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I wanted to update Informal Skepticism a bit eariler than now, but as it turns out, I picked one of the worst possible times to set up a new blog: right before my Year 12 VCE exams (for those unVictorians who don’t know, the VCE stands for Victorian Certificate of Education, and is the last bit of high school that contains the tests that propels you into university, if you choose to go there). I just did my Psychology exam yesterday and my first Mathematical Methods exam earlier today, so I thought between studying for my second Methods exam (on Monday), I’d tell you all about the skeptical podcasts I listen to.

Podcasts are a great source of skeptical information, right up there with blogs and video-sharing websites, if not higher. The number of podcasts about skepticism and science has increased dramatically over the past few years, and their types have spread out as well, offering dry, humourous, fact-based, opinion-based, single person, group, topic driven or interview driven varieties, with most falling into at least two of those categories. They can also vary in length as well, from five minutes to nearly two hours. This means that, whatever your taste or time constraint, you’ll find something out there that you’ll like.

Okay, so the main podcasts that I listen to, and there are a lot of them, are listed below, with information about their average episode length, their style and their main focuses. While some may argue that some of them, especially the ones about religion and atheism, aren’t truly about skepticism, I tend to lump them together into one bit gooey heap of critical thinking, as they both employ, to me, anyway, the same lines of reasoning to address whether certain claims about the world are true or not.

The Amateur Scientist Podcast

Average Episode Length: 25 – 35 minutes

Style: Two Person Dialogue, Interview, News

Focuses: Humour, Science, Skepticism

The Atheist Experience

Average Episode Length: 90 minutes

Style: Two Person Dialogue, Call In, Topic

Focuses: Religion, Miscellaneous Topics

The Conspiracy Skeptic

Average Episode Length: 20 – 50 minutes

Style: Single Person Monologue, Topic

Focuses: Skepticism

Freethought Radio

Average Episode Length: 40 minutes

Style: Two Person Dialogue, Interview, News

Focuses: Religion

The Geologic Podcast

Average Episode Length: 50 – 60 minutes

Style: Single Person Monologue, News, Sketches

Focuses: Humour, Science, Skepticism, Religion, Miscellaneous Topics

The Infidel Guy Show

Average Episode Length: 60 minutes

Style: Interview, Call In

Focuses: Religion, Miscellaneous Topics

Logically Critical

Average Episode Length: 30 – 60 minutes

Style: Single Person Monologue, Topic

Focuses: Science, Skepticism, Religion, Miscellaneous Topics

The Non Prophets

Average Episode Length: 100 minutes

Style: Group Discussion, News, Interview

Focuses: Religion, Miscellaneous Topics

Point of Inquiry

Average Episode Length: 30 minutes

Style: Interview

Focuses: Skepticism, Religion, Miscellaneous Topics

The Skeptic Zone

Average Episode Length: 80 minutes

Style: Group Discussion, Single Person Monologue, Interview, News

Focuses: Skepticism, Science, Miscellaneous Topics

Skepticality

Average Episode Length: 60 minutes

Style: Two Person Dialogue, Interview, News

Focuses: Skepticism, Science

The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe

Average Episode Length: 80 minutes

Style: Group Discussion, Interview, News

Focuses: Science, Skepticism

The Skeptic’s Guide 5×5

Average Episode Length: 5 – 10 minutes

Style: Group Discussion, Topic

Focuses: Science, Skepticism

Skeptoid

Average Episode Length: 10 minutes

Style: Single Person Monologue, Topic

Focuses: Science, Skepticism

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