SFR 285: In Which We Do The Show By Phone

–Strange Frequencies Radio cracked a Top Ten list on iTunes!  Big thanks to everyone for their support.
A mass-stabbing at a Pennsylvania High School has some of the same-old canards being bandied about.
Brandeis University withdraws honorary degree to Muslim critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali, citing SFRfingerprint“statements that are inconsistent” with their core values. Apparently, telling the truth is not one of their core values.
–NDE doc Melvin Morse sentenced to three years in prison for the waterboarding of his stepdaughter
OkCupid CEO is found to have donated to an anti-gay congressional candidate.  Is this hypocritical in light of the site’s stance against Mozilla’s ex-CEO Brandon Eich?  Will the “Equality Police” turn around and attack OkCupid now?
Peter Mayhew returns to Star Wars in the role he made famous
–The shocking death of Ultimate Warrior, and the media firestorm it set off.
–A look at science programming on television, featuring Cosmos, which may be starting to bore people, and Your Inner Fish, a new PBS mini-series based on the work of Neil Shubin.
–The show ends ungracefully as Jason’s phone begins to die.  We’ll return April 27th with all-new episodes of SFR.  Thanks, everyone!

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SFR 284: Hot Button Skepticism!

–Sharon Hill has published her latest Sounds Sciencey column about how we “gave up the ghost” and went from believer to skeptic. You can read it here.
–The latest IPCC report is in:  global warming is real, and its consequences are disastrous. Denying science, or ignoring reality is only going to make the problem worse.
–Not vaccinating children is a recipe for disaster, as the recent measles outbreak in California shows.
Another shooting at Fort Hood leaves multiple people dead, and over a dozen injured. Serious mental health problems and guns can be dangerous enough. Combining them can be deadly.
SFRfingerprint–We read an amazing review we recently received on iTunes that had us grinning from ear to ear.
–We review the recent season finale of The Walking Dead. Will we be able to offer any criticism of the show without fans getting mad at us?
–An alleged UFO crash in Elwood, KS has Twitter all stirred up. But only a few minutes of digging showed that it was a hoax.
–An openly gay scout leader is dismissed from the Boy Scouts of America. It seems if you are a closeted gay man, it’s fine. But if you are openly gay, you are “flaunting” your sexuality.
Mozilla’s CEO resigns in the wake of an uproar over his support of California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 legislation. Some are claiming victory. But is hounding people over their views until they are fired or resign really the best way to create a more tolerant and accepting atmosphere?

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SFR 283: Me, You, and Michio Kaku Part 2: The Future of the Mind

–The Ohio State mumps outbreak is causing anti-vaccination people to claim victory. But, not so fast! There is still, as usual, very good reasons to support the side of science-based medicine.
–Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales strikes a crushing blow, in the form of a verbal smackdown, to “alt-med” types who tried to petition the site into caving on fundamental principles.
–Big shock…well-known hoaxer Rick Dyer admits his latest Bigfoot scheme is a hoax.
–Will privacy continue to deteriorate because of your smartphone? Details about iBeacon beginning to worry more and more people.
–The trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake has hit the web. We discuss the internet community’s response, and give our thoughts on what we have seen.
kaku–USA Today opinion piece charges CNN with tabloid journalism regarding their coverage of the Malaysian Flight 370 mystery. Do they have a point? When does a respectable news organization become overly tabloid?
–POST-INTERVIEW: That ugly chapter in the skeptical community we spoke about last week? It has flared up again. We update the story, but won’t comment again until it truly is resolved.

In Hour 2, we speak with theoretical physicist Michio Kaku about his latest best-seller, “The Future of the Mind.” How will science lead the way in forming a new frontier of human consciousness? Could it be possible to upload memories and emotions to the internet? Can technology really make telepathy and telekinesis possible? These questions and more are answered.

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SFR 282: A Skeptical Look at an Afterlife Experience

Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Westbo Baptist Church, has passed away after being excommunicated from his own church in the summer of 2013.
Kevin Trudeau is sentenced to 10 years in prison for the lies and fraud “They” don’t want you to know about. It’s always good news when a scam artist gets put away, and this guy definitely had it coming.
–Media outlets like Fox News and CNN have compared Malaysia Flight 370 to Noah’s Ark, and speculated it could have been sucked up by a black hole or the Bermuda Triangle.
johnsweiss–Despite the death of Harold Ramis, the non-interest of Bill Murray, and Ivan Reitman abandoning the directorial duties, Ghostbusters 3 is set to begin filming as early as Fall 2014.
–In a hilarious turn of events on Twitter, Jenny McCarthy gets taken to the woodshed for her anti-vaccination views. She responds in the most pathetic of ways which shows the criticism is working.
–There are new details about the Stan Romanek child pornography investigation and arrest that make his situation appear very dire indeed.
–POST-INTERVIEW: An ugly chapter within the skeptical community has hopefully come to a close.

