Wed, 25 December 2013
Announcement! Not only is the 25th December the birthday of the Token Skeptic podcast - it's also the day that the Patreon support site is launched!
Check out http://www.patreon.com/kyliesturgess and consider supporting the show into 2014! There's rewards for your support and even goals to reach along the way, so I hope you can be a part of the new Token Skeptic show.
We all know that you can't believe everything you read in the papers - but that truism extends far beyond the celebrity pages and gossip columns, and even turns into ‘real’ news. The near-invisible influence of PR companies is often pivotal in deciding what news gets told, and how it gets reported. And that's where Michael Marshall comes in to help.
Michael Marshall is the co-founder and vice-president of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and appears on the Skeptics with a K, Righteous Indignation and Strange Quarks podcasts. Besides organising national and international campaigns against homeopathy, he writes about the often-unsuspected role of PR in modern media. He does talks about Bad PR as well as writing the popular blog at http://bad-pr.tumblr.com. You can catch him at QEDCon, the great Question, Explore, Discover convention that will be running from the 12-14 April in 2014.
Theme songs are P&P by Derek K. Miller of www.penmachine.com and Leap Second by Milton Mermikides, of www.miltonmermikides.com. Additional music, "Mellowtron" and "Wish Background" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).
Please leave positive comments and reviews on iTunes and consider supporting the show via visiting Tokenskeptic.org - and I'd love to get your feedback via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct download: Token_Skeptic_173_-_On_Bad_PR_-_Michael_Marshall.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am HKT
Mon, 23 December 2013
With years of experience in investigating paranormal claims and teaching critical thinking, the combined powers of Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero present the arguments for and against the existence of the most famous (and debated) monsters in history. Abominable Science takes on the likes Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and Mokele Mbembe (or the Congo dinosaur) - all delivered in a colourful and analytical fashion.
If you ever had any questions about the psychology and cultural influences behind the stories that had you captivated as a kid (and for some, still believing in their existence now), then this is the book you need on your shelf.
Please leave positive comments and reviews on iTunes and consider supporting the show via visiting Tokenskeptic.org - and I’d love to get your feedback via email@example.com.
Direct download: Token_Skeptic_172_-_On_Abominable_Science.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm HKT