Announcing Science Sunday

December 23, 2009

The Voice of Reason Broadcast Network is pleased to announce “Science Sunday” — a series of weekly broadcasts on science and skepticism. Science Sunday will consist of four individual programs not directly hosted by VoR, but rather rebroadcast by VoR with the kind permission of the program creators. The programs will air every Sunday starting December 27, 2009, and will run from 9:00pm to 12:30am, Eastern U.S. time. Science Sunday broadcasts will not be archived by VoR; the podcasts are available at the respective web sites of the individual programs (linked below).

Science Sunday is a first step toward providing a much more extensive and varied schedule around the clock to inform and entertain VoR listeners. Please stay tuned for more changes in the schedule in early 2010.

The four Science Sunday programs scheduled to air on VoR are:

9:00 PM: The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe is a weekly podcast talk show discussing the latest news and topics from the world of the paranormal, fringe science, and controversial claims from a scientific point of view.

Produced by The New England Skeptical Society (NESS) in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF).

[SGU archive]

10:30 PM: Skeptoid with Brian Dunning

Skeptoid is a weekly science podcast dedicated to furthering knowledge by blasting away the widespread pseudosciences that infect popular culture.

Each weekly episode focuses on a single phenomenon — an urban legend, a paranormal claim, alternative therapy, or something just plain stupid — that you may have heard of and that you might believe in. Skeptoid attempts to expose the folly of belief in non-evidence based phenomena, and more importantly, explains the factual scientific reality.

[Skeptoid arhcive]

11:00 PM: Are We Alone?: Science radio for thinking species

Could there be life-forms on worlds far beyond the bounds of Earth? The search for life as we don’t know it begins with understanding life as we do.

Are We Alone? is a one-hour program, produced by the SETI Institute. From amoebas to androids to antimatter, Are We Alone? weaves together humor and compelling interviews into themed programs about the biggest ideas in evolutionary biology, genetics, paleontology, technology, and physics – as well as cosmology and astronomy.

[Are We Alone? archive]

12:00 AM: Astronomy Cast

Astronomy Cast takes a fact based journey through the cosmos as it offers listeners weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology. Hosted by Fraser Cain (Universe Today) and Dr. Pamela L. Gay (SIUE), this show brings the questions of an avid astronomy lover direct to an astronomer. Together Fraser and Pamela explore what is known and being discovered about the universe around us.

[Astronomy Cast archive]


4 Responses to “Announcing Science Sunday

  1. Mike Bailey on December 27th, 2009 7:26 pm

    Science podcasts are a really good idea. I I wish this had been my suggestion.

  2. icr on December 30th, 2009 4:55 pm

    The “skeptics” at The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe are pseudo-scientific HBD-denialists: SGU 117

    In the above episode they trash James Watson.

  3. Fenrisulfr on December 31st, 2009 6:03 pm

    You are right, ICR, if one disagrees about anything that is, according to you, correct, then it has no place on VoR.

    Seriously; it is this all-or-nothing nonsense which pervades that causes trouble. If they are incorrect, note that they are incorrect and make one’s case in a civilised manner.

    I will even go out on a limb and submit that monotheism is responsible for this all-or-nothing mentality. It reeks of the false logical sequence of using a holy text (or in the case of ICR, his holy opinion) as a means of determining whether something is correct.

  4. Steve(Codex) on January 1st, 2010 2:04 am

    Thanks Fen!

    So icr picks a 10 minute conversation out of about 300 hours of SGU podcast programming and says they’re a bunch of pseudo-scientific crackpots because they voice disagreement with James Watson on race (btw, Watson’s statement about black employees may be relevant to a lot of employers, but it was a really poor way to make his case, imo).

    It is exceedingly rare that the SGU panel discuss race (I’ve heard all of the SGU shows and only remember it coming up in any way whatsoever a couple of times). So the topic of race has been broached only a tiny fraction of one percent of their air time.

    The reason we are airing SGU (and the other shows on Sunday nights) is because of the way they use critical thinking to analyze the topics. Dietrich once mentioned on the Friday night show that he would like VoR programming to teach the listening audience critical thinking, and I wholeheartedly agree. So these shows are for the enlightenment of the audience, regardless of their political viewpoint.

    When you listen to The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, note how Dr. Novella breaks down the topics under discussion and analyzes the good and bad of each. Listen to how Brian Dunning critically breaks down the topics he covers on his Skeptoid podcasts. You may not agree with them on all topics, but you should learn from their methods.

    None of the hosts of the shows we are airing on Sunday nights are racists, antisemites, nationalists, etc. Steven Novella and Brian Dunning were kind enough to give us permission to air their shows, and the other two have given pretty much open permission as long as you don’t use them for commercial purposes or alter their content and that you give them due credit for their work. VoR is airing these shows to teach people how to use their minds in a way that is not conveyed very well in America’s school systems, as well as to enlighten the audience on the topics covered. We don’t expect our audience to agree with everything they say (though I, personally, think they are spot-on about 99% of what they cover). We air them for the overall educational value.