In Hour 2 of the program, we speak with John S. Weiss about the “afterlife experiences” he had, and how they changed his life now, as detailed in his book, “Life Goes On: A Skeptic’s Afterlife Education.”

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SFR 281: Doug Kenck-Crispin of “Kick Ass Oregon History”

–Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is not the first plane to seemingly disappear, not the first to be hard to find, and it wasn’t beamed up by aliens, okay?
–According to the fine folks at Pornhub, it turns out that the residents of the states which do not legally allow gay marriage watch a whole helluva lot more gay porn than the states that do. Curious. Very curious.
–Bobby recently watched “Dallas Buyers Club,” and he and Korbus give their thoughts.
–Updating the story of Walter Williams, the man who was pronounced dead and later woke up in the morgue, as he has now died. This time, it looks to be for real. “dougkc
–Right-wing zealots did a whole lot of hating of the new Cosmos series on FOX. Why? Well, because Jesus. And because Bible. But mostly just because they are ignorant fools.
–We review the premiere episode of “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” weigh its pros and cons, and engage with some of the more substantial criticisms it has received. Science!

In Hour 2, we were pleased to welcome Doug Kenck-Crispin of the “Kick Ass Oregon History” podcast. Along the way, we discover what would happen if you ran into the state of Oregon in a bar, unlock the mysteries of the Shanghai Tunnels, and get the lowdown on reports of a lactating Bigfoot and ghosts of dead whores.

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SFR 280: A Complete and Total Barf-O-Rama! Guest: Andy Lindberg

Psychic fraud kingpin Rose Marks is finally sentenced to prison for her role in her family’s multimillion dollar fortune-telling deception.
–Pope Francis lends encouraging words to some that he may be in favor of same-sex civil unions.  But wait!  Vatican spokespeople are downplaying his remarks, and legitimate questions need to be answered.
lindberg–New research indicates that not only can’t you change the mind of someone who is anti-vaccination, but that sometimes even trying to can backfire and make the problem worse.
–The Pentagon is wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars on woo woo. Project studies body language of world leaders, including Vladimir Putin, in attempt to gain insight into their decision-making.
–Rumors about the next installment in the “Terminator” movie series, Terminator: Genesis, indicates it may be something of a remake, prequel, and a sequel all in one.
–Previewing tonight’s premiere of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, starring our main man Neil deGrasse Tyson. Holy moly, we are excited.
–POST-INTERVIEW Bobby reflects on his interpretation after seeing the multiple Oscar-winning film “Gravity.”

In Hour 2 we welcomed Andy Lindberg, who portrayed David “Lardass” Hogan in 80s film “Stand By Me.”  Along the way, we talk about how he got the role, stories from behind the scenes of filming, and what he has been up to in the years since.  Fun interview!  Cool guy!

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SFR 279: Dr. Todd Disotell Talks “Bigfoot Bounty” and More

Harold Ramis – writer, director, star of many movies, including “Ghostbusters,” passes away.  We pay tribute with love and appreciation, and discuss the future of Ghostbusters 3.
–UFO nut Stan Romanek, fresh off his arrest for possession of child porn, now says he was violently attacked on the way to his mailbox.
–A man who was pronounced dead “comes back to life” in the embalming room, rightly freaking everyone the f#@k out.
–A crystal ball left in the sun sparks fire at couple’s home.  You don’t have to be a psychic to see that is dangerous.
td0Mormons declare war on masturbation.  No, seriously.  They are actively enouraging friends to not let friends masturbate, and giving tips on how to avoid accidentally masturbating in your sleep.  Or something.
–The Zodiac Killer case is back in the news.  Two men say that their friend confessed to being the infamous serial killer, and some are intrigued.  We’ll explain why we are staying skeptical for now.
–POST-INTERVIEW We break down Sunday night’s Academy Award telecast, giving our picks for the big awards and guessing who we think will win instead.

In Hour 2, we spoke with anthropologist and NYU professor Dr. Todd Disotell about cryptozoology and his time on Spike TV’s “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.”  Should scientists appear in cryptozoology shows?  What would it really be like to discover Bigfoot?  How can cryptozoological expeditions be more scientific?  These questions and more are answered by Dr. Disotell in this very interesting discussion.

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