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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.
March 17th, 2014
Episode 409 of 543 episodes
This week, Point of Inquiry welcomes David Gorski, MD, PhD: cancer researcher, surgeon,and managing editor of theScience-Based Medicineblog, aka "Orac"ofRespectful Insolence. Gorski and Beyerstein discuss a pair ofexposés of cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski in the March/April issue of theSkeptical Inquirer, one by Gorski and one by skeptical activistRobert Blaskiewicz. Gorski explains whyBurzynski's urine-derived antineoplaston therapy is worthless; how the doctor strong-armed the FDA into letting him peddle these expensive and potentially dangerous drugs for over 30 years; and how the treatment may have killed a little girl.Gorskialso discusses Blaskiewicz's report on skeptical activists who banded together online to warn the public aboutBurzynski's quackery and push back against hisattempts to silence his critics.