The Reality Check

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

TRC #490: Mashup: Brian Tomasik on Wild Animal Suffering

Brian Tomasik from Reducing-Suffering.org discusses ethics, animal welfare and far-future scenarios from a suffering-focused perspective. Here is his interview from 2015 presented in its entirety for the first time. This was one of the more controversial interviews on TRC and generated quite a bit of conversation.  As always, we’re interested to hear what you think. The crew will be back next week with a freshly minted show. Enjoy!

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:30:00 +0000

TRC #489: Busting History Myths With Professor Buzzkill

Did Mussolini make the trains run on time? Was Rosa Parks just ‘too tired’ to give up her seat? The crew is off this week so Cristina and Pat seize the opportunity to chat with fellow podcaster, author and historian extraordinaire Professor Buzzkill, aka Joseph Coohill. Joe schools us on history myths, ‘good’ evidence, and some interesting topics he’s covered on Professor Buzzkill: History 101.

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 19:30:00 +0000

TRC #488: Urine-Based Test For Sex Of Fetus + How Many Neurons?

The crew has the week off but still brings you a new fact-filled TRC! Cristina and Pat chat with Ryan Armstrong from Post-Truth Health and Bad Science Watch. He tells us whether urine-based tests coming to Canada can determine the sex of a fetus during pregnancy. Next Darren delivers a promised follow-up to his segment about neurons asking how many neurons does the human brain have?

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:30:00 +0000

TRC #487: Solar Eclipse Fallout + The Bicameral Mind + eHarmony Backed By Science?

This week, Darren looks into the potential downside of watching a solar eclipse and asks, ‘Is it worth it?’ Adam gets all ‘Darren’ on us with an interesting segment about consciousness and the bicameral mind. Lastly, Cristina investigates whether an online dating site has the evidence to back up their claims that they use science to match people.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:00:00 +0000

TRC #486: Valentine’s Day Myths + Name That: V-Day Edition + The Heart

Another theme-filled show coming at you! First, Cristina combs through widely-held Valentine’s Day myths to find out what’s fact and what’s fiction. Pat challenges the panel with another game of Name That: V-Day Edition. Finally, Darren rounds out the show with a ‘heartfelt’ segment about the amazing organ behind Valentine’s Day.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +0000

TRC #485: Neurons + YouTube Copyright Claims + Why Does February Only Have 28 Days?

Another week, another great episode of TRC! On this week’s show, Darren follows his impulses and takes a deep dive on neurons. Adam looks into YouTube’s content ID system to find out why a video of white noise could possibly set off a copyright claim. Finally, Cristina explains the real reason that February is the shortest month of the year.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 21:00:00 +0000

TRC #484: Contact Lenses + Vegetarianism Rates + Plastic vs Reusable Bags

After a recent run-in with a rogue contact lens Cristina asks, what would happen if you never took your contacts out? Darren looks at the rates of vegetarianism and what the statistics really mean. Finally, Adam breaks downs how many times you need to use reusable bags to offset the use of plastic ones.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 19:30:00 +0000

TRC #483: Mailbag + Raw Water + Do Bears Hibernate?

The Fab Four is back this week! Adam kicks off the show with some interesting listener email. Cristina dives into the latest raw water fad to bring you the raw facts. Finally, Darren ponders whether bears really hibernate.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:30:00 +0000

TRC #482: Coffee Enemas + The Physics Of Curling + Did The CDC Ban 7 Words?

With Darren away this week, the crew is joined by our favourite “physics commando” Barry Panas. First, Cristina looks into the latest ‘wellness’ gadget that Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP is peddling. Spoiler alert: it involves an orifice. Next, Barry takes on a question from Producer Pat about how much sweeping really affects the game of curling. Finally, Adam looks into whether the Trump administration really did ban the CDC from using 7 words.

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

TRC #481: Fave Segments of 2017 + Name That: Year In Review + Annual Predictions

The TRC crew is back to usher in the New Year with a fun-filled show! First, we look back at our favourite and most surprising segments from 2017. Next, Pat challenges the panel with a year in review game of ‘Name That’. Lastly, Adam revisits the gang’s ‘predictions’ from last year and we set aside logic yet again to guess what might happen in 2018.

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 21:30:00 +0000

TRC #480: Aluminum Christmas Trees + Habitable Zones + Baby, It’s Cold Outside

With Cristina out sick this week, our favourite astronomer Stuart Robbins joins the panel. First Adam looks into aluminum Christmas trees and whether or not ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ is to blame for their demise. Next, Stuart gives us a long promised overview of habitable zones. Lastly, Darren takes a look into a couple of interpretations of the lyrics for ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:00:00 +0000

TRC #479: Dowsing + Violence Decreasing? + #1 Restaurant Fake?

On this week’s TRC, Cristina looks into whether the City of Ottawa is really using dowsing to locate water. Next, Adam checks into a study that seems to contradict Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined”. Lastly, Darren asks: did a fake restaurant in London reach #1 rated on Trip Advisor?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:54:38 +0000

TRC #478: Mashup: Skeptical Newlywed Game + Ghost Weddings

While the crew takes the week off in honour of Adam’s nuptials, Producer Pat brings you a wedding-themed mashup episode! First, Adam plays game show host during a skeptical (and highly entertaining) version of the newlywed game featuring special guests Elan and Dina.  Next, Darren gives us a spirited segment looking into whether people in China are stealing corpses for ghost weddings.

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:58:15 +0000

TRC #477: Wedding Night Sex? + Game Farm Photography + Effective Giving

On this week’s show, freshly married Adam looks into how many people actually have sex on their wedding night. Cristina explores the world of wildlife photography and finds out it isn’t what it seems. Finally, ‘tis the season for Darren to revisit charitable giving and arm us with effective donating tips.

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 21:55:37 +0000

TRC #476: MAGA Transformers Toy? + Name That: Spot The Fake + Tilapia and Omega-6

On this week’s show, Adam looks into whether a recently released Transformers toy contains a Pro-Trump message. The gang has a ton of fun playing Producer Pat’s game of Name That: Spot the Fake Fact. Darren checks into headlines suggesting that eating tilapia may be no better for you than bacon, hamburgers or doughnuts.

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 21:16:18 +0000

TRC #475: Age Of Consent + Elections Signs + ‘Allah’ Found At Viking Burial Site?

Given the troubling sexual harassment and assault allegations in the news involving minors, Darren takes a look at age of consent laws worldwide. Cristina fields a Checker’s question regarding whether election campaign signs have any measurable impact on voter share. Finally, Adam digs into claims that Arabic characters spelling “Allah” are woven into ancient Viking funeral costumes.

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:29:55 +0000

TRC #474: Buffett Challenge: Hedge Vs Index Funds + Allergy Doc Dave Stukus Pt. 2

Darren digs into Warren Buffett’s challenge where he bet $1 million that a portfolio of hedge funds couldn’t beat the S&P 500 Index fund over a ten year period. So...did it? Cristina and Pat bring you part 2 of a great chat with Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Specialist Dr. Dave Stukus who schools us on the flu shot and answers more of your questions.

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:36:00 +0000

TRC #473: Does Sugar Cause Diabetes? + Allergy Doc Dave Stukus Pt. 1 + SGEM Hang With Dr. Jen Gunter

Come for the Science, stay for the FUN! On this week’s show, Adam looks at the leading causes of diabetes after a listener calls Darren out on his joke linking sugar to the disease. Cristina and Pat bring you part 1 of a great chat with Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Specialist Dr. Dave Stukus who answers listener’s burning questions. Finally, Cristina and Pat hang with Dr. Ken Milne, host of Skeptic’s Guide to Emergency Medicine, and OB-GYN and master GOOP Debunker, Dr. Jen Gunter of Wielding The Lasso Of Truth.

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 14:12:50 +0000

TRC #472: Blue Moonlight In Movies? + Halloween Myths + Fake Melania Trump?

On this week’s show, Darren wonders: why do filmmakers colour grade moonlight to be blue? Next, Cristina explores Halloween folklore vs Halloween facts.  Lastly, Adam asks: is there a Melania Trump double or doppelganger out there pretending to be her at press events?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 20:35:25 +0000

TRC #471: McGurk Effect + Britt Wray & Rise Of The Necrofauna 2 + Sharks Vs Vending Machines

On this week’s show, Pat explains an illusion known as the McGurk Effect which demonstrates the interaction between hearing and vision in speech perception. We bring you part two of Darren and Adam’s discussion with author Britt Wray about her book ‘Rise Of The Necrofauna.’ Cristina checks into the clickbait headline ‘you’re more likely to be killed by a vending machine than a shark.’

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:21:11 +0000

TRC #470: Vegas Shooting Conspiracies + Britt Wray & Rise Of The Necrofauna + Enchroma Glasses

On this week’s show, Pat checks into some of the more prevalent conspiracy theories related to the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. Next up, the first of a 2 part interview featuring a fascinating conversation with Britt Wray, author of Rise Of The Necrofauna, about bringing extinct species back to life. Lastly, Adam takes a look into the validity of viral videos featuring Enchroma glasses for colour blindness

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:09:48 +0000

TRC #469: Can A Computer Program Tell If Someone Is Gay? + Name That: World’s Largest + Nuclear Myths

On this week’s show, Adam looks into an article suggesting that deep neural networks are more accurate than humans at detecting sexual orientation from facial images. Pat gives us another episode of everyone’s favourite mostly guessing game, name that: the world’s largest. Lastly, Darren addresses some commonly believed myths about nuclear weapons.

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 17:59:59 +0000

TRC #468: Human Swallowed By Whale? + Breast Thermography + The Voynich Manuscript

Aaaaand we’re back! On this week’s show, Pat dives into whether a human could survive being swallowed by a whale. Cristina takes a serious look at dangerous claims made by clinics popping up promoting thermography for breast cancer screening. Finally, Adam schools us on whether a history researcher has cracked the code of The Voynich Manuscript.

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:05:05 +0000

TRC #467: Truth In Advertising Vs Goop + Boil Hot Or Cold Water? + Cuba And Classic Cars

This week Cristina tells us about a nonprofit called Truth in Advertising who have conducted an investigation into Gwyneth Paltrow’s site, Goop. Darren asks: is it better to boil hot water or cold water? Adam wonders why Cuba has so many classic cars.

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:58:35 +0000

TRC #466: Science Of Summer + Biased Algorithms + Lord Of The Flies Plausibility?

This week, Darren looks into the science of late summer and why we get that sudden feeling that summer is gone. Honorary TRC’er and resident machine learning expert Dallas Card joins the Toronto crew in-studio to dissect whether algorithms can be biased. Finally, after hearing a female adaptation of Lord of the Flies is in the works, Adam asks whether the movie’s concept is even plausible. PS. If you ‘get’ this week’s photo, you win the internet.

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 15:43:30 +0000

TRC #465: Hurricanes, Typhoons & Cyclones + Climate Change vs Hurricanes + Hurricane Evacuation

With Hurricane Harvey shaping up to be one of the most damaging natural disasters in U.S history, the panel dedicate this week’s show to learning more about hurricanes. First, Darren gives us a quick overview of what a hurricane is and the differences between it, typhoons, and cyclones. Adam looks at the impact of climate change on hurricanes. Lastly, Cristina digs into why and when evacuation orders are implemented during natural disasters after the recent criticism around Harris County.

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 22:17:54 +0000

TRC #464: Glyphosate In Food? + Average Female & Male Interests Differ? + Is Laughter The Best Medicine?

Pat digs into a listener request about a report that found ‘ALARMING’ amounts of the herbicide glyphosate in food. Next, Darren takes a closer look at the data on whether female and male interests differ, on average. Lastly, Cristina checks the science behind the saying that laughter is the best medicine.

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 16:43:06 +0000

TRC #463: Google Memo + Eclipse Myths + Do Twins Run In the Family Or Skip A Generation?

Darren is back and he has some thoughts about the ongoing reporting and discussions related to the Google memo. In preparation for the solar eclipse on August 21, Cristina checks into some commonly held beliefs about eclipses. Lastly, Adam looks into the ideas that twins run in the family and skip a generation.

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:55:30 +0000

TRC #462: Sophomore Slump + Name That: Darren Edition + Do Millennials Cheat Less?

Our old friend and OG TRC co-host Elan “Origami” Dubrofsky fills in this week for vacationing Darren with a ‘skepticool’ look at whether the phenomenon known as the “Sophomore Slump” has any truth to it. Pat has some fun trolling the panel with a game of Name That: Darren Edition. Finally, Adam picks apart the data behind recent headlines claiming millennials commit less and  ‘housewives’ commit more adultery.

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 19:31:24 +0000

TRC #461: Online Harassment Research + Arcade Fire vs Fake News + How Far Away Is Lightning?

Happy August, Checkers! This week Adam digs into a recent Pew Research Center study about online harassment to find out if women are more likely to be harassed online than men. Cristina gives us a lesson in Internet Trolling 101 featuring Canadian band Arcade Fire. Finally, Darren determines whether counting between lightning and thunder can really tell you the distance of a storm.

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 19:48:19 +0000

TRC #460: Sam Harris vs Scott Adams On Trump + Highway Signs + Consequences Of Animal Activism

This week Darren gives us an impassioned critical overview of a recent interview on Waking Up with Sam Harris featuring Dilbert creator Scott Adams who makes a case for Trump. Cristina looks into how businesses get their logos on those big blue highway signs and at what cost. Finally, Adam looks at a recent and tragic news story about a Mink farm and reminds us sometimes there are consequences even with the best of intentions.

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 14:03:09 +0000

TRC #459: Mashup: High Fidelity Music Players + Puff The Magic Dragon Vs Pot + Perfect Pitch

Pat and Cristina bring you a music themed mashup! First Pat sets the tone with a segment on high fidelity audio players and whether Neil Young’s Pono device is as ‘righteous’ as its name claims. Darren clears the smoke on whether Puff The Magic Dragon is about marijuana. Cristina rings in with a segment about Perfect Pitch.

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:30:54 +0000

TRC #458: Wine Tasting Bias? + Activated Charcoal Food Trend + Did Amelia Earhart Survive Crash?

Darren kicks off this week’s show looking into whether seeing the colour of your wine influences your perception of its taste. Cristina digs into the purported health benefits of the latest activated charcoal food trend. Finally, Adam investigates the claim made in a recent History Channel documentary that new photo evidence of Amelia Earhart shows she survived a crash-landing.

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:03:54 +0000

TRC #457: Perception Of Force + Name That: Food Edition + Does It Always Rain On Canada Day?

This week the crew is joined once again by ‘Physics Commando’ Barry Panas who challenges us to think about the labels we use to describe what we feel when it comes to force and motion. Pat gives us a food themed game of ‘Name That’. Adam checks the numbers on whether it always rains on Canada Day.

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 16:42:46 +0000

TRC #456: Anonymous vs NASA + The Matilda Effect + Wonder Woman Pay Gap?

Happy Canada Day Checkers! This week, Adam looks into a claim by Anonymous making headlines that NASA is about to announce the discovery of aliens. Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures, Cristina digs into the Matilda Effect and highlights some groundbreaking women scientists who were famously and shamelessly snubbed for their achievements. Finally, after Darren comes down from seeing the new Wonder Woman blockbuster, he explores whether Gal Gadot’s paycheque is as unfair as some make it sound.

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 11:57:34 +0000

TRC #455: Mashup: Talking To Dogs + Dogs and Peanut Butter + Do Dogs Hate Hugs?

Producer Pat is joined in the studio by his dog Holden while the rest of the crew has the week off.  So, of course, all the topic are about dogs in this mashup episode. Darren digs into headlines that suggest science has confirmed dogs understand us. Cristina paws at rumours that peanut butter may be deadly to dogs. Adam bites into some research suggesting dogs hate hugs. Woof!

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:41:45 +0000

TRC #454: Gas Pump Icon + Himalayan Salt Lamps + Why Do We Cook At 350 Degrees?

On this week’s show, Darren takes a closer look at the fuel icon on your car’s dashboard. Adam channels his skepticism into fact-checking the various purported claims of Himalayan Salt Lamps. Finally, Cristina cooks up a segment about why 350 degrees is a universal sweet spot.

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 16:19:20 +0000

TRC #453: Sugar In The Gas Tank? + Conceptual Penis Hoax + Sailor Moon The Voice Of Wonder Woman?

The weekend is here and so is TRC! First, Pat does an engine check on what would happen if someone put sugar in your gas tank. Darren looks into some big news in the skeptical community regarding the publication of a fake paper in a social science journal. Last, Adam battles rumours that the voice of Sailor Moon is the Japanese voice of Wonder Woman.

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:18:17 +0000

TRC #452: Mount Everest The Tallest Mountain? + Does Music Calm Your Canine? + Avril Lavigne Death Conspiracy

What a better way to kick off the month than a new dose of The Reality Check! First, Pat schools us on which mountain is really the tallest and why. Cristina digs into various studies to see if there is any evidence to support she should leave the radio on to soothe her dog while she’s gone. Finally, Adam takes on a persistent conspiracy theory that Avril Lavigne is not who she seems.

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 15:40:59 +0000

TRC #451: Does Paper Burn at 451 Degrees Fahrenheit? + Did Humans Migrate To The Americas 130K Years Ago? + Does Wearing Red Make You More Attractive?

Happy weekend, Checkers! Darren burns through a segment about whether book paper ignites at 451 degrees fahrenheit as depicted in the Ray Bradbury novel. Next, Adam digs into recent headlines suggesting that humans migrated to the Americas 130 thousand years ago. Lastly, Cristina tempts you with an examination into whether wearing red makes you more attractive.

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:56:37 +0000

TRC #450: Save Knocked Out Teeth With Milk? + Physics Of Zelda Ft Barry Panas + Car Colour vs Insurance Rates

A brand new episode of TRC is here just in time for the weekend! Cristina looks into whether you can really save knocked out teeth by storing them in milk. The crew is joined by guest panelist and ‘Physics Commando’ Barry Panas who revisits theory vs theory and puts his physics spin on The Legend of Zelda. Lastly, Darren rounds out the show by examining whether car colour affects insurance rates.

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:48:28 +0000

TRC #449: Why Use Stop In Telegrams + Ask An Astronomer ft Dr. Stuart Robbins + Do Babies Look Like Dad To Avoid Abandonment?

Your weekly dose of fun and facts is back with a brand new episode! Cristina takes on a twitter question about the use of the word ‘stop’ in telegrams and busts some old myths in the process. Our favo(u)rite resident astronomer Dr. Stuart Robbins returns with an update on New Horizons and to impart more wisdom about vacuums, and virtual particles. Finally, new dad, Adam investigates whether babies resemble their Fathers more than their Mothers. And speaking of Moms, Happy Mother’s Day!

Sat, 13 May 2017 14:31:38 +0000

TRC #448: Justin Trudeau & Cupping + Ask An Astronomer ft Dr. Stuart Robbins + Duct Tape

What’s up, Checkers! This week, Adam takes a closer look at cupping therapy after Prime Minister Trudeau is spotted doing an interview with cup-shaped bruises on his arms. Our favo(u)rite resident astronomer Dr. Stuart Robbins joins the crew to explain zero gravity and how our bodies would respond if we stopped accelerating in space. Finally, Darren looks into the sticky truth about duct tape.

Sat, 06 May 2017 18:39:34 +0000

TRC #447: March For Science + Is Witchcraft a Crime in Canada? + Does a Unicorn Frappuccino Contain Coffee?

Welcome to another episode of your fave fact-checkin’ show! Darren kicks things off with a recap and discussion of April 22’s March For Science. Cristina looks into whether witchcraft is an actual crime under Canada’s Criminal Code. Finally, Adam asks the burning question on all of our minds lately...does the new Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino contain any coffee?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:26:58 +0000

TRC #446: Is 'Fearless Girl' Bull? + Name That: Baby Edition + Survival Of The Fittest

The TRC crew brings another fun and fact-filled show! First up, Darren looks behind the controversy swelling around the recent art installation in New York titled “Fearless Girl”. Producer Pat challenges the panel with an eye-opening game of Name That. Finally, Adam rounds out the show by digging into news claiming neanderthal remains may disprove the biological concept “Survival Of The Fittest”.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:23:00 +0000

TRC #445: Social Priming + Feral Girl Living With Monkeys? + Origin Of The Dollar Sign

While Cristina is away, the rest of the crew still brings it! Darren once again tackles possible issues in the field of psychology by looking into social priming. Pat digs into a recent news story making the rounds regarding an alleged feral girl found living with monkeys in India. Finally, Adam delves into the interesting origin of the dollar sign.

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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:57:56 +0000

TRC #444: Mashup: Breast Feeding And Lactivism + Are Parents Less Happy?

It’s all about parents and babies this week for a good reason. First Cristina explores the science of mother’s milk and asks whether some breastfeeding advocates take things too far. Bonus: a very tired Adam gives us an update. Next, Darren examines whether parents are more or less happy than people without children.

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 14:02:53 +0000

TRC #443: Theory Vs Scientific Theory + Pesticides In Canadian Water? + Cheerios: Bring Back The Bees

Tired of hearing people say ‘it’s just a theory’? Pat tackles a listener’s email and schools us on the true definition of the often misunderstood word ‘theory’ in science. Adam dives into a recent article claiming a pesticide banned in Europe is turning up in Canadian water supplies. Finally, Cristina looks into the recent bad buzz around Cheerios cereal’s #bringbackthebees campaign. Bonus: name that drum loop!


Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:17:08 +0000

TRC #442: Implicit Association Test + Eiffel Tower Night Photos Illegal? + Irish Slaves A Myth?

Darren takes a deep dive into the Implicit Association Test to see if it really does measure our unconscious levels of prejudice and assess implicit bias. Cristina explores whether there’s a chance she may get arrested if she takes photos of the night-lit Eiffel Tower on an upcoming trip to Paris. Finally, Adam explores a common news story that comes up around St. Patrick’s Day regarding Irish slavery in America.

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:46:25 +0000

TRC #441: Nintendo Switch And Flavour Tripping + Gossip + School Buses And Seat Belts

The TRC crew is back with an entertaining show! First, Pat gives us a fascinating look into why people are licking Nintendo Switch cartridges and what the heck flavour tripping is. Next, Adam ponders the purpose of gossip. Lastly, Cristina tackles a Checker’s email asking whether seat belts would make school buses safer.

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:45:43 +0000

TRC #440: Emotions You Don’t Feel?

With the crew on holiday we bring you a discussion with Professor Jim Davies about what it means to have an emotion and how it could be possible to have emotions we don’t feel. Jim is a cognitive scientist and author of Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One With the Universe.

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:44:59 +0000

TRC #439: Would Aliens Be Hostile? + Lunar Effect + Name That: Powers Of 10

This week we bring you the second half of our crossover show with Dr. Stuart Robbins of the Exposing PseudoAstronomy podcast. Adam looks into whether aliens visiting earth are likely to be hostile. Cristina examines the lunar effect. Lastly, Stuart tries his hand at hosting a game of Name That: Powers of 10 edition.

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:09:00 +0000

TRC #438: Fossil Fuel Vs Dinosaurs + How Animals Survive Winter + Dry Cleaning Dry?

This week Pat kicks off the show with a look into the idea that fossil fuels are the remains of dead dinosaurs. Next, Darren checks into many of the ways that animals stay warm during cold winter months. Lastly Adam wonders: how dry is dry cleaning? Enjoy!

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:49:44 +0000

TRC #437: Tariffs Vs The Border Wall + Movie Myths + Statue Of Liberty: Muslim?

The U.S. president is threatening to impose stiff tariffs on Mexican imports, but how do tariffs really work? Darren gives us the low-down. Next, Cristina looks into myths many of us believe thanks to movies and TV shows. Finally, Adam examines claims floating around social media that the Statue of Liberty was originally based on a Muslim woman.

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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:38:12 +0000

TRC #436: Applied Kinesiology + Japanese Tourists & Northern Lights? + Coconut Oil

On this week’s show, Adam gives us the rub on whether applied kinesiology is a legitimate practice. Cristina takes a closer look at a persistent myth that Japanese tourists flock to the Yukon to have sex under the Aurora Borealis. Finally, Darren examines various claims purporting the health benefits of coconut oil.

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Sat, 11 Feb 2017 15:11:50 +0000

TRC #435: Do We Live In A Black Hole + The Drake Equation + Solar Flares Vs Earth’s Magnetic Field With Dr. Stuart Robbins

The Reality Check crew joins forces with Exposing PseudoAstronomy for a special crossover show this week! First up, Darren explores the notion that we may be living in a black hole. Pat breaks down the Drake Equation. Finally, Dr. Stuart Robbins explores whether a solar flare radiation burst really cracked the Earth’s magnetic field causing radio blackouts.

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Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:01:08 +0000

TRC #434: Menstrual Synchrony + Name That: Internet 2016 + Have Your Cake And Eat It Too?

Cristina starts this week’s show off checking into the widely held belief that women who who live or work closely together have periods that start to sync up. Next, Pat brings us another edition of everyone’s favourite guessing game, ‘Name That,’ about the internet in 2016. Lastly, Adam looks into the phrase ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it too.’

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Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:39:46 +0000

TRC #433: Fingerprint Theft From Selfies? + Revisiting Celebrity Death Stats + The Birthday Paradox

Pat kicks off this week’s show with a touchy news item making the rounds claiming hackers can steal our fingerprints from selfies. Darren digs into some new analyses on whether celebrity deaths were more rampant in 2016 after all. Finally, Adam explores the probability of two people in a room sharing the same birthday.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:05:49 +0000

TRC #432: Winter Insects + Miracle Cream & Free Trials + Star Wars’ Old Republic Women’s Healthcare

This week, Darren assures us that those tiny dark objects moving across the snow are not our imagination. A recent ad popping up on socials for “miracle cream” has Cristina asking if free skincare trials are really as advertised. Finally, Adam uses the force to see if inadequate women’s healthcare destroyed Star Wars’ Old Republic.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:59:53 +0000

TRC #431: Annual Prediction Game + Fave Segments of 2016 + Was 2016 Really The Worst Year?

The TRC crew reunite to kick 2016 to the curb and usher in the New Year with a fun-filled show! Adam checks the panel’s “clairvoyance” score by revisiting last year’s “predictions”. The panel set aside logic yet again to make their predictions for 2017. Favourite and most surprising segments from 2016 are highlighted.  Finally, Darren rounds out the show by asking was 2016 really the worst year ever?

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Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:54:43 +0000

TRC #430: The 6th Annual Holiday Parody Spectacular

Pat and Cristina hijack the last show of the year and feature holiday-themed parodies from years past. The crew offers up their year-end lists highlighting the favourite things they’ve read, watched and listened to in 2016. Finally, we revisit some of listener and panel top voted parodies.

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Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:34:47 +0000

TRC #429.5: Programming Good Ethics Into A.I.

Some extra content this week for all you checkers! Darren and Adam have a discussion with friend of the show Jim Davies about programming good ethics into artificial intelligence. Jim is an associate professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. 

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:04:08 +0000

TRC #429: Is Barter The Origin Of Money? + More Trees Than Stars? + Snowflakes

Special guest, Lars, gets things started by examining whether barter is the origin of money. Next, Pat looks into whether there are more trees on Earth than stars in the Milky Way. Lastly, Darren gives us a primer on snowflakes. 

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Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:07:07 +0000

TRC #428: Truffle Oil + The Science Of Idiocracy + Paid Sick Leave

Pat starts things off by digging for the truth about truffle oil. Next, Adam looks into the science behind the movie ‘Idiocracy’ and asks: is natural selection making us dumb? Lastly, Cristina coughs up some facts around the real cost of not providing paid sick leave.

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Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:13:26 +0000

TRC #427: Possession Is 9-10ths Of The Law? + Genes Predict Athletic Performance? + What Is Organic?

Adam kicks things off by decoding the common phrase ‘possession is 9/10ths of the law’. Next Cristina looks into whether direct-to-consumer genetic tests can really help predict a child’s athletic predisposition. Lastly, Darren checks into what the organic label really means.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:03:54 +0000

TRC #426.5: Effective Donating 2016

‘Tis the season for giving so TRC brings you an extra show this week. Darren and Adam revisit a segment on effective donating during the holidays with some updates for 2016.

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:25:48 +0000

TRC #426: Measuring Pregnancy: Weeks Vs Months? + Name That: Canadian Citizenship + The 5 Second Rule

Adam kicks off the show looking at whether it is better to measure pregnancy in weeks or months. Next, Pat tests the panel’s “Canadianness” with a game of ‘Name That’ featuring questions from Canadian citizenship practice exams. Darren closes out the show with a look at the five second rule. 

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:12:19 +0000

TRC #425: Fake News, Facebook & The Election + FTC Vs Homeopathy + Ultrasound Determining Fetal Sex

Darren kick off the show looking at headlines about fake news, Facebook and the U.S. election.  Cristina looks at new FTC rules regarding homeopathy.  Lastly, Adam brings us a segment about determining fetal sex via ultrasound.  

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:00:15 +0000

TRC #424: Harambe For President? + Moving To Canada + Trump Predictions

Pat kicks off The Reality Check’s first post-US election show looking into claims that voters may have thrown off the election results by voting Harambe 2016. Adam gives any disgruntled American friends the 411 on how to move to Canada. Finally, Cristina scrutinizes the validity of alleged uncanny Trump predictions floating around social media.

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:26:58 +0000

TRC #423: Daylight Saving Time + Stopped Male Birth Control Study

Cristina reality checks some common misconceptions about Daylight Saving Time.  Darren looks at recent headlines about a male birth control study which was stopped due to adverse effects.

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:59:30 +0000

TRC #422: Theraband FlexBar Effective? + Star Wars Filming Near You? + Name That: Remembrance Day

Cristina checks into a listener’s questions about the effectiveness of a product called ‘Theraband Flexbar’ for tennis elbow. Adam looks at some headlines about a new Star Wars flick being filmed near you which are making the rounds on social media. Pat tests the panel’s knowledge with a Remembrance Day themed episode of everyone’s favourite mostly guessing game, ‘name that.’

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:48:06 +0000

TRC #421.5: Darren On Ron Corbett Unscripted

BOO!  We bring you a rebroadcast of Darren's appearance on CFRA News Talk Radio on Halloween, 2013.  He participated in a debate about ghosts, spirits and the paranormal for a special episode of Ron Corbett Unscripted.

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:01:22 +0000

TRC #421: US Election Polls + Fake Academic Papers + Plain Cigarette Packaging

Darren kicks off the show by taking a look at election polls and their real-world margin of error. Next, Pat digs into predatory publishers and fake academic articles. Lastly, Adam fans the flames on the debate around the effectiveness of plain cigarette packaging after a listener asks TRC to look at “both sides of the argument”.  

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 21:58:01 +0000

TRC #420: Origin of 420 + Gem Newman of Bad Science Watch + History Of Halloween

This week Cristina looks into the origin of 420 and its connection to pot. Pat brings us an interview with Gem Newman of Bad Science Watch about proposed new regulation for natural health products and how Canadian Checkers can get involved. Lastly, Darren looks into the interesting history of Halloween.  

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:14:58 +0000

TRC #419: Are Bees Endangered? + Peanut Butter Deadly To Dogs? + Transcendental Meditation

This week, Darren delves into all the buzz around headlines citing bees are endangered. Cristina digs into why peanut butter containing xylitol may be deadly to dogs. Finally, Adam enlightens us with a look at transcendental meditation.

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 14:49:51 +0000

TRC #418: Should You Rake Your Leaves? + Name That: World Producers Edition + The Great Pitbull Debate

On this week’s show, Darren arms you with advice on whether it’s really necessary to rake your yard leaves and kick them to the curb. Adam bravely gets in the middle of the great pitbull debate.

Lastly, Pat tests the panel’s knowledge of top producing countries with another enlightening game of “Name That”.

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 19:33:17 +0000

TRC #417: Advertorial + Balance Eggs On Equinox + Is Psychology In Crisis? + Did NASA Change Your Zodiac Sign?

Pat starts the show with a bit of sleuthing about a recent advertorial. A flu stricken Cristina looks into the idea that you can balance an egg on its end during the Equinox. Darren examines whether the field of psychology is in crisis. Adam checks into headlines claiming that NASA has changed the zodiac signs.

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:58:50 +0000

TRC #416: Trisodium Phosphate in Kid’s Cereal? + Vicks VapoRub + Bottle Flip Physics

On this week’s show, we take on 2 Checker requests. First, Pat explores the claims in a viral video about trisodium phosphate in kid’s cereal. Next, Cristina looks at the effectiveness of vapour rubs. Finally, Adam checks the physics of the viral water bottle flip trick making the rounds.

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:47:05 +0000

TRC #415: 22 Push-up Challenge + Name That: Hoax Edition + Are Parents Naming Their Kids After Pokémon?

Darren explores whether the recent 22 Push-up Challenge making the rounds actually helps veterans. Pat tests the panel’s knowledge on hoaxes with another edition of Name That. Finally, Adam looks into whether parents are really naming their babies after Pokémon.


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:47:22 +0000

TRC #414: Talking To Dogs + How Saintly Was Mother Teresa? + Kids’ Dream Jobs Study

It’s TRC’s 8th birthday! This week, Darren digs into recent headlines that suggest science has confirmed our canine friends understand us. Cristina examines the controversy swirling around the canonization of Mother Teresa. Finally, Adam looks at how a study came up with the 10 most common childhood dream jobs.

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:07:17 +0000

TRC #413: Helium Infused Beer? + Stuart Robbins On Proxima B, SETI Signal, New Horizons + Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin

Is helium infused beer really a thing? Pat looks into the science behind a video making the social media rounds. Our favo(u)rite astronomer stops by to answer our questions about the recent exoplanet discovery, mysterious SETI signal, and the latest on New Horizons. Finally, Adam dives in to determine whether Scrooge McDuck could swim in his money bin.


Fri, 02 Sep 2016 20:40:14 +0000

TRC #412: Do People Read Past A Headline? + Should You Floss? + Is Cancer A Modern Disease?

Cristina looks into some research asking whether people share articles that they haven’t actually read.  Next Darren check into recent headlines suggesting that maybe you shouldn’t bother flossing your teeth.  Lastly, Adam examines whether cancer is a modern disease.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:25:10 +0000

TRC #411: Olympic Medal Counts + Name That: Olympics + Is Air Conditioning Sexist?

Darren looks into who is really winning the Olympics and whether the way we count medals is fair. Pat tests the panels knowledge of the Olympics with a game of name that. Adam checks out the idea that air conditioning is sexist.

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:24:41 +0000

TRC #410: Iraq Bans Bomb Detectors + Redheads and Pain + More Celebrity Medical Advice

Pat takes a look into the history of the ADE-651 bomb detectors used in Iraq. Next, Darren explores whether people with read hair feel more pain. Lastly, those wacky celebrities are at it again! Cristina fact checks Khloe Kardashian’s advice that you should put vitamin E on your V.

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:20:30 +0000

TRC #409: Melania Trump vs Science + Pokemon Go + Our Mathematical Universe

Cristina takes us back to high school to explore the probability that Melania Trump plagiarized part of Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic convention speech. Adam travels across the land searching far and wide to debunk recent news stories about Pokémon Go. Finally, Darren takes an in depth look at the non-fiction book Our Mathematical Universe by Swedish-American cosmologist Max Tegmark.

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:49:04 +0000

TRC #408 - 8 Glasses Of Water A Day + 2016 Celebrity Deaths + Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

Darren explores the idea that you should drink eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated and healthy, Cristina looks at whether 2016 has been atypically bad for celebrity deaths and Adam checks into whether cell phones cause cancer.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:08:29 +0000

TRC #407: Panelists Disagreeing Mashup - Geeks and glasses + 0.9999 = 1? + Bike Helmet Safety

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 15:25:02 +0000

TRC #406: Solar System Mashup - Pluto A Planet? + Planet 9 Discovered

With the full crew on vacation, we bring you a special mashup episode featuring honorary TRC panelist Dr. Stuart Robbins of the Exposing PsuedoAstronomy blog and podcast.   First Stu takes the panel through the history of what we call planets and also addresses a listener email about the decision to reclassify Pluto.   Next he breaks down news headlines that claim astronomers have found a 9th planet in our solar system.  

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:11:24 +0000

TRC: Special Announcement

The TRC crew is taking a well earned week off however we did want to share some exciting news with you.

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:41:17 +0000

TRC #405: Spoon Bending 101 + Hillary vs. Bernie + Changing O Canada

This week, Cristina gives us the scoop on a spoon bending workshop at the University of Alberta using nothing but the power of her mind. Darren looks behind the Hillary vs. Bernie democratic race to parse out the facts. Finally, Adam shows his patriotism by looking at the history of our anthem O Canada and the movement to make the lyrics gender-neutral.

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:14:18 +0000

TRC #404: Lunar Effect + Name That: Apollo Missions + Are The Stars We See Dead?

This week’s show is all about space! Cristina looks into a listener email questioning whether the lunar cycle somehow influences human behaviour. Next, Pat delivers another game of Name That, testing the panel’s knowledge of the Apollo missions. Lastly, Adam checks out yet another listener email about whether the stars we see at night are so old that many of them are dead.

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:21:39 +0000

TRC #403: Lamb Of God Vs Joel Osteen + ElbowGate + Dogs Detect Low Blood Sugar?

On this week’s show, Pat looks into social media posts suggesting that heavy metal band, Lamb of God, received an award from televangelist Joel Osteen.  Next Darren digs into ElbowGate, where the Canadian Prime Minister is accused of manhandling Gordon Brown and elbowing Ruth-Ellen Brosseau.   Lastly, Adam examines claims that dogs can detect low blood sugar in people with diabetes.  

Fri, 27 May 2016 16:18:39 +0000

TRC #402: Helping Or Hurting Wildlife? + Is Uber A Scam? + Did A Teen Find A Lost Mayan City?

On this week’s show, Darren examines recent stories about people who put a baby bison in their car in Yellowstone National Park.  Next, Cristina does the math on how much Uber drivers really make.   Last, Adam fact checks headlines claiming that a Quebec teenager found a lost Mayan city.

Fri, 20 May 2016 16:45:47 +0000

TRC #401: Did Apple Steal Your Music? + Disaster Relief + Catterbox

On this week’s show, Pat looks into a recent story making the rounds on the internet about Apple stealing your music. Next, Darren revisits the best way to give during a disaster on the heels of the Fort McMurray wildfires. Finally, Adam talks about...what else? Cats! Is there really a new cat collar that will translate your cat’s meows? Collar me skeptical.

Fri, 13 May 2016 23:53:24 +0000

TRC #400: Panel Questions + Do Dogs Hate Hugs? + Alberta Toddler Meningitis Case

In celebration of our 400th episode, we take on a couple of listener questions. Then Adam looks into whether your dog really hates it when you give them a hug. Lastly Cristina leads the panel in a discussion about the recent conviction of two Alberta parents who were found guilty in their 19-month-old son’s death from meningitis.

Sat, 07 May 2016 11:33:59 +0000

TRC #399: Free Throw Distraction + Differentiating Science From Pseudoscience + Do Politicians Keep Promises

The whole crew is back together.  First Pat examines whether fans can affect the outcome of  basketball games by distracting players who are taking free throws. Next Darren looks into the demarcation problem in the philosophy of science. Lastly Cristina checks up on how well politicians do with keeping their campaign promises.   

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:48:20 +0000

TRC #398: The Physics of Superheroes + Name That: High School Edition + Green Moon

While Adam is galavanting in Europe, “Physics Commando” Barry Panas joins the crew to school us on the physics of superheroes. Pat discovers who showed up in class with a game of Name That: High School Quiz Edition. Finally, Darren investigates whether there’s any truth to a claim making the rounds on the internet about a rare green moon.

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 22:58:39 +0000

TRC #397: Star Wars Droids with Jim Davies + Misleading Terms In Psych Fields + Star Wars Myths

Friend of the show Jim Davies joins us this week to explore our psychology, and often conflicted feelings, about droids in the Stars Wars universe. Cristina schools us in terms often misused when reporting psychological science. Finally, Adam rounds out this week’s Geek factor by debunking some popular Star Wars myths.

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 13:33:10 +0000

TRC #396: French’s Ketchup Better For Ontario? + Misleading Headlines + China Bans April Fools’?

Adam squeezes the truth out of rumours that French’s Ketchup, rather than Heinz, is supporting Ontario industries.  Next Cristina looks into whether readers are influenced by misleading headlines, even if they read the full article.  Lastly Darren checks into reports that China has banned April Fools’ day.  

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 18:01:41 +0000

TRC #395: Tribeca vs Vaxxed + Double-Dipping + Tay: Microsoft’s AI “Racist” Chatbot + Energy-Infused Beauty Products

Darren kicks off the show with a quick panel discussion about Tribeca Film Festival’s decision to pull a controversial documentary linking vaccines with autism from their line-up. Next, Pat dives right into a listener email about double-dipping. Adam looks into how the internet corrupted Microsoft’s innocent new AI chatbot Tay in less than 24 hours. Finally, Cristina gets goopy with a segment about energy-infused beauty products.

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 13:59:23 +0000

TRC #394: Money & Happiness + An Evening With Neil deGrasse Tyson + How Is Easter Sunday Determined?

Happy March Equinox, Checkers! This week, Darren delves into the age-old question, does more money really make us happier? Pat and Cristina give a recap of An Evening With Neil deGrasse Tyson in Toronto. Finally, Adam hops right into a segment about how Easter is determined.

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:46:07 +0000

TRC #393: Talking Mirrors with Barry Panas + Clinton Onion Conspiracy + Splenda vs Cancer

Very special guest Barry “Physics Commando” Panas reflects on whether mirrors reverse left and right. Next, Adam peels back the layers on a conspiracy about The Onion and Hillary Clinton. Lastly, Cristina sweetens things up by looking at a recent study claiming Splenda causes cancer.

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 18:29:53 +0000

TRC #392: Is 4K TV Worth It? + Is Trump Really A Good Businessman?

This week, Adam takes an in-depth look into 4K resolution TVs and whether taking the plunge is worth it. Next, Darren examines whether Donald Trump is as successful at business as he claims to be.  

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:30:53 +0000

TRC #391: Apple Retro 1970 Bug + Hitler’s Micropenis? + Leap Year Revisited + Video Gaming’s First Transgender Character

Go Skeptic, it’s your podcast! This week, Pat squashes the recent iPhone retro 1970 Bug making the rounds. Darren points a skeptical lens at current news stories suggesting Hitler suffered from a condition that affected the size of his penis. Cristina jumps in to school us on the origins of Leap Year. Finally, Adam respawns an old theory regarding who gaming's first transgender character is, and reminds us how good he looks in red.

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 14:58:09 +0000

TRC #390: Is The Solar System A Vortex? + Peanut Butter vs Alzheimer’s + Sitting Too Close To The TV

Darren examines a video, that recently resurfaced, revolving around the premise that the solar system is a vortex. Cristina sniffs out the facts on recent reports that peanut butter could be used for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, Adam takes a look at whether watching television close-up can harm your eyesight.

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:37:38 +0000

TRC #389: Left-Right Confusion + Cats Meow Only At Humans? + Superforecasting Review

On this week’s show, Pat hands us an interesting segment about why some people have trouble telling their left from their right.  Adam “mewses” whether adult cats only meow at humans and not each other. Finally, Darren predicts you may find the recent book Superforecasting:The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner well worth a read.

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 16:06:16 +0000

TRC #388: Science vs “Resting Bitch Face” + Death By Super Bowl? + Gravity Of Melting Ice

Just admit it, Checkers. That first segment title caught your eye and you knew Adam was back!  Adam raises a skeptical eyebrow at recent headlines claiming real science behind “Resting Bitch Face”. Cristina runs with a new study regarding the fate of fans in cities whose teams play in the Super Bowl. Finally, Darren unearths whether Greenland’s ice melt could actually change our gravity field. Really? Listen to find out!

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:09:04 +0000

TRC #387: Zika Virus + Wisdom Teeth Removal A Racket? + Battery Charging Myths

With Adam and his antics enjoying the warmth of St. Lucia, the show must still go on! Darren breaks down the Zika virus and fills us in on what we should know. Cristina investigates whether we really need to get our wisdom teeth removed. Finally, Pat replies to a listener’s email by looking into common battery charging myths and whether they still apply today.

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:52:59 +0000

TRC #386: Planet 9 with Dr. Stuart Robbins + Lettuce Worse Than Bacon? + Cats vs Cucumbers

Ahoy, Checkers! With all the hype about a potential new planet discovery named “Planet 9”, we thought it would be good to get a reality check from our favourite resident astronomer Dr. Stuart Robbins, host of one of our fave podcasts, Exposing PseudoAstromony. Next, Cristina got excited when she heard a rumour about lettuce being somehow worse than bacon, then realized it’s always best to investigate claims that sound too good to be true. Finally, Adam takes on a segment suggested by former TRC host and all-around good guy Jon Abrams, who asks, “are cats really scared of cucumbers?”

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:24:46 +0000

TRC #385: Health & Fitness Myths + Name That: Game That + Why Can’t We See Apollo Mission Remnants With A Telescope?

Darren kicks off the show by revisiting and debunking some pervasive nutrition and fitness myths. Pat brings us another fun-filled edition of Name That: Game That. Finally, Adam finds a way to weave Sailor Moon into a segment addressing why can’t we see remnants of the Apollo Mission on the moon through a telescope?

Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:32:01 +0000

TRC #384: Did Nikola Tesla Contact Aliens? + FTC vs Lumosity + Ugly Baby Lawsuit?

Welcome, Checkers to your 384th episode of TRC! First Adam, addresses a listener’s email from last year asking whether Nikola Tesla contacted extraterrestrial life. Next, Cristina brings us up to speed with a recent FTC court settlement against Lumosity and their neuroplasticity claims.  Finally, Darren looks into a viral story about a man who allegedly sues his wife for birthing an ugly baby.

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:11:04 +0000

TRC #383: Lardass Autocorrect Kardashian? + Name That: Internet 2015 Edition + Last Year’s Fave Segments + 2016 Predictions

We like big facts and we cannot lie. The TRC crew reunite to kick off the New Year with a fun-filled show! Cristina butts in first with a story that was all over the internet recently: does typing ‘lardass’ into an iPhone autocorrect to ‘Kardashian’? Then the gang share their favourite, funniest, and most surprising segments from 2015. Pat hosts an Internet 2015 edition of Name That. Finally, Adam takes over to revisit last year’s “predictions” and asks the panel to set aside logic yet again to make predictions for 2016.

