Best Skeptic podcasts — Discussion from a skeptical standpoint (Updated August 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: https://www.theskepticsguide.org
 
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Inquiring Minds
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Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the space 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.
 
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 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.
 
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Skeptoid
Weekly
 
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.
 
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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Ask Science Mike
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A weekly podcast where Mike McHargue answers questions about science, faith, and life.
 
A podcast for the morbidly curious. From serial killers to ghosts, ancient curses to obscure medical conditions, let us satisfy your curiosity. (Some episodes may not be appropriate for children. Listener discretion is advised.)
 
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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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.
 
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.
 
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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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The Skeptic Zone
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The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and his team of reporters for your weekly dose of skeptical news and interviews, reports and comments. Past guests have included, James Randi, Stephen Fry, Tim Minchin, Eugenie Scott, Dr Phil Plait, Michael Marshall, Dr Steve Novella, Dr Pamela Gay, Jon Ronson, Dr Ben Goldacre, Simon Singh, Prof. Richard Wiseman, Dick Smith, Banachek, Prof. Chris French, George Hrab, Tim Ferguson, Dr Paul Willis and many, many more. Fea ...
 
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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.
 
information and opinions on money, politics and Religion. All the things you should not discuss with your family.
 
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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No Religion Required
Monthly
 
Skepticism with a touch of southern charm. Stand for Reason or you will fall for anything!
 
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Trolling With Logic
Monthly
 
Weekly Skeptical podcast. Topics to make you think, Movie reviews to make your head explode.
 
A conversational podcast for the less hardcore rationalist, who wants to level-up their rational skills while having fun.
 
Your home for news and ridiculous comment with Jesse Dollemore and Brittany Page!
 
The name says it all. We explore information that is hidden from the general public view but without deviating from critical scientific skepticism.
 
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 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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Skepticule
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Spanking the bottom of ignorance since 2009
 
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Skeptic
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Examining Extraordinary Claims and Promoting Science
 
Host Alex J O'Connor (from the YouTube channel 'CosmicSkeptic') discusses and debates deep and important issues with experts from a variety of philosophical, scientific and theological disciplines. Departing from Alex's snappier style on YouTube, this podcast presents more thorough analyses of the topics at hand, with help from a wide range of well-known professionals.
 
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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Skeptics with a K
Monthly+
 
Skeptics with a K is the podcast for science, reason and critical thinking from the Merseyside Skeptics Society.
 
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Truth Wanted
Weekly
 
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 ...
 
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 Wire
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A skeptical look at the news of the day.
 
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
 
Explore controversial science with leading researchers and their critics... the leading source for intelligent skeptic-versus-believer debate...
 
A podcast in which two friends explore esoteric, paranormal and spiritual topics from two completely different perspectives.
 
Two skeptics, two bottles of wine, two hours, and too much mysterious stuff for just one conversation.
 
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Good news: this single podcast episode is two shows at once! Because on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians Caitlin Gill and Kandice Martellaro for a walk through the latest greatest science news you haven’t heard yet. From there, they’ll spitball the fun & funny sci-fi movies waiting to be adapted from that ...…
 
This week, Science Mike talks about some of his favorite fiction books he's read recently. Washington BlackSalvationA Darker Shade of MagicThe Fifth SeasonExhalationBy The Liturgists Network.
 
TRC’s ‘Fifth Beatle’ Dr. Stuart Robbins, aka AstroStu, joins us this week for a fun and fact-packed show! Adam kicks things off highlighting recent listener’s feedback. Stuart fact-checks Cristina and brings us a more in-depth look at retrograde in Astronomy. Finally, Pat gets cheeky with a game of ‘Name That’ about the moon landing.…
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss an instance of checking their own biases, listener emails and voicemails related to maintaining connections with Trump-loving family members, gun violence, and transubstantiation, the celebration of Jesse’s YouTube award for passing 100,000 subscribers, and Donald Trump’s no good very bad week. SUPPORT THE SHOW ONPATR ...…
 
Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:25 Isil Arican and Cuneyt Ozdas Learn how Isil and Cuneyt help to promote science and scepticism in Turkey and around the world. https://yalansavar.org/podcast/ http://www.acikbilim.com/ 0:20:55 Looking for Woo in Berkeley join Richard Saunders as he wanders along the streets of Berkeley in ...…
 
Long interview with Matt Dillahunty. We discuss: memory, evidence for god, Jeffery Epstein, slavery, magic and much more!Investing Skeptically:- Investment Clarity-HSA-Asset Allocation Part 2 - BondsBonus Audio- Richard Dawkins - Science it works bitches- West wing - Bible LessonBy Phil Ferguson.
 
5-10 Years: Solar Roads; News Items: Wind Turbines, Bleach for Autism, Grain-Free Dog Food, Terraforming Mars; Who's That Noisy; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction
 
This week we take a look at the sociology of class. What factors create and impact class? How do we try and study it? How does class play out differently in different countries like the US and the UK? How does it impact the political system? We talk with Daniel Laurison, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College and coauthor of the ...…
 
Bylined authors, missed diagnoses, syndicated news wires, and Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome Plus erythema multiforme, Scottish Jails, and drinking rum with expats. Surviving the reformation, it’s Skeptics with a K. Mixed and Edited by Morgan Clarke.By Merseyside Skeptics Society.
 
Bylined authors, missed diagnoses, syndicated news wires, and Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome Plus erythema multiforme, Scottish Jails, and drinking rum with expats. Surviving the reformation, it’s Skeptics with a K. Mixed and Edited by Morgan Clarke.By Merseyside Skeptics Society.
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss the terrible headlines of the day, listener emails and voicemails related to belief in transubstantiation, immigration policy in the Trump administration, and Donald Trump’s emotional range, and Joe Biden’s gaffes. SUPPORT THE SHOW ONPATREON: http://www.TeamDollemore.com Get yourDOLLEMORE/PAGE 2020 sticker! https://do ...…
 
Jamie Lombardi is back to talk about the curious case of Andrew Yang! We explore why there seems to be so much support for him among the alt-right, 4chan, and IDW type people. We also discuss his flagship policy - the UBI. Hop on to patreon.com/seriouspod to enjoy a bonus QnA segment!
 
This week we start by noting that the measles numbers in Serbia from last week must be nonsense (it’s much worse) and again urge you to support Retraction Watch. We then report on Cardinal Pell’s failed appeal in Australia and the pope’s totally misguided efforts to help the people of Syria.Brexit spells disaster for science in the UK, a Britis ...…
 
LOFW #25 pt. 2 of 2: LOFW #25 pt. 2 of 2: Empty mind is the ONLY Cure for Unhappiness generallBy occultknowledge.
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/sciencesalon/ss079_Anthony_Kronman_2019_08_12.mp3 Download MP3 The former dean of Yale Law School argues that the feverish egalitarianism gripping college campuses today is out of place at institutions whose job is to prepare citizens to live in a vibrant democracy. In his tenure at Yale, Anthony Kronman has watched st ...…
 
It's rare for public intellectuals to talk about things they've gotten wrong, but geneticist Razib Khan is an exception. He recently published list of 28 things he's changed his mind about in the last decade, not just in genetics, but in other fields of science, politics, society, and religion. Julia interviews Razib about some of the items on ...…
 
The facts behind the legend of a mysterious giant ape, said by some to be a chimp-gorilla hybrid.By Brian Dunning.
 
On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem presents Laura with a dozen or so of William Carpenter’s One Hundred Proofs That the Earth Is Not a Globe. She is… unconvinced. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that delves into issues of science, critical thinking, and secular humanism. Links: One Hundred Proofs That ...…
 
Steve King Asks if There Would Be ‘Any Population’ Left Without Rape and Incest - The New York Times #CuccinelliResign Trends on Twitter After Controversial Statue of Liberty Immigration Comments Russian priest suspended for violently baptising baby blames mother for not being religious enough | Newshub Rick Wiles: Jews Will Use Red Flag Laws t ...…
 
