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Show notes for Episode 130

Posted by Ethan Clow on September 1, 2011

Radio Freethinker Episode 130 – Praying for poop, Countries going extinct, Caffeine and Cancer, Plus is the crime rate rising? Will more prisons lower it?

Note: For some reason this episode isn’t showing up in our podcast feed, however you can listen and download it here on Radio Freethinker.com

Update: The podcast is now appearing in our podcast feed on Itunes and elsewhere. Apologies for the delay.

Download the Episode Here!

Skeptical News:

Canada not willing to shell out the cash to participate in the 2012 world fair, see here

Tuscan friars ask God to deliver diarrhoea for basilica bible thief, see here

How caffeine can act to prevent skin cancer, see here

How long before countries go extinct? see here

Topics:

The Prison paradox

Skeptical Highlights:

Nature Chemistry September Edition has a section of articles meant to reflect on issues important to chemistry, but beyond bench research. This includes effective communication and teaching, gender issues, reflections on big pharma, and commentaries on chemistry and the developing world. They’re free until the end of September so check them out!
http://www.nature.com/nchem/insight/beyondbench/index.html

Philosophers Cafe – What is consciousness?
How can we know for sure that we know? Can we be certain that others are conscious? Is there a relationship between consciousness and conscience?
Thursday, Sept 1st at 7pm
1318 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
Admission $5.
http://www.sfu.ca/cstudies/arts/philosopherscafe/falsecreek.htm

Humanist Peace Arch Park Picnic
This is a joint get-together with the BC Humanists and the HNPS (Humanists of the North Puget Sound) who are based in the Bellingham, Washington area. Sunday, September 11 · 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Peace Arch Park 19 a St Blaine, WA The venue will be the pavilion on the American side of the park. For anyone who needs help getting to the picnic, rides will be leaving from the Oakridge Senior’s Centre in Vancouver at 10am.
BC Humanists Event Link

One Response to “Show notes for Episode 130”

  1. Emjayvan said

    Re: Crime Rates and Prisons in Canada. I had to listen to it twice to make sure I heard it correctly. At one point in the discussion about the costs of incarceration in Canada, Don said each prisoner can cost $150,000 to $250,000 per day.

    That number activated my skeptical radar, especially considering that earlier in the broadcast, it was stated that we have approximately 35,000 people in jail. Try multiplying 35,000 times 365 days per year, and then multiply that by $200,000. That works out to $255 billion per year! Last year Corrections Canada’s total budget was $2.9 billion. Hmmm.

    According to the Elizabeth Fry Society’s website, the cost for a male prisoner per day is $142.00 and a female prisoner $175.00. I think Don made a mistake, or the reference material he used was incorrect.

    Aside from that, a good broadcast as usual.

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