SFR Returns February 21st


We hope you enjoyed our recent episode, featuring an interview with the Cigarette Smoking Man himself, William B. Davis.

It’s Valentine’s Day next week, and so that we can all spend time with the people we love the most, we’ll be taking Sunday off.  But do not fret, for we will return in two weeks, on February 21st, with all new episodes, and plenty of exciting adventures.

See you then!


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SFR 362: Where There’s Smoke…

–Zak Bagans has the infamous “Demon House” he purchased and filmed a documentary at torn down, prompting much speculation as to the reason why.
–NASA astronaut and conspiracist Edgar Mitchell has passed away. We talk about his proud legacy of space exploration, and his outspokenness about UFO visitation and psychic phenomena which tarnished his past accomplishments.
CSM–RECOMMENDATION: Jason recommends the book, “The Innocent Killer” by Michael Griesbach, for those who want an in-depth look at Steven Avery’s wrongful conviction, and a spotlight shined on problems within the criminal justice system.
–American Crime Story: the People vs OJ Simpson debuts on FX. What did we think of the show?
–Should real life tragedies, such as those involving Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, be turned into fodder for entertainment television?

In Hour 2, we welcome William B. Davis to the show. Best known for his role as the Cigarette Smoking Man on The X-Files, Mr. Davis takes us on a journey of his life and career in entertainment, as well as spends some time discussing his passion for science and skepticism. What a treat it was talking to him! Give a listen to the interview and let us know what you think.


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SFR 361: Cold Case Squad

–A grand jury convened to investigate Planned Parenthood decides that the evidence warranted indicting a pair who created deceptively edited videos about the organization. Let’s examine the charges, and see what we think.
–The X-Files returns after many years away and…we enjoy it! But wait, how can skeptics like us enjoy a program which is filled with so much untrue and non-scientific elements? We’ll let you know.
–Richard Dawkins is disinvited from a science and skepticism convention after he tweets a video that satirizes similarities between radical feminists and Islamists. Was this the right move for the conference to make? Or more capitulation to sacred cows?
–RECOMMENDATION: Jason recommends the book, “A Deadly Secret” by Matt Birkbeck, saying that people who liked the Robert Durst documentary series, The Jinx, will enjoy this look at the story told much more from the police’s perspective.
john-a-cameron–Dateline NBC and Investigation Discovery air specials on Steven Avery and the murder of Teresa Halbach on back-to-back nights. Neither did anything to change our minds, but online reaction is ridiculous.

In hour 2, we speak with cold case investigator and author John A Cameron about the late serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards, who Cameron believes killed dozens and dozens of high profile murder victims over the past several decades. Can we really take seriously a story that involves Edwards, at 13 years of age, killing the Black Dahlia? That the same guy later was the Zodiac Killer, the Atlanta Child Murderer, and more? Listen to the case presented, and decide for yourself whether or not it has merit.  We certainly don’t hold back our opinion.


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SFR 360: No Laughing Matter

–The Richard Dawkins Foundation For Reason & Science has merged with the Center For Inquiry.  Does this mean the organization will continue its mission creep away from skepticism and more towards combatting religion?  If so, is that a problem?  Let’s discuss.
–Tonight is the return of “The X-Files.” We are both excited, even if we admit there were large swaths of that series that are hard to get through. Will you be watching? Do you want to believe?
–Yes, it’s another “Making A Murderer” segment, okay? But when you hear the rap song by Brendan Dassey’s half-brother, you’ll understand why we just had to include it.
emeryemery–Black people, and other minorities, are shut out of Oscar acting categories again, and charges of racial bias are piling up. Would more diversity among the Academy’s voters change much? Which nominee(s) would you remove to insert the minority nominee of your choice?

In hour 2 we spoke to Emery Emery to get a comedian’s take on offensive comedy and the new breed of political correctness. (His voice sounds a little Darth Vaderish for a time, but it gets better, so hang in there…) Throughout the discussion, we talk about whether any topic can and should be turned into a joke, if there is any line that cannot be crossed, and if Emery himself has ever received backlash for a joke he made? This is a really great discussion on a fascinating topic.  Give it a listen!


