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The Science Enthusiast Podcast

Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! Hosts Dan Broadbent and Natalie Newell talk about skepticism, religion, and politics as they relate to science, medicine, and rational thought.
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Apr 21, 2017

The Science Enthusiast Podcast!

Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! It's not the worst, but thank you for listening (and we're sorry?)!

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Follow the podcast on Youtube at http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Sponsor: Alex Jones!
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/InfoWars-Alex-Jones-custody-chili-for-lunch-11081124.php

(YOU can sponsor the show at patreon [http://patreon.com/tSEpodcast] or by buying some merch at aScienceEnthusiast.com/store!)

God of the week: Ogo: African trickster god http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/african-mythology.php?deity=OGO

Interview: This afternoon we are thrilled to be joined by our friend Nathan Dickey. Nathan, who appreciates nihilist memes, discussions of cannibalism, and dad jokes, is a writer and the host of the excellent Trolling with Logic Podcast. Oh, and he used to be a Christian. Like, a Christian apologist type of Christian. So it seems we’ve got a lot to talk about.

Why we love the internet: Bizzarro Senpai, Ken Ham, noticed us! https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2017/04/15/exposing-ffrf-lies-again

Quote of the Week: That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence. - Hitchens

Next week:  March for Science recap!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, Sarah, and Cynthia: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast!

Full tSE archives: ScienceEnthusiastPodcast.com

Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

Have feedback? Suggestions for a topic? Ideas for a new segment? Hate mail? Love letters? Contact us at podcast@aScienceEnthusiast.com!

This podcast is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC, Copyright 2017, All rights reserved.

Apr 12, 2017

The Science Enthusiast Podcast!

Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! It's not the worst, but thank you for listening (and we're sorry?)!

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Follow the podcast on Youtube at http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Sponsor: Anyone but Pepsi Or United Airlines. Or Sean Spicer.

(YOU can sponsor the show at patreon [http://patreon.com/tSEpodcast] or by buying some merch at aScienceEnthusiast.com/store!)

God of the week: Zombie Jesus. Because Easter. He dies. He fucking rises. And he has holes in his hands.

But Easter traditions spring from here (Eostre/Ostara) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%92ostre  Germanic goddess

Association of rabbits with Easter might come from the Norse goddess Freyja

This week: Dan and Nat talked about current events, goings on, the March for Science being hijacked by anti-science zealots in US Right to Know, how to not criticize someone, and “outrage culture.”

Links:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/01/31/sean-spicer-sounds-like-a-holocaust-denier/?utm_term=.57ecf160eafb
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-spicer-holocaust-20170411-story.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/04/11/airlines-detail-flight-rules-contracts-of-carriage/100331176/


Why we love the internet: https://www.facebook.com/danielguacamolefox

Quote of the Week: We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers

Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Next week:  Nathan Dickey of Trolling With Logic Podcast (http://www.trollingwithlogic.com)!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, Sarah, Cynthia, and Magnus: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast!

Full tSE archives: ScienceEnthusiastPodcast.com

Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

Have feedback? Suggestions for a topic? Ideas for a new segment? Hate mail? Love letters? Contact us at podcast@aScienceEnthusiast.com!

This podcast is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC, Copyright 2017, All rights reserved.

Apr 5, 2017

The Science Enthusiast Podcast!

Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! It's not the worst, but thank you for listening (and we're sorry?)!

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Follow the podcast on Youtube at http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Sponsor: Our friend Vance!

(YOU can sponsor the show at patreon [http://patreon.com/tSEpodcast] or by buying some merch at aScienceEnthusiast.com/store!)

God of the week: Priapus! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priapus)

Interview: Rob Sharkey, AKA ‘The Shark Farmer!’

According to his Twitter bio, Rob is a Farmer, Outfitter and friend that'll help you hide a body… and he’s also the host of the Shark Farmer Podcast (http://sharkfarmer.com) and the Farmer and the City Girl Podcast (http://farmercitygirl.libsyn.com). You can also follow Rob on twitter: https://twitter.com/sf28430!

Relevant links:
https://risk-monger.com/2016/04/13/the-risk-mongers-dirty-dozen-12-highly-toxic-pesticides-approved-for-use-in-organic-farming
https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php
http://www.foodinsight.org/dirty-dozen-pesticides-2016-list-problems-facts

Why we love the internet: Fan Mail to aSE & this person on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vixenvalentino/status/848698636691279872!

Quote of the Week: Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world. (Norman Borlaug)

Next week: Nathan Dickey of Trolling With Logic Podcast (http://www.trollingwithlogic.com)!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, Sarah, Cynthia, and Nathan: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast!

Full tSE archives: ScienceEnthusiastPodcast.com

Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

ALSO, LISTEN TO THESE THINGS:
Both Nat and Dan on Bi Any Means: http://freethoughtblogs.com/bianymeans/2017/03/30/bi-any-means-podcast-93-science-enthusiasm-with-dan-broadbent-and-natalie-newell
Both Nat and Dan on Brainstorm Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/user/brainstormpodcast/inappropriate-words-with-the-science-ent
Nat on According to Matthew: http://accordingtomatthew.libsyn.com/science-moms
Nat on For God’s Sake Podcast with current and former friend of the show, Matthew O’Neill (name intentionally spelled incorrectly): http://for-god-s-sake.madewithopinion.com/numbers-and-natalie-newell
Mental exhaustion with Marsh: http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/2017/03/be-reasonable-episode-040-christopherbollyn/

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

Have feedback? Suggestions for a topic? Ideas for a new segment? Hate mail? Love letters? Contact us at podcast@aScienceEnthusiast.com!

This podcast is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC, Copyright 2017, All rights reserved.

Mar 29, 2017

The Science Enthusiast Podcast!

Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! It's not the worst, but thank you for listening (and we're sorry?)!

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Follow the podcast on Youtube at http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Sponsor: Ken Ham. Because Ken Ham.
Here’s a link to the FB post Dan talked about: https://www.facebook.com/aScienceEnthusiast/photos/a.475346705827113.120684.475335342494916/1593480944013678
(YOU can sponsor the show at patreon [http://patreon.com/tSEpodcast] or by buying some merch at aScienceEnthusiast.com/store!)

