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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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Aug 17, 2016
tSE 013 - Alice Cichon, Co-Founder of SecularAction.org

tSE Podcast 013 - Alice Cichon, Co-Founder of SecularAction.org 

Episode 013 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

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Disclaimer: Cupping is bullshit.

Sponsor: Educatin' with Satan - After School Satan

God of the week: Huitaca - “The South American Pleasure Goddess”

Interview: Alice Cichon! Alice is the Business Development Manager of Secular Action.org-- a resource website that provides people with ways to get involved in the secular movement. She is an active member and assistant organizer with NYC Skeptics, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes critical thinking and science education, and a volunteer & donor to Secular Coalition for America. And next year she will be coming out with a line of action figures of popular science communicators and donating the profits to organizations that are dedicated to fighting pseudoscience. You can find out more about Alice's organization at SecularAction.org!

Why we love the Internet: Harambe memes. #dicksoutforharambe

Quote of the Week: Science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe in science, then you’re holding everybody back. And it’s fine if you as an adult want to run around pretending or claiming that you don’t believe in evolution, but if we educate a generation of people who don’t believe in science, that’s a recipe for disaster. We talk about the Internet. That comes from science. Weather forecasting. That comes from science. The main idea in all of biology is evolution. To not teach it to our young people is wrong. - Bill Nye

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Aug 10, 2016

tSE 012 - Vance Crowe, Director of Monsanto Millennial Engagement

 

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Episode 012 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

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Disclaimer: Your child deserves body autonomy.

Sponsor: Jeffrey Smith from the "Institute for Responsible Technology. One of the most wildly misleading titles for an organization in the history of history.

God of the week: None, just like real life.

Interview: Vance Crowe! Vance is the Director of Millennial Engagement at Monsanto in Saint Louis, Missouri. In the past, Vance has worked at the World Bank and NPR affiliate. Vance holds an undergraduate degree in communications from Marquette University and a Master's Degree in Cross-Cultural Negotiations from the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy. If you enjoyed our interview with Vance, let him know and follow him on Twitter as @VanceCrowe!

Why we love the Internet: Nicolas Cage's Face on Things Specifically: this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this.

Quote of the Week: The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. -Albert Einstein

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Aug 3, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 011 - Jayson Merkley of Vegan GMO

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

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Disclaimer: Does Trump even know where the Ukraine is?

Sponsor: Jill Stein thinks wifi is dangerous and panders to conspiracy theorists.

God of the week: Inara: The Middle-Eastern Protection Goddess - Protector of Wild Animals

Interview: Jayson Merkley! Jayson is the Director of Vegan GMO, an organization that advocates for a rational approach toward biotechnology as tool to reduce suffering and improve quality of life for humans and animals. He’s a 2015 Global Leadership Fellow in the Cornell Alliance for Science and also a contributor to the international MAMyths movement. Jayson holds a master’s degree in business administration from Idaho State where he majored in philosophy as an undergrad. He currently resides in Salem, Oregon where he’s a full-time volunteer advocate for science as a social justice issue. If you enjoyed our interview with Jayson (and we know you did), be sure to follow Vegan GMO on Facebook and Twitter, and Jayson on Twitter at @maysonjerkley.

Why we love the Internet: Matt Romey 2016! #MakeBearsIceColdAgain

Quote of the Week: Without food, man can live at most but a few weeks; without it, all other components of social justice are meaningless. -Norman Borlaug

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Jul 27, 2016
tSE 010 - Fiona O'Leary, 'Vaxxed', and Autism Advocacy

Science Enthusiast Podcast 010 - Fiona O'Leary, 'Vaxxed', and Autism Advocacy

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

Disclaimer: We made it to ten episodes. Thank you!

Sponsor: David Wolfe's commercial for a "portable essential oil diffuser" looks less like aromatherapy and more like a crack pipe. (It's also tacitly encouraging kids to vape, as the manufacturer says there is no age limit on their product. Good job, David)

God of the week: Morpheus! The dude who is responsible for those "went to work naked" dreams. Or maybe you go to work naked anyway. We're not here to judge.

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Topic: The makers of 'Vaxxed' have sent a threatening letter to Fiona O'Leary of Autsitic Rights Together (ART). ART is an Autism advocacy organization, empowering those with autism and helping curb the negative stigma associated with Autism. As an individual with Autism herself, Wakefield and others from 'Vaxxed' have continuously targeted Fiona to try to harass her into silence. Most recently, they sent her a letter threatening litigation if she so much as mentioned Wakefield's or the movie's name. We talked to Fiona about her personal experiences with Autism, her organization, her background with Wakefield, the threat, and Autism in general.

Article referenced during the interview: The murder of Alex Spourdalakis

You can follow Fiona on Twitter, follow Fiona on Facebook, follow ART on Facebook, and ART's website.

Why we love the Internet: Texts From Your Existentialist! Examples: here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Quote of the Week: The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense! - Prof. Brian Cox

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Jul 25, 2016

A friend, Fiona, has been attacked by the creators and distributors of Vaxxed: From Cover up to Catastrophe. 

