SkepSun #98 (07_06_2014)

On this week’s Skeptical Sunday, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor discuss the disastrous Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” decision, then honor America’s birthday by celebrating the July 4 (1826) birthday of songwriter Stephen Foster on Freethought Radio. They also talk with Emmy-Award-winning Hollywood actor Scott Clifton, who hosts the “Theoretical B.S.” video blog on YouTube. After Freethought Radio we turn a skeptical eye towards GMOs and Monsanto. Dr. Aaron Carroll of HealthCare Triage reviews the evidence on whether GMOs pose a health threat and Dr. Steven Novella of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe investigates Monsanto. Is it the evil corporate entity that many claim to be? Then, looking for some great, free entertainment for the whole family next week?  Consider going to the LDS Church’s Hill Cumorah Pagaent in Palmyra, NY: a costumed cast of more than 650 on an enormous 10 level stage, twelve-tower lighting, state-of-the-art sound system and Hollywood special effects, that depicts how Jesus appeared to the Native Americans (who had arrived in the New World from Jerusalem in 600 BC) and then how in 1827 Joseph Smith at the direction of an angel named Moroni dug up golden plates on which this story was engraved right on the very hill where the performance takes place! What happens, though when a Mormon skeptically investigates his faith? Earl Wunderli, with degrees in philosophy and law from the University of Utah, did just that and published his findings last year in An Imperfect Book: What the Book of Mormon Tells Us about Itself. He talks to Alan Litchfield on the Malcontent’s Gambit podcast.
GMOs and Monsanto: what are the facts?

GMOs and Monsanto: what are the facts?


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