God of the week: A story (as always, but this time told by Nat)

Interview: Tonight we are thrilled to be joined by Kevin Davis, the founder of Young Skeptics and the head writer of Secular Voices for Patheos. Kevin is also the author of Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers (Get it at http://amzn.to/2oeDlRJ). Kevin’s activism is focused on attacking the social stigma that accompanies being openly nonreligious, as well as advocating for children against the harms that aggressive indoctrination can cause.

Relevant links:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularvoices/author/kdavis/
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularvoices/2017/02/20/child-evangelism-fellowship-isnt-hiding-anti-science/
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/02/21/in-response-to-christian-group-atheists-begin-young-skeptics-club-at-ca-elementary-school/
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularvoices/2017/02/10/stop-suggesting-school-satan-clubs-answer-good-news-club/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_News_Club_v._Milford_Central_School

Follow Kevin:
https://twitter.com/YoungSkeptics
https://www.facebook.com/SecularVoicesOrg
https://www.facebook.com/YoungSkepticsClub

Why we love the internet: Because our favorite FFRF attorney, Andrew Seidel, continues to come on our show! He talked to us about the FFRF’s newest commercial, shot at Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter!

The commercial: https://youtu.be/1YHUD5-zW5I

Our live video record with Andrew: https://www.facebook.com/aScienceEnthusiast/videos/1594778050550634

Quote of the Week: Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide. (Tom Robbins)

Next week:  Rob Sharkey, aka the Shark Farmer on Twitter (https://twitter.com/sf28430)! He also does *two* podcasts: http://thefarmerandthecitygirl.com/ and http://www.sharkfarmer.libsyn.com!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, Sarah, and Cynthia: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast!

Full tSE archives: ScienceEnthusiastPodcast.com

Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

Have feedback? Suggestions for a topic? Ideas for a new segment? Hate mail? Love letters? Contact us at podcast@aScienceEnthusiast.com!

Mar 22, 2017

The Science Enthusiast Podcast!

Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! It's not the worst, but thank you for listening (and we're sorry?)!

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Follow the podcast on Youtube at http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Sponsor: Clear knee mom jeans because it’s a real fucking thing (http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/topshop-clear-knee-mom-jeans/4619337)

(YOU can sponsor the show at patreon or by buying some merch at aScienceEnthusiast.com/store!)

God of the week: Baal: Middle-eastern storm god of war (http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/middle-eastern-mythology.php?deity=BAAL)

Interview: Yasmine Mohammed!

Yasmine is an Arab-Canadian university educator, activist, and author who had a blog called Confessions of an ExMuslim, and who has recently written a memoir entitled: From Al Qaeda to Atheism. The book details her journey from being forced into marrying an Al Qaeda operative to being an atheist.

Follow Yasmine on all the places:

http://www.confessionsofanexmuslim.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ConfessionsOfAnExMuslim

https://twitter.com/ConfessionsExMu

 

Why we love the internet: …………………………. Lemon party.

Quote of the Week: “The Earth isn’t fucking flat.” -NDT

Next week:  Kevin Davis! Kevin is the founder of Young Skeptics and the head writer of Secular Voices for Patheos. Kevin is also the author of Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers. Kevin’s activism is focused on attacking the social stigma that accompanies being openly nonreligious, as well as advocating for children against the harms that aggressive indoctrination can cause.

(http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularvoices/author/kdavis)!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, Sarah, and Cynthia: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast or patreon.com/aScienceEnthusiast! Or why not both?

Full tSE archives: ScienceEnthusiastPodcast.com

Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

Have feedback? Suggestions for a topic? Ideas for a new segment? Hate mail? Love letters? Contact us at podcast@aScienceEnthusiast.com!

This podcast is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

 

Mar 15, 2017

The Science Enthusiast Podcast!
Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! It's not the worst, but thank you for listening (and we're sorry?)!

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Follow the podcast on Youtube at http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Sponsor: iPhones and healthcare, because they’re pretty much the same thing. Right?

(You can also support the show at no cost to you by shopping here on Amazon!)

God of the week: Kalma (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalma_(goddess))!

Interview: Today we are thrilled to be joined by Lydia Finch. Lydia is a former Jehovah’s Witness, who was disfellowshipped from the faith over twenty years ago. Lydia is skeptic and activist (and a friend!), and we’ve been looking forward to having this conversation with her for some time now.

Links to click and learn more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9EdJsnqYPk

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/28/jehovahs-witnesses-did-not-protect-children-from-abuse-inquiry-finds

Follow Lydia at https://twitter.com/FinchLydia or contact her at leavingjw@gmail.com!

Why we love the internet: More internet comments. Maybe this will be a new segment? We already have a similar one planned for next week...

Quote of the Week: “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”

Isaac Asimov

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, Sarah, and Cynthia: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast or patreon.com/aScienceEnthusiast! Or why not both?

Next week: Probably our most intense interview to date with Yasmine Mohammed, who blogs as https://www.facebook.com/ConfessionsOfAnExMuslim, and is an Arab-Canadian university educator, activist, and author

Follow us on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Full tSE archives: ScienceEnthusiastPodcast.com

Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

Have feedback? Suggestions for a topic? Ideas for a new segment? Hate mail? Love letters? Contact us at podcast@aScienceEnthusiast.com!

This podcast is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

Mar 9, 2017

The Science Enthusiast Podcast! Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! It's not the worst, but thank you for listening (and we're sorry?)!

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Follow the podcast on Youtube at http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Sponsor: 

(You can also support the show at no cost to you by shopping here on Amazon!)

God of the week: Uh. The version of Jesus that got left on the cutting room floor, where he pulled a person out of his side, had sex with said person, ejaculated into his own hand, then proceeded to eat his own semen. Because that's a thing. I don't know. We're sorry? Or you're welcome? Maybe that's your thing? We're not here to judge, because only god can do that. Or something. Either way, blame friend of the show, Matthew O'Neil for this one (He was on an earlier episode: http://scienceenthusiastpodcast.com/tse-029-activist-and-author-matthew-oneil). Follow Matthew on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mwoneiI!

