You are probably familiar with Skeptically Speaking, the excellent radio show and podcast with Desiree Schell1. I’ve been an irregular guest on the show, so I’ve mentioned it a number of times, but even when I’m not on it, the show is very good!

Except it is no longer. Skeptically Speaking is GONE!

Screen Shot 2013-10-11 at 9.24.12 PMBut don’t worry, all that really happened is that Skeptically Speaking has changed its name to Science for the People. Also, it got a cool Science Power logo. And an updated theme song (so I hear, but I’ve not heard it yet).

The name “Skeptically Speaking” was a very good name. Five syllables divided across two words like that is always good. Also, the alliteration is lovely. But over time the name has gotten out of sync with the contents of the show. Skeptically Speaking became a show about science. Desiree has said it is a show about cool stuff she thinks is interesting, but that’s just her being humble. I know Desiree is very thoughtful about what topics are covered, about the guests, about all of it, and it really is about science and closely related topics. So, the name Science for the People is perfect, really. The Science Power Logo is pure anarchist. So that’s very cool too.

Imma throw my footnote in here: 1 I talk about Skeptically Speaking Science for the People like it was Desiree’s project, and thus, ignore all the other people involved in it. There are a few reasons for that. For one, Desiree really did start the show and really is the main person with the show and all that. Also, even though sometimes Des says to me “I’ll have my people contact your people” when we are close to an arrangement for one of my appearances, and she really does have people, she is my main contact point, and my involvement with the show as a random guest really grows in part out of our deeply meaningful friendship and stuff. (Even though, the truth is, we met on air years ago when Desiree had another show and I was a guest on it, so our meaningful friendship grows out of a radio show…but I digress)

Having said that, there are other people who make Skeptically Speaking Science for the People work so well and they are very talented and wonderful. KO Myers has been the show’s editor and otherwise much involved forever, and he’s the guy who makes the show sound so good. Rachelle Saunders is the show’s producer and occasional host. Marie-Claire Shanahan, who is one of my favorite people, also does interviews. Josh Witten landed a job with the show as “Researcher” but that may just be him padding his resume with a very high power job, I’m not sure…. And there are others that I don’t really know but they seem to have important roles, listed here.

I was worried about the idea of the name change because Skeptically Speaking is a well known brand and it was hard to think of an alternative. But Des and her people have hit the mark with Science for the People. It won’t take long for that new name to become so normal we all forget about the old one. Whatever it was, I can’t remember.

The new site for Science for the People is here. The next episode is Poop #233

This week, we’re skipping to the tail end of the digestive tract, to learn some fascinating facts about feces. Rachelle Saunders welcomes science journalist Maryn McKenna back to the show to discuss human gut bacteria, and the biome-boosting power of fecal transplants. Desiree Schell speaks to anthropologist Cecil Lewis about what studying ancient poo can tell us about the evolution of the human microbiome. And Rachelle speaks to zoologist Eric Warrant about how some species of dung beetles can navigate by the light of the night sky.

Guests: Maryn McKenna Cecil Lewis Eric Warrant



I recently posted a list of all my shows on Minnesota Atheist. So, inspired by my diligence, I will now post a list of all my appearances, either as a guest or doing my special spot called “Everything you know is wrong“:

Nature’s Compass #198

This week, we’re looking at some of the amazing abilities exhibited by our animal cousins. We’ll speak to James Gould, co-author of Nature’s Compass: The Mystery of Animal Navigation, about the varying strategies animals use to find their way across all kinds of distances. And biological anthropologist Greg Laden discusses new research on the surprising reasoning abilities of some extremely intelligent crows.

Guests: James Gould Greg Laden

World Wide Mind #178

This week, we’re looking at a possible future where integrated technology makes exchanging digital information as natural as using the senses we’re born with. We’ll talk to technology writer Michael Chorost, about his book World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet. And anthropologist Greg Laden gives us a primer on the origins and evolution of human communication.

