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


Guest panelist Dr. Stuart Robbins from “Exposing PseudoAstronomy” launches this week’s show by tackling a listener’s email regarding Pluto and the IAU’s definition of a planet. Pat grades our knowledge of high school Science with a game of Name That: Grade 9 Edition. Finally, Darren dips into a recent news story claiming dangerously high levels of arsenic in California wine.

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Darren is back on home turf and kicks off this week’s show by putting Health Canada’s licensing of natural remedies under the microscope. Adam digs into race and gender-based food stereotypes. Finally, Cristina slices through a segment on why paper cuts hurt so much.

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A few months ago Darren and Adam had the opportunity to interview Thomas Clark from The Center for Naturalism.    We hope you enjoy this interview while the regular crew takes a well deserved week off!

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Former TRC host Jon Abrams returns to examine whether everyone in the Middle Ages drank liquor because water was so dirty and polluted.   Next Adam tells us the truth about lie detection.  Or does he?   Lastly Cristina pits the blue-blacks against the white-golds with a look at the viral picture which set off 'dressgate.'

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