Sunday, January 29, 2017

God Help Us All: I hosted a podcast.

podcasting is hard
The latest episode of 15 Credibility Street is entitled: I'm the only One.  The "only one" refers to me as host of the episode.  Sharon explains during her cameo that she's just not feeling the podcasting vibe, so to speak, given the current events in the news.  The ensuing episode is a bit of a potpourri of my thoughts on a few topics.

I discussed a trio of podcasts: Be Reasonable, Reality Check, and The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.  Be Reasonable does useful work interviewing proponents of paranormal, pseudoscientific, and/or poorly evidenced ideas and beliefs.  Be Reasonable is a production of the Merseyside Skeptics and has returned to production after a nine-month hiatus.  Reality Check is the oldest skeptically focused podcast in Canada, and each week, a tight thirty-minute episode is produced that usually discusses a trio of topics.  The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe has a long history and consistent track record. I share my view on its current state with its newest member Cara Santa Maria. 

I then discuss two stories shared recently by Doubtful News.  The first was a piece on Doubtful News website regarding evidence that the extinct Tasmanian Tiger aka Thylacine is actually still alive in the wilds of down-under, and why the proffered proof is not very convincing.  Finally, I cover the case of a road covered with red unmarked skittles, which is a news article that was shared on the Doubtful News Facebook page. Local Wisconsin local law enforcement found a road covered in the sugary goodness.  Surprisingly, the event has brought attention to a common secondary use for spare candy production, and the mystery of where these particular skittles originated is still a mystery.

Here's the link to the Skeptical Review piece on the recent episode of Be Reasonable with Mark Sergant that I mention during the episode.  

The entire episode is a thankfully brief 24 minutes of me blathering on. I am not sure, but I think I blacked out at some point.  Anyway, I hope it is enjoyable and that I did the show proud. Torkel performed miracles of editing.  In a fortnight 15 Credibility Street will be back with a regular episode.  Hopefully, I have not dinged the show's own credibility too much.  

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