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Prism Podcast - Episode 99

Dr. Paul Duncan McGarrity chats with Clay and Grant about archeology, comedy, and science education. Paul began performing stand up in 2009 and since then has been combining his day-job as a Senior Archaeologist with Museum of London Archaeology with his growing popularity on the UK comedy circuit. He has supported Hal Cruttenden on tour, appeared on The Big Dig on BBC4, he has been a main cast member in the hugely successful ‘Knightmare Live’ stage show and in 2011 he reached the final...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 98

Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris is a bestselling author, and medical historian with a doctorate from the University of Oxford. Her debut book, The Butchering Art, won the 2018 PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science. She is the creator of the popular blog, The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice, as well as the host of the YouTube series, Under the Knife. She has written for a variety of publications, including Scientific America, The Guardian, The Lancet, and New Scientist. Her next book will be on the...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 97

Dr. John Byrne joins Clay and Grant to discuss stem cell therapy. What are stem cells, what are the legitimate uses for stem cells in medicine, and what about all these "Stem Cell Clinics" that are popping up, claiming to cure anything and everything? John Byrne is a doctor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in private practice in Michigan and is the creator of the Skeptical Medicine website and blog (


The Prism Podcast - Episode 96

In this very special episode of the Prism Podcast, we present a "live" panel discussion, recorded at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism. Joining Grant and Clay on the panel are Lydia Finch, Jonathan Jarry, and Michael Marshall. We discuss the state of skepticism currently, how it differs in the UK and Canada, and suggestions for future work.


The Prism Podcast - Episode 95

On the Prism Podcast and in Science Based Medicine, we tend to give chiropractors a hard time. While a lot of this is justified, is there a place in science based health care. Mark Croucher DC thinks so, and has endeavored to bring solid evidence based care to the chiropractic profession. Dr. Mark Croucher is the founder and clinic director of The Spine Center of Williamsburg. He is a member of the North American Spine Society. NASS is a global multidisciplinary medical society that...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 94

Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. Dr. Joe has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public and is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 93

Dr. David Anderson discussed pseudoarcheology with Clay and Grant, including Atlantis, who built the pyramids, and more. Is racism at the root of these beliefs? Also: NECSS announcement, SBM article coming out. Clay and Grant are pissed off at dentists who claim to treat Tourette Syndrome with a dental appliance.


The Prism Podcast - Episode 92

Dean Burnett is a doctor of neuroscience, but moonlights as a comedy writer and stand-up comedian. He tutors and lectures at Cardiff University. He is also the author of The Idiot Brain as well as the soon-to-be-released The Happy Brain. NECSS Announcement Neil deGrasse Tyson grinds Clay's Gears


The Prism Podcast - Episode 91

Benjamin Radford is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirerscience magazine and a Research Fellow with the non-profit educational organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has written over a thousand articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking, and media literacy. He is author of nine books and innumerable magazine articles. Radford is one of the world’s few science-based paranormal investigators, and has done first-hand research...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 90

Maria Konnikova is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Confidence Game, winner of the 2016 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, an Anthony and Agatha Award finalist. She is a contributing writer for The New Yorker and is currently working on a book about poker and the balance of skill and luck in life, The Biggest Bluff, to be published in 2019. Maria's writing has been featured in Best American Science and Nature...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 89

Gleb is a historian of science working at the intersection of history, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. He researches emotions, decision-making, meaning and purpose, agency and conformism, community, youth, social control, fun and leisure, and civic engagement in historical context. His publications have appeared in academic peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes in the United States, England, France, Germany, and Russia. Gleb is one of the leaders of the team of academics who...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 88

Dr. Steven Salzberg is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University. From 2005-2011 he was the Horvitz Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining UMD, he was at The Institute for Genomic Research, where he sequenced the genomes of many bacteria, including those used in the 2001 anthrax...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 87

Scott Krugman MD joins Clay and Grant to discuss SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and SUIDs (Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths). Scott Krugman, MD, MS, FAAP, is chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Dr. Krugman graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. After residency, he joined the pediatric faculty at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and became chairman of the department...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 86

Kevin Klatt and Katherine Pett join us to discuss all things nutrition. Katherine reviews the White Paper she co-wrote discussing the Seven Countries Study, then we all dive in and take the movie "What The Health" to task for its slanted (and false) science, its fearmongering, and its inappropriate framing of a complex subject.


The Prism Podcast - Episode 85

Grant and Clay sit down with Dr. Jens Foell to discuss Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. What is it, how is it used, and how is it misused in the lay public and in alt-med? Jens studied psychology at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and got his PhD in neuropsychology from Heidelberg University, Germany. His PhD work involved finding out how phantom limbs work in the brain, and how effects of phantom limb pain therapy can be measured using neuroimaging. He is currently located...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 84

Dr. Stephen Hupp joins Clay and Grant to talk about some of the myths surrounding child development- from believing that vaccines cause autism to the Scared Straight Program to whether letting a baby "cry it out" is psychologically damaging. Stephen Hupp, winner of a Teaching Recognition Award in 2011, is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at SIUE. He obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University. Dr. Hupp completed his predoctoral internship at the...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 83

Grant and guest co-host Vance Crowe chat with JP Sears, creator of the hilarious and popular Ultra Spiritual YouTube and author of a new book How to be Ultra Spiritual: 12 1/2 Steps to Spiritual Superiority. JP's Bio (from his website): " I’m an emotional healing coach, international teacher, world traveler, and curious student of life. My work is intended to empower people to empower themselves to live more meaningful lives. I run a very busy one-on-one client practice (most sessions...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 82

Melbourne, Australia based magician and physician Dr. Vyom Sharma is in the Prism Studio for a fascinating discussion about the intersection of skepticism and magic. Dr. Sharma is a Family Medicine physician who has won numerous awards in the magic realm, including (with his troupe Gentlemen of Deceit) appearances on Australia's Got Talent, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Check him out on YouTube, Facebook, and on Twitter (@drvyom)


The Prism Podcast - Episode 81

On this episode of The Prism, Clay and Grant sit down and have a chat with Myles Power. Myles Power runs the educational YouTube channel powerm1985. He is originally from a small town in the North East of England called Middlesbrough, but has spent a large potion of his adult life living in Manchester. He is a chemist by trade who is is currently working in industry, but what little free time he has he spends sharing his love of science through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 80

Dr. Indre Viskontas is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco and Professor of Sciences and Humanities at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is pioneering the application of neuroscience to musical training. Professor Viskontas received her Bachelor of Science degree with a Specialist in Psychology and a minor in French Literature at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. She also holds a Masters of Music degree in vocal performance from...