Jul 122015

My article on eyewitness misidentifications and the police search for two escaped escaped prisoners lats month can be found HERE. Both men were later captured (one dead, one alive) but the search was fraught with false reports and sightings….

Jul 072015

A mysterious face seen in rocks on a small Canadian island: Unlike the infamous “Face on Mars” it might be carved, or it might be a product of human psychology, either way you could call it “man-made”… you can read my analysis HERE. 

Jul 032015

“Fat denial” by parents (and sometimes by kids themselves) is a significant contributor to the prevalence of childhood obesity. A lot of parents don’t (or refuse to) recognize that their kids are overweight, and in fact many adults underestimate their own weight; my recent article on Discovery News is HERE...

Jun 282015

Several foot-long lampreys have apparently fallen out the sky recently in Fairbanks, Alaska. They’ve been found in a shopping center parking lot and on lawns, and residents are unnerved by the creepy, toothed eel-like fish. You can read my analysis about it HERE. 

Jun 182015

I was a guest on the “After Dark Radio Show” recently, talking about everything from ghost hunting pseudoscience to the 1967 Patterson Bigfoot film to the nature of skepticism. Check it out, you can read it HERE. 

Jun 152015

Governments spying on citizens has been a perpetual boogeyman for many Americans, and the topic is in the news once again. In my new blog on the subject of privacy I discuss the medieval Peeping Tom demon Asmodeus and some myths about the seemingly sacred principle of individual privacy. I argue that personal privacy is a relatively new idea and that its value is exaggerated. You can read it HERE. 

Jun 112015

Earlier this month an infographic circulated on social media comparing the number of people killed by different animals. By far the highest of the group was mosquitoes, and that’s not only misleading, it’s simply wrong. I’ve traveled extensively in South America and Africa and am very aware of the dangers of malaria and the need to fight it. But mosquitoes (specifically female mosquitoes) do not kill humans through malaria; a different organism, a protozoan called Plasmodium, does. Some infected mosquitoes can transmit Plasmodium to humans, but they don’t “kill people” in the same way as the other animals listed. I’m all for education, but get your facts right. 

If the11425848_10205625736136981_277207288052384716_n argument is that any animal that can spread a disease is responsible for the deaths caused by the virus or disease they spread: Since humans spread countless deadly contagious diseases including flu, tuberculosis, HIV, plague, Ebola, etc. they should also be in that category. We don’t consider humans (as a species) to be the threat that kills others, we recognize that it’s the protozoan/bacteria/virus that kills. So why the different category for mosquitoes?

Apr 302015

Arguments in a sensational murder trial wrapped up recently in a New York City courtroom. The victim was 6-year-old Etan Patz, whose 1979 disappearance shocked and riveted the city. A man named Pedro Hernandez is on trial for Patz’s murder, but the prosecution has a problem: The boy’s body was never found and there is no direct evidence connecting Hernandez to Patz — only a confession. My article on why this may be a problem is HERE.

Apr 232015

My research and investigation into the famous “White Witch of Rose Hall” in Montego Bay, Jamaica (the topic of chapter 12 in my book Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries) appears on the April 25 season premiere of the Travel Channel TV show “The Dead Files.” Check your local listings, and you can see a sneak preview HERE.

Apr 122015

In case you missed my piece on this last month: 

Four police officers who helped rescue a baby from an overturned car in a Utah river last weekend claim that they heard an unexplained voice calling from the car. The accident occurred after a car driven by Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, 25, ran off the road and into the Spanish Fork River. Her 18-month-old, Lily, was found in her car seat upside down just above frigid river water, and had been there for a least 12 hours… You can read more HERE

Apr 062015

One of the most difficult aspects of being a skeptical ghost investigator is trying to help people who sincerely believe they’re experiencing a haunting; it’s the subject of my new article “Playing Witch Doctor: Hidden Ethics in Skeptical Ghost Investigation.” You can read it HERE. 

Apr 042015

One of my better investigations from last year:

On Nov. 7 a Utah woman awoke suddenly with the sense that something was wrong in the house, and she and her husband were able to stop a man who’d just abducted their 5-year-old daughter Lainey. Was it mother’s intuition? Read more HERE. 

Apr 012015

Last month I wrote an article for Discovery News about how the Toronto Star had published a prominent article scaremongering about the HPV vaccine Gardasil, promoting scary anecdotes over sound science. Well, last week the newspaper finally and formally removed the article from their website, as close to a retraction as is likely to happen. I can’t take credit for it, of course–there were many people writing about the irresponsible journalism–but I’m pleased to have helped in some small way.

Mar 252015

The Mile High Sanity Project podcast welcomes special guest Ben Radford (me!) for a discussion on paranormal investigation. What qualifies as paranormal? Have any of us ever had a paranormal experience? Ever had ghost sex? Check it out HERE! 

Mar 152015

Perpetual fraud promoter and talk show shill Montel Williams in trouble as celebrity endorser of MoneyMutual after the company was found guilty of providing illegal sky-high payday loans that exploited poor New Yorkers. Too bad his psychic friend and convicted felon Sylvia Browne didn’t warn him about that when she was on his show dozens of times…. You can read it HERE. 

Mar 122015

Utah police who rescued a “miracle baby” from a car in a river last weekend claim that a mysterious voice called to them. Many are suggesting it was a guardian angel, but in my new piece for Discovery News I offer another explanation, you can read it HERE. 

Mar 082015

Last month the respected Toronto Star  published a prominent and alarmist piece questioning the safety of the HPV vaccine Gardasil, which can help prevent cancer in girls. It didn’t sit well with scientists, as my article for Discovery News notes; you can read it HERE. 

Mar 032015

The respected PBS television series “Nova” has won multiple Peabody and Emmy awards. So how did it manage to so badly bungle an episode on anorexia, spreading myths and misinformation about the dangerous disease? Here’s a piece of investigative journalism I did, adapted from my Masters thesis on the subject of eating disorder misinformation in the media. You can read it HERE. 

Feb 282015
My appearance earlier this week on Albuquerque NBC affiliate KOB talking about my chupacabra research is now online. Overall it’s a pretty good piece, I did my best to summarize my book and 5 years of research into 3 minutes… You can watch it HERE. 


Feb 012015

A Chilean farmer recently found a pair of partly mummified animals in a wine cellar. Of course the obvious explanation is “chupacabra,” though as I explain it’s almost certainly not… yes, the little vampire beastie just won’t die. You can read the story HERE.

Jan 302015

You may have heard that a boy who wrote an inspiring “true story” best-seller about going to heaven has admitted he made it up. I wrote an article on it, and a analysis about why many people believed it, you can read it HERE.

Jan 252015

A viral story about how a high school allegedly used Photoshop to change their students’ yearbook photos to make them thinner started on Reddit earlier this month and has appeared on Gawker, Jezebel, Gizmodo, PerezHilton, and elsewhere.

As it turns out, the story isn’t quite as outrageous as claimed, you can read it HERE. 

Jan 232015

Censorship and free speech: Was Sony going to shelve The Interview last month because of terror threats? Most people think so. 

But a closer look suggests that might not be true; you can read it HERE. 

Jan 182015

I was recently interviewed by UNM Prof. V.B. Price for New Mexico Mercury magazine, in which I  talked about my new book Mysterious New Mexico, skepticism, and investigations. Who got upset by my book? Find out!

The five-question interview is available online HERE. 

Jan 152015

On  January 9 I appeared live on the Paul Harris Show (KTRS in St. Louis) discussing claims of “theft by hypnosis” and myths about hypnosis in pop culture. Fascinating stuff, check it out!

You can hear the 12-minute interview HERE.