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LaRae Meadows

LaRae Meadows is bent on investigating important topics, contorting herself to discover new views, and sharing her discoveries. Her dangerous lack of self-preservation makes writing on controversial topics fun for her. She has a background in legislative and policy advocacy for foster children in California and owns a small business.

Lost Lessons of the Strangling Angel

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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Lost Lessons of the Strangling Angel

Europe’s diphtheria outbreaks in the 1940s provide a sobering context for modern anti-vaccination claims.

The Most Adorable Mandible

July 2, 2013
The Most Adorable Mandible

It should be a surprise to no one when skeptics congregate at conferences, the conversations and talks are nothing short of extraordinary with one-liners that cannot be found anywhere else. Not convinced? Keep reading. SkeptiCal 2013 will serve as our case study.

Stuff You Should Know TV

January 28, 2013
Stuff You Should Know TV

Ever wonder what the love child of the British version of The Office and an overheard conversation about science between two reasonably informed guys would grow up to be? Ok, maybe not, but Stuff You Should Know will answer the question anyway.

An Interview with SETI Founder Frank Drake

September 10, 2012
An Interview with SETI Founder Frank Drake

An approachable and interesting man, Drake isn’t above a joke about his work or the people with whom he interacts. While at SETIcon II in Santa Clara, California, Drake took a few minutes to answer questions about his research, the future of SETI Institute, and aliens.

Pointing the Telescopes

September 7, 2012
Pointing the Telescopes

An Interview with SETI Researcher Jill Tarter

Space is For Everyone

September 5, 2012
Space is For Everyone

Ariel Waldman Tells Us How to Hack Space Exploration and Get Involved

For Such Smart People, You Just Don’t Get It

August 29, 2012
For Such Smart People, You Just Don’t Get It

The Failure of the Science Community to Take Reality into Account

SETIcon II: No Radio Telescopes Required

August 22, 2012
SETIcon II: No Radio Telescopes Required

It was an opportunity to share meaningful and informative time with extraordinarily accessible microbiologists, planet scientists, astrobiologists, physicists, engineers, entrepreneurs, geologists, philosophers, linguists, astronauts, artists, and science fiction stars.

Bigfoot Collection

June 13, 2012
Bigfoot Collection

Called the gateway to Bigfoot country, the starting point of The Bigfoot Scenic Byway, home of the Bigfoot Collection at the Willow Creek-China Flat Museum, and Bigfoot hotspot, Willow Creek is the home of the best evidence for the existence of Bigfoot ever collected.

SkeptiCal 2012

May 4, 2012
SkeptiCal 2012

SkeptiCal, a one day conference billed as Northern California's science and skepticism conference, was host to more than 260 skeptics at the DoubleTree Hotel in Berkeley, California on April 21, 2012.

A review of Transcendent Man Live: a Conversation about the Future

Voice in the Dark (theater)
October 11, 2011
A review of Transcendent Man Live: a Conversation about the Future

A mixed bag of content, Transcendent Man Live: a Conversation about the Future perfectly illuminated the problem with discussing science in America.

A review of Nostalgia for the Light

Voice in the Dark (theater)
September 29, 2011
A review of Nostalgia for the Light

The Past is Now

A review of Attack the Block

Voice in the Dark (theater)
September 19, 2011
A review of Attack the Block

Cheeky Goodness

A review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Voice in the Dark (theater)
August 29, 2011
A review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Unfortunately, what came in with a bang goes out with a whimper in this final installment of a much-loved series.

A review of Cowboys & Aliens

Voice in the Dark (theater)
August 29, 2011
A review of Cowboys & Aliens

It’s not dramatic, not cheeky, not funny; Cowboys & Aliens is the film of not.

A review of Forks Over Knives

Voice in the Dark (theater)
June 30, 2011
A review of Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives plays like a 1950s governmental instructional video, makes basic reasoning mistakes, and discredits itself ...

Review of Paul

Voice in the Dark (theater)
April 13, 2011
Review of Paul

Anyone calling Paul charismatic, humorous, or timeless is probably suffering a terrible case of confirmation bias.

Review of The Rite

Voice in the Dark (theater)
February 16, 2011
Review of The Rite

The Rite—isn’t

Review of Black Swan

Voice in the Dark (theater)
January 10, 2011
Review of Black Swan

Well-acted and disturbing, Black Swan is a film that gives fleeting, peripheral glimpses of greatness.

Review of Tron: Legacy

Voice in the Dark (theater)
January 5, 2011
Review of Tron: Legacy

Chock full of glamour and lacking in substance, Tron: Legacy is all sizzle and no sausage.

Hereafter

Voice in the Dark (theater)
November 9, 2010
Hereafter

If the events of Hereafter happened in real life, they would not make a rewarding drama but a tragic story used to show the maliciousness of blind...

Paranormal Activity 2

Voice in the Dark (theater)
October 28, 2010
Paranormal Activity 2

Sure, Paranormal Activity 2 offers nothing more than roller-coaster thrills, but what’s not to love about roller coasters?

Case 39

Voice in the Dark (theater)
October 15, 2010
Case 39

Case 39 is the perfect example of how to annoy, aggravate, and incense an audience to the point that its members intend to hunt down all involved...

Let Me In

Voice in the Dark (theater)
October 15, 2010
Let Me In

Chilling, edgy, and intimate, Let Me In is a heart breaking, heartwarming vampire drama that left me stirred.

The Last Exorcism

Voice in the Dark (theater)
September 9, 2010
The Last Exorcism

Even though I love to see skepticism positively portrayed in a movie, I can't help but feel disappointed by the shameless burglarizing of the history of horror.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Voice in the Dark (theater)
July 7, 2010
The  Twilight Saga: Eclipse

A bad script, a case of sequel-itis, and acting of an eye-rolling quality made wish someone would do me the merciful act of shooting me with a silver bullet

Jonah Hex

Voice in the Dark (theater)
June 29, 2010
Jonah Hex

Since the writers of Jonah Hex didn’t find it necessary to give me a reason to care about Jonah or the story, I won’t be bothered to do so, either.

Review of Splice

Voice in the Dark (theater)
June 18, 2010
Review of Splice

Scientists testing the boundaries of what is possible find themselves walking the line of what is ethical in Splice

Review of Iron Man 2

Voice in the Dark (theater)
May 11, 2010
Review of Iron Man 2

Even Iron Man is vulnerable to the double-edged sword of the past, and in Iron Man 2, Tony Stark feels both sides of the blade. Iron Man 2 is a thin...

Review of Clash of the Titans

Voice in the Dark (theater)
April 29, 2010
Review of Clash of the Titans

When the fragile egos of the Olympians are damaged by human indifference and defiance, the Olympians plan their revenge. Clash of the Titans is an...

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