Sat, 09 Jan 2016 16:20:43 +0000

TRC #382: Dunning-Kruger Effect + Deep Learning + Do The British Have Bad Teeth?

Merry New Year, Checkers!  This week, Adam takes the night off while Darren and honorary TRC’er Dallas Card join the Toronto crew in the flesh for another fun and informative show. Darren kicks off the festivities by revisiting the sometimes misunderstood cognitive bias called the Dunning-Kruger Effect. Dallas delves into deep artificial neural networks and debunks some myths around machine learning. Finally, Cristina examines whether the British really deserve the rep of having bad teeth.

Sat, 02 Jan 2016 15:40:03 +0000

TRC #381: The 5th Annual Holiday Parody Spectacular + Dr. Ken Milne’s SGEM vs SPIDES

With the Festivus upon us, Darren and Adam hand the reins of the sleigh over to Pat and Cristina for the fifth annual holiday show. The duo share the inside scoop behind this year’s parodies plus other highlights including the panel’s recommendations of stuff to watch, read or listen to (see the show notes!).  Extra bonus in your stocking is an excerpt from Dr. Ken Milne’s Skeptic’s Guide to Emergency Medicine Podcast. After recently guesting on TRC where he mentions the Spinach, Popeye, Iron and Decimal Error Story (SPIDES), Ken gets an interesting email from listener Bob Edmonds who he then invites on his podcast to help set the record straight. A huge thank you to all the ‘Checkers out there for listening every week. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Sat, 26 Dec 2015 17:45:00 +0000

TRC #380: Starbucks Hates X-mas? + When Is A Cold Contagious? + Kubrick Admits To Faking Moon Landings?

On this week’s show we have lots of questions!  First Cristina looks into a viral video claiming that Starbucks hates Christmas.  Next Darren wonders when the common cold is contagious.  Lastly Adam examines a second viral video, claiming to be an interview with Stanley Kubrick where he admits to faking moon landings.

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 14:54:44 +0000

TRC #379: Charitable Giving + Premium vs Regular Gas + Elf On The Shelf

On this week’s show, tis the season for Darren to revisit charitable giving and effective donations. Pat fills us in on an email from a TRC’er who asks us to break down premium vs regular gas. Finally, Adam channels his inner Elf to enlighten us on Santa’s not-so-secret spy.

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:03:15 +0000

TRC #378: Ethical Automated Cars? + Adult Colouring Books + The Halitosis Influence

TRC is in the house! This week, Darren takes us for a spin to explore the ethical dilemma of self-driving cars. Adam takes a peek into the growing trend of Adult Colouring Books and their potential health benefits. (No, not that kind of adult colouring book.) Finally, Cristina mouths off about how clever marketing made bad breath sound like a medical condition.

Sat, 05 Dec 2015 14:26:28 +0000

TRC #377: Unethical Experiments Proven Useful + Game That + Photographs and Smiling

Not even a power failure can stop the TRC crew!  First Cristina examines unethical experiments that ended up changing medicine.  Next, Pat runs the crew through a game of “Name That” where the goal is to “game it.”   Lastly, Adam wonders why people didn’t smile in old photographs.  

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:32:40 +0000

TRC #376: Are Religious Children Less Altruistic + Are There Pets in Pet Food?

TRC do it live!  This week’s show was recorded in front of a live audience at Skepticamp Ottawa.  First Darren takes a look at recent headlines suggesting that a study has found religious children are less altruistic than their nonreligious counterparts.   Next Adam bites into claims that euthanized dogs and cats are showing up in commercial pet foods.  

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:37:52 +0000

TRC #375: Supporting TRC + Immortality + Bloodletting

Pat kicks off this week’s show by reflecting on TRC listeners, future projects and ways to support the show.   Next, Darren brings us one of his trademark philosophical segments with an exploration of immortality.   Lastly Cristina takes a look at bloodletting.  Is that still a thing?

Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:45:47 +0000

TRC #374: Conversion Therapy + Did Booze Influence The Australian Accent? + Vampires Drunk On Blood?

G’day TRC’ers!  On this week’s show, Pat takes a look at a recent U.S. government report to give us an update on Conversion Therapy. Cristina goes down under to investigate whether the Australian accent was influenced by their drunk forefathers. Finally, Adam applies the scientific method to see if vampires could get drunk from drinking a drunk person’s blood.

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 18:40:21 +0000

TRC #373: WHO Processed Meat Cancer Study + The Science of Gremlins + Do Bras Cause Cancer?

BOO! This week, Darren looks closely into the reporting around the recent published study from WHO’s cancer agency (IARC) regarding links between cancer and the consumption of red and processed meat. Adam applies logic to break down the science of Gremlins. Finally, Cristina takes on another controversial post on Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle blog Goop suggesting wearing a bra causes cancer.

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:11:22 +0000

TRC #372: Knowledge Translation with Dr. Ken Milne + Name That: Nobel Edition + Ghost Weddings

Emergency medical doctor Ken Milne and host of The Skeptic’s Guide to Emergency Medicine podcast is a totally gnarly dude! He takes time out to join the panel and talk about the knowledge translation project which he founded. Pat teaches us all a few things with a riveting game of Name That featuring Nobel Prize trivia. Finally, Darren gives us a spirited segment by looking into whether people in China are stealing corpses for ghost weddings.

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 10:07:06 +0000

TRC #371: Riveted With Jim Davies + Is Polling Effective? + Extraneous Factors & Judicial Decisions

Cognitive scientist and author Jim Davies joins the crew this week for a riveting discussion about his book ‘Riveted.”   Next Adam surveys the evidence about whether political polling is effective.  Lastly, Cristina chews on the question of whether extraneous factors affect judicial decisions. Enjoy!

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 19:29:52 +0000

TRC #370: Antibacterial Soap + Maple Water + Anti-Vaxxers Funding Fail + Top CO2 Emitters

TRC drops four segments this week for your listening pleasure. First, Pat scours the research after a listener writes in questioning whether antibacterial soap is more effective at killing germs.  Adam taps into the recent health claims lauding the benefits of Maple Water. Cristina looks into why anti-vaxxers are up in arms over a recently published funded study. Finally, Darren takes an exhaustive look at which countries are the highest CO2 emitters.

Sat, 10 Oct 2015 18:33:44 +0000

TRC #369: Follow Your Career Passion? + Farmer’s Almanac + Subway Becoming Halal?

Not even the flu can keep Producer Pat from finally bringing you this week’s episode of TRC! First, Darren explores whether or not encouraging people to follow their passion when choosing a career is sage advice. Next, Cristina takes on a listener’s suggestion and points a skeptical lense at the weather forecasts made by the Farmer’s Alamanacs. Finally, Adam checks into whether or not the claim that Subway has Halal-only restaurants is fact or fiction.

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 20:43:37 +0000

TRC #368: Barcodes and 666 + Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock + Do Tax Cuts Cause Job Growth

TRC brings you a hella diverse show this week!  First, Pat sidles up to the bar code to determine whether the 666 conspiracy theory holds any weight. Next, Adam takes a facts-based look at the recent controversy around 14 year old Ahmed Mohamed’s homemade clock. Finally, Darren points his skeptical lense at the political argument that small business tax cuts stimulate job growth.

Sat, 26 Sep 2015 12:44:54 +0000

TRC #367: Susan Gerbic of GSoW + Industry Funded Studies + Deaths From Heat and Cold

An action packed show this week!  Susan Gerbic joins the crew to discuss Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.   Next, Cristina tells us about an industry funded study on butter with surprising results. Lastly, Darren looks into facts and stats about deaths from heat and cold.  

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 12:27:25 +0000

TRC #366: Accent Bias + Electroshock Therapy + Did A Cat Take A Bullet For A Kid?

Three interesting segments this week.  First, Cristina addresses a listener email ‘aboot’ cultural stereotypes and subjective judgments based on people’s accents. Next, the gang is once again joined by Dina Tsirlin who looks into some shocking facts about electroconvulsive therapy.  Lastly, Adam takes aim at recent headlines suggesting that a cat ‘took’ a bullet for a kid.  

Sat, 12 Sep 2015 17:42:10 +0000

TRC #365: Reproducibility of Psychological Science + Are Octopuses Aliens? + Happy Birthday TRC!


The Reality Check celebrates its 7th birthday! This week we’re bringin’ the science and the sci-fi with two fact-filled segments. First, Darren kicks things off with an analysis of the Reproducibility Project which looks at experimental and correlational studies published in the field of Psychological Science. Adam dives head first into recent DNA studies on octopuses and the resulting headlines suggesting they come from an alien world.

Sat, 05 Sep 2015 17:22:38 +0000

TRC #364: Can You Catch Up On Sleep? + Trickle-down Economics + Is An Asteroid Coming?


On this week’s show, Cristina rouses the panel with some research that addresses whether we can ever really catch up on lost sleep. Guest Lars Péloquin explains the concept of Trickle-down Economics. Finally, Pat looks into why NASA recently had to address rumours which suggested an impending Asteroid catastrophe.

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:15:43 +0000

TRC #363: Talking New Horizons with Dr. Stuart Robbins + The Great Berenstain Bear Debate

Guest panelist and honorary TRC’er Dr. Stuart Robbins from the “Exposing PseudoAstronomy” podcast joins us once again to answer questions about New Horizons and help us navigate the various claims made by the media coverage of Pluto.  Adam rounds out the show by looking into the various conspiracy theories surrounding The Berenstain Bear children series.

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:55:33 +0000

TRC #362: Simpson’s Paradox + Name That: GMO Edition + Traveller’s Diarrhea Myths


Hey TRC’ers!  While Adam is away this week, friend of the show Dallas Card joins us once again in studio to explain Simpson’s Paradox. Pat challenges the panel to another game of Name That: GMO Edition. Finally, Cristina flushes out a listener’s email regarding traveller’s diarrhea myths.

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:12:37 +0000

TRC #361: Bullying + Shroud of Turin + Kanye vs Wheelchair Basketball Team


Imma let you finish...but this episode of TRC is off the hizzy! First, Adam kicks the show off with an in depth look at ‘provocative’ new research that suggests bullying is genetic. TRC alumni Elan joins the crew this week to unveil the real facts behind the Shroud of Turin. Finally, Darren raps about a recent ‘news piece’ gone viral featuring Kanye vs a wheelchair basketball team of middle school kids.

Sat, 08 Aug 2015 17:20:07 +0000

TRC #360: Hydration + Donating Your Body To Science + Two-Way Mirrors

TRC keeps bringin’ da facts! Darren starts us off by dipping into a segment about popular hydration myths. Cristina digs into what happens when you donate your body to Science. Finally, Adam reflects on whether or not it’s easy to detect a two-way mirror.

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:30:52 +0000

TRC #359: High Fidelity Audio Players + Sunscreen Revisited + Catapult GPS

Pat sets the tone with a segment on high fidelity audio players and whether Neil Young’s new Pono device is as ‘righteous’ as its name claims. Darren reflects on popular misconceptions around sunscreen. Finally, Cristina tips-off with a segment about how some cutting edge technology called the Catapult GPS is being used in elite sports training.

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:22:09 +0000

TRC #358: Guerrilla Skepticism + Foul-mouthed Minions + The Munchies

Wassup TRC'ers! Darren kicks things off with a detailed segment about Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia, aka GSoW. Adam serves us a lighthearted look at whether McDonald’s Happy Meal Minions are swearing at us.  Finally, Cristina asks the burning question, what’s the science behind “The Munchies”?

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:08:15 +0000

TRC #357: Mobile Medical Apps + Sesame Street vs Preschool + Viral Nonsense: Confederate Flag Edition

Welcome, bienvenida, bienvenue TRC’ers! Pat kicks off this week’s show addressing a listener’s email regarding whether there’s any real science behind health applications for mobile phones. Cristina takes a walk down Sesame Street to explore whether exposure to the show leads to improved early educational outcomes in preschoolers. Finally, Adam raises an eyebrow at the Confederate flag.

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 22:07:12 +0000

TRC #356: Rachel Dolezal and Transraciality + Alternative Cancer Therapies for Pets + Did Stockbrokers Really Jump Out of Windows?

Despite some technical issues this week, the crew plowed through to bring you another great episode of TRC! On today’s show, Darren takes an in-depth look into the controversial story behind Rachel Dolezal and leads the panel in an interesting discussion about the definition of Race. Adam relays his experience looking at cancer treatment options for his sick cat Cheese and the woo he encountered in the process. Finally, Cristina dives into a myth about whether or not stockbrokers really jumped out of windows during a financial crisis.


Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:36:29 +0000

TRC #355: Mashup Episode: Breast Cancer Screening + Sexism in Science + Jackie Mitchell


Cristina takes over TRC Studios to DJ another magnificent Mashup episode. This week the running theme is “Women”. Enjoy!

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:45:10 +0000

TRC #354: Caitlyn Jenner vs Noah Galloway + Bayesian Statistics 101 with Alex Demarsh + Biodynamic Farming

Welcome TRC Family to another jam-packed episode! Adam kicks off the show this week by looking into the brouhaha over whether Caitlyn Jenner really beat out Noah Galloway to win an ESPN Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Our guest panelist statistician Alex Demarsh introduces us to Bayesian Statistics demonstrating that some of us would have enjoyed stats way more in high school if he was at the chalkboard. Finally, Cristina unearths the dung in Biodynamic Farming. Special shout out to TRC’er David for sending in such a great parody suggestion + lyrics for “How Deep Is Your Woo” that even Baritone Pat couldn’t resist!

Sat, 20 Jun 2015 14:53:44 +0000

TRC #353: Perfect Pitch + Name That: Weather & Climate Edition + Is July 4 Really Independence Day?

The whole gang is back to deliver another fun-filled show! Cristina rings in with a segment about Perfect Pitch and a recent study that looks at whether the ability can be learned by adults. Pat challenges the panel’s knowledge of Weather & Climate with an informative game of Name That.  Last but not least, Darren breaks down the timeline surrounding the American Revolution and Declaration of Independence.

Sat, 13 Jun 2015 18:03:08 +0000

TRC #352: doTerra Essential Oils + Tiananmen Square + Do Sunflowers Track The Sun?

With Pat & Cristina away, guest host Dr. Michael Thompson steps in to join the crew! Adam gives us a whiff of aromatherapy, specifically multi-level marketing company doTerra Essential Oils. Michael offers some historical context around the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Finally, Darren touches upon phototropism and whether sunflowers follow the sun.

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 15:44:42 +0000

TRC #351: DNR Revisited + Penile Duplication + Vulcan Salute & Death Grip


Pat kicks off this week’s show revisiting an older segment on DNR with some new information about the mortality rate in DNR patients. Darren looks into the phenomenon of men having more than one penis. Finally, Adam hands us a segment about the interesting origin of the Vulcan Salute and the Death Grip myth.

Fri, 29 May 2015 23:38:14 +0000

TRC #350: Ontario’s Sex-Ed Curriculum + Magic School Bus Meme + Medical Procedures You May Not Need


Hello TRC’ers! This week’s show is a veritable potpourri of topics! Darren studies Ontario’s new Sex-Ed Curriculum and addresses its critics. Adam tackles the meme keeping us all up at night...did the kids from Magic School Bus grow up to be Captain Planet’s Planeteers? Lastly, Cristina dissects some commonly prescribed medical procedures that we may not actually need.

Sat, 23 May 2015 15:45:28 +0000

TRC #349: Dubious Health Bloggers + Crop Circles + Tax-Free Savings Account

TRC is bringin’ it! Cristina bites into a segment about dubious Health, or self-professed “wellness” bloggers and the potential hazards of their claims, and in some cases lies. Adam touches down with a detailed look into the origins of crop circles and the various explanations behind them. Finally, Darren dips into Tax-Free Savings Accounts to break down a political statement.

Sat, 16 May 2015 15:48:57 +0000

TRC #348: Earth-Sized Exoplanets + Name That: Which Came First + Israeli Stamps In Passports

Dr. Stuart Robbins from Exposing PseudoAstronomy is back to discuss the search for Earth-sized exoplanets.  Pat then leads the crew in another game of Name That and lastly Darren looks into whether an Israeli stamp in passports can affect travel to Arab and Muslim countries.  

Sat, 09 May 2015 12:46:18 +0000

TRC #347: Nepal Disaster Relief + Fecal Transplants + Diamonds + Star Trek Red Shirts

Darren touches on recent events in Nepal and offers suggestions on how to help during disaster relief efforts. Guest host Dina drops a segment we can all get behind regarding promising research around fecal transplants, aka transpoosions. Next up, Adam goes where no TRC segment has gone before...does wearing a red shirt on Star Trek equal impending doom? Finally, Cristina shines a light on why diamonds are really nobody’s friend.


Sat, 02 May 2015 17:49:35 +0000

TRC #346: The Grape Ice Cream Debate + QRay Wellness Bracelets + Things Women Couldn’t Do Before The 70’s + Eye Floaters

What a jam-packed show! After kicking things off with a beloved TV show theme parody, Pat dips into a long standing myth about grape ice cream, while Adam breaks down QRay Wellness Bracelet claims. Cristina highlights how far women have come since the 70’s and Darren dissects eye floaters. Can you guess the TV theme parody this week? Email us!

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:06:51 +0000

TRC #345: Trigger Warnings + Food Labelling + Poland's Enigma Code Breakers

On this week’s show, Darren explores trigger warnings, how they’re used, and whether they should be. Cristina bites into a segment about misleading product claims and food labelling. Finally, Pat takes on a listener’s suggestion to tap into Poland's Enigma Code Breakers.

Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:42:59 +0000

TRC #344: Animal Memory + Name That: Random Technology Quiz + The Humidex

Just in time for the weekend!  First Adam attempts to recall whether or not animals have memory, next Pat tests your knowledge of random technology with another game of 'name that' and lastly Cristina gets the crew to work up a sweat about the humidex.  

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:07:24 +0000

TRC #343: Voluntourism + Higher Thread Counts + Sleepwalking 101


Happy Spring Equinox! Darren kicks off the show by exposing the disturbing downside of well-intentioned Voluntourism. Cristina lays out the truth behind whether higher thread counts are really indicative of bed sheet quality. Finally, Adam stirs the panel with an in-depth segment about Sleepwalking.

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 15:07:02 +0000

TRC #342: Talking Pluto with Dr. Stuart Robbins + Name That: Grade 9 Edition + Arsenic Levels in California Wines


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.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:50:00 +0000

TRC #341: Health Canada & Natural Remedies + Food Stereotypes + Why Paper Cuts Hurt So Much


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.

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:57:23 +0000

TRC #340: Interview With Thomas Clark From The Center For Naturalism

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!

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:33:39 +0000

TRC #339: Was Everyone In The Middle Ages Drunk? + Lie Detection + Dressgate

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.'

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:46:42 +0000

TRC #338: Stradivarius Debate + SFoSF Inventions + How To Predict The Future On The Internet

Dubrofsky’s back! Elan drops by TRC Studios this week to play co-host and examine whether a Stradivarius violin lives up to its reputation. Pat tests our knowledge of inventions with a game of “Science Fact or Science Fiction”. Finally, Adam explains how anyone can flawlessly make predictions on the internet.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:40:12 +0000

TRC #337: Women In Science + Brian Tomasik on Wild Animal Suffering Part 2 + Blue Blood

With Adam at the helm this week, we kick off with a segment from Cristina highlighting the challenges women face forging a path in Science-related fields, we feature part 2 of our interview with guest Brian Tomasik about Wild Animal Suffering and finally, Adam sheds some light on why our veins look blue.

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:38:56 +0000

TRC #336: American Sniper + Brian Tomasik on Wild Animal Suffering + Rent-To-Own


With Cristina filling in as host, Adam slings a segment about the real story behind American Sniper, while guest Brian Tomasik opens our eyes to Wild Animal Suffering in part 1 of 2 interview segments. Finally (last yet again…) Pat crunches the real math of Rent-To-Own business models, shocking Adam and Cristina in the process.

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 23:41:39 +0000

TRC #335: Meditation + Name That: Anatomy Edition + V-Steam & Gwyneth Paltrow

When Darren’s away, the panel will play! On this week’s show, guest host Dina reflects on claims surrounding Meditation, Pat tests our knowledge of Anatomy with another edition of Name That, and Cristina blows off steam regarding the recent controversial blog post on Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle blog Goop. But first...a parody in Ms. Paltrow’s honour.  Enjoy!

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:42:13 +0000

TRC #334: Blasphemy in Canada + Why Allergy Myths Persist + Does Cake Mix Really Need an Egg?


On this week’s fun and fact-filled show, Darren kicks things off swearing Blasphemy is alive and well in Canada. Cristina breaks out in a segment about why debunked allergy myths continue to persist. Lastly, Adam mixes it up by asking if adding an egg to boxed cake mixes is a marketing ploy.  

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:32:31 +0000

TRC #333: Cali Causes Cancer? + Talking Transgender + The Most Bombed Country is…


Adam is back from his vacation/reconnaissance mission in California where he investigates why everything in the State purports to cause cancer or birth defects. Pat addresses gender identity in an interview with friend of the show Sebastien LeBel. Lastly, Darren drops the question, “Which is the most bombed country on Earth?”  The answer may surprise you...

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:18:13 +0000

TRC #332: Wind Chill + Bad Pharma Overview + Does Bottled Water Expire?

Even with Adam away, TRC delivers!  Cristina blows in with an interesting breakdown of the Wind Chill Index, while Darren probes the book “Bad Pharma” by British physician and academic Ben Goldacre.  Finally, Pat flushes out the truth behind why bottled water has an expiration date.  

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:59:51 +0000

TRC #331: Bad Luck & Cancer + Annual Predictions + Sushi & Wasabi

Happy New Year from TRC!  On this week’s episode, Darren doubles down on whether cancer is mostly the result of bad luck, while Adam looks into his crystal ball for our Annual Predictions. Pat rounds out the show with the raw facts on sushi and wasabi and rings in 2015’s inaugural episode with some ‘Rap Bravado’. Check it…

Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:57:04 +0000

TRC #330: The Fourth Annual Holiday Parody Spectacular


With half of the regular TRC crew off for the holidays, Pat and Cristina hijack the show for a fourth year running and revisit some of the best parodies and highlights of the year.  

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:40:54 +0000

TRC #329: Murder Down Under + Cake or Death + The Sitting Dead + #HomicideTheNorth


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.

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:39:57 +0000

TRC #328: Superintelligence Overview + Guinness Two-Pour + Is Grumpy Cat a ‘100-millionaire’?

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.

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:30:47 +0000

TRC 327: Racial Disparity + Perception Quiz + The Cheerleader Effect


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!

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:00:33 +0000

TRC #326: Bates Method + Outlet Malls + Does Roomba Map a Room + Hope & Resurrection


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.

Sat, 06 Dec 2014 20:02:44 +0000

TRC #325: Cells On A Plane + Effective Donating Revisited + Sad Music


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.

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:00:21 +0000

TRC #324: Serial Killer Myths + Name That: Weights and Measures + Is Chocolate Poison To Dogs?

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.  

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:55:25 +0000

TRC #323: Mashup Episode: SkyMall + Mattress Doubles In Weight + Almond Joy's Got Nuts

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.   

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:40:55 +0000

TRC #322: Fewer Kids Trick or Treating? + SFoSF: Coffee + BDSM Illegal? + Losing Elan

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.

