• DR. JOE: Bernie Sanders and Science

    The U.S. primaries are, well, interesting. Science hasn’t been prominent in the debates, perhaps because none of the candidates has a stellar background in the subject. Donald Trump has demonstrated particular ignorance with his nonsensical comments about vaccination. Read More
  • DR. JOE: A Great Canadian

    Thalidomide is often mentioned as an example of a drug carelessly foisted on the public by a pharamaceutical industry that cares more about profits than safety. That isn’t exactly the case. The drug went through all the trials that were required in the 1950s, including testing on pregnant animals but thalidomide turned out to be one of those drugs that affected humans differently than animals. Read More
  • DR. JOE: Cancer Charlatans

    What makes people defend the indefensible? A prime example of this conundrum is the case of Antonella Carpenter, a 71 year old “alternative practitioner” who was convicted of conducting a fraudulent scheme to cure cancer in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is likely looking at spending the rest of her life in prison. Read More

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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?

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