Canada's weekly podcast that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities using science and critical thinking.
COVID App Privacy Vulnerability? + ‘Spot The Fake’ + ‘The Next 500 Years’
Adam discovers a vulnerability in the new COVID Verify Ontario app that allows an easy way for anyone to see personal information contained in someone’s Quebec QR code. Pat challenges the crew with an always-entertaining game of ‘Spot The Fake’. Lastly, Darren gives us a quick take on the book, “The Next 500 Years: Engineering Life to Reach New Worlds.”
Generational Labels + China Video Game Ban + Can You Burp & Fart Simultaneously?
Adam seems to experience deja vu when covering China’s latest attempts to restrict online gaming for minors. In a total cheugy move, Darren looks at the problems with generational labels like Gen Z and why a recent letter sent to Pew Research Center is urging to stop using them. Lastly, Cristina has been sitting on this gassy topic until the crew reunited. Is it physically possible to burp and fart at the same time?
Ear Seeding + The Oldest Profession?
Cristina gives us an earful about a wellness trend that suggests placing a small seed or bead on the cartilage of your outer ear provides multiple health benefits. Adam looks back in history to corroborate whether sex work really is the so-called ‘oldest profession’.
QR Codes Dangerous? + Ads In Your Dreams?
After a vaccine passport system is launched in his home province of Quebec, Adam investigates whether people’s fear that QR code technology is dangerous and could compromise our privacy is justified. Darren looks into the validity behind claims that consumer brands can target ads at your dreams using Targeted Dream Incubation.
Country Most Prepared For COVID-19? + What Is A Neutral Zone? + Embr Wave
Darren does a deep dive into the Global Health Security Index which aims to assess a country’s capability to prevent and mitigate epidemics and pandemics. Adam unleashes his inner Trekkie by venturing into the Neutral Zone to discover its meaning and historical origins. After hearing ads for the Embr Wave on other podcasts, Cristina looks behind the wearable device’s claims to cool you down or warm you up.
Anti-Sex Beds + Hollow Earth? + Youngest Mother
Cristina fact checks rumours circulating on social media that anti-sex beds were installed in Tokyo’s Olympic Village to deter athletes from hooking up. Adam digs into the plausibility of the Hollow Earth theory after seeing Godzilla vs. Kong. Darren looks into the shocking story behind the youngest person to ever give birth.
Very fun and educational
The podcast has gotten so much better over the years. Not that it was ever bad, it's just more refined now. It's one of only three podcasts that I absolutely must listen to every week without fail. It has become more mature and thoughtful lately, but it still keeps its original charm and irreverent sense of humor. I adore both sides. I love the outtakes and I'm sad when there aren't any. Keep up the awesome work everyone (Darren, Adam, Pat, Cristina, and guests)! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
COVID, COVID, COVID
There’s more to talk about than COVID.
Earnest, Lighthearted, and Useful
I found TRC by following their friend Stuart Robbins, my favorite pseudoscience-debunking astronomer. Debunking, myth-busting and truth seeking is the name of the game here, and the TRC crew plays it like a game. The scope of their subject matter is just about unlimited, although thankfully they don't care about celebrity gossip unless it's attached to some current, larger issue (ike their recent finger-wagging at Neil deGrasse Tyson). Because of their good humor, absence of malice, lack of partisanship and no ad hominem attacks ever, TRC is fun and lighthearted and I always learn stuff I didn't know I needed to know -- such as the fact that hippopotamuses can swim.