SFR Saturday Night!

SFR_EyeJoin us on a special date & time of Saturday at 8pm 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.  What’s in store on Saturday night? Well, we will be…

–Having some fun with the #CharlieCharlieChallenge game sweeping the interwebs.
–Performing a live ghost box session and, yes, listening to some EVPs!
–Plus, we’re re-opening our old case files, so get ready to laugh along with us.
–All that, and of course, much more.

It should be a fun and entertaining program, and hopefully the chat room will be hopping. If you want to join in on the party, simply click on “Listen Live” button at showtime to listen, watch, and chat.  See ya then!

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SFR 332: Duggar Family Values

–TLC pulls “19 Kids and Counting” after a sexual molestation scandal is revealed which implicates reality show star, and anti-LGBT campaigner, Josh Duggar.
–Has the time come to stop referring to ourselves and others as black, white, etc? An article seen on Addicting Info prompts a discussion about the social construct of race, and why, despite the objection of many, we think it can still be useful.
–Shootout between rival biker gangs in Waco disproves the idea of more guns leading to polite society. But it also prompted us to think about the era of the Wild West, and finding out it wasn’t as “wild” as we once thought.
SFR_Eye–Recommendations: Bobby does his best to insert Star Wars into every discussion by recommending…Star Wars.  Meanwhile, Jason thinks many will find value in the HBO documentary “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall,” which he feels is an insightful and moving portrayal of compassion during the dying process.
–Thinking more about life inside prison led us to wonder whether higher education should be made available to more prisoners. Our initial reticence about it led to us asking if educating prisoners at taxpayer expense would actually be cheaper and more ethical in the long run.
–After a debate at Stony Brooke University between an Atheist and a Christian apologist, the participants are surprised to learn that an LGBTQ community group was demanding an apology and censure of administrators who allowed the apologist a venue to speak. We talk about the issue of free speech on campus, and discuss whether it is better to fight bad arguments with good arguments or with censorship.
–Well publicized sexual assault allegations involving two prominent members of the skeptical community have been resolved after the accuser signs a statement more or less admitting the charges were untrue.

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SFR 331: A New Beginning

–We are glad to be back, and recording/broadcasting with a new soundboard. Plus, we have a plan in place to prevent Patches the Button Chewing Cat from destroying it.
–Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will receive the death penalty, and Bobby is fascinated by the whole scenario.
SFR_Eye–Children are sick, and others have died after receiving vaccinations in Chiapas, Mexico. The vaccine itself was not the cause. So, what happened?
–So-called “smoking gun” evidence of intelligent extraterrestrial visitors to Earth, “Roswell slides” claiming to show an alien body, turn out to be a big, fat, stupid hoax. Of course they do!
–A new Pew Research poll shows that Christianity is losing ground in the United States, while atheists and agnostics are growing. We discuss what could be the cause of this finding.
–Bobby attended a Catholic “welcoming ceremony” Saturday evening, and was taken aback at how strange it all was.
–Recommendations: Not sure if this is a recommendation or not, but Jason talks about seeing a new HBO documentary on Gilberto Valle, AKA “the Cannibal Cop,” an New York police officer who was arrested and convicted of plotting the kidnapping, murder, and eating of women, before subsequently having his conviction overturned. What do we make of this compelling story? And could Valle go on trial again?
–Have you heard of Periscope? The app that lets you broadcast live from anywhere you have internet or cellular connection? Jason has been checking it out, and thinks it may well change the world.
–Massimo Pigliucci, in a recent post on Scientia Salon, reflects on some of the problems within the skeptic and atheist movements. We talk about where we agree and disagree (though we’re pretty heavy on agreements) and think about where we might go from here.

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SFR 330: Too Much Static To Stand

(Note:  We gave serious thought to not posting this show.  The audio quality on the recording is terrible, and we will be upgrading to a new soundboard before our next episode.  In the meantime, our hope is that you can still enjoy the effort via the Dropbox link below.  Thanks!)

–The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight last night revealed a lot about human nature.
Montel Williams apologizes for Sylvia Browne blowing it on the Amanda Berry disappearance. Nice that he apologized, but is it too little, too late?
–A true crime documentary on HBO, “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” which revolves around serial murders in Los Angeles, had interesting parallels to events currently going on in Baltimore.
–Recommendations: Bobby recommends a philosophical tome in “The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life.”  Then, Jason recommends a short book by Greg Lukianoff called, “Freedom From Speech,” which explores a disturbing trend in academia.
–We discuss how ridiculous “trigger warnings” are, how they infantilize women and minorities, and decide that life itself is all one big trigger warning.
–Good news: Rubella has been effectively eliminated from the Americas! Vaccines work!
–We close today’s show by opening our old ghost hunting case files for a new semi-regular segment. In this edition, Jason reads an email he sent to a 14 year old girl who wanted to come along on our investigations.

