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SFR returns November 23rd.

Join us as we walk among the weird, skeptically examining reports of the paranormal, picking apart pop culture, crime, and other fascinations of those of us who stalk the strange.

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SFR 309: Catching Up With Cosby

–A self-inflicted stabbing at the Villisca Ax Murder House has ghost hunters and skeptics alike wondering what in the heck happened. Was this a careless accident? Perhaps “provoking” gone too far? None of the above?
–Did a case of “mother’s intuition” really prevent a kidnapping in Utah? Or is there more to the story that too many journalists aren’t mentioning? We discuss a recent investigation Ben Radford wrote about for Discovery News.
–A 12 year old Russian boy claims to be magnetic - saying that kitchen utensils and coins stick to his body. But it isn’t true and, in fact, these kind of claims aren’t new.
–We open up the SFR Mailbag and publicly respond to a few tweets, comments, and SFR_Eyeemails we have received lately.
–Recommendations:
Bobby recommends “Undeniable” by Bill Nye
Jason recommends “Unlearning Liberty” by Greg Lukianoff
We both recommend the podcast “Serial” hosted by Sarah Koenig
–The Ku Klux Klan and the hacker group Anonymous are doing battle in cyberspace right now, with many cheering on the hackers. We speak against the tactics that both are using, because it does little more than incite violence and harassment.
–Cases of faith-healing often have negative outcomes, especially when the victims are children. We talk about recent cases involving convictions of neglectful parents, as well as areas of the country where children are dying and laws are protecting the perpetrators.
–The Dave & Busters restaurant chain tweets something about Taco Tuesday that some perceived as racist. We discuss whether it really was, or if this is a case of guilty white people being offended for other races.
–Dr. Matt Taylor, a scientist who helped land a probe on a comet, is taken to task for wearing a “casually sexist” shirt. We talk about the fallout, as well as ask whether or not women can be sexist, too.

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SFR 308: Why We Love Serial Killers

–New programming chief of Syfy calls shows like Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Witness “derivative filler,” signaling a coming shift in the paranormal reality television landscape.
–No, Pope Francis isn’t backing science over religion in the issues of evolution and the Big serialkillersBang. He’s just saying God got it started, which is not at all scientific.
–We admit that we “love” serial killers, and talk about some of the reasons they are so fascinating to us.
–Who are the serial killers that interest us most? Zodiac Killer, Jack the Ripper, and a few other names pop up here. Why them? There’s something about the unknown killer who taunted police that draw us in.
–A review of the 2008 book “Monster of Florence” by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi.
–A discussion of the best serial killer themed feature films.

In hour 2, we welcome back professor of sociology and criminologist Dr. Scott Bonn to speak about his new book, “Why We Love Serial Killers.”  We delve into some of the popular myths about serial murderers, discussing how these myths have been perpetuated.  We converse honestly about criminal profiling, describing how useful (or even un-useful) it can be.  And, of course, we talk about some of the main reasons so many us are fascinated by the criminal mind.

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SFR 307: The Weird, the Whacky, and the Woo

–True Crime lovers went bananas a few weeks back when, despite pleas for skepticism, they thought the Jack the Ripper case was solved.  Now comes word from experts that the case against suspect Aaron Kosminski is fraught with errors and is almost completely meaningless.
–A review of the new Destination America series, Ghost Stalkers, starring John EL Tenney and Chad Lindberg. Could we have possibly loved a show featuring a “wormhole detector,” Stone Tape theory rehash, and ley lines all treated as fact?
–Old BS is new again as alt-med woo woos dredge up a “blistering report” about the flu vaccine. We separate some of the popular myths from the facts, and discuss how profitable batman-logothe flu vaccine really is for “Big Pharma.” Hint: not nearly as much as you might think!
–It seems you can’t talk about gun safety, or how Americans are desensitized to gun violence, without lunatics wanting your family dead, you deported, and your right to speak your mind taken away from you. We look at one example where model Chrissy Teigen posted a harmless tweet about the Ottawa shooting, and talk about how the ubiquity of gun violence makes it almost impossible to avoid discussing in the aftermath of a tragedy.
Sam Harris joins Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks to “clear the air” about allegations that Harris is a racist and an Islamophobe when he criticizes the tenets of Islam. We pick apart some of the points of their 3 hour conversation, and try to decide if people are just not understanding the point, or are purposely trying to not understand it.
–We put the question to our Facebook page, and now we discuss it on the show: Is Batman a superhero? We’ll talk about why he is or is not, and discuss some of the comments we received online.

