The official radio show and podcast of Skeptic Magazine and the Skeptics Society for the promotion of critical thinking, science, and the elimination of supernatural thinking.
About the Hosts
Your skeptical host, grew up in Las Vegas. That explains just about everything. Too close to Area 51 and nothing he could do about it.
Raised by his New Jersey parents to question the world around him, Derek has been seeking truth in every day things, for as long as he can remember.
In his day job, Derek, (personal website), works for an Environmental Engineering firm as a IT Consultant. For fun and sometimes profit, he's a 3d graphics developer, audio engineer, and HD video editor. (batpig studios)
Derek has contributed to several other podcasts including The Pickle Round-Up for podcastpickle.com and AMP'd the weekly music review show for the Association of Independent Music Podcasters. He is currently one of the co-hosts of the Dragon-Pod podcast, The Official Podcast of Dragon*Con.
Derek is currently spending his time rebuilding his super-genius brain following his 09/08/05 brain overload and subsequent inner-cranial explosion. Derek 2.5 is in final beta testing.
Robynn "Swoopy" McCarthy
Co-host Swoopy is skeptical of many things, but mostly Derek. Previously her Skepticality contributions included the fun stuff like Whimsicality, and all of the music that is featured on the show. After her accomplished coup d' état of 2006, Swoopy became a one woman podcasting machine and now does all the writing, most of the research and all of the editing and post-production on the program.
Swoopy is the Co-Director of Skeptrack, a programming track devoted to skepticism at Dragon*Con (the world's largest culture convention) which is held in Atlanta, Georgia every Labor Day weekend. Additionally, she is also the Director of the Podcasting: Now and Beyond programming track, also at Dragon*Con.
A previous podcast Projekt Podkast for the Projekt darkwave music label was discontinued after one season due to personal time constraints. Swoopy does occasionally contribute along with Derek to the Dragon-Pod podcast, the official Podcast of Dragon*Con.
For fun and profit, she works in audio editing, graphic design, digital composition, cinematography, still photography, fine arts including oils, acrylics, charcoal, and pen & ink drawing.
In her spare time, when she had spare time, Swoopy enjoyed ballet, composing spooky electronic music and staring longingly at her collection of Howard Dean campaign posters.