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TRC #563: Citations And Science Reporting + Swearing Makes You Stronger + Evolution Of Skin Colour

Darren looks into an article, and terrible graph, that suggests the rate at which scientists in Italy cite themselves and their colleagues is on the rise. Cristina checks out research into whether uttering profanities can make you stronger. Adam wonders … Continue reading

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TRC #562: The Earth’s Lungs + The Gay Gene + Canadian Election

Pat looks into a listener’s question about whether the Amazon rainforest is the Earth’s lungs responsible for 20% of the oxygen we breathe. Next, Adam raises concerns about headlines claiming there is no such thing as a “gay gene” according … Continue reading

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TRC #561: How IKEA Names Stuff + Absolute Zero + Amazon Fires

Cristina looks into the naming convention for IKEA products. Is KOLBJÖRN just Swedish for where’s that Allen key? Darren does a deep dive on absolute zero.  Adam looks into recent headlines about fires in the Amazon rainforest. The facts may … Continue reading

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TRC #560: Mail Bag + Dr. Stuart Robbins And Retrograde + Name That: Apollo 11 Edition

TRC’s ‘Fifth Beatle’ Dr. Stuart Robbins, aka AstroStu, joins us this week for a fun and fact-packed show! Adam kicks things off highlighting recent listener’s feedback. Stuart fact-checks Cristina and brings us a more in-depth look at retrograde in Astronomy. … Continue reading

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TRC #559: NY Times Best Seller List + Epstein Suicide? + The Secret Of Our Success

Cristina kicks off the show by taking a closer look at the NY Times Best Seller list and what being a “bestselling author” really means. Adam puts Occam’s razor to good use while exploring whether it’s plausible that Jeffrey Epstein … Continue reading

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TRC #558: Can Hippos Swim? + Neil deGrasse Tweetstorm + Mona Lisa True Colours

After we posted a funny meme on TRC’s Facebook page, a couple of Checkers question whether hippos can really swim so Pat goes on a mission to find out. Simple yes or no answer, right? Not on this show! Darren … Continue reading

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TRC #557: Mercury Retrograde + Is All Table Salt Sea Salt? + ‘Why We Sleep’

Are you having a bad month, Checkers? Mercury is said to be in retrograde but what does that really mean? Cristina takes us on a little fact-finding mission through the Cosmos to find out. Next, Adam brings the panel another … Continue reading

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TRC #556: Talking Irish Famine Myths With Professor Buzzkill

This week we bring you a special episode after an Irish listener writes in and asks us to fact-check myths surrounding the Irish Famine. Luckily friend of the show, historian and author Joe Coohill, literally wrote the book on Ireland. … Continue reading

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TRC #555: Quantum Uncertainty + Lost NASA Tapes? + Storming Area 51

Your fave fact-checking crew is back with a new show! First, Darren kicks things off by most certainly looking at quantum uncertainty…or not…or both. Next, Cristina celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic moon landing by probing whether a … Continue reading

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TRC #554: Talking Flat Earth With Stuart Robbins And Ed Robertson

Not your typical episode of The Reality Check. We bring you a conversation with friends of the show Dr. Stuart Robbins and Ed Robertson.  We discussed conspiracy theories and Ed’s recent run in with a flat earther. Stuart is a … Continue reading

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