Sat, 08 Nov 2014 01:04:43 +0000

TRC #321: Ebola + Google Traffic + Sexy Ebola Nurse Costume

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.

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13:33:24 +0000

TRC #320: Bradford Hill Criteria + Cold Reading + Does The Earth Orbit The Sun?

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?

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:22:39 +0000

TRC #319: Mothers' Milk Vs Mothers' Guilt + Red Wine Health Benefits + Green Eggs And Ham Banned?

Cristina joins the panel to explore mothers' milk and asks whether some breastfeeding advocates take things too far.    Next Adam examines recent news reports of the claim: red wine is better than going to the gym.   Lastly, Pat looks at whether or not the book 'Green Eggs and Ham' was banned.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:04:38 +0000

TRC #318: Do Glasses Weaken Eyes? + Smoking in Movies = R-rating + Pluto A Planet Again?

Even when short-staffed, the guys deliver the skepticism.   First Pat takes an arm's length look at whether wearing glasses weakens eyes.   Next, Darren tries to get a grip on smoking in movies and its effect on ratings.   But both those segments may be dwarfed by Adam's look into whether or not Pluto is again a planet.

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:08:21 +0000

TRC #317: Programmer Productivity + Parody Websites + iPhone Bending

Episode 317 of The Reality Check is really fantastic. Elan leads things off by looking into the claim that excellent programmers can be more than 10 times more productive than average ones. Next, Adam looks into some "parody" websites. Darren closes out the show by answering if it's true that the iPhone 6 bends.

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:17:08 +0000

TRC #316: Three-Breasted Woman + Name That: Cryptozoology Edition + Cow Tipping

Episode 316 is awesome.   First Darren covers a salacious and titillating news story about a three breasted woman.   Next Pat mystifies the panel with a new edition of "name that," all about cryptozoology.   Lastly, Elan examines the underbelly of claims about cow tipping.  

Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:28:54 +0000

TRC #315: Grounding Mats + Sweetener vs. Cocaine + Tooth Colour

The core group of 4 is back together again to bring you another dose of premium skeptical content in episode 315 of The Reality Check. Elan leads things off by exploring the health claims of grounding mats. Next Adam analyzes yet another study comparing  cocaine to sweetener. Darren closes out the show by answering what colour our teeth should be.

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:09:32 +0000

TRC #314: Parasites & Multiple Sclerosis + How Big Is The Universe + Tim Hortons Cup Sizes

Episode 314 has not one guest, but TWO!   First Dina tells us all about parasites, multiple sclerosis and clinical trials.   Next Dana takes a look at the size of the universe.  Lastly, Adam investigates a viral video about Tim Hortons cup sizes.  

Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:52:04 +0000

TRC #313: Mashup Episode: Canned Food Drives + Blowing In Nintendo Cartridges + Van Halen M&Ms

Most of the crew gets a much deserved week off while Pat provides a mash-up of segments based on the theme of "firsts."   We would love to get your feedback on whether you liked the format!  Let us know at:  info@trcpodcast.com

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:43:39 +0000

TRC #312: Gamer Stats - Adult Women Vs Teenage Boys + Deer + Puff The Magic Dragon Is About Pot?

Episode 312 is all that and more!  First Adam frags some headlines claiming that adult women gamers outnumber teenage boy gamers.   Next Pat hunts for the facts to answer a listener's questions about deer.  Lastly Darren clears the smoke on whether Puff The Magic Dragon is about marijuana. 

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:39:17 +0000

TRC #311: Suicide + Small vs. Big Meals + Sharks Smelling Blood

Episode 311 of The Reality Check is really amazing. Darren leads it off with a discussion about some misconceptions people have about suicide. Next, Elan looks into whether you should eat 3 regular meals a day or multiple small meals. Adam closes things out by answer whether it's true that sharks can smell blood from a long distance away.

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:46:31 +0000

TRC #310: Vanity Awards + Afghan 9/11 Awareness + Jackie Mitchell

This episode of The Reality Check is the best piece of content on the internet. Pat leads things off by going in depth into his investigation of a vanity award scam. Next Darren discusses if people in Afghanistan know about the events of 9/11. Finally Elan answers whether it's true that a 17 year old woman named Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig consecutively.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:07:08 +0000

TRC #309: WWI Myths + Great Outdoors Game + Toasting to Avoid Poisoning

With Darren away at a conference, former TRC host Jon Abrams steps in to take over the hosting duties for episode 309 of The Reality Check, and leads things off with a segment where he discusses a number of World War 1 myths. Next, Elan leads a game of Science Fact or Science Fiction: Great Outdoors Edition. Adam closes things out by looking into the origin of toasting glasses comes from people trying to avoid getting poisoned.

Sat, 09 Aug 2014 15:14:26 +0000

TRC #308: Crossfit + SETI + Dogs And Ice Water

Episode 308 is here.   First Darren tries to work out whether Crossfit is suing scientists.   Next Adam searches for answers in reply to a listener's email about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).   Lastly, Pat pours over evidence on whether or not it is safe for dogs to drink ice water.  

Sat, 02 Aug 2014 19:14:10 +0000

TRC #307: Bananas and Fishing + Deer Whistles + Air Bud + Alcohol in Ontario

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.

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:59:34 +0000

TRC #306: Facebook Mood Manipulation Study + Steven Spielberg Dinosaur Hunter + Wage Gap Between Sexes

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.

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:50:17 +0000

TRC #305: Null Hypothesis Significance Testing + Racist Dogs + UFO Sighting Distribution

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.

Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:26:41 +0000

TRC #304: Productivity Hacks + Name That Topical Edition + Sheng Long

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.

Sat, 05 Jul 2014 16:12:45 +0000

TRC #303: Earlobe Creases + Is Venus The Cat A Chimera? + Why Do Our Fingers Prune?

Episode 303 of TRC is here.   First, Pat takes a 'frank' look into whether earlobe creases are a sign of heart disease.   Next, Adam purrrrrsues an answer to whether the beloved internet cat, Venus, is truly a chimera.   Lastly, Elan dives hand first into the question of why our fingers prune in water.

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:40:02 +0000

TRC #302: Female vs. Male Hurricanes + Airplane Food + Surgical Masks

The gang is fully recovered from the episode 300 celebration (301 was the hangover episode) and explodes which their best episode yet with number 302. Darren leads the way with a segment about some recent research on whether female-named hurricanes kill more people than their male-named counterparts. Next, Pat discusses if airline food tastes worse than food on the ground. Elan closes things out by looking into why people are wearing surgical masks out in public.

Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:55:58 +0000

TRC #301: Finish Your Plate + Fertility Game + Turing Test News

Episode 301 of The Reality Check is the pinnacle of audio media. The show begins with Adam looking into whether parents should tell their kids to "finish their plates". Next, Elan hosts an exciting rendition of the classic TRC game, Science Fact or Science Fiction, with a theme of fertility. Darren closes things out by discussing whether or not the Turing Test was recently passed.

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 04:02:21 +0000

TRC #300: Vanessa's Law + Mistakes Were Made + Bad Student Writing + Best and Worst Segments

All four panelists are back together to celebrate 300 episodes of The Reality Check!  Pat starts us off with a look a Vanessa's Law.   Adam then takes us through some mistakes that were made in the last 100 episodes.   Darren gives us a light-hearted segment about bad student writing and the show closes with a look at the panelists' favourite and least favourite segments..   

Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:54:30 +0000

TRC #299: Godzilla + Book Reviews + Snuff Films

Episode 299 has arrived!   With Elan away, the rest of the crew still delivers.   First Adam looks into whether on not Godzilla could exist.  Darren then gives us not one, not two, not three but FOUR book reviews.  Lastly Pat looks into whether there has ever been a true snuff film. 

Sat, 31 May 2014 18:13:01 +0000

TRC #298: China Study + Conscious After Decapitation + Asteroids vs Comets vs Meteoroids

With both Darren and Adam away, former host Jon Abrams steps up in style!    First Elan takes a look at the book 'The China Study.'   Next Jon asks whether someone decapitated by a guillotine might see their own body.  Lastly Pat looks at the difference between asteroids, comets, meteoroids, meteors and meteorites.  

Sat, 24 May 2014 00:36:00 +0000

TRC 297: Most Relaxing Song + "Dangerous" Beers + Paternal Mitochondria

TRC episode 297 would win the podcast equivalent of a Pulitzer if that kind of thing existed. Pat leads off the show with some investigative journalism into whether or not scientists really did discover the most relaxing song of all time, as was reported widely in the media. Next, Elan looks into a article that has been trending about beers that should be avoided at all costs because they have dangerous ingredients. Darren closes out the show by exploring if mitochondria is only inherited through the maternal line.

Sat, 17 May 2014 04:00:26 +0000

TRC #296: Did Life On Earth Begin On Another Planet? + Foreign Aid Myths + Drinking Beer With A Straw?

The whole gang is back together and what a show!  First Adam explores whether life on earth began on another planet.   Next, Darren shares his talk from skepticamp about foreign aid myths with us.   Lastly Pat intoxicates us with a look into whether drinking beer through a straw will get you drunk faster.

Sat, 10 May 2014 18:10:06 +0000

TRC #295: Fraud And Facebook Likes + Fresh Vs. Frozen + Kansas Banning Cosmos?

With Adam away and Pat sick, the rest of the crew is joined by special guest Alex Commons.   First Alex tells us about fraud and fake facebook likes.   Next Elan fills us up with the details on fresh vs frozen fruits and vegetables.  Lastly, Darren looks into whether the state of Kansas is trying to block the television series Cosmos.  

Fri, 02 May 2014 18:29:41 +0000

TRC #294: Loch Ness Monster + Astronomy Name That Game + Can Elephants Jump

In probably the greatest podcast you'll ever hear, the guys bring the skepticism in a big way for episode 294 of The Reality Check. Adam starts things off by exploring whether or not there really is a sea monster in Loch Ness. Next, Pat hosts a game of Name That with questions about astronomy. Darren closes out the show by answering whether or not elephants can jump. Enjoy!

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:30:10 +0000

TRC #293: Jenny McCarthy Isn't Anti Vax? + Blast Processing + Darren's Charity Update + Are Bats Blind?

Episode 293 of The Reality Check is action packed!   First Pat looks at whether Jenny McCarthy's claims that she isn't an anti vaxxer hold up.   Next special guest Sean Corse (aka Sean Orange) of the Famicom Dojo podcast joins the crew to answer a listener request about 'Blast Processing.'   Darren then provides an update on the charitable campaign he started last year.   Lastly Elan looks into whether bats are actually blind.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:59:00 +0000

TRC #292: Are Parents Less Happy? + Is AA Effective? + Books At Harvard Bound In Human Skin

Episode 292 of The Reality Check is here!  First Darren examines whether parents are more or less happy than people without children.   Next Elan looks into the whether or not Alcoholics Anonymous is effective.   Lastly Adam takes on claims that Harvard has books in their library which are bound in human skin.   Pat just looks for opportunities to mention that he is quitting smoking.

Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:12:50 +0000

TRC #291: Mozi-Q + Does Rain Melt Snow + Cutting Boards

If you don't listen to episode 291 of The Reality Check you'll probably regret it for the rest of your life. Pat leads off the show with a skeptical look at the product Mozi-Q which is a pill that claims to be a mosquito repellent. Next, Adam answers a listener question about whether or not rain melts snow. Darren closes out the show with an examination of what's better between wood and plastic cutting boards.

Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:42:19 +0000

TRC #290: Dogs sensing magnetic fields + Diet and Acne + Patterson Best Selling Author

Adam leads things off by looking into if dogs can sense magnetic fields. Next Elan answers a listener question regarding whether eating chocolate causes acne. Darren closes out the show by answering whether it's true that James Patterson is a best selling author.

Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:24:01 +0000

TRC #289: Malaysian Flight 370 + Congruence Bias + Who is Dankey Kang?

The Four Horsemen of the Skeptpocalypse are back with another fun and interesting episode for number 289. Darren leads things off with an analysis of the media coverage of the missing Malaysian Flight 370. Next Elan re-opens fallacy/bias school with an overview of congruence bias and how it affects our daily lives. Adam closes out the show by answering if someone really wrote the words "Dankey Kang" as an answer to a clue on Jeopardy.

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:20:30 +0000

TRC #288: Is Andy Kaufman Dead + Fish Fridays + Sheri's Berries

Episode 288 of The Reality Check is a prime example of why podcasting was invented. Elan leads off the show with an exploration into the claim that Andy Kaufman is still alive. Next, Adam answers whether or not there is a conspiracy by fishermen that has led to many people eating fish on Fridays. Pat closes out the show with a segment on a factual misrepresentation in ads for Sheri's Berries.

Sat, 15 Mar 2014 04:34:29 +0000

TRC #287: Open Concept Offices + Name That Smoking Edition + Alcohol to Sterilize Wound

It's time for your weekly dose of skepticism with episode 287 of The Reality Check. Adam leads things off by looking into open concept offices and whether or not they deliver all of the productivity boosts that are claimed. Next, Pat leads a spirited game of Name That with questions on the topic of smoking. Darren closes out the show by answering the question of whether or not you should use alcohol to sterilize a wound.

Sat, 08 Mar 2014 03:01:38 +0000

TRC #286: Review Of 'Moral Tribes' + Bribing Kids and Grades + Three Felonies A Day?

Episode 286 is here!    First the gang discusses the book 'Moral Tribes' by Joshua Greene.   Next Elan looks into whether bribing kids leads to better school grades.   Lastly Adam looks into whether we commit three felonies a day.

Sat, 01 Mar 2014 21:04:06 +0000

TRC #285: Raelians and Clitoral Restoration + Planning Your Own Death 2 + Drinking Fluids For Cold

With the full crew in attendance, episode 285 of The Reality Check delivers some top notch skeptical content. Adam starts things off by looking into the Raelian movement and their clitoral restoration efforts. Next, Pat brings us the second half of his journey into how to plan for your own death. Elan closes out the show by answering a listener voicemail about drinking fluids when you're sick.

Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:24:31 +0000

TRC #284: Planning Your Own Death + Yawning + Does Chocolate Contain Insects

With Adam away the gang is short-staffed for episode 284 but still deliver the goods! Pat leads things off with a very interesting segment about planning for your own death. Elan then answers a listener question about yawning. Darren ends the show with a segment about if chocolate contains insects.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:58:17 +0000

TRC #283: Trees + Lying SFoSF + Lighters Burning Snow Videos

With Adam away, the rest of the crew is joined by Owen Clarkin who knows an awful lot about trees.   Next Elan hosts a game of 'Science Fact or Science Fiction" all about lying.   Lastly Darren takes on videos which have been surfacing lately showing lighters burning snow.  

Sat, 08 Feb 2014 13:19:55 +0000

TRC #282: Rice and Positive Thinking + Colour of Food + Adding Salt to Boiling Water

The core TRC gang is back together for episode 282 of The Reality Check. Darren starts things off by looking into a recent viral Facebook post regarding positive thinking and its effect on rice. Next, Adam talks about the effect of colour on our perception of food. Elan closes out the show with a segment on whether or not adding salt to heated water will make it boil faster.

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:10:00 +0000

TRC #281: Race In Biomedical Research + Is Reality TV Real? + Skeptical Newlywed Game

It's ladies' night at The Reality Check!   With Darren away, the rest of the crew is joined by Cristina Roach and Dina Tsirlin.   First Dina discusses the role of race in biomedical research.   Cristina then looks at whether reality TV is really real.  Lastly Adam challenges the two couples to a skeptical version of the Newlywed Game.  

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:20:50 +0000

TRC #280: Fahrenheit + Do Cats Care About Their Owners + Aloe Vera

With Darren away getting hipper, former TRC host Jon Abrams fills in to ensure that your weekly dose of skepticism is delivered. Jon starts off the show with a segment on the interesting history of the Fahrenheit temperature scale. Next Adam looks into whether cats actually care about their owners. Pat closes things off by covering whether aloe vera is an effective treatment for burns.

Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:13:00 +0000

TRC #279: Infinity + Placebo Revisited + Was Canada Colder Than Mars

Episode #279 of TRC arrives with a whole bunch of numbers.   First Elan tries to explain infinity and why it is important to skeptics.    Next, Darren revisits placebo and finally Adam looks at whether Canada was recently colder than Mars.  

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:48:09 +0000

TRC #278: This Will Make You Smarter + Predictions + Female Falsetto

The gang (minus Elan) rings in the new year with episode 278 of The Reality Check. Darren starts things off by reviewing the book "This Will Make You Smarter". This is followed by an analysis of the predictions the guys made last year as well as a new round of predictions for 2014. Pat closes things out with a look into whether females can sing falsetto. Happy new year!

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 19:51:00 +0000

TRC #277: The Third Annual Holiday Parody Spectacular

With most of the regular crew enjoying a week off, Pat and Cristina hijack the show for a third year to revisit some of the best parodies of the last 12 months.  Listener and host favourites are highlighted while counting down to the #1 fave parody of the year.

Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:12:34 +0000

TRC #276: Can Mice Inherit Fear + "Name That" Holiday Edition + Salvation Army Hoax

Most people would take a break after blockbuster like episode 275, but not these guys! Episode 276 is off the map! Darren leads things off by analyzing recent research on whether mice inherit fear from their parents. Next, Pat leads a festive edition of his trademark game Name That. Adam closes out the show by looking into the Salvation Army and some claims of offensive things that they've said.

Sat, 21 Dec 2013 18:13:00 +0000

TRC #275: Validity of Astrology + Effectiveness of Prayer + Holiday Suicide Rates

The gang brings out the big guns for episode 275 of the Reality Check as they give their special TRC take on some classic skeptical topics. Darren leads off the show with a segment analyzing the claims made by Astrology and whether or not they make sense. Next, Elan looks into the studies that have been done to determine the effectiveness of intercessory prayer on health outcomes. Adam closes things out with a look into whether or not suicide rates increase during the holidays. Enjoy the show!

"I think it's a gem of an episode" - Pat Roach

Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:07:00 +0000

TRC #274: Cosmological Overview + Icelandic Elves + Marriage Annulment if no Consummation

The gang is joined by special guest Dana Peters for episode 274 of The Reality Check. Dana starts off the show by providing an overview of all of cosmology. No biggie. Adam then discusses The Huldufólk, Icelandic elves. Elan closes out the show by looking into whether a marriage is eligible for annulment if it hasn't been consummated. Enjoy!

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:25:00 +0000

TRC #273: Krokodil + Effective Altruism + Homeopathy + Aspartame + Punting + Friends

The guys at TRC Productions bring a different format for episode 273 and deliver a jammed packed episode! Darren starts things off with 3 short updates on Krokodil, his thoughts on an article about Effective Altruism and a recent tragedy involving homeopathy. Pat then recounts a recent story about some skeptical activism related to aspartame that he was involved in. Next, Elan examines whether American football teams are maximizing their chances to win when they punt on 4th down. Adam finishes off the show buy answering the question of whether or not your friends have more friends than you do.

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 20:06:35 +0000

TRC #272: Rob Ford + Sleeping Twice Per Night + Vaccine Myths + George Washington Wooden Teeth

Right on schedule, we present to you episode 272 of The Reality Check. We provide a brief overview of Rob Ford and why he is still in office. Then, Adam starts off the first main segment of the show with a look into if our ancestors slept twice per night, and if that's a healthier sleeping habit that should be adopted. Darren then goes over a bunch of flu vaccine myths (hint: get the flu shot). Elan closes things out with the myth of the week: Did George Washington have wooden teeth? All of this plus your regular dose of rants and jokes. Enjoy!

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:13:00 +0000

TRC #271: Computer Use & Carpal Tunnel + Name That: Number Edition + Facebook Word Search

It's the end of the week and that means it's time for another dynamic episode of The Reality Check. This week is a doozy featuring three fun segments. First, Elan looks into the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome epidemic of the 90's and whether or not computer use is in fact a cause of the ailment. Next, Pat leads a game of Name That, with all of the questions being number-based. Darren closes out the show by ranting about another thing that's bugging him on Facebook.

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:05:51 +0000

TRC #270: Effective Altruism + Drinking While Eating + Square on Toothpaste Tube

It's episode 270 of The Reality Check and the gang is back with another solid dose of skepticism. Darren starts things off with an interesting look into the Effective Altruism movement and how one can be most effective when trying to do good. Adam then presents a segment on whether or not you should drink while eating. Elan closes out the show by answering if the coloured square on the bottom of a toothpaste tube indicates the composition of the toothpaste.

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:54:59 +0000

TRC# 269.5: Darren On Ron Corbett Unscripted

An experiment with extra content.   Darren's appearance on the Ron Corbett show "Unscripted" on Halloween.   Let us know what you think!

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:54:39 +0000

TRC #269: Talking Calories w/ Stephan Guyenet + Money Game + 50 Shades of Twilight

If you like well produced and thought provoking podcasts, then episode 269 of The Reality Check is the show for you! Pat leads things off with a fascinating interview with Stephan Guyenet where they discuss Gary Taubes' model of good vs. bad calories and how the evidence for it stacks up compared to the calories in / calories out model. Elan then hosts a fun game of Science Fact or Science Fiction, with all questions of a monetary theme. Adam closes things out by answering the question of whether or not 50 Shades of Grey is Twilight Fan Fiction.

Sat, 02 Nov 2013 02:29:00 +0000

TRC #268: Krokodil + Oreos vs. Cocaine + Does Reading in Dark Damage Eyes

The gang celebrates Halloween in skeptical fashion in episode 268 of The Reality Check. Darren starts things off by looking into the so-called "flesh-eating 'zombie' drug" Krokodil. Adam then looks into the recent media coverage stating that Oreos are more addictive than cocaine. Elan closes the show by answering the question of whether or not reading in the dark damages your eyes.

Sat, 26 Oct 2013 04:44:00 +0000

TRC #267: Supervised Injection Sites + Who Owns The Future + Are Refrigerators Death Traps?

Episode 267 is here!   First the gang is joined by Dina Tsirlin who explores supervised injection sites such as Insight in Vancouver.  Next the panel has a heated discussion about the book "Who Owns The Future" by Jaron Lanier.  Finally, Adam examines an episode of Punky Brewster and asks: are refrigerators death traps?  

For show notes or to comment on this episode please visit trcpodcast.com

Sat, 19 Oct 2013 12:47:00 +0000

TRC #266: Should You Let Your Kids Watch TV + Name That: Scientist Edition + What Is Killing Birds In Canada

Episode 266 is awesome!   First Elan responds to a listener request to look into whether you should let your young children watch television, next Pat leads us in a game of "Name That" with a famous scientists theme.    Lastly, Darren tells us about the leading cause of bird deaths in Canada.  

For show notes or to comment on this episode, please visit trcpodcast.com

Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:39:48 +0000

TRC #265: Motivated Numeracy + Does Cat Purring Heal Bones? + Chinese Food Hunger After an Hour

The gang is joined by former TRC host Jon Abrams for a doozy of an episode. Darren leads things off by discussing a recent paper on motivated numeracy. Adam then looks into if cat purring heals bones. Jon closes things out by challenging Adam's claim from a previous episode that when you eat Chinese food you will get hungry again in an hour. Elan and Pat do their best to contribute. Enjoy!

