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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SFR 294: The Cry of a Hungry Baby

–The Ryan Buell/PRS ripoff story just took a very interesting turn.  PRS members are resigning and Michelle Belanger has released a very powerful statement.
–A photo of Steven Spielberg posing with a dead triceratops causes some people on the internet to lose their minds – but it seems that largely the “scandal” was blown out of proportion.
SFRfingerprint–A woman finds out that the house she is renting was formerly a serial killer’s torture dungeon…and when she tried to get out of her lease, she learned that her landlord was the serial killer’s mother!
–Korbus gives two Netflix documentary picks:  “We Cause Scenes,” about Improv Everywhere and Charlie Todd, and “TV Junkie” about television journalist Rick Kirkham’s drug addiction told through self-made video diaries.
–We look at two media personalities who have recently been canned – Adam Richman and Anthony Cumia – who each got in a whole heap of trouble based on things they said on social media outlets.  Richman, for telling off folks protesting a hashtag he used on Instagram, and Cumia for going on a rant about black people on Twitter.

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SFR 293: A Triumphant Return!

Welcome back!

On today’s episode, we chat about our hiatus, including what kept us busy in the weeks we were away.  Plus, we dug into some great stories that have been bubbling up during our absence.  Included:

SFRfingerprint–The Sykes Yeti study has been published! They found a lot of hair from bears, people, even coyotes…but not a single Yeti among them.
–Paranormal State’s Ryan Buell is being accused of ripping off fans. He hasn’t been doing much talking. But Sergey and Chip Coffey have!
–The Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case is stunning in its illogic. Will those cheering be as thrilled when a corporation imposes Sharia Law?
Facebook performed a psychological experiment on about 700,000 of its users, and they had no idea until now.
–The “KFC girl” story was very likely a hoax, and yet the family is declining KFC’s offer of $30,000 toward her medical expenses.
Anti-vax nut Jenny McCarthy and Flat Earther Sherri Shepherd are OUT of ABC’s “The View.”
–UFOlogist, and former SFR guest Stanton Friedman, has suffered a heart attack.
–In thinking about the 20th anniversary of the OJ murder case, we pose an interesting question to our listeners: Would you convict a defendant you believed was guilty if you also believed police planted some of the evidence?

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SFR 292: How the Planet Will Kill Us All w/ guest Sharon Hill

–An update on the recent problems listeners have experienced when attempting to download SFR through iTunes or the website.
–Bobby relates a case of “Christian vandalism” to his vehicle.
shillTwo 12yo girls are being charged as adults with attempted homicide for stabbing a friend nearly to death, all in an apparent effort to please a fictional horror character known as Slenderman.
–Reviewing Discovery Channel’s Dyatlov Pass Incident special, Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives.
–The reaction to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in a swap for 5 Taliban commanders, has reached a stunning level of ignorance and hypocrisy.

In Hour 2, we speak with geologist Sharon Hill about natural disasters like sinkholes, earthquakes, and volcanoes which will surely be the end of us all. Plus, we dig further into the Slenderman case.

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Update on iTunes/mp3 issue

We are stumped. We honestly have no idea why so many are running into problems trying to download recent episodes of SFR.

Both iTunes & our host offer no help, basically blaming each other and claiming all is well from their end. We have changed FTP clients and re-uploaded the last few shows, but this also has not solved the problem.

As best we can tell, mobile devices, and apps like Downcast and Stitcher, are mostly working fine. At least, our own attempts have worked, and listeners have not let us know they’re having too many problems in that capacity.

Others are having some success on iTunes by clicking “resume” after receiving the 9006 error message. They’re telling us the download will usually complete by the 2nd or 3rd try.

This Sunday’s episode is set to be our last regular entry until July. Father’s Day is around the corner, and Bobby will be on vacation in Florida soon thereafter. We will continue trying to resolve the issue.

In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and hope you are able to find an alternate way of listening to the show for the time being.

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SFR 291: The Russian Yeti of Dyatlov Pass w/ Benjamin Radford

–Film critic draws ire by insinuating that Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow are partially responsible for the UC Santa Barbara mass killing last weekend.
–No, the American Psychiatric Society did not classify taking “selfies” as a mental disorder, so stop posting the fake story on social media.
radford–Taste-testing a buffalo wings and a bacon-flavored soda, and lamenting that the bacon craze has jumped the shark.
–John Kerry tells Edward Snowden to “man up” and face U.S. justice.  Since when is masculinity defined as
–PETA wrongly and irresponsibly links dairy to autism.  Again.  Another reason to not support this organization.
–Johnny Depp is in negotiations to star as Harry Houdini in a film which focuses on his investigations into the mediums of his time.

In Hour 2, we spoke with Benjamin Radford about the Dyatlov Pass incident, which involved the strange death of several hikers in the Ural mountains in 1959, and Discovery Channel’s new special which posits Russian Yeti involvement.  See Ben’s analysis on Doubtful News here.

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SFR 290: “Ask A Criminologist” with guest Dr. Scott Bonn

Mark Cuban opens up about his own prejudices, and is immediately labeled a racist by the thought police.
–Parents of a 6yo boy in Oklahoma, who apparently believed their son was possessed, are arrested for child abuse.
bonn–A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney concludes that vaccines do not cause autism.
HAARP, a favorite target among conspiracy theorists, will be dismantled and will not be reopened.
–Bobby has finally seen the movie “Her,” and gives his thoughts on the film Jason called his favorite of 2013.
–We have seen “The Unbelievers,” a documentary starring Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss, and Jason and Bobby give their review.

In Hour 2 we spoke with Dr. Scott Bonn about a variety of topics from the world of criminology.  During the interview, we parse out the difference between serial killers and spree killers, get Bonn’s thoughts on the death penalty as a deterrent, and touch on the justice system’s lack of equality when it comes to incarcerating blacks and latinos.  Very intriguing.

