Meet The Skeptics!
MTS: Meet John Rael

John Rael is a Skeptical Comedian who has been producing a series of videos for several years now. The Skeptically Pwned series takes on all types of woo via a less traditional debate approach..... Moving beyond "Skeptically Pwnd," John has also gained a level of notoriety for making a short documentary about giving away his vote (apparently legal) and a series titled "Shit Skeptics Say" as seen in the first installment below.

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You can find out more about John and his unique approach to Skeptical Activism here:

Website: http://skepticallypwnd.com/

YouTube Page: http://www.youtube.com/user/skepticallypwnd

Twitter: @SkepticallyPwnd

Direct download: Meet_John_Rael_2.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 11:14am EDT

MTS: Meet Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a theoretical cosmologist specializing in dark energy and general relativity. In other word, this dude is smart. I had been watching his Dark Matter, Dark Energy course from The Great Courses when I happened to also hear him interviewed on The Skeptics Guide to the Universe. I knew then that I wanted to have him on my show. 

A few months later, I ran into him in an elevator at TAM only hours after watching one of his lectures on the airplane out to Las Vegas. We chatted for a few minutes as I tried to act cool. After TAM, I shot him off an email inviting him on the show and he readily accepted. So, enjoy!

Sean's Website: Preposterous Universe

Dr. Carroll's books.

    

Watch the unedited video of our interview. See all the mistakes that got edited out!

Direct download: Meet_Sean_Carroll.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

MTS: Meet Jonny Zavant

Jonny Zavant is a Mentalist who got his start working for James Randi himself. He travels the country doing Corporate and College shows, proving that miracles can happen, but only when the performer is in full control of the situation.

We talked about his introduction to James Randi on a College Campus, how he managed to get college credit for having fun, and a little bit about his upbringing as a minister's son.

Check out his website at www.JonnyZavant.com

Follow Jonny on Twitter: @JonnyZavant

Direct download: Meet_Johnny_Zavant.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

MTS: Meet Matt and Hai Ting

I met Matt Schickele and Hai Ting Chinn at NECSS 2012, where Hai Ting performed a musical ode to logical fallacies along with George Hrab. During the conference I got to know the two of them, and really grew to enjoy their approach of merging a love for science with their ample talents as musicians. Hai Ting is an Opera and Classical music singer, and Matt is a composer.

Matt and Hai Ting host their own podcast, "Scopes Monkey Choir." There, they tackle various scientific topics while applying their own experience and expertise in music.

www.ScopesMonkeyChoir.com

Check out Libration, a great collaberation that merges Matt's composition skills with Hai Ting's beautiful voice and their love of science.

And below, check out Hai Ting singing the ingredients of Twinkies on The Wendy Williams Show. No, I'm not kidding. Check it out. You'll see.

Direct download: Meet_Matt_and_Hai_Ting.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

This is another of the "Live From TAM 2012" interviews & it's one I have been looking forward to for quite a long time. I have always admired the successes of the Australian Skeptics and Dr. Rachie is one of the key people fighting the good fight down under.

Check out the interview!

Dr. Rachie's Website

The Skeptic Zone Podcast

Direct download: MTS_Rachael_Dunlop.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

MTS: Meet Guy P. Harrison

Guy P. Harrison is a journalist and author of 3 very important books in the Skeptical Literary genre. 

50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God

Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know About Our Biological Diversity

50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

We talked about his books, his life as a Journalist, growing up in the Bible Belt, and much more.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, you can also watch the unedited version of this interview in video below! 

Direct download: Meet_Guy_P_Harrison_2.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

MTS: Meet Kitty Mervine

I have crossed paths with Kitty Mervine on several occasions over the past few years and she is always ready with a cheery smile and a fun story. We both attended College of Curiosity and NH Skepticamp as well as TAM 9 and TAM 2012. 

Kitty is a blogger at www.TwoDifferentGirls.com, councils people who believe they have been abducted by aliens, and writes childrens books that take time honored fairy tales and mixes them up with a Skeptical blender! You can see the quick video we recorded at TAM below. This took place just a few minutes before we sat down to do the podcast episode interview.

Get yourself a copy of Kitty's book today! Fairy Tales Fairly Told

Direct download: Meet_Kitty_Mervine.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 12:50pm EDT

The first of the "Live From TAM 2012" interviews!

I had heard about Chris Stedman a while back when he was scheduled to speak for the Granite State Skeptics in New Hampshire. I was invited to attend, but wasn't able to fit it into my schedule. When I read up on Chris and his background, I knew I wanted to get him on the show. Chris is a Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and is fast becoming a well known voice in Interfaith activism. His first book "Faithiest" is scheduled for release in November, but already has impressive sales in pre-order. Chris has also gotten the chance to both publicly tussle with PZ Myers and invite Sam Harris to join him at a Mosque.

Click the book below to find and order your own copy!

On Twitter: @ChrisDStedman

Website: http://nonprophetstatus.com/

Harvard Humanists: http://harvardhumanist.org/

Direct download: Meet_Chris_Stedman.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

MTS: Meet JT Eberhard

JT Eberhard crashed onto the Atheist scene with an undercover operation when he infiltrated the Vatican as a janitor. As bishops and priests passed him in the hallway, he would whisper in their ears and gradually deconvert them one by one. Eventually they discovered the cause of the thinning ranks at the top of the church and he was fired even after the Pope himself declared that the doorknobs "have never been so shiny!"

He then moved on to a career as a cartoonist in Denmark with a popular strip "Mohammed and Toodles the Cat." After receiving various death threats (actually could have been anything, he doesn't understand Arabic), he moved back to the United States to intern with Oprah Winfrey. Sadly that was short lived when he once suggested that they check on the validity of one of her guest's claims. Out of a job once again, JT searched and found a home at the Secular Student Alliance. He wasn't working, just living there. When they explained that he would have to earn his keep, he took on some duties & wrote a blog too. 

Blog: What Would JT Do?

Oh yeah... There's this thing too: Skepticon

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Direct download: MTS-_Meet_JT_Eberhard.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

MTS: Meet Michael Goudeau

Michael Goudeau is a juggler, unicyclist, stage performer, writer, pancake artist, barbecue grill cover creator and former clown with the Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was the lead writer on  Penn & Teller's "Bullshit," and co-hosts the podcast "Penn's Sunday School." For 19 years, he appeared as the comdey act in Lance Burton's Las Vegas show. Some have called him the most successful juggler in Las Vegas history. 

Aside from stage performing and juggling, Michael shared some great stories of his life, his concerns about the harm being done by anti-vax activists, the real reasons he didn't go to church as a child, and much more.

Website: http://www.mikegoudeau.com/

Book: Extreme Pancakes

And you HAVE to check out this video clip!

Direct download: Meet_Michael_Goudeau.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT