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A lively talk show dealing with themes of skepticism, critical thinking, science, secularism, and public affairs from the perspective of two Jamaican "Yardies": Clive Forrester and Hilaire Sobers.

Latest Episodes

YS Radio (S.04, ep.13) Season Finale: Church & State

It's a wrap, folks! The Yardie Skeptics are leaving the building after yet another riveting season batting for reason and skepticism over the past few months. Thank you for your support! Needless to say, we're going out guns blazing! We turn our attention to that impenetrable wall between church and state. In the case of some states, like Jamaica, this wall is more like a sieve, where the distinction between the two is blurred. Does it have to be like this? Can the state operate in a context without being influenced, derailed, or hijacked by the actions of the church? Or must we in Jamaica get used to parliament being a part time revivaltent? Join us in this discussion along with featured guest Dr. Latoya Lazarusof the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic StudiesUWI, Cave Hill, who published an article entitled; "Religion and rights: Is there still room for Christianity at the table?" If that wasn't enough, we'll also be joined by veteran Jamaican journalist and champio...

122 MIN2017 JAN 30
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YS Radio (S.04, ep.13) Season Finale: Church & State

YS Radio (S04, ep12): The Church & Rape Culture pt.2 Solutions

The Yardie Skeptics are back this Sunday, January 22 at 12:30pm EST to conclude our discussion on the church and rape culture. The social media outrage surrounding the Moravian church sex scandal is still scorching hot even as the story has lost some traction in traditional media. Is there a risk of this being a nine-day wonder or will Jamaicans finally seize the moment for a revolutionary change in attitudes towards sexual violence? Joining us live on air will be Jamaican academic Nicole Cameron, PhD candidate in health communication at the Washington State University. She and her coauthors recently wrote a paper in which they argue that exposure to sexualized images of women in the media desensitizes bystanders from intervening in acts of sexual agression towards women. We've always suspected this to be the case, now we have the data to support it! Don't miss this episode! as we turn our attention to possible solutions!

125 MIN2017 JAN 23
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YS Radio (S04, ep12): The Church & Rape Culture pt.2 Solutions

Yardie Skeptics (S.04, ep.11): The Church & Rape Culture

DISGRACE!! After the bombshell news that 62-year-old pastor at Nazareth Moravian Church in Jamaica, Rupert Clarke, was caught in a sexually compromising position with a minor in the community, the entire island has been split down the middle with those who are calling for a total overhaul of the way the church operates and those who want compassion for the accused rapist. The fallout from the incident continues to deepen as evidence of a cover-up by church leadership has emerged as well as suggestions that the Rev. Clarke has had sexual relations with other girls in the SAME family while they were minors!! Tek di wheel!! You don't want to miss this Sunday's episode as the Yardie Skeptics return for just a fewmore episodes to close out Season 4. Join us on Sunday, January 15th at 12:30pm EST and share your views and on what has been an ongoing attempt to directly and indirectly maintain the culture of sexual abuse inside the church. Joining us live on air will be Dr. Michael Abrahams...

122 MIN2017 JAN 16
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Yardie Skeptics (S.04, ep.11): The Church & Rape Culture

YS Radio (S04, ep10): #lifeinleggings

#lifeinleggings: Caribbean Women & Sexual Violence Not since the critically acclaimed Yardie Skeptics' sister network Air Me Now dealt with the topic of violence against women, have the Cool Dude and Fire Breather shone the light on the culture of sexual violence which affects and impacts Caribbean women from the cradle to the grave. Why are we, in 2016, still not fully ready to acknowledge and combat the spectre of sexual violence which terrorizes our Caribbean women and girls? This Sunday, Dec. 4th at 12:30pm EST the Yardie Skeptics addresses #lifeinleggings which has been taking social media by storm over the past week and a half. Two brave women in Barbados decided to start the movement and create a space for Caribbean women of all ages and walks of life to share their stories of navigating