Child Development: Myths and Misunderstandings [Podcast]

June 10, 2011

The podcast of Colin’s interview of Dr. Jean Mercer can be downloaded here. She is the author of the book reviewed earlier here. Read the rest of this entry »

Not a Moldy Oldy

April 29, 2011

Announcing a new podcast, and it involves mold and other environmental hazards: The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (podcast download link) (entire podcast archive). It seems everyone is busy with jobs and kids, including Elyse saving the world and Jason Bilotta’s inspection business that deals with mold and other damage. Which is a perfect tie in to the interview with Jerome Paulson, MD of the The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment.

It is a very informative hour. Give it a listen! Read the rest of this entry »

Parenting Within Reason Podcast #45

March 26, 2011

Download Episode 45: The Feminine Mystique here.

Colin and Heidi are back!  Rob talks about the Louisville Area Skeptics. The links mentioned in the podcast are: and

The Sex Talk with Heidi Anderson:
Can we discourage sexual assult by learning negotiation techniques from the BDSM community? Heidi previews the talk she’ll be giving at the Momentum conference.

The Brain Game:
How can you throw a ball as hard as you can, and make it stop and return to you, without it hitting anything, and with nothing attached to it?

Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s. See more about the book here.

More Parenting Within Reason podcasts can be downloaded here.

Brain Awareness Week!

March 2, 2011

Coming up later this month is Brain Awareness Week. Started in 1996 by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives to educate kids and their families about the brain and brain science.

If you are near Washington, DC check out the exhibits and activities at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. If you can’t (like most of us) see what activities there are for kids at the Neuroscience for Kids website.

Also, download this week’s Parenting Within Reason podcast where Colin interviews Dr. Joanne Deak about her book Your Fantastic Elastic Brain.

Podcast Updates!

December 30, 2010

It is a busy busy time. Even though kids are off school there seems to be less time for anything. This morning we dragged MathMan from his apartment and made him deal with some financial issues, and The Linguist was awakened from her sleep sometime this afternoon. BigBoy actually took it upon himself to take the bus to the mall and spent the cash he got from his grandmother on video games (note to newcomers: BigBoy has some developmental issues, and this is a big step towards independence… hubby was very worried that BigBoy was not home until he saw him walking towards the front door with a big grin on his face!).

So I am a bit slow to publish something because I am actually reading a very long paper… so there!

So while you are all looking for after Christmas/New Year’s bargains load up your mp3 players with the most recent “Parenting Within Reason” podcasts. Trust me, they are all wonderful! Colin is great at interviewing, and Rob is a great pod producer (and trust me, both take lots of hard work).

Let me introduce a few in the past month or so:

Monty Harper’s album the “Songs from the Science Frontier”

This is the entire album on podcast. Do not miss it… and do buy the album for your kids and play it!

Let Your Geek Shine Through!… The new regular podcast host, Julie (who started the RationalMom blog), reveals ultimate geekhood with a tour of Skywalker Ranch. Awesome! Plus the first part of an interview with Ken Denmead, editor of’s Geekdad blog.

That is followed by the continuation of that interview here, which includes book selections from Dale McGowan.

Whatever you do, always check for new podcasts, because they will always be interesting! One future podcast promises an interview with Evan Bernstein, one of the Skeptical Rogues from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe, which should already be on your mp3 playlist!

Edit: The Roundtable with Evan Bernstein is now available. Enjoy!

Bats are Cool!

November 27, 2010

Bats at Chris' dad's hummingbird feeder in Arizona

Colin interviews Mary Kay Carson, author of The Bat Scientists and Dr. Merlin Tuttle, one of the subjects of the book: Episode 36 of Parenting Within Reason.

Catch up with other episodes here.

Please visit Elyse at Skepchick

November 21, 2010

Read what she wrote today. She is one of the contributors to the Parenting Within Reason podcast. Read the rest of this entry »

ANNOUNCING: Parenting Within Reason

October 5, 2010

The co-hosts of Podcast Beyond Belief would like to invite you to the next phase of our efforts… “Parenting Within Reason

We’ve decided to rebrand our podcast as “Parenting Within Reason” to better identify ourselves as a resource for freethinking parents. We are still the official podcast of Foundation Beyond Belief, but we’re hoping that the new name will be more accurate and descriptive of our content, and more welcoming to a wider spectrum of parents.

Hopefully, you’ll like the improvements we’ve made to the show. We have a new surf rock inspired theme song, musical bumpers in between segments, and finally, voice overs from our “Voice of Reason”, Mr. George Hrab.

We’re also spicing things up with weekly guest co-hosts – eventually, we’ll discuss whether we’d like to invite someone new to the show. Please let us know if you would like to participate, or if you have a favorite.

Our new podcast name does not require you to resubscribe. We’ll be using the same feed and starting with episode 30. Our first guest will be Kate Miller of Charlie’s Playhouse and our first guest co-host will be Mike Meraz of the Actually Speaking podcast.

You can visit our feed page at…

Episode 30 was just published!

Part of this rebrand is an effort to maintain a higher standard of ethical integrity. We’ve received complaints in the past that we include too many anecdotes and not enough facts. Admittedly, we use the science reporting merely as a spring board for discussion, and none of us are actually scientists (nor ever claimed to be), but we do our best as busy parents to contact original sources and explore all angles of the research.

We welcome corrections, and we encourage dialogue and communication about anything we may have misinterpreted. Please let us know. We read every letter.

You can write us at

Please subscribe to the new “Parenting Within Reason” facebook page. This allows us to send you updates to our latest episodes, news about our previous guests, videos, links, etc. Plus, we’ll start using the discussion page for anyone who wants to talk about the latest episode or ask questions. The original PBB page will be deleted toward the end of the week.

Thanks again for listening. We work really hard on this podcast with very little time in our busy schedules as parents. It means a lot to know that people subscribe and enjoy the show.

Podcasts For Your Kids!

August 8, 2010

Looking for some cool podcasts to share with your kids? I’ve recently come across some science-based podcasts that are directed toward kids.

Dragonfly TV is a video podcast by PBS Kids that features short science reports from real kids learning about science.  Here’s one example of what they have to offer…

Our friend Mike Meraz at the Actually Speaking podcast inspired his son to produce his own podcast about dinosaurs. Each week, six year old Aaron brings you facts about his favorite dinosaurs and answers questions sent in by kids around the world. It’s a really cute podcast! Go check out Aaron’s World and download it for your kids today!

Also, They Might Be Giants has a video podcast for families that features videos from their recent albums.

I’m always looking for other podcasts to share with the kids. Know of any good ones?

Podcast TWIPS: Episodes 13 and 14

June 5, 2010

Our guest on Podcast Beyond Belief last week was Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.  If you’re interested in science-based parenting, but don’t know where to start, Galinsky’s book is an excellent introduction to the topic.

Here’s one of her videos with research featured in her book:

We also talked about…


USA Science and Engineering Festival, October 23-24, 2010.

This Week in Parenting Science
* Parenting Magazine discusses why you don’t need to be scared of vaccines.
* Children who have better child care as preschoolers perform better as teenagers.
* Childhood psychological problems carry on later into life.

This week, we talked to Dr. Daniel Weissbluth on the effects of media on children. He writes a blog with his father, sleep-expert Dr. Marc Weissbluth, author of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.

We also discussed “This Week in Parenting Science”…

* No evidence that delaying vaccines helps children in cognitive development.
* Toddler lies are a developmental milestone
* 5th Grade Graduation Astronomy Awards!