Interview: Hey there, people of the internet. Today we’re thrilled to be joined by the brown-haired Youtube video making chemist Myles Power (https://mylespower.co.uk)! He’s taken a break from debunking woo to join us for a conversation this afternoon.

Follow Myles on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/powerm1985 and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/powerm1985!

Relevant links:
https://mylespower.co.uk/2017/01/11/the-email-that-opened-a-can-of-worms/

https://mylespower.co.uk/2017/01/30/how-a-video-manipulated-you-into-thinking-mms-can-cure-malaria/


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Breen

Why we love the internet: Internet comments sections…

Quote of the Week: “No amount of belief makes something a fact.” (James Randi)

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, Sarah, and Cynthia: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast or patreon.com/aScienceEnthusiast! Or why not both?

Next week: We’ll bring you our interview with ex-JW and all-around awesome woman Lydia Finch (https://twitter.com/FinchLydia)!

Follow us on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Full tSE archives: ScienceEnthusiastPodcast.com

Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

This podcast is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

Have feedback? Suggestions for a topic? Ideas for a new segment? Hate mail? Love letters? Contact us at podcast@aScienceEnthusiast.com!

Mar 1, 2017

The Science Enthusiast Podcast! Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! It's not the worst, but thank you for listening (and we're sorry?)!

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Check out the live YouTube videos of the show:http://youtu.be/KUlNp86iegc & http://youtu.be/1KzTFfCQwZ

Sponsor: Tucker Carlson, for when you need a fake news pundit who will yell at Bill Nye, and has a chin that just gives up halfway and turns into a neck.

(You can also support the show at no cost to you by shopping here on Amazon!)

God of the week: St. Drogo! Patron of coffee houses, unattractive people, midwives, mute persons, and cattle. (I don’t really see much of a relationship between these things)

Interview: We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kevin Folta back to the show. Dr. Folta is a professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida, an active science communicator, and former punk rocker (seriously, listen to episode 015 of this show).

Blog article we discussed: http://kfolta.blogspot.com/2017/02/food-babe-vani-hari-attacking-public.html

Follow Folta:

Kevinfolta.com

https://twitter.com/kevinfolta

https://www.facebook.com/kmfolta

Why we love the internet: 
https://twitter.com/yahooanswerstxt/status/819233818640990209

Quote of the Week:

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one - Voltaire

(Thanks to James Williams for submitting this one!)

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, and Sarah: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast or patreon.com/aScienceEnthusiast! Or why not both?

Next week: Next week we’ll (FOR REAL THIS TIME) be back with our favorite non-ginger-haired Nerd, Myles Power, who came to the show armed with some favorite swears (and whole bunch of interesting stuff to talk about).

Follow us on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC95sEK1XjZ3SxNs_Djq0vXQ

Full tSE archives: ScienceEnthusiastPodcast.com

Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

This podcast is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

Have feedback? Suggestions for a topic? Ideas for a new segment? Hate mail? Love letters? Contact us at podcast@aScienceEnthusiast.com!

Feb 22, 2017

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Sponsor: Labia lipstick: shove it in your cunt!

God of the week: El!

Interview: Orthodox Jewish rabbis require women to show them their panties. Today in, “what the actual fuck,” we bring you this story, told by the woman to whom it happened - Katia Areyah.

Her article: I Had to Take My Dirty Panties to a Rabbi, and So Has Every Orthodox Jewish Woman

Why we love the internet: Trolley Problem Memes!

Quote of the Week: 

"Believing there is no God means the suffering I've seen in my family, and indeed all the suffering in the world, isn't caused by an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent force that isn't bothered to help or is just testing us, but rather something we all may be able to help others with in the future. No God means the possibility of less suffering in the future." -Penn Jillette

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, and Sarah: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast or patreon.com/aScienceEnthusiast! Or why not both?

Next week: Next week we’ll be back with our favorite non-ginger-haired Nerd, Myles Power, who came to the show armed with some favorite swears (and whole bunch of interesting stuff to talk about).

Next week's episode: witter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC95sEK1XjZ3SxNs_Djq0vXQ

 

Full tSE archives: ScienceEnthusiastPodcast.com

Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

This podcast is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

Have feedback? Suggestions for a topic? Ideas for a new segment? Hate mail? Love letters? Contact us at podcast@aScienceEnthusiast.com!

Feb 15, 2017

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Watch us LIVE on YouTube for parts of the podcast:https://youtu.be/cFtz_qMsE2A (with Miles) and https://youtu.be/s3v7kcfqAso (intro/GoTW/extended outtake)!

Sponsor: Fuck it.

God of the week: A god who is into mouth cum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atum)

Interview: Just to prove that men can do anything women can do, but only for 25% more pay, Dan will be flying solo as he talks to Shaugnessy Naughton, scientist, business leader, entrepreneur, and the founder of 314 Action (http://www.314action.org)!

Follow Shaughnessy on all the places:

Twitter - https://twitter.com/voteshaughnessy and 314 Action https://twitter.com/314action

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/314Action

Relevant links:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/3/8/1283223/-Crucial-purple-House-district-is-heating-up-PA-8-and-why-Shaughnessy-Naughton-D-is-rising

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-what-the-coming-attack-on-climate-science-could-look-like/2016/12/16/e015cc24-bd8c-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html?utm_term=.5f0a85dfa434

Why we love the internet: March for Science! (https://www.facebook.com/marchforscience/)

We talked to Miles Greb, organizer of the Seattle March.

Follow Miles on various platforms:

http://www.afterthegoldrush.space

twitter.com/milesgreb1

patreon.com/milesgreb

Quote of the Week:

“The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.”

(Carl Sagan)

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, and Sarah: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast or patreon.com/aScienceEnthusiast! Or why not both?

Next week's episode: We’ll be back next week with our interview with Katia Areyah, and the most times the phrase “vaginal discharge” has ever been uttered on this podcast... So far.

Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC95sEK1XjZ3SxNs_Djq0vXQ

Check out Exo-Squad Goals: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1199782529

And God Awful Movies: https://audioboom.com/channel/god-awful-movies

Full tSE archives: scienceenthusiastpodcast.com

Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

This podcast is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

Have feedback? Suggestions for a topic? Ideas for a new segment? Hate mail? Love letters? Contact us at podcast@aScienceEnthusiast.com!

