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Rationally Speaking is the official podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join hosts Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely and unlikely, science and pseudoscience. Rationally Speaking is produced by Benny Pollak and is recorded in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village.

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Friday
Apr172015

RS132 - Live From NECSS 2015

Release date: April 19, 2015

This live episode of Rationally Speaking, taped at the 2015 Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, is a special one: it's Massimo's last episode as co-host! He and Julia look back over their history together and discuss which topics they've changed their mind about since the podcast began.

NEW: Full Transcripts 

Tuesday
Mar242015

RS131 - James Randi on Being An Honest Liar

Release date: April 5, 2015

James RandiThe Amazing Randi, famous magician and a pioneer of Skepticism, joins this episode of Rationally Speaking for a conversation about the past and future of the Skeptic movement. Massimo and Julia's questions for Randi include: Do you think Skepticism has shaped public opinion in any significant ways? What do you want the JREF to look like several years from now? And what have you changed your mind about, and why?

Randi's pick: "An Honest Liar"

Tuesday
Mar172015

RS130 - The Atheists Own 10 Commandments

Release date: March 22, 2015

Do atheists need their own 10 commandments? What would such a thing look like? In this episode, Julia and Massimo discuss a recent attempt to define some secular commandments. They debate the relevance of particular commandments, like "All truth is proportional to the evidence," and the purpose of the project overall, and address some criticism of the commandments.

Julia's pick: "what if"

Massimo's pick: "The retraction war"