Check
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Canada's weekly podcast that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities using science and critical thinking.
 
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The Skeptic Zone
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The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and the crew for interviews and reports from around the world.
 
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Be Reasonable
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Examining beliefs from outside of the mainstream
 
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InKredulous
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InKredulous is the topical, skeptical, news quiz game from the Merseyside Skeptics Society. We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of scientific skepticism on Merseyside, around the UK and internationally.
 
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No Religion Required
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A Podcast For The World Wide Secular Community
 
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Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point
 
Explore controversial science with leading researchers and their critics... the leading source for intelligent skeptic-versus-believer debate...
 
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Trolling With Logic
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Weekly Skeptical podcast. Topics to make you think, Movie reviews to make your head explode.
 
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The Morbid Curiosity Podcast
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A podcast for the morbidly curious. From serial killers to ghosts, ancient remains to obscure medical conditions, let us satisfy your curiosity. (Some episodes may not be appropriate for children. Listener discretion is advised.)
 
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Podcasts – I Doubt It with Dollemore
 
Your home for news and ridiculous comment!
 
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Skeptically Yours with Emery Emery and Heather Henderson
 
Passionate skeptics Emery Emery and Heather Henderson talk with comedians, actors and friends about skepticism, conspiracies, urban legends and the effects of misinformation on us all. Guests of the show are a mix of skeptics, scientists, humanists and the occasional hard line, conspiracy nut. Discussions are deeply impassioned, mostly respectful and always funny.Skeptically Yours - Where Thinking Is Free!Listen LIVE Sundays 2-3 PM PST on skepticallyyours.net.
 
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REASON
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REASON Podcast is a weekly discussion of events, current and historical, from a skeptical and rational perspective without theological bias.
 
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The Pseudoscientists
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Rotating panel discussions on science and skepticism news and popular culture, with special guests, interviews, personal stories and general ridiculousness, all out of Melbourne, Australia. A podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics.
 
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Skepticule
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Spanking the bottom of ignorance since 2009
 
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CiTR -- Radio Freethinkers
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Join Don as he explore the world with a skeptical eye. It's the show that applies skepticism and critical thinking to everyday issues. The place where reason and reality cross swords with politics, religion, economics and of course science. Join us each week, subscribe to our podcast and get ready to be skeptical.
 
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Thinkery
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A podcast featuring the intellectual and existential struggles of two creative, skeptical, well-meaning fellows. Fed directly into your ear-holes.
 
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The European Skeptics Podcast
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The European Skeptics Podcast is a project in support of the skeptic movement across Europe. By providing a forum for all national and international organisations and initiatives, our goal is to become a real meeting place for skeptics and science enthusiasts.
 
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The Skeptic Wire
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A skeptical look at the news of the day.
 
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The Sgt Skeptic Podcast
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Paul Loebe runs Sgt Skeptic. It used to be a humorous blog about atheism in the military. He now focuses on fantasy writing, D&D, and other nerdly crafts.
 
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The Skeptic Canary Show
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Dr Tom Williamson, David James and Paul Hopwood talk about the skeptical issues of the day, usually joined by a special guest!
 
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Psilly Rabbits Podcast
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On Psilly Rabbits we talk about the science, history, myth, and philosophies behind altered states, entheogens, and the nature of consciousness. We will be analyzing said history and myth from an interdisciplinary standpoint, coupling academia and the occult. Our format includes a mix of conversation, education, and interviews with experts and innovative minds from all practices as we apply their works to the fields of consciousness studies and psychedelic research.
 
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Skeptic
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Examining Extraordinary Claims and Promoting Science
 
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Skeptics with a K
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Skeptics with a K is the podcast for science, reason and critical thinking from the Merseyside Skeptics Society.
 
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The Winnipeg Skeptics
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Science and Critical Thinking in Manitoba
 
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Jesse and Brittany discuss proper grocery store conveyor belt etiquette, listener emails and voicemail featuring feedback on Sean Spicer and the debate between Jesse and Drew Levine on the previous episode, all the latest in the Russian investigation related to Paul Manafort and the requesting of emails, documents, and phone records, including ...…
 
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Thinking Sideways Podcast
 
Officially Rebecca Zahau committed suicide on July 13th, 2011. A strange a cryptic message was painted at the scene and her hands and feet were bound using intricate knots. Did this woman truly take her life in a complex and well-planned way, or did someone stage it to look that?
 
