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Public Lecture - Ann Reynolds

The Challenges of Science, Medicine, and the Media"

When: Sunday October 19, 2014 @ 2PM

Where: Baruch Performing Arts Center, 17 Lexington Ave., Room 306 (The "Skylight Room")

When examining medical journals and their press releases, news producers must decide what is worthy of precious airtime (just because a journal has sent out a press release doesn't mean it’s good science!). In this lecture, Ms. Reynolds will discuss how medical stories are vetted as accurate and newsworthy, demonstrate how those techniques were applied to specific stories, and reveal whether they actually made it on air at ABC. She will also discuss the behind-the-scenes world of ABC news, and the various topics, cultural currents and debates that inform what goes on air.

Admission is free and open to the public. An audience Q&A and social will follow.

Ann Reynolds is a Senior Producer for ABC News Specialized Units. After graduating from Yale University, she began her career at ABC as a Producer/Director at Good Morning, America. Her work includes the blockbuster specials on Jaycee Dugard, Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words, Hidden America, and two hour-long programs on global health. Her book, Medical Mysteries (based on the high-rated series) was published in 2009 by Hyperion. Among her numerous awards, she has won two Emmys, a DuPont, two Peabodys, a "Freddy" from the AMA, and an Overseas Press Club award.


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Rationally Speaking Live with guest Steve Novella

Rationally Speaking Live!

When: Sunday September 28, 2014 @ 2PM

Where: Nagelberg Theatre, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (enter on 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Ave.)

Join us for a live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast with co-hosts Massimo Pigliucci , Julia Galef, and very special guest Steve Novella! They will discuss the scope of scientific skepticism, including: What topics and areas of inquiry - if any - are "off limits" to skepticism and skeptical activism? Where should skeptics focus their limited resources in a world of pseudoscience and uncritical thinking? They will also reflect on the current state of skepticism and the skeptical movement.

Admission is free and open to the public. An audience Q&A and social will follow the taping.

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AN HONEST LIAR - Special Advance Screening and Q&A

Online ticketing for this event has closed. Tickets are available for purchase in person at the BPAC box office.

Thursday August 28 @ 7PM

Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Ave (entrance on 25th Street)

$15 General Admission

$10 NYC Skeptics members

NYC Skeptics is thrilled to present a very special advance screening of the renowned documentary film An Honest Liar, which chronicles the life and career of famed paranormal investigator James “The Amazing” Randi. Then, join us after the film for a Q&A session with An Honest Liar co-director and producer Justin Weinstein.

NYC Skeptics members may purchase tickets at a discounted rate by using the BUY TICKETS link above (all current members have been e-mailed discount codes). If you would like to join NYC Skeptics or renew your membership you may do so here and we will e-mail you a discount code.

This is a single screening that WILL sell out -- we encourage everyone to purchase their ticket early!

Ticket purchases are limited to 2 tickets per order. Please note that due to the limited number of tickets available we will be unable to offer refunds for this event.

Watch the official trailer for An Honest Liar:

WINNER: Audience Award for Best Feature, AFI Docs 2014
WINNER: Top Ten Audience Favorite, HotDocs 2014

“Directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein turn a standard bio-doc about an extraordinary man into a rumination on the blurred line between trickery and truth.”
- Ariel Teplitsky, Toronto Star

“Absorbing… The film feels like an enchanting magic act with its web of lies, cheats, and reveals. An Honest Liar leaves one doubting the power of so-called-mystics, but it successfully conjures the magic of movies.”
- Patrick Mullen, Point of View Magazine



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