Feb 8, 2017
tSE 037 - Sociologist & Science Communicator, Mathew Facciani!

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Check out the patron-only LIVE record session we did on YouTube at https://www.patreon.com/posts/patron-only-8011604!

Sponsor: Nazi punching: the secular equivalent of 'thoughts and prayers.'

God of the week: Ishtar: Mesopotamian War Goddess

Interview: Matthew Facciani!

Matthew is a sociologist, activist, and science communicator. He contributes to Patheos, which hosts his blog “According to Matthew” (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew).

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Why we love the internet: #ActualLivingScientist!

Quote of the Week: 

“We are our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.”

Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

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Feb 1, 2017
tSE 036 - Fitness writer and skeptic, James Fell!

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God of the week: LempoFinnish god of evil and demons. And moose? Meese? Meeses?

Interview: James Fell!

James is a fitness writer whose work can be found at AskMen.com, the LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, and more. Additionally, he runs the popular “James Fell: Body for Wife” website and Facebook page.

Relevant links:
http://www.scibabe.com/jamesfell_weightlossinc/

John Oliver MLM video - https://youtu.be/s6MwGeOm8iI

http://www.bodyforwife.com/the-secret-of-weight-loss-wrap-it-works-is-that-it-fucking-doesnt

http://www.bodyforwife.com/she-doesnt-owe-you-shit/

Quote of the Week: “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Jan 25, 2017
tSE 035 - Is it okay to punch a Nazi? (Spoiler: probably not)

Hosts: Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

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Topic: Nazis and their punchability relative to being a decent human being.

Quote of the Week: “Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”  (Richard Feynman)

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Jan 18, 2017
tSE 034 - Cara Santa Maria, Science Communicator, Co-Host of Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe!

tSE 034 - Cara Santa Maria, Science Communicator, Co-Host of Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe!

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God of the week: Athena: Greek goddess of wisdom, war, and artistry

Interview: This evening we are thrilled to be joined by Cara Santa Maria! Cara is a journalist, science communicator, television presenter and producer, and podcaster, hosting Talk Nerdy and SGU. (And somehow she has found time to talk to us tonight!)

Why we love the internet Thoughts about the internet: Criticism of Islam!

Because ideas aren’t people, and bad ideas deserve to be criticized and mocked. Dan read a few messages he received from ex-Muslims, and explains why if you use the term “Islamophobia” in a serious manner, we automatically assume you’re an idiot.

Referenced in the segment: this post on the page, but also this one and this one. You can read more about Xulhaz Mannan’s story, too.

Quote of the Week: “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'

-Isaac Asimov

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Jan 11, 2017
tSE 033 - Dal, the owner of @TakeThatDarwin on Twitter!

tSE 033 - Dal, the owner of @TakeThatDarwin on Twitter!

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This week's sponsor: Robert Kennedy Jr, Donald Trump's nomination for chair of the new "vaccine safety commission."

Because it's 20-fucking-17 and they're "exploring" creating an Autism committee based on a study by Andrew Wakefield, most popular for causing needless suffering and deaths of thousands of children, that has been repeatedly and thoroughly debunked years ago.

God of the week: Jesus H. Christ (The "H" is for Herbert).

Interview: Dal, aka @TakeThatDarwin on Twitter!

"If humans evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? Good work, creationists! Yeah, I bet professional biologists never thought about THAT one before!" -Dal

 

Why we love the internet: Kitten Lady! You can also check out her webpage, KittenLady.org!

Quote of the Week: Science matters, evidence is awesome, and critical thinking is an absolute necessity.  (Jenny Splitter)

Next week's episode: We’ll be back next week with an interview with Cara Santa Maria, host of the Talk Nerdy podcast, co-host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast, and about 39012873 other things!

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Jan 6, 2017
tSE 032 - James Williams and Buck Mulligan talk about... Cannibalism

tSE 032 - James Williams and Buck Mulligan talk about... Cannibalism

 

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God of the week: Dagda: Celtic Ruler-God

Interview: James Williams and Buck Mulligan!

We are thrilled to be joined by James Williams and Buck Mulligan. Because who doesn’t want to start their day by discussing cannibalism with two dudes from across The Pond?

You can follow Buck on Twitter as @ThatBuckGuy and contact James at Jim42dot@gmail.com!

Quote of the Week: Emotional intelligence is just as crucial as scientific objectivity in the struggle to understand the past. (Timothy Taylor)

Next week's episode: We’ll be back next week with an interview with Dal, who runs the amazing @TakeThatDarwin Twitter!

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Dec 28, 2016
tSE 031 - Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, Founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement

tSE 031 - Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, Founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement

 

 

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God of the week: Aphrodite

Interview: Faisal Saeed Al Mutar!

This evening we are thrilled to be joined by Faisal Saeed Al Mutar. Faisal is an Iraqi born writer, satirist, computer geek and a Human rights activist. He is an advocate for secularism, human rights, and the free market of ideas. Faisal is the founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement and Secular Post. You can find Faisal on Facebook and also on Twitter as @faisalalmutar!

Faisal also announced his coming book, War After War: Middle Eastern Answers to Middle Eastern Problems. We'll have Faisal back on the show to talk more about it when it comes out.

Why we love the internet: Things that are not aesthetic. Spoiler alert: it's a lot of toenails.

Quote of the Week: The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks. (Christopher Hitchens)

Next week's episode: Discussion about people eating people.

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Dec 21, 2016
tSE 030 - Dentist and Skeptic, Shaun Sellars!

tSE 030 - Dentist and Skeptic, Shaun Sellars!

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Interview: Shaun Sellars!

This afternoon, we are thrilled to be joined by dentist, skeptic, and resident bearded hipster from The Last Tuesday Project, Shaun Sellars.

Follow Shaun on Twitter as @TheWholeT00th and check out The Last Tuesday Project!

Why we love the internet: Shitpostbot 5000

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Quote of the Week: “You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.” Carl Sagan (I know that this is likely a repeat quote, but the anniversary of his death was 12/20 - day of recording this, so he was on my mind.)

