SkepSun #36 (04_28_2013)

This week on Skeptical Sunday: actress, comedian, author and atheist Julia Sweeney join Dan and Annie Laurie on Freethought Radio to discuss her new book, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother. Then we have one more look at the questionable therapy of acupuncture: Dr. Benedikt Matenaer is a German anaesthesiologist specializing in palliative care and also has a category B diploma (350 hours) in Acupuncture. We will hear his talk “Acupuncture: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” from the 2012 World Skeptics Congress in Berlin. Then on Point of Inquiry, Scott Atran is an anthropologist and an expert on the psychology and sociology of terrorism and is author of the book Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (un)Making of Terrorists. Chris Mooney talks to him about the Tsarnaev brothers and the Boston marathon bombing. Might these homegrown terrorists be getting what they want by the massive response and attention we’ve given to these events?