The Reality Check
Canada's weekly podcast that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities using science and critical thinking.
TRC #20: Xmas Origins+Is Santa Real?+Holiday Suicide Myth For our inaugural X-mas episode, the gang discusses the true origins of Christmas, discuss with a mom the dilemma of telling kids that Santa Claus is real, and we dispel the myth that suicides rates are higher in the holiday season. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_20_-_2008-12-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:27pm EDT

This week we dig up Graham Hancock's theories about lost continents and their evidence in Egypt, we discuss how Feng Shui controls flow of money (rather than chi), and place a finger on the origin of the term "Rule of Thumb". If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_19_-_2008-12-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:35pm EDT

This week we take a look at whether there is any evidence that prayer can heal, debate whether or not our safety laws are justified, and if there's is any point to collecting tabs from soda cans. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org to see this episode's show notes and to send us your questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you.
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_18_-_2008-12-04.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

This week we discuss the plausibility of a zombie apocalypse, whether or not crime is as bad as 'they' say, and why the moon seems bigger some nights. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org to see this episode's show notes and to send us your questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you.
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_17_-_2008-12-04.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:57am EDT

TRC #16-Mortality/Risk+Evidence/Falsifiability+Coriolis Effect/Toilets This week we discuss fear of mortality vs actual risk, the nature of scientific evidence, and the myth that toilets work differently in Australia. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org to see this episode's show notes and to send us your questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you.
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_16_-_2008-11-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:10am EDT

The Reality Check Ep 15 - JFK Assassination, pesticides+cancer, and does the brain prove evolution? This week the crew discuss the 45th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination (and the lingering conspiracy theories), the science of pesticides and cancer (should you worry?), and the inaugural episode of "as if you need more evidence for evolution". To read the show notes and to get in touch with us please visit ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_15_-_2008-11-20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

The Reality Check Ep 14 - The Trouble With Astrology, Scientific Medical Preventions Under Attack, and "Yes Captain, I do" This week the regular crew discuss the trouble with astrology, the double standard applied to scientific medicine with respect to prevention, and we reexamine the claim that sea captains can perform marriages. This episode we're trying a shorter format, please let us know what you think. You can reach us via our website at ottawaskeptics.org
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_14_-_2008-11-13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT

The Reality Check Ep 13 - Calorie Restrictited Diets, Wedding Superstitions, Bisphenol A, and Unlucky Numbers This week Adam, Cat, Darren, Jon, and Xander discuss calorie restriction diets, wedding superstitions, bisphenol A, and the world of unlucky numbers. Due to time constraints no logical fallacy of the week was discussed. For show notes, and to send us feedback or questions, visit: ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_13_-_2008-11-06.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:42am EDT

In this 'spooky' halloween episode Darren, Xander, and Jon discuss if maybe Dr. Michael Persingers claims deserve a bit of skepticism, and we discuss the real stats behind the dangers of 'trick or treating'. The logical fallacy of the week is the 'Appeal to FEAR'. The science myth of the week is 'Does the moon affect people's personality?' For all show notes, and a forum to discuss this episode, visit ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck/
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_12_-_2008-10-30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

The Reality Check Ep 11 - Franken-foods, Acai Berries, and UK UFO Documents Revealed! We discuss genetically modified foods (aka "franken-foods") and find out if there's anything to worry about, the growing in popularity Brazilian fruit called the acai (a-sa-ee), and the latest release of UFO documents from a major government (in this case it's the UK). The logical fallacy of the week is the "false dilemma" (aka false dichotomy). The science myth of the week is that baby carrots are gross. For show notes please visit http://www.ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck/
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_11_-_2008-10-23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT