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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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Nov 30, 2016

tSE 027 - Former Naturopath Britt Hermes!

 

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

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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!

When you're done listening to us, check out the Last Tuesday Project podcast!

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Nov 23, 2016

tSE 026 - Skeptic & YouTuber, C0nc0rdance!

 

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

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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

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

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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.

Follow Trevor on Twitter as @tattoosandbones!

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

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

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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)

Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast! 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 was recorded using Zencastr, a free podcasting tool that is absolutely fantastic!

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

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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

Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast! 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 was recorded using Zencastr, a free podcasting tool that is absolutely fantastic!

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

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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)

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

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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 was recorded using Zencastr, a free podcasting tool that is absolutely fantastic!

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

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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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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 was recorded using Zencastr, a free podcasting tool that is absolutely fantastic!

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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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Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast! 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 was recorded using Zencastr, a free podcasting tool that is absolutely fantastic!

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

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Sep 28, 2016

tSE 019 - Dr. Amy Tuteur of The Skeptical OB

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Sponsor: CHINA

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.

Follow Amy on Facebook as The Skeptical OB, her website (SkepticalOB.com), or on Twitter as @ATuteur!

Why we love the internet: Internet comment threads.

Quote of the Week:

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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 was recorded using Zencastr, a free podcasting tool that is absolutely fantastic!

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

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Sep 22, 2016

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

 

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

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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.

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

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