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August 2011

JREF on ABC's Primetime Nightline on Wednesday

Nightline teaserWednesday night at 10:00pm (9:00pm Central), ABC's Primetime Nightline will air a one-hour special on psychic abilities. James Randi, along with JREF President D.J. Grothe, JREF's Million Dollar Challenge Director Banachek, and advisor Jamy Ian Swiss, worked with Nightline producers on two of the segments and participated in three days of taping, including the JREF's first-ever open Million Dollar Challenge event where hundreds of New York City psychics were invited to take our tests. You can watch ABC's 30-second teaser for the show and see behind-the-scenes photos at Randi.org. Make sure to watch Wednesday night!

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JREF Helps Young Skeptics Shine at Camp Inquiry

Camp Inquiry photoThe James Randi Educational Foundation was a proud co-sponsor of this year’s Camp Inquiry, help August 1-6 in Holland, New York. Nearly fifty campers, aged 7 to 17, enjoyed roasted marshmallows, nature hikes, singalongs, and new friends — all while using reason and evidence to explore life’s questions. JREF Director of Education Michael Blanford created original programming for the campers, and the highlight for many was Randi’s visit on the final day of Camp.

Read the full story.

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Field Department Gearing Up For An Amaz!ng Autumn

Our new Field Coordinator Brian Thompson has set great plans for the rest of the year, and we’ll be resourcing grassroots groups more than ever with speakers, sponsorship, training, and networking and promotional support. The JREF is developing a comprehensive set of free resources for anyone looking to create, join, or maintain a grassroots skeptical organization, including pamphlets, manuals, and interactive workshops on how to execute an effective skeptical activism campaign. These resources will be made available on our new Web site when we launch it this fall. We’re also working on several online features that will make it easier for skeptics to find each other and for local groups to recruit new members.

In September, we’re participating in a speaking tour across nine cities in Canada in coordination with Centre for Inquiry Canada, where Randi will inform and energize local skeptics with his unique presentations. This fall, the JREF will be collaborating with the National Capital Area Skeptics and the University of Maryland Society of Inquiry to conduct an educational workshop on Dowsing and the Ideomotor Effect in Washington, D.C.  This is just one of several educational workshops the JREF is bringing to grassroots groups.

If you want to start a local group or get your organization connected to the JREF’s grassroots resources, email Brian Thompson at brian@randi.org.

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James Randi: A Thank You For Your Birthday Wishes

Randi's headshotThe Earth has just started -- for me -- its 84th tour of the Sun. I'm appropriately flattered and edified at the number of good wishes that came my way via the various online services we now enjoy, and I thank you all for your kind comments...

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TAM 2011 Las Vegas in Photos

Relive the magic (and science!) of TAM 2011 Las Vegas in this slideshow of images by TAM 2011’s official photographer, Ingrid Laas, including exclusive behind-the-scenes angles and shots seen today for the first time.

TAM Slideshow

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"Today in Skeptic History" Hits iPhone App Store

SkepDay IconAs announced previously on our social networks, the JREF has published the first of our mobile apps to bring skepticism to new audiences. We’re proud to present SkepDay: Today in Skeptic History, an interactive calendar of historical events relating to both the modern skeptics movement as well as the supernatural, paranormal, and fringe science claims that the skeptics’ movement challenges. Download it today!

And don’t forget our eBook offerings: Flim-Flam! on Kindle or iBooks, and The Faith Healers on Kindle or iBooks.


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Upcoming Events

  • September 2-5: Dragon*Con in Atlanta, with D.J. Grothe, Michael Blanford and Brian Thompson presenting
  • September 21: Talk and book-signing by James Randi at Broward College, Ft. Lauderdale
  • September 22: Randi’s lecture tour of Canada begins in Vancouver! Schedule below:
    • 9/22 - Vancouver, BC, 7pm, Venue TBA
    • 9/23 - Kelowna, BC, TBA
    • 9/24 - Calgary, AB, 7:30pm - U of C Room ST140 - 2500 University Dr. NW
    • 9/25 - Edmonton, AB, 7pm - University of Alberta
    • 9/26 - Saskatoon, SK, 7pm - Roxy Theatre - 320 20th St. West
    • 9/27 - Toronto, ON, 7pm, Venue TBA
    • 9/28 - Ottowa, ON, 7:30pm, Venue TBA
    • 9/29 - Montreal, QC, 7pm, Venue TBA
    • 9/30 - Halifax, NS, TBA
  • November 12: Randi speaks at Carl Sagan Day celebration at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla.

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