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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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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!

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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!

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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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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.

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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!

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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 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!

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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.

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Dec 7, 2016

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

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God of the week: Set: Egyptian God of Chaos

Interview: Chris Kluwe!

Tonight we are thrilled to be joined by Chris Kluwe. Chris is the author of Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies and Prime, a former NFL punter, an activist, and a seemingly huge fan of World of Warcraft.

Follow Chris on Twitter as @ChrisWarcraft!

References: You won't turn into a lustful cockmonster, Processing Trump, Marijuana should be legalized

Why we love the internet: "Florida Man" strikes again!

Quote of the Week: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” (MLK Jr.)

Next week's guest: Matthew O'Neil, author of After Life: Solving Science and Religion's Great Disagreement!

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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Nov 30, 2016

tSE 027 - Former Naturopath Britt Hermes!

 

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God of the week: Plutus: Greek god of wealth

Interview: Britt Hermes!

Britt is a former naturopathic doctor who now works tirelessly to raise awareness of the dangers of naturopathic medicine. Britt is a Master’s of Science student in Medical Life Sciences at the University of Kiel, writer at Naturopathic Diaries, contributor to Forbes, Science Based Medicine, and Science 2.0.

Links to things referenced in the interview: Bastyr University (and also this), CNME, Joe Pizzorno, Maple syrup won't cure meningitis

Why we love the internet: Endless Screaming (@infinite_scream) on Twitter. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Quote of the Week: Patients deserve to know the dangers associated with getting medical care from under-trained practitioners steeped in pseudoscience. Lawmakers need to know that “ND” does not convey medical competency. Rather, it indicates that a person using that title is unequivocally “Not a Doctor.” (Britt Hermes)

Next week's guest: Chris Kluwe!

When you're done listening to us, check out the Last Tuesday Project podcast!

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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.

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Nov 23, 2016

tSE 026 - Skeptic & YouTuber, C0nc0rdance!

 

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God of the week: Ra!

Interview: C0nc0rdance! Tonight we are thrilled to be joined by Concordance, the brains and voice behind his self-titled YouTube channel. Thanks to the power of social media (and a certain league of nerds), Concordance has found his way onto this podcast.

(Concordance: arriving at the same conclusion by multiple lines of inquiry.)

Follow him on YouTube or check him out on Twitter as @c0nc0rdance!

Quote of the Week: “Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” - Douglas Adams

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.

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Nov 16, 2016

tSE 025 - Paleontologist Trevor Valle! 

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Interview: Trevor Valle! Trevor is a field paleontologist, tv host, and all-around science badass. And for some reason he’s decided to come talk to us.

Follow Trevor on Twitter as @tattoosandbones!

Quote of the Week: It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong. (Richard Feynman)

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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.

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

 

Nov 9, 2016

tSE 024 - Film Review of Consumed

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

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This week we did something a little different and broke down the "movie" or "film" or "noun" called Consumed. Spoiler alert: It is indeed the worst.

Special thanks to Amy Porterfield Levy for helping us dissect this thing. Follow Amy on Twitter as @AmysTruth!

Sources referenced during the review:
The flu is deadly.
Monsanto doesn't sue farmers
Indian farmer suicide myth

Quote of the Week: "Almost certainly the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind." (Norman Borlaug)

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 was recorded using Zencastr, a free podcasting tool that is absolutely fantastic!

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