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TRC #317: Programmer Productivity + Parody Websites + iPhone Bending

Episode 317 of The Reality Check is really fantastic. Elan leads things off by looking into the claim that excellent programmers can be more than 10 times more productive than average ones. Next, Adam looks into some “parody” websites. Darren … Continue reading

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TRC #315: Grounding Mats + Sweetener vs. Cocaine + Tooth Colour

The core group of 4 is back together again to bring you another dose of premium skeptical content in episode 315 of The Reality Check. Elan leads things off by exploring the health claims of grounding mats. Next Adam analyzes yet another study … Continue reading

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TRC #311: Suicide + Small vs. Big Meals + Sharks Smelling Blood

Episode 311 of The Reality Check is really amazing. Darren leads it off with a discussion about some misconceptions people have about suicide. Next, Elan looks into whether you should eat 3 regular meals a day or multiple small meals. Adam … Continue reading

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TRC #310: Vanity Awards + Afghan 9/11 Awareness + Jackie Mitchell

This episode of The Reality Check is the best piece of content on the internet. Pat leads things off by going in depth into his investigation of a vanity award scam. Next Darren discusses if people in Afghanistan know about … Continue reading

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TRC #309: WWI Myths + Great Outdoors Game + Toasting to Avoid Poisoning

With Darren away at a conference, former TRC host Jon Abrams steps in to take over the hosting duties for episode 309 of The Reality Check, and leads things off with a segment where he discusses a number of World … Continue reading

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TRC #307: Bananas and Fishing + Deer Whistles + Air Bud + Alcohol in Ontario

The core four are back together for the best 307th episode of any podcast ever! Pat leads things off with a superstition he learned about on his vacation regarding fishing and bananas. Next, Elan answers a listener email about deer whistles … Continue reading

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TRC #306: Facebook Mood Manipulation Study + Steven Spielberg Dinosaur Hunter + Wage Gap Between Sexes

With Pat away for the second week in a row, the gang calls in the big guns in the form of public health and stats professional Dina Tsirlin to sub in. Darren leads off the show by answering if Facebook … Continue reading

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TRC #305: Null Hypothesis Significance Testing + Racist Dogs + UFO Sighting Distribution

Pat’s away but the guys still pull off one of the greatest episodes of all time with #305. Elan starts off the show with an overview of Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST). P-values galore! Next, Adam looks into whether some … Continue reading

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TRC #304: Productivity Hacks + Name That Topical Edition + Sheng Long

Episode 304 of The Reality Check will likely break every podcast record ever set. Darren leads things off by analyzing some productivity hacks he read on the internet. Pat then leads a game of Name That, with a totally topical theme. … Continue reading

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TRC #302: Female vs. Male Hurricanes + Airplane Food + Surgical Masks

The gang is fully recovered from the episode 300 celebration (301 was the hangover episode) and explodes which their best episode yet with number 302. Darren leads the way with a segment about some recent research on whether female-named hurricanes … Continue reading

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