Sat, 05 Oct 2013 03:50:00 +0000

TRC #264: Super Size Me + Skeptical Activism: Nosodes + Superman Coins and Catching Lois

Episode 264 has arrived.   First, Elan turns a critical eye to the documentary film "Super Size Me".  Next Pat interviews Jamie Williams of Bad Science Watch about a recent activism win for the skeptic community, and lastly Darren asks if Superman coins from the mint are legal tender and could Superman really catch Lois falling from a building? 

For show notes or to comment on this episode visit: trcpodcast.com

Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:47:00 +0000

TRC #263: Intimate Partner Violence + Polybius + General Tso's Chicken

Episode 263 of The Reality Check has arrived. The show starts up with Darren looking into a recent UN report about intimate partner violence. Elan then discusses the (urban?) legend of the arcade game Polybius. Adam closes out the show by answering whether or not General Tso invented his chicken dish namesake.

Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:10:00 +0000

TRC #262: Fukushima Effects + Stress and grey hair + Almond Joy's got nuts

Episode 262 of the Reality Check is quite the humdinger. Adam starts off the show by revisiting the effects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and looking into whether it has caused some fruits to mutate into monster fruits. Next Darren looks into whether stress causes one's hair to go gray. Pat closes out the show by answering the age old question of whether it's true that Almond Joy's got nuts and Mounds don't.

Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:13:00 +0000

TRC #261: Common Pregnancy Myths + Exercise and Hair Loss + Bra Burning

Cristina fills in for a vacationing Elan to tell us all about common pregnancy myths.   Pat interviews Dr. Paul McAndrews and corresponds with a couple of other dermatologists to get to the bottom of a listener request about whether exercising causes hair loss.   Lastly, Adam answers the question: did women really burn their bras in the 60's?

For show notes or to comment on this episode, visit www.trcpodcast.com.

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:34:09 +0000

TRC #260: Wood Smoke + Sitting vs Squating + Cracking Knuckles and Arthritis

Episode 260 of TRC is a thrill ride.   First Darren investigates whether wood fires pose a danger to your health.   Then the gang takes on not one but two listener requests!   Elan looks into the question of whether it is better to sit or squat when going to the bathroom and Pat tackles the question of whether cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis.  

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:44:50 +0000

TRC #259: Area 51 + Weather Forecasting Accuracy + Vector Cereal

On the heels of celebrating 5 years as a podcast, TRC delivers another great episode.    Adam takes a look at area 51 in the wake of the CIA admitting it exists, Elan investigates the accuracy of weather reports and Darren complains about Vector cereal.    


Sat, 24 Aug 2013 08:47:00 +0000

TRC #258: Five Year Anniversary Show

Episode 258 of The Reality Check is a special one as the gang celebrates the five year anniversary since episode #1 was released. After a bit of navel gazing, Darren discusses how to debate skeptical topics and Elan hosts a game of Science Fact or Science Fiction. The show ends with a couple voices from the past.

Sat, 17 Aug 2013 16:34:15 +0000

TRC #257: Unreported Crime + Cat Declawing + A Red Sky Predicts Weather

With Elan away to celebrate his recent marriage, the rest of the crew soldiers on with a great new episode!   Darren follows up on a promise to examine unreported crime, Adam takes on a listener request to look into the benefits and risks of declawing cats and Pat explores if there is any truth to the rhyme about a red sky predicting the weather.  

Sat, 10 Aug 2013 16:06:21 +0000

TRC #256: Gluten-Free Diet + Wedding Game + Is Toronto Dangerous

The gang does some shuffling for Episode 256 of The Reality Check as Elan joins Adam and Darren to record in Ottawa while Pat sits lonely in his lofty Toronto studio. The show starts off with Elan discussing the latest diet fad, going gluten-free. Adam then leads a game of Science Fact or Science Fiction™ about weddings. Darren closes things off by looking into whether Toronto is the most dangerous city in Canada.

Fri, 02 Aug 2013 20:01:54 +0000

TRC #255: Canada Myths + Quirky Ways to Cool Down + Cesarean Section

255 Episodes in and TRC is still bringing the skepticism in a big way. The show starts off with Pat covering some commonly believed myths about our home country of Canada. Darren then presents some non-traditional ways to keep cool in the summer. Elan closes things out by answering whether the cesarean section procedure is named after Julius Caesar.

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:02:25 +0000

TRC #254: Barefoot Running + Darren's Eurotrip + Barefoot Driving

Episode 254 is pretty wild. First of all, Adam and Pat both coincidentaly do segments about being barefoot. Adam looks into if there are any benefits to barefoot running and Pat discusses whether or not it is illegal to drive barefoot. In between these two gems, Darren hosts a game of Science Fact or Science Fiction, with the topic being things he learnt on his trip to Europe. Enjoy!

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 22:05:11 +0000

TRC #253: MSM Blood Donations + Katy Perry Twitter Hoax + Swimming After Eating

Once again we have an amazing episode of The Reality Check ready for your consumption. Adam starts things off by looking into the science behind the policy of not letting men who have had sex with other men to give blood. Next Elan discusses a recent Twitter hoax involving Katy Perry. Special guest host Jon Abrams ends the show by answering the question of whether or not you should refrain from swimming after eating.

Sat, 13 Jul 2013 19:17:36 +0000

TRC #252: Washing Fruits + Wine Competitions + GIF Pronunciation

With Darren and Adam away, former TRC host Jon Abrams joins Pat and Elan for an evening of skeptical musings. Pat leads off the show by answering a listner submitted question, whether or not you need to wash your fruits and vegetables before eating them. Jon then talks about wine competitions and the consistency of their results. Elan closes the show but tackling the controversial question of whether GIF is pronounced 'gif' or 'jiff'.

Sat, 06 Jul 2013 14:51:31 +0000

TRC #251: Local Food + Aphrodisiacs + Most Recognized Symbols

With Adam away the remaining TRCers were privledged to be joined by Cristina Roach for episode 251. Elan leads things off with a look into whether buying local food is really all it's cracked up to be. Cristina then dives into the world of aphrodisiacs to find out which ones, if any, actually work. Darren closes out the show by asking what is the most recognized symbol in the world.

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:46:16 +0000

TRC #250: Alcohol & Breast Cancer + Coin Toss Odds + Viral Video Analysis

Episode 250 of The Reality Check is better than the previous 149 episodes COMBINED! Darren leads things off with a discussion of whether or not drinking alcohol increases the chances of a woman getting breast cancer. Elan then looks into the true odds of flipping a coin, as well as some other odds that aren't as they may seem. Pat closes things out by revealing whether or not a recent viral video is real or not.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:53:07 +0000

TRC #249: Oak Island Money Pit + Teddy Wilson + Do Cell Signals Go To Space

Episode 249 is explosive!   First Adam looks into the Oak Island Money Pit in Nova Scotia then Pat and Elan have a chat with Teddy Wilson from "Never Ever Do This At Home" and lastly Darren tells us whether or not cell phone signals go to space. 

For show notes or to comment on this episode visit trcpodcast.com

Sat, 15 Jun 2013 15:35:03 +0000

TRC #248: Australia Myths + Moral Thought Experiments + Elevator Mirrors

TRC #248 is ready for your listening pleasure.   Pat takes a look at some common myths about the "land down under," Darren confuses the panel with some moral thought experiments and Adam takes a look at why there are mirrors in elevators.   

For show notes or to comment on this episode, visit trcpodcast.com.

Sat, 08 Jun 2013 17:43:51 +0000

TRC #247: Beardmore Relics + 1 Night Where Everything Is Legal + Bruce Lee Ping Pong

Episode 247 is here and ready for you!   Elan tells us about Viking relics supposedly found in Beardmore Ontario.   Adam discusses a move called "The Purge" and the concept of catharsis.   Lastly Darren looks at whether a video of Bruce Lee playing ping pong with Nunchaku is real.

Sun, 02 Jun 2013 06:31:48 +0000

TRC #246: Where Does the Sun Rise and Set + Bodily Fluids Game + Shaving Dog in Summer

For the first time ever, Pat, Elan, Adam and Darren all recorded a The Reality Check episode from the same location. From Pat's living room, Darren starts things off by looking into whether the sun really does rise in the east and set in the west. Elan then leads a game of Science Fact or Science Fiction, with a theme of questions about bodily fluids. Adam closes things out with a segment on whether or not you should shave your dog in the summer.

Sun, 26 May 2013 04:27:17 +0000

TRC #245: Quinoa + Pain Relievers + Misattributed Paternity

Episode 245 of The Reality Check is pretty freakin' great! Pat leads things off with an interview with Stefan Jeremiah about whether or not it is ok to eat quinoa. Elan then discusses the similarities and differences between the popular over the counter pain relievers. Darren closes things out with a look into what the stats are regarding misattributed paternity.

Sun, 19 May 2013 03:45:13 +0000

TRC #244: Penis Theft + Atacama Humanoid + Brown vs. White Eggs

Episode 244 of The Reality Check is very different than your father's skeptical podcast. The gang presents three cutting edge segments that you won't hear anywhere else*. Darren leads things off by delving into the real or imagined epidemic of penis theft. Adam then looks into whether or not the 6-inch-long skeleton called the Atacama Humanoid is actually human. Elan finishes things off by discussing if brown eggs are better than white eggs. It's a wild ride.

*citation needed

Sun, 12 May 2013 15:56:15 +0000

TRC #243: Detoxification + Health At Every Size + Jewish Burial And Tattoos

Another episode of TRC is here and you can put that on your toast!  Elan explores detoxification, Adam responds to a listener's request to look into health at any size and Pat closes things out by asking: did his co-hosts repeat a myth about tattoos and burial in Jewish cemeteries?

Sun, 05 May 2013 15:19:55 +0000

TRC #242: Cosmetics Industry + Dinosaur Myths + Kitchen Sink vs. Toilet

With Elan unable to make the recording for episode 242 of The Reality Check, Pat's wife Cristina stands in and delivers a great opening segment taking a skeptical look at the cosmetics industry. Next, Darren looks into a number of dinosaur myths. Adam closes things out by answering if your kitchen sink is dirtier than your toilet.

Sun, 28 Apr 2013 06:20:46 +0000

TRC #241: Breast Cancer Screening + Sweat + Pong

The guys bring it in a big way for episode #241 of The Reality with 3 top notch segments. Pat leads things off with an interesting looking into whether or not breast cancer screening leads to more harm than good. Adam then teaches us all about the various varieties of sweat. Elan closes out the show by answering the question: was Pong the first ever video game?

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 15:40:33 +0000

TRC #240: Water Purification Scams + Grass vs. Grain Fed Beef + Red Hair Extinction

Episode 240 of The Reality Check blows episode 239 out of the water, and this is saying something since (as followers of the episode descriptions would know) 239 was considered the best podcast ever made. The show starts off with Elan digging into the tricks used and lies told by scammers trying to sell water purification systems. Darren then compares grass fed to grain fed beef, looking into whether the claim that grass fed is better holds up. Pat plays us out by looking into whether or not red hair is going extinct.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:08:46 +0000

TRC #239: Tea Health Effects + Urine SFoSF + Lions Most Deadly in Africa

Episode 239 of The Reality Check is the best podcast you will ever listen to. Adam leads off the show by looking into the supposed health effects of different teas. Elan then leads a game of Science Fact or Science Fiction: urine edition. Darren closes out the show by answering the question of whether or not lions are the most deadly animal in Africa.

Sat, 06 Apr 2013 23:14:12 +0000

TRC #238: Near Miss Bias + Internet and Nuclear War Part 2 + Missing Sex Tape

Did you nearly miss downloading this week's episode of TRC? If that's the case, you better make sure to listen or you may end up engaging in risky activities that could lead you to actually miss an episode! Darren has you covered on that. You definitely don't want to miss an episode because you'd miss Pat's hard hitting reporting in segments like this week's where he digs deeper into whether the internet was created to withstand a nuclear attack. Adam closes out the show by looking into whether anyone has actually ever accidentaly returned a sex tape to the video store.

Sun, 31 Mar 2013 04:56:50 +0000

TRC #237: Mandatory Minimum Sentences + Epilepsy + Are Cattle Fed Better Than Some People?

Episode 237 is here and we're gonna drop some facts.    The crew is joined by a special guest, Ariel Herscovitch, who discusses mandatory minimum sentences.   Elan then brings us an interview with Jamie Williams who tells us about some common misconceptions related to epilepsy. Lastly Darren mooves into the question of whether US cattle are fed better than many people in third world nations.

Sun, 24 Mar 2013 16:33:55 +0000

TRC #236: Crying + Ghost Orbs + Napoleon

Episode 236 starts off with a Taylor Swift inspired parody and then skepticises all the way until the last outtake is complete. Pat leads off the show with a TRC exclusive regarding crying and which eye tears first. Adam then explores the supposed ghost orbs that sometimes appear in photographs. Elan ends the show by looking into whether Napoleon was short.

Sat, 16 Mar 2013 23:25:22 +0000

TRC #235: Smarter Donating + Eye Colour + Roll Up the Rim

Episode 235 of The Reality Check brings the skepticism in a big way with 3 sizzling segments. Darren starts of the show by discussing how one can optimize their charity giving. Elan then looks into eye colour and whether or not it is true that two blue eyed parents cannot have a brown eyed child. Adam closes things out with whether or not some Roll Up The Rim to Win cups sizes have higher chances of winning.

Sat, 09 Mar 2013 19:44:00 +0000

TRC #234: The Internet And Nuclear War + Was Kurt Cobain Murdered + Adam's Apples

Episode 234 coming at you!   Pat responds to a couple of listeners who wrote in to set him straight about the internet, Adam gets Pat back for doing a computer segment by exploring a music related segment about whether Kurt Cobain really committed suicide and Elan rounds out the show with an exploration of Adam's apples in men and women. 

Sun, 03 Mar 2013 18:52:24 +0000

TRC #233: Asexuality + Name That + Does HAL=IBM?

A new episode of TRC is here! The show starts off with Darren responding to a listener request to examine asexuality. Pat then leads the second installment of his new game, "Name That." Adam closes out the show with some analysis of whether HAL 9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey" was meant to represent IBM.

Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:09:46 +0000

TRC #232: Happy Birthday Song + Lent SFoSF + Sex Cereal

If you thought episode 231 of The Reality Check was good, wait until you hear 232! The show starts off with Elan talking about the Happy Birthday Song and copyright. Adam then leads a spirited game of Science Fact or Science Fiction, Lent edition. Darren closes out the show by sharing his research on whether or not there is a cereal that helps improve sex drive.

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:55:13 +0000

TRC #231: Sex Drive + Skeptical Activism #dropjenny + Al Gore Invented Internet

Episode 231 of The Reality Check has it all: science, sex, celebrities, technology... you name it, this episode's got it! The show starts off with Darren looking into various comparisons of sex drives between men and women. Pat then introduces a story of successful skeptical activism in Ottawa and interviews Ottawa Skeptics big wig Chris Hebbern to tell us about it. Elan closes out the show by looking into whether Al Gore invented the internet.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:29:00 +0000

TRC #230: Hibernation + Hockey Science Fact or Fiction + Beyonce Lip Sync

Episode 230 of TRC is a doozy plain and simple. The show starts off with Adam presenting a far from tired skeptical topic, hibernation. Elan then leads a hockey-themed game of Science Fact or Science Fiction. Pat closes out the show with some sleuthing regarding whether or not Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem at Obama's inauguration.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 05:49:38 +0000

TRC #229: Cobra Effect + Christopher diCarlo + Radon

Hold on to your spectacles folks as it's time for another dose of the skepticism with episode 229 of The Reality Check. Elan leads off the show with some stories about how the cobra effect has bitten a number of people who tried to assign simple solutions to complex problems. We then bring you our final interview from Eschaton 2012, this time with Dr. Christopher diCarlo. Darren rounds out the show with a discussion of the dangers (or lack thereof?) of radon.

Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:24:52 +0000

TRC #228: Mind Projection Fallacy + Ian Cromwell + Do Rabbits Eat Carrots

Has it been a week already? The Reality Check gang (minus Pat) is at it again with another episode of their award winning (one day?) podcast. Darren McKee starts off the show with a look at the mind projection fallacy, or, do anchovies taste bad. Next comes yet another great interview from Eschaton 2012, this time with Ian Cromwell. Adam closes the show by answering the question of whether or not rabbits really do eat carrots.

Sun, 20 Jan 2013 03:34:35 +0000

TRC #227: fMRI + High Heels + Sally Field

Episode 227 of The Reality Check is all over the map with segment topics ranging from cutting edge science to celebrity gossip. Guest panelist Dallas Card starts off the show with a discussion about fMRI and vegetative states. Adam then challenges Elan’s previous segment on High Heels by presenting a dubious segment of his own on the topic. Elan closes out the show with a look at whether Sally Field was as needy in 1984 as many thought.

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:30:00 +0000

TRC #226: Do Doctors Kill More Than Guns + Udo Schuklenk + Hydrogen Peroxide

The Reality Check gang comes out the gate guns blazing with the first episode of 2013. Darren McKee leads things off with an exploration into whether guns kill more people than doctors do. Next is an interview with bioethicist Udo Schuklenk that was recorded at Eschaton 2012. Pat Roach closes out the show by looking into whether hydrogen peroxide is actually useful for healing wounds.

Sun, 06 Jan 2013 00:40:00 +0000

TRC #225: Pat and Cristina Holiday Parody Spectacular

'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.  

Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:03:00 +0000

TRC #224: Working From Home + PZ Myers Interview + TRC Predictions

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.  

Mon, 24 Dec 2012 12:37:23 +0000

TRC #223: Planet X + Are Men Stronger Than Women + Canned Food Drives

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.

Sat, 15 Dec 2012 19:34:00 +0000

TRC #222: The Simulation Argument + Breaking Bad SFoSF + Subliminal Advertising + Law of Averages

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. 

Sun, 09 Dec 2012 01:16:11 +0000

TRC #221: Cell Phones and Driving + Cycling Helmets and Risk + Copyright, Privacy and Facebook

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.  

Sun, 02 Dec 2012 21:07:10 +0000

TRC 220: Plant Perception + Name That... + Tick Bites Leading to Red Meat Allergies

Another solid episode churned out by the skeptical podcast factory otherwise known as "The Reality Check". After an awesome (and somewhat NSFW) parody by Pat "ODB" Roach, the show is lead off by Elan "don't call me borophyll" Dubrofsky presenting a segment on whether or not plants can percieve and react to things like animals do. Pat "all over this description" Roach then hosts an all new skeptical game called "Name That...". Darren "medium rare" McKee finishes off the show with an exploration into tick bites and whether they can cause an allergy to red meat. Adam "no responsibilities whatsoever" Gardner chimes in periodically throughout the show.

Sat, 24 Nov 2012 21:48:00 +0000

TRC 219: Can Men and Women be Friends + Foods With Animals + Van Halen M&Ms

They've done it again! The Reality Check episode 219 may just be the best episode yet. Darren leads off the show by exploring some recent research into whether men and woman can be platonic friends. Adam then provides a thorough listing of foods that contain animals that you may not have suspected. Pat rounds out the show with the myth of the week: Did Van Halen ask for all brown M&Ms to be removed from their snacks backstage at their shows?

Sat, 17 Nov 2012 23:06:39 +0000

TRC 218: Price Gouging + Intentionally Deceptive Reporting + Does Captain Go Down With the Ship

Episode 218 is a gem that will likley never be forgotten by avid TRC fans. The episode begins with an amazing skeptical parody by Pat of a song that is apparently kind of popular on the internet. This is followed by Elan, who starts the show proper(ly) with a segment about Price Gouging, and how it may not be as bad as people are making it out to be. Darren then looks into the shoddy reporting of a study whose conclusion is quite absurd. Adam closes out the show with the myth of the week: Does the Captain always go down with the ship? Enjoy the show!

Sat, 10 Nov 2012 21:54:00 +0000

TRC 217: Social Media and Isolation + Monsanto + Castoreum

In an episode released the same week as The Reality Check's one millionth download, the gang does not dissapoint with three thought provoking segments. Elan D. leads things off with a look into whether social media has lead to increased social isolation. Adam G. follows with an exploration into some claims made against the biotech megacorporation Monstanto. Pat R. closes out the show with the myth of the week; is there a food additive made of bizarre animal products in much of what we eat called Castoreum? Also, one of the hosts takes a turn doing vocals for the opening skeptical parody.

Sat, 03 Nov 2012 23:54:37 +0000

TRC #216- Ghosts + Halloween SFoSF + Cloud Computing and Bad Weather

It's a Halloween themed episode of The Reality Check! After an epic intro parody, Darren starts the show off with a segment about ghosts. This is followed by an intense game of Science Fact or Science Fiction, Halloween edition, hosted by Pat. Elan rounds out the show with the myth of week, exploring whether or Cloud Computing is affection by bad weather.

Sat, 27 Oct 2012 19:04:36 +0000

TRC #215- Schrodingers Cat + Secret Shoppers + Furbies Are Spies

Darren McKee takes a peek inside the box to check on Schrödinger's cat, Elan Dubrofsky checks the price tag on secret shoppers, Adam Gardner goes undercover to talk about Furby spies and Pat Roach sings the praises of 100 parodies.

Sun, 21 Oct 2012 15:46:00 +0000

TRC #214: Tattoo Removal + Eidetic Memory + All You Can Eat Buffet Strategies

Pat Roach injects us with some facts about tattoos and tattoo removals, Adam Gardner gives us a snapshot of what eidetic memory is and Elan Dubrofsky fills us up with some strategies for eating at buffets. 

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 20:12:57 +0000

TRC #213: Sexism in Science + Blowing in Nintendo Cartridges + Do Canadians Say Zed

Darren McKee discusses sexism in science, Elan Dubrofsky asks whether blowing into Nintendo cartridges was an effective way to get games to work and Adam Gardner ponders whether Canadians say "zed" or "zee."

Sun, 07 Oct 2012 15:38:00 +0000

TRC-212: Avogadro's Number + The Golden Ratio + The Astronomical Unit

This week's show is all about numbers.   Pat Roach faces his fears regarding Avogadro's number, Elan Dubrofsky tells us about the Golden Ratio and Darren McKee explains the Astronomical Unit.

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:18:57 +0000

TRC #211: Walk or Run in the Rain + The Global Consciousness Project + A Year Supply

Darren McKee asks whether it is better to walk or run in the rain. Adam Gardner looks into the Global Consciousness Project and Elan Dubrofsky explains what winning a year or lifetime supply of something actually means.

Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:13:13 +0000

TRC #210: Dark Side of the Rainbow + Toxic School Supplies + Post Hoc Fallacy

Jon looks into the pairing of the Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz.  Adam taken on reports of toxic school supplies and Darren discusses the Post Hoc Fallacy.

Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:51:44 +0000

TRC #209: Influencing Child Gender + Instant Noodles + Laser Sniper Rifles

Jon rejoins the gang this week as the guest host.   Elan discusses whether you can influence the gender of your baby while conceiving, Pat takes on whether instant noodles or noodle containers are coated in harmful wax and Adam looks at whether sniper rifles have laser sights. 

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:32:17 +0000

TRC #208: Reproductive Pills and Mate Preference + Are We All Related + When the Dinosaurs Died

Chris Hassall joins the show one last time (before moving to England) to discuss reproductive pills and mate preference.   Adam connects the dots on whether or not we are all related and Darren asks whether you know how long ago dinosaurs went extinct.  

