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

'Tis the season!   Pat and Cristina are back again with a review of the year's parodies.   They listen to your picks, the host's picks and a few of their favourites.  

Direct download: TRC_225.mp3
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Season's greetings!   Elan discusses whether working from home can actually work, then we have a very special interview with PZ Myers and lastly, we review our predictions from last year and make a few for the year to come.  

Direct download: TRC_224.mp3
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Finally, a mid December podcast that doesn't reference the upcoming holidays! Episode 223 of The Reality Check begins with Pat Roach discussing Planet X and whether it will be a factor in the world ending on December 21st. Adam Gardner then looks into whether or not men are stronger than women. Darren McKee closes out the show with an exploration into whether canned food drives are as good as they sound. The episode is bookended by an It's Always Sunny inspired skeptical parody and a fun set of outtakes.

Direct download: TRC_223.mp3
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Episode 222 is not your typical TRC episode in that it was recorded live in front of the attendees of Eschaton 2012 in Ottawa. It is typical however in that it brings the skepticism big time. Darren "likely not the real Darren" McKee leads off the show by discussing whether or not we are all living in a simulation. This is followed by Elan "Pollos" Dubrofsky hosting a Breaking Bad themed game of Science Fact or Science Fiction. Special guest panelist Jon "used to host this show" Abrams then takes a look at subliminal advertising, and Adam "far from average but not sure in which direction" Gardner closes out the show with an exploration into the Law of Averages. 

Direct download: TRC_222.mp3
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The gang is joined by a very special guest; Jim Davies, Professor of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. First Adam Gardner discusses the dangers of cell phones and driving.   Jim then fills us in on some surprising information regarding cycling helmets and risk.   Finally Elan Dubrofsky tells us about copyright, privacy and Facebook.  

Direct download: TRC_221__27-11-2012.mp3
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