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SFR 289: Anomalistic Psychology with Christopher French

–What do reports of sexual encounters with ghosts reveal about human psychology and our desires?  What are the more rational explanations for these stories?
–German scientists claim to induce lucid dreaming in test subjects. Have you ever had experiences with lucid dreams? Would you want more?
Chris-french–Author of a fake Holocaust memoir has been ordered to pay back $22.5m to her publisher.
–Holy Nerd Rage, Batman! A photo of Ben Affleck in the Batman suit has hit the internet via director Zack Snyder, and it has caused quite a kerfuffle. We give our thoughts on the photo of the costume and Batmobile, and wonder what the film will be like.
–Two people have been charged after shooting and killing a friend, who put on a bulletproof vest and asked to be shot.
–A viral video of a cat running off a dog who attacked a child in Texas has people arguing over what should have happened with the dog. But why are so few people talking about the responsibility of the dog’s owner/guardian?

In Hour 2, we speak with Professor Chris French of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit about the psychology of anomalous experiences, and perceived brushes with the paranormal. We dig into the history of this discipline, learn how individual claims are investigated, and dig into the potential growth of anomalistic psychology in the future.

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SFR 288: A Burger Bar Mitzvah!

Because Sunday was Mother’s Day, and we kind of wanted to avoid pissing our respective wives and moms by doing a show, we decided to get together Saturday evening with burgers and tasty brews and do an episode completely off-the-cuff, without the use of notes or the internet for support!

SFRfingerprintPrior to going on-air, we picked up peanut butter burgers from the local eatery Perrysburger, grabbed a bottle of delectable blackberry mead, and also a watermelon wheat beer, and went to work.  Along the way we touch on a variety of topics while our bellies progressively get fatter and we each feel a bit buzzed.

What did we talk about?

Pretty sure Bobby talked about a recent Q&A he had with a Jehovah’s Witness, Korbus recalled a story he heard recently about a 3yo Milwaukee boy who shot himself in the head and, between the two of us, bitched a fair amount about religion.  Probably not the greatest topics to discuss under the influence of alcohol, but we did our best and had a bunch of laughs along the way!

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SFR 287: Freaky Flying Humanoids!

–The racist tirade of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is recapped, and we explain why, yet again, that things like this are NOT Freedom of Speech issues which require First Amendment protection.
–Oklahoma kind of botches an execution, leading them to grant a short stay to another prisoner on death row. Some will say the we shouldn’t care that a convicted murderer humanoidssuffered. We explain why we think this is an issue, and get into a whole further discussion about the death penalty, and the amount of innocent people currently awaiting execution.
–We look at the common cliche words of comfort the religious speak when serious injuries occur.
–The Scutt Mansion in suburban Chicago is for sale, and the asking price isn’t very high, leading some to speculate about its so-called haunted history. We recap a day we spent there several years ago, and talk about the lack of paranormal activity we witnessed.
–POST-INTERVIEW: Listen closely to the last minute or two as Bobby rushes to get off-air. He had a bathroom emergency and basically crapped his pants.

In Hour 2, we speak with cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard about his newest book, “Encounters With Flying Humanoids,” and strange cases involving Batsquatch and Bruja of Guadalupe. Plus, we discuss the present and future of cryptozoological research, as well as hoaxes.

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SFR 286: The Crazy Side of Orthodoxy

–The American Humanist Association is assisting a New Jersey family in suing their school district to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
–New poll shows Americans do not trust the science behind the Big Bang, evolution, or climate change. Gee, I wonder why that is?
shingledecker–The satellite view of a boat wake on Apple Maps convinces some that they are seeing the Loch Ness Monster.
–Joan Rivers makes multiple distasteful jokes about the victims of Ariel Castro, and their lawyers are calling on her to apologize.
–Examining the oft-seen “You Be the Judge” statements found in paranormalist circles, and why it is often completely ridiculous.

In Hour 2, we speak with author Charles Shingledecker about his books, “The Crazy Side of Orthodoxy,” and “Freedom to Doubt” to dig into Church history, strange religious beliefs, and how so many tenets of religion are simply illogical.

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SFR 285: In Which We Do The Show By Phone

–Strange Frequencies Radio cracked a Top Ten list on iTunes!  Big thanks to everyone for their support.
A mass-stabbing at a Pennsylvania High School has some of the same-old canards being bandied about.
Brandeis University withdraws honorary degree to Muslim critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali, citing SFRfingerprint“statements that are inconsistent” with their core values. Apparently, telling the truth is not one of their core values.
–NDE doc Melvin Morse sentenced to three years in prison for the waterboarding of his stepdaughter
OkCupid CEO is found to have donated to an anti-gay congressional candidate.  Is this hypocritical in light of the site’s stance against Mozilla’s ex-CEO Brandon Eich?  Will the “Equality Police” turn around and attack OkCupid now?
Peter Mayhew returns to Star Wars in the role he made famous
–The shocking death of Ultimate Warrior, and the media firestorm it set off.
–A look at science programming on television, featuring Cosmos, which may be starting to bore people, and Your Inner Fish, a new PBS mini-series based on the work of Neil Shubin.
–The show ends ungracefully as Jason’s phone begins to die.  We’ll return April 27th with all-new episodes of SFR.  Thanks, everyone!

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SFR 284: Hot Button Skepticism!

