World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0002155264
Reproduction Date:

Title: Skepticality  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Derek Colanduno, Susan Gerbic, Daniel Loxton, Little Atoms, Independent Investigations Group
Collection: Audio Podcasts, Science Podcasts, Scientific Skepticism Media
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


Skepticality Logo
Hosted by Derek Colanduno · "Swoopy"
Genre science / news
Updates Biweekly
Debut April 1, 2005
Ratings Non-explicit

Skepticality is the official biweekly podcast of The Skeptics Society's Skeptic magazine. Beginning in May 2005, the podcast explores rational thought, skeptical ideas, and famous myths from around the world and throughout history. Each episode is an audio magazine featuring regular segments by contributors who are specialized in specific areas of critical thought followed by featured content which is usually in the form of an interview with a researcher, author, or individual who is helping promote skeptical thought and/or science in an effective way. It has featured interviews with James Randi, and scientists, such as authors and astronomers Phil Plait and Neil deGrasse Tyson, Greg Graffin from Bad Religion, Adam Savage from the Mythbusters, popsinger Jill Sobule, author Ann Druyan and scientist Bill Nye.

Skepticality is co-hosted by Derek Colanduno and "Swoopy" Robynn McCarthy.


  • History 1
  • Featured segments 2
  • Recurrent guests 3
  • Asteroids 4
  • Awards 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The concept and the name Skepticality were created in May 2005[1] by Robynn McCarthy and Derek Colanduno, after the two became friends in Las Vegas. At the time, Colanduno was working at a national Sports Radio network and a privately owned Alternative Rock Station (KEDG) during the overnight shift.[2] Skepticality gained notability on September 7, 2005 during a keynote address, when Apple CEO Steve Jobs mentioned it as one of the top nine podcasts at the iTunes Music Store.[3] On August 14, 2006, Skepticality became Skeptic magazine's official podcast.[4]

Featured segments

  • Tim Farley of What's The Harm?, and Virtual regularly contributes pieces of skeptic history with this segment titled Skepticism, Past and Future. First called A Few Minutes of Skeptic History, it debuted on episode 123 on March 3, 2010.[5]
  • Jarrett Kaufman and Wendy Hughes from the Independent Investigations Group debuted April 25, 2012 with a segment centered on the coincidence website The Odds Must Be Crazy.[7][8] Kaufman was replaced by John Rael on September 10, 2012. Rael is best known for his creation of skepticallypwnd, a group of comedic skeptics, or skeptical comedians, whose objective is to question pseudoscience in a humorous way.[9]
  • Heather Henderson was a contributor from November 2012 and April 2013 with a segment entitled The News in Religion. In it, Heather presents current events and opinions around the topics of atheism, deism and the effects of religion on the general population. Heather is currently the lead vocalist of Penn Jillette's NoGod Band in Las Vegas[10] and along with Emery Emery publishes two podcasts; Ardent Atheist and Skeptically Yours [11][12]
  • Robert Blaskiewicz and Eve Siebert joined Skepticality with their segment Skeptical Humanities in Episode 226 on February 18, 2014. The segment presents examples of mainstream research & critical thinking as it pertains to the humanities such as art, philosophy, history, literature, rhetoric, aesthetics, literary criticism, pop culture studies, folklore, and cultural studies.[13][14]
  • Susan Gerbic of Guerrilla Skepticism on WorldHeritage (GSoW) has also made regular appearances on Skepticality, providing updates about the GSoW project.[15][16] since January 2013.
Recording Skepticality at TAM 2013

Recurrent guests

The show has a number of guests who have been featured on more than one show. Amongst them are George Hrab.


In an interview with Derek during the June 1, 2006 episode[17] of Slacker Astronomy, the naming of Asteroids 106545 Colanduno[18] and 106537 McCarthy[19] was announced to the world. The asteroids were named in homage to the hosts of Skepticality by their discoverer the late Jeff Medkeff, who said, "My naming of these asteroids for you is a token of my esteem for you and your accomplishments."


In 2007, Skepticality was recognized for excellence in podcasting with the Best Speculative Fiction News Podcast award at the Atlanta, Georgia.

Skepticality Podcast wins Ockham Award QED 2014

On November 22, 2007, the Skepticality podcast was listed as "Site of the Week" on's Sci Fi Weekly.[20]

On August 9, 2008, Skepticality was named "Podcast of the Week" by The Times.[21]

In April 2014, Skepticality received the Ockham Award at QED for Best Podcast. The award was accepted on behalf of Derek and Swoopy by Susan Gerbic.[22]


  1. ^  
  2. ^ Slater, Stan (March 13, 2009). "Skeptical Literacy". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  3. ^  (3:12)
  4. ^  
  5. ^  
  6. ^  
  7. ^  
  8. ^ "The Odds Must be Crazy"Skepticality Episode 181: .  
  9. ^ Rael, John. "Skeptically Pwnd". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Gaudette, Bridget R. (March 5, 2013). "Shades of Black Atheism #9: Performer & Podcaster, Heather Henderson". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  11. ^  
  12. ^  
  13. ^  
  14. ^ Siebert, Eve; Blaskiewicz, Robert. "About Skeptical Humanities". 
  15. ^  
  16. ^  
  17. ^ Identified as both chat show #7 and #9.
  18. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  19. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  20. ^ "Site of the Week".  
  21. ^ Campling, Chris (August 9, 2008). "'"Podcast of the week: Skepticality offers the 'truth. London:  
  22. ^  

External links

  • Official site
  • Skepticality Media Kit
  • Podcast Peer Awards article in USA Today.
  • Parsec Awards 2007 Winners
  • Sci Fi Weekly's Site of the Week
  • What's The Harm? website
  • Skeptic Dictionary website
  • The Odds Must Be Crazy website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from National Public Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.