Best Skeptic podcasts — Discussion from a skeptical standpoint (Updated April 2018; 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 e ...
 
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.
 
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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 ...
 
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
 
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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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.
 
Skeptical discussion, critical thinking, science, and the de-bunking of the supernatural and psuedoscience.
 
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 ...
 
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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Ask Science Mike
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A weekly podcast where Mike McHargue answers questions about science, faith, and life.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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.
 
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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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
 
Explore controversial science with leading researchers and their critics... the leading source for intelligent skeptic-versus-believer debate...
 
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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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Trolling With Logic
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Weekly Skeptical podcast. Topics to make you think, Movie reviews to make your head explode.
 
Skepticism with a touch of southern charm. Stand for Reason or you will fall for anything!
 
Your home for news and ridiculous comment with Jesse Dollemore and Brittany Page!
 
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.
 
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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Skepticule
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Spanking the bottom of ignorance since 2009
 
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.
 
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 Skeptic Wire
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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.
 
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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.
 
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
 
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Mika McKinnon is a geophysicist, science communicator, sci-fi science consultant, and all around badass! We talk about her awesome job as part Bond Villain, part MacGyver. AFter that, Mika gives us some very good disaster advice and teaches us all about tsunamis and volcanoes! Then we go on to discuss her work as a sci-fi consultant where we fi ...…
 
We dive back into Gnosticism this week with Scott S Smith. Aside from providing a fun conversation, Scott is the author of the wonderful book God Reconsidered, as well as a freelance business journalist whose 1,200 articles have appeared in over 175 publications. Please consider supporting us on patreon.com/psillyrabbits, or by giving us a five ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany invite author and attorney, Jim Robenalt, to discuss all things Watergate. This discussion includes parallels between Nixon and Trump, similarities in public opinion polling during the Watergate scandal and the current Russian investigation, the Watergate timeline, and predictions for the future of Donald Trump’s presidency. ...…
 
Thank you to Jim and Aaron from Waiting4Wrath for joining us. Make sure to check out their website: https://waiting4wrath.com/ Please consider donating to the following charity: https://wyoaids.org/ Stories from the Week Parents of children who died in Sandy Hook shooting sue Alex Jones for defamation | TheHill Alex Jones Claims Attractive Wome ...…
 
We talk to biologist Kenneth R. Miller about his new book The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will.By adam@adamisaak.com (Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari).
 
There is a place where the bodies of the dead lie exposed for decades, frozen in their moment of death. Hundreds of people pass them every year, and even use them as landmarks. That place is the Rainbow Valley, which lies in the Death Zone on the slopes of Mount Everest. Now sponsored by: ThinkGeek bit.ly/morbidgeek BettweWorld Books bit.ly/mor ...…
 
Here’s a mental experiment: think about “The Middle East”. What just popped into your head? It’s probably one or two kinds of places, tops. It might be a dangerous war zone, or a community that’s somehow hundreds of years behind modern life. And it definitely didn’t include skiers, on an indoor hill, in one of the world’s largest malls. No judg ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany celebrate their 400th episode by discussing what they’ve learned from doing the show all this time, listener voicemails and emails related to policing and conservatives who live in fear of criticism, the juxtaposition between the reactions from the Southwest hero (Andrew Needum) and the Waffle House (James Shaw, Jr.) hero, th ...…
 
Interview with Karen Garst. She is the editor of this collection of about a dozen writers talking about their experience with religion. Topics covered include: Guilt, Jewish law, Indoctrination, Slaves, Children, Islam, Black Women, Latinas, Civil rights, and much much more!Investing Skeptically: Update to the Due Diligence rules.…
 
Hey, Checkers, the TRC crew is back with a mixed bag of facts! First, Pat brings us an entertaining segment after investigating an image macro dubbed ‘treason tags’ making the rounds on social media. Next, Adam takes a second look at the claim that the Atacama Mummified Skeleton found in Chile was not of this world. Lastly, Darren goes down a r ...…
 
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:06:00 Let's Have a Random Rant! With Dr Paulie Our new reporter Dr Paulie interviews John Cook, a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, researching cognitive science. https://www.skepticalscience.com http://evidencesquared.com Critical Thin ...…
 
News Items: Communicating without Speaking, Nutrition Pseudoscience, Rare Earths, Eating Plastic; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Acidic Food; Science or Fiction
 
It was Homeopathy (and Chiropractic) Awareness Week, but wee had a lot of other stuff like anniversaries and awards to talk about on this episode, including 2 years of Information Netzwerk Homeopathie with Natalie Grams, 6 years of both ComCept running skeptical activism in Portugal and Spanish Skeptics running the show Pensando Críticamente.Al ...…
 
This week: new research shows being a night owl might mean you’re at a greater risk of dying early, multiple interesting space launches are happening, and there’s new research into using phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors like Viagra and Cialis to help other drugs do their job better.By adam@adamisaak.com (Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari).
 