–Sharon Hill has published her latest Sounds Sciencey column about how we “gave up the ghost” and went from believer to skeptic. You can read it here.
–The latest IPCC report is in:  global warming is real, and its consequences are disastrous. Denying science, or ignoring reality is only going to make the problem worse.
–Not vaccinating children is a recipe for disaster, as the recent measles outbreak in California shows.
Another shooting at Fort Hood leaves multiple people dead, and over a dozen injured. Serious mental health problems and guns can be dangerous enough. Combining them can be deadly.
SFRfingerprint–We read an amazing review we recently received on iTunes that had us grinning from ear to ear.
–We review the recent season finale of The Walking Dead. Will we be able to offer any criticism of the show without fans getting mad at us?
–An alleged UFO crash in Elwood, KS has Twitter all stirred up. But only a few minutes of digging showed that it was a hoax.
–An openly gay scout leader is dismissed from the Boy Scouts of America. It seems if you are a closeted gay man, it’s fine. But if you are openly gay, you are “flaunting” your sexuality.
Mozilla’s CEO resigns in the wake of an uproar over his support of California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 legislation. Some are claiming victory. But is hounding people over their views until they are fired or resign really the best way to create a more tolerant and accepting atmosphere?

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SFR 283: Me, You, and Michio Kaku Part 2: The Future of the Mind

–The Ohio State mumps outbreak is causing anti-vaccination people to claim victory. But, not so fast! There is still, as usual, very good reasons to support the side of science-based medicine.
–Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales strikes a crushing blow, in the form of a verbal smackdown, to “alt-med” types who tried to petition the site into caving on fundamental principles.
–Big shock…well-known hoaxer Rick Dyer admits his latest Bigfoot scheme is a hoax.
–Will privacy continue to deteriorate because of your smartphone? Details about iBeacon beginning to worry more and more people.
–The trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake has hit the web. We discuss the internet community’s response, and give our thoughts on what we have seen.
kaku–USA Today opinion piece charges CNN with tabloid journalism regarding their coverage of the Malaysian Flight 370 mystery. Do they have a point? When does a respectable news organization become overly tabloid?
–POST-INTERVIEW: That ugly chapter in the skeptical community we spoke about last week? It has flared up again. We update the story, but won’t comment again until it truly is resolved.

In Hour 2, we speak with theoretical physicist Michio Kaku about his latest best-seller, “The Future of the Mind.” How will science lead the way in forming a new frontier of human consciousness? Could it be possible to upload memories and emotions to the internet? Can technology really make telepathy and telekinesis possible? These questions and more are answered.

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SFR 282: A Skeptical Look at an Afterlife Experience

Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Westbo Baptist Church, has passed away after being excommunicated from his own church in the summer of 2013.
Kevin Trudeau is sentenced to 10 years in prison for the lies and fraud “They” don’t want you to know about. It’s always good news when a scam artist gets put away, and this guy definitely had it coming.
–Media outlets like Fox News and CNN have compared Malaysia Flight 370 to Noah’s Ark, and speculated it could have been sucked up by a black hole or the Bermuda Triangle.
johnsweiss–Despite the death of Harold Ramis, the non-interest of Bill Murray, and Ivan Reitman abandoning the directorial duties, Ghostbusters 3 is set to begin filming as early as Fall 2014.
–In a hilarious turn of events on Twitter, Jenny McCarthy gets taken to the woodshed for her anti-vaccination views. She responds in the most pathetic of ways which shows the criticism is working.
–There are new details about the Stan Romanek child pornography investigation and arrest that make his situation appear very dire indeed.
–POST-INTERVIEW: An ugly chapter within the skeptical community has hopefully come to a close.

In Hour 2 of the program, we speak with John S. Weiss about the “afterlife experiences” he had, and how they changed his life now, as detailed in his book, “Life Goes On: A Skeptic’s Afterlife Education.”

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SFR 281: Doug Kenck-Crispin of “Kick Ass Oregon History”

–Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is not the first plane to seemingly disappear, not the first to be hard to find, and it wasn’t beamed up by aliens, okay?
–According to the fine folks at Pornhub, it turns out that the residents of the states which do not legally allow gay marriage watch a whole helluva lot more gay porn than the states that do. Curious. Very curious.
–Bobby recently watched “Dallas Buyers Club,” and he and Korbus give their thoughts.
–Updating the story of Walter Williams, the man who was pronounced dead and later woke up in the morgue, as he has now died. This time, it looks to be for real. “dougkc
–Right-wing zealots did a whole lot of hating of the new Cosmos series on FOX. Why? Well, because Jesus. And because Bible. But mostly just because they are ignorant fools.
–We review the premiere episode of “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” weigh its pros and cons, and engage with some of the more substantial criticisms it has received. Science!

In Hour 2, we were pleased to welcome Doug Kenck-Crispin of the “Kick Ass Oregon History” podcast. Along the way, we discover what would happen if you ran into the state of Oregon in a bar, unlock the mysteries of the Shanghai Tunnels, and get the lowdown on reports of a lactating Bigfoot and ghosts of dead whores.

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SFR 280: A Complete and Total Barf-O-Rama! Guest: Andy Lindberg

Psychic fraud kingpin Rose Marks is finally sentenced to prison for her role in her family’s multimillion dollar fortune-telling deception.
–Pope Francis lends encouraging words to some that he may be in favor of same-sex civil unions.  But wait!  Vatican spokespeople are downplaying his remarks, and legitimate questions need to be answered.
lindberg–New research indicates that not only can’t you change the mind of someone who is anti-vaccination, but that sometimes even trying to can backfire and make the problem worse.
–The Pentagon is wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars on woo woo. Project studies body language of world leaders, including Vladimir Putin, in attempt to gain insight into their decision-making.
–Rumors about the next installment in the “Terminator” movie series, Terminator: Genesis, indicates it may be something of a remake, prequel, and a sequel all in one.
–Previewing tonight’s premiere of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, starring our main man Neil deGrasse Tyson. Holy moly, we are excited.
–POST-INTERVIEW Bobby reflects on his interpretation after seeing the multiple Oscar-winning film “Gravity.”

In Hour 2 we welcomed Andy Lindberg, who portrayed David “Lardass” Hogan in 80s film “Stand By Me.”  Along the way, we talk about how he got the role, stories from behind the scenes of filming, and what he has been up to in the years since.  Fun interview!  Cool guy!