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SFR 306: A Cornucopia of Clickbait

–All the talk of Ebola, coupled with the nurse who tested positive after flying to the Cleveland area, has Bobby very concerned. Do we need a skeptical intervention?
A Vatican document which includes some softer language regarding gay people has many people (including atheists!) singing the praises of Pope Francis. But there is very good reason to exercise caution here.
SFR_Eye–A new NDE study has a lot of paranormalists proclaiming it to be proof-positive of life after death. However, even a cursory read of the paper shows that it is a lot more hype than substance.
–Chris Bovey made a simple video, and used it to fool chemtrail conspiracy theorists. Now, while some refuse to accept that they were made to look foolish, others are threatening him with anal rape. Oh yeah!
–The UK’s most popular psychic, Psychic Sally, has had a really bad past couple of weeks, enduring allegations of fraud, and having to fire her husband after he tried to strong arm a skeptical activist.
–We review the Joe Spinell horror movie, “Maniac,” and Jason gives his thoughts on the recent films, “Gone Girl” and “Boyhood.”

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SFR 305: From Christian to Atheist

Our names are Jason Korbus and Bobby Nelson.  We are atheists.  We do not hold belief in any Gods.  But, we weren’t always nonbelievers.  In fact, we were both Christians at one point.  So, how did we go from Christian to atheist?  Listen to this episode, and find out.

–We touch on our upbringing, and how our religious beliefs were instilled in us.  From there, we talk about why and how we began to shed those beliefs, and what the consequences were for that.
SFR_Eye–We get into popular arguments for the existence of God as well.  For instance, what else created the Universe if not for God?  And the world seems so perfectly designed…why shouldn’t we believe that God designed it for us?  Plus, what about the revelation of God through the Bible?  Don’t we get our morality from God?  All this and more is discussed.
–The topic of faith itself comes up as well.  If faith is defined as “belief in the absence of evidence,” why is it a virtue to have faith?  Shouldn’t we prefer evidence for our beliefs?  After all, aren’t there a lot of bad things that have happened because of faith?  We talk about the good and bad aspects of faith, but try to clarify that none of the good things require you to believe in the supernatural.
–Another thing we talk about is why atheists spend so much time refuting the existence of a God they don’t believe in.
–Finally, we touch on the recent disputes over how criticisms of Islam as a doctrine are conflated with bigotry against Muslims as people, and why we think this notion is completely ridiculous.

We hope this episode helped you to understand how we went “From Christian to Atheist,” but look forward to hearing your thoughts on this issue, wherever you are on the religious or non-religious scale.  Thanks for listening!

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SFR 304: Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic

**We had some technical difficulties on this show, which will result in some audio imperfections in the first hour.  Stick with it.  It DOES get better.**
–Ebola has hit the United States and people are freaking out.  Best we can tell, we are on the verge of an oubreak and it’s all Obama’s fault.  AAAHHHH!!
Police officer shot and killed outside Philadelphia during, of all things, a gun safety class. languagemythsGuess it just goes to show that, no matter how well-trained you are, one mistake can cost someone their life.
–Duggar daughter, in a stunning display of ignorance and illogic, manages to link the Holocaust with evolution and abortion.
–Breaking down the previews for the upcoming Ouija movie
–Bobby’s article on the history of the Ouija board and spirit communication is featured on the James Randi Educational Foundation’s “Swift” blog.

In hour 2, we spoke to linguist and skeptic Karen Stollznow about her newest book, “Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic.” Surprisingly to some, many issues involving society and pop culture have a relevance to linguistics. We touch on a range of issues, from Foreign Accent Syndrome to Bigfoot language, in a fun and very interesting discussion.

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