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

Blog

  • Light Therapy for Allergies

    Up you nose with a rubber hose. If someone suggested that this was a possible treatment for allergic rhinitis, that’s the technical term for a runny nose due to an allergy, you would say, uh huh, maybe. Read More
  • When Protein is not Protein

    You need protein to build muscle. We have all heard that, probably as early as elementary school. And it is true. Muscle is mostly made of protein and its source is protein in the diet. Read More
  • Copper bowls

    One of my childhood memories is a cherry-speckled pastry, in the angel food cake family, that my mother used to make. Recently my wife and I found the recipe and proceeded to try to make it and dredge up some memories. Read More
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