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

The core four are back together for the best 307th episode of any podcast ever! Pat leads things off with a superstition he learned about on his vacation regarding fishing and bananas. Next, Elan answers a listener email about deer whistles and whether they actually work. This is followed by an in-depth fact-checking of the movie Air Bud by Adam. Darren closes things out by informing the world how alcohol sales work in Ontario.

Direct download: TRC_307.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm EST

With Pat away for the second week in a row, the gang calls in the big guns in the form of public health and stats professional Dina Tsirlin to sub in. Darren leads off the show by answering if Facebook deliberately made people sad and what, if anything, was learned. Next Adam discusses the odd reactions some people had to a photo of Steven Spielberg beside a triceratops. Dina closes things out by answering a listener email about whether there is a wage gap between men and women.

Direct download: TRC_306.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50am EST

Pat's away but the guys still pull off one of the greatest episodes of all time with #305. Elan starts off the show with an overview of Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST). P-values galore! Next, Adam looks into whether some dogs are racist and why that may be. Darren closes out the show by discussing a recent article that measured the most common times and places that supposed UFO sightings occur.

Direct download: TRC_305.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26am EST

Episode 304 of The Reality Check will likely break every podcast record ever set. Darren leads things off by analyzing some productivity hacks he read on the internet. Pat then leads a game of Name That, with a totally topical theme. Adam ends the show by answering if Sheng Long was a real Street Fighter character.

Direct download: TRC_304.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm EST