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 12:01:00 +0000

TRC #207: POM Wonderful + Music SFSF + Birds Die From Gum

Elan discusses health claims made by POM Wonderful. Pat joins the crew again this week to lead a music themed Science Fact or Science Fiction (TM) game.  Finally, Adam explores whether or not birds die from eating gum.

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:58:18 +0000

TRC #206: Violence Declining + Judge Shows + Steve Jobs Stole The Mouse

In this week's episode Pat Roach joins in as a guest.  Darren starts things off with a discussion on whether violence is declining; a review of Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature.   Adam passes judgment on courtroom television shows and Pat explores the myth that Steve Jobs stole the mouse from Xerox Parc. 

Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:37:00 +0000

TRC #205: Allergy Tests + Bottled Water + Single Cause Fallacy + Adidas

The gang was once again joined by Chris who led the show off with a segment about allergy tests. Adam then kept his promise from last week and looked into bottled water and how it compares to tap water. Darren then did a quick rant about the single cause fallacy, and Elan closed out the show exploring what ADIDAS really stands for.

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 05:33:07 +0000

TRC #204: Water Fluoridation + Olympics SFSF + Turning Off Lights

In this week's episode, Chris Hassall dropped by and joined the gang as a special guest. Chris started things off by presenting a completely uncontroversial segment about water fluoridation. Next, Elan led a Science Fact or Science Fiction (TM) game about Olympics and sport (during which Darren complained the whole time). Finally, Darren discussed whether or not it is better to leave a light on or turn it off and then on again.

Sun, 05 Aug 2012 21:26:00 +0000

TRC #203: Alkaline Diet + GDP + Counting Cards

Adam arrived without a voice for this week's episode but we decided to record anyway. First, raspy voice Gardner talked about alkaline diets. Next, Darren gave a brief tutorial of GDP. To finish off the show, Elan discussed the myth of whether or not it is illegal to count cards in blackjack.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 07:39:00 +0000

TRC #202: Energy Drinks + Tommy Westphall + Microwaved Water

Darren explores the claims made by various popular energy drink manufacturers. Elan finds flaws in the logical assumptions that were made by the nerds who created the Tommy Westphall Universe. Adam discusses whether plants die when given microwaved water.

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 06:06:21 +0000

TRC #201: Fuel Savers + Bug Repellent + Ice Diet

Special guest Dana Peters joins the show to discuss Fuel Savers.  Adam buzzes about bug repellent and Darren offers up the chilling facts about losing weight by eating ice. 

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:21:00 +0000

TRC #200: Favourite Segments + TRC Mistakes + Myth Recap

For a very special 200th episode the TRC crew discuss their personal favourite, and least liked, segments of the past 100 episodes. They then go over any mistakes that were uttered over the previous 100 episodes. Finally, they do a recap of all the myths debunked over the previous 100 episodes.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 05:17:15 +0000

TRC #199: Sunscreen Myths + $0.99 + 1 Phone Call

In the first post-Jon episode, Elan took a shot at hosting the show. First, Darren talked about sunscreen myths, then Adam discussed why prices often end in .99, and Elan closed out the show with the myth that when you get arrested you only get 1 phone call.

Tue, 03 Jul 2012 04:58:52 +0000

TRC 198: Marijuana and Cancer + Kobe Beef + Start a Skeptic Group

This is the final episode with Jon as a regular co-host. Adam looks into Tommy Chong's claims that marijuana cures cancer. Elan discovers the shocking truth behind Kobe beef. Jon answers a listeners email about how to start a skeptics organization.

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 05:53:51 +0000

TRC #197: Male Lactation + Expanding Earth Theory + Vintage HD Movies

Darren finds out whether he could potentially offer up life nourishing milk himself. Jon looks into a pet theory promoted by a legendary comic book artist. Adam rants against a common misconception about HD movies.

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 04:57:44 +0000

TRC #196: Amelia Earhart + EA Cover Curse + Easter Island Bodies

Adam examines some recent evidence claiming that Amelia Earhart survived a plane crash and lived the rest of her years on a deserted island. Elan figures out what causes athletes to perform poorly in the season after they agree to appear on the cover of video games. Darren learns that the famous statues on Easter Island actually have bodies.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 06:07:17 +0000

TRC #195: Epigenetics + Sanctuary + Kiddie Colours

Elan talks about the fascinating field of science called epigenetics, is there a force other than natural selection that can change your genes? Adam looks into whether people can actually claim sanctuary in a church. Darren examines the origins of the belief that "blue is for boys and pink is for girls".

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:31:54 +0000

TRC #194: Slavery + Hollow Earth + Poppy Seeds

Darren explores the history of slavery, and it's surprising prevalence in today's world. Jon digs into the topic of Hollow Earth Theory. Adam looks into whether or not you can fail a drug test by eating a poppy seed bagel.

Thu, 31 May 2012 04:36:32 +0000

TRC #193: Animal Pain + Energy Efficiency + Nicotine in Tim Hortons Coffee

Adam responds to a listener that wanted to know what sort of pain animals can experience. Darren talks about efficiencies, of the energy kind. Elan debunks the myth that Tim Hortons spikes their coffee with addictive chemical.

Mon, 21 May 2012 06:25:00 +0000

TRC #192: Geocentrism + Sky Mall Redux + Blackle

Adam explores the world of modern geocentrism. Elan reads from a Sky Mall catalogue, again. Darren examines that claims behind blackle.com

Mon, 14 May 2012 05:46:09 +0000

TRC #191: Science Retractions + Expiry Dates + Oil Changes

Darren looks into the sticky issue of science paper retractions. Adam exposes the true nature behind the expiry and "best before" dates you see on food packaging. Elan dips into the myths and facts behind your car's oil changes.

Mon, 07 May 2012 04:24:08 +0000

TRC #190: Internet Piracy + Weird Pepsi Ingredients + Blue Moon

Adam examines the bold claims of the movie and music industry regarding online piracy. Elan debunks the outrageous claim that Pepsi uses human fetuses to add flavouring. Darren figures out WTF a blue moon actually means.

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 05:16:11 +0000

TRC #189: Little Genius + Truth Serum + 420

Darren talks about a recent news story about a genius 4 year old, what does her IQ actually mean? Jon examines the truth and fiction surrounding truth serum, can it actually get people to spill the truth? Adam runs a game of science fact or science fiction about the origins of "420".

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 05:20:08 +0000

TRC #188: HIV Denial + Exodus Evidence + Titanic Myths

Adam goes into the history and absurdity of HIV Denial, the belief that HIV does not cause AIDS. Elan looks into the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt, did it happen? Could it have happened? Darren goes over a few common Titanic myths in remembrance of the sinking of the ship 100 years ago this past week.

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 04:37:41 +0000

TRC #187: The Turing Test + Does P = NP? + Double Jeopardy

Darren explains the controversy surroundingTuring Test, a supposed way to determine if computers have reached "human level" intelligence. Elan brings to light a heavily debated topic from computer science, does "P = NP"? Adam looks into the plausibility of the 1999 movie "Double Jeopardy".

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 05:06:48 +0000

TRC #186: Gas Boycotts + Chris Hassall + Mattress Tags

Jon looks into if gas boycott emails actually have a chance of working. Chris Hassall is interviewed about his (and CASS' ) role in exposing climate change denial at Carleton University. Adam explains why it's illegal to remove mattress tags, or does he?

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 05:50:00 +0000

TRC #185: Life Expectancy + Box Office Math + Sad Onions

Darren looks into how life expectancies in various countries are calculated, and how to compare them. Adam explains how "Hollywood Math" works. Elan puts the rest of hosts through an arduous game of "Science Fact or Science Fiction: Onion Crying Cures Edition".

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 04:34:51 +0000

TRC 184: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs + Myers-Briggs Personality Tests + Oprah Book Club

Elan and Adam take turns bashing popular topics from psychology 101. Elan explains why you may not need Maslow's Hierachy and Adam show that Myers-Briggs' tests lack personality. Darren is jealous that when Oprah recommends a book, people listen.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 01:59:18 +0000

TRC #183: Valium + Dog Years + Gravity

Elan sizes up the drug Valium, is it as bad as people think, or as good as people say? Adam looks into whether the concept of "dog years" makes any sense. Darren talks about gravity.

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 01:34:38 +0000

TRC #182: Organic vs Conventional Farming + Leap Year + Kokomo

Darren sizes up the supposed benefits of organic farming - is it really better than conventional farming? Jon gets geeky about the leap year, and other interesting calendar trivia. Adam debunks The Beach Boys.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 03:35:08 +0000

TRC #181: Spontaneous Human Combustion + Fukushima Fallout + Ben Franklin Kite Experiment

Jon covers the range of explanations for "spontaneous human combustion" from the silly to the downright plausible. Adam looks into claims of mass deaths in the North America due to Fukushima reactor fallout. Darren debunks the myth that Ben Franklin was struck by lightning while flying a kite.

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 05:39:34 +0000

TRC #180: Thinking Fast and Slow Review + Mammoth Sighting + Einstein Math Failure?

Darren reviews the book Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Adam explores the origins of a supposed video of a wooly mammoth in Siberia. Elan answers the question "Did Einstein fail grade 6 math?"

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 04:06:55 +0000

TRC #179: Mouth Wash + The Dunning-Kruger Effect + New Climate Change Myth

Adam looks into whether mouthwash does what is claimed and if the term halitosis is manufactured by mouthwash manufacturers. Elan takes a skeptical look at the Dunning-Kruger Effect. Darren talks about a recent article in the Daily Mail that claims that wind farms contribute to climate change.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:06:02 +0000

TRC #178: Climate Change Redux + Groundhog Day + Cold Batteries

Darren debunks a recent article in the Wall street Journal about climate change. Adams talks about Groundhog day, the movie and the day. Jon looks into whether putting batteries and other non-food items in the fridge is worth doing.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 05:10:50 +0000

TRC #177: Vampires + Vacuum Survival + Rib Removal Myths

Adam looks into whether there exist real vampires among us. Darren finds out what would actually happen to you if you were ejected into space. Elan debunks a few celebrity related myths dealing with rib removal surgery.

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 05:07:47 +0000

TRC #176: Hockey Fights + The Paleo Diet + Does Alcohol Heat You Up?

Elan looks into whether there's any point to allowing fights in hockey games; do they actually affect a team's performance? Adam weighs the pros and cons of the "Paleo Diet". Darren imbibes the myth that drinking alcohol causes warmth.

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 05:05:00 +0000

TRC #175: The Debunking Handbook + Alien Implants + Coloured Pencils

Darren goes over some practical types on how to debunk topics when talking to friends, taken from the Debunking Handbook. Jon looks into "alien implants". Adam rants about coloured pencils.

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 05:04:30 +0000

TRC #174: New Years Resolutions + Water Boiling + Past Year Predictions

The award winning skeptic manga artist Sara Mayhew joins as a guest host for the show. Elan runs a game of "Science Fact or Science Fiction" about new years resolutions. Darren debunks the claim that reboiling water can be dangerous. Adam checks the hosts' predictions for 2011 to see if any came true.

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 04:35:04 +0000

TRC #173: Pat + Cristina's End of Year Parody Spectacular!

In this special episode of TRC Pat and Cristina talk about their skeptic music parodies that have been featured on TRC over the years. They feature fan favourites, and the favourites of the various show contributors.

Mon, 02 Jan 2012 21:51:00 +0000

TRC #172: War on X-mas + Christmas Shopping Science Fact or Science Fiction + Artificial Christmas Trees

The TRC crew have a fun and light round table discussion about the supposed "war on Christmas". Adam quizzes the other co-hosts on their knowledge of Christmas season shopping myths. Darren explores the arguments for using artificial Christmas trees vs real ones.

Tue, 27 Dec 2011 05:38:11 +0000

TRC #171: Bad Stats in Science + Lay Lines + One-Word Answer on Exam

Darren talks about bad stats in science. Jon looks into ley lines. Elan finds out whether anyone got an A on a philosophy exam by writing only one word.

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 04:13:38 +0000

TRC #170: Microexpressions + Child Homicide Stats Reporting + Let Them Eat Cake Myth

Jon looks at whether the science of "microexpressions" (popularized by the TV show Lie To Me) works as claimed. Darren turns his skeptical eye to the media's reporting of child homicide stats. Adam finds out if Marie Antoinette actually said "Let them eat cake".

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:31:25 +0000

TRC #169: Comparing Animal Calories + Tourette Syndrome + Warm Water Prank

Darren describes which animal provides the most calories per life. Adam looks into what Tourette Syndrome is, and what it is not. Elan wonders whether you can make someone pee the bed by putting their hand in warm water.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 03:55:19 +0000

TRC #168: Quantum Jumping + Is Pizza a Vegetable? + Do Twins Skip a Generation?

Elan covers the outrageous website "Quantum Jumping". Adam looks into a recent news item, whether the US Congress really decided to make pizza a vegetable. Darren examines the belief that twins "skip a generation".

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 04:23:22 +0000

TRC #167: Gamer Glasses + Radionics + Entrapment

Adam looks into whether glasses designed for "gamers" can actually make you better at video games. Elan talks about "radionics", a popular medical pseudoscience invented by Albert Abrams a century ago (no relation to Jon Abrams!). Darren looks into the common TV/move trope of "Are you a cop? You have to tell me if you are."

Mon, 21 Nov 2011 04:33:54 +0000

TRC #166: Fundamental Attribution Error + Self CPR + Green Poppy Centres

Elan talks about the cognitive bias "Fundamental Attribution Error" where people don't see situational causes for why people do what they do. Darren complains about a chain letter he received about giving yourself CPR. Adam looks into why Canada had poppy pins with green centres for so long.

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:39:50 +0000

TRC #165: Global Corporate Conspiracy? + 7 Billion People! + Flushing Hot Flashes

Darren explores a recent paper that looked into if there is in fact a small group of people that control the biggest corporations, and therefore the world! Adam looks into whether the "7 billionth" person is named Caidan. Elan takes a shower and learns to not fear the flush.

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 02:12:02 +0000

TRC #164: Black Cat Abuse On Halloween + Blue Blood + Vampire Ecology

Adam discusses whether or not black cats are at risk for abuse on Halloween. Darren looks into why humans have red blood and not blue blood. Jon takes a critical looks at what would happen if vampirism really existed, would it take over the world?

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 03:48:19 +0000

TRC #163: Consciousness + Stranger Danger + Gregorian Monks

Darren defines and discusses consciousness. Elan looks at some data that says that maybe it's not strangers that we should be afraid of. Adam looks into who created the Gregorian calendar, was it Gregorian Monks?

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 03:06:13 +0000

TRC #162: Elvis + Interview with Dr Stu Farrimond + Hair vs Fur

Adam talks about Elvis, myths about what he ate, how he died, and if he died. Elan interviews the editor/founder of the new "science lifestyle" magazine Guru. Jon looks into the difference between hair and fur, the difference may surprise you!

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 05:16:27 +0000

TRC #161: Gaydar + Nonsense on Stilts Book Review + Moneybags

Adam examines the plausibility of "gaydar". Darren review Massimo Pigliucci's book "Nonsense on Stilts". Elan then rips apart a ridiculous "chain status" from facebook.

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 03:38:15 +0000

TRC #160: Does Bisexuality Exist? + All About Hiccups + Should You Have Sex Before Playing Sports?

Elan examines the claim that bisexuality doesn't actually exist. Adam talks all about hiccups, from their mysterious origins to their crazy "cures". Darren examines whether people should, or should not, have sex before playing sports like basketball.

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:38:52 +0000

TRC #159: Has Batman Ever Killed? + Hawthorne Effect + Pirate Myths

Darren looks into the important claim that Batman never kills. Elan talks about the placebo effect's evil twin sister: The Hawthorne Effect. Jon conducts a game of Science Fiction or Science Fact about pirates, yarrr!

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 01:42:53 +0000

TRC #158: Movie Review Quotes + The Illuminati + Hudson's Bay Gravity

Adam explains how studios make crummy movies more attractive with bogus movie review quotes. Jon explains the history of the Illuminati and whether or not they are in control of society. Darren looks into whether there is less gravity near Hudson's Bay.

Mon, 19 Sep 2011 03:08:17 +0000

TRC #157: Uncanny Valley + Equilibrium Bandz + TRC Origins

Adam covers the issue of the "uncanny valley", why do modern animated movies like "The Polar Express" look so creepy? Elan received a bit of hilarious pseudoscience as a daily deal in his email recently and skewers it on the show. The email of the week asks the hosts of TRC about the podcasts' origins. Finally, an answer to the question: "Why would you ever let Adam on the air?!"

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 01:49:10 +0000

TRC #156: Ape Language + Maraschino Cherry Digestion

Jon discusses recent ape movies and whether or not apes actually can talk to humans. Darren busts the myth that it takes years to digest a maraschino cherry.

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 04:44:26 +0000

TRC #155: Meat Eating Arguments + Sleepwalking Safety

Darren explores the most popular arguments for why it's ok to eat meat. Elan debunks the myth that you shouldn't wake up someone that is sleepwalking.

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 01:19:56 +0000

TRC #154: Four Letter Word Origins + Is TV Dangerous? + Mosquito Myths

Elan hosts a round of "Science Fact or Science Fiction" about various English swear words. Adam discusses a recent study claiming that TV takes years off peoples' lives. Darren busts a few mosquito myths.

Mon, 22 Aug 2011 04:45:34 +0000

TRC #153: Anti-oxidants + Prisoner's Dilemma + Bert and Ernie Sexuality

Darren explains how anti-oxidants work and whether they actually help you live longer. Elan explains the popular psychological concept of "The Prisoner's Dilemma". Adam talks about the sexuality of a couple of popular muppets.

Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:24:41 +0000

TRC #152: Home Field Advantage + Talking Youtube Animals + Internet Explorer User IQ

Elan looks at the common belief that teams get an advantage when playing a match in their home city, the results may surprise you! Adam is a bit skeptical about a few talking animals on Youtube. Darren talks about a recent media fail involving a supposed study showing a lower IQ for Internet Explorer users.

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 04:58:51 +0000

TRC #151: Aspartame + Cryotherapy + Dentist Suicides

Darren covers the evidence (or lack thereof) for aspartame's supposed harms. Adam covers the latest trend in the NBA, cryotherapy, the use of experiencing cold to enhance athletic performance. Elan then looks at the claim that dentists have the highest suicide rate among professions.

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 03:57:00 +0000

TRC #150: Dreams + Mood Rings + Feet vs Penis Length

Jon gives the top 3 scientific explanations for why we dream. Adam explains how mood rings work, or why they don't. Elan looks at the scientific literature to find out if the common claim that shoe size is an indicator of penis length.

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 14:46:00 +0000

TRC #149: Divorce Statistic Myths + Is Cheeze Whiz One Molecule Away From Plastic?

Elan conducts another session of "Science Fiction or Science Fact™" about divorce statistics. Adam addresses the claim that Cheeze Whiz™ is only one molecule away from plastic.

Mon, 18 Jul 2011 05:02:00 +0000

TRC #148: McDonalds Myths + Teething Necklaces + Long Weekend Fuel Prices

Elan debunks some gross myths about the contents of the food that McDonald's serves. Adam goes baby crazy when talking about necklaces that supposedly help with teething. Jon talks about a recent study that sheds light on the debate surrounding whether gas prices go up before a long weekend.

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:12:00 +0000

TRC #147: Asbestos + Fan Death + Exercise on an Empty Stomach Myth

Adam talks about the dangerous, yet natural, substance asbestos and Canada's role interfering with international safety regulations of it. Jon discusses "fan death", the popular Korean belief that sleeping in an enclosed room with an electric fan can kill you. Darren answers the question "Does working out on an empty stomach burn more fat/calories?"

Mon, 04 Jul 2011 02:40:00 +0000

TRC #146: Micro-financing + Light Bulb Longevity + Cold Causes

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?

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 05:53:00 +0000

TRC #145: The Halo Effect + Hypnosis + Gold Fish Memory

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.

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 04:29:00 +0000

TRC #144: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and XMRV + Risk Compensation + Does Lightning Strike Twice?

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.

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 02:29:00 +0000

TRC #143: Speed Reading + Bitcoin + Can People Really Rip Phone Books?

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?

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 03:20:00 +0000

TRC #142: Children's Toy Preferences + Interview with Jon Kay + Video Game Myths

Adam discusses the controversial issue of whether children's choice of toys are influenced by their gender. Jon interviews Jon Kay about his new book "Among the Truthers". Elan goes over a few myths about specific video games from 20 years ago.

Mon, 30 May 2011 06:15:00 +0000

TRC #141: Brazilian Labour Rights + DCA Cancer Cure Resurgence + The Five Senses

Darren talks about a recent article going around the internet about a Brazilian woman that supposedly got the right to masturbate at work. Jon debunks claims that scientists in Alberta cured cancer (and no one took notice). Elan addresses the myth that humans only have 5 senses.

Mon, 23 May 2011 04:50:00 +0000

TRC #140: Criminal Profiling + Happiness Book Reviews + Plane Crash Survival Rates

Criminal profiling definitely works in TV shows like Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, but does it work in real life? Adam profiles criminal profiling to get at the truth. Darren reads a lot... about happiness. Darren reviews a few recent books about happiness. Jon's never been in a plane crash, but if he had been, would he still be alive? Jon discusses the true stats around plane crashes.

Mon, 16 May 2011 02:55:00 +0000

TRC #139: The Decline Effect + Birthers + MLK Jr Misquote

Elan talks about the decline effect, does it explain declining effects in replicated scientific studies? Adam talks about the "birther" movement. Darren tracks the origins of a Martin Luther King Jr "quote" that spread around twitter after Osama Bin Laden death.

Mon, 09 May 2011 05:02:00 +0000

TRC #138: Cancer Dogs + Robot Sex + Tootsie Pop Wrapper Contest

Jon talks about whether dogs can detect cancer. Darren review the book Love and Sex with Robots by David Levy. Adam answers whether or not you can send in special Tootsie Pop wrappers for a prize.

Mon, 02 May 2011 05:15:00 +0000

TRC #137: e-cigarettes + Is Paul Dead? + Does Chocolate Have Caffeine?

Adam explores whether e-cigarettes are effective or even safe. Elan goes into the conspiracy that Paul McCartney has been dead for years. Darren address the myth that chocolate contains caffeine.

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 01:36:00 +0000

TRC #136: Medical Science Reliability + Is The Cookie Monster a Vegetarian? + Does 1 = 0.9999...?

Darren goes over a study that explains why medical advice may not be as reliable as we would hope. Adam responds to people complaining on the internet about Sesame Street changing the Cookie Monster character.

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 04:47:00 +0000

TRC #135: Brushing Teeth With Soap + Toyota Acceleration Hysteria + Drowning Myth

Adam talks about the recent "craze" of brushing teeth with soap instead of toothpaste. Jon turns back the clock and figures out what caused all those Toyota cars to accelerate unintentionally. Darren answers the question: Do people flail about when drowning?

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 03:57:15 +0000

TRC #134: Suspicious Movie Goofs + Libyan HIV Trial + Vomitorium

Adam examines a few famous movie goofs that seem somewhat suspicious. Elan recounts the sham trial of a few nurses in Libya that were accused of infecting patients with HIV. Jon answers the question: Did Romans really have special rooms to vomit in? (eww)

Sun, 03 Apr 2011 22:40:56 +0000

TRC #133: Destiny + Sara Mayhew Interview + Is Tommy Hilfiger a Racist?

