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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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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

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 website that is absolutely fantastic! 

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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

 

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

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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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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 website that is absolutely fantastic. 

Have feedback? Suggestions for a topic? Reach us at podcast@ascienceenthusiast.com!

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

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 website that is absolutely fantastic. 

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

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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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Episode 012 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

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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

Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast! Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

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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

Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast! Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

 

Jul 25, 2016

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

Read the full post: http://ascienceenthusiast.com/vaxxed-makers-threaten-lawsuit-for-valid-criticism

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):  

Disclaimer: #RNCinCLE

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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