1. Episode 66 JUL 8, 2012
Mr. Benjamin Radford
Mr. Benjamin Radford is one of only a few people actually doing real scientific-minded investigations into paranormal phenomena and cryptids like Bigfoot, lake monsters, and the chupacabra. Mr. Radford has appeared in the past on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The National Geographic Channel, BBC, and CNN and in The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair. He is both the deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine and a Research Fellow with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has authored or co-authored six books including Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us; Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias: Why We Need Critical Thinking; and Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries. We asked Mr. Radford to join us to talk about how what he does as an actual scientific-minded investigator differs from what those termed “paranormal investigators” tend to do, about the fascinating stories of bigfoot and chupacabra and about his investigations into each, and about critical thinking generally.