Best Skeptic podcasts — Discussion from a skeptical standpoint (Updated April 2019; image)
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The Cracked Podcast is facts, jokes, and more from the Internet’s leading comedy website. Every week, host Alex Schmidt brings together comedians, authors, scientists, and Cracked staffers, to celebrate the awesome truth that being alive is more interesting than people think it is. Fill your week and your brain with hilarious, mind-blowing revelations that’ll make you the most interesting person in every room you’re in. Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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:
Inquiring Minds
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 ...
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.
Skeptics with a K
Skeptics with a K is the podcast for science, reason and critical thinking from the Merseyside Skeptics Society.
Skeptical discussion, critical thinking, science, and the de-bunking of the supernatural and psuedoscience.
Science for the People is a long-format interview podcast 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. 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 might change our future.
Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.
Ask Science Mike
A weekly podcast where Mike McHargue answers questions about science, faith, and life.
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 ( can access the full archive, all ad-free.
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 ...
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.)
The Reality Check
Canada's weekly podcast that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities using science and critical thinking.
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 monthly 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 philosophy teacher and radio broadcaster Kylie Sturgess.
Be Reasonable
Examining beliefs from outside of the mainstream
Explore controversial science with leading researchers and their critics... the leading source for intelligent skeptic-versus-believer debate...
The Skeptic Zone
The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and the crew for interviews and reports from around the world.
information and opinions on money, politics and Religion. All the things you should not discuss with your family.
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.
Skepticism with a touch of southern charm. Stand for Reason or you will fall for anything!
Weekly Skeptical podcast. Topics to make you think, Movie reviews to make your head explode.
Your home for news and ridiculous comment with Jesse Dollemore and Brittany Page!
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.
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
REASON Podcast is a weekly discussion of events, current and historical, from a skeptical and rational perspective without theological bias.
Spanking the bottom of ignorance since 2009
Examining Extraordinary Claims and Promoting Science
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.
A podcast featuring the intellectual and existential struggles of two creative, skeptical, well-meaning fellows. Fed directly into your ear-holes.
Skeptics with a K
Skeptics with a K is the podcast for science, reason and critical thinking from the Merseyside Skeptics Society.
The Skeptic Wire
A skeptical look at the news of the day.
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.
Truth Wanted
WHAT IS TRUTH WANTED?Truth Wanted is a show about getting to the bottom of beliefs, whether it’s karma or Christ, Bigfoot or crystals. Truth Wanted would like to know how you know it’s true. Hosted by ObjectivelyDan, Truth Wanted takes calls from the community (that means YOU!) and features new guests every week, emphasizing thorough conversations over name-calling and scoffing (most of the time). Truth Wanted focuses on how and why people believe what they believe, and how you can talk abou ...
Dr Tom Williamson, David James and Paul Hopwood talk about the skeptical issues of the day, usually joined by a special guest!
Science and Critical Thinking in Manitoba
Two skeptics, two bottles of wine, two hours, and too much mysterious stuff for just one conversation.
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Jesse and Brittany discuss juggling life activities, listener voicemails and emails related to Fox News and the citizenship census question, the ban on Kate Smith’s version of ‘God Bless America’, Bernie Sanders’ explanation for his taxes and his answer to whether or not prisoners should be able to vote, and Elizabeth Warren’s student loan debt ...… Download MP3 Through the lens of evolutionary science, Dr. Garcia offers a novel perspective on why we hold our political ideas, and why they are so often in conflict. Drawing on examples from across the animal kingdom, Garcia reveals how even the most complex political ...…
Self-described materialist-atheist, Tom Jump debates near-death experience science. photo by: Skeptiko stop humming that song that’s Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg from the movie, The Other Guys could you not smile like that… now you’re asking me to mask my emotions because of how it makes you feel and that I will not… stop […] The post Alex Ts ...…
Can starving people actually die immediately upon being given their first bite of food?
In this episode, we discuss the supposed Ancient Greek origins of Hysteria, a common psychiatric diagnosis of females from the 18th to the early 20th century. We also cover how the symptoms of hysteria were interpreted in the Medieval era. NOTE: This episode contains discussions of female anatomy, masturbation, sex, misogyny and religious perse ...…
On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn leads a discussion of culture in nonhuman animals. Laura discusses tool use, Lauren talks about crows, and Gem talks about the destructive effect humans have on chimpanzee culture. And everyone has bad opinions about sandwiches. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast tha ...… Thank you to Aaron and Jim for joining us. Please consider donating to this cause. Wyoming AIDS Assistance (WyoAIDS) - @wyoaids on twitter!
Indre talks to science writer Abigail Tucker about her book The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World.By (Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari).
