Changes afoot for The Skeptic Canary Show!

skeptic canary show logoAfter 20 episodes on Blog Talk Radio, the Skeptic Canary Show is moving to Google Hangouts! This will give us much better audio quality, and of course, video. The shows will still go out live every Wednesday at 7pm UK time, and we still plan on having a different guest every week to talk about issues in skepticism. However, as we’re quite new to the technology, tomorrow’s show will feature myself and David James. Of course, if anyone else would like to join in they will be very welcome!

If you listen to the show on iTunes, we are looking to move the hosting of previous episodes soon. We will be able to embed the live show on this site, so keep an eye on it tomorrow at 7. Hope to see you there!

Skeptic Canary Show Roundup

Well, our new venture “The Skeptic Canary Show” has got off to a flying start (if I do say so myself!) with seven live episodes in the bag, over 4000 downloads and many more shows planned! The show features myself and my co-hosts David James and Paul Hopwood talking to a guest to discuss issues relating to skepticism. In this post, I’ll give a brief synopsis of the shows that have been broadcast since the QED episode.

For our fourth episode we were joined by Ben King from the Grime and Reason blog to discuss skepticism and politics. You can listen back to the show here. However, I will say that myself and David were experiencing technical difficulties during this episode, so we will definitely be inviting Ben back in future!

In episode 5, David took over hosting duties to interview Geoff Whelan from the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society to talk about the case of James McCormack, who was recently imprisoned for selling bomb detectors that had no chance whatsover of working. You can catch up with that show here.

Episode 6 went off the beaten track of skepticism a little, as we were joined by Paula Kirby to cast a skeptical eye over the history of the GDR (commonly known as East Germany), where Paula lived for a couple of years in the late 1980’s. I really recommend this episode for anyone who has any interest in modern history, as some of Paula’s revelations, especially those concerning the Stasi, were very intriguing! We could have talked for a lot longer too, so we will endeavor to invite Paula back for a future episode. You can listen what has been our most popular show so far here.

For our seventh episode we were joined by Gavin Schofield of the Greater Manchester Skeptics and Just Skeptics podcast. I’d recently been on my stag night, so in honour of my best man and 9-11 conspiracy theorist brother (Hi Ed!) we had a discussion on conspiracy theories, ranging from 9-11 truthers to the moon landing hoax, all the way to the theory that Hitler currently resides in a base in Antartica. Be warned though, we do talk about the very real conpiracy of the attempted police cover up after the Hillsborough disaster. However, we also talk about the personal conspiracy theories of the owners of Amy’s Baking Company! You can listen back to the conspiracy laden show here.

So, our next show will feature evolutionary psychology graduate Kat Ford, who will be joining us to talk about the modern face of physiognomy (a word as hard to pronounce as it is to spell!). Kat recently presented her findings to great acclaim of the audience at the latest Ignite Liverpool, and she will be speaking at skeptic groups throughout the UK. It promises to be a fascinating discussion, so join us on Wednesday ay 22nd at 7pm. Listen live here!

 

QEDcon episode of The Skeptic Canary Show now available

Well, what can I say about QED? As expected, it was absolutely superb. The talks were varied and fascinating, the panels were engaging and at times unintentionally hilarious, and it was wonderful to meet up with so many great members of the skeptic community (apologies if I didn’t get the chance to talk to you, there were just so many people there)! Huge thanks to the organisers and everyone involved.

In the latest episode of The Skeptic Canary Show, myself and fellow QEDcon attendee David James discussed the event with Paul Hopwood, who sadly for him didn’t get a ticket in time (hopefully next year Paul!). Keir Liddle from the Edinburgh Skeptics was kind enough to call in, as was Rob McDermott who made history by being the first person to swear on the show! Don’t worry though, the recorded version has some hasty censorship applied. Go and have a listen at the link below.

The Skeptic Canary Show Episode 3 – QEDcon

Incidentally, I couldn’t resist posting this pic of myself at Richard Dawkin’s table at dinner. Cheers to Richard Cooper for taking it!