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TRC #625: Good News 2020: Global Health + Dogs Communicating With Buttons?

The year 2020 was a dumpster fire, right?  Darren gives us another instalment of his good news stories from the year, this time discussing global health. Adam does a deep dive into viral videos claiming to show dogs communicating using … Continue reading

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TRC #624: COVID Vaccine Risk & Critical Thinking + Mary Kay Pink Cadillac + What Does The Fox Say?

Darren kicks off the show with an important segment that examines the benefit of getting the COVID vaccine versus any potential risks using critical thinking. Cristina takes a ride down the MLM highway and explores Truth In Advertising’s recent scrutiny … Continue reading

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TRC #623: The Neuroscience Of Addiction with Dr. Kim Hellemans

This week we bring you a fascinating interview with Dr. Kim Hellemans about the neuroscience of addiction which originally aired in 2019. Kim is an award-winning neuroscientist and the chair of the department of neuroscience at Carleton University. She is … Continue reading

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TRC #622: Suez Canal Conspiracies + Are Maps Racist? + 2020 Book Picks

Cristina kicks off the show by diving hip deep into the conspiracy theories swirling around why the massive container ship Ever Given is blocking the Suez Canal. Adam ponders whether maps are racist after seeing an angry online commenter suggest … Continue reading

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TRC #621: Subtitles and Reading Skills + Biased Algorithms?

After seeing a viral video featuring Stephen Fry, Cristina examines the practice of turning on same-language subtitling and its surprising effect on reading skills, particularly in children. Adam looks at examples of recent cases where Google and Twitter algorithms are … Continue reading

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TRC #620: Does COVID-19 Kill More Men? + Potatoes and Gender?

Darren looks into whether COVID-19 kills more men than women after a friend shares an article suggesting women are more adversely affected by the pandemic. When toy maker Hasbro announced they are rebranding Mr. Potato Head with a gender-neutral name, … Continue reading

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TRC #619: Hands at 10 and 2? + Anti-Asian Hate Crime Stats + Planetary Nomenclature

The mantra when Pat was learning to drive was ‘hands at 10 and 2 o’clock’ when gripping the steering wheel. Turns out, all of us Gen X’ers may need a driver refresher course. Adam does a deep dive into recent … Continue reading

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TRC #618: McDonald’s Eggs Frozen? + Good News in 2020: Conservation + Doublet Craters w/Dr. Stuart Robbins

Cristina’s back this week asking the important questions…are McDonald’s eggs frozen? If you’re still reeling from the gut punch that was 2020, Darren brings us a delightful segment on “Good News in 2020’ you probably missed, Conservation edition. Our pal, … Continue reading

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TRC #617: Vaccines and the Post Hoc Fallacy + Monoliths

Adam and Darren are reunited and happily hijack this week’s show. Darren breaks down the post hoc fallacy, aka ‘after this, therefore because of this’, and examines it in the context of COVID vaccines. Adam goes deep on the mysterious … Continue reading

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TRC #616: The Annual Prediction Show

In what has become a yearly ritual to highlight the futility of ‘predictions’, Adam, Producer Pat, and Cristina guess at what might happen in 2021 and revisit the panel’s 2020 predictions to see how we did. Spoiler: no one had … Continue reading

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