Category Archives: The Reality Check Episodes

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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TRC #604: The ‘Benadryl Challenge’ + The Moon’s Luminosity

This week, we bring in the experts to bring YOU two great interviews! First, Cristina looks at the controversial ‘Benadryl challenge’ on TikTok and has a discussion with Dr. David Stukus about the potential danger of this over-the-counter medication. Dr. … Continue reading

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TRC #603: The Call To Cancel Netflix Over ‘Cuties’ + Is Jeff Bezos Too Rich?

After the huge backlash around the recent release of coming-of-age drama ‘Cuties’ on Netflix, Pat examines what this film is about. Darren rounds out the show with a deep dive on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ staggering wealth and wonders: is … Continue reading

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TRC #602: Life On Venus? + David Bowie Art Hoax? + Book Reviews: Evolution, Oculus, and Google

Adam looks behind the latest headlines that suggest we may have discovered life on the planet Venus. Cristina takes us down a fun rabbit hole when she explores how David Bowie pulled off one of the biggest art hoaxes in … Continue reading

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TRC #601: Essential Oils Safe For Kids? + Colour In Hubble Photos + Can Former Presidents Drive?

Cristina looks into the safety of so-called ‘essential’ oils when it comes to use around children. Friend of the show, Dr. Stuart Robbins, answers a question about why those picturesque astronomy photos of galaxies far, far away are so colourful. … Continue reading

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