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SFR 279: Dr. Todd Disotell Talks “Bigfoot Bounty” and More

Harold Ramis – writer, director, star of many movies, including “Ghostbusters,” passes away.  We pay tribute with love and appreciation, and discuss the future of Ghostbusters 3.
–UFO nut Stan Romanek, fresh off his arrest for possession of child porn, now says he was violently attacked on the way to his mailbox.
–A man who was pronounced dead “comes back to life” in the embalming room, rightly freaking everyone the f#@k out.
–A crystal ball left in the sun sparks fire at couple’s home.  You don’t have to be a psychic to see that is dangerous.
td0Mormons declare war on masturbation.  No, seriously.  They are actively enouraging friends to not let friends masturbate, and giving tips on how to avoid accidentally masturbating in your sleep.  Or something.
–The Zodiac Killer case is back in the news.  Two men say that their friend confessed to being the infamous serial killer, and some are intrigued.  We’ll explain why we are staying skeptical for now.
–POST-INTERVIEW We break down Sunday night’s Academy Award telecast, giving our picks for the big awards and guessing who we think will win instead.

In Hour 2, we spoke with anthropologist and NYU professor Dr. Todd Disotell about cryptozoology and his time on Spike TV’s “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.”  Should scientists appear in cryptozoology shows?  What would it really be like to discover Bigfoot?  How can cryptozoological expeditions be more scientific?  These questions and more are answered by Dr. Disotell in this very interesting discussion.

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SFR 278: Faith is Not a Virtue

Faith-healing couple, Herbert and Catherine Schaible, have been sentenced to prison for failing to seek medical attention while their second child was dying. We unpack the story and discuss the sentence.
–Lisa Romanek, wife of UFO nut Stan Romanek, issues an update on his child porn arrest, and vows to not only fight these allegations, but to also bring UFOlogy into the courtroom. This should be interesting.
–Reality show star and Pentecostal snake-handling preacher dies after refusing treatment for a snakebite. So incredibly stupid. So incredibly sad.
–Forensic artists have apparently revealed the true face of Crystal Skull Vodka…by piecing clay muscle tissue and flesh directly over a bottle of the popular beverage!
–Once again, this weekend was NOT the date that Marty McFly came “Back to the Future” on. That isn’t until October of 2015. Here is a helpful Countdown Clock so you don’t miss it!

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SFR 277: Who Watches the Watchtower? Ex-Jehovah’s Witness John Cedars Speaks Out!

–UFO fabulist Stan Romanek arrested on suspicion of distributing child pornography.
–Famous NDE researcher Melvin Morse is convicted of waterboarding in a shocking and very bizarre case involving multiple instances of child abuse in Delaware.
The Shroud of Turin not a forgery after all? So says an Italian scientist. Of course, his research is heavily flawed, not backed by any serious physicists, and he is kind of a crank. But that won’t stop people from clinging to the news!
–Police jurisdictions around the country are transforming how they conduct suspect photo lineups due to concerns about the unreliability of eyewitness testimony.
A healthy giraffe named “Marius” in a Copenhagen zoo is euthanized, dismembered, and fed to the lions. The internet explodes in an uproar of furious anger! But wait. We have a few questions about the story.
cedars–Jason, who authored a blog post about DMT, laments that so many commenters seem to completely and willfully misunderstand it.
–New research suggests babies are born with an inherent sense of right and wrong. Wouldn’t this news overturn any idea regarding religious morality?
Belgian lawmakers lift age limitations on euthanasia, allowing minors to end their lives if stricken by terminal illness. We weigh in with our thoughts.

In Hour 2, we speak with ex-Jehovah’s Witness elder John Cedars about his time as a Witness, why he left, and get his take on some of the more controversial elements of the religion. Plus, hear how to handle the situation when Jehovah’s Witnesses come knocking at your door. Fascinating conversation!

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SFR 276: Creationist Debate, Zimmerman’s Return, and a Whole Bunch of Bunk

–We review some comments and questions from last week’s “From Believer to Skeptic” show, leading to a discussion about its place in our history, as well as ethical issues for former ghost hunters.
–The Nye vs Ham  creation debate becomes a media sensation!  Whether you approve of Nye’s decision to debate, you at least have to admit he kicked Ham’s ass.
–Post-debate, creationists pose comments and questions to those that accept evolution, and it further reveals their absolutely stunning ignorance.
–On what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday, his killer, George Zimmerman, agrees to fight rapper DMX in a “Celebrity Boxing” match.  The level of exploitation of this tragedy is sickening.
–The public allegations of rape from Dylan Farrow against her adopted father, Woody Allen, sends the internet into a rage-fueled frenzy.  We encourage restraint by advocating for a little skepticism.
–Two recent stories debunked by Metabunk show just how crazy internet conspiracy trolls can be.  First, how is it possible that anyone can believe that snow falling in the south recently was fake?  Secondly, while Justin Bieber may be a lot of things, we don’t think he is actually a shapeshifting Reptilian.

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SFR 275: From Believer to Skeptic

For a long time, friends and listeners have asked us how we made the transition from a couple of ghost hunting paranormalists to podcast hosts who actively promote a skeptical viewpoint.  I mean, how the heck do you go from finding EVPs and hauntings to saying the paranormal and supernatural probably doesn’t exist at all?!?SFRfingerprint

We answer those very questions and more during this special episode of Strange Frequencies Radio.  Show topics include:

–What exactly did we used to believe, and why?
–How did we get started in ghost hunting?
–What happened that made us change our mind?
–And, of course, a whole lot more!

