Episode 129: The Olympics

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Lauren, and Laura discuss some of the myths and scandals surrounding the Olympic Games.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that delves into issues of science, critical thinking, and secular humanism.

Links: North Korea at the Olympics (Wikipedia) | Olympics and their economic impact: Updated research roundup (Journalist's Resource) | Costs and benefits of hosting the Olympics (Economics Help) | The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games (Council on Foreign Relations) | Cultural Impacts of Hosting the Olympics (Aperian Global) | List of bids for the Summer Olympics (Wikipedia) | The Life and Murder of Stella Walsh, Intersex Olympic Champion (Longreads.com) | A Brief History of Sexism in TV Coverage of the Olympics (The Atlantic) | Caster Semenya (Wikipedia) | Pierre de Coubertin (Wikipedia) | First modern Olympics is held – Apr 06, 1896 (HISTORY.com) | Larry Nassar sentenced to 175 years in prison (Daily Mail Online) | Former U.S. gymnastics doctor sentenced 40 to 175 years in sex assault case (CBC) | Russian Olympic official says doping whistleblower should be executed (The Guardian) | Russia Is Barred From Winter Olympics. Russia Is Sending 169 Athletes to Winter Olympics. (The New York Times) | Ross Rebagliati (Wikipedia) | List of stripped Olympic medals (Wikipedia) | Doping in Russia (Wikipedia) | Russia ban decision was ‘a balance,’ says IOC chief Bach (Reuters) | Russia banned from Winter Olympics over state-sponsored doping (The Guardian) | How Bryan Fogel Documented Russia’s Olympic Doping Scandal (Vulture) | Gymnastics scandal: 8 times Larry Nassar could have been stopped (NBC News) | What Is The 2016 Olympic Beach Volleyball Dress Code? Here’s How The Rules Have Changed (Bustle) | 2002 Winter Olympics figure skating scandal (Wikipedia) | The day scandal sliced Olympic ice (TheSpec.com) | U.S. Figure Skating denies French report of collusion between U.S. and Russian judges (Yahoo!) | Figure Skating Dances Around Questionable Judging (The Washington Post) | Olympic Judging: Fair or Biased? (Minitab ) | How ski jumping gets Olympic judging right (The Washington Post) | Finding Flaws in Figure Skating (Seed Magazine) | Skating insiders question Sochi judging (USA Today) | Russian Charged with Olympic Figure Skating Fix (CBC) | Controversial decisions lead to suspension of boxing judges (LA Times) | Judging scandal still haunts Korean Yang (Reuters)

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Episode 46: Home Birth

Episode 46: Home Birth

Trigger Warning: There is a discussion of “birth rape” 42 minutes into this episode.

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Richelle McCullough, Laura Creek Newman, and Dr. Laura Targownik talk about home birth, “natural” childbirth, and other pregnancy-related topics from a science-based perspective.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Home Births Rise Despite Higher Neonatal Mortality Rate | Orgasmic Childbirth | Benefits of Natural Childbirth (SheKnows Parenting, JustMommies, Attachment Parenting Advice, allParenting) | Natural Childbirth, Pain, and Shame | In Passionate Support of Caesarean Births | A Plan For Natural Birth: Hold The Drugs, Please | Yes, There Was Pitocin: A Birth That Didn’t Quite Stick to the Script | Home Birth with Midwife Safe as Hospital | What is “Birth Rape”? | Women’s Health Clinic Principles of Service for the Birth Centre

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Episode 31: News Update

Episode 31: News Update

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn Noble is joined by Gem Newman, Greg Christensen, and Mark Whatman to discuss local and international news of interest to skeptics, including WiFi fears, the link between gay marriage and abortion, hominid fossils, and more! This episode is the first of our new biweekly news round-up shows. You can now expect a new episode every week!

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: SkeptiCamp Winnipeg 2012 | Winnipeg Ghostbusters | Young Cannabis Smokers at Risk for Lower IQ | Winnipeg Church Being Turned into Low Income Housing | Baffling Campaign Ad Claims Same Sex Marriage Leads to More Abortions | The Winnipeg Free Press’s “Letter of the Day”: Schools Should Be Wired | WHO Fact Sheet on EHS | Episode 18: WiFi, Mobile Phones, and Electrosensitivity | New Fossils Put Face on Mysterious Human Ancestor

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