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 Guests: Artichoke band members, Timothy Sellers and Steve Collins.
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This week Skepticality welcomes two of the members of the Los Angeles-based band Artichoke: Timothy Sellers (who pursued physics before deciding on music) and Steve Collins (an engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Artichoke is known to many eSkeptic readers for the song Mary Anning, their highly popular contribution to the Skeptics Mix Tape 2009 project. (As Mix Tape curator Daniel Loxton explains, "Artichoke is really top tier science music. There are vanishingly few bands who can match their catchiness and scientific depth.") On this episode, Swoopy chats with Timothy and Steve about the special challenges in writing fun, accessible music that also portrays scientists accurately — as featured on the band's albums 26 Scientists Volume 1: Anning – Malthus, and 26 Scientists Volume 2: Newton – Zeno.
Show Notes



Date – May 11th, 2010 read by Derek.

Voicemail about Episode 129 featuring Gina Welch.
This week’s show features LA based band Artichoke.
They were part of Skeptics Mix Tape 2009 with their song Mary Anning.
Swoopy spoke at the Atlanta Freethought Society‘s monthly program.
Atlanta Skepticamp will be held on May 15th and 16th in Sandy Springs, GA.
The Granite State Skeptics will be having a Skeptics Panel at GraniteCon.
You can find the Granite State Skeptics website here, or follow on Twitter.
Tim Farley has this week’s Skeptic History.
New England’s Dark Day on May 19, 1780 was caused by weather and forest fires.
The Mount St. Helens eruption of May 18, 1980 was used retroactively by the authors of the
Jupiter Effect to adjust the spurious claims in the sequel to their 1974 book.
The web site A Brief History of the Apocalypse is a great compilation.
Bob Marley refused conventional treatment for a skin cancer on his foot,
instead seeking alternative medical treatment in Germany. He died May 11, 1981.
Muppets creator Jim Henson delayed seeking treatment for an infection and died May 16, 1990.
In a later interview, his widow attributed the delay to his Christian Science upbringing.
Florence Nightingale, an English nurse and statistician brought scientific methods to nursing born May 12, 1820.
You can read daily Skeptic History facts on Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed.
SongAnarchy In the UKArtichoke, Nevermind The Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
Artichoke is best know for their albums 26 Scientists Volume 1: Anning – Malthus,
26 Scientists Volume 2: Newton – Zeno, biographies about scientists.
They also recently released the album 26 Animals
And Historic Highland Park about the area of Los Angeles where they live.
Two more forthcoming albums are Bees, and Is This Feeding Back
Timothy Sellers is the writer, artist, lead vocals and lead guitar with Artichoke.
Steve Collins is percussion and theremin for Artichoke.
Steve works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.
Song – Galileo GalileiArtichoke, 26 Scientists Volume 1: Anning – Malthus
Steve plays the Theremin.
Pandora Radio is an online music site that is good for finding new music.
Song – Tyrannosaurus RexArtichoke , 26 Animals
Song – Jeanne VillepreuxArtichoke , 26 Scientists Volume 2: Newton – Zeno
Song – CatArtichoke , 26 Animals
The album Bees will be about apiology,
Song- Vulcha BeestingArtichokeBees (not yet released)
You can get many Artichoke albums on iTunes.
You can buy the CDs through the band’s website and CD Baby.
The band is also on Facebook and MySpace.

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