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Brian Clapper,

Good Skeptical Podcasts

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Over the past few years, I’ve become more and more of a skeptic and rationalist. (Long live the Age of Enlightenment.) Along the way, I’ve become enamored of various skeptically-oriented podcasts.

Mark Crislip (an M.D. and infectious disease specialist) has several entertaining podcasts:

  • Puscast, a biweekly, CME-accredited review of the infectious disease literature. I actually find this one to be good listening, despite not being a health care worker.

  • A Gobbet o’ Pus. Podcasts based on Crislip’s Rubor Dolor Calor Tumor blog. These are usually short, about five minutes or so, and touch on medical-related issues.

  • Quackcast, a “podcast review of Quacks, Frauds and Charlatans. Oops. That’s not right. That should be Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine i.e. SCAM.” Highly rational and frequently hilarious.

In addition, there are a couple others I like:

  • Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe. A panel of skeptics, most of whom are involved in the New England Skeptical Society. Plenty of good info on this podcast, as well as a weekly dose of rational thinking. Worth listening to. Episodes range from 20 minutes to 45 minutes in length.

  • Brian Dunning’s Skeptoid, a short, typically single-topic, skeptical podcast. Most episodes are under 15 minutes.

I’m always on the lookout for other podcasts people think are interesting. Feel free to share.