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


The Reality Check panel delivers a morbidly merry episode this holiday season! Pat goes down under to see if Adelaide is worthy of its ‘murder capital’ rep, while Cristina presents the odds of dying on your birthday. Next, Adam relaxes into a segment about the dangers of sitting, and Darren investigates recent homicide rates in Canada.

Direct download: TRC_329.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm EST

TRC drops another informative show with some hilarious outtakes! Darren takes over the world show with an in-depth overview of Nick Bostrom’s book Superintelligence, Cristina gives us a sobering look at whether the Guinness Two-Pour is a must or a myth, and Adam brings us a purr-fectly delivered segment about Grumpy Cat that had us all in stitches.

Direct download: TRC_328.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:30pm EST


This week’s show is #1!  Dina stirs the melting pot and gives us a taste of racial disparity as it relates to education, employment, and the penal system, Darren tests our knowledge of key social issues in our own backyard, and Cristina kicks in with a segment about The Cheerleader Effect. Goooooooo TRC!

Direct download: TRC_327.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:00pm EST


This week’s awesome episode kicks off with Pat focusing on The Bates Method. Cristina shops for facts about outlet malls, while Adam cleans up with a segment about Roombas. Lastly, Darren raises our awareness with a recent troubling news story.

Direct download: TRC_326.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:02pm EST


On this week’s show, Adam rings in about whether we really have to turn off cell phones on a plane, Darren contributes by revisiting effective donating, and Cristina conducts a minor segment about why we listen to sad music when we’re sad.

Direct download: TRC_325.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Another great episode!   First Cristina slays a few misconceptions about serial killers, next Pat sizes up the panel's knowledge about weights and measures with another game of 'name that.'   Lastly, Adam sniffs out the truth about dogs and chocolate.  

Direct download: TRC_324.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

Elan is your DJ for this "humour" themed mash-up episode.   Unfortunately it is also his last appearance as a regular panelist on the podcast.   

Direct download: TRC_323.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm EST

The TRC boys deliver another great show with Adam kicking things off by slaughtering myths around trick or treating.  Elan challenges the guys to a java-fuelled science fact or science fiction while Darren dominates a segment about the legalities around BDSM.

Direct download: TRC_322.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:04pm EST

On this week's show, Darren explores whether it's time to hit the panic button on Ebola, Adam navigates us through how Google Traffic really works, and Pat examines whether the Sexy Ebola Nurse Costume is a trick.

Direct download: TRC_321.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:33am EST

What a show!  First Elan loads our skeptical rifles with the Bradford Hill Criteria.   Next, special guest Julian Janes gives us an excellent overview of the dark art of cold reading.   Lastly, Darren asks does the earth really orbit the sun?

Direct download: TRC_320.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:22pm EST