Coming up on Strange Frequencies Radio…

SFR_EyeJoin us Sunday at 3pm Eastern 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.
Some of the topics we will cover this week on the show:

* The shooting deaths of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, as well as the “chokehold” death of Eric Garner.
* Reviewing the movie, “Nightcrawler,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
* Sampling Canadian candy bars
* And, of course, much more!

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SFR 311: A Taste of Canadian Candy Bars

–The shooting death of 12yo Tamir Rice sparks outrage, not just because the deceased is a child, but because the officer, who many argue opened fire too quick, was previously considered unfit for duty by another department.
–The chokehold death of Eric Garner has many, including former president George W. Bush, wondering about the decisions of grand juries when it comes to charging police officers.
SFR_Eye–We finally give our thoughts on the shooting death of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, and explain our thoughts on why this grand jury in Ferguson decided there was no probable cause to charge the officer with a crime.
–Discussing the Ferguson riots, and whether or not criminal acts like these can lead to positive social change.
–Jason recommends “Eyewitness Testimony” by Elizabeth Loftus, while Bobby implores you to check out “The Invisible Gorilla” by Chabris/Simons
–Bobby reviews “Maniac,” which stars Elijah Wood in the role originally made famous by the great Joe Spinell.
–Jason reviews “Nightcrawler,” written and directed by Dan Gilroy and starring Jake Gyllenhaal as the sociopathic Louis Bloom.
–SFR Superfan Tasha recently sent us “a taste of Canada,” including a variety of Canadian candy bars that are tough to get ahold of here in the United States. We sample several, including Big Turk, Aero, Caramilk, and give our thoughts while our mouths are very much full.

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SFR 310: The Frequency Awakens!

–The CDC now says that the benefits of male circumcision outweigh the risks, sparking outrage and debate from many.  We talk about the science behind their decision, and weigh in with our thoughts on the report.
Rolling Stone magazine partially retracts story of a gang rape they published last month in the wake of new information which casts doubt on the accuser’s story. We discuss why, meldrumeven in sensitive cases, it is important to value evidence over outrage.
–A teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode 7: the Force Awakens is released and fan reactions are split. Resident Star Wars geek Bobby breaks down what he saw, while Jason puts forth a hypothesis about certain elements of Star Wars fandom.
–We recommend the documentary, “Twist of Faith.”
–James Randi challenges the incoming head of an Australian science agency on the topic of dowsing, offering the $1 Million prize if it can be proven to work under properly controlled conditions.
–Pope Francis promotes a man who once helped cover up child sex abuse to a position of prosecuting child sex abusers within the church. We ask why people continue to admire this pope so much despite stories like.

In Hour 2 of the program, we welcome Dr. Jeff Meldrum to discuss the past, present, and future of Bigfoot research.  We ask about the “skookum cast,” the Patterson-Gimlin film, and if there is anything that will make him change his mind.

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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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