This week we take a closer look at a few of the downsides of the modern internet, and some of the security and privacy challenges that are becoming increasingly troublesome. Rachelle Saunders speaks with cyber security expert James Lyne about how modern hacking differs from the hacks of old, and how an internet without national boards makes it ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss entertaining kid conversations, the increasingly popular course for Catholic priests on exorcism, various churches coming together in their decision to stop calling the police for help, the ongoing drama between Sean Hannity, Fox News, Michael Cohen, and Donald Trump, white Evangelical support for Donald Trump, Takin’ ...…
 
In this special extended episode of Skeptics with a K, Mike, Marsh, and Alice are joined by special guests Emma and Laurie to discuss their trip to see professional conspiracy theorist and former sports broadcaster David Icke, at a live show in Liverpool*
 
In this special extended episode of Skeptics with a K, Mike, Marsh, and Alice are joined by special guests Emma and Laurie to discuss their trip to see professional conspiracy theorist and former sports broadcaster David Icke, at a live show in Liverpool*
 
A British family and a French bicyclist are murdered on a mountain road in the French Alps. Accusations of nuclear espionage and secret stashes of Saddam Hussein's millions begin to fly. But despite a huge investigation on both sides of the Channel, the murderer, and his motive, remain unknown.
 
Alright that was shameless alliteration, I admit it. But the truth is that outrage brigade member Alix Jules is here to speak on a wide array of issues and I think you'll find him as informative and entertaining as always! Other issues we touched on were raising atheist children, protesting, police reform and the Stoneman Douglas students using ...…
 
Dr. Bernardo Kastrup on the growing acceptance of his controversial theories of consciousness. photo by: Skeptiko Today we welcome Dr. Bernardo Kastrup back to Skeptiko. Bernardo is the author of several books on consciousness and has created quite a stir with his recent articles in Scientific American: Alex Tsakiris: These people will be recog ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany chat with actor and writer Adam G. Simon about his latest projects. This includes his upcoming appearance in the movie “Boss Level” and the movies he wrote entitled, “The Raid” and “Point Blank.” We also discuss his creative process for writing, the latest in the political world, and his exciting adventure at a Trump hotel in ...…
 
We talk to the founding director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Jeremy Bailenson. Bailenson’s lab studies how virtual reality can affect empathy—how it makes you feel to virtually embody someone else. VR offers the ability to be in someone else’s shoes in a way that you can’t recreate in real life—and those immersive ex ...…
 
On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn subjects Lauren, Laura, and Dave to “Mermaids: The Body Found”, a fake documentary that aired on Animal Plant and Discovery Channel in 2012, which combines discredited pseudoscience with stuff that the producers just made up. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that d ...…
 
Thank you to Dr. Abby Hafer and Karen Garst for joining us this week. Their links are below. Stories from the Week Priest Who Was Arrested Twice for Child Sex Crimes Says Teen Boy “Seduced” Him – Friendly Atheist Trouble for ‘Oru Adaar Love’: Two Hyderabad residents move SC, say winking is blasphemy in Islam | The Indian Express Christian Host: ...…
 
If you look back at old Westerns, you might see “Indians” portrayed like senseless alien villains. If you go back through O.G. ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes, you’ll find a lot more Christianity than today’s pop culture fans are used to. And if you watch ANYTHING from the 1940s that involves marijuana, get ready for hilariously over-the-top scaremong ...…
 
This week we're talking about the crisis in masculinity--and new ways to imagine what being a man looks like.
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss their unfortunate experience with the famous McDonald’s buttermilk chicken tenders, listener emails and voicemails related to race issues in America and the similarities between Trump and Nixon, Michael Cohen’s legal troubles and his involvement in various coverups for badly behaved Republicans, James Comey’s war with ...…
 
When people argue on the internet, you never expect anyone to actually say "You know what, that's a good point, you've changed my view somewhat." But Change My View, a fast-growing subreddit founded by Kal Turnbull, is an exception to the rule. Julia and Kal discuss the culture of Change My View, what makes it such an oasis for reasonable discu ...…
 
This week’s show is dedicated to an interview with author and animal protection advocate Paul Shapiro. Adam and Darren talk with Paul about cellular agriculture and his Washington Post bestseller book ‘Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World.’
 