Next week's guest: James Williams and Buck Mulligan join Natalie for a discussion about cannibalism. (Sorry?)

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Dec 14, 2016

tSE 029 - Activist and Author, Matthew O'Neil!

 

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Interview: Matthew O'Neil!

Today we are thrilled to be joined by Matthew O’Neil. Matthew is activist, theologian, and teacher. He is the author of several books, including After Life: Solving Science and Religion's Great Disagreement.

Follow Matthew on Twitter as @mwoneiI and check out his Facebook fan page, too!

Why we love the internet:

Quote of the Week: “A belief in an idea doesn’t make it a real thing.” (Matthew O’Neil)

Next week's guest: Dr. Shaun Sellars!

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Dec 7, 2016

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God of the week: Set: Egyptian God of Chaos

Interview: Chris Kluwe!

Tonight we are thrilled to be joined by Chris Kluwe. Chris is the author of Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies and Prime, a former NFL punter, an activist, and a seemingly huge fan of World of Warcraft.

Follow Chris on Twitter as @ChrisWarcraft!

References: You won't turn into a lustful cockmonster, Processing Trump, Marijuana should be legalized

Why we love the internet: "Florida Man" strikes again!

Quote of the Week: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” (MLK Jr.)

Next week's guest: Matthew O'Neil, author of After Life: Solving Science and Religion's Great Disagreement!

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Nov 30, 2016

tSE 027 - Former Naturopath Britt Hermes!

 

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God of the week: Plutus: Greek god of wealth

Interview: Britt Hermes!

Britt is a former naturopathic doctor who now works tirelessly to raise awareness of the dangers of naturopathic medicine. Britt is a Master’s of Science student in Medical Life Sciences at the University of Kiel, writer at Naturopathic Diaries, contributor to Forbes, Science Based Medicine, and Science 2.0.

Links to things referenced in the interview: Bastyr University (and also this), CNME, Joe Pizzorno, Maple syrup won't cure meningitis

Why we love the internet: Endless Screaming (@infinite_scream) on Twitter. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Quote of the Week: Patients deserve to know the dangers associated with getting medical care from under-trained practitioners steeped in pseudoscience. Lawmakers need to know that “ND” does not convey medical competency. Rather, it indicates that a person using that title is unequivocally “Not a Doctor.” (Britt Hermes)

Next week's guest: Chris Kluwe!

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Nov 23, 2016

tSE 026 - Skeptic & YouTuber, C0nc0rdance!

 

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God of the week: Ra!

Interview: C0nc0rdance! Tonight we are thrilled to be joined by Concordance, the brains and voice behind his self-titled YouTube channel. Thanks to the power of social media (and a certain league of nerds), Concordance has found his way onto this podcast.

(Concordance: arriving at the same conclusion by multiple lines of inquiry.)

Follow him on YouTube or check him out on Twitter as @c0nc0rdance!

Quote of the Week: “Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” - Douglas Adams

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Nov 16, 2016

tSE 025 - Paleontologist Trevor Valle! 

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Interview: Trevor Valle! Trevor is a field paleontologist, tv host, and all-around science badass. And for some reason he’s decided to come talk to us.

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Quote of the Week: It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong. (Richard Feynman)

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Nov 9, 2016

tSE 024 - Film Review of Consumed

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This week we did something a little different and broke down the "movie" or "film" or "noun" called Consumed. Spoiler alert: It is indeed the worst.

Special thanks to Amy Porterfield Levy for helping us dissect this thing. Follow Amy on Twitter as @AmysTruth!

Sources referenced during the review:
The flu is deadly.
Monsanto doesn't sue farmers
Indian farmer suicide myth

Quote of the Week: "Almost certainly the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind." (Norman Borlaug)

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Nov 2, 2016

tSE 023 - Herb Silverman, Founder of Secular Coalition for America  

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Guest: Herb Silverman!

Herb Silverman is founder and president emeritus of the Secular Coalition for America; founder of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in Charleston, South Carolina; and founder and former faculty advisor to the College of Charleston student Atheist/Humanist Alliance. He is a board member of the American Humanist Association; advisory board member of the Secular Student Alliance; an "On Faith" blogger for the Washington Post online. Herb's website is HerbSilverman.com.

Be sure to check out Herb Silverman's new autobiography: Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt!

Quote of the Week: “Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”― Carl Sagan

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Oct 26, 2016

tSE 022 - Pittsburgh Atheist & The Return of Andrew Seidel!

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God of the week: Chernobog

Interview Part 1: Friend of the show, Andrew Seidel! Andrew is an attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation and is quickly becoming a regular guest on the show. We talked to him about the shirt the Westboro Baptist Church loved, the entirely non-0ffensive Nebraska Atheists billboard that was taken down, and about our next guest, Jeff Prebeg.

Follow Andrew on Twitter as @AndrewLSeidel!

Interview Part 2: Jeff Prebeg, aka Pittsburgh Atheist! Jeff recently had a run-in of sorts regarding an atheist slogan on his license plate. Follow Jeff on Twitter as @PittAtheist!

Why we love the internet: The Pope on Twitter. In bed.

Quote of the Week: “Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely soley upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.” (Christopher Hitchens)

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Oct 12, 2016

tSE 021 - Lawrence Krauss, Theoretical Physicist & Author

 

 

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God of the week: Odin! Because I don't see any frost giants running around.

Interview: Lawrence Krauss!

Dr. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist, who currently works as a Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, and Inaugural Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He is the author of numerous papers and ten popular books, including A Universe from Nothing. We were privileged to be joined by Dr. Krauss back in August, when we discussed the intersection of religion, science, and politics.

Referenced during the interview: Trump's anti-science campaign, Reason Rally video, and Teaching Kids Creative Thinking.

Follow Dr. Krauss on Twitter as @LKrauss1! Also, check out his book: A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing.

Why we love the internet: @Cool_as_heck on Twitter! Specifically, this Seinfeld/Smashmouth mashup!

Quote of the Week: “Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today." - Lawrence Krauss

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Oct 5, 2016

tSE 020 - Michael Marshall, Project Director at The Good Thinking Society

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Sponsor: Homeopathy, because who wants real medicine?

