Meet The Skeptics!

Having been a fan of Skepticality, I knew I wanted to get both Derek and Swoopy as guests at one time or another. For no logical reason, I simply asked Derek first and he gladly obliged. An interview with Swoopy is in the works (at the time of this publication) and you should see it pretty soon. For any of you who don't know, Skepticality was one of the first Skeptical podcasts out there and it set the bar pretty high in terms of quality production and entertaining. We have all been struggling to catch up ever since they set the standard.

 

To put it in scientific, technical terminology, Derek’s a bright cookie. We was at the forefront of the podcasting movement (pre-dating Steve Jobs and iTunes’ participation). He helps organize Dragon*Con, the annual Mardis Gras for self proclaimed science geeks. He hosts Skepticality with partner “Swoopy,” and he basically keeps the rest of us on our toes with keen insight and a no-holds-barred attitude toward spreading reason and scientific thinking.

 

In this interview we talked about Derek's stroke a few years back, Skepticality, Dragon Con, and several other things. Enjoy!

 

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Direct download: Meet_Derek_Colanduno.m4a
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Richard Saunders is the host and producer of the weekly The Skeptic Zone podcast

Podcaster, Vodcaster and TV Skeptic as seen on'THE ONE', Richard is also Vice President of Australian Skeptics NSW. In his free time (free time?) he is also part of the Mystery Investigators show for schools.

Richard is also an origami expert and author of 30 books for children. He travels often to the USA to speak at conventions and meetings.

Richard founded Sydney Skeptics in the Pub. Details here.

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Direct download: MTS-Meet_Richard_Saunders.m4a
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Tim Farley hosts the website www.whatstheharm.net. He's well known in skeptical circles both for this website and for his regular daily updates on Skeptic History.

You can hear Tim's updates on The Skepticality podcast, or follow him on Twitter @Krelnik.

Don't forget to follow Meet The Skeptics on Twitter as well @MeetTheSkeptics.

Direct download: MTS-Meet_Tim_Farley.m4a
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Travis Roy is the founder and President of Granite State Skeptics. He is possibly one of the most active organizers, having travelled all the way to Australia for TAM Oz to give a workshop on Grassroots Skepticism. 

Most recently, Travis was named as an official member of the Skeptic Zone! He has some great stories of his work putting together Granite State Skeptics, some good advice for other local organizers, and some funny and interesting stories, one involving an irate mall kiosk salesman.

Enjoy!

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Direct download: MTS_Episode_14_-_Meet_Travis_Roy.m4a
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David Orr is a science blogger who piqued my interest with his blog “Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs.” I’ve always been a fan of dinosaurs, even having a pretty impressive collection of dinosaur models as a kid. Now, my own sons have taken a similar interest, so I relished the opportunity to speak with David and find out more about where modern science has come as it pertains to these prehistoric beasts.

 

David and I met on the Skeptalk Mailing list. Turns out, there are quite a few cool folks hanging out and debating with vigor over the various topics of the day.

Direct download: Meet_David_Orr.m4a
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I have to be honest. When I asked Mr. Randi’s personal assistant for an interview, I expected the brushoff. To me, it was sort of like casting a student film for art school and asking Will Smith to star in it. A polite, “thank you for your offer, but I’m quite busy” would have been completely appropriate. Instead, I was told “Sure. When would you like to do it?”

 

This interview was a bit difficult to prepare for. What could I ask James Randi that he hasn’t already been asked a million times? If ever there was a figurehead for the Skeptical Movement, it is undoubtedly The Amazing Randi.

 

Never afraid to stand up for what’s right, James Randi has led a fearless path toward truth and reality by offering a simple challenge to those who claim paranormal abilities. Go ahead and prove it. I’ll give you a Million Dollars.

 

Some books of Randi's include:

Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions

The Faith Healers

The Truth About Uri Geller

Make sure to visit the JREF website.

Direct download: MTS-_Meet_James_Randi.m4a
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