Meet The Skeptics!
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

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