God of the week: Hephaestus

Interview: Michael Marshall! Marsh is the project director at the Good Thinking Society, one of the organizers of QED, co-host of Skeptics with a K podcast, and the host of the Be Reasonable podcast, which are published by The Merseyside Skeptics Society. Follow Marsh on Twitter as @MrMMarsh!

Why we love the internet: Kid Jokes on Twitter

Quote of the Week: “Curiosity, especially intellectual inquisitiveness, is what separates the truly alive from those who are merely going through the motions.” - Tom Robbins

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Sep 28, 2016

tSE 019 - Dr. Amy Tuteur of The Skeptical OB

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God of the week: Brigid!

Interview: Dr. Amy Tuteur of Skeptical OB!
Tonight we are delighted to be joined by Dr. Amy Tuteur. Dr. Tuteur writes about pseudoscience and parenting at The Skeptical OB and has recently written the book Push Back: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting.

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Why we love the internet: Internet comment threads.

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Sep 22, 2016

tSE 018 - Buck Mulligan, host of 'Things That I Find Interesting'

 

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Interview: Buck Mulligan! According to his Twitter profile, Buck Mulligan is a professional adventurer in the making, and the host of the podcast Things That I Find Interesting. Because we find Buck interesting, we’re thrilled to have him join us this afternoon (well, evening for him). We’re going to a Buck-style episode today, as each of us has chosen a topic that we find interesting.

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Sep 14, 2016
tSE 017 - David G. McAfee - Author, Journalist, Skeptic

tSE 017 - David G. McAfee - Author, Journalist, Skeptic

Episode 017 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

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Sponsor: Alex Jones, America's hero for addressing the gay frog epidemic

God of the week: Lono

Interview: David G. McAfee!

David is an author, journalist, and religious studies graduate. He has written five books, including The Book of Gods and Mom, Dad - I’m An Atheist. We talked to David about his journey into skepticism/atheism as well as about his upcoming book, No Sacred Cows, which will be available in March 2017.

You can follow David on Facebook, on Twitter as @DavidGMcAfee, or visit his website, DavidGMcAfee.com.

Why we love the internet: Alex Jones' weird rant

Quote of the Week: "The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day." -Albert Einstein

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Sep 7, 2016
tSE 016 - Andrew Seidel, Attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation

tSE 016 - Andrew Seidel, Attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation

 

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Sponsor: Mother Teresa! For when you want to make a sadist a saint.

God of the week: Freya

Interview: Andrew Seidel! Andrew is a constitutional and civil rights attorney, activist, atheist, author, former Grand Canyon tour guide, and sometimes photographer. At the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Andrew works to ensure that the government obeys the First Amendment and that Jefferson’s “Wall of Separation” between state and church remains tall and impregnable. Read Andrew's article about RFRA, follow Andrew on Twitter as @AndrewLSeidel, and support the Freedom From Religion Foundation!

Why we love the internet: Bad Realty Photos! Specifically: this, this, this, this, this, and this.

Quote of the Week: "Life is too good to waste on bad ideas." -Andrew Seidel

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Aug 31, 2016
tSE 015 - Kevin Folta, Chairman of Horticultural Sciences at University of Florida

tSE 015 - Kevin Folta, Chairman of Horticultural Sciences at University of Florida

Episode 015 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

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Disclaimer: You know.

Sponsor: "Science always wins." - Kevin Folta

God of the week: Anubis

Interview: Kevin Folta!

Dr. Folta is a professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida, and is also an active science communicator. (Someone in the group called him a “modern day science hero”)

Check out Kevin's punk band from high school, too.

Follow Kevin! Illumination: Kevin Folta’s Blog & Kevin Folta on Twitter

Thanks to Jayson Merkley of VeganGMO for joining us on the interview, too!

Why we love the internet: Last Tuesday Project & Things That I Find Interesting

Quote of the Week: “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.” - Stephen Hawking

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Aug 24, 2016
tSE 014 - David Silverman, President of American Atheists

tSE Podcast 014 - David Silverman, President of American Atheists 

 

Episode 014 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

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Disclaimer: Potty mouthing is better than a history of misogyny and genocide.

Sponsor: The second coming of Jesus! Wait for it...

God of the week: Hermes - Greek Messenger God (also, merchants and commerce, athletics, travel, public speaking)

Interview: David Silverman!

David is the president of American Atheists and is one of the best-known atheists in America. He has appeared on a several TV programs for on-air debates, has served on the executive committee of the Reason Rally, and has written the book Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World.

Quote of the Week: We as atheists do no good for ourselves or for others by hiding in the closet. - David Silverman

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Aug 17, 2016
tSE 013 - Alice Cichon, Co-Founder of SecularAction.org

tSE Podcast 013 - Alice Cichon, Co-Founder of SecularAction.org 

Episode 013 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

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Disclaimer: Cupping is bullshit.

Sponsor: Educatin' with Satan - After School Satan

God of the week: Huitaca - “The South American Pleasure Goddess”

Interview: Alice Cichon! Alice is the Business Development Manager of Secular Action.org-- a resource website that provides people with ways to get involved in the secular movement. She is an active member and assistant organizer with NYC Skeptics, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes critical thinking and science education, and a volunteer & donor to Secular Coalition for America. And next year she will be coming out with a line of action figures of popular science communicators and donating the profits to organizations that are dedicated to fighting pseudoscience. You can find out more about Alice's organization at SecularAction.org!

Why we love the Internet: Harambe memes. #dicksoutforharambe

Quote of the Week: Science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe in science, then you’re holding everybody back. And it’s fine if you as an adult want to run around pretending or claiming that you don’t believe in evolution, but if we educate a generation of people who don’t believe in science, that’s a recipe for disaster. We talk about the Internet. That comes from science. Weather forecasting. That comes from science. The main idea in all of biology is evolution. To not teach it to our young people is wrong. - Bill Nye

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Aug 10, 2016

tSE 012 - Vance Crowe, Director of Monsanto Millennial Engagement

 

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Disclaimer: Your child deserves body autonomy.

