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

 

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