Astronomer, blogger, popular frequent guest and holder of the title "Astronomer Royale" on the "Conspiracy Skeptic" podcast, skeptical speaker, Coast to Coast AM fan, and well known domestic chocolate-hater Dr. Stuart Robbins can now add podcaster to his already ample resume. Dr. Robbins at the top of August launched "Exposing PseudoAstronomy Podcast," which I first learned of on his latest appearance on the "Conspiracy Skeptic" podcast. Dr. Robbins is always an interesting guest on Mamer's show, and he does not disappoint on his own podcast. He has released two episodes so far, and plans to release his episodes on a bi-monthly schedule. This seems fairly smart to me. It is often enough to keep the listener attention, but hopefully not too much for Dr. Robbins to burn out after ten or twelve weekly episodes.
The format is much like Skeptoid or Hayley Stevens' "Ghost Field Guide" podcasts. Instead of a panel discussion or a lengthly discussion of a topic ala the early Conspiracy Skeptic podcasts, the format seems to be a tightly scripted ten to fifteen minute affair focused on a specific subject. The first episode discussed the concept of the dark side of the moon (not the album "Dark Side of the Moon" by the renowned psychedelic band Pink Floyd, which when you listen to it, and I mean really listen to it, has meaning man, it has meaning.) The second episode was on why people's reported perception on the speed, height, size, and distance of an unidentified flying objects is nearly always flawed and not reliable at all.
Both episodes give the listener a little easily and quickly digestible nugget of information that ought to be easily understood by the lay listener. As a bonus in the UFO episode, Dr. Robbins gives examples of flawed perception reports from Coast to Coast AM (a radio program I love to listen to when I get the chance to the chagrin of Lady) and Dr. Robbins correctly uses a favorite childhood slang term 'book'n it.'
Dr. Robbins has the same slightly dry, off kilter sense humor he shares on 'Conspiracy Skeptic,' and all in all, I plan to add this podcast to my rotation. I highly recommend it to the reader. It is now available on Dr. Robbins website or iTunes for download.