Meet The Skeptics! (science and skepticism)
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

MTS: Meet Seth Shostak

Seth Shostak is the lead Astronomer for SETI, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. I have to admit that I was a bit giddy about this interview, as the movie Contact is one of my favorites. In the movie, Jodie Foster plays an astronomer who finds the signal sent by an alien civilization. The reality is a bit different, as Seth explains.

Seth also hosts a radio show/podcast titled "Big Picture Science," which I cannot recommend highly enough. He is the author of the book "Confessions of an Alien Hunter."

Direct download: Meet_Seth_Shostak.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

MTS: Meet Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is best known for his work as the blogger "The Friendly Atheist." He began his public activism career with a curious and creative Ebay auction that eventually became the inspiration for his book I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyes. His efforts to personally understand religion have informed his unique approach to promoting an Atheistic worldview as a better moral choice.

Hemant has also worked on the board of the Secular Student Alliance and helps run the charity Foundation Beyond Belief.

You can read Hemant's Blog at www.FriendlyAtheist.com.

Follow him on Twitter at: @Hemantmehta.

Direct download: Meet_Hemant_Mehta.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 6:45am EDT

MTS: Meet Steven Novella

We've hit the big 5-0! I'm really excited an happy to be able to offer this interview with Dr. Steven Novella. The Skeptics Guide to the Universe was one of my earliest, favorite podcasts and was my primary introduction to the whole world of active Skepticism. Steven Novella is one of the figureheads of the movement and is a tireless advocate for reasoned, scientific approaches to societal problems. 

In addition to the Skeptics Guide Podcast, Dr. Novella writes blogs at Science Based Medicine, Neurologica, and has produced 2 lecture series for The Great Courses: 

Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us.

Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

You can also catch him at Skeptical conferences all over the world.

Direct download: Meet_Steve_Novella_2.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

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 EDT

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

Make your own slide show at Animoto.

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT