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.
|Pluto giving IAU the finger|
All of the above was quite interesting, and Dr. Robbins as an actual working astronomer clearly has a grasp of the question and how to explain it as well. Needless to say, I have a sentimental attachment to Pluto the planet, but given the definition, Pluto just is not a planet.
Stuart's guest segment was followed by a game hosted by Pat asking the panelists a series of 9th Grade science comprehension questions. While listening, I managed to guess them all correct, but I must stress for two of them that I GUESSED them correctly. This was a fun bit in the style of Fact or Fiction from the SGU. The final segment of the show was discussion regarding a piece covered by CBS News on the alleged unsafe amounts of arsenic found in less expensive brands of wine. The panel breaks it down and points out the flaws in how CBS covered the story, and the errors made by those promoting this idea that was taken up by CBS News. It was a nice skeptical exercise to end the show.
All in all, I enjoyed the episode. I might try to listen to Reality Check more often.