Read the full post: http://ascienceenthusiast.com/vaxxed-makers-threaten-lawsuit-for-valid-criticism

Support Fiona by re-tweeting her (https://twitter.com/fionapettit71/status/756289704392265729) or tweeting this article to Andrew Wakefield, Del Bigtree, and Polly Tomley (http://ctt.ec/7H9MJ).

Keep talking about the movie. Tag the makers in posts. Do not let this go away.

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Jul 21, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 009 - Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, Part II

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

Disclaimer: #RNCinCLE

Sponsor: Dragons. Because they're really real.

God of the week: Maui! Because who doesn't like a "trickster" god who dies by getting crushed by a vagina?

Topic: Ken Ham's Ark Encounter in rural Kentucky. The nearly $100 million theme park based around rape and incest is receiving about $18 million in taxpayer money. We're a bit upset about this situation. Dan went to the Ark though, so you don't have to! He's ready to tell you all about it. We're going to need more beer to get through this. You can see pictures on the blog post.

Why we love the Internet: r/HybridAnimals! In particular: this one, this one, this one, and this one.

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, Contact

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Jul 13, 2016
tSE 008 - A Tour of Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, Part I

Science Enthusiast Podcast 008 -
A Tour of Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, Part I

Episode 008 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

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Disclaimer: Have you caught all the Pokemon? 

Sponsor: The Ark Encounter.

God of the week: Noah. Not really a god, but close enough?

Topic: Ken Ham's Ark Encounter in rural Kentucky. The nearly $100 million theme park based around rape and incest is receiving about $18 million in taxpayer money. We're a bit upset about this situation. Dan went to the Ark though, so you don't have to! He's ready to tell you all about it.

You can see pictures on the blog post.

Quote of the Week: To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas - even if they are sincerely held beliefs - is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed. - Rowan Atkinson

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Jul 6, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 007 - Dr. John Snyder Discusses Complimentary & Alternative Medicine

Episode 007 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

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Disclaimer: You may not need to go to school in Texas if the rapture is coming.

Sponsor: Mercola basically gave people cancer while saying he was preventing it

God of the week: Osiris (Egyptian god of the Underworld). Cliff's notes version: The dude has a golden penis.

Guest: Dr. John Snyder! Dr. Snyder is a pediatrician in Massachusetts, where the Naturopathic Practice Act was just passed. Dr. Snyder is passionate about speaking out against 'Complimentary Alternative Medicine' (or CAM), where patients "double-dip" by seeing both a legitimate medical doctor and a Naturopath/Homeopath/etc. A local example for Dr. Snyder is North Hampton Wellness. This not only wastes time, but also can result in unnecessary (and often expensive) tests. We talked to Dr. Snyder about this issue and how to address it. You can follow Dr. Snyder on Twitter at @SciPeds, and also read his writing at Science Based Medicine.

Why we love the Internet: da share z0ne! In particular: This, this, this, this, and this.

Quote of the Week: It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it. (Carl Sagan)

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Jun 29, 2016
tSE 006 - Eli Bosnick Talks Atheism Activism

Episode 006 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

Disclaimer: Has Anyone Really Been Far Even as Decided to Use Even Go Want to do Look More Like?

Sponsor: A moment of silence for the victims of background checks for firearms.

God of the week: Bacchus, the Roman god of agriculture and wine, because why not?

Guest: Eli Bosnick! Eli is a co-host on The Scathing Atheist, God Awful Movies, and The Skepticrat. You can follow Eli on Twitter as @EliBosnick, follow Eli on on Facebook, and also support his podcasts by donating to their Patreon for God Awful Movies and Patreon for Scathing Atheist!

Topics referred to during the discussion: The Miracle of the Sun, Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for the Religious World (David Silverman), The Moral Landscape (Sam Harris), Neil Degrasse Tyson, & NOMA

Why we love the Internet: Dogspotting FB Page

Quote of the week: "Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed. Faith is the denial of that observation so that belief can be preserved." - Tim Minchin

Jun 22, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 005: Grant Ritchey & Dental Woo

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

God of the week: Sheela Na Gigs, AKA "the old hag of the breasts"

Guest: Dentist Grant Ritchey! We discuss some BS about root canals thanks to Joseph Mercola, what makes for effective science communication, and asked him why dentists always try to talk to us when they have their hands in our mouths.
You can follow Dr. Ritchey on Twitter as @SkepticalDDS, read his articles on Science Based Medicine, and listen to his podcast (with friend of the show Clay Jones), Prism Podcast

Why we love the Internet: Joan Cornella on Facebook! Particularly: this post, this post, and this post.

Quote of the week: "The very concept of alternative medicine exists to create a double standard where the rules of science and evidence are stood on their head specifically to manufacture the result that is desired by cranks, charlatans, snake oil salesmen, and self-proclaimed gurus. There is no alternative medicine. There is just medicine. Either it works or it doesn’t." - Steven Novella

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