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. 

Jan 122015
 

On Thursday January 8 I  appeared live on MSNBC to talk about how climate change might affect unknown animals such as Bigfoot and the chupacabra. My research into the subject, done in part as preparation for the interview, will appear in a forthcoming issue of Skeptical Inquirer. You can see the show HERE. 

Nov 122014
 

“Real” psychic Sharina Star helpfully explains how to spot all those dangerous, scamming “fake psychics.” From the article: “‘Beware of someone who is out there that you’ve never heard of and they make all of these ridiculous claims,’ Star advises.” Now searching for a new Irony Meter, as mine seems to have exploded into powdery fragments across my desk. You can read it HERE. 

Oct 312014
 

If you believe in ghosts, you’re not alone. Cultures all around the world believe in spirits that survive death to live in another realm. In fact, ghosts are among the most widely believed of paranormal phenomena: Millions of people are interested in ghosts, and a 2005 Gallup poll found that 37 percent of Americans believe in haunted houses — and nearly half believe in ghosts. You can read the story HERE. 

Oct 302014
 

With Halloween rapidly approaching, reports of paranormal sightings will start toescalate as people get into the spirit of the spooky holiday. While most are obvioushoaxes, there are a few reported by people who genuinely believe they haveencountered a ghost or spirit. It is these perceptions that professional skeptic Benjamin Radford spends his time investigating and resolving, with logical explanations – so far, he has not failed!

You can read the whole story HERE. 

Oct 272014
 

The Oujia board, also known as a witch board or spirit board, is simple and elegant. The board itself is printed with letters and numbers, while a roughly heart-shaped device called a planchette slides over the board. The game was created in the 1890s and sold to Hasbro in 1966. It began as a parlor game with no association with ghosts until much later, and today many people believe it can contact spirits… You can read my article HERE.

Oct 182014
 

Encouraging new study finds that weight discrimination is rare, not common: Most people report experiencing no harassment, insults, or boorish behavior due to their weight, and only 5% report being discriminated against because of their body size. You can read my piece on it HERE. 

Oct 052014
 

My recent guest appearance on The Edge of the Unknown Radio Show is now up, wherein I discuss skepticism, investigations, and some mysteries covered in my new book. Check it out HERE!