Jun 252016
 

According to Google’s Scholar Alert (or in my case “Scholar” alert), my work is referenced in the new book “Policing and Social Media: Social Control in an Era of New Media.” Looks like a pricey textbook, but maybe I’ll see it some time…

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Jun 232016
 

A standup comic doing explicitly skeptical material on a regular basis as part of his act is unusual– and I interviewed him about his career. You can read it HERE. 

 

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Jun 212016
 

The new horror film The Conjuring 2 is, like its predecessor, supposedly based on the “true case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren,” a real-life married pair of self-styled demonologists involved (however peripherally) in several high-profile haunted house reports, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s. It reunites writer/director James Wan with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, reprising their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren, respectively.

The first Conjuring film was set at a rural Rhode Island farmhouse in 1971, but this new film begins with a wholly unrelated–and far more famous–case, that of murderer Butch DeFeo who killed his family in their Amityville, New York, home. The killings really happened, and DeFeo’s defense lawyer famously tried to claim that DeFeo should be found not guilty because ghosts made him do it. The jury saw right through this flimsiest of Devil-made-me-do-it defenses but the Warrens did not, taking Butch DeFeo at his word that some unseen evil lurked in the house and compelled him to kill. The heavily fictionalized story was later made into a novel by Jay Anson and spawned a popular horror film franchise…. You can read the rest at my CFI blog HERE. 

 

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Jun 152016
 

From Steve Terrell at The Santa Fe New Mexican:

He’s written factual studies about the mythical chupacabra, about spooky New Mexico folklore like the tales of La Llorona, of monsters who live in lakes. But in his latest book, New Mexico author Benjamin Radford turns his attention to a subject that for some people is much scarier than any of those legendary creatures.

You can read the rest HERE.

 

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Jun 122016
 

For those who didn’t see it last month, I’m quoted in a news article explaining a new viral “ghost photo,” supposedly of Queen Isabella in a castle… You can read it HERE.

 

Ghost hunters at a 12th-century English castle snapped a photo of a milky white image of a woman in a dress and, a year later, it’s scaring up a lot of interest in British tabloids….

 

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Jun 102016
 

A few years ago when I was speaking at a Bigfoot conference in Idaho, I took a few of my books to sell. This is Cassie, who asked me to tell her about some monsters. She begged her parents for $10 to add to her allowance and bought my Lake Monster book. She was so excited and said it was the first book she’d ever had autographed to her. She asked how she could look for monsters and I told her to stay in school and go into science. Hopefully 15 years from now she’ll track me down and tell me she’s a molecular biologist!

 

Cassie and my book!

Cassie and my book!

 

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Jun 082016
 

I recently appeared on 2 KASA Style and had a short but fun interview talking about my new book “Bad Clowns.” You can watch it HERE!

ALBUQUERQUE (KASA) – ‘Bad Clowns’, the phrase alone sends shivers down many people’s spines. Those malicious misfits of the midway who terrorize, haunt, and threaten us have been a cultural icon. But why are we so fascinated and terrified by them? We are making an attempt at answering that question by talking with authorBenjamin Radford to discuss his book “Bad Clowns”.

 

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Jun 022016
 

There’s a new media-hyped moral panic about clandestine “Sex Roulette” parties. A bizarre sex game with a sinister twist has intrigued the tabloid press, but, on closer investigation, many of the “facts” simply don’t add up.

My closer look is HERE.

 

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May 312016
 

This past Friday the 13th, and I was once again interviewed on the subject of superstitions, magical thinking, and luck lore. I appeared on 770 AM in Calgary on the Rob Breakenridge show. You can listen at the link HERE, where I discuss the psychological value of superstitions, why they can actually help athletes in some circumstances, origins, and much more! My segment lasts about 13 minutes, and begins about 13 minutes in… Coincidence?

 

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May 302016
 

Last week I spoke to a TV producer who pitched a series to me but said he was getting some resistance from the networks because I seemed to pretty much solve all the cases I investigate, and the suits are worried that audiences won’t watch if I’m finding solutions to mysteries. He said, “I hope that if we can’t get you a show it’s not because you’re too good at what you do.” I wrote about a similar situation in a 2012 blog… you can read it HERE

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May 282016
 

Student feedback from a recent guest lecture I did for a course on skepticism and critical thinking: the fact that I didn’t discuss my research into the mysterious Pokemon Panic of 1997 is “unfortunate given the extraordinary nerdiness of the audience.”

 

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May 252016
 

My new blog about Amy Schumer blaming herself for a shooting at her film “Trainwreck.” By applying skepticism to news media claims we can see that she’s blaming herself needlessly, and that there’s no clear connection between the content of a film and violence that occurs there… You can read it HERE. 

 

 

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May 202016
 

I’m quoted in a recent Spanish-language article for “Clarin” on the search for monsters… you can read it HERE (as long as you understand Spanish).

 

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May 182016
 

A decade after meeting sex education activist (and documentary subject) Shelby Knox I interviewed her about her life since the film, feminism, and activism. My new CFI blog is out, you can read it HERE. 

