The Reality Check
Canada's weekly podcast that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities using science and critical thinking.

Darren pulls out some stats to find out if we live in the most wonderful time. Adam changes his tune about Kawanzaa. Elan discusses the basics of Chanukkah and gets confused by lunar calendars.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_121_-_2010-12-22.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:49pm EST

Adam explains how to talk to babies using sign language. Xander talks about the difference between real toxins and made up toxins. Darren answers the question of whether homosexuals are more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexuals.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_120_-_2010-12-16.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:34am EST

Elan talks about the odd mathematical law Benford's Law. Darren reviews the book Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand. Adam debunks a myth he's been spreading to friends, are titanium rings so strong that if the finger it's on gets swollen, it needs to be amputated.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_119_-_2010-12-09.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:58pm EST

Adam counts the mysteries surrounding number stations. Jon interview Bart Farks about the JREF, the million dollar challenge, and the Starcraft strategy guide? Elan has trouble figuring out why women wear high heels, do men even notice them?

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_118_-_2010-12-02.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:03am EST

Darren looks at a couple claims surrounding English's most famous playwright. Elan looks at whether money is associated with happiness. Adam takes on extreme mattress claims.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_117_-_2010-11-25.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:05am EST

Elan explains MLM marketing schemes and why they may not be the road to getting rich quick. Adam looks at the risk of electrocution. Darren debunks the myth that touching baby birds will cause the birds' mother to reject it.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_-_2010-11-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:33am EST

Darren reviews Sam Harris' new book The Moral Landscape. Jon debunks nose blowing. Elan finds out if you really do need 8 hours of sleep every night.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_115_-_2010-11-11.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:03pm EST

Adam tames Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer). Elan jumps in a Delorean to figure out what the deal is with the internet's most famous time traveller John Titor. Jon debunks the myth that Alice in Wonderland is all about drugs.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_114_-_2010-11-04.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:05pm EST

Darren answers a listener's email asking if 30 000 kids are actually dying every day in Africa. Jon judges the energy shavings from observing daylight savings. Adam finally gets around to debunking the 1999 claim that Cindy Margolis is the most downloaded woman on the internet.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_113_-_2010-10-28.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

Adam explores the mythic history of Wicca. Elan challenges his fellow podcasters to a rousing game of Science Fiction or Science Fact: Fear Edition. Darren finds out whether or not wolves actually howl at the moon.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_112_-_2010-10-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:22am EST