Episode 112: Science and Politics – GMOs in Hawaii

This week we welcome journalist Amy Harmon to Lab Out Loud.  Harmon recently wrote an article for the NY Times in which she examined a county council in Hawaii that wanted to ban genetically modified organisms.  Listen to the show as Harmon unravels the intersection of politics and science in this heated debate, and you will discover many resources that […]

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Episode 57 – Preventing Bad Science in the Classroom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL57.mp3   Finishing our UK tour, we talk with Dr. Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks and Big Pharma Flacks.  Dr. Goldacre talks to us about interpreting scientific results, the tricks used to deceive us, and how science teachers might combat bad science in the classroom. badscience.net Bad Science Column at guardian.co.uk Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks and Big […]

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Episode 47 – Evolution for the Young Reader

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL47.mp3   Our guest this week is Daniel Loxton, editor of Junior Skeptic and author/illustrator.  Daniel joins us to talk about Junior Skeptic, shepherding and his new book: Evolution: How we and all Things Came to Be. Links: Wikipedia Entry on Daniel Loxton Evolution: How we and all Things Came to Be (Amazon.com) Junior Skeptic Explains Evolution (Wired) Junior Skeptic […]

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Lab Out Loud at the Amaz!ng Meeting 7

This weekend Brian and I are happy to be in Las Vegas attending The Amaz!ng Meeting7 (TAM7). TAM7 is a conference sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) that showcases speakers and guests that focus on critical thinking and skepticism. You might remember our discussion with Phil Plait (a.k.a. The Bad Astronomer) in episode 12 when we talked about […]

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Episode 24 – The Bad Astronomer Returns

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL24.mp3   We welcome Phil Plait (aka The Bad Astronomer) back to the show.  Phil talks to us about the International Year of Astronomy and highlights a few events planned for the IYA.  As President of the James Randi Educational Foundation, Phil also discusses the role of skepticism in education. Links: The Bad Astronomer at Discover Magazine Original BA site […]

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Episode 12 – Skepticism and the Bad Astronomer

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/nstalol12.mp3   Today’s guest calls himself the Bad Astronomer. Phil Plait is an astronomer, an author, and a well-known blogger at www.badastronomy.com. Phil talks to us about myths and skepticism in the science classroom. Preview from the show: Plait: I am in fact a skeptic. In the public mind – if you ask somebody “what’s a skeptic” – most people […]

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