Darren talks about "destiny". Jon interviews Sara Mayhew (Skeptic Manga Artist). Elan finds out if Tommy Hilfiger's really a racist.

Mon, 28 Mar 2011 04:30:00 +0000

TRC #132: Do Earthquakes Mean The End Times? + Radiation Dangers + Is It Healthy To Looks At Women's Breasts?

Jon shows via statistics that the latest rash of bad earthquakes may not necessarily spell doom for Earth. Adam explains why people shouldn't be too worried about the radiation coming out of Fukushima. Darren reports on a Boston Fox affiliate's coverage of a supposed study that claims staring at breasts is good for you.

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 01:08:00 +0000

TRC #131: False Confessions + Heaven is for Real Review + Did Vikings Really Wear Horns?

Elan goes back to the courtroom to argue that confessions aren't as reliable as most people think. Xander reviews the New York Times best seller "Heaven is for Real", a book that supposedly depicts a real view of heaven via a young child's near death experience. Darren answers the question: "Did Vikings really wear horns on their helmets?"

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 03:12:00 +0000

TRC #130: Taboo Topics + Do Video Games Lead To Rape? + Synchronization of Menstrual Cycles

Darren gets controversial when he wondered on facebook if the way a woman dresses can increase her likelihood of being sexually assaulted. This question is disucussed, as well as the larger issue of taboo questions. Adam takes a look at some claims being made in the media that video games can increase the incidence of sexual assault. Jon examines the common belief that women's menstrual cycles synchronize when they live together.

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 06:41:00 +0000

TRC #129: Stages of Grief + What Does Human Flesh Taste Like? + Fruit Juics vs Soda

Elan confronts the 5 stages of grief. Adam wonders what human flesh might taste like and examines claims that others have figured it out. Xander will compare the health consequences of fruit juice vs soft drinks.

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 06:51:00 +0000

TRC #128: Valentine's Day Origins + Chem Trails + Space Pen

Adam romantically debunks the belief that Valentine's Day is a "made up" Hallmark holiday. Xander separates fact from myth when talking about contrails and chemtrails. Darren lies on his back and writes upside down to answer the question: Did NASA spend millions to develop a special pen when the Russians just used a pencil?

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 15:45:00 +0000

TRC #127: Crystal Deodorant + Mermaids + Buttons

Jon skeptically analyzes, and tests, a crystal under-arm deodorant. Adam talks about mermaids. Elan investigates "placebo buttons"..

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 06:50:00 +0000

TRC #126: Future Babble Review + Ancient Number Systems + Camel Hump Myth

NOTE: At around the 30 minute point, a mysterious noisy distortion appears. There is nothing wrong with your iPod. Our microphone must have started to pick up EVP without our knowledge. No amount of exorcism or post-processing could resolve the issue. We apologize. 

Darren reviews Dan Gardner's latest book "Future Babble". Xander explains why clocks and protractors have weird numbers. Elan answers the question: Do camels carry water in their humps?

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 03:28:00 +0000

TRC #125: DNA Scam + Ex-gay + Do Bulls Hate Red?

Darren received an interesting package in the mail, he thoroughly mocks it. Adam explores the ex-gay movement. Elan sees red over the myth that bulls hate red.

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 04:45:00 +0000

TRC #124: Will David Beckham Have a 4th Son? + Pleistocence Park + Are Pretty People Dumb?

Darren calculates the odds of having 4 boys (and more). Adam talks about the recent news story about cloning a mammoth and why current objections are silly. Jon explores the myth the beautiful people are dumb, or is it that they're smart?

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 05:57:00 +0000

TRC #123: Biorhythms + Celebrity Sexcapades + Do Sharks Get Cancer?

Elan gets groovy with biorhythms. Adam gossips about celebrities and whether their supposed sexual conquests add up. Jon answers the question: "Do sharks get cancer?"

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 05:46:00 +0000

TRC #122: Prosecutor's Fallacy + Queueing Theory + 2011 Predictions

Elan explains a fallacy all defense attorneys should know: The prosecutor's fallacy. Jon figures out why every other line at the grocery checkout seems to move faster than the one you chose. Darren, Adam, and Jon make bold predictions for what will happen

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 09:01:00 +0000

TRC #121: Most Wonderful Time. + Kwanzaa + Chanukkah Myth

Darren pulls out some stats to find out if we live in the most wonderful time. Adam changes his tune about Kawanzaa. Elan discusses the basics of Chanukkah and gets confused by lunar calendars.

Mon, 27 Dec 2010 04:49:00 +0000

TRC #120: Baby Sign Language + Real Toxins + Homosexuality and Pedophilia

Adam explains how to talk to babies using sign language. Xander talks about the difference between real toxins and made up toxins. Darren answers the question of whether homosexuals are more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexuals.

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 05:34:00 +0000

TRC #119: Benford's Law + Review of Whole Earth Discipline + Indestructible Titanium Rings

Elan talks about the odd mathematical law Benford's Law. Darren reviews the book Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand. Adam debunks a myth he's been spreading to friends, are titanium rings so strong that if the finger it's on gets swollen, it needs to be amputated.

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 04:58:00 +0000

TRC #118: Number Stations + Bart Farkas Interview + Do Men Notice High Heels?

Adam counts the mysteries surrounding number stations. Jon interview Bart Farks about the JREF, the million dollar challenge, and the Starcraft strategy guide? Elan has trouble figuring out why women wear high heels, do men even notice them?

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 05:03:33 +0000

TRC #117: Did Shakespeare Write Shakespeare? + Does Money Leads to Happiness? + Mattresses

Darren looks at a couple claims surrounding English's most famous playwright. Elan looks at whether money is associated with happiness. Adam takes on extreme mattress claims.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 06:05:47 +0000

TRC #116: Multi-level Marketing + Electrocution + Bird Spoiling Myth

Elan explains MLM marketing schemes and why they may not be the road to getting rich quick. Adam looks at the risk of electrocution. Darren debunks the myth that touching baby birds will cause the birds' mother to reject it.

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 06:33:46 +0000

TRC #115: Moral Landscape Review + Nose Blowing + Sleep Requirements

Darren reviews Sam Harris' new book The Moral Landscape. Jon debunks nose blowing. Elan finds out if you really do need 8 hours of sleep every night.

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 04:03:15 +0000

TRC #114: Cesar Millan + John Titor + Alice in Wonderland Myth

Adam tames Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer). Elan jumps in a Delorean to figure out what the deal is with the internet's most famous time traveller John Titor. Jon debunks the myth that Alice in Wonderland is all about drugs.

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 02:05:13 +0000

TRC #113: African Starvation Stats + Daylight Savings + Most Downloaded Woman

Darren answers a listener's email asking if 30 000 kids are actually dying every day in Africa. Jon judges the energy shavings from observing daylight savings. Adam finally gets around to debunking the 1999 claim that Cindy Margolis is the most downloaded woman on the internet.

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 02:55:34 +0000

TRC #112: Wicca + Fear + Wolf Howls

Adam explores the mythic history of Wicca. Elan challenges his fellow podcasters to a rousing game of Science Fiction or Science Fact: Fear Edition. Darren finds out whether or not wolves actually howl at the moon.

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 04:22:05 +0000

TRC #111: Framing + Peanut Allergy Risk + McDonalds Decompose Myth

Darren discusses the psychological concept of framing. Adam weighs the risks of peanut allergies. Jon debunks the myth that McDonald's food doesn't decompose due to nefarious reasons.

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 20:25:33 +0000

TRC #110: Baldness + Chain Letters + Bread in the Fridge

Adam explains the causes of baldness and covers some supposed cures. Elan goes deep into chain letters. Darren definitively tells you whether you should put bread in the fridge or not.

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 04:04:25 +0000

TRC #109: Science vs Dating Tips + NLP + Ostrich Myth

Elan figures out which dating tips are supported, or debunked, by science. Adam talks about NLP (Neural Linguistic Programming). Darren digs deep to find the truth behind the common belief that ostriches hide their heads in the ground.

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 04:56:00 +0000

TRC #108: Space Elevator + Ahmadinejad and 9/11 + Walt Disney Myth

Adam tells you everything you need to know about space elevators. Darren talks about the recent event at the UN when the president of Iran mentioned 9/11 conspiracies. Jon debunks the myth that Walt Disney was an anti-semite.

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 04:11:41 +0000

TRC #107: Language and Thoughts + Danger and Cognitive Bias + Fruit Fly Myth

Elan discusses the controversy of whether language affects how people think. Darren uses scientific language to share a cool anecdote from his recent trip to Rio Dejanero. Adam examines the myth that fruit flies only live for an hour.

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 01:37:47 +0000

TRC #106: Photo Analysis + The Bermuda Triangle + Was Hitler Jewish?

Elan talks about the latest fad called "photo analysis". Adam debunks fear surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. Jon answers the question "Was Hitler Jewish?".

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 03:24:44 +0000

TRC #105: EMP + Ben Radford Interview + 215 Bones Myth

Adam explains what an EMP is, and how to survive it. Jon and Elan interview skeptical investigate Ben Radford at TAM8. Darren examines the myth that there are 215 bones in the human body.

Mon, 06 Sep 2010 15:24:00 +0000

TRC #104: Chiropractic Adventures + James Randi Interview + Internet Is For Porn?

Darren talks about the evidence behind chiropractic care as well as his visit to a chiropractor's office. James Randi is interviewed at TAM8 and tells all about the event that led to him leaving Canada. Elan examines the myth that half of the internet por

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 04:03:00 +0000

TRC #103: WiFi/BPA Fear + Allergies + Mars Size Myth

Jon covers some recent unfounded fears in the Canadian press, both WiFi and BPA (Bisphenol A). Elan looks at the leading theories for why allergies seem to be on the rise. Darren settles the question of whether Mars will appear in the sky to be the same size.

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 01:20:39 +0000

TRC #102: Deafness Leads to Supersight? + iDosing + Penny CN Tower Myth

Darren looks at a study about whether being deaf leads to better eye sight. Adam talks about the latest drug scare: Kids getting high off of binaural beats. Jon addresses the myth that dropping a penny from the top of the CN Tower (or the Empire State Building) could kill a person.

Mon, 16 Aug 2010 03:17:00 +0000

TRC #101: Vitamin D + Brainstorming + Red Car Cost

Darren weighs the evidence on whether or not people should take vitamin D supplements. Elan will find out if brainstorming is effectiveness. Adam answers the question: Does it cost more to insure red cars?

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 02:38:05 +0000

TRC #100: Don't Start Believin' + Mistakes Were Made By Us + Myth Recap

Full song by Pat and Cristina Roach "Don't Start Believin'" based on Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'". Adam reminds everyone of all the mistakes that had been made on the show up to this point. Darren gives a rundown of all the myths covered on the show.

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 01:49:53 +0000

TRC #99: Census + He-Man vs Dynasty + Are Blondes Dumber?

Darren talks about the recent controversy surrounding part of the Canadian census to an opptional survey. Xander explores a supposed link between the 80s TV shows He-Man and Dynasty. Elan finds out whether blondes are dumber than brunettes.

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 04:33:00 +0000

TRC #98: TAM8 Highlights + Psychic Jamming + DJ Grothe Interview + Elephants and Mice

Xander fills in the rest of the gang what happened while they were away at The Amazing Meeting. Jon and Adam interview JREF president DJ Grothe. Darren answers the question "Are elephants afraid of mice?".

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 04:07:57 +0000

TRC #97: TAM8 + Casino Odds + Slot Machines + Sport Incentives

Recorded in front of a live studio audience at The Amaz!ng Meeting 8 in Las Vegas. Jay Novella from the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe joins Elan, Adam, and Jon to discuss casino game odds, slot machines, and situations when sports teams may want to lose.

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 03:50:58 +0000

TRC #96: Meat Healthiness + Premium Beer + Carrot Eyesight Myth

Darren tells you everything you need to know about the dangers of eating meat. Elan finds out what the 'premium' in 'premium beer' means. Adam debunks the myth that carrots help you see better.

Mon, 05 Jul 2010 02:17:01 +0000

TRC #95: Black Hole Pareidolia + Paul Ingraham Interview + Mice Love Cheese Myth

Adam discusses the latest example of pareidolia run amok, a greeting card that supposedly uses some naughty language. Jon interviews Paul Ingraham of saveyourself.ca about epsom salts and massage therapy. Darren busts the myth that mice love cheese (but not the myth that Jon loves cheese).
Mon, 28 Jun 2010 04:17:29 +0000

TRC #94: Abiogenic Oil + Homosexuality and Evolution + Koala Bears

Jon talks about where crude oil comes from and the controversial abiogenic origin hypothesis. Elan looks into why homosexuality hasn't been removed by natural selection. Adam busts the myth that Koalas are bears. He does not debunk their cuteness though.
Mon, 21 Jun 2010 04:53:36 +0000

TRC #93: Nostradamus + Multiple Personality Disorder + Brain Food Myth

As predicted, Elan discusses Nostradamus. Adam, and his friends, analyze multiple personality disorder. Finally, Darren annoys fish lovers by tackling the myth that fish is brain food.
Mon, 14 Jun 2010 04:48:01 +0000

TRC #92: Denialism + Lotteries + Missing Dollar Riddle

Darren explores the source of denialism and how people justify their denialist beliefs. Adam explains why playing the lottery is "stupid". Elan poses the "Missing Dollar Riddle" to the panel resulting in some interesting reactions.
Mon, 07 Jun 2010 03:55:39 +0000

TRC #91: OCD + Dr. Tim Valentine Interview + Wild West Violence Myth

Adam discusses obsessive compulsive disorder. Elan interview Dr. Tim Valentine about his research into people's poor abilities to recognize faces. Jon debunks (maybe?) the myth that the Wild West was lawless and violent.
Mon, 31 May 2010 05:09:24 +0000

TRC #90: Why Sex? + Pigeon Head-bob + Dog Colour Vision

Elan asks the important question "Why do animals waste so much effort on having sex?". Darren settles a question from a previous episode about why pigeons bob their heads. Finally, Adam debunks the myth that dogs cannot see colour.

Mon, 24 May 2010 04:06:00 +0000

TRC #89: Shisha + 3D Technology + Toothpaste

Darren examines the safety of smoking shisha/nargila/hooka. Adam explores the different technologies behind 3D films. Elan discusses which toothpaste is best.

Mon, 17 May 2010 05:38:00 +0000

TRC #88: Stephen Hawking vs Aliens + Sky Mall Products + Printer Ink

Adam disagrees with Stephen Hawking's take on aliens. Elan examines a few crazy products from the Sky Mall magazine. Darren takes a look at whether or not printer ink is the most expensive liquid for purchase.

Mon, 10 May 2010 01:21:00 +0000

TRC #87: Boobquake + Brain Age + White Chocolate

Darren shines critical eye to BoObQuAkE. Jon discusses whether or not the Brain Age series of video games are good for the mind. Adam examines whether or not white chocolate is actually chocolate.

Mon, 03 May 2010 01:40:00 +0000

TRC #86: Snakes + Shampoo + Michael Jackson vs Sonic the Hedgehog

Darren covers various snake myths. Xander examines common Shampoo marketing claims. Finally, Adam covers the mystery of whether or not Michael Jackson contributed to the video game Sonic 3.

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 03:16:00 +0000

TRC #85: Do Violent Video Games Lead To Violence? + Alcohol in Soft Drinks + Hangover Cures

Elan tackles the age old controversy over whether or not violent video games can make people violent. Adam takes a look at why some sodas may have alcohol, and which ones do not. Darren tries to find a cure for hangovers.

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 04:54:00 +0000

TRC #84: Miracluin Tablets + Price Discrimination + Does Eating Late Cause Weight Gain?

Xander gives the rest of the group miraculin tablets to see what happens, Elan talks about price discrimination, and Darren debunks the myth that eating late causes weight gain.

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 03:54:00 +0000

TRC #83: Easter Origins + Vitamin C for the Common Cold + Brain Calorie Loss

Adam discusses the origins of popular Easter traditions, Darren examines whether or not vitamin C can fight the common cold, and Elan debunks the claim that thinking hard burns extra calories.

Mon, 05 Apr 2010 04:36:00 +0000

TRC #82: Mike Duffy and Critical Thinking + HFCS Study + Frown Myth

Xander reports on Senator Mike Duffy's disparaging remarks about critical thinking, Adam scolds the media's coverage of a recent high fructose corn syrup study, and Darren debunks the myth that frowning takes more muscles than smiling.

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 05:03:00 +0000

TRC #81: Buying the Cosmos + TV Ratings + Head Heat Loss Myth

Adam exposes the practice of charging people to name stars and buy property on the moon. Elan explains how TV ratings are calculated and Darren debunks the myth that people lose 45% of their heat through their head.

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 03:33:00 +0000

TRC #80: IQ Correlations + Dr Yoni Freedhoff Interview + Trillium Myth

Darren talks about a recent study that claimed that high IQs are correlated with liberalism, atheism and monogamy. Jon interview local weight loss and nutrition expert Dr. Yoni Freedhoff about milk and other weight loss issues. Adam discusses the myth that it is illegal to pick Ontario's flower: the trillium.

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 03:07:00 +0000

TRC #79: Olympics Revisited + Euphamism Treadmill + Audiobooks vs Books

Darren stops celebrating Canada's performance at the recent Olympics and gets all critical thinky, Adams gets tired of running on the Euphamism Treadmill, and Elan takes a look at whether it's better to read books or listen to audio books.

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 03:06:00 +0000

TRC #78: Chicken/Egg Precedent Problem + Weasle Words + Gutenberg

Elan spins in circles trying to figure out what came first: the chicken or the egg? Jon complains about weasle words. Darren talks about who really invented the printing press.

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 04:10:00 +0000

TRC #77: Chocolate/Strokes + Olympic Mascots + KFC Myth

Darren examines a recent study about chocolate and strokes, Adam moans about the Vancouver Olympics mascots, and Xander licks the myth surrounding the change of KFC's name.

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 22:23:00 +0000

TRC #76: Graphology/Handwriting Analysis + Kosher Food + Drinking/Pregnancy

Elan tackles the double topic of graphology and handwriting analysis, Jon debunks some kosher food myths, and Darren debunks the myth that pregnant women cannot drink any alcohol.

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 02:47:00 +0000

TRC #75: Ginkgo Biloba + Audio Cables + Fugu (Puffer Fish) Myth

Darren takes a look at the health claims surrounding Ginkgo Biloba, Adam discusses whether or not expensive cables are worth their price, and Elan examines whether or not there's a fish served in restaurants that can kill.

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 02:50:00 +0000

TRC #74: Counterfeiting + Daniel Loxton Interview + Celery Myth

In an attempt to clarify the previous week's coverage of quantum mechanics the crew further confuse themselves, Adam covers what it would take to make counterfeit money, Jon interviews Daniel Loxton of Junior Skeptic Magazine, and Darren debunks the myth that celeray requires more calories to chew than it provides.

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:16:00 +0000

TRC #73: Quantum Mechanics + Creation Movie Review + Drinking Myth

Adam rants against the abuse of quantum mechanics made by new agers like Deepak Chopra, Jon reviews the new Charles Darwin movie "Creation", and Elan analyzes the myth that "beer before liquor makes you sicker".
Mon, 25 Jan 2010 02:05:00 +0000

TRC #72: Gambler's Fallacy + Cryonics + Super Freakonomics Review

Elan bets on the gambler's fallacy, Adam thaws out the topic of cryonics, and Darren freaks out about the book Super Freakonomics.
Sun, 17 Jan 2010 19:15:00 +0000

TRC #71: Neurological/Moral Reactions + The G-Spot + Twinkie Shelf-Life

Darren talks about how people's brains respond to moral questions, Elan discusses the latest study (and the history) of the G-Spot, and Adam discusses how long Twinkies last on the shelf.
Sun, 10 Jan 2010 20:48:00 +0000

TRC #70: Trepanation + Conspiracy Skeptic Interview + New Year Driving Risks

Adam drills out the truth by talking about the evidence for trepanation, Jon interviews Karl Mamer of the Conspiracy Skeptic podcast, and Darren debunks the myth that New Year's Eve is the most dangerous time to drive due to drunk drivers.
Mon, 04 Jan 2010 02:05:00 +0000

TRC #69: Santa Claus Origins + Festivus Origins + Snowflake Sameness

Jon examines Santa's true origins, Adam covers the true and shocking origins of Festivus, and Darren settles the debate about whether or not two snow flakes are alike.
Sun, 20 Dec 2009 20:17:00 +0000

TRC #68: Climategate + How To Be An Expert + Hand Sanitizers

Darren address the 'climategate' scandal and debunks more AGW myths, Elan discusses what it takes to be an expert, and Jon cleans up confusion surrounding the effectiveness of hand sanitizers.
Sun, 13 Dec 2009 21:06:00 +0000

TRC #67: ABO Blood Type Personality + Moral Consistency + Fortune Cookies

Jon talks about Canadian Blood Services and their support of Ketsueki-Gata, Darren explains the reasons why people are not morally consistent, and Elan explains the origin of the fortune cookie.
Sun, 06 Dec 2009 16:33:00 +0000

TRC #66: Cameron/Comfort's Origin of Species + Music Therapy + Alcohol Kills Brain Cells Myth

Adam takes a look at Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort's version of Darwin's Origin of Species, Elan finds out if Music Therapy's is in tune, and Darren drowns the myth that alcohol kills brain cells.
Sun, 29 Nov 2009 22:15:00 +0000

TRC #65: False Pregnancy + Bill 179/Naturopathy Interview + Pschological Treatments for Cancer

Pat gets revenge on Jon for dissing Pink Floyd on a previous show.

Adam gets knocked up about false pregnancies, Jon interviews Scott Gavura about the Ontario Bill 179 and Naturopathy, and Darren explores the evidence for treating cancer with psychological support.
Mon, 23 Nov 2009 02:12:00 +0000

TRC #64: Dark Side of the Moon + 2012 + Start of Spring

On this astronomy themed episode Darren tries to figure out what is meant by "Dark Side of the Moon", Adam debunks 2012 doomsday claims, and Jon explains how the start of Spring is determined.
Sun, 15 Nov 2009 21:51:00 +0000

TRC #63: Satanic Ritual Abuse + Animal Hybirds + Male vs Female Drivers

This week Jon delivers a segment on a moral panic from the 80s Satanic Ritual Abuse, Adam talks about Animals Hybrids just so he can mention the term 'Liger', and Darren enters the controversial debate about who are better drivers, men or women.
Sun, 08 Nov 2009 19:00:00 +0000

TRC #62: Halloween Origins + Ghost Hunter Interview + Black Cat Myths

For this spookily special Halloween episode Darren cover the history of Halloween, we interview a fromer local ghost hunter Bob Gale, and Adam debunks some common black cat myths.
Sat, 31 Oct 2009 21:34:00 +0000

TRC #61: Interview with Phil Plat, the Bad Astronomer

Interview with Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, that's it!
Fri, 23 Oct 2009 05:13:00 +0000

TRC #60: Swine Flu Vaccine Fears+Brian Brushwood Interview+Coal Crushing Myth

This week Adam looks at the scare surrounding an unpublished study that claims the seasonal flu vaccine increases the odds of getting the H1N1 flu, Jon and Adam interview Brian Brushwood of Scam School at TAM7, and Darren debunks the myth that you can crush coal into diamonds.
Sun, 18 Oct 2009 19:07:00 +0000

TRC #59: HIV Myths+Steven Novella Interview+Cocaine Money Myth

This week Darren covers the common myths about HIV/AIDS, Jon and Adam interview Dr. Steven Novella of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, and Adam covers the myth that money is drenched in cocaine.
Sun, 11 Oct 2009 19:16:00 +0000

TRC #58: Alternative Style Auctions+Interview with Tim Farley+Flamingo Colour Myth

This week Jon discusses new websites that do auctions a bid differently, Jon and Adam interview Tim Farley of whatstheharm.net at TAM7, and Darren explores the 'myth' that flamingos ge their colour from eating shrimp
Mon, 05 Oct 2009 01:19:00 +0000

TRC #57: Free Will/Determinism + Interview with Evan Bernstein

Apologies for the poor audio quality in this episode. Due to a mysterious technical problem during recording, the track had too much noise to remove cleanly, resulting in lots of digital artifacts. The interview at 13:50 sounds fine though.

