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16 Jan 2019

The Reality Check

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Canada's weekly podcast that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities using science and critical thinking.

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    TRC #529: The Neuroscience Of Addiction with Dr. Kim Hellemans

    Happy 2019, Checkers! The crew will be back with regular shows soon. In the meantime, we bring you a fascinating interview with Dr. Kim Hellemans about the neuroscience of addiction.  Kim is an award-winning neuroscientist and the chair of the department of neuroscience at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is also a co-host of Minding The Brain podcast. Enjoy!


  • Posted on 06 Jan 2019

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    TRC #528: The Science Of Reindeer

    Happy holidays, Checkers.  The RC crew is off but Adam couldn’t stay away from the mic.  He belongs in the air! We bring you a holiday segment all about reindeer.  Is the Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer TV special problematic? Just how shiny would that nose have to be to guide a sleigh?  Are Santa’s reindeer female?


  • Posted on 22 Dec 2018

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    TRC #527: Baby It’s Cold Outside

    The RC crew is off for the festive season but controversy around the 1940’s song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is swirling. We revisit a segment from Darren breaking down the song’s lyrical content with Dr. Stuart Robbins as a guest panelist. We also bring you parodies Pat and Cristina did on previous Xmas shows including a second song making the news due to an inappropriate lyric. Enjoy!


  • Posted on 08 Dec 2018

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    TRC #526: Effective Donating + Dr. Stuart Robbins Vmail + How Does Citizenship Work If You’re Born In The Air Or At Sea?

    What’s up, Checkers? This week’s show was recorded on “Giving Tuesday” so Darren brings us an update on effective giving and how to make informed decisions about the charities you support. Dr. Stuart Robbins ‘phones-in’ with a follow-up on flat earther arguments and the late heavy bombardment. Adam rounds out the show with a follow-up to his recent segment on U.S. citizenship, after a listener asks, what happens if you’re born in the air or at sea?


  • Posted on 02 Dec 2018

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    TRC #525: Turkey Cooking Temps + Skepticism & The Tourism Industry With András Pinter + Name That: Europe Edition

    This week, Cristina revisits a topic covered on last week’s show by guest Dr. Stuart Farrimond after a couple of food inspectors, who also happen to be Checkers, write in about food safety guidelines. András Pinter, host of the European Skeptics Podcast, joins the panel for an interesting discussion about the tourism industry and how a tour guide can strike the right balance between skepticism and entertainment. Finally, Producer Pat challenges our European knowledge with everyone’s favourite mostly guessing game, Name That.


  • Posted on 24 Nov 2018

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