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

Darren cuts through the hype to find out if micro-financing actually helps people. Adam takes a look at a light bulb that has supposedly been lit for over a hundred years, and then the rabbit hole goes deeper. Elan looks into whether your mom was right, does being cold cause you to get the common cold?

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_146_-_2011-06-22.mp3
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Elan talks about the Halo Effect, which is when a single attribute misrepresents the whole. Adam explores hypnosis, is it really a separate state of mind? Darren busts the myth that goldfish only have a short term memory of 3 seconds.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_145_-_2011-06-16.mp3
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Darren examines competing studies and tries to answer whether or not chronic fatigue syndrome is caused by a particular virus. Adam looks into whether "risk compensation" reduces the effect of new safety policies/technologies. Elan debunks the myth that lightning never strikes twice.

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_144_-_2011-06-09.mp3
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Elan examines speed reading, is it even possible? Jon discuss Bitcoin, a new form of online currency, is it the most dangerous invention since the internet? Darren answers the question: Can people really rip a phone book in half?

Direct download: The_Reality_Check_Ep_143_-_2011-06-02.mp3
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