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Skeptics with a K
 
Vaccination during pregnancy, science communication, and what happened in Las Vegas. Plus vertebrae, indirect language, matched controls, and the remake of Dynasty. Taking patients at their word, it’s Skeptics with a K.
 
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Skeptics with a K
 
Vaccination during pregnancy, science communication, and what happened in Las Vegas. Plus vertebrae, indirect language, matched controls, and the remake of Dynasty. Taking patients at their word, it’s Skeptics with a K.
 
Bobby, Ashley and Rev. Alex discuss the current condition of the Secular Community. Is social media harming the community
 
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Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point
 
Johnny Verive reports on the 2017 IONS conference. photo by: Skeptiko …And that is why the Institute of Noetic Sciences is so focused on bringing together science, observations, hypothesis, measurements… I have a lot of respect for the Institute of Noetic Sciences. That’s Cassandra Vieten, the current president of IONS, talking at their annual ...…
 
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The European Skeptics Podcast
 
Before we head out to the 17th European Skeptics Congress, we bring you news from Germany, Denmark, Italy and the UK, talk about Sigmun Freud and his weird theories. We try to find out if the world is coming to an end (again) and how fact checking can prevent elections from going off track.Also, after the Congress, Andras is going on the About ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss USC’s campus and how it needs additional lighting, listener voicemails discussing the Emmy’s & Sean Spicer’s appearance, Paul Manafort’s wiretap, Donald Trump’s weak legal team, and Brooke Baldwin is Takin’ Care of Biz. Sound off with a text or voicemail of fewer than three minutes at (657) 464-7609. Support the show ...…
 
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Expanded Perspectives
 
This week on Expanded Perspectives we put an end to summer by talking about some strange and unusual mysteries that surround the islands of Hawaii. But first we start with the news where Cam brings up how a freelance photographer Randy Lathrop was riding his bicycle up and down Indian River Drive Monday morning like he does every week when he d ...…
 
Popular claims of a Big Pharma Conspiracy don't stand up to any rational scrutiny.
 
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Inquiring Minds
 
We talk to journalist, scholar, and prize-winning author Robert Wright about his latest book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.By adam@adamisaak.com (Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari).
 
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Cognitive Dissonance
 
Stories covered in episode: Abstinence-only education doesn’t work. We’re still funding it. ‘F*ggots will burn in hell’: Bible-thumping WV deputy investigated for bullying gay teen on school bus Conservative preacher claims he stopped Hurricane Irma with prayer Benham Brothers Claim God Used Hurricanes On 9/11 To Tell Us To Repent For LGBTQ Rig ...…
 
If you're a movie fan in 2017, you're hard pressed to find many original sci-fi films. There are a lot more Alien: Covenants and Blade Runner: 2o49s than Ex Machinas. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just sometimes sci-fi fans want to experience something new, something fresh, something that's not in the Transformers expanded universe.I ...…
 
The field of neuroscience has been collecting more and more data, and developing increasingly advanced technological tools in its race to understand how the brain works. But can those data and tools ever yield true understanding? This episode features neuroscientist and computer scientist Eric Jonas, discussing his provocative paper titled "Cou ...…
 
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:05 An interview with Kurt Andersen We discuss his new book FANTASYLAND: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History Conspiracy Theories: Nearly 1/2 of Americans believe that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. 1/3 believe global warming is a hoax. 1/3 believe that extraterrestrial ...…
 
This week Cristina tells us about a nonprofit called Truth in Advertising who have conducted an investigation into Gwyneth Paltrow’s site, Goop. Darren asks: is it better to boil hot water or cold water? Adam wonders why Cuba has so many classic cars.
 
Interview with Massimo Pigliucci; What's the Word: Occult; News Items: Equifax Data Breach, Cassini Grand Finale, Larges Void in the Universe, Microplastics; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction
 
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Science for the People
 
This week on Science for the People, we take a closer look at what happens when water falls from the sky, how it moves once its on the ground, and what happens when people and water get in each other's way. We talk with Lucy Barker, Hydrological Analyst at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, to get us started with some quick Hydrology 101. And ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss voicemails and emails from listeners related to DACA and Bernie-Trump voters, Ted Cruz’s porn tweet, ESPN’s Jamele Hill on Donald Trump’s racist tendencies, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi’s deal with Donald Trump on DACA, and A$$hole of Today featuring Alex Jones, Infowars, and Owen Shroyer. Sound off with a text or v ...…
 
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Thinking Sideways Podcast
 
Zigmund Adamski left his home in Tingley, England on June 6, 1980, and never returned. His lifeless body was found 5 days later in a village 20 miles away--and that's when things started to get strange.
 
