Irreverent Skeptics Podcast Episode 16 – It’s a Good Day to Diet

On March 29, 2014, the gang talked about dieting – fad diets, diets that work, diets that could kill you, and so on. We also talked about what actually worked for all of us and why some diets just aren’t up to snuff. Read on for the show notes! We also have a couple of outtakes: here’s the first and here’s the second.

For best results, never eat this.

For best results, never eat this.

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Irreverent Skeptics Podcast Episode 15 – Who are we? And how did we get here?

On March 22, 2014, Jon, the two Mikes, and Erno had a chat about their backgrounds with regard to religion, science, and skepticism, and how the podcast itself came to be.

Special guest Adam Reakes, host of the Herd Mentality Podcast, joined Jon, Brandi, and Erno to talk about his show and share some good news about how the Australian Vaccination Network, a group that spreads misinformation and helps spark outbreaks of preventable diseases in Australia, faced some serious legal challenges. We also discussed how insurance covers woo-woo treatments such as chiropractic and homeopathy, and how this gives them an unearned air of legitimacy. Adam also had exciting news about a project he’s working on that every exorcist is sure to love!

The intro music for the interview is “Go” by Guineo (David Ramírez and Avelino Herrera). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Generic License. Find the original at

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Irreverent Skeptics Podcast Episode 13 – Splenda vs. Stevia: What’s the Deal?

Handle woo with caution.

Back on March 11, Jon and Mike M. did a short mid-week episode on the science and controversy surrounding Splenda and Stevia, two popular natural sweeteners. Here’s our skeptical take on the claims made for and against both.

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Irreverent Skeptics Podcast Episode 12 – Scientology part 2 – Goof the Floof

L. Ron Hubbard has goofed the floof.

March 8, 2014 saw the second half of our two-part series on Scientology. Do your KSWs and help pass a gangbang sec check! This time we talked about celebrity Scientologists, Scientology in pop culture, interesting Scientology factoids, Scientology lingo, and more!

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Irreverent Skeptics Podcast Episode 11 – Scientology part 1 – Please Don’t Sue Us

L. Ron Hubbard audits a tomato.

Way back on March 1, we did our first in a two-part series on everyone’s favorite UFO cult, Scientology. Grab your e-meter, rustle up a body thetan or two, and join us as we discuss the history of the church, some of its most noteworthy scandals, its weird beliefs, and more!

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Irreverent Skeptics: Cryptozoology

Irreverent Skeptics Hangout: Cryptozoology December 21, 2013

Cryptozoology is: a pseudoscience involving the search for animals whose existence has not been proven. From mythical animals to those believed to be extinct, the study searches for proof of said animals or “cryptids”.

List of cryptids: