Meet The Skeptics!
MTS: Meet Michael Diaz

Michael Diaz is a college student better known as "Chattiestspike2" on YouTube. He has made some extremely clever videos, one of which caught my eye and encouraged me to check out the others. He hit it big with his "Question Gravity" video as seen below.

Michael has a unique talent for producing humorous, funny videos that also pack a skeptical punch. Check out his YouTube channel or find him on any of the social networks as seen below.

Twitter: @chattiestspike

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Chattiestspike2

Blog: http://chattiestspike.blogspot.com/

BUY A "QUESTION GRAVITY" SHIRT HERE!: http://spikeattire.spreadshirt.com/

Direct download: Meet_Michael_Diaz.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 5:19pm EST

MTS: Meet Dezrah Blinn (Dezrah the Strange)

Dezrah Blinn is a professional Magician who uses his skills to spread a message of scientific skepticism and curiosity. I first met him at Skepticamp New Hampshire, where he had a friend break a large concrete block with a sledgehammer as he held the block on his chest while laying on a bed of nails. He then proceeded to explain the physics behind the stunt, demystifying it and teaching the lesson that things are not always as unbelievable as they seem.

I had a chance to visit Dezrah at his home to get the full scoop on the man behind the show. Enjoy!

Website: www.Dezrah.com

Twitter: @Dezrah

Facebook: Dezrah on Facebook

Google+: Dezrah's Page

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Direct download: Meet_Dezrah_Blinn.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 5:35pm EST

MTS: Meet Michael Shermer

What can I say about Michael Shermer that hasn't already been said? Author, Magazine Publisher, College Professor, Consistent debate opponent to Deepak Chopra, and on, and on. 

In our interview I got to ask about his early days as an author, his participation in founding the "Race Across America," and his position as a Libertarian in a Liberal world.

Skeptic Magazine

The Believing Brain

Why People Believe Weird Things

Follow Dr. Shermer on Twitter! @MichaelShermer

Direct download: Meet_Michael_Shermer.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 5:49pm EST

MTS: Meet Carrie Poppy

Carrie is 1/2 of the duo "Ross and Carrie." A few episodes back we interviewed Ross. Now, here's Carrie!

Carrie seems to infuse an upbeat energy into everything she does & it's no surprise that they seem to be having so much fun while recording the "Oh No, Ross & Carrie" podcast. During our interview we talked about her days as a child exorcist, how a search for non-leather boots led to a whole new lifestyle, her partnership with Ross Blocher. We also did a begging segment at one point.

Enjoy!

Oh No, Ross and Carrie!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ONRAC

Direct download: Meet_Carrie_Poppy.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 1:26pm EST

MTS: Meet Blake Smith

Blake Smith is the co-host (along with Ben Radford and Karen Stollznow) of the Monster Talk podcast. During this discussion, we talked about religion, community, monsters and an alternate career path that could have had Blake working with a large bandage wrapped Yeti. No joke. He also divulged the rather surprising thing he had to do to gain status as an Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine.

In addition to Monster Talk, you may be surprised to learn about other podcasts that Blake is involved with, namely "Ask a Canadian" and "The Death Panel."

Follow Blake on Twitter at @DoctorAtlantis

Direct download: Meet_Blake_Smith.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 8:58pm EST

MTS: Meet Chris Mooney

Chris Mooney is one of the hosts of the Point of Inquiry Podcast, writes The Intersection With Chris Mooney, and is a published author with several books under his belt and more on the way. 

Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future

The Republican War on Science

Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming

During our interview we talk about Science Education in America, his fellowships, his time at the Center for Inquiry, and his defense of his positions against some rather well known critics.

Twitter: @Chrismooney

Direct download: Meet_Chris_Mooney.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 5:05pm EST

MTS: Meet Gary Stockdale

Gary Stockdale is a Musician first, Skeptic/Atheist second. I met Gary at TAM 9 and had a really nice time chatting with him and getting to know him a bit. He has worked for many years as the musical director for Penn & Teller and is the man responsible for the  theme music to Penn & Teller's show "Bullshit."

In addition to his work with Penn & Teller, Gary is an independent Musician and Composer with his own career path. During this interview we actually play a few of his songs, which have become favorites on my iPod.

Make sure to check out Gary on Twitter at @GaryStockdale

His Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/garystockdalemusic

And his Website: www.GaryStockdale.com


Direct download: Meet_Gary_Stockdale.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 11:43am EST

MTS: Meet Brian Trent

Brian Trent is an "Aristotelian humanist non-partisan freethinking aggressive rationalist bibliophile." He also is an author of two books (for now), many articles and short stories and has been published in over 100 venues.

America's Addiction to Belief

LADY PHILOSOPHER: The Story of Hypatia

Never Grow Old: The Novel of Gilgamesh

In addition to his tireless writing efforts, Brian works as a film producer on independent projects as well as behind the scenes with the Skeptics Guide to the Universe team both as a producer and blogger.

The Rogues Gallery Blogs

Brian is also producing the Skeptics Guide 24 Hour Live Show on September 23-24. Make sure to tune in!

SGU-24 Show

And don't forget to check out Brian's website at: www.BrianTrent.com

Direct download: Meet_Brian_Trent.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 1:09pm EST

MTS: Meet Donna Mugavero (Ms. Information)

I originally met and interviewed Donna Mugavero during a road trip that took me past Bethlehem, PA where she and George Hrab reside and continuously crank out episode after episode of the Geologic Podcast. I stopped by and we hung out and chatted for a bit as I put my recorder on. That interview originally went up online back in late 2010 on my old feed. Since I gradually moved all the old episodes over to the new feed, hers remained and languished in a bit of obscurity until I got my act together.

Not too long ago, I happened to be back in Bethlehem & I asked if we could catch up a bit. Once again, I recorded it and added it to the original episode before moving it over to the new feed here. 

Apparently, Ms. Info is now a Skepchick! This is an interesting tidbit because during our interview she made mention of the fact that she was a big supporter but was not an actual Skepchick. Since then things have changed and made at least part of this episode antiquated.

Enjoy!

Twitter: @MsInformation

Sheer Brick Studios: http://www.sheerbrick.com/

Direct download: Meet_Donna_Mugavero.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 5:02pm EST

MTS: Meet Ross Blocher

Ross Blocher is a mild mannered Disney artist by day, woo woo hunter by night. He is the co-host of "Oh No, Ross and Carrie! The Podcast." The tagline is "We show up, so you don't have to."

Along with his co-host Carrie Poppy, Ross investigates various religions, psuedosciences, alternative medical approaches, and more. They actually subject themselves to the process and report back in a podcast episode. 

Ever wonder about Kabbalah? Accupuncture? Mormonism? Ear Candling? Just check out Oh No, Ross and Carrie! to hear their first hand accounts.

In our interview, Ross and I talk about his advenures with the podcast, his efforts and time with the Independent Investigations Group, his conversion from devout Christian, and much more.

Check them out on Facebook at: ONRAC on FB

Direct download: Meet_Ross_Blocher.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 10:53am EST