Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pluto explained: Dr. Stuart Robbins on Reality Check Podcast

Dr. Stuart Robbins of the Exposing PseudoAstronomy podcast and blog is two parts into a three part podcast series on Comet Hale Bopp dealing with the alleged companion craft of the comet that helped lead to the unfortunate mass suicide of the Heavens Gate Cult.  I plan to cover all three episodes once the trilogy is complete.  However, Dr. Robbins has done a guest appearance on The Reality Check podcast.

The Reality Check is a Canadian-based effort produced by the Ottawa Skeptics.  The show has been in production since 2008, and has had a number of hosts and panelists.  The current hosts are Darren McKee, Adam Gardner, Cristina Roach, and Pat Roach.  I have listened to Reality Check a few times in the past, and it's a good show.  It has not made it into my normal queue of shows.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

I like my bacon and Skepticality . . . on the side.

Skepticality was likely the first skeptical podcast to be produced and has managed to stay in production for all but a decade.  The show has undergone far more changes to its format and style than the likely next oldest podcast, the venerable Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.  Early in the show's history, host, Derek Colanduno, was out with a stroke for a period of time, and then co-host Swoopy took over production and hosting of the show during Derek's convalescence. Swoopy left the show after Derek’s recovery for personal reasons, although she does pop back in from time to time.  The show's format went from a discussion show with Derek and Swoopy with some news segments and interviews and graduated to Swoopy interviewing authors or others involved in skeptical activity.  In the last few years, the show is now a rather innovative set of four or so “podlette” segments followed by Derek interviewing someone.

The latest episode introduced a new format.  From what I could gather, this is not the new format for all shows going forward but more of subset style of episode called “Skepticality on the side.”  I believe the regular podlette and interviews will continue.  I am not sure if it reveals the show has come full circle, gone retro, or taken a step backwards.  The new format is a panel discussion where four skeptics discuss topics of note or at least something they would like to get off their chest.  The panel consisted of Skepticality alums Derek, Susan Gerbic, Tim Farley, and Bob Blaskiewicz, and it seems future panels could include other alums such as Eve Siebert.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

3652: Technology and Podcast Listening

Over the course of the year I plan to post occassional observations and reflections upon how Skepticism (what I enjoy referring to as skepdom) has changed and shifted over the last decade.  2005 was the year I became aware of Skepdom and started to think of myself as a Skeptic. 

As the internet has matured, the changes with the technology have altered how I consume my skeptical content.  One of the interesting things I have noticed is that as time has gone on, I tend to listen to less skeptical podcasts, and read more material.  Part of the reason I think has to do with the ease of learning of and about new items of interest. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

SGU quickie

I do not desire this blog to turn into a Skeptics' Guide to the Universe watch.  However, I noted that someone named Jennifer Dixon was a guest Rogue.  Having no recollection of a Jennifer Dixon anywhere else within skepdom and intrigued I decided listen to the beginning of the podcast.