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:05 Maynard's Spook Action March for Science 2018 The March for Science celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet. Maynard interviews Adam Spencer. https://marchforscienceaustrali ...…
 
Dustin Lawson is a Former Christian Apologist. He spent his life learning about and promoting Christianity. He also spent a year with the world famous evangelist Josh McDowell. After all of his studies he realized that there is not any good evidence for his beliefs. An amazing story.Investing skeptically: Recommended book list. NASDAQ funds…
 
What's the Word: Demon; News Items: 666, Buzz Aldrin and Aliens, AI Good and Evil, The Business of Exorcism, The Power of Satan; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Acidic vs Alkiline diet; Science or Fiction
 
Kishore talks to Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti, authors of Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence.By adam@adamisaak.com (Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari).
 
What happens when you take 5 enourmous freshwater lakes isolated in the middle of a continent and suddenly open them up to the Atlantic? The ecology of the North American Great Lakes is changing fast. We spend the hour with Dan Egan, an award-winning writer and reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a senior water policy fellow at the U ...…
 
On June 30th 1908, 770 square miles of forest in Eastern Siberia were flattened by a massive explosion. 100 years later, we still don't know what caused it.
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss their upcoming 400th episode, the new Patreon contest, Tony Robbins’ #MeToo movement comments and subsequent apology, a Washington Post survey describing the differences between men and women and Republicans and Democrats on their perception of the #MeToo movement, Sean Hannity’s conspiracy theories about Robert Muell ...…
 
***For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit hellofresh.com and enter seriouspod30*** Part of the value I believe the skeptic community could provide to our society is in leading on issues of science. This is an issue where it is my belief that the public is badly and dangerously misinformed. Here to answer some questions on just what nu ...…
 
Here’s the questions on this week’s show: Can you blow our minds with science? What are your thoughts on terraforming? Does white noise help or harm human sleep cycles? How do you cope with religious guilt? Here are some resources for anyone who wants to dig deeper: Can you blow our minds with science?CRISPR–Cas encoding of a digital movie into ...…
 
Stories from the week After Getting Booted From YouTube, Rick Wiles Warns That Leftists Will Soon Start Executing Christians | Right Wing Watch https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/04/01/internet-pastor-dont-masturbate-because-its-gay-sex/ Right Wing Pastor: I Squished An Ant And Then I Raised It From The Dead And Then It Looked At Me [VIDEO] - Joe. ...…
 
We talk to astrophysicist Adam Becker about his new book What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics.By adam@adamisaak.com (Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari).
 
Imagine someone close to you, someone you trusted, convinced you that they were being followed. Imagine you became so wrapped up in their paranoia that you followed them into dangerous situations without question, until finally someone got hurt, and it was revealed to you that it was all a delusion caused by mental illness. This sounds like a n ...…
 
Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai often tells a story about a hummingbird. In the story, the hummingbird’s forest catches fire. It’s burning out of control. And while the larger stronger animals cower, the hummingbird flies back and forth, putting drop after drop of water on the blaze. The big animals ask the hummingbird why it’s trying to put the ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss an unfortunate situation at a bar where Brittany had to confront some poorly behaved men, the Nigerian liquor they received from Jenn in Long Beach, listener voicemails and emails related to the Sam Harris drama and Mark the Mailman gets the last word, Ted Nugent’s continued attacks on liberals/media/academia, Pat Rob ...…
 
This week, Adam looks into a viral post suggesting that confectionery company Cadbury is waging war on Easter. Next Darren takes a deep dive into Jordan Peterson and his book ‘12 Rules For Life’. Lastly Cristina checks into headlines suggesting that Lebron James gained 7 pounds during a single basketball game. Enjoy!…
 
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders Includes trying to make sense of Astrology. 0:12:50 Naturopath jailed EXTREME diet naturopath Marilyn Bodnar has been sent to prison for her role in the baby starvation case. http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/courts-law/naturopath-faces-sentencing-in-starving-baby-case/news-story/bc594346e08341bfee402 ...…
 
This week Brian Eggo sits in for Jelena as we talk about Hungarian elections, a medium who is shocked to discover that people someimes lie, HIV deniers in Russia, Hans Rosling's last book and how Swedish authorities have been using bullshit data for years without having a clue.And of course the Pope gets a mention for getting rid of hell (or di ...…
 
We're introducing a new, additional weekly episode! Every Friday, listen to Indre and Kishore do a quick recap of some of the week's most interesting science news. Today, we talk about why shrimp and lobster fishing might be worse for the environment than you think, the ongoing troubles with the James Webb Space Telescope, and a study that sort ...…
 
Interview with Mark Lynas; What's the Word: Atavism,; News Items: Cell Phones and Cancer, Robot Bees on Mars, Largest Dinosaurs; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Math, Interstitium Pseudoscience; Science or Fiction
 
Zak Toscani went to his office job last week, thinking it’d be like any other week. By Monday, he was international news. In this special bonus episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt dives into the recent Twitter thread that captivated the world, with its L.A. comedian author. Zak breaks down the entire chain of events, revealing new deta ...…
 
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