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SFR 274: A Stroll Through the Strange

–Two women have been charged with murder in the killing of two children after reportedly attempting to perform an exorcism.
–Filming for a paranormal reality show at the “A Christmas Story” House has us infuriated.
SFRfingerprint–Frequent guest Dr. Scott Bonn has a new Psychology Today blog. His first topic: how to tell a sociopath from a psychopath, leads to our discussion of the terms.
–If you make baseless allegations of fraud against climate scientist Michael Mann, he will sue your ass. We’re cheering him on.
–Bobby falls in love with Vietnamese food, while Jason, a self-proclaimed “food racist,” talks about how disgusting it all looks.
–More flu-related tragedies locally lead to a new argument between Bobby and his friend over the flu vaccine.
–Jason reviews the new Scorsese film, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” with enthusiasm. Afterward, Bobby gives kudos to the series “Sherlock.”

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SFR 273: Inside the Mind of BTK with Dr. Scott Bonn

–Another of the Marks family psychics is sentenced to federal prison for her role in their fraudulent practices.
–Bobby is surprised by the amount of anti-vaccination people on his Facebook, then a huge argument about vaccines breaks out.
BonnBTK–A conversation about assisted suicide in New Mexico turns into a wild dispute about God, morality, and free will.
–The return of “What’s Up With That?!?” In this segment, we ask “What’s up?” with ghost hunters without any education in science or math writing articles with “sciencey” sounding titles and wildly inaccurate conclusions? Fun stuff.
–POST-INTERVIEW: Bobby gives the lowdown on the most recent episode of “$10 Million Bigfoot Bounty” which Korbus hasn’t seen much of.  Then, Korbus reviews the movie “Her,” calling it his favorite love story since Chaplin’s “City Lights.”

In Hour 2, criminologist Dr. Scott Bonn joins us to give his insights into the mind of Dennis Rader on the 40th anniversary of the first BTK murders in Wichita, KS. True Crime and forensic science junkies alike should enjoy this one!

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SFR 272: The Honest Truth About Dishonesty with Dan Ariely

–Reviewing Spike TV’s new series $10 Million Bigfoot Bounty
–Trouble closing in on Burzynski.  He is being charged with violation of federal law for using false advertisement.
–An interesting look at the possibility of time travel by checking social media sites.
danariely–Historic Waverly, OH building, Emmitt House, believed haunted by some, burns to the ground.
Satanists unveil their plans for a monument at the Oklahoma state capitol and it is actually kind of amazing.
Ken Ham is blaming atheists, bloggers, and possibly even the Devil himself, for his failed Ark project.
–The Vatican and Pope Francis look to train new exorcists to combat what they feel is a rise in the number of demons.

In hour 2 we spoke with professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Dan Ariely, about his book, “The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty,” to examine the behavioral forces which compel us to lie.

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SFR 271: Controversy, Creationism, and Creepiness

–Recapping last week’s wildly controversial show about Shakespeare authorship, as well as what we have learned since then.
–A new poll about America’s belief in evolution shows that Republicans are denying basic science more than ever.
Bill Nye set to debate Ken Ham at the Creation Museum in February.  Is this a good idea?
SFRfingerprint–Oh no!  Even more Bigfoot bullshit from a well-established hoaxer is getting unwarranted attention.
–Does the MSG in Chinese food really cause you to get headaches, nausea, or any number of other symptoms?
–A nearly 4 year old story about Jenny McCarthy, and the non-link between vaccines and autism resurfaces on the internet as if it were new.
–Good news from the class war front:  Federal judge strikes down the Florida law requiring welfare applicants to be drug tested.

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SFR 270: Eve Siebert on the Shakespeare Authorship Question

–How we spent our Christmas vacation
–Edward Snowden declares “mission accomplished,” and shares a Christmas message about the importance of privacy, just before federal judge says NSA collecting phone records, etc. is constitutional.
–Phil Robertson, recently reinstated by A&E, goes all-in on his anti-gay comments, recently calling homosexual behavior “sexually Eve-Siebertimmoral,” the “number one sin,” and the source of “debilitating illness.”  Seems like a great guy.
–Uganda passes “anti-Homosexuality bill” into law, thus threatening lengthy prison sentences for “repeat offenders,” doctors who treat gay people, and those who fail to report homosexual activity, among others.
–In what Dr. Steve Novella calls the “trifecta of pseudoscience,” Dr. Oz asks Dr. Amen to demonstrate, on television, that the Long Island Medium is legitimate by using poorly validated testing procedures.

In Hour 2 we spoke with Eve Siebert about the Shakespeare authorship debate, and got her take on why the truth is that Shakespeare did, indeed, write Shakespeare.

Stay tuned after the conversation when all hell breaks loose, and we’re joined briefly by an Oxfordian that issues a rebuttal.

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SFR 269: The Wonderful Wide World of Weird

“Duck Dynasty” star suspended after making anti-gay comments and, predictably, a lot of really dumb arguments are being made to defend bigotry.
–Fox News, ground zero for the manufactured “War on Christmas” controversy, airs a graphic wishing viewers “Happy Holidays” during Bill O’Reilly’s show.
–“Ghost Mine” star Patrick Doyle announces that the show will not be returning.
Trespassing ghost hunter falls 30 feet and injures herself while looking for spirits of a temporarylogo1.pngparanormal kind at an abandoned winery.
–A new species of tapir discovered in Brazil and Colombia promises to be one of the biggest zoological finds of the 21st Century…so of course cryptozoologists are eager to consider it a win for Bigfoot research.
Harold Camping, the controversial preacher responsible for multiple failed end-times predictions, has passed away at the age of 92.
–Discussing the Christmas movies we love, and a few of those we don’t, on this holiday weekend.

In Hour 2 we spoke with paranormal investigator KD Foreman to continue our ongoing discussion toward finding a middle ground between “true belief” and skepticism.

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SFR 268 – Let’s Get Weird!

