The Reality Check
Canada's weekly podcast that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities using science and critical thinking.
TRC #29: The Nocebo Effect+Circumcision/AIDS+Chicken Eggs Myth This week Jon delivers the pain by discussing the 'nocebo effect', Darren cuts to the point by discussing whether circumcision helps prevent HIV transmission, and Adam demystifies breakfast by debunking the myth that eggs are chicken fetuses. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_29_-_2009-02-26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:08pm EST

This week Darren examines the controversy over the sun's colour, Adam debunks the latest atlantis sighting from Google Maps, and Jon debunks the myth that the Great Wall of China is the only man made object visible from space (or moon). If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_28_-_2009-02-26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am EST

TRC #27: Scientific Progress+Money as Dept+Lemmings Myth This week Darren explains that scientific progress is not an illusion, Xander discusses an alarming video about the world's financial system, and Jon buries the myth that lemmings commit suicide. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_27_-_2009-02-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am EST

In celebration of Darwin's 200th birthday we discuss three evolution related topics: the evolution of evolution, how fossils are dated, and the return of the segment "As if you needed any more evidence for evolution". If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_26_-_2009-02-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49am EST

TRC #25: Bear Armour+Evolution Book Reviews+Dream Myth This week Xander talks about the real Ironman (a guy who made armour for fighting bears, and can see through walls), Darren impresses everyone by describing all the evolution books he has read, and Adam tears down the pernicious myth that you cannot read in a dream. 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_25_-_2009-02-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:05am EST