For the next three weeks, Hillary McBride is answering your questions about mental health. Hillary McBride is a therapist and researcher, and one of Science Mike's best friends. Her book Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are has helped women all over the world learn to love their bodies and heal from past hurt ...…
If you ask the average American to name ten things from World War II, Benito Mussolini won’t often make the list. But “Il Duce” seized power long before Hitler, spent more than two decades reshaping Italy in his image, and coined that “Fascist” term we all yell these days. Isn’t it strange that we never focus on Mussolini when we hearken back t ...… Download MP3 In this AMA special Dr. Shermer conducts a postmortem on his debate with the evangelical Christian theologian Luuk van de Weghe, with Windmill Ministries, before an audience of about 400 people, the vast majority of which were evangelicals. Dr. Shermer argues in the affirma ...…
Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:10 Interview with Professor Dave Dave Farina aka 'Professor Dave', tells us about his series of free educational videos covering many scientific disciplines. Also his battle with Flat Earthers! Response to Globebusters - The Earth Stil ...…
Jesse and Brittany discuss eavesdropping on public conversations, listener emails and voicemails related to Bernie Sanders’ taxes, a survey on Americans’ knowledge of political figures, the release of the Mueller report including Shepard Smith’s summary of the notable facts, the obstruction highlights, and Fox News’ inability to offer balanced ...…
News Items: FDA on GMO Labeling, Tabletop Fusion, Light Pollution, Another Mars Bacteria Claim, Biosynthetic Computer; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Flying Cars; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction
This episode was delayed due to a new baby in the Smith house! However, it worked out great, since the redacted Mueller report was released on Thursday. Of course, check out Opening Arguments for some in-depth legal analysis, but I've been brewing a ton of thoughts about the report and what Democrats should do in response. I talk about what an ...…
Happy Pagan Spring Weekend! Darren kicks off the show by looking at recent media coverage around Dr. Katie Bouman and how she ‘accidentally’ became the face of the Black Hole project. Adam brings us another fur-midable look at cats and asks how many lives do cats really have? Finally, Cristina has to remind us why ‘measles parties’ are a terrib ...…
Krill may be one of the most abundant forms of life on our planet... but it turns out we don't know that much about them. For a create that underpins a massive ocean ecosystem and lives in our oceans in massive numbers, they're surprisingly difficult to study. We sit down and shine some light on these underappreciated crustaceans with Stephen N ...…
B12, Jack the Ripper, Master Masons, and eye bees. Plus American accents, Satanic hands, and the Wilderness Years. Time travelling in a flat, it’s Skeptics with a K.
B12, Jack the Ripper, Master Masons, and eye bees. Plus American accents, Satanic hands, and the Wilderness Years. Time travelling in a flat, it’s Skeptics with a K.
Science Salon # 62: Dr. Mark Moffett — The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall MonsterTalk # 188: Disputin’ Rasputin: An Interview with Douglas Smith SCIENCE SALON # 62 Dr. Mark Moffett — The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall In this riveting conversation, Dr. Shermer speaks with Dr. Mark Moffett, biologi ...…
Jesse and Brittany discuss the incessant whining in their household, listener emails and voicemails related to Julian Assange, Representative Ilhan Omar, and Mormons, a new analysis from Ryan Burge showing that Americans with no religion are (barely) the largest religious group for the first time, Donald Trump’s incessant attacks on Representat ...… Download MP3 In this riveting conversation, Dr. Shermer speaks with Dr. Mark Moffett, biologist (Ph.D. Harvard, under E. O. Wilson), wildlife photographer for National Geographic, cave explorer, and world traveler about his new book, The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Ari ...…
Indre wrote a book! It’s called How Music Can Make You Better and this week we hear all about it.By (Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari).
Helen Toner, the director of strategy at Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), shares her observations from the last few years of talking with AI scientists and policymakers in the US and China. Helen and Julia discuss, among other things:How do the views of Chinese and American AI scientists differ? How is media cove ...…
Addressing the facts and the fictions around China's ending its overseas purchases of recyclable plastic.
Stories from the Week Yoga Does Not Make Inmates Gay, Says Russian Prison Chief as Classes Are Reinstated Will Brunei's anti-LGBT Sharia law spread across southeast Asia? - CNN 'Justice Is Coming': Mark Taylor Issues An Alarming Prophecy | Right Wing Watch Stefan Molyneux: White Civilization Is Being Pulled Down Because Other Races Feel They Ca ...…
In this second of three episodes, Hillary McBride is answering your questions about mental health. Hillary McBride is a therapist and researcher, and one of Science Mike's best friends. Her book Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are has helped women all over the world learn to love their bodies and heal from p ...…
Notes are annoying. Nobody likes to spend weeks and months crafting an idea only to be told what’s wrong with it. Flip side to that: we often have blind spots when it comes to our creative projects. And that goes for everybody, even the creators of the most famous and successful entertainment of all time, because surprise -- almost every movie ...…
My very excellent mother says it’s a new TRC! Cristina kicks off the show with a look at the dicey world of social influencers and sponsored medical content. Next, Darren tells us more about his trip to Egypt and considers how to use critical thinking when faced with the social pressure to buy things while travelling. Lastly, Adam gets all math ...…
Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:56 Maynard's Spooky Action Maynard heads for Sydney Skeptics in the pub and asks pubbers the big question, "What topics, if any, should skeptics give up?" 0:19:24 Maynard's Spooky Action - part #2 Australia in Space. An interview with Kerrie Dougherty about Australia's involvement in the spa ...…
News Items: Quantum Acupuncture, Flying Cars and Space Planes, Picture of Black Hole, Quantum Engine; Who's That Noisy; Questions and E-mails: Mexican Wave, Plastic Bags; Science or Fiction
Jesse and Brittany discuss their 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, listener emails and voicemails related to Representative Ilhan Omar and false attacks from Republicans and the LDS Church, William Barr’s testimony before Congress, Julian Assange’s Arrest, and Takin’ Care of Biz featuring Representative Katie Porter. SUPPORT THE SHOW ON ...…
Update: the previous file had overlapping tracks during the second interview. This has now been fixed. This week we broach the topic of Objectivism. We'll be speaking with Keith Lockitch, senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, about the philosophy of Objectivism as it's taught through Ayn Rand's writings. Then we'll speak with Denise Cummins, ...…
A little extra content for all you checkers this week! Given the recent headlines about the first image of a black hole, Pat and Cristina give our favourite astronomer a call to help us understand what it means. Dr. Stuart Robbins is a research scientist in the field of planetary geophysics.
Interview with Donald Wuebbles. He was the lead author on the US governments report on Climate Change. He has made presentations around the world and before the US Congress.Investing Skeptically: Socially responsible fundsBonus: Church MoneyExtra audio: Catholic Church vs. R. Kelly by Pete Davidson, Black Cat by Dave Allen, Dark Matter by Brian ...…
Listeners had so many great voicemail messages this month, it demanded a second episode! Also I am a talker, so it could be that. Lots of a great discussion here, starting with a very appropriate callout of a mistake I made on a previous show. After that, I discuss the right wing attacks on Congresswoman Omar and the fact that we never have to ...… Download MP3 We Homo sapiens can be the nicest of species and also the nastiest. What occurred during human evolution to account for this paradox? What are the two kinds of aggression that primates are prone to, and why did each evolve separately? How does the intensi ...…
Robert Forte has lived at the center of the psychedelics/entheogens/mind control revolution. photo by: Skeptiko Do you know where you are, right now? I’m in a drug trial. What do you think is wrong with you? I’m sick. That I don’t matter. That’s Emma Stone and Jonah Hill participating in a futuristic drug experiment in […] The post Robert Forte ...…
This week we talk about some great April Fools’ pranks, we look at the Vatican’s new child abuse law, mumps outbreak in Madrid, climate change models being validated in new observations. We get a first report on why the fake cancer cure Rigvir is being banned (look out for more Rigvir news in the future), we look at how Catholic priests are bur ...…
A careful look into research on whether or not we can generate new neurons as adults; new research into using machine learning to predict premature death; and a new technique to reshape cartilage by heating it.By (Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari).
The 15th episode devoted to corrections in previous shows. If it ain't right, we fix it.
Fox Refers to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras as ‘Three Mexican Countries’ Stefan Molyneux: The Mueller Investigation Was Secretly About Immigration | Right Wing Watch This Colorado sheriff is willing to go to jail rather than enforce a proposed gun law - CNN Thanks to Thomas Smith for joining us…
In this episode, arctic ghost ships of the Northwest Passage are discussed, both historic and legendary. The plight of the crews, whether rescued, frozen or mysteriously disappeared is also discussed. The ships covered in this episode include the Octavius, The USS Baychimo, The HMS Investigator, The HMS Resolute, the HMS Terror and the HM Erebu ...…
For the next three weeks, Hillary McBride is answering your questions about mental health. Hillary McBride is a therapist and researcher, and one of Science Mike's best friends. Her book Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are has helped women all over the world learn to love their bodies and heal from past hurt ...…
Wars involve a lot of pressure to be cool. It’s why people sign up: the chance to be heroic, the chance to appear mighty, the chance to give a ‘Patton’ style speech in front of a giant version of your national flag. That heroic stuff is all well and good for the right cause. But what if that vibe hides the historical reality that thousands of y ...…
Jesse and Brittany discuss their interesting Lyft experience, a listener voicemail related to homework and learning styles, Donald Trump’s taxes, Kirstjen Nielsen’s decision to step down from her position as Secretary of Homeland Security, and Takin’ Care of Biz featuring Ruben Garcia of Annunciation House. SUPPORT THE SHOW ON PATREON: http://w ...…
This week Adam looks at Shen Yun Performing Arts and investigates its ties to the Falon Gong, the Chinese Government, Communism and organ harvesting. Next, Cristina examines a longstanding notion that Walt Disney arranged to have his corpse frozen in a cryonic chamber to be revived at a later date. Lastly, Darren gives an overview of Phil Plait ...…
News Items: Fossils from the KT, Brain Scans as Evidence, Mars Methane Mystery, AI Designed Materials; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: NASA Space Suits, Flat Earth Fail; Science or Fiction
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