About The Show

The “Dr. Joe Show” is the longest running “call-in” radio program on science in Canadian history. Joe Schwarcz, Professor of Chemistry at McGill University in Montreal and director of the McGill University Office for Science and Society, began answering questions from listeners way back in 1980. Where does aspirin come from? What is genetic modification all about? Should we be concerned about “endocrine disruptors” in cosmetics? Can peppermint oil help with digestive problems? Questions such as these crop up with great regularity in people’s minds and Dr. Joe helps unravel the confusion with his easy-to-understand explanations. There are also interviews galore with leading scientists from around the world.

Dr. Joe has answers to your questions about the science of everyday life, and each week also entertains and informs listeners with a multitude of stories drawn from the world of science. You never know what is going to come up. Will it be a query about removing the mustache painted on a Barbie doll by a mischievous youngster, or a criticism of an inaccurate press report about the beneficial effects of chocolate?

Listen to the man behind the lab coat, Sundays at 3:00pm ET etc etc

You can also check out the Office for Science and Society website at mcgill.ca/oss and follow Dr. Joe on FB


  • DR. JOE: The Ammoniaphone

    The crowd that gathered at St. James Hall in London on a November evening in 1884 was not your usual concert audience. Many of the seats were occupied by scientists who had been invited to witness the effects of an invention that was claimed to have the “most wonderful results upon the throat and lungs,” and would also extend the range of the voice, making the notes full and rich. Read More
  • DR. JOE: Consumer Reports

    Consumer Reports is in general an excellent publication. When you are looking for a washing machine, dishwashing detergent, the best pressure washer or a new car, it is the place to go. But recently they have begun to report more extensively on food and nutrition and “chemicals,” because this is what is playing big in the market place now. Read More
  • DR. JOE: Lead in Flint

    Would you believe that the Roman Empire crumbled due to a lack of sugar? A contentious theory implies this is just what happened. Read More

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