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Ross and Carrie become Scientologists: an investigative report 5 years in the making

3 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

One of my favorite podcasts is Oh No Ross and Carrie, in which two investigative journalists join cults and fringe religions, and try out new age remedies and practices, and report back on the experience. (more…)

The best logical fallacy of all: The Fallacy Fallacy

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

If you have ever shared an opinion on the internet, you have probably been in an internet argument, and if you have been in enough internet arguments you have likely been called out for committing a logical fallacy, and if you’ve been...Show More Summary

Why we can't help getting ripped off by con artists

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Incredibly Interesting Authors: RSS | iTunes | Download this episode | Email | Android One day in September 1951, Dr. Joseph Cyr, a surgeon Lieutenant of the Royal Canadian Navy, was on board a Navy ship in waters off the coast of North Korea. Show More Summary

Favorite tips from Gareth Branwyn, former editorial director of Make

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

My old friend Gareth Branwyn is the former Editorial Director of MAKE. He was also the senior editor at bOING bOING print, a section editor at Mondo 2000, and a Wired contributing editor for 12 years. Gareth has also written and edited over a dozen books. Show More Summary

How to become better at smelling and avoiding the many varieties of bullshit

4 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

How strong is your bullshit detector? And what exactly IS the scientific definition of bullshit? In this episode we explore both of those concepts as well as what makes a person susceptible to bullshit, how to identify and defend against...Show More Summary

The Disappointing Reality of Getting Arrested for Being Black and Trans - #BlackTransLivesMatter

last monthHumor / odd : Geekosystem

21 transgender women have been murdered in the U.S. during 2015. 13 were murdered in 2014. These somber totals don’t include the deaths that went unreported by police or media, or women who were misgendered. Almost all of these murdered women were transgender WoC.

Merry Christmas podcast, with Poesy

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

It’s been a year since I sat down at the mic, but it’s Christmas and we have a tradition to uphold. Now we’re settling in here in Burbank and I’ve got a new computer, I’m hoping to get everything running again and get back to a regular schedule. (MP3, podcast feed)

The changing world of webcomics business-models

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Thom from the Shadowbinders podcast writes, "Journalist Brady Dale from the New York Observer joins us this episode (MP3) as we talk about the changing business model of webcomics. Are webcomics 'dead' -- or just evolving? How will social media play into the business model of digital comics going forward? And what about the money -- where is the MONEY?!" (more…)

Neil Gaiman reads "A Christmas Carol"

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Last year's New York Public Library podcast featured this wonderful reading (MP3) of A Christmas Carol by Neil Gaiman, reading from the last surviving copy of Dickens own annotated "prompt" text, which Dickens himself used to read from. A perfect, perennial listen for the Christmas season. ( via

Harlem Cryptoparty: Crypto matters for #blacklivesmatter

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

This week's Radio Motherboard podcast (MP3) talks with Matthew Mitchell, a former data journalist who organizes Harlem Cryptoparty, a regular training meeting for black activists who want to learn to defend themselves against the burgeoning...Show More Summary

Pre-mutated products: where did all those "hoverboards" come from?

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Those bowtie-shaped "motorized self-balancing two-wheeled scooters" you see in the windows of strip-mall cellphone repair shops and in mall-kiosks roared out of nowhere and are now everywhere, despite being so new that we don't even know what they're called. (more…)

LISTEN: William "Accidental Terrorist" Shunn on Mormonism and science fiction

3 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The latest installment of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast (MP3) interviews science fiction author William Shunn, author of the The Accidental Terrorist, a memoir that explains the bizarre circumstances in which Shunn, as a teenaged Mormon missionary stationed in Calgary, Alberta, was arrested and deported for terrorism. (more…)

Why you often believe people who see the world differently are wrong

3 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In psychology they call thinking that you see the world as it truly is, free from bias or the limitations of your senses, naive realism. According to our guest in this episode, famed psychologist Lee Ross, naive realism also leads you...Show More Summary

How to willfully alter your brain’s ability to willfully alter your brain’s abilities

3 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In a way, you can simply will yourself into a new physical form – that is if you use your will to routinely move heavy things, run around, or eat fewer tacos. Just as you can change your body at the atomic level by lifting weights, exercising, or eating differently, you can willfully alter your brain by performing another physical act: thinking in a certain way. (more…)

LA Makerspace founder Tara Tiger Brown shares her favorite tools

4 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Tara Tiger Brown is the founder of nonprofit organization LA Makerspace, the premier STEAM service provider for the Los Angeles Public Library. She’s also the co-founder of Kithub, creative electronics kits for kids, and co-founder of Connected Camps, which has online camps for kids including a Minecraft coding club. (more…)

How to turn your fears and anxieties into positivity and productivity with cognitive reframing

4 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Reframing is one of those psychological tools that just plain works. It’s practical, simple, and with practice and repetition it often leads to real change in people with a variety of thinking problems. It works because we rarely question...Show More Summary

How the illusion of control leads you to perpetually wait for your life to begin

4 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Over the years, when most patients have first met psychiatrist Michael I. Bennett, they have tended to believe they would soon to get to know a trusted confidant who would sit quietly, listen intently, and eventually deliver something...Show More Summary

Interview with Serah Ely, creator of the Escape Pod podcast, about her gender transition

4 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Tony from Starshipsofa writes, "This week on StarShipSofa, I interview (MP3) Serah Eley about her remarkable transgender journey from Steve Eley creator of Escape Pod to Serah. We delve into some of the very real issues that Serah has come across, why she gave up Escape Pod and why now she has stepped away altogether from the SF field."

Listen: making sense of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a Canadian election perspective

4 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The current Canadaland podcast (MP3) carefully parses out the implications of the Trans Pacific Partnership from the perspective of Internet freedom, censorship, free speech, business, and transparency. (more…)

Why everyone needs a weaponized spatula

4 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In the latest episode of the Cool Tools Show podcast, Kevin Kelly and I interviewed Andrew Leonard about some of his favorite tools. (more…)

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