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Media Appearances

Dr. Shermer has presented the Skeptics’ point of view in more than 65 television, radio, magazine, and public speaking events. Bringing scientific analysis and reason into public discourse is central to the mission of the Skeptics Society. We believe that our involvement in the media supports a public atmosphere of questioning potentially dangerous assumptions, debunking anti-social myths, and exposing fraudulent schemes.

Many thanks to our numerous benefactors who contribute much needed financial support. Without you the skeptical voice would be significantly harder to hear.

Skeptics Society on Television

  • John Stossel ABC TV special
  • ABC TV special “Peter Jennings Presents…” (UFOs/SETI)
  • CNN Anderson Cooper (Mexican UFO sighting, UFOs, Conspiracies)
  • PBS Documentary “The Question of God”
  • Dennis Miller (3 appearances on Social Policy, Science and Morality)
  • C-Span (3 appearances on Consciousness, Intelligent Design and Morality)
  • PAX TV “Faith Under Fire”
  • Dennis Prager Show
  • Penn & Teller’s “Bullshit!”
  • KCET “Life and Times”
  • KATU-TV “AM Northwest” (Portland, OR)
  • John Moore Show
  • Barry Kibrick “Between the Lines”
  • plus many, many more…

Skeptics Society on the Airwaves

  • Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Art Bell “Coast to Coast”
  • Dave Glover Show (St. Louis, MO)
  • NPR’s “The Connection”
  • KVON-AM (NPR) “Morning & Afternoon Edition” (Napa, CA)
  • KGO-AM (ABC) “Ronn Owens Show” (San Francisco, CA)
  • KGNU-FM “How on Earth” (Boulder, CO)
  • KIRO-AM (CBS) “Dave Ross Show” (Seattle, WA)
  • KUOW-FM (NPR) “Weekday” (Seattle, WA)
  • KPCC, Pasadena, CA
  • KFI Bill Handel Show
  • Iowa NPR
  • KPFK L.A.
  • KUIK Portland, OR
  • NPR Connecticut
  • WMJI Cleveland
  • WGBH Boston
  • KOPB (Portland, OR)
  • Joe Rogan
  • The Colbert Report
  • Dave Rubin
  • plus many, many more…

Skeptics Society lectures at Universities & Colleges

  • University of Chicago
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS)
  • Union College (Schenectady, NY)
  • Portland State University (Oregon)
  • Murray State University (Kentucky)
  • Idaho State University (Pocatello)
  • Johnson County College (Kansas)
  • Kirkwood College (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY
  • Santa Monica College (CA)
  • Santa Monica High (CA)
  • South Dakota State University (Sioux Falls)
  • Utah State University (Logan, UT)
  • plus many, many more…

Skeptics Society Lectures at Other Institutions

  • Campbell Hall
  • Esalen Institute
  • The Amazing Meeting (James Randi Educational Foundation, Las Vegas, NV)
  • Science Center, L.A.
  • Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origins of Life (UCLA)
  • George Dock Society for the History of Medicine, Huntington Library (CA)
  • Philosophical Club (hosted by comedian Steve Martin)
  • International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering
  • Los Angeles Times Book Festival (UCLA) Mind Matters Conference (Cortona, Italy)
  • UCLA/Harbor Medical Center
  • Kaiser HMO
  • plus many, many more…

Dr. Shermer at Book Store Signings

  • Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)
  • Cody’s Books (Berkeley, CA)
  • Tattered Cover Books (Denver, CO)
  • Elliott Bay Books (Seattle, WA)
  • Vroman’s Books (Pasadena, CA)
  • Barnes & Noble, West L.A.
  • plus many, many more…

Dr. Shermer’s Scientific American Columns


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