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?

Talk to the man behind the lab-coat Sundays at 3:00 on Montrteal’s News Talk Radio, CJAD 800.

You can also check out the Office for Science and Society website at www.mcgill.ca/oss and you can email Dr. Joe at joe.schwarcz@mcgill.ca


  • DR. JOE: Oats!

    I like oats. I eat them for breakfast most every day. It isn’t because I’m infatuated by their nutritional benefits, although I like that they contain no sugar and oats are also a good source of soluble fiber that can reduce cholesterol. Read More
  • DR. JOE: Salt and cyanide

    “Is it true that they add cyanide to salt,” was the question tossed at me via an email. The answer is yes, sort of. Some commercial varieties of salt, have small amounts of sodium ferrocyanide added to prevent caking. Read More
  • DR. JOE: Sugar and Heart Failure

    “Could sugar break your heart?” asks a headline atop a report of a study that appeared in the reputable medical journal “Heart” about a link between the consumption of sweetened soft drinks and congestive heart failure, a condition that leaves its victims short of breath and reduces life expectancy. Read More

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