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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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Feb 15, 2017

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

Watch us LIVE on YouTube for parts of the podcast:https://youtu.be/cFtz_qMsE2A (with Miles) and https://youtu.be/s3v7kcfqAso (intro/GoTW/extended outtake)!

Sponsor: Fuck it.

God of the week: A god who is into mouth cum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atum)

Interview: Just to prove that men can do anything women can do, but only for 25% more pay, Dan will be flying solo as he talks to Shaugnessy Naughton, scientist, business leader, entrepreneur, and the founder of 314 Action (http://www.314action.org)!

Follow Shaughnessy on all the places:

Twitter - https://twitter.com/voteshaughnessy and 314 Action https://twitter.com/314action

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/314Action

Relevant links:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/3/8/1283223/-Crucial-purple-House-district-is-heating-up-PA-8-and-why-Shaughnessy-Naughton-D-is-rising

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-what-the-coming-attack-on-climate-science-could-look-like/2016/12/16/e015cc24-bd8c-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html?utm_term=.5f0a85dfa434

Why we love the internet: March for Science! (https://www.facebook.com/marchforscience/)

We talked to Miles Greb, organizer of the Seattle March.

Follow Miles on various platforms:

http://www.afterthegoldrush.space

twitter.com/milesgreb1

patreon.com/milesgreb

Quote of the Week:

“The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.”

(Carl Sagan)

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Next week's episode: We’ll be back next week with our interview with Katia Areyah, and the most times the phrase “vaginal discharge” has ever been uttered on this podcast... So far.

Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

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Full tSE archives: scienceenthusiastpodcast.com

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 is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Feb 8, 2017
tSE 037 - Sociologist & Science Communicator, Mathew Facciani!

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

Check out the patron-only LIVE record session we did on YouTube at https://www.patreon.com/posts/patron-only-8011604!

Sponsor: Nazi punching: the secular equivalent of 'thoughts and prayers.'

God of the week: Ishtar: Mesopotamian War Goddess

Interview: Matthew Facciani!

Matthew is a sociologist, activist, and science communicator. He contributes to Patheos, which hosts his blog “According to Matthew” (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew).

Follow Mathew on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MatthewFacciani) and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MatthewFacciani)!

Why we love the internet: #ActualLivingScientist!

Quote of the Week: 

“We are our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.”

Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

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Next week's episode: Shaungessy Naughton, founder of the pro-science PAC, 314 Action!

Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

Full archives: scienceenthusiastpodcast.com

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 is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

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

Feb 1, 2017
tSE 036 - Fitness writer and skeptic, James Fell!

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

Check out the patron-only LIVE record session we did on YouTube at https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-035-live-7939724! (Dan titled it wrong, we promise this is really episode 036...)

This week's sponsor: Rudy Guiliani. He's half village idiot, half person-who-can't-tell-a-lie

God of the week: LempoFinnish god of evil and demons. And moose? Meese? Meeses?

Interview: James Fell!

James is a fitness writer whose work can be found at AskMen.com, the LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, and more. Additionally, he runs the popular “James Fell: Body for Wife” website and Facebook page.

Relevant links:
http://www.scibabe.com/jamesfell_weightlossinc/

John Oliver MLM video - https://youtu.be/s6MwGeOm8iI

http://www.bodyforwife.com/the-secret-of-weight-loss-wrap-it-works-is-that-it-fucking-doesnt

http://www.bodyforwife.com/she-doesnt-owe-you-shit/

Quote of the Week: “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Next week's episode: Next week: An interview with sociologist, science communicator, and activist Matthew Facciani (http://www.matthewfacciani.com)!

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 is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

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

Jan 25, 2017
tSE 035 - Is it okay to punch a Nazi? (Spoiler: probably not)

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

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This week's sponsor: Pepe. #TakeBackPepe

Topic: Nazis and their punchability relative to being a decent human being.

Quote of the Week: “Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”  (Richard Feynman)

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CHECK OUT NAT ON LEAGUE OF NERDS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi53-kWfHU0&t=336s!

Next week's episode: We’ll bring you our interview with the awesome James Fell, fitness and nutrition writer and all-around fantastic debunker of bullshit.

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 is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

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

Jan 18, 2017
tSE 034 - Cara Santa Maria, Science Communicator, Co-Host of Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe!

tSE 034 - Cara Santa Maria, Science Communicator, Co-Host of Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe!

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

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This week's sponsor: Andrew Wakefield!

You remember all those times when you wanted to commit genocide against children, infants, and the immunocompromised? Thankfully, Andy finally got around to releasing his own MMR vaccine that he patented back in the 90s. Introducing MMRmurder.

MMRmurder: specially formulated for parents who shove bleach up their kids’ asses to cure Autism.

God of the week: Athena: Greek goddess of wisdom, war, and artistry

Interview: This evening we are thrilled to be joined by Cara Santa Maria! Cara is a journalist, science communicator, television presenter and producer, and podcaster, hosting Talk Nerdy and SGU. (And somehow she has found time to talk to us tonight!)

Why we love the internet Thoughts about the internet: Criticism of Islam!