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SFR 359: Ashes to Ashes

–We kick off the show by remembering some of the great entertainers who have passed away recently. Included: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Lemmy.
–Does this prove that “celebrity deaths come in threes,” as so many seem to believe? Not at all. It all comes down to who you consider a celebrity, and what timeframe you decide the deaths have to fall in.
–Steven Avery’s mother believes that murder victim Teresa Halbach is actually still alive, telling DJs during a radio interview that she thinks it is possible that Teresa was working with the police to frame her son. Do we think that’s possible? Hell no! But we also talk about why we feel sorry for her, and offer our criticisms of the interviewers.
dearcancer–Ricky Gervais told a joke about Caitlyn Jenner at the Golden Globes that many found distasteful and transphobic, and are calling on him to apologize for it. Gervais has refused, of course, and we absolutely agree with him. Besides, was it really transphobic at all?
–There has been a lot of talk that Ted Cruz, who is currently running for President, is actually not permitted to hold the office under the Constitution because he is not a “natural born citizen.” We discuss the merits of this argument, but also wonder if it is time to make any American citizen eligible to run, and do away with the “natural born” stuff.
–Jason had a dispute with his father recently over fluoride, and whether or not it is poison. Somehow that leads to both Bobby and Jason expressing our frustration with “Big Pharma” cancer conspiracy theories. Listen to see how it unfolds.
–Who killed Teresa Halbach? We gave our thoughts behind the crime at the center of Making A Murderer last week, but received emails from some listeners who had follow-up questions. We do our best to clarify our opinions, while also sharing more information that was left out from our previous episode.


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SFR 358: How A Murderer Is Made

–Jason actually went to the theater and saw Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and…well, he didn’t hate it. That’s something, at least!  Bobby questions him to find out what he liked and didn’t like about the movie.
–Sandy Hook massacre denying professor is fired by his university. We give our thoughts on the news, including our surprise at the reasons he was terminated.
–M. Night Shyamalan is rebooting Tales From the Crypt to air it on TNT this Fall. Will it be self-contained episodes, or a new anthology series? And what will become of the great Cryptkeeper?!?
netflix-making-a-murderer–We spend the rest of the show talking about the Netflix documentary series, “Making A Murderer,” which has become quite the pop culture sensation.  We give our thoughts on whether or not we think Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are guilty of the crime, if we think they had a fair trial, and get into the ins and outs of a lot of the evidence showcased in the series, other evidence that wasn’t, and more! We also talk about the nature of documentaries, the agendas they have, and how it can be tough to take them at face value sometimes. There is lots of feedback from the chat room, which leads to a variety of other angles, including ruminations on the criminal justice system itself, and, while we probably didn’t touch on everything, we tried our best to cover the most relevant information.


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SFR 357: New Year’s Revolutions

–What were some of the biggest viral hoaxes of 2015? Which did we fall for? Which did you fall for? What is it about certain stories that leads people to be duped?
–”Breaking News” is seen by a lot of eyes. How can we go about being more critical consumers of the headlines? Over at the Practical Skepticism blog, with a little help from the folks at On The Media, there’s a few good tips to follow.
–Bobby reviews Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “The Hateful Eight,” and vows he can do so without spoilers.
SFR_Eye–Jason wants to talk in-depth about the Netflix true crime series “Making A Murderer,” but doesn’t want to spoil the people who haven’t finished it yet. So, let’s set that for next week.
–RECOMMENDATION: Jason recommends the book, “Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America,” by author Kevin Cook. This leads to a discussion about the 1964 case, and the psychological research and changes in policing it spurred, with a little help on “The Bystander Effect” from BA Bobby Nelson.
–190 Muslims are out of work following a dispute over time for prayer at work. We pick apart the story and try to discern whether this is a case of religious rights being violated, or religious people looking for special treatment.
–Did you hear what Creationist ex-convict Kent Hovind said? Basically, he believes that God put contradictions in the Bible to weed out the non-believers. After we get done laughing, we break down the argument.
–If God was real, would we worship him? Bobby says yes, but Jason is not so sure.


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