Pope Francis is named TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in a safe, conservative pick that belies the impact of many others on this years news.
–The sign language interpreter at Mandela memorial who was “signing nonsense,” and said to be “a fake,” says he is a schizophrenic who has a violent history, and says he was having visions of angels onstage.
SFRfingerprint–The manufactured “War on Christmas” continues in a new way: Megyn Kelly of Fox News, angry at non-white depictions of Santa Claus, says that both Jesus and Santa are historical figures who were white. Perhaps she needs a history lesson.
–The Mormon church finally rules, here in 2013, that despite being official church doctrine since its early founding, black people aren’t actually a curse or inferior, after all.
–In response to the authorization of a Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma state capitol, Satanists plan to fight to get their own privately funded monument installed.
–Previewing the new SFR theme instrumental
Lloyd Pye, most known for his staunch support of the “Starchild” skull as being proof positive of alien-human hybridization, has passed away due to complications from lymphoma.
–Writer Colin Wilson, who achieved notoriety for his paranormal books and encyclopedia, has died at age 82.
–Dr. Burzynski, famed Houston cancer quack, has been delivered a harsh smackdown courtesy of the FDA for, among other things, failing to protect patients and falsifying records.
Katie Couric takes a beating from doctors and journalists, not to mention the general public, for a recent talk show episode she did about the “controversy” of the HPV vaccine.

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SFR 267 – Ben Radford Investigates “Stonehenge Surprise” Crop Circle

NOTE:  Show contains a reverb effect we can’t remove, but the interview guest sounds great.  We’re sorry about that.  We are dumping the Garageband software in favor of Audacity going forward.  Thanks for your patience.

–Viral Twitter airplane feud hoax from Thanksgiving Day fools both journalists and skeptics alike.
–Ghost hunters break into historic mansion, start drinking and smoking marijuana, and attempt to summon ghosts.  When none appear, they burn the place down.
radfordstonehengeDeepak Chopra gets upset at being called a pseudoscientist by evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne, so he crafts a logically fallacious “argument from authority” to justify himself.
–A new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that vaccines have been responsible for preventing a minimum of 103 million cases of infectious disease.
–Canadian mother facing charges of negligence for treating her sick child with homeopathy instead of doctors and medicine which may very well have saved his life.
–Author Patricia Cornwell is back with more Jack the Ripper speculation; now positing her main suspect was part of an elaborate conspiracy involving the royal family.

In Hour 2 we spoke with Benjamin Radford about the “best case” for Crop Circles – the 1996 Stonehenge Surprise – as he wrote about in the October 2013 issue of Fortean Times.

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SFR 266 – SFR 5yr Anniversary: The Humiliation of Bobby and Jason

Strange Frequencies Radio has been around for 5 years now.  Along the way, we’ve made fun of a lot of people – most of it very much deserved – but now it’s time to put our own asses on the hot seat as we humiliate ourselves for your enjoyment.

Before we roasted ourselves, we touched on a few of the biggest stories of the year that we just happened to miss during our brief hiatus, including:

goofymugs–The death of Sylvia Browne
–The incarceration of Kevin Trudeau
–And more!

Then, it was time to let the embarrassment begin!  We combed through our archives and found a collection of our dumbest on-air statements which we re-broadcast.  We read aloud from articles we wrote praising homeopathy, validating demonic possession, and taking those mean old scientists to task who just don’t want to believe in the paranormal.  We showed off the results of our old ghost hunting expeditions, talked about how we once praised TAPS and, yes, shared the contents of our self-published ghost hunting manual.

It was pretty embarrassing, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we were humiliated.  Lots!

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SFR 265: 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination: Case Closed

With November 2013 marking the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy Jr., Strange Frequencies Radio has elected to dedicate the entire broadcast to the event, and will also unpack a few of the most notable conspiracy theories.  Among the topics discussed:

JFK–Why have the JFK assassination conspiracy theories continued despite the passage of so much time?
–Reviewing recent documentaries such as “JFK: The Smoking Gun,” as well as new PBS NOVA special “Cold Case JFK.”
–The evidence for the lone gunman.

In the 2nd hour, we spoke with investigative journalist Gerald Posner, author of “Case Closed,” about the lone gunman theory of the Kennedy Assassination, and why exactly logic, reason, and evidence all point to Lee Harvey Oswald.

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SFR 264 – How to Think Like a Scientist

–We kick off with a discussion about Muslim extremism, with recent events at a “Muslim Peace Conference” and a pro-Female Genital Mutilation petition leading us to ask whether liberals are betraying themselves by labeling criticisms of Islam as “Islamophobia”?
guyh–More members of the Marks Family “psychic” circle are sentenced for their role in the ongoing fraud.
–One person shot and three arrested in a Bigfoot hunting blunder that you’ve just gotta hear about.
George Romero offers a minor observation of The Walking Dead, and fans of the show flip out.
–News and rumors related to Ghostbusters 3.
–We open the SFR Mailbag to talk about a piece of hate mail directed toward Bobby from someone claiming to be possessed by a demon.

In the 2nd hour, we spoke with Guy Harrison, author of the new book “Think:  Why You Should Question Everything,” about the virtues of skepticism, how our brains try to mislead us, and why we should aim to think like scientists in our everyday life.

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SFR 263 – Nick Redfern on Missing Files, Hidden Archives, and More!

–A butthurt “psychic” files a DMCA complaint against Doubtful News, which brought the site down briefly.
Bishop Leonard Blair of the Toledo Catholic Diocese is being moved to Connecticut.  Will NickRedfernthe children there be safe?
–Criss Angel puts up a million dollars of his own and calls out the Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo, to prove her alleged abilities.
–Where did the fear of poisoned Halloween candy come from?
–John Zaffis’s “Haunted Collector” show on SyFy has been canceled.
–We take time away from reviewing The Walking Dead, instead talking about Bobby’s recent performance in a Beastie Boys tribute show.

