Skepticality:The Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine
Skeptical discussion, critical thinking, science, and the de-bunking of the supernatural and psuedoscience.
info_outline Skepticality #288 - 'Psychic' Detective! 01/19/2018
Skepticality #288 - 'Psychic' Detective! Derek sits down with Bob Nygaard, a retired police officer from New York City who moved to Florida and now has a second career helping victims of Psychic fraud. Find out what it takes to help victims of a crime often ignored by law enforcement.
info_outline Skepticality #287 - Counting Backwards 12/19/2017
Skepticality #287 - Counting Backwards After a long break, Derek comes back just in time for Christmas. This time he sits down with Henry Jay Przybylo, (Dr. Jay), to discuss his new book 'Counting Backwards'. Dr. Jay is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Northwestern University School of Medicine, specializing in infants and children. The book is his 'Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia', find out more about one of the great mysteries of modern medicine.
info_outline Skepticality #286 - Fighting Post-Truth 07/04/2017
Skepticality #286 - Fighting Post-Truth Fighting post-truth politics, promoting rational thinking and wise decision-making in the political sphere seems like it has become harder in the past couple years or so. Gleb Tsipursky, founder of 'Intentional Insights', which unites reason-oriented people to popularize science-based strategies for wise decision-making and rational thinking in politics and other life areas. Gleb is a tenure-track professor at Ohio State in the Decision Sciences Collaborative and History Department. Derek got to steal some of Gleb's time to chat more about his work, and his 'Pro-Truth Pledge', whose purpose is to change the incentive structure for public figures.
info_outline Skepticality #285 - Houdini's Final Incredible Secret 05/09/2017
Skepticality #285 - Houdini's Final Incredible Secret This episode Derek talks with Bob Loomis, librarian at the Magic Circle, and scholar of the history of stage illusion. His latest work is the book "Houdini's Final Incredible Secret", which is a detailed account of Bob's obsession with figuring out how one trick was performed.
info_outline Skepticality #284 - Son of a Buffett - Interview: Peter Buffett 03/15/2017
Skepticality #284 - Son of a Buffett - Interview: Peter Buffett This episode Derek sits down with Peter Buffett, the son of the famous investor, Warren Buffett. Peter became famous not for his investing and banking skills but for his work in music and composing. He and his wife now run a non-profit charity, NoVo, which works to empower women and girls as the primary agents of change throughout the world. Find out more about what it was like to grow up as a Buffett, and more about how he and his wife decided to spend so much of their time, money, and effort focusing on the rights and conditions for women around the world.
info_outline Skepticality #283 - Lets Get Uncomfortable! 01/24/2017
Skepticality #283 - Lets Get Uncomfortable! This week Derek has a conversation with returning guest, Dr. Bo Bennett. In the past few months Bo has been working on his latest book, 'Uncomfortable Ideas'. In the book, Bennett discusses many of the 'hot button' topics which even the most rational of us tend to shy away from discussing, or thinking about critically. As Bo says in the book, "Facts don't care about feelings. Science isn't concerned about sensibilities. And reality couldn't care less about rage." Find out why it is important to push through discomfort, and engage even the hardest issues with rational thought.
info_outline Skepticality #282 - Britt Hermes Diary 01/02/2017
Skepticality #282 - Britt Hermes Diary For the new year episode of Skepticality, Derek presents an interview he recorded with Britt Hermes, a former Naturopath turned evidence based medicine advocate. Find out what happens when you go from licensed alt-med practitioner to evidence based medicine champion.
info_outline Skepticality #281 - The Clades 12/23/2016
Skepticality #281 - The Clades This episode Derek has another conversation with Jonathan Tweet, game designer, book author, and past Skepticality guest. After the success of his last book, 'Grandmother Fish', a book aimed at teaching pre-school children about Evolution, his follow up is a card game, Clades. Clades is a kids card matching game which centers around the evolutionary concept of Clades. Find out more about the new game, and maybe some updates on the status of Grandmother Fish.
info_outline Skepticality #280 - Drawing The Skeptics 11/15/2016
Skepticality #280 - Drawing The Skeptics This episode Derek has a conversation with Tini Howard, writer of graphic novels and former comics contributor for Paste Magazine and Teen Vogue. Just a couple weeks ago Tini released her newest comic book series 'The Skeptics'. The series is a political adventure about a pair of hip, clever, teens who fool the world into believing they have superpowers. Loosely based on the real events surrounding 'Project Alpha' and other skeptical investigation tales.
info_outline Skepticality #279 - Dream On 10/25/2016
Skepticality #279 - Dream On This week Skepticality starts out with a touching message about friend of the show and past contributor to Skepticality, Bob Carroll. Then Derek talks with comedian, talk show host, and political commentator, John Fugelsang about 'Dream On', a PBS Documentary about the American Dream, and a road trip across the country to find out if it still is alive.
info_outline Skepticality #278 - Medical Nonsense 10/18/2016
Skepticality #278 - Medical Nonsense This episode Derek plays one of the lectures from this past Dragon Con. There is a lot of misconceptions about what can actually heal, and what is *actually* medicine. Find out what some of the most common, and sometimes funny, treatments that seem to crop up in doctors offices and Emergency Rooms. ER Doctor Angie Feazel Mattke gives a talk aimed at explaining just how far reaching some of these 'unscientific' medical ideas can go.
info_outline Skepticality #277 - Illustrating Women in Science 09/20/2016
Skepticality #277 - Illustrating Women in Science This week Derek talks with Illustrator/Author Rachel Ignotofsky. Once a illustrator for Hallmark Greeting cards, she now focuses her talent for creating easy to understand and attractive art on creating works that inform others about science and history. Her first book is just now out, "Women In Science", a illustrated encyclopedia of historical women who made significant contributions to science who are both well known, and those who more people should know. Find out more about Rachael, and what drove her to shift her career to focusing on education, and the history of science.
info_outline Skepticality #276 - HALmilton 08/16/2016
Skepticality #276 - HALmilton This episode Derek hands over most of the episode to Swoopy who conducts an in-depth interview with Hal Bidlack, a Hamiltonian scholar and performer who gives Chautauqua performances as Hamilton himself. They discuss how Hal ended up living a double life as Hamilton, and his importance in American history. As well as a bit about the resurgence of Hamilton's popularity due to the smash-hit Broadway play named after the founder. Bet you didn't know there are even folks who are 'skeptical' of Hamilton!
info_outline Skepticality #275 - Exodus 07/26/2016
Skepticality #275 - Exodus This episode Derek has a chat with David Person and Chuck Miller about their new documentary project, 'Exodus', a feature-length documentary about the growing number of African-Americans leaving religion. Chuck is a regional director for the American Atheists, and David is a journalist, radio host and a Christian. Find out how two unlikely friends came together to work on a project which looks into the rejection of religion by one of the most religious demographics in the United States.
info_outline Skepticality #274 - Science Tales 06/28/2016
Skepticality #274 - Science Tales kppn2u3r Derek has discussion with artist/writer, Darryl Cunningham, about his work and how a health care assistant/cartoonist decided to take on the job of educating the public about misconceptions surrounding psychiatry, science, and even world financial affairs.
info_outline Skepticality #273 - A Fishy Evolution Update 06/14/2016
Skepticality #273 - A Fishy Evolution Update Derek does a quick update discussion with Jonathan Tweet, the author of 'Grandmother Fish - a child's first book of Evolution'. Since last Jonathan was on Skepticality to discuss his Kickstarter project to create a book which appeals to the youngest of us that also teaches about the scientific theory of evolution, his book has been finished and is now in the hands of many families. Find out if the story was a success in getting kids more interested in evolution and how all life on Earth is interconnected.
info_outline Skepticality #272 - The Invention of Science 05/31/2016
Skepticality #272 - The Invention of Science Derek grabs some time with Professor of History, David Wootton, to talk about his latest book 'The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution', a book about the early years where the modern methods of inquiry and scientific thinking came to be. Find out about how a teacher who once focused on historical topics about politics and atheism ended up writing books about science and medicine.
info_outline Skepticality #271 - Viewing the World with a Rational Eye 05/17/2016
Skepticality #271 - Viewing the World with a Rational Eye Derek nabs some time with Dr. Micheal Shermer, the man in charge of Skeptic Magazine and the Skeptics Society for a little update and chat about his new book highlighting his fifteen years writing a regular column for Scientific American magazine, followed by some discussion about how science factors into the current United States presidential election.
info_outline Skepticality #270 - Watching Science 04/12/2016
Skepticality #270 - Watching Science This episode Derek has a discussion with Dr. Ivan Oransky, MD. Dr. Oransky is the global editorial editor for MedPage Today, and co-founder of Retraction Watch, a site which reports on scientific integrity, fraud, and other issues. He previously was executive editor of Reuters Health and held an editorial position at Scientific American and The Scientist. His main passion is the promotion of science based medicine and encouraging those in the medical field to use a more common sense approach to diagnosis and focus less on 'pre-conditions' and possible symptoms of less-than-certain diseases.
