The Reality CheckAuthor: Entertainment One (eOne)
19 May 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 #547: What Is A SIN? + Global Population Growth + Sonic Doll Made Of Human Skeleton?

    This week Pat looks at the Social Insurance Number, what it is and who can ask for it. Darren ponders how many humans there are now, how many there were and how many there will be. Adam checks out rumours that someone made a life sized doll of a Sonic the Hedgehog character, Sally Acorn, built around a human skeleton.


  • Posted on 18 May 2019

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    TRC #546: Aura Readings + Stand-up Comedy NDAs + Who’s Tracking Your Browsing History?

    This week, Cristina is fired up about an article she saw in a recent fitness magazine glorifying aura readings and aura photography. Darren asks, “What’s the deal with stand-up comedy NDAs?” after a comedy club posts a notice ahead of Louis CK’s set. Finally, Adam scrutinizes how well websites track your browsing history.


  • Posted on 11 May 2019

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    TRC #545: What Gaslighting Is & Isn’t + So-Called Facts + Loch Ness Monster Effect

    With the term ‘gaslighting’ popping up everywhere (again), Adam looks into the origins of the term, what is and isn’t considered gaslighting, and whether the cries that Trump is ‘gaslighting America’ fit the context. Cristina brings some needed levity after discovering an AskReddit thread listing people’s most highly believable facts that turned out to be B.S. Finally, Darren explores how the idea of the Loch Ness Monster may have manifested in our collective consciousness.


  • Posted on 04 May 2019

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    TRC #544: Notre Dame & Ubisoft + Planetary Pictures with Stuart Robbins + Nature Doc Suffering

    Adam is off this week but ‘5th Beatle’ Dr. Stuart Robbins joins the rest of the crew LIVE at TRC studios! First, Pat looks into headlines that a video game called Assassin’s Creed Unity could be used to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral. Stuart schools us on a topic that has been consuming his life for the last 18 months: planetary cartography. Lastly, Darren discusses controversial scenes depicting animal suffering in the new nature documentary ‘Our Planet’.


  • Posted on 26 Apr 2019

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    TRC #543: The Dr. Katie Bouman Narrative + Another Segment About Cats + Measles Parties

    Happy Pagan Spring Weekend! Darren kicks off the show by looking at recent media coverage around Dr. Katie Bouman and how she ‘accidentally’ became the face of the Black Hole project. Adam brings us another fur-midable look at cats and asks how many lives do cats really have? Finally, Cristina has to remind us why ‘measles parties’ are a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea.


  • Posted on 19 Apr 2019

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