In the 2nd hour, we spoke with Fortean writer and investigator Nick Redfern about the missing files and secret government archives as detailed in his newest book, “For Nobody’s Eyes Only.”
PS: Our apologies for technical difficulties

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SFR 262 – The Horrifying World of H.P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft–What is the history of Halloween and why do we wear costumes?
–A discussion of our favorite scary stories and the authors who wrote them.
–We continue the discussion with our favorite horror movie characters, which is sure to enrage someone.
–Deadspeak:  Reviewing the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
–A brief chat about common fears, and the stuff that kept us up at night as kids.

In the 2nd hour, we spoke to “The Lovecraft Geek,” Robert M. Price, about the life and career of horror/fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft.

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SFR 261 – Andy Lee Roth of Project Censored on Corporate Media Censorship

–As the government shutdown ends, a House stenographer grabs a microphone and begins to holler about the mockery of god.
Censored_coverfrontOtzi the Iceman may have 19 relatives in an Austrian area.  Would you want to know if you were related to him?  How about other historical figures?
–New DNA evidence may have solved the Yeti mystery – an ancient polar bear
OJ Simpson planning to be a televangelist when he is eventually released from prison
–The Walking Dead season 4 premier gets a huge rating.  We review the most recent episode, and preview the upcoming one Sunday night.
–We open the SFR mailbag to engage honestly and fairly with some of our criticism.
POST-INTERVIEW: A review of the Carrie remake, and we discuss some of our weird health related eccentricities.

In the 2nd hour, we spoke with sociologist Andy Lee Roth, associate director of Project Censored, about the most under-reported stories of 2013, as well as how corporate media outlets narrow the scope of public debate.

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SFR 260 – Anomalistic Psychology with Massimo Polidoro

–Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill claims to have proof positive that Jesus was invented by Roman aristocrats.  We explain why we are skeptical.
–A Las Vegas mansion featured on “Ghost Adventures” is vandalized.  How are property values affected by haunting claims, murders, etc?
polidoro–The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, not Malala Yousafzai as many had hoped.
–Nobel prize winning scientists say that scientific research and discoveries are hurt by the government shutdown and budget cuts.
–Other members of the Marks family “psychics” have been sentenced for their role in fraud.
–We discuss our fascination with the serial killers Jeffery Dahmer and BTK.

In the 2nd hour, anomalistic psychologist Massimo Polidoro joins us live from Italy to discuss his career investigating paranormal claims, as well as how studying paranormal experiences helps add to our knowledge of human psychology.  (Apologies for the slight static or echo)

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SFR 259 – Blobsquatch Blitzkrieg!

–The federal government has been shut down.  What exactly does that mean?  Who is responsible?  What happens next?
sharonhill–An incident near the U.S. Capitol ends in the death of a mentally ill woman who believed Obama was electronically monitoring her home.
–Korbus recounts a phone conversation he had with Joe Nickell recently.
–SFR listeners ask our opinion on Rep. Neugebauer berating a Park Service employee, as well as the people on Twitter threatening to assassinate President Obama over the government shutdown.
–October is here, and what better way to celebrate than by discussing our favorite horror movies!

In the 2nd hour, Sharon Hill of Doubtful News stops by to discuss the Bigfoot media wave, including Melba Ketchum’s grainy HD video of “Matilda,” blobsquatches in Pennsylvania, and more!

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SFR 258 – Paradoxes and Cunundrums

–The new UN climate report has some pretty devastating conclusions about global warming worthy of discussion.
‘Psychic’ Rose Marks found guilty on 14 count of fraud.  It’s always good news when SFRfingerprintanother charlatan is punished!
Ryan Buell seems to be connecting his bout with cancer to demons
–A former homicide detective, Trevor Marriott, puts forth a dubious claim to having solved the Jack the Ripper case.
–The finales of Dexter and Breaking Bad are discussed, without spoilers.

Afterward, we have fun with philosophical thought experiments, paradoxes, and ethical conundrums. Among them:
* Is it ethical to eat your cat?
* Would you kill someone to save others?
* Is torture ever justifiable?
* And a whole lot more!

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SFR 257 – Guest: Karen Stollznow and Mothman Festival Review

–Armed man kills 12 people at Navy Yard in Washington, DC.  We try to make sense of this latest tragedy, and examine the latest developments.
stollznow–The first Indian-American woman is crowned Miss America.  So, of course, a barrage of racist, xenophobic tweets flood the internet.
–In brighter news, we recap our trip to the 12th Annual Mothman Festival, where we visited once again with our friend Nick Callis.  Did we meet any new and interesting people?  Get any photos with folks who pooped their pants or had track marked legs like last year?

In the 2nd hour, Dr. Karen Stollznow joined us to discuss the strange and unusual religious beliefs and practices as outlined in her forthcoming book, “God Bless America.”

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SFR 256 – Paranormal Forensics

George Zimmerman at the center of a domestic incident with his wife and her father with reports it involved the use of a gun and pocketknife.
–The internet is abuzz at the rumors that Star Wars Episode VII will be subtitled “A New Dawn.” How do SW fans feel about the katherine-ramslandtitle and assorted speculation? And will this movie be released anytime in the next couple years?
–Florida pastor arrested while towing 2,998 kerosene-soaked Qurans.
Hornet Signs‘ truck decal wrap is horrible and misogynistic.
Psychic busted by family of slain woman for claiming to have solved her murder.
–Do some people take the love of their pets a little too far?
–An Oklahoma man, whose death was linked to Spontaneous Human Combustion by the local sheriff, turns out to be a heart attack.
Geoffrey Portway’s creepy child porn and cannibalistic torture dungeon, once heard, cannot be unheard.

In the 2nd hour, Forensic Psychologist Katherine Ramsland joins us to talk about crime, killers, and how she thinks the tools of forensic science can be applied to ghost hunts and paranormal investigation.

