Episodes Archive

Health Fraud #34

November 20, 2009

We spoke with Brent Homan from the Canadian Competition Bureau, about their attempts to combat health fraud. Questionable cancer cures, fake vaccines, miracle machines, creams and treatments. What's the government doing to educate consumers and smack down the bad guys? And is it working? Read More


Human Research Ethics #33

November 13, 2009

Nancy Walton helps us explore the intricacies of human research ethics. The Millgram Experiment. The Stanford Prison Experiment. Randomized trials on orphaned and abandoned children. Stem cell research. Studying the effects of torture. Does "ethics" mean what you think it means? And on Speaking Up, we talk about chronic illness and alternative health with Joey Haban. Read More


The Skeptical Alt-Heath Practitioner #32

November 06, 2009

Paul Ingraham is a Vancouver Registered Massage Therapist and science writer who criticizes questionable practices in alternative health care -- and his professional regulator calls it offensively unprofessional and wants to censor his website with tens of thousands of dollars in legal defense expenses at stake. Science-based alternative health? Rebellion within the alt-health ranks? And on Speaking Up, we about Science Online 2010 with Bora Zivkovic. Read More


Science Fiction and Skepticism #31

October 30, 2009

Discussing the intersection of science fiction and skepticism with Derek Colanduno, co-host of the podcast Skepticality. Saying that "both involve science" is only scratching the surface. And on Speaking Up we talk about horror movie superstitions with Jill Powell. Read More


Digital Footprints #30

October 23, 2009

Keith Schon of Cataphora discusses how computers can track behavior, and find out all your dirty little secrets. What are the limits on what your company is allowed to find out about you, and how are they doing it? How do we figure out, after the fact, whether "Yeah, go do that" means "Yes, grab me some lunch" or "Yes, perpetrate that multi-million dollar fraud scheme." And what do your online behavior patterns say about you? And on Speaking Up we discuss sports superstitions with Colin McIntyre. Read More


Getting Noticed #29

October 16, 2009

From comedy and music, to scientific studies and how we respond to them, to blogging vs. mainstream media, to attention-grabbing stunts... is all publicity good publicity, or do our own efforts sometimes work against us? With Greg Laden, biological anthropologist and author of Greg Laden's Blog and Omar Mouallem, rapper and journalist. And on Speaking Up: Made With Molecules with Raven Hanna. Read More


Canadian Skepticism #28

October 09, 2009

We discuss the challenges and successes of the Canadian evidence-based community with contributors to the new Canadian skeptical blog, Skeptic North. Guests include Steve Thoms from Ontario's Niagara Region, Jonathan Abrams from Ottawa, and Jesse Brydle from Vancouver. Read More


Randall Munroe of xkcd #27

October 02, 2009

Randall Munroe, creator of the webcomic xkcd, discusses stick men, math, science, relationships and what it's like to be an internet meme. And on Speaking Up, Omar Mouallem with a Skeptical Ghost Story. Read More


Science Comedian #26

September 25, 2009

Brian Malow, earth's premier science comedian, discusses using humour as outreach, why people are scared of science, and what's so funny about the second law of thermodynamics. And on Speaking Up we disucss H1N1 anti-vaccination paranoia with Scott Gavura. Read More


Surprise Guest Adam Savage! #25

September 18, 2009

Adam Savage, co-host of the Discovery Channel's MythBusters will be on the show this week, to discuss skepticism, celebrity advocacy, and of course, the wildly popular TV show and its role in skepticism. And Derek Bartholomaus, creator of The Jenny McCarthy Body Count will discuss anti-vaccination advocates and the recent rise in treatable illnesses. Read More


Richard Saunders #24

September 11, 2009

Richard Saunders, paranormal investigator and host of the Skeptic Zone podcast, will explain how we can properly use the scientific method to test psychic and supernatural claims, how to become a credible resource for mainstream news, and how to keep a straight face, even, and especially, when it's difficult. And on Speaking Up, Michael Kruse with the Darwin Lecture Series. Read More


The Skeptical Actor #23

September 04, 2009

Kennedy Goodkey, writer of/actor in the new independent movie The Beast of Bottomless Lake will discuss Ogopogo, being a skeptic in the not-so-skeptical acting community,and what it's like to shoot a movie in a town where the tourism industry is built on the perpetuation of a myth. And on Speaking Up, we talk to K.O. Myers with Grassroots Skeptics. Read More


Genomics #22

August 28, 2009

Fintan Steele discusses genetic information and research, and its implications for medicine, law and ethics. And on Speaking Up, The Skeptographers with Marion Kilgour. Read More


Skeptical Education #21

August 21, 2009

Daniel Loxton, the editor of Junior Skeptic magazine, discusses how we can help to ensure that the next generation is thoroughly prepared for all the irrationality, pseudoscience and disinformation that the world will throw at them. And on Speaking Up: Notes from the Skepdad with Brad Salomons. Read More


Ask A Pharmacist #20

August 14, 2009

Scott Gavura discusses naturopaths prescribing medicine, the right to refuse to fill prescriptions on moral grounds, and how not every remedy in your local pharmacy is evidence-based. And on Speaking Up: Brownian Motion and the Ants. Read More


Gender and The Skeptical Community #19

August 07, 2009

So where are we with gender and sexism within the skeptical community? The facts and opinions may surprise you. With guests Dana Blumrosen, Marion Kilgour and Jill Powell. Read More


Astrobiology #18

July 31, 2009

Dr. Maggie Turnbull, consulting scientist for NASA's New World Observer, a space telescope mission to discover and study Earth-like planets orbiting nearby stars, and for the MIT Exoplanet-SAT, a mission to search for transits of habitable exoplanets, offers us a glimpse into the possibility of life on other planets. And on Speaking Up: skepticism and weight loss with Jill Powell. Read More


Cyber Security #17

July 24, 2009

Nullsession explains just how totally dependent we are on our computers, and the myriad ways in which we are vulnerable. I for one, welcome our robot overlords. And on Speaking Up: IQ denialism with Rodrigo de la Jara. Read More


TAM Forever #16

July 17, 2009

The cast discusses their trip to TAM7, with the goal of making you ridiculously jealous. With surprise calls from Tim Farley, Jeff Wagg and Richard Saunders! Read More


Stormchasing #15

July 03, 2009

Jeff Richardson talks with us about tornadoes and other extreme weather conditions, and what drives someone to choose such a potentially hazardous hobby. And on Speaking Up: Amy Davis Roth of surlyramics.com. Beautiful jewelry for the fashionable skeptic. Read More