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

Adam discusses the controversial issue of whether children's choice of toys are influenced by their gender. Jon interviews Jon Kay about his new book "Among the Truthers". Elan goes over a few myths about specific video games from 20 years ago.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_142_-_2011-05-26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:15am EST

Darren talks about a recent article going around the internet about a Brazilian woman that supposedly got the right to masturbate at work. Jon debunks claims that scientists in Alberta cured cancer (and no one took notice). Elan addresses the myth that humans only have 5 senses.

Direct download: TRC141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:50am EST

Criminal profiling definitely works in TV shows like Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, but does it work in real life? Adam profiles criminal profiling to get at the truth. Darren reads a lot... about happiness. Darren reviews a few recent books about happiness. Jon's never been in a plane crash, but if he had been, would he still be alive? Jon discusses the true stats around plane crashes.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_140_-_2011-05-12.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

Elan talks about the decline effect, does it explain declining effects in replicated scientific studies? Adam talks about the "birther" movement. Darren tracks the origins of a Martin Luther King Jr "quote" that spread around twitter after Osama Bin Laden death.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_139_-_2011-05-05.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:02am EST

Jon talks about whether dogs can detect cancer. Darren review the book Love and Sex with Robots by David Levy. Adam answers whether or not you can send in special Tootsie Pop wrappers for a prize.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_138_-_2011-04-28.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:15am EST