Category Archives: The Reality Check Episodes

TRC #614: Why 2 High Tides? + Dangers Of Double Male End Plugs + Life On Venus Update

Planetary scientist and Hall of Famer guest Dr. Stuart Robbins joins Pat and Cristina to respond to a listener who asks why the Earth experiences two high tides instead of just one. Adam brings us a PSA on the dangers … Continue reading

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TRC #613: Brussel Sprouts + 12 Days Of Christmas Christian Code? + Books, Books, Books!

Adam wonders if brussel sprouts deserve their bad rap for tasting horrible and makes an interesting discovery in the process. Cristina looks into whether the song ‘12 Days Of Christmas’ is coded so persecuted Christians could pass down the tenets … Continue reading

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TRC #612: ‘The Village Effect’ + Is There A Loneliness Epidemic?

Adam discusses themes from ‘The Village Effect’ by author and psychologist Susan Pinker who posits that face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience and longevity. In a related segment, Darren looks at data to determine if there is evidence … Continue reading

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TRC #611: Why Are Albums So Long Now? + Antarctica Pyramids? + Donating Effectively

Cristina kicks off the show with a look into why so many music albums run much longer than back in the day. Adam explores whether enormous pyramids were discovered in Antarctica. Lastly, we rerun a segment from Darren with tips … Continue reading

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TRC #610: Who ‘Caused’ Biden to Win? + Rules Around Naming Babies Worldwide

Darren kicks off the show by exploring how to talk and think about causality for something as complicated as 2020’s U.S. election. Next, Cristina takes a fascinating look into the rules around naming babies worldwide and what can happen if … Continue reading

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TRC #609: COVID-19 Testing in Canada + 2000 Year Old Cat Carving in Peru? + Coke in Coke?

Cristina kicks off the show with an overview of how the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory tests for COVID-19. After archeologists discover a 2000 year old feline geoglyph carved into the hillside in Nazca Lines, Peru, Adam … Continue reading

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TRC #608: Is ‘Sexual Preference’ Offensive? + Book Reviews: Woodward; Cohen; Alinsky; Chomsky

After negative reaction and backlash to Amy Coney Barrett using the term, Adam digs into whether ‘sexual preference’ is offensive. Next, Darren brings us another book review roundup including some titles that recently spawned several headlines: ‘Rage’ by Bob Woodward, … Continue reading

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TRC #607: Trust U.S. Election Polls? + What Is The Red Pill + Skill Testing Questions

With the U.S. election on the horizon, can we really trust the election polls? Darren does a deep dive to find out. Next, Adam wonders what it means to ‘take the red pill’ after seeing a tweet by Elon Musk. … Continue reading

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TRC #606: James Randi

Yesterday we lost a giant in the critical thinking community. James Randi died at the age of 92. This is an interview with him from August 2010. Randi began his career as a magician and later devoted his life to … Continue reading

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TRC #605: Calculating The Mass Of Earth + Subway Bread Isn’t Bread?

This week we bring you two fascinating segments. First our resident planetary geophysics expert, Dr. Stuart Robbins, is back to help us with a listener email about how we calculate the mass of the earth. We also dig into the … Continue reading

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