Meet The Skeptics!
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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

MTS: Meet Brian Keith Dalton (Mr. Deity)

Brian Keith Dalton is far better known as Mr. Deity, regularly depicting his own take on the stories and circumstances depicted throughout the bible in a humorous web series that has become a "must see" for anyone serious about biblical criticism. While the series itself tends not to shine a very favorable light on the stories from scripture, it has ironically been embraced even by many within the Christian community as a great starting point for discussion. During our interview we talked about his past, living in a mixed marriage (religious vs. non), the many wives of Joseph Smith, and much more.

Brian is an "Forman" (Former Morman) who now splits his time between producing new Mr. Deity episodes and public speaking engagements. You can check out his stuff on the web at any of the links below, or even watch the very first episode of Mr. Deity right here.

Facebook: Mr. Deity FB Page

YouTube Channel: Mister Deity on YouTube

Mr. Deity Website

Twitter: @MrDeity


Direct download: Meet_Brian_Dalton.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 9:39am EDT

MTS: Meet Derek Bartholomaus

Derek Bartholomaus is best known as the creator and publisher of the Jenny McCarthy Body Count website. Since 2007 he has been compiling statistics to demonstrate that the anti-vaccine movement in the United States (with its figurehead Jenny McCarthy) has had a solid, measurable, negative impact in the form of an ever increasing number of preventable deaths and illnesses.

In addition to the JMBC website, Derek also has a website devoted to the Billy Meier UFO Case and another as a fun lure for unsuspecting, self deluded psychics. In our interview we spoke about these sites, his activities with the IIG, and much more.

You can follow Derek on Twitter at: @derekcbart

Websites:

www.BillyMeierUFOCase.com

www.JennyMcCarthyBodyCount.com

www.Psychic-Union.org


Direct download: Meet_Derek_Bartolomaus.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

MTS: Meet Jeff Wagg

Jeff Wagg has been a recognizable name in the Skeptics community for quite some time. He worked at the JREF for several years, managing the Million Dollar Prize. He started and ran a website; IndieSkeptics.com before handing it over to Andrew Gould.

Most currently, Jeff runs a travel business known as Skeptours. While I haven't yet had the chance to attend one of these tours, I can tell you that any self respecting skeptic with an excess of cash and a spirit of adventure should absolutely check it out. Skeptical, science minded vacations head to such places as The Bermuda Triangle, The Galapagos Islands, Alaska, and the Mayan Ruins of the Yucatan.

Follow Jeff on Twitter at @JeffWagg.

Direct download: Meet_Jeff_Wagg.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 12:00am EDT