info_outline Skepticality #269 - The Man, The Myth, The Legend 03/27/2016
Skepticality #269 - The Man, The Myth, The Legend A special Easter day episode with Raphael Lataster. Raphael is a writer and Religious Studies expert who focuses on the history of religion. Raphael recently has been working with Richard Carrier on the historicity of Jesus, and the likelihood of his existence. So, take a listen while you hunt your colored eggs!
info_outline Skepticality #268 - A Numerate Life 03/15/2016
Skepticality #268 - A Numerate Life This week Derek sits down with the author of "A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours", John Allen Paulos. The author has written books weaving math into facets of life with book topics ranging from math and humor, to the stock market. This new work takes a more 'personal' look at the intersection of math, numbers, and personal stories and histories.
info_outline Skepticality #267 - Bad Clowns 02/16/2016
Skepticality #267 - Bad Clowns This episode Derek chats with Ben Radford, a Skepticality past guest, author, and investigator. Ben has just released his latest book, "Bad Clowns". Clowns might not be your usual idea for a skeptical topic, but Ben thinks you might just change your mind once you delve into the history and stories in his new work. So, turn off the lights, snuggle your favorite creepy clown and join in for some Bad Clown fun.
info_outline Skepticality #266 - Breakfast Cereal Skepticism 01/19/2016
Skepticality #266 - Breakfast Cereal Skepticism This episode Derek has a conversation with Zack Wienersmith, the creator/author of the popular web comic series 'Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal' (SMBC). Zach was a speaker at The Amazing Meeting 13, so while they were both in the same building Derek was able to get some time with Zack to discuss how he got interested in science, skeptical thinking, and how the two relate... or not.
info_outline Skepticality #265 - A Moment With Edell 12/16/2015
Skepticality #265 - A Moment With Edell Derek presents another interview from his trip to The Amazing Meeting 13, a recorded interview with Dr. Dean Edell. Dr. Edell had an impressive array of popular media shows on radio and television over the course of his career. He promoted science based medicine to the masses and fought against shoddy medical reporting and pseudoscience throughout his time communicating to the public. Back in 2010 he announced his retirement from his media career, Derek got to catch up with Dr. Edell at TAM to talk about his retirement, and what drove him to keep fighting against anti-science, and to push well founded medical information when much of the mainstream media seems so lax to do so.
info_outline Skepticality #264 - Don't Mess With Her Pumpkin Spice Lattes 12/02/2015
Skepticality #264 - Don't Mess With Her Pumpkin Spice Lattes Derek presents another interview from his trip to The Amazing Meeting 13,a recorded interview with Yvette d'Entremont, AKA SciBabe, an analytical chemist with a background in forensics and toxicology. Before working full-time as a science writer and public speaker, Yvette worked as a chemistry professor and a toxicology chemist researching pesticides for safety. She now runs her own blog/website, SciBabe, dedicated to debunking pseudoscience that tends to proliferate online and in society. In this episode find out how SciBabe came to be and why she ended up focusing her work on clearing up misinformation about science, food and nutrition.
info_outline Skepticality #263 - Based on The Bible 11/17/2015
Skepticality #263 - Based on The Bible This episode Derek chats with author/filmmaker Chris Matheson about his recently released book 'The Story of God - A Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate)'. A funny look at the events as described in the Bible from the perspective of God and how the divine fumbles its way through the origins of reality and all we know. Find out more about how the man who helped create, and film, classic movies featuring Bill and Ted came to write a story which has a supreme being as its main character.
info_outline Skepticality #262 - Good Thinking 10/27/2015
Skepticality #262 - Good Thinking This episode Derek has a discussion with past Skepticality guest, Guy P. Harrison on his latest book, 'Good Thinking'. In this book Guy took on the challenge of discovering more about human brain evolution, and sought out what the current, best, science is on how we can keep our brains healthy and working the best way possible. Maybe you shouldn't be eating that extra scoop of drive through ice cream after-all....
info_outline Skepticality #261 - The Dr. Bo Show 10/06/2015
Skepticality #261 - The Dr. Bo Show This episode Derek chats with Bo Bennett, popular author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and co-host of 'The Humanist Hour', along with several other critical thought podcasts and radio shows. Find out more about Bo's journey into the world of critical thought, skepticism, humanism and activism.
info_outline Skepticality #260 - More About James Randi 09/22/2015
Skepticality #260 - More About James Randi This episode features a live recording of Derek and James Randi on stage at Skeptrack 2015 this past Labor Day weekend at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA. Derek and Randi discuss the origins of The Amazing Randi and his work exposing fakers and other harmful charlatans over the years.