Coming up on Strange Frequencies Radio…

SFR_EyeWe had a lot of fun with the EVP Listening Party, and it seems like you did, too.  Great feedback so far.  Let’s do it again someday!  In the meantime…

Join us this Sunday at 3pm Eastern (12pm Pacific) 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.

See ya then!

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SFR 300: EVP Listening Party 3!

Today, for our 300th episode, we take an abbreviated look at the “World of the Weird,” then dive right into clip after clip of alleged ghost voices.  Along the way we ask ourselves, “Are we deaf?  Or do all ghosts have laryngitis?”

SFR_Eye–9yo girl accidentally kills gun safety instructor while he taught her to fire an Uzi. We discuss the reaction from firearm experts, and how this story unnecessarily brought out the crazies.
–Amy Bruni gets criticism for posting a Ouija-themed Happy Meal box as a joke. Though Snopes was quick to debunk the McOuija, we still can’t help but wanting one.
–Vic Stenger, accomplished physicist, author, and critic of religion has died at the age of 79. We share a few thoughts about him, including remembrances of his appearance on Strange Frequencies Radio.

The EVP Listening Party returns! Look forward to a brief history of Electronic Voice Phenomenon, our opinion on how recording it is kind of like the modern day seance for the technologically inclined, as well as some likely natural explanations for the “voices” you hear on tape. We’ve gathered a variety of samples from ghost hunting teams and other paranormal organizations, play them and then try to guess just what the whiskey-voiced ghosts are talking about, and attempt to skeptically illustrate that EVP just isn’t all it’s cracked up to be by the average ghost hunter.

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SFR 299: The Science of Tallywacker Size

–Richard Dawkins is in hot water again for comments he made on Twitter about aborting fetuses with Down Syndrome. We try to give some context to the comments, and ask what each other would do if we were carrying babies with this genetic disorder.
–American journalist James Foley is beheaded by Islamic State radicals in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. Can someone see this video and still think faith is a virtue? What is the difference between a religious fundamentalist and the average religious person, anyway?
SFR_Eye–The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has its share of doubters and detractors. Despite how many of us are tired of seeing the videos, the fact is, it is succeeding beyond anyone’s expectations. Still…what should people do if challenged?
Henry Rollins wrote a piece for LA Weekly saying he has lost respect for Robin Williams, as well as anyone else who commits suicide. This, of course, led many people to lose respect for Henry Rollins, which eventually led him to apologize.
–Penis size is a subject which both fascinates and troubles many men, with up to 45% of guys feeling their penis is too small. Well, we’ve dug into the science of tallywhackers, and the truth is most men have nothing to worry about.
–How long should sexual intercourse last? We checked out a couple informal polls, and the answers may be surprising to some.
–Korbus relates a story from this past week where he discovered an article he wrote about fraud within the paranormal community was heavily plagiarized by someone else writing about fraud in the paranormal community.
–Facebook is planning to add a satire tag to links from sources like The Onion. This may be very useful. Still, why are so many people so quick to post fake news stories without doing even a moment of fact-checking? We have a few possible answers.

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SFR 298: Mysterious New Mexico

–We mourn the loss of actor and comedian Robin Williams, sharing our favorite moments from a career that spanned comedic and dramatic success.
–Robin Williams’ suicide prompts multiple ignorant responses, from PZ Myers, Shep Smith, and Rush Limbaugh, among others.
mysterious-nm-cover–West Coast Correspondent Lou joins us by phone to talk about a recent incident in which a butthurt paranormalist attacked him with racial slurs.
Frank Sumption, creator of the “Frank’s Box,” which was said to be able to communicate with the dead, aliens, and other discarnate entities, has passed away.

In Hour 2 of the program, we spoke to paranormal investigator and author Benjamin Radford about his latest book, “Mysterious New Mexico.” We gab about ghosts, monsters, and get the inside scoop on the legends and lore from inside the Land of Enchantment. Also, why are so many books on subjects such as these rife with poor scholarship? What constitutes a mystery being “solved”? All this and more are covered in this wild and crazy interview.

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SFR 297: A Bipedal Bear Does The Macarena

–Brian Dunning, host of the popular Skeptoid podcast, and a prominent leader in the skeptical community, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in a wire fraud scam.
–A new video of a bipedal bear shows just how easy it might be to mistake something similar for a Bigfoot.
SFRlogo–Toledo declares its tap water safe to drink, but some doubts (as well as hysteria over chemical treatments) still linger.
–Ebola remains a terrifying topic for many.
–Bobby reviews the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, calling it a fun flick. Korbus long ago decided it sucks and will not be seeing it in theaters.
–The AP reports the recent stonings of two women in Syria for the crime of adultery. We touch briefly on The Islamic State (ISIS) and what our feelings are regarding intervening in Iraq.
–A Tampa pastor cancels a memorial service upon learning the deceased was gay.
–Bobby makes up a story on Facebook about his wife being propositioned by another man in his presence. The reactions of people upon learning it was a joke illustrate how difficult it can be for some to admit that they were fooled.

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SFR 296: Don’t Drink the Water!

–Toledo Ohio, our hometown, is under a State of Emergency due to a toxic water supply.  We give the scoop on what happened, and what is being done.
Ryan Buell and PRS facing increasing heat, now from investigative reporters, over the “ripoff reports” from fans who were not reimbursed when events were canceled.
SFRfingerprint–Update on the Slenderman stabbing case: one of the perpetrators has been found incompetent to stand trial after examination reveals she can’t seem to tell fantasy from reality.
–Two more infants have contracted herpes after undergoing bizarre Jewish circumcision ritual involving oral suction of their genitalia.  When will this stop?
–Pastors and faith healers are facing jail time for falsely claiming to be able to heal victims of Ebola virus through “God’s word” and the laying on of hands.
–Mike Adams of Natural News incites violence against anyone who supports the use of GMO foods, as well as those who do not buy into the anti-GMO hysteria.
–Korbus says Sharknado 2: The Second One was a superior experience to the original.
–Bobby asks, “When is cannibalism acceptable?”

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SFR 295: The Philosophy of Pseudoscience

–Police indicate that self-proclaimed UFO contactee Stan Romanek faked assault against himself in wake of child pornography charges.
–New Age nutter JZ Knight, famous for “channeling” 35,000 year old warrior spirit Ramtha, is suing her ex-students for leaking video of her drunken racist, anti-gay rant.
pigliucci–Ken Ham says the work of NASA is basically pointless because any aliens we may find are going to Hell anyway.
–A new Rasmussen survey indicates that, yes, Americans really do believe a lot of crazy conspiracy theories.
–Would you have sex with a robot?  Poll indicates 1 in 5 would.

In Hour 2, scientist and professor of philosophy Massimo Pigliucci joins us to discuss the recently published “Philosophy of Pseudoscience” essay collection that he co-edited.  Along the way, our conversation covers the “demarcation problem,” how to better tell the difference between sound science and nonsense, and why this issue is as important as ever.

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