The Prism Podcast – Episode 53

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Yvette d’Entremont is your SciBabe (formerly Science Babe). She’s always looked at the alternative medicine and pseudoscience movements with a skeptical eye. When Vani Hari, a.k.a. the Food Babe, took a swipe at her Pumpkin Spice Lattes? It was a call to arms.

You just don’t mess with a native Bostonian’s PSL.

The site was launched on facebook and Yvette has been surprised and happy with the site’s early success. The formula of busting pseudoscience with a combination of real science and humor is pure Yvette (and her trusty sidekick, Science Dog).

Yvette holds a B.A. in theatre, a B.S. in chemistry, and an MSc in forensic science with a concentration in biological criminalistics. She currently runs SciBabe full time and resides in Southern California.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 52

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Today’s guest is Psychology Professor Sheldon Helms. In this episode, Sheldon discusses woo in psychology, his participation in Operation Bumblebee, his fantastic new podcast “ShelShocked”, and much much more!

Sheldon Helms is a tenured professor of psychology at Ohlone College, where he has taught a variety of psychology courses for over 15 years. In addition to his teaching duties, Sheldon also serves as faculty adviser to the Ohlone Psychology Club through which he runs a successful speaker series that hosts top-name scientists and skeptics from around the country.Sheldon extends his efforts to educate the public by serving as Vice President of the Bay Area Skeptics, and by giving public science talks for various groups around the Bay Area. He is also a regular contributor to the James Randi Educational Foundation’s website, and hosts the popular weekly skeptical podcast, “ShelShocked,” which is available on iTunes or Stitcher.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 51

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“A scientist in a scientifically illiterate nation at a time when we need science the most.”

On this episode of The Prism, we have a conversation with Kevin Folta, who has been under immense scrutiny by anti-GMO activists for an alleged (but unsubstantiated) unethical conflict of interest relationship with Monsanto. He has been the object of many Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and has been the victim of many an internet witch hunt. Despite this, he has stood tall, hiding nothing, and taking his detractors head on, believing that in the end, truth and science will win out.

Dr. Kevin Folta (from the GMO Answers website):

Kevin Folta is a professor in and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He got his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998, and he has worked at University of Wisconsin before settling in at University of Florida. Dr. Folta researches the functional genomics of small fruit crops, the plant transformation, the genetic basis of flavors, and studies at photomorphogenesis and flowering. He has also written many publications and edited books, most recently was the 2011 Genetics, Genomics, and Breeding of Berries. Dr. Folta received the NSF CAREER Award, an HHMI Mentoring Award and was recognized as “University of Florida Foundation Research Professor” in 2010.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 50

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Lydia Segebrecht discusses her upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness, the psychological effects and brainwashing techniques endemic within the Witness worldview, how and why she left the religion, and the recent news about systemic child abuse cases which were denied and covered up by the Watchtower organization.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 49

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Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst – TOGETHER!