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Psilly Rabbits Podcast
 
No interview today. We jump right into a Feed Your Head segment on the very popular topic of Microdosing. Cody follows that up with an Epics and Entheogens segment covering some of the major godparents of psychedlia who had a major role in the development of various microdosing techniques. Keeping in line with the microdosing theme, Amanda fini ...…
 
For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do so many people believe Earth is flat? How do you understand the roles science and faith play in our lives? What happens in the brains of people who decide to commit suicide? What does dinosaur DNA say about the age of Earth? You're in charge of this program. All you ha ...…
 
Cody Noconi of the Psilly Rabbits Podcast on whether entheogens and psychedelics lead to deep spirituality. photo by: Skeptiko [Joe Rogan] My first DMT experience changed everything I thought about the world. The Joe Rogan podcast you’re listening to is hugely popular… [Graham Hancock] So that’s the aliens, an utterly alien realm, filled with a ...…
 
We talk to clinical psychologist Ali Mattu about the psychology of dehumanization and hate.By adam@adamisaak.com (Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari).
 
A look at which celebrities are currently working hardest to erode the public intellect.
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss a traumatic Lyft experience, listener voicemails and emails related to Hurricane Irma and climate change and Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump voters, the viral clip of the black motorist reacting to a cop who allegedly pulled a gun on him for failing to use his signal, Russia investigation continues with Mueller pulling ...…
 
On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, Laura, and Lauren discuss several important scientific, technological, and mathematical discoveries made in the ancient world. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that delves into issues of science, critical thinking, and secular humanism. Note: We experienced s ...…
 
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Cognitive Dissonance
 
This week we talk with Geoff Blackwell, attorney for American Atheists and podcaster. We also discuss Trump's inability to "talk good", Rush Limbaugh's dangerous suggestion that Hurricane Irma was fake news, and Iowa Corn Goblin Steve King gets his DACA racism on. Don't forget to catch the live show Sunday, September 17th on Livestream or Faceb ...…
 
Another summer in the books, another summer of somewhat pleasing comic book movies. Wonder Woman was good! So was Spiderman! Guardians of the Galaxy was...a movie! What's next? Oh no. Don't say it. Justice League. [cue the sound of failure from The Price is Right]All we're saying is there are tons of great indie comics and obscure graphic novel ...…
 
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The Morbid Curiosity Podcast
 
This week, Hallie reads The Red Room, a short horror story by H.G. Wells. Tune in in two weeks for our next full episode! Free Audiobook Download: www.audibletrial.com/MCP Website: www.morbidcuriositypodcast.com Twitter: @Morbidpodcast Facebook: /morbidcuriositypodcast Instagram: @morbidcuriositypodcast…
 
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Expanded Perspectives
 
This week on Expanded Perspectives, the guys start the show off talking about how researchers writing in the journal Science this week are warning us about yet another ecological issue caused by us resource-hogging humans: sand extraction. It’s hard to limit people’s sand use. As human demand for and use of natural resources has grown, sand and ...…
 
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The European Skeptics Podcast
 
On this episode:We tell you all about the fantastic 17th European Skeptics Congress coming up in Wroclaw in less than two weeks. Our guest is Claire Klingenberg, event manager extraordinaire from Sisyfos, the Czech Skeptics' Club.Please help funding the About Time Tour 2017 with Susan Gerbic and Mark Edward! https://fundly.com/about-time-tour-s ...…
 
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders Including an update on anti-vaccination GP John Piesse. http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/medical-regulator-police-raid-antivax-gp-john-piesses-mitcham-clinic-20170909-gye3ak.html 0:06:15 Stranger Things Down Under at the Oz Paranormal Expo Join Lara Benham, Alethia Dean and Richard Saunders as they once again ...…
 
Live from DragonCon 2017 with special guest Brian Brushwood; Special: Costumes at DragonCon; News Items: The Benefits of Vaccines, Conspiracy Personality, Hurricane Harvey, Oldest Hominin Footprints, Heavy Element Creation, More False Claims from Goop, Deorbiting Space Debris, Electric Car Legislation; Science or Fiction…
 
This week, Darren looks into the science of late summer and why we get that sudden feeling that summer is gone. Honorary TRC’er and resident machine learning expert Dallas Card joins the Toronto crew in-studio to dissect whether algorithms can be biased. Finally, after hearing a female adaptation of Lord of the Flies is in the works, Adam asks ...…
 
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Trolling With Logic
 
In this episode of Trolling with Logic, the team learns that the only thing better than blasting off for Mars is a high-stakes helicopter chase in a desert on Earth. Nathan, Cal, and Jenn review the 1977 action thriller “Capricorn One,” the story of three astronauts who are unwittingly recruited to participate in a government conspiracy to fake ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss the things that no one cares about (like SongPop), listener voicemails and emails related to DACA and previous episodes, Joel Osteen’s soulless sermon following Hurricane Harvey, Public Religion Research Institute’s newest report on the changing religious demographics and Bernie Sanders voters’ roll in electing Donald ...…
 
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Science for the People
 
We eat a lot of chicken. But we didn't used to. What changed? In part, what changed was the discovery that antibiotics could build a bigger, better chicken. Now, the big chicken may be suffering the results of too much medicine. This week, we hear from science journalist Maryn McKenna about her new book "Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How ...…
 
Sorry the show is late this week, Gregg's laptop crashed. I'm posting this one from the road, so here's the links for this episode, without the normal "show notes" trim. How and where imagination occurs in human brainsImagination and Reality Look Different in the Brain Striking graphic reveals the construction of Confederate monuments peaked du ...…
 
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Thinking Sideways Podcast
 
In June of 2011, 20-year-old Lauren Spierer left her apartment in Bloomington, Indiana for a night of partying. At 4:30am she left a friend's house to look for her cell phone, and to this day remains missing.
 
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Skeptics with a K
 
Measuring migraines, detox juices, deceiving patients, and the sodium-potassium pump. Plus fighting giraffes, denying the BRCA link, overselling research, and the latest news from QED. Remember to pick up your QED ticket right now, at qedcon.org.
 
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Skeptics with a K
 
Measuring migraines, detox juices, deceiving patients, and the sodium-potassium pump. Plus fighting giraffes, denying the BRCA link, overselling research, and the latest news from QED. Remember to pick up your QED ticket right now, at qedcon.org.
 
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Psilly Rabbits Podcast
 
For today’s episode, Amanda and Cody unite forces for an unorthodox episode, reviewing the new Netflix series Disjointed, starring Cathy Bates as an eccentric cannabis dispensary owner. This episode is just small teaser of the exclusive patreon content which will we will be releasing regularly in the future. Late night recording + cannabis and ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany talk to Dr. Allen Frances, author of the new book ‘Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump’. Issues discussed include the armchair diagnosis of Donald Trump from both professionals and individuals in the general population, Donald Trump’s behavior throughout his life, and what his election says a ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss mumbling grocery checkers and bank robbers, the lack of voicemails and emails to the show, the continued Russian investigation, including new developments related to Mueller’s team obtaining Trump’s original Comey memo and teaming up with the IRS, North Korea’s progress on developing nuclear weapons, Jeff Sessions’ an ...…
 
Stories about urban legends are at their best when there are real people at their center.
 
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Expanded Perspectives
 
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys start the show off talking about their recent disc golf outing and some interesting news items. First off, a woman from Ferry county claims she saw a primate she identified as a Bigfoot. The anonymous 60-year-old woman says she was by Empire Creek road near Malo, Washington when the creature sho ...…
 
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Cognitive Dissonance
 
This week Tom and Cecil discuss recent news about Nazi tactics, Catholic Archbishops, and ugly liberal women. Tom applies to become the Uganda Porn Detector, and the guys have Charone from the Podcast Habeas Humor on the show! You can find her work below. http://habhumor.libsyn.com/ https://www.facebook.com/habeashumor/ https://twitter.com/habe ...…
 
If car commercials, beer commercials and presidential stump speeches were the only entertainment you consumed, you'd probably be pretty bored. You'd also think that American farmers are the life-blood of the economy and account for roughly 85% of the population. But in fact, less than 2% of Americans work in the business of putting food on your ...…
 
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The European Skeptics Podcast
 
This week talk about the inspiration for Mel Gibson’s the Passion of the Christ, alternative treatments in Valencia, the Heilpraktiker system in Germany, whether Down’s syndrome has been eradicated in Iceland and the new Full Fact tool. Then we dive deep into the measles epidemic in Europe and the problem of crowdfunding for cancer trips to Mex ...…
 
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