The Reality Check
Canada's weekly podcast that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities using science and critical thinking.
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
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_12_-_2008-10-30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30am EST

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
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_11_-_2008-10-23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:24pm EST

The Reality Check Ep 10 - Islamic Doll, What Energy Is Essay, and Cognitive Dissonance In this episode Adam discusses a Fisher-Price doll that apparently says some 'shocking' things, darren shares with us an essay he wrote about energy (and it's misuse), and Jonathan discusses the psychological theory of cognitive dissonance. We then finish with the logical fallacy of the week and the science myth of the week.

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Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_10_-_2008-10-16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:04pm EST

The Reality Check Ep 9 - Vitamin C + Chemotherapy, Maggie the Counting Dog, and Out of Body Study On this week's show we discuss a news report that vitamin C may interfere with chemotherapy drugs' ability to fight cancer, a dog that can supposedly do math, and the announcement of a new study that will figure out if out of body experiences are more than just hallucinations.

Show notes (Available at

Vitamin C + Chemotherapy
Original news report: link
Analysis by Oncologist David Gorski: link

Maggie the Counting Dog:
Video of the Dog Counting: link

Out of Body Study:
Original Press Release: link
CBC Coverage: link
BBC Coverage: link

Logical Fallacy of the Week:
Appeal to Authority: link

Science Myth of the Week:
Dog Food Myths
Chocolate Toxicity: link
Dietary Myths: link
History of Dog Food: link
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_9_-_2008-10-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

The Reality Check Ep 8 - Ogopogo, Bigfoot vs Politicians, and Pond Scum On this week's show we discuss Ogopogo (Canada's own Loch Ness monster), the recent survey that claimed that Canadians believed that it was more likely that scientists would discover Bigfoot than politicians would keep their promises, and the health benefits of spirulina (a type of algea that is gaining in popularity). We then tackle the logical fallacy and science myth of the week.

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Show Notes:

General Overview: link
Believer Claims: link 1 link 2
Skeptical View: link

Bigfoot Survey:
Press release from Canadian Taxpayers Federation: link
Press coverage: link

J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Jun 25;56(12):4352-8. Epub 2008 Jun 4.
MICROBIOLOGICAL REVIEWS, Dec. 1983, p. 551-578
 Ann Nutr Metab 2008;52:322–328
Eur J Nutr (2008)
Acta Vitaminol Enzymol. 1984;6(4):295-304
Toxicology in Vitro 22 (2008) 1496–1502
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Vol. 70 (2006) , No. 2 pp.363-368
(Ya, I know. Blame Catherine -Jon)

Logical Fallacy:
Argument From Ignorance (Shifting the Burden of Proof): link

Science Myth of the Week:
Science states that bees cannot fly: link
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_8_-_2008-10-02.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:04am EST