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SFR 329: Sad Madison Productions

–We watched the Diane Sawyer interview of Bruce Jenner, and it got us talking about a variety of issues involving transgender people.
–Dr. Oz is responding to his critics by saying they are trying to silence him, and that his freedom of speech is being attacked. Sorry, Mehmet, we just don’t think that makes any sense.
–Bobby and Jason discuss some recent “schoolings” they gave to relatives, and how so often people feel their opinions trump facts, and thus shouldn’t be questioned.
SFRfingerprint–An Ohio ghost hunter, who has been arrested on charges related to child sex abuse, sparks a larger discussion about whether you can trust any so-called paranormal investigator into your home.
–Bobby is still excited about the newest Star Wars trailer.
–Recommendations: Jason is going with a Jon Ronson book on back to back weeks, this time recommending “So, You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.”
–And speaking of shamings, Adam Sandler is being raked across the coals after a group of Native Americans walk off the set of his upcoming movie complaining that their culture was being disrespected.
Ben Affleck attempted to keep secret the fact that he is distant relation to a slaveowner, which causes concerns for the journalistic ethics of the PBS series and showrunner that was pressured.

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SFR 328: An Afternoon of Public Shaming

–We open the show by talking about the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing, and how it led us to interests in fringe subcultures, and conspiracy theories.
–A two-year old child starved to death because his ultra-religious parents believed fasting would rid him of his “demon.” It is 2015. How does this happen?
–Houseguest fakes a haunting, and bilks the homeowners out of over $64,000 to get rid of the “ghost.” Yes, there can be harm in paranormal belief systems.
SFR_Eye–Colleagues of Dr. Mehmet Oz are trying to get him canned by Columbia University. It’s a nice thought, but the university is sticking with him, citing academic freedom.
–Recommendations: Both Bobby and Jason are recommending books by Jon Ronson today. Bobby’s pick is “The Psychopath Test,” while Jason goes with “Them: Adventures With Extremists.”
–And speaking of Jon Ronson, he has a new book out now about public shaming. How ironic that he becomes a victim of public shaming almost immediately after publication for something not even in his book!
–Rebecca Francis infuriated people by shooting a giraffe dead, and then posing for a “glamor photo” with the body. We’ve seen these kinds of things before. Is there something wrong with these people?
–Here’s something fun: Neil Tyson and Bill Nye have a minor disagreement over the phrase “meteoric rise” on Twitter. We discuss each of their comments, and declare a victor.
–Questions: Are police surveillance cameras an invasion of privacy? What about red light cameras? Should they be removed? We discuss the privacy concerns associated with law enforcement surveillance.

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SFR 327: Back From Beyond

–We detail a host of technical difficulties that led to the show going live later than normal. Problems which may or may not be causing the funky sound quality you hear on the podcast this week.
–You want a baby update?  We’ll give you a baby update!  Robert Eugene Nelson IV was born in the early morning hours of Good Friday, and has more aliases than most criminals.
–Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” bill sparked a debate about whether it should be acceptable to deny service on the basis of sexuality. We propose an alternate suggestion.
–A police officer shoots a man in the back, lies about it to cover his tail, and a witness video uncovers the deception. Perhaps even more scary are the number of media outlets which reported the police department’s early statements as fact.
–Tweets sent by Trevor Noah cause many to demand he be fired before he even begins his stint hosting the Daily Show. Are we addicted to outrage? Aren’t there at least better things to be outraged by?
(Left) Bobby Nelson, (Middle) Kenny Biddle, (Right) Jason Korbus–Recommendations: Bobby and Jason co-recommend the new book by Peter Singer, “The Most Good You Can Do,” which opens up a discussion on utilitarian ethics, and how we feel about donating large portions of income to specific charities. Even better, we’re giving a copy away!
–Paranormal “researcher” David Rountree’s story of military heroics has fallen apart. A Freedom of Information Act request shows that he has repeatedly lied about his history and accomplishments.
–The world’s first human head transplant is set to take place in 2017, and we are very afraid of how this will turn out.
–An independent review of Rolling Stone’s “A Rape on Campus” article unveils a litany of avoidable journalistic errors. Rolling Stone personnel react as if it is no big deal.
–A report of a co-investigation between Anomalies Research Society and Military Veterans Paranormal into claims of the haunted history at Bobby Mackey’s Music World show that, not only do the claims not hold up to scrutiny, but that skeptics and paranormalists can, in fact, cooperate and produce good work.

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