Sponsor: Jeffrey Smith from the "Institute for Responsible Technology. One of the most wildly misleading titles for an organization in the history of history.

God of the week: None, just like real life.

Interview: Vance Crowe! Vance is the Director of Millennial Engagement at Monsanto in Saint Louis, Missouri. In the past, Vance has worked at the World Bank and NPR affiliate. Vance holds an undergraduate degree in communications from Marquette University and a Master's Degree in Cross-Cultural Negotiations from the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy. If you enjoyed our interview with Vance, let him know and follow him on Twitter as @VanceCrowe!

Why we love the Internet: Nicolas Cage's Face on Things Specifically: this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this.

Quote of the Week: The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. -Albert Einstein

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Aug 3, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 011 - Jayson Merkley of Vegan GMO

Hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

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Disclaimer: Does Trump even know where the Ukraine is?

Sponsor: Jill Stein thinks wifi is dangerous and panders to conspiracy theorists.

God of the week: Inara: The Middle-Eastern Protection Goddess - Protector of Wild Animals

Interview: Jayson Merkley! Jayson is the Director of Vegan GMO, an organization that advocates for a rational approach toward biotechnology as tool to reduce suffering and improve quality of life for humans and animals. He’s a 2015 Global Leadership Fellow in the Cornell Alliance for Science and also a contributor to the international MAMyths movement. Jayson holds a master’s degree in business administration from Idaho State where he majored in philosophy as an undergrad. He currently resides in Salem, Oregon where he’s a full-time volunteer advocate for science as a social justice issue. If you enjoyed our interview with Jayson (and we know you did), be sure to follow Vegan GMO on Facebook and Twitter, and Jayson on Twitter at @maysonjerkley.

Why we love the Internet: Matt Romey 2016! #MakeBearsIceColdAgain

Quote of the Week: Without food, man can live at most but a few weeks; without it, all other components of social justice are meaningless. -Norman Borlaug

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Jul 27, 2016
tSE 010 - Fiona O'Leary, 'Vaxxed', and Autism Advocacy

Science Enthusiast Podcast 010 - Fiona O'Leary, 'Vaxxed', and Autism Advocacy

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Hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

Disclaimer: We made it to ten episodes. Thank you!

Sponsor: David Wolfe's commercial for a "portable essential oil diffuser" looks less like aromatherapy and more like a crack pipe. (It's also tacitly encouraging kids to vape, as the manufacturer says there is no age limit on their product. Good job, David)

God of the week: Morpheus! The dude who is responsible for those "went to work naked" dreams. Or maybe you go to work naked anyway. We're not here to judge.

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Topic: The makers of 'Vaxxed' have sent a threatening letter to Fiona O'Leary of Autsitic Rights Together (ART). ART is an Autism advocacy organization, empowering those with autism and helping curb the negative stigma associated with Autism. As an individual with Autism herself, Wakefield and others from 'Vaxxed' have continuously targeted Fiona to try to harass her into silence. Most recently, they sent her a letter threatening litigation if she so much as mentioned Wakefield's or the movie's name. We talked to Fiona about her personal experiences with Autism, her organization, her background with Wakefield, the threat, and Autism in general.

Article referenced during the interview: The murder of Alex Spourdalakis

You can follow Fiona on Twitter, follow Fiona on Facebook, follow ART on Facebook, and ART's website.

Why we love the Internet: Texts From Your Existentialist! Examples: here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Quote of the Week: The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense! - Prof. Brian Cox

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Jul 25, 2016

A friend, Fiona, has been attacked by the creators and distributors of Vaxxed: From Cover up to Catastrophe. 

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Support Fiona by re-tweeting her (https://twitter.com/fionapettit71/status/756289704392265729) or tweeting this article to Andrew Wakefield, Del Bigtree, and Polly Tomley (http://ctt.ec/7H9MJ).

Keep talking about the movie. Tag the makers in posts. Do not let this go away.

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Jul 21, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 009 - Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, Part II

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Hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):  

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Sponsor: Dragons. Because they're really real.

God of the week: Maui! Because who doesn't like a "trickster" god who dies by getting crushed by a vagina?

Topic: Ken Ham's Ark Encounter in rural Kentucky. The nearly $100 million theme park based around rape and incest is receiving about $18 million in taxpayer money. We're a bit upset about this situation. Dan went to the Ark though, so you don't have to! He's ready to tell you all about it. We're going to need more beer to get through this. You can see pictures on the blog post.

Why we love the Internet: r/HybridAnimals! In particular: this one, this one, this one, and this one.

Quote of the Week: “You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.” - Carl Sagan, Contact

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Jul 13, 2016
tSE 008 - A Tour of Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, Part I

Science Enthusiast Podcast 008 -
A Tour of Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, Part I

Episode 008 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

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Disclaimer: Have you caught all the Pokemon? 

Sponsor: The Ark Encounter.

God of the week: Noah. Not really a god, but close enough?

Topic: Ken Ham's Ark Encounter in rural Kentucky. The nearly $100 million theme park based around rape and incest is receiving about $18 million in taxpayer money. We're a bit upset about this situation. Dan went to the Ark though, so you don't have to! He's ready to tell you all about it.

You can see pictures on the blog post.

Quote of the Week: To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas - even if they are sincerely held beliefs - is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed. - Rowan Atkinson

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Jul 6, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 007 - Dr. John Snyder Discusses Complimentary & Alternative Medicine

Episode 007 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

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Disclaimer: You may not need to go to school in Texas if the rapture is coming.

Sponsor: Mercola basically gave people cancer while saying he was preventing it

God of the week: Osiris (Egyptian god of the Underworld). Cliff's notes version: The dude has a golden penis.

Guest: Dr. John Snyder! Dr. Snyder is a pediatrician in Massachusetts, where the Naturopathic Practice Act was just passed. Dr. Snyder is passionate about speaking out against 'Complimentary Alternative Medicine' (or CAM), where patients "double-dip" by seeing both a legitimate medical doctor and a Naturopath/Homeopath/etc. A local example for Dr. Snyder is North Hampton Wellness. This not only wastes time, but also can result in unnecessary (and often expensive) tests. We talked to Dr. Snyder about this issue and how to address it. You can follow Dr. Snyder on Twitter at @SciPeds, and also read his writing at Science Based Medicine.