 

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May 152016
 

Horror photographer Joshua Hoffine, whose creepy and gothic photos were used on the covers of my last two books “Mysterious New Mexico” and “Bad Clowns,” has a Kickstarter campaign to fund his first-ever career retrospective of photos. Check it out HERE!

 

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May 082016
 

For those of you who contacted me in tears because you missed my recent brilliant 15-minute interview with Paul Harris on 550 KTRS AM in St. Louis talking about my new book “Bad Clowns,” I have good news for you. It’s available HERE.

Enjoy!

 

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May 042016
 

In my recent CFI blog I examined studies on media representation, especially of minorities. Two recent reports have helped describe and quantify the issue, one from GLAAD (formerly the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and the other from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The reports (Where We Are on TV and Inclusion or Invisibility? Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity in Entertainment, respectively) are the results of painstaking tabulation and analysis. Like any measure they are not perfect, but they do provide insight into media representation trends. As a longtime researcher on the media (and author of Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us), I was interested to review the findings, specifically focusing on the status of sexual and racial minorities depicted onscreen.

The results were interesting and surprising; you can read it HERE. 

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May 022016
 

I recently got an e-mail from a person who read an article I wrote about crop circles and asked if I though they might be caused by vibrational frequencies such as those seen in a Youtube video. You can read my reply HERE.

 

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Apr 282016
 

I am quoted in a chapter on werewolves in a new book about horror writing and Stephen King! I haven’t seen it yet, but that’s what The Google is telling me! I’ll have to check it out soon!

 

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Apr 252016
 

I was recently a guest on the Atheist Nomads show, episode 141, in which I discussed lots of things, from my chupacabra research to Mormons to Scientology. You can listen HERE.

 

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Apr 232016
 

My book Mysterious New Mexico that was featured on the front page of Wikipedia for 12 hours last week received 1,950 page views. Most of those views were not from the skeptic community, so great outreach!

 

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Apr 202016
 

Join writer and scientific paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford as he discusses the nature of “unexplained mysteries” such as ghosts, Bigfoot, crop circles, and psychic powers. What does science say about the evidence for these topics? What is the nature of the “unexplained”? Many Americans believe things for which there is little evidence and no definitive proof. Yet the issue is not one of belief but evidence: Either ghosts, Bigfoot, and psychic powers exist or they do not; if they exist, there should be scientific proof. How good is the scientific evidence for these claims? How does a science-based investigator approach these “unexplained” mysteries and separate fact from fiction? Join us to find out!

 

It’s April 20 8 to 9:30 PM PT; you can register for a nominal fee HERE. 

 

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Apr 182016
 

This Wednesday night (April 20) at 8 PM PT I’ll be presenting a 90-minute live Webinar titled “The Theory and Practice of Skeptical Investigation: An Introduction.” If you’re interested you can sign up HERE!

 

Join writer and scientific paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford as he discusses the nature of “unexplained mysteries” such as ghosts, Bigfoot, crop circles, and psychic powers. What does science say about the evidence for these topics? What is the nature of the “unexplained”? Many Americans believe things for which there is little evidence and no definitive proof. Yet the issue is not one of belief but evidence: Either ghosts, Bigfoot, and psychic powers exist or they do not; if they exist, there should be scientific proof. How good is the scientific evidence for these claims? How does a science-based investigator approach these “unexplained” mysteries and separate fact from fiction? Join us to find out!

Apr 152016
 

I was recently a guest on The Wrecking Crew Comedy podcast, talking about investigation, bad clowns, and weird random stuff. Check it out HERE!

 

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Apr 102016
 

This past weekend the Albuquerque Journal newspaper carried an interview with me about my new book Bad Clowns! You can read it HERE. 

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Apr 082016
 

I appeared on “Good Morning New Mexico” talking about my new book “Bad Clowns.” It was fun, and I think I shocked the host with a passing mention of clown porn… you can watch it HERE. 

 

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Apr 012016
 

Over at the iDoubtit site, Sharon Hill has a recent blog about common fallacies that I and other skeptics hear all the time–in this case about the limits of science. You can read it HERE. 

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Mar 302016
 

Canadian parents who own a supplement business treated their toddler’s viral meningitis with herbs, vegetables, and oils instead of taking him to the doctor because “they had negative experiences” with doctors. Part of why their son died is that they didn’t understand the statistical phenomenon of “regression to the mean.” My article on it is HERE.

 

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Mar 282016
 

The new film 10 Cloverfield Lane contains some interesting lessons about skepticism, doubt, and the nature of knowledge… You can read it HERE. 

 

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Mar 252016
 

A new study finds that over half of the measles cases in the U.S. since 2000 were among unvaccinated people–and most of those were offered the vaccine but refused it. My new article on the topic is HERE. 

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Mar 232016
 

I will be a guest on ‘The Wrecking Crew Comedy Podcast’ on March 24; you can check it out HERE.  Should be a fun time with those guys!

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