Steve King Asks if There Would Be ‘Any Population’ Left Without Rape and Incest - The New York Times #CuccinelliResign Trends on Twitter After Controversial Statue of Liberty Immigration Comments Russian priest suspended for violently baptising baby blames mother for not being religious enough | Newshub Rick Wiles: Jews Will Use Red Flag Laws t ...…
 
One of the most baffling Australian cold cases is the 1948 death of an unidentified man at Somerton Beach. To this day, the man’s identity and the cause of his death remains cloaked in mystery, the only clues being a suitcase full of clothing and a scrap of paper with the words ‘Tamam Shud’ typed on it. There are many theories as to who the man ...…
 
Here's the questions on this week's show, along with additional resources. Are humans fit for space? ARE HUMANS FIT FOR SPACE? A ‘HERCULEAN’ STUDY SAYS MAYBE NOT Does talking to plants or water crystals change their energy?How can I cope with night time anxiety. What Causes Anxiety At Night And How To Deal With It Could the authors of Genesis h ...…
 
Five thousand murders go unsolved in the United States every year. That means each American killer has a 38% chance of not getting caught, remaining free to listen to the inevitable true crime podcast about their deeds. People all over the world love sharing stories of lurid murder. But what if true crime fans could do more than just listen? Wh ...…
 
Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:16 Zealot with Jo Thornley Why would anyone join a cult? Maybe they're unhappy with their current religion, or they want to change the world, or they're disappointed with their lives and want to find something bigger or holier that makes sense of this confusing, chaotic and dangerous world. ...…
 
Cristina kicks off the show by taking a closer look at the NY Times Best Seller list and what being a “bestselling author” really means. Adam puts Occam’s razor to good use while exploring whether it’s plausible that Jeffrey Epstein may have committed suicide in jail. Finally, Darren digs into anthropologist Joseph Henrich’s book, “The Secret o ...…
 
Your Numbers Up, News Items: Banana Fungus, Epstein Conspiracy, Weber's Law; Who's That Noisy; Changing the Calendar; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss a horror story in Florida, Pew Research Center’s latest report on Catholic belief in transubstantiation, Steve King’s controversial comments regarding abortion, Donald Trump’s attacks on individuals experiencing mental illnesses, the new rules regarding public assistance and immigration, and Takin’ Care of Biz featuri ...…
 
Lectures of Fallen Wisdom #25: 7 Deadly Sins all Symptoms of Low Self Esteem They are; pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth (or depression) Their conteracting virtues: humility, charity, chastity, contentment, temperence (or abstinence), patience, enthusiasm But, those virtues cannot be imposed through force of thought/will. They fl ...…
 
In catching up on some of your many amazing questions, emails, and voicemails, I stumbled into a Glenn Greenwald vortex that I cannot help but sound off on. There is a contingent of the far left (if indeed they are that) that believes liberals fabricated the bulk of the Russia story in order to deflect from Democratic shortcomings. I explore th ...…
 
Pontus was interviewed by Richard Saunders on The Skeptic Zone this week, check it out at http://skepticzone.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-zone-564-11august2019In this episode we hear about free energy devices, about Pope Francis’ friend who stands accused of sex-abuse, and that Metro in Sweden is closing down taking with it their ‘Viral Examiner’ tha ...…
 
Interview with Aron Ra. We talk about phylogeny and electric cars.Investing Skeptically: Asset Allocation Part 1, Cancer Insurance.Bonus audio:- Catholic Church & R. Kelly from Saturday Night Live- Suck it Jesus from Kathy Griffin- Great Dictator from Charlie ChaplinEnd Music:Not Dead Yet - Ralph Covert & The Bad Examples…
 
In this episode our hosts come together to try and figure out if it’s worth worrying about the possibility that we’re living in a simulation, with a fun twist. We also do plenty of listener feedback. Steven mentioned Eneasz’s book. When I googled the short story Eneasz talked about “Steve Fever” (which was written by Greg Egan), the fifth resul ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss next-level marketing, listener emails and voicemails related to men crying, gun violence, and switching parties, Chris Cuomo’s viral moment, Andrew Yang’s emotional response to a question on gun violence, and Tucker Carlson’s false claim related to white supremacy. SUPPORT THE SHOW ONPATREON: http://www.TeamDollemore. ...…
 