This week Darren discusses Free Will and its implications, Jon interview Evan Bersntein of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast, and Adam explores the myth that blackouts cause baby booms.
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 01:29:00 +0000

TRC #56: Umami/MSG + Ray Hyman Interview + Baldness Myth

Xander explains the origins of the 5th taste Umami and the safety of MSG, Jon interview Ray Hyman at TAM7, and Darren debunks the myth that baldness skips a generation.
Sun, 20 Sep 2009 16:01:00 +0000

TRC #55: Time Travel+Multitasking+Well Starseeing Myth

On this week's show, Adam explores that plausibility of time travel and how they appear in movies/television, Darren takes to task multitasking, and Jon debunks the myth that you can see stars from the bottom of a well during the day. See this week's show notes and send us feedback at ottawaskeptics.org
Sun, 13 Sep 2009 16:41:00 +0000

TRC #54: Jurassic Park + Consciousness + 21 Grams

Jon explores the science and fiction of the 1993 movie Jurassic Park, Xander gives a primer on Consciousness, and Darren talks about the claim that the soul weighs 21 grams. Visit ottawaskeptics.org to give us feedback and to see the show notes.
Mon, 07 Sep 2009 05:24:00 +0000

TRC #53: Pet Domestication + Joe Nickell Interview + Monkey Descent Myth

Adam explains how pets like cats and dogs got domesticated and look soooo cute, we interview skeptical investigator Joe Nickell at TAM7, and Darren busts the myth that humans descended from monkeys. As always, visit ottawaskeptics.org for show notes and to send us feedback.
Sat, 29 Aug 2009 18:00:00 +0000

TRC #52: Scifi vs UFO Reporting Interview (David Clarke) + Zombies! Study Interview (Robert Smith?)

This episode is a bit unusual. It consists of two interviews. The first is with Professor David Clarke about his recent discovery of a correlation between sci-fi film popularity and UFO reporting frequency. The second is with Professor Robert Smith about his recent published study about Zombies. Please visit ottawakspetics.org for show notes and to send us feedback.
Sun, 23 Aug 2009 15:01:00 +0000

TRC #51: What the Bleep Review + Richard Saunders Interview + Usa Myth

Darren review the pseudo-movie "What the Bleep Do We Know?", Jon and Adam interview Richard Saunders at TAM 7, and Jon busts the myth that a town in Japan was named "Usa" so that goods could be marked "Made in Usa". Please visit ottawaskeptics.org for show notes and to provide feedback.
Sun, 16 Aug 2009 03:50:00 +0000

TRC #50: Spot Reduction + Aquatic Ape Theory Interview + More People Alive Now Than In All History

Darren examines whether or not working a spot on the body will make it lose fat faster, Jon interviews Jim Moore about the Aquatic Ape theory, and Adam tackles the myth that there are more people alive now than ever before. For show notes and to give us feedback please visit ottawaskeptics.org
Sat, 08 Aug 2009 23:47:00 +0000

TRC #49: Homeopathy 101 + Harriet Hall Interview + Sex on the Mind Myth

Adam explains homeopathy, we interview Harriet Hall (the Skepdoc), and Darren busts the myth that men think of sex every 7 seconds. Please see the show notes and send us feedback at ottawaskeptics.org
Sat, 01 Aug 2009 16:45:00 +0000

TRC #48: Moon Hoax + Interview with Bob and Jay Novella from the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe + Taste Myth

Darren tackles a few of the most popular claims made by moon hoax believers, Jon + Adam interview Bob and Jay Novella of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast (recorded at TAM7), and Jon debunks the myth that taste is divided into different areas of the mouth. Please send us feedback and check out the show notes by visiting our site ottawaskeptics.org and write us a review on iTunes.
Sun, 26 Jul 2009 20:19:00 +0000

TRC #47: TAM7 + Adam Savage Interview + Twitter Popularity

Jon and Adam have just returned from this year's Amaz!ng Meeting in Las Vegas and make Xander and Darren jealous, Jon and Adam interview Adam Savage from The Mythbusters, and Darren deflates twitter's popularity. Please visit our website at ottawaskeptics.org to send us feedback, see the the show notes, and to download other episodes.
Fri, 17 Jul 2009 21:34:00 +0000

TRC #46: Wind Turbine Illness + Madoff & Ponzi Schemes + Post-Mortem Nail Growth Myth

Adam stops the spin and finds oout if wind turbines are a danger, Jon invests his time to explain what a ponzi scheme is and how Madoff made off with so much money, and Darren scratches his way to explaining the myth that fingernails grow after death. As always, visit ottawaskeptics.org to send us feedback and to see the show notes for this episode.
Thu, 09 Jul 2009 04:00:00 +0000

TRC #45: BMI + Michael Jackson Skin Colour + Eskimo Words for Snow

Darren trims that fat on BMI (Body Mass Index), Jon explores why Michael Jackson's skin became lighter over the years, and Adam debunks the myth that the Eskimo/Inuit have 400 words for snow. Please visit our website at ottawaskeptics.org to give us feedback and find the show notes.
Sun, 05 Jul 2009 14:54:00 +0000

TRC #44: Avro Arrow Conspiracy + Brain Drain + Beavertails

Happy Canada Day! Xander exposes the truth behind the Avro Arrow conspiracy, Darren goes to great pains to unearth the facts around the brain drain, and Adam bites into a beavertail misconception.
Fri, 26 Jun 2009 19:28:00 +0000

TRC #43: Real Vaccine Dangers + Cosmetics + Bilateral Symmetry

The Cat came back! Catherine Lebel returns via skype to join the crew for a show. Darren dissects vaccine dangers, Cat goes into the scientific evidence behind Cosmetic substances, and Xander explores bilateral symmetry as another bit of evidence for evolution. As always, please visit ottawaskeptics.org for show notes and to provide feedback.
Sat, 20 Jun 2009 13:45:00 +0000

TRC #42: Critical Thinking 101 + Psychic Dogs + Myopic Myth

This week Jon explains the basics of Critical Thinking, Adam looks at the evidence behind the claim that dogs can predict when their owners come home (psychically!), and Darren busts the myth that nerds/geeks need glasses more than everyone else. For show notes and to give us feedback, please visit ottawaskeptics.org
Sat, 13 Jun 2009 05:16:00 +0000

TRC #41: Landfills + Chelation + Safety in Numbers

This week we're joined by Gord Miller, the Environmental Commisioner of Ontario, and Elan Dubrofsky, founder of UBC Freethinkers. The panel discusses landfills with Gord Miller, Jon explains chelation, and Darren explores whether or not there is safety in numbers. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org for show notes and to provide feedback.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 02:33:00 +0000

TRC #40: Children's Cold Medicine + Ad Hominem + Pool Urine Dye

Jon takes a skeptical look at mainstream over the counter cold medicine for kids, Darren gets his hands dirty with the Ad Hominem fallacy, and Adam debunks a myth involving pools, urine, and red dyes. Visit ottawaskeptics.org to see the show notes and contact us.
Mon, 01 Jun 2009 18:58:00 +0000

TRC #39: Wikipedia/Britannica+Homemade Pesiticides+Dark Meat Myth

Darren debates Wikipedia vs Brtiannica accuracy, Adam warns against the dangers of using home made pesticides, and Xander defends the health, and honour, of dark meat. Visit our site at ottawaskeptics.org to give us feedback and see the show notes.
Sun, 24 May 2009 23:50:00 +0000

TRC #38: Politics/Skepticism + Climate Change Questions + Red Bull Myth

Jon leads a discussion on how much politics can be influenced by science, Darren answers some listeners questions on climate change, and Adam goes nutty for Red Bull.
Sat, 16 May 2009 01:51:00 +0000

TRC #37: Skeptic Course + Pentawater + Swine Flu Myth

Lee Graham returns this week, along with his friend Greg Winslow (Skeptic/Magician). Lee talks about his annual course on skepticism for high school students, Greg explains the problems with Pentawater's claims, and Darren debunks a popular myth about the latest H1N1 Swine Flu.
Sun, 10 May 2009 14:39:00 +0000

TRC #36: Japanese Horror + Bible Code + Soda Can Myth

Xander compares Japanese horror movies to their American counterparts, special guest Lee Graham (stellaralchemy.com) explains the Bible Code, and Jon takes the fizz out of the soft drink can myth. We'd like to hear from you. Send us your thoughts and participate in our forum at ottawaskeptics.org
Sun, 03 May 2009 22:18:00 +0000

TRC #35: Climate Change+Plastic Bags+Ozone Depletion

 In celebration of Earth day, we take a look at some environmental issues. Darren explains the basics of climate change, Xander covers the plastic bags debate, and Adam takes a second look at the ozone layer. As always, we invite you to send us questions and comments by visiting our site ottawaskeptics.org
Fri, 24 Apr 2009 14:34:00 +0000

TRC #34: Pyramid Theory + Singularity + Frog Myth

This week Jon explores the latest theory on how the Great Pyramid was built, Darren warns us of the upcoming singularity, and Xander debunks a myth involving frogs and pots of slowly warming water. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org for show notes and to contact us with feedback or questions.
Mon, 20 Apr 2009 04:16:00 +0000

TRC #33: Who has more sex? + King Tut's Curse + JFK Was a Donut?

Darren discusses sex (and whether men or women have more of it), Jon gets excited for his trip to Egypt by debunking King Tut's Curse, and Adam reveals that JFK was in fact actually not a donut. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org to send us questions, comments, and feedback. You will also find there the show notes for the episode once they're uploaded.
Fri, 03 Apr 2009 04:00:00 +0000

TRC #32: Cold Reading + Baby Einstein Videos + Shaving Myth

This week Jon explains how to be 'psychic' by performing a 'cold reading', Adam explores the tumultuous world of Baby Einstein videos, and Darren shaves away at the myth of the week. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Fri, 27 Mar 2009 04:00:00 +0000

TRC #31: Evolution Acceptance + Zeitgeist + Staring at the Sun

Darren gets frustrated by the public's lack of acceptance of evolution, Adam debunks the infamous internet film Zeitgeist, and Jon 'sort of' debunks the pseudo-myth that staring at the sun is dangerous
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 04:20:00 +0000

TRC #30: Homosexuality/Natural? + Teaching 9/11 Truth + Friday 13th Accident Rates

Darren tackles the 'is homosexuality natural?' controversy, Xander debunks 9/11 'truth' claims made by some Canadian professors, and Jon examines whether or not people have more car accidents on Friday the 13th. For show notes please visit ottawaskeptics.org
Sun, 15 Mar 2009 15:50:00 +0000

TRC #29: The Nocebo Effect+Circumcision/AIDS+Chicken Eggs Myth

This week Jon delivers the pain by discussing the 'nocebo effect', Darren cuts to the point by discussing whether circumcision helps prevent HIV transmission, and Adam demystifies breakfast by debunking the myth that eggs are chicken fetuses. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:08:00 +0000

TRC #28: The Sun's True Colour+Google Atlantis+Great Wall of China Myth

This week Darren examines the controversy over the sun's colour, Adam debunks the latest atlantis sighting from Google Maps, and Jon debunks the myth that the Great Wall of China is the only man made object visible from space (or moon). If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 05:00:00 +0000

TRC #27: Scientific Progress+Money as Dept+Lemmings Myth

This week Darren explains that scientific progress is not an illusion, Xander discusses an alarming video about the world's financial system, and Jon buries the myth that lemmings commit suicide. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Thu, 19 Feb 2009 05:00:00 +0000

TRC #26: Evolution's History+Carbon Dating+Vestigial Organs

In celebration of Darwin's 200th birthday we discuss three evolution related topics: the evolution of evolution, how fossils are dated, and the return of the segment "As if you needed any more evidence for evolution". If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Thu, 12 Feb 2009 05:49:00 +0000

TRC #25: Bear Armour+Evolution Book Reviews+Dream Myth

This week Xander talks about the real Ironman (a guy who made armour for fighting bears, and can see through walls), Darren impresses everyone by describing all the evolution books he has read, and Adam tears down the pernicious myth that you cannot read in a dream. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Thu, 05 Feb 2009 16:05:00 +0000

TRC #24: Social Class/Health+Chemophobia+Black Belt Myth

This week we discuss the health effects of poverty, why it is that people fear synthetic chemicals, and debunk the myth that black belts need to register their fists as deadly weapons. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Thu, 29 Jan 2009 05:00:00 +0000

TRC #23: Cancer Epidemic Fears + Acupressure + The Myth of Gum Digestion

This week we discuss whether or not we should worry about a cancer epidemic, what the deal is with acupressure, and we debunk the myth that it takes 7 years to digest chewing gum. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
We apologize for our tardiness in the uploading of this week's episode, as payback, we shall upload next week's episode early!
Thu, 22 Jan 2009 05:00:00 +0000

TRC #22: Big Pharma Inconcistencies+Alien Faces+Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

This week we discuss he discrepancies between Pharmaceutical submissions to the FDA and to medical journals, the plausibility of intelligent aliens looking like us, and the myth that people need to drink 8 glasses of water a day. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Thu, 15 Jan 2009 05:00:00 +0000

TRC #21: Angels+Celebrities+Spider Eating Myth

Back for the new year, the gang discusses a supposed Christmas miracle involving an angel, pseudoscience promoted by celebrities, and the myth that people who sleep with their mouth open ingest 8 spiders a year. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:37:00 +0000

TRC #20: Xmas Origins+Is Santa Real?+Holiday Suicide Myth

For our inaugural X-mas episode, the gang discusses the true origins of Christmas, discuss with a mom the dilemma of telling kids that Santa Claus is real, and we dispel the myth that suicides rates are higher in the holiday season. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Fri, 19 Dec 2008 04:27:00 +0000

TRC #19: Pseudoegyptology+Feng Shui+The Rule of Thumb

This week we dig up Graham Hancock's theories about lost continents and their evidence in Egypt, we discuss how Feng Shui controls flow of money (rather than chi), and place a finger on the origin of the term "Rule of Thumb". If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
Thu, 18 Dec 2008 19:35:00 +0000

TRC #18: Prayer+Safety Laws+Coke Tabs

This week we take a look at whether there is any evidence that prayer can heal, debate whether or not our safety laws are justified, and if there's is any point to collecting tabs from soda cans. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org to see this episode's show notes and to send us your questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you.
Thu, 04 Dec 2008 14:59:00 +0000

TRC #17-Zombies+Crime Stats+Moon Illusion

This week we discuss the plausibility of a zombie apocalypse, whether or not crime is as bad as 'they' say, and why the moon seems bigger some nights. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org to see this episode's show notes and to send us your questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you.
Thu, 04 Dec 2008 06:57:00 +0000

TRC #16-Mortality/Risk+Evidence/Falsifiability+Coriolis Effect/Toilets

This week we discuss fear of mortality vs actual risk, the nature of scientific evidence, and the myth that toilets work differently in Australia. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org to see this episode's show notes and to send us your questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you.
Thu, 27 Nov 2008 06:10:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 15 - JFK Assassination, pesticides+cancer, and does the brain prove evolution?

This week the crew discuss the 45th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination (and the lingering conspiracy theories), the science of pesticides and cancer (should you worry?), and the inaugural episode of "as if you need more evidence for evolution". To read the show notes and to get in touch with us please visit ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck
Thu, 20 Nov 2008 20:57:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 14 - The Trouble With Astrology, Scientific Medical Preventions Under Attack, and "Yes Captain, I do"

This week the regular crew discuss the trouble with astrology, the double standard applied to scientific medicine with respect to prevention, and we reexamine the claim that sea captains can perform marriages. This episode we're trying a shorter format, please let us know what you think. You can reach us via our website at ottawaskeptics.org
Thu, 13 Nov 2008 19:09:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 13 - Calorie Restrictited Diets, Wedding Superstitions, Bisphenol A, and Unlucky Numbers

This week Adam, Cat, Darren, Jon, and Xander discuss calorie restriction diets, wedding superstitions, bisphenol A, and the world of unlucky numbers. Due to time constraints no logical fallacy of the week was discussed. For show notes, and to send us feedback or questions, visit: ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck
Thu, 06 Nov 2008 06:42:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 12 - Persinger's God Helmet and Halloween Dangers

In this 'spooky' halloween episode Darren, Xander, and Jon discuss if maybe Dr. Michael Persingers claims deserve a bit of skepticism, and we discuss the real stats behind the dangers of 'trick or treating'. The logical fallacy of the week is the 'Appeal to FEAR'. The science myth of the week is 'Does the moon affect people's personality?' For all show notes, and a forum to discuss this episode, visit ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck/
Thu, 30 Oct 2008 15:30:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 11 - Franken-foods, Acai Berries, and UK UFO Documents Revealed!

We discuss genetically modified foods (aka "franken-foods") and find out if there's anything to worry about, the growing in popularity Brazilian fruit called the acai (a-sa-ee), and the latest release of UFO documents from a major government (in this case it's the UK). The logical fallacy of the week is the "false dilemma" (aka false dichotomy). The science myth of the week is that baby carrots are gross. For show notes please visit http://www.ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck/
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 22:24:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 10 - Islamic Doll, What Energy Is Essay, and Cognitive Dissonance

In this episode Adam discusses a Fisher-Price doll that apparently says some 'shocking' things, darren shares with us an essay he wrote about energy (and it's misuse), and Jonathan discusses the psychological theory of cognitive dissonance. We then finish with the logical fallacy of the week and the science myth of the week.

For show notes please visit ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck
Thu, 16 Oct 2008 20:04:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 9 - Vitamin C + Chemotherapy, Maggie the Counting Dog, and Out of Body Study

On this week's show we discuss a news report that vitamin C may interfere with chemotherapy drugs' ability to fight cancer, a dog that can supposedly do math, and the announcement of a new study that will figure out if out of body experiences are more than just hallucinations.

Show notes (Available at ottawaskeptics.org):

Vitamin C + Chemotherapy
Original news report: link
Analysis by Oncologist David Gorski: link

Maggie the Counting Dog:
Video of the Dog Counting: link

Out of Body Study:
Original Press Release: link
CBC Coverage: link
BBC Coverage: link

Logical Fallacy of the Week:
Appeal to Authority: link

Science Myth of the Week:
Dog Food Myths
Chocolate Toxicity: link
Dietary Myths: link
History of Dog Food: link
Thu, 09 Oct 2008 16:32:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 8 - Ogopogo, Bigfoot vs Politicians, and Pond Scum

On this week's show we discuss Ogopogo (Canada's own Loch Ness monster), the recent survey that claimed that Canadians believed that it was more likely that scientists would discover Bigfoot than politicians would keep their promises, and the health benefits of spirulina (a type of algea that is gaining in popularity). We then tackle the logical fallacy and science myth of the week.

If you have any questions, please email us at therealitycheck@ottawaskeptics.org

For every episode's show notes please visit ottawaskeptics.org

Show Notes:

General Overview: link
Believer Claims: link 1 link 2
Skeptical View: link

Bigfoot Survey:
Press release from Canadian Taxpayers Federation: link
Press coverage: link

J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Jun 25;56(12):4352-8. Epub 2008 Jun 4.
MICROBIOLOGICAL REVIEWS, Dec. 1983, p. 551-578
 Ann Nutr Metab 2008;52:322–328
Eur J Nutr (2008)
Acta Vitaminol Enzymol. 1984;6(4):295-304
Toxicology in Vitro 22 (2008) 1496–1502
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Vol. 70 (2006) , No. 2 pp.363-368
(Ya, I know. Blame Catherine -Jon)

Logical Fallacy:
Argument From Ignorance (Shifting the Burden of Proof): link

Science Myth of the Week:
Science states that bees cannot fly: link
Thu, 02 Oct 2008 05:04:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 7 - Cancerous Cell Phones, Conspiracy Videos, and Ghosts with Rich Taste

In this episode we discuss the latest report that cell phones may cause cancer, some online conspiracy videos, and a rich guy in the UK getting scared out of his home by a poltergeist.

Show notes:
If you like the show, please leave us a review on itunes.

Cell phone controversy:
Global TV's coverage of the study discussed: link
Scientific/skeptical view of cell phones and cancer: link 1 link 2
Studies about cell phones and driving: link 1 (pdf) link 2

Online conspiracy Videos:
Loose Change (9/11 conspiracy video): link
Zeitgeist: link
Ex-truther confession: link

UK Ghost:
Original BBC Story: link
The 'shocking' revelation: link

Logical fallacy of the week:
Affirming the Consequent: link

Science Myth of the Week:
Moon hoax accusations: link
Moon hoax debunking: link
Buzz Aldrin vs. Moon Hoaxer: link
Thu, 25 Sep 2008 04:57:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 6 - The Placebo Effect, Science on TV, and the art of persuasion in Po

This week we discuss the placebo effect, science in entertainment and the art of persuasion in politics.

Show notes:

Placebo Effect:
-Steven Novella discusses the placebo effect: link
-Review of Snake Oil Science: link
-Wikipedia entry on the placebo effect: link

Science on TV:
-Fringe's scientific accuracy: link
-House MD's scientific accuracy: link

-Science Debate 2008, 14 Questions: link
-Mccain on the Economy: link
-Haper on Budget Officer: link

Science Myth of the Week:
-Video of Xander balancing eggs: link
-Phil Plait explores the myth: link
Thu, 18 Sep 2008 18:12:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 5 - Alt Med Primer, Aspartame, and Creatine

Alternative Medicine Primer
Recommended books:
"Trick or Treatment?" by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst. Review
"Snake Oil Science" by R. Barker Bausell. Review

Recommended Sites:

Aspartame: link (it's multiple pages)

Creatine: link

If you have any questiones or comments please send us an email
Thu, 11 Sep 2008 23:22:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 4 - Nutmeg overdosing, psychic fair, and new age ads

Nutmeg recipe story:
Blog posting about the Swedish magazine with the typo
A look into the hallucinogenic effects of nutmeg

New Acropolis

Psychic Fair

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for the show, email us at therealitycheck@ottawaskeptics.org
Thu, 04 Sep 2008 15:25:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 3

Winged cats
Magnetic Cows
Measles/Mumps outbreak
FDA approves food irradiation
Myth of the Week: We only use 10% of our brain
Fri, 29 Aug 2008 12:59:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 2

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:56:00 +0000

The Reality Check Ep 1 - Pilot

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:24:00 +0000