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.



About Jason Korbus

Friend, family member, possible werewolf. I co-host Strange Frequencies Radio, blog at Confidential Korbus, and generally walk among the weird. When I'm not doing busywork, I can usually be found with my nose in a book, my eyes glued to a glowing screen, or my ears tuned to The Ramones.
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