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The Prism Podcast
60 minutes | May 22, 2020
The Prism Podcast - Episode 104
Brennen McKenzie DVM joins us to discuss his new book "Placebos for Pets?: The Truth About Alternative Medicine in Animals." We also have a conversation about how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected veterinary practices, pets, and pet owners in these unprecedented times.
56 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
The Prism Podcast - Episode 103
Randi is a medical writer, and serves at Yale University as a Writer in Residence at the medical school and lecturer in the English Department. She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Randi has worked as a medical writer for the London bureau of The Associated Press and was the London bureau chief of Physicians’ Weekly. Randi focuses on the interplay between medicine and society. In other words, how cultural attitudes influence medical treatment, public health and research; and vice versa, how research and treatment influence societal perceptions of health and disease. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Parents, More, among other newspapers and magazines. Randi earned a B.S. from The University of Pennsylvania where she studied the history and sociology of science; an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; an M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine, and an M.P.H. from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Also, Clay and Grant discuss Grant's recent Science Based Medicine article about fluoride and IQ.
67 minutes | Apr 23, 2019
The Prism Podcast - Episode 102
Dr. Jonathan Howard, neurologist and psychiatrist, talks about his book Cognitive Errors and Diagnostic Mistakes: A Case-Based Guide to Critical Thinking in Medicine.
68 minutes | Mar 5, 2019
The Prism Podcast - Episode 101
Dr. Nathan Lents discusses his book Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes about how evolution did just enough to get each generation to the next round of life. Lots of weird things happened along the way. Also, Clay and Grant discuss their secret trip to Skull Island. Shhhhh.
47 minutes | Feb 1, 2019
The Prism Podcast - Episode 100
We survived 100 episodes! We get the band back together, with Jason, Clay, and Grant reminiscing and also talking about tongue ties. Thank you to Mitzi and our other 6 listeners for sticking with us through all these years!
47 minutes | Nov 13, 2018
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 of the prestigious Amused Moose Laugh Off. He has also performed at QED, Edinburgh Fringe, and other locations. Getting ready for Episode 100!!
55 minutes | Oct 2, 2018
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 birth of plastic surgery told through the incredible story of Harold Gillies, the pioneering surgeon who first united art & medicine to address the horrific injures that resulted from World War I. Also, Grant is going to QED to hopefully pick up the Ockham Award that is rightfully The Prism's, rock climbing with Buck Mulligan, and Clay's sister-in-law has a narrow escape.
78 minutes | Sep 17, 2018
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 (www.skepticalmedicine.com).
83 minutes | Jul 24, 2018
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.
71 minutes | Jul 19, 2018
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 utilizes education, research and advocacy to foster the highest-quality, ethical, value- and evidence-based spine care for patients. Dr. Croucher received his undergraduate training in biology at the State University of New York at Oswego. His Doctor of Chiropractic degree is from New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Croucher is licensed to practice chiropractic by the Virginia Board of Medicine. He is an active member of both the Virginia Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association.
85 minutes | Jun 2, 2018
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 Montreal's CJAD and has appeared hundreds of times on The Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC, TV Ontario and Global Television. He is also an amateur conjurer and often spices up his presentations with a little magic. Dr. Joe also writes a newspaper column entitled “The Right Chemistry” and has authored a number of books including best-sellers, Radar, Hula Hoops and Playful Pigs, The Genie in the Bottle, The Right Chemistry, An Apple a Day, Is That a Fact?, and Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules. Dr. Joe was awarded the 2010 Montreal Medal, the Canadian Chemical Institute’s premier prize recognizing lifetime contributions to chemistry in Canada. In 2015 he was named winner of the Balles Prize for critical thinking by the US based Committee for Skeptical Inquiry in recognition of his 2014 book, Is That A Fact? In this episode, Clay and Grant discuss SciCom in general, and Joe's new book "A Feast of Science" in particular. Also, Clay's SBM article about pediatricians dismissing vaccine hesitant families, and a plug for NECSS.
64 minutes | May 3, 2018
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.
75 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
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
71 minutes | Mar 15, 2018
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 into mysterious phenomena in sixteen countries on four continents including psychics, ghosts and haunted houses; exorcisms, miracles, Bigfoot, stigmata, lake monsters, UFO sightings, reincarnation, and crop circles, and many other topics. He is perhaps best known for solving the mysteries of the Santa Fe Courthouse Ghost in 2007, and the Hispanic vampire el chupacabra in 2010. Radford has appeared on Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Learning Channel, CBC, BBC, CNN, and other networks with three letters. He also served as a consultant for the MTV series The Big Urban Myth Show and an episode of the CBS crime drama CSI. Radford has appeared in many publications including the Wall Street Journal, Wired, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Outside, and Ladies’ Home Journal, and quoted by Parade columnist (and world’s smartest person) Marilyn vos Savant, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, biologist Richard Dawkins, and others.
83 minutes | Feb 20, 2018
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 Writing and has been translated into over twenty languages. Maria is also the host of the podcast The Grift from Panoply Media, a show that explores con artists and the lives they ruin. She graduated from Harvard University and received her PhD in psychology from Columbia University.
81 minutes | Jan 29, 2018
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 created the Pro-Truth Pledge, and also is the author of The Truth Seeker’s Handbook: A Science-Based Guide.
69 minutes | Dec 29, 2017
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 attacks. At TIGR he was part of the Human Genome Project and the co-founder of the influenza virus sequencing project (which is when he first learned of the anti-vaccine movement). His research group develops software for DNA sequence analysis, and their (free) software is used by scientific laboratories around the globe. He did his B.A. and M.S. at Yale University, and his Ph.D. at Harvard University, and has published over 250 scientific papers. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter (@stevensalzberg1), or just subscribe to his alternate blog, http://genome.fieldofscience.com.
73 minutes | Oct 17, 2017
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 in 2002. Dr. Krugman completed a master's degree in epidemiology in 2005. Dr. Krugman founded MedStar Franklin Square's Child Protection Team, which evaluates over 250 children at the hospital each year, in 2000 with the aid of a VOCA grant. Dr. Krugman is also a member of the Child Abuse Medical Professionals (CHAMP) faculty, the Baltimore County Child Fatality Review Team, the Baltimore County Child Protection Review Panel, the State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, the board of The Family Tree, and is chair emeritus of the Child Maltreatment Committee of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Krugman was named the 2015 Pediatrician of the Year by the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MDAAP). Scott Krugman, MD, was named a 2016 "Top Docs" by Baltimore Magazine for pediatrics.
86 minutes | Oct 5, 2017
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.
67 minutes | Sep 11, 2017
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 at Florida State University, where he studies the components of psychopathy and other topics related to brain and behavior. In addition, he co-founded Real Scientists DE, the German-language variant of the popular Real Scientists Twitter account, which makes the work and lives of scientists accessible to a large online audience.
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