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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...


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...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 79

Leslie Waghorn is the mother of a very active preschooler and a fiercely independent toddler. She has worked in public health and digital media strategy for nearly a decade, having previously worked in media and politics. Previously based in Washington, DC, she's now based in Ottawa, Canada. Leslie holds an MA in health communication from George Mason University and has an honors BA with a double major in Political Science and History from Carleton University. By day she's a freelance...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 78

Byron Whyte MD, FAAP joins Clay and Grant to discuss the issue of race in the practice of medicine. Why are minorities still significantly under-represented in medicine and dentistry? Does racism exist in the medical school selection process? The discussion of race can be uncomfortable, but it's a conversation that needs to be held. Clay also discusses his SBM article about acupuncture for colic in infants. Dr Whyte is a practicing pediatrician in Urgent Care in Virginia. He obtained...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 77

Dr. Jennifer Raff chats with Clay and Grant about Genetics, Evolution, the peopling of the Americas, and other interesting topics. We also get into the genetic basis of race, and how this construct can be used and abused. Jennifer Raff is an Assistant Professor of Physical Anthropology at the University of Kansas, and director and Principal Investigator of the KU Laboratory of Human Population Genomics. She has a dual Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 76

Vance Crowe sits down for a chat with Clay and Grant about Science Communication, dispelling myths about Monsanto, bridging the gap between skepticism and other areas in science and culture, and how to honor our tribalism while respectfully engaging communities unlike our own. Vance Crowe is the Director of Millennial Engagement at Monsanto in Saint Louis, Missouri. Vance is a former Communications Strategist for the World Bank Group, a returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer stationed in...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 75

Dr. Carol Tavris's work as a writer, teacher, and lecturer has been devoted to educating the public about psychological science. Her book with Elliot Aronson, "Mistakes Were Made (But Not by ME): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts" (updated, revised edition, Mariner Books, 2015), applies cognitive dissonance theory to a wide variety of topics, including politics, conflicts of interest, memory (everyday and "recovered"), the criminal justice system, police...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 74

Dr. Paul Offit chats with Clay and Grant about the "opioid epidemic", vaccines, the post-Trump political landscape and what it means for science and medicine, a sneak peak at the new book he's writing, and much more. Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 73

Benjamin Radford is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science 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 eight books: Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias: Why We Need Critical Thinking (with sociologist Robert E. Bartholomew); Media Mythmakers: How Journalists,...


The Prism Podcast - Episode 72

Dr. John Snyder joins Clay and Grant to talk about Dr. Bob Sears, pediatrician who is the author of the so-called alternate vaccine schedule. Dr. Sears has gotten himself in a bit of trouble after being accused of practicing beneath the standard of care in California. John Snyder, MD, FAAP, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, and a practicing pediatrician at Amherst Pediatrics in Amherst, Massachusetts. Previously, he was Medical Director of the...


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