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Allen J. Woppert
 Interviews: Jonathan Tweet and Allen J. Woppert
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This episode Derek sits down with two guests. First is Jonathan Tweet, game designer, and science advocate. Tweet comes on Skepticality to discuss his latest writing project which will be coming to Kickstarter quite soon. It is a fun science book aimed at pre-school level children teaching the basic facts behind evolution and how living things came to be. Next, Derek talks with Allen J. Woppert about his latest book, 'The War On Science Goes Batshit', a Young Adult book about when a biology teacher in the small town of Batshit, Illinois attempts to slip Intelligent Design into the High School classroom. Derek talks with Allen about how the book came to be, and the challenges in writing a book geared toward a Young Adult audience which has the teaching of evolution as its main topic.
Show Notes

– Date – June 10, 2014
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Skepticism Skepticism, Past and Future [1:05]
– The history of David Mabus was previously explored on Skepticality #212 on August 13, 2013.
– The infamous “David Mabus” pled guilty to three more charges on May 29, 2014.
– Read about the skeptic-relevant research presented last week at ICWSM here.
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Wikipedia [7:10]
Susan Gerbic
– Shane Trimmer and Franklins List.
SkeptiCAL 2014 and it’s Lanyard location.
Sacramento Area Skeptics.
– The Skeptic Wikipedia Project.

Skeptical Humanities [12:10]
Atlantis: The Antediluvian World.
– Wikipedia’s overview of Indo-European.
Tree of Indo-European Languages (warning: awesome).
– List of Boston Marathon winners.
Skeptical Humanities.

The Odds Must Be Crazy [19:35]
The Odds Must Be Crazy.
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Grandmother Fish: Jonathan Tweet [25:55]
Jonathan Tweet.
– Grandmother Fish Book.
– Jonathan has workined on geeky games, such as Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering.
Check out the draft PDF to get an idea of how the book will look.
– Join the Kickstarter to make sure more kids are taught the scientific facts of evolution!

Interview: Allen Woppert [33:00]
Alan J. Woppert.
– Originally from Milwaukee, WI.
– Now lives in Berlin, Germany teaching English and writing educational books for people learning English.
Most of his books have been textbooks for those learning English which included a lot of stories.
– His first fiction book just came out, “The War on Science Goest Batshit!“. A Young Adult book.
– The name of the book is a reference to the fictional town of Batshit, IL which had a mistaken name.
– The main story story is all about the Intelligent Design vs. Evolution struggle in the towns public High School.
– Hard core religious groups still attempt to sneak things like Intelligent Design into the school curriculum.
– Alan wrote the book after dealing with religious fundamentalists in Germany.
– Had to deal with backlash after placing a excerpt from a Susan Jacoby work into one of their books.
– The book is kind of like Judy Bloom for the science set.
– Allen has now moved to Barcelona, Spain to gain inspiration for his writing.

Outro Music [45:15]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.

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