Because ideas aren’t people, and bad ideas deserve to be criticized and mocked. Dan read a few messages he received from ex-Muslims, and explains why if you use the term “Islamophobia” in a serious manner, we automatically assume you’re an idiot.

Referenced in the segment: this post on the page, but also this one and this one. You can read more about Xulhaz Mannan’s story, too.

Quote of the Week: “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'

-Isaac Asimov

Be like James, James, Alice, the four Michaels, Kris, Sarah, Janet, Amanda, Astrid, Andrew, and Trevor: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast!

Next week's episode: We’ll bring you our interview with the awesome James Fell, fitness and nutrition writer and all-around fantastic debunker of bullshit.

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 is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

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

Jan 11, 2017
tSE 033 - Dal, the owner of @TakeThatDarwin on Twitter!

tSE 033 - Dal, the owner of @TakeThatDarwin on Twitter!

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

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This week's sponsor: Robert Kennedy Jr, Donald Trump's nomination for chair of the new "vaccine safety commission."

Because it's 20-fucking-17 and they're "exploring" creating an Autism committee based on a study by Andrew Wakefield, most popular for causing needless suffering and deaths of thousands of children, that has been repeatedly and thoroughly debunked years ago.

God of the week: Jesus H. Christ (The "H" is for Herbert).

Interview: Dal, aka @TakeThatDarwin on Twitter!

"If humans evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? Good work, creationists! Yeah, I bet professional biologists never thought about THAT one before!" -Dal

 

Why we love the internet: Kitten Lady! You can also check out her webpage, KittenLady.org!

Quote of the Week: Science matters, evidence is awesome, and critical thinking is an absolute necessity.  (Jenny Splitter)

Next week's episode: We’ll be back next week with an interview with Cara Santa Maria, host of the Talk Nerdy podcast, co-host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast, and about 39012873 other things!

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 is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

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

Jan 6, 2017
tSE 032 - James Williams and Buck Mulligan talk about... Cannibalism

tSE 032 - James Williams and Buck Mulligan talk about... Cannibalism

 

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God of the week: Dagda: Celtic Ruler-God

Interview: James Williams and Buck Mulligan!

We are thrilled to be joined by James Williams and Buck Mulligan. Because who doesn’t want to start their day by discussing cannibalism with two dudes from across The Pond?

You can follow Buck on Twitter as @ThatBuckGuy and contact James at Jim42dot@gmail.com!

Quote of the Week: Emotional intelligence is just as crucial as scientific objectivity in the struggle to understand the past. (Timothy Taylor)

Next week's episode: We’ll be back next week with an interview with Dal, who runs the amazing @TakeThatDarwin Twitter!

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 is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

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

Dec 28, 2016
tSE 031 - Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, Founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement

tSE 031 - Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, Founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement

 

 

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

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God of the week: Aphrodite

Interview: Faisal Saeed Al Mutar!

This evening we are thrilled to be joined by Faisal Saeed Al Mutar. Faisal is an Iraqi born writer, satirist, computer geek and a Human rights activist. He is an advocate for secularism, human rights, and the free market of ideas. Faisal is the founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement and Secular Post. You can find Faisal on Facebook and also on Twitter as @faisalalmutar!

Faisal also announced his coming book, War After War: Middle Eastern Answers to Middle Eastern Problems. We'll have Faisal back on the show to talk more about it when it comes out.

Why we love the internet: Things that are not aesthetic. Spoiler alert: it's a lot of toenails.

Quote of the Week: The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks. (Christopher Hitchens)

Next week's episode: Discussion about people eating people.

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Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

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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 is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Dec 21, 2016
tSE 030 - Dentist and Skeptic, Shaun Sellars!

tSE 030 - Dentist and Skeptic, Shaun Sellars!

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

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Sponsor: Electoral College for failing to do the one thing they were designed for.

Interview: Shaun Sellars!

This afternoon, we are thrilled to be joined by dentist, skeptic, and resident bearded hipster from The Last Tuesday Project, Shaun Sellars.

Follow Shaun on Twitter as @TheWholeT00th and check out The Last Tuesday Project!

Why we love the internet: Shitpostbot 5000

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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 (I know that this is likely a repeat quote, but the anniversary of his death was 12/20 - day of recording this, so he was on my mind.)

Next week's guest: James Williams and Buck Mulligan join Natalie for a discussion about cannibalism. (Sorry?)

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 is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Dec 14, 2016

tSE 029 - Activist and Author, Matthew O'Neil!

 

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Interview: Matthew O'Neil!

Today we are thrilled to be joined by Matthew O’Neil. Matthew is activist, theologian, and teacher. He is the author of several books, including After Life: Solving Science and Religion's Great Disagreement.

Follow Matthew on Twitter as @mwoneiI and check out his Facebook fan page, too!

Why we love the internet:

Quote of the Week: “A belief in an idea doesn’t make it a real thing.” (Matthew O’Neil)

Next week's guest: Dr. Shaun Sellars!

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 is a production of Not Narrow or Straight, LLC. All rights reserved.

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

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