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SFR 255 – Strange Days, Indeed

–Confessed Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found dead in his cell, having apparently hanged himself while in protective custody.
–More Princess Diana death rumors, these a new mishmash of nonsense involving the MI6, are soon to hit bookstores.
–Updating recent story: judge at center of 30-day sentence for confessed child rapist says the decision may, in fact, be illegal.
–President Obama in the middle of new conspiracy allegations. These involving claims he wants to bomb Syria to coverup Benghazi.
–Come up with your own Obama conspiracy for a chance to win David Fitzgerald’s newest book.
–Paranormal medium being accused of faking ghostly knocking sounds during recent guided tour of allegedly haunted hotel.
–Florida man cites “Bush Doctrine” as justification for pre-emptive killing at a barbecue.
Rosie O’Donnell will not buy Olivia Newton-John’s mansion, even after a so-called “exorcism” was performed.

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SFR 254 – The World of the Weird Keeps Turning

–As the drumbeat for military strikes on Syria get louder; we contemplate whether this plan of action is wise.
Miley Cyrus twerked, humped bears, and simulated masturbation onstage at the VMAs as the world imploded.
–Man shoots and kills his terminally ill wife to “stop her pain.”
Art Robinson – a global warming denier, AIDS denier, creationist, and dude who thinks SFRfingerprintsprinkling nuclear waste over oceans is a good idea – elected Oregon GOP Chairman
Outbreak of measles in Texas linked to church with anti-vax preacher
–Teacher that admitted to raping 14yo student, who later killed herself, gets 30 days in jail for his crime.
Fast food workers in cities across the country walk off the job for a living wage and the right to unionize.
–Christian leader Pat Robertson believes gay people use special rings that cut straight people in order to give them AIDS.
–Texas “Pastafarian” wins battle to wear spaghetti strainer on his head for DMV license photo
–Stop the presses! We are actually enjoying “Joe Rogan Questions Everything.” Dare we say it is our favorite paranormal-themed show?
–Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr., son of Roswell UFO story Maj. Jesse Marcel, has passed away. As one of our early guests, and a kind man, we remember him fondly.

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SFR 253 – Donald Prothero Gives Science Deniers A “Reality Check”

–Chinese “ghostbuster” arrested for performing sexorcism on a woman
Pope Emeritus Benedict contradicts previous explanation; now claims God told him to resign
–A review of “The Place Beyond the Pines,” PLUS we give our thoughts on Ben Affleck being cast as Batman
Donald-Prothero–Bradley Manning, now asking to be known as Chelsea Manning, is sentenced to 35 years and will ask for presidential pardon
–Anti-superstition activist, Narendra Dabholkar, murdered in India
–29% of respondents in Louisiana possibly believe Barack Obama more responsible for Hurricane Katrina response than George W. Bush
–Creationist museum worker struck by lightning while attempting to shut down zip line ride
–70 year old Australian man, in an effort to achieve sexual gratification, sticks a fork up his penis
–Post-interview: Some confusion over whether “Age denialism” is real. It kind of is, but it is NOT covered in Prothero’s book. AIDS denialism, however, is. Sorry for any mix-up.

In the 2nd hour, Dr. Donald Prothero, author of the new book “Reality Check,” returns to discuss how denial of scientific findings – whether it’s climate change, evolution, etc –  threatens our future.

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SFR 252 – “Night of the Living Dead” star Judith O’Dea

Tennessee judge orders baby’s name to be changed from “Messiah” because the child is not Jesus Christ.
–Laughing about the dozens of times people on Facebook thought satirical news site “The Onion” was real.
Gun safety instructor accidentally shoots student because he didn’t know gun was odealoaded.
Christian family, fed up with homosexuality, abortion, and taxes, decides to “take a leap of faith” by setting sail for an island, and is lost at sea for 91 days.
Rush Limbaugh says Christians cannot intellectually believe in man-made climate change
A new carnivore discovered; is it Bigfoot??  No, of course not.  But it is a rather cute tree-dweller called olinguito.
–Post-interview: We discuss the life and death of Martin Manley and the website he created before his suicide.

In hour 2, horror icon, and star of the original “Night of the Living Dead” Judith O’Dea, joins us to reminisce about her years in the entertainment industry, and to discuss her role in the George Romero zombie classic.

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SFR 251 – Sex, Scientology, and Sasquatch

–A prominent skeptic is in hot water over allegations of sexual harassment as levied by another prominent skeptic.
abominable–The suicide of four engineers in Turkey are being cited as possibly being caused by telekinesis.
–Actress Leah Remini leaves Scientology, and takes on church frontman David Miscavige along the way.
–Discovery Channel’s Shark Week Megalodon mockumentary is panned for being misleading and fake.
Faith healing parents, whose inaction led to the death of two of their children, will have to face murder charge.
–Bobby is solicited for exorcism advice by email

In the 2nd hour, Abominable Science! authors Daniel Loxton and Dr. Donald Prothero join us to dig into cryptozoologist claims, and dish the origin stories on a menagerie of monsters.

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SFR 250 – Benjamin Radford on Media Mythmakers

–The homeowners residing at “The Conjuring” house are being pestered constantly by ghost hunters
Bradley Manning, while found not guilty of “aiding the enemy,” still faces lengthy prison term for a variety of other charges.
radfordEdward Snowden receives temporary asylum from Russia
–Fox News anchor conducts dreadful “interview” with Reza Aslan about Jesus.
–MSNBC’s Chris Hayes delivers a brilliant piece of televised satire; hilariously mocking Bill O’Reilly’s “black violence” rants.
–Another psychic fails miserably at leading police to a dead body

In the 2nd hour, Benjamin Radford, author of “Media Mythmakers,” stops by to discuss how media and statistics can mislead us, giving helpful tips on how to cut through the bullshit.

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