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The Science Enthusiast Podcast

tSE 034 - Cara Santa Maria, Science Communicator, Co-Host of Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe!

The Science Enthusiast Podcast
Released on Jan 18, 2017

tSE 034 - Cara Santa Maria, Science Communicator, Co-Host of Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe!

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

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This week's sponsor: Andrew Wakefield!

You remember all those times when you wanted to commit genocide against children, infants, and the immunocompromised? Thankfully, Andy finally got around to releasing his own MMR vaccine that he patented back in the 90s. Introducing MMRmurder.

MMRmurder: specially formulated for parents who shove bleach up their kids’ asses to cure Autism.

God of the week: Athena: Greek goddess of wisdom, war, and artistry

Interview: This evening we are thrilled to be joined by Cara Santa Maria! Cara is a journalist, science communicator, television presenter and producer, and podcaster, hosting Talk Nerdy and SGU. (And somehow she has found time to talk to us tonight!)

Why we love the internet Thoughts about the internet: Criticism of Islam!

Because ideas aren’t people, and bad ideas deserve to be criticized and mocked. Dan read a few messages he received from ex-Muslims, and explains why if you use the term “Islamophobia” in a serious manner, we automatically assume you’re an idiot.

Referenced in the segment: this post on the page, but also this one and this one. You can read more about Xulhaz Mannan’s story, too.

Quote of the Week: “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'

-Isaac Asimov

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Next week's episode: We’ll bring you our interview with the awesome James Fell, fitness and nutrition writer and all-around fantastic debunker of bullshit.

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