Mary Rodwell is a trained therapist who’s 3,000+ cases suggest an ongoing genetic manipulation experiment. photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: [00:00:00] Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. I’m your host Alex Tsakiris. Now, today I know is going to be a ...…
 
Mary Rodwell is a trained therapist who’s 3,000+ cases suggest an ongoing genetic manipulation experiment. photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: [00:00:00] Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. I’m your host Alex Tsakiris. Now, today I know is going to be a ...…
 
We talk to sports and science writer David Epstein about his latest book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.By Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari.
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/sciencesalon/ss078_Don_Hoffman_2019_07_15.mp3 Download MP3 In his new book, The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth From Our Eyes, the U.C. Irvine cognitive scientist Dr. Donald Hoffman challenges the leading scientific theories that claim that our senses report back objective reality. How can it be possi ...…
 
On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Lauren, Laura, and Gem get conspiratorial! Lauren gives everyone the rundown on QAnon, Laura presents three food-related conspiracies, and Ashlyn explains why the Denver Airport is full of weird (but probably not Satanic) art. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that ...…
 
Updates and newer information to some of the conclusions in your favorite Skeptoid episodes.By Brian Dunning.
 
We chat about tragic stories presented as uplifting, AOC, minimum wage, and lunch debt. School district that turned down donation will accept offer to pay off lunch debt AOC Thinks Concentrated Wealth Is Incompatible With Democracy. So Did Our Founders. Matt Walsh being a douche
 
We chat about tragic stories presented as uplifting, AOC, minimum wage, and lunch debt. School district that turned down donation will accept offer to pay off lunch debt AOC Thinks Concentrated Wealth Is Incompatible With Democracy. So Did Our Founders. Matt Walsh being a douche
 
If you lend a filmmaker your fighter jet, what do they owe you in return? Thanks to America’s military might and the world’s appetite for cinematic explosions, that weirdly specific question get asked a lot. Did you know the U.S. government influences dozens of movies and shows every year? Do you think Hollywood would pass up free Pentagon stuf ...…
 
Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:55 Interview with Pontus Bockman Pontus discovered skepticism in 2010 and soon thereafter became deeply involved in local activism, such as organising Skeptics in the Pub and giving lectures on skepticism in local schools in his native Sweden. The ESP http://theesp.eu European Skeptics Congr ...…
 
News Items: Video Game Violence, Public Trusts in Scientists, Robot Workers, New Type of Star, Detecting Planet Cores; Who's That Noisy, Your Questions and E-mails: TMT Follow Up; Science or Fiction
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss Jesse’s social media break, listeners emails and voicemails related to the current state of affairs, racism, and white supremacist domestic terrorism and guns. SUPPORT THE SHOW ONPATREON: http://www.TeamDollemore.com Get yourDOLLEMORE/PAGE 2020 sticker! https://dollemore.com/stickers-shop/ TRE45ON SHIRTSAVAILABLE AT: ...…
 
After we posted a funny meme on TRC’s Facebook page, a couple of Checkers question whether hippos can really swim so Pat goes on a mission to find out. Simple yes or no answer, right? Not on this show! Darren breaks down Neil deGrasse Tyson’s tweet and apology around recent U.S. shootings that made some people more than a little upset. Finally, ...…
 
Anthony Magnabosco is the founder and executive director of Street Epistemology International, a non-profit organisation formed to encourage critical thinking and scepticism while providing people around the world with the resources needed to develop and promote Street Epistemology. He speaks to Alex about how to get people to rethink their bel ...…
 
Our second annual Science Birthday is here, and this year we celebrate the wonderful Mary Golda Ross, born 9 August 1908. She died in 2008 at age 99, but left a lasting mark on the science of rocketry and space exploration as an early woman in engineering, and one of the first Native Americans in engineering. Join Rachelle and Bethany for this ...…
 
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