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The Science Enthusiast Podcast

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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Mar 22, 2017

The Science Enthusiast Podcast!

Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! It's not the worst, but thank you for listening (and we're sorry?)!

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

Follow the podcast on Youtube at http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Sponsor: Clear knee mom jeans because it’s a real fucking thing (http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/topshop-clear-knee-mom-jeans/4619337)

(YOU can sponsor the show at patreon or by buying some merch at aScienceEnthusiast.com/store!)

God of the week: Baal: Middle-eastern storm god of war (http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/middle-eastern-mythology.php?deity=BAAL)

Interview: Yasmine Mohammed!

Yasmine is an Arab-Canadian university educator, activist, and author who had a blog called Confessions of an ExMuslim, and who has recently written a memoir entitled: From Al Qaeda to Atheism. The book details her journey from being forced into marrying an Al Qaeda operative to being an atheist.

Follow Yasmine on all the places:

http://www.confessionsofanexmuslim.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ConfessionsOfAnExMuslim

https://twitter.com/ConfessionsExMu

 

Why we love the internet: …………………………. Lemon party.

Quote of the Week: “The Earth isn’t fucking flat.” -NDT

Next week:  Kevin Davis! Kevin is the founder of Young Skeptics and the head writer of Secular Voices for Patheos. Kevin is also the author of Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers. Kevin’s activism is focused on attacking the social stigma that accompanies being openly nonreligious, as well as advocating for children against the harms that aggressive indoctrination can cause.

(http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularvoices/author/kdavis)!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, Sarah, and Cynthia: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast or patreon.com/aScienceEnthusiast! Or why not both?

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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.

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

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

 

Mar 15, 2017

The Science Enthusiast Podcast!
Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! It's not the worst, but thank you for listening (and we're sorry?)!

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

Follow the podcast on Youtube at http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Sponsor: iPhones and healthcare, because they’re pretty much the same thing. Right?

(You can also support the show at no cost to you by shopping here on Amazon!)

God of the week: Kalma (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalma_(goddess))!

Interview: Today we are thrilled to be joined by Lydia Finch. Lydia is a former Jehovah’s Witness, who was disfellowshipped from the faith over twenty years ago. Lydia is skeptic and activist (and a friend!), and we’ve been looking forward to having this conversation with her for some time now.

Links to click and learn more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9EdJsnqYPk

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/28/jehovahs-witnesses-did-not-protect-children-from-abuse-inquiry-finds

Follow Lydia at https://twitter.com/FinchLydia or contact her at leavingjw@gmail.com!

Why we love the internet: More internet comments. Maybe this will be a new segment? We already have a similar one planned for next week...

Quote of the Week: “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”

Isaac Asimov

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Next week: Probably our most intense interview to date with Yasmine Mohammed, who blogs as https://www.facebook.com/ConfessionsOfAnExMuslim, and is an Arab-Canadian university educator, activist, and author

Follow us on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

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.

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

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

Mar 9, 2017

The Science Enthusiast Podcast! Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! It's not the worst, but thank you for listening (and we're sorry?)!

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

Follow the podcast on Youtube at http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

Sponsor: 

(You can also support the show at no cost to you by shopping here on Amazon!)

God of the week: Uh. The version of Jesus that got left on the cutting room floor, where he pulled a person out of his side, had sex with said person, ejaculated into his own hand, then proceeded to eat his own semen. Because that's a thing. I don't know. We're sorry? Or you're welcome? Maybe that's your thing? We're not here to judge, because only god can do that. Or something. Either way, blame friend of the show, Matthew O'Neil for this one (He was on an earlier episode: http://scienceenthusiastpodcast.com/tse-029-activist-and-author-matthew-oneil). Follow Matthew on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mwoneiI!

Interview: Hey there, people of the internet. Today we’re thrilled to be joined by the brown-haired Youtube video making chemist Myles Power (https://mylespower.co.uk)! He’s taken a break from debunking woo to join us for a conversation this afternoon.

Follow Myles on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/powerm1985 and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/powerm1985!

Relevant links:
https://mylespower.co.uk/2017/01/11/the-email-that-opened-a-can-of-worms/

https://mylespower.co.uk/2017/01/30/how-a-video-manipulated-you-into-thinking-mms-can-cure-malaria/


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Breen

Why we love the internet: Internet comments sections…

Quote of the Week: “No amount of belief makes something a fact.” (James Randi)

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, Sarah, and Cynthia: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast or patreon.com/aScienceEnthusiast! Or why not both?

Next week: We’ll bring you our interview with ex-JW and all-around awesome woman Lydia Finch (https://twitter.com/FinchLydia)!

Follow us on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SciEnthusiastPodcast!

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.

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

Mar 1, 2017

The Science Enthusiast Podcast! Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! It's not the worst, but thank you for listening (and we're sorry?)!

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

Check out the live YouTube videos of the show:http://youtu.be/KUlNp86iegc & http://youtu.be/1KzTFfCQwZ

Sponsor: Tucker Carlson, for when you need a fake news pundit who will yell at Bill Nye, and has a chin that just gives up halfway and turns into a neck.

(You can also support the show at no cost to you by shopping here on Amazon!)

God of the week: St. Drogo! Patron of coffee houses, unattractive people, midwives, mute persons, and cattle. (I don’t really see much of a relationship between these things)

Interview: We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kevin Folta back to the show. Dr. Folta is a professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida, an active science communicator, and former punk rocker (seriously, listen to episode 015 of this show).

Blog article we discussed: http://kfolta.blogspot.com/2017/02/food-babe-vani-hari-attacking-public.html

Follow Folta:

Kevinfolta.com

https://twitter.com/kevinfolta

https://www.facebook.com/kmfolta

Why we love the internet: 
https://twitter.com/yahooanswerstxt/status/819233818640990209

Quote of the Week:

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one - Voltaire

(Thanks to James Williams for submitting this one!)

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Next week: Next week we’ll (FOR REAL THIS TIME) be back with our favorite non-ginger-haired Nerd, Myles Power, who came to the show armed with some favorite swears (and whole bunch of interesting stuff to talk about).

Follow us on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC95sEK1XjZ3SxNs_Djq0vXQ

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.

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

Feb 22, 2017

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

Sponsor: Labia lipstick: shove it in your cunt!

God of the week: El!

Interview: Orthodox Jewish rabbis require women to show them their panties. Today in, “what the actual fuck,” we bring you this story, told by the woman to whom it happened - Katia Areyah.

Her article: I Had to Take My Dirty Panties to a Rabbi, and So Has Every Orthodox Jewish Woman

Why we love the internet: Trolley Problem Memes!

Quote of the Week: 

"Believing there is no God means the suffering I've seen in my family, and indeed all the suffering in the world, isn't caused by an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent force that isn't bothered to help or is just testing us, but rather something we all may be able to help others with in the future. No God means the possibility of less suffering in the future." -Penn Jillette

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, and Sarah: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast or patreon.com/aScienceEnthusiast! Or why not both?

Next week: Next week we’ll be back with our favorite non-ginger-haired Nerd, Myles Power, who came to the show armed with some favorite swears (and whole bunch of interesting stuff to talk about).

Next week's episode: witter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC95sEK1XjZ3SxNs_Djq0vXQ

 

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.

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

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)

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, and Sarah: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast or patreon.com/aScienceEnthusiast! Or why not both?

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!

Follow the podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC95sEK1XjZ3SxNs_Djq0vXQ

Check out Exo-Squad Goals: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1199782529

And God Awful Movies: https://audioboom.com/channel/god-awful-movies

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.

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

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

Be like Trevor, Michael, Alice, Michael, Felix, Michael, Bruce, Amanda, Kris, James, and Sarah: Become a patron at patreon.com/tSEpodcast or patreon.com/aScienceEnthusiast! Or why not both?

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!

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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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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.

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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!

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