Why we love the Internet: da share z0ne! In particular: This, this, this, this, and this.

Quote of the Week: It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it. (Carl Sagan)

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Jun 29, 2016
tSE 006 - Eli Bosnick Talks Atheism Activism

Episode 006 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

Disclaimer: Has Anyone Really Been Far Even as Decided to Use Even Go Want to do Look More Like?

Sponsor: A moment of silence for the victims of background checks for firearms.

God of the week: Bacchus, the Roman god of agriculture and wine, because why not?

Guest: Eli Bosnick! Eli is a co-host on The Scathing Atheist, God Awful Movies, and The Skepticrat. You can follow Eli on Twitter as @EliBosnick, follow Eli on on Facebook, and also support his podcasts by donating to their Patreon for God Awful Movies and Patreon for Scathing Atheist!

Topics referred to during the discussion: The Miracle of the Sun, Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for the Religious World (David Silverman), The Moral Landscape (Sam Harris), Neil Degrasse Tyson, & NOMA

Why we love the Internet: Dogspotting FB Page

Quote of the week: "Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed. Faith is the denial of that observation so that belief can be preserved." - Tim Minchin

Jun 22, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 005: Grant Ritchey & Dental Woo

Hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

God of the week: Sheela Na Gigs, AKA "the old hag of the breasts"

Guest: Dentist Grant Ritchey! We discuss some BS about root canals thanks to Joseph Mercola, what makes for effective science communication, and asked him why dentists always try to talk to us when they have their hands in our mouths.
You can follow Dr. Ritchey on Twitter as @SkepticalDDS, read his articles on Science Based Medicine, and listen to his podcast (with friend of the show Clay Jones), Prism Podcast

Why we love the Internet: Joan Cornella on Facebook! Particularly: this post, this post, and this post.

Quote of the week: "The very concept of alternative medicine exists to create a double standard where the rules of science and evidence are stood on their head specifically to manufacture the result that is desired by cranks, charlatans, snake oil salesmen, and self-proclaimed gurus. There is no alternative medicine. There is just medicine. Either it works or it doesn’t." - Steven Novella

Jun 10, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 004: Psychologist Stuart Vyse & Irrational Behavior

Full notes on the site: ascienceenthusiast.com/ep004

Episode 004 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting), Devin Scott (Skepticism By The Pint), and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)! 

Intro: Mike Adams' bio is great. It's just the best ever. It's perfect. It's such a great bio, let me tell you all about it. This bio will go down as one of the greatest bios in the history of mankind.

God of the week: Hypnos, the mythological god of sleep. I mean uh, it totally happened and is real. Not a myth.

Guest: Psychologist Stuart Vyse! He is the author of Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition. He is also author of Going Broke: Why American’s Can’t Hold on to Their Money. He is an expert on irrational behavior, frequently quoted in the press and has made appearances on CNN International, the PBS NewsHour, and NPR’s Science Friday. You can check out more from Stuart on his website, follow him on Twitter at @StuartVyse, or follow his column on Skeptical Inquirer.

Links/articles relevant to the discussion: Bad Is Stronger Than Good by Roy Baumeister (link to PDF is found in this article) We also asked questions sourced from our discussion group: The Science Enthusiasts!

Why we love the Internet: Christians For Michele Bachman!

Quote of the week: "Even when I have no power over important events in my life, I gain a feeling of control from understanding them. And I, too, have a sense of wonder. For me, discovering the workings of nature is a vibrant, satisfying experience that is both intellectual and emotional. To recognize the astronomical relationship between the Sun and the Earth, or to understand the optical phenomena that create its rosy light, does not strip the sunset of its beauty." - Stuart Vyse

Jun 1, 2016
tSE 003 - Biology Babe Discusses Cancer Woo

Science Enthusiast Podcast 003: Biology Babe discusses cancer woo

Full notes:http://ascienceenthusiast.com/ep003/

A rant: Harambe killed after 4 year old falls into enclosure

Guest: Lauren from Biology Babe! Lauren is a cancer researcher, so we talked about immunology and cancer woo with her! Lauren has written for our site, too!

Links/articles relevant to the discussion:

The Three Es of Cancer Immunoediting
Targeting Cancer with Genetically Engineered
Poliovirus
American Cancer Society: Immunotherapy
Mercola settles for $5.3 million for lying about reducing cancer risk (while actually increasing the risk)

We also asked her questions sourced from our discussion group: The Science Enthusiasts!

You can find Lauren on Facebook, on Twitter as @BiolBabe, or on Instagram as @BiolBabe, or on Snapchat as @BiolBabe. Because: #socialmedia

God of the week: Themis! To the ancient Greeks she was originally the organizer of the "communal affairs of humans, particularly assemblies". Let's give Themis all our #thoughtsandprayers this week.

Why we love the Internet: Garlic Bread Memes! Particularly, their exposure of banana bread being an Illuminati conspiracy.

Quote of the week: Sea salt. It's the same fucking thing as regular salt. -Biology Babe

May 28, 2016

Episode 002 with hosts Natalie Newell (Science Moms) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Guest: Dr. Clay Jones!
He is a pediatrician at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts. He also writes for Science Based Medicine and has his own podcast, The Prism Podcast, which he does along with Dr. Grant Ritchey (who also has written for SBM).

Articles mentioned during the interview:
Naturopaths Push to Go Mainstream
Fact-checking Naturopathic Talking Points at DCFLI
A Question off the Naturopathic Licensing Exam
Petition: Naturopaths are not doctors

God of the week: Huitzilopochtli ... Which somehow turned into a discussion about how fucking awful Christopher Columbus actually was

Why we love the Internet: Crap Taxidermy! Particularly, BDSM rats.

May 19, 2016

In our first episode, Devin Scott (Skepticism by the Pint), Natalie Newell (Science Moms), and myself discuss a variety of topics:

Intros/backgrounds

March Against Monsanto

Proposition 37

March Against Myths

Glyphosate Is Not a Cancer Risk

2016 NECSS recap:


Why we love the Internet: ATC Memes

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