Guests: Michael Chorost Greg Laden

Climate Change at CONvergence #177

This week, we’re taking a break from live recording. We’ll listen back to highlights from “The Chilling Effects of Denialism,” and “Who Will Save the Polar Bears,” two panels on climate change recorded live as part of the Skepchickcon track at CONvergence 2012, and moderated by our host, Desiree Schell. Science writer Maggie Koerth-Baker, engineering professor John Abraham, science advocate and writer Shawn Otto, and biological anthropologist Greg Laden discussed the causes and effects of climate change, and how debate over the science has played out in the media and popular culture.

Guests: Greg Laden Maggie Koerth-Baker Shawn Lawrence Otto John Abraham

Liars and Outliers #167

This week, we’re talking about trust and cooperation, and the implications these social values have for security in the era of global networking. We’re joined by security technologist and author Bruce Schneier, to talk about his book Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive. And anthropologist/blogger Greg Laden returns to discuss speculation about cognitive limits on the use of social networks.

For more on the debate between Bruce Schneier and Sam Harris over the effectiveness of profiling in airport security, check out Harris’ essay, Schneier’s response, and the resulting debate.

For more on the debate between Bruce Schneier and Sam Harris over the effectiveness of profiling in airport security, check out Harris’ essay, Schneier’s response, and the resulting debate.

Guests: Bruce Schneier Greg Laden

Predators and Prey #157

This week, we’re looking into the many strategies that animals employ in the struggle to eat other animals. We’re joined by freelance science writer Matt Soniak, to discuss the often complex relationship between hunter and hunted. And biological anthropologist Greg Laden returns for another edition of Everything You Know is Sort of Wrong. He’ll tell us about humanity’s history as hunters, and how it may – or may not – affect our behavior today.

Guests: Matt Soniak Greg Laden

Science and Politics #147

This week, it’s a panel discussion about what happens when science intersects with politics. We’re joined by Sheril Kirshenbaum, co-author of Unscientific America, anthropologist/blogger Greg Laden, and Shawn Lawrence Otto, co-founder of and author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America. We’ll explore the tension between evidence and rhetoric, and what happens when public policy ignores solid science. And National Center for Science Education Executive Director Eugenie Scott returns to discuss an exciting new project to defend consensus science.

Guests: Shawn Lawrence Otto Greg Laden Sheril Kirshenbaum Eugenie Scott

Culture and Tradition #139

This week, we’re featuring a panel discussion on the origins and influence of tradition, with biological anthropologist Greg Laden, science education researcher Marie-Claire Shanahan, and primatologist Eric Michael Johnson. We’ll discuss where traditions come from, why some endure and some fade, and whether they appear in non-human populations. (Ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt-Palmer was unable to join us.)

Guests: Greg Laden Marie-Claire Shanahan Eric Michael Johnson

Evolution and Politics #138

This week, we’re looking at what happens when a bedrock scientific theory goes up for debate in the contentious realm of politics. We’ll speak to Dr. Eugenie Scott, Executive Director, and Steven Newton, Programs and Policy Director, at the National Center for Science Education, about evolution as a political issue. And anthropologist and blogger Greg Laden analyzes the fallout from the so-called “climategate” emails.

Guests: Eugenie Scott Greg Laden Steven Newton

Bug Girl’s Favorite Insects #126

From ants to aphids, mosquitoes to mantises, entomology blogger Bug Girl has covered all kinds of things that creep, crawl and fly. This week, she joins us to talk about her favorite bugs, and why she finds them all so fascinating. And anthropologist and blogger Greg Laden joins us to discuss the cultural taboos surrounding eating insects.

A History of Childbirth #110

We explore the changing ways that medicine and culture have treated pregnancy and childbirth. We’ll talk with doctor and medical journalist Randi Hutter Epstein, about her book Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth From the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank. And on another edition of Everything You Know is Sort Of Wrong, Greg Laden looks at common misconceptions about life expectancy.

Guests: Greg Laden Randi Hutter Epstein

And there are more! But they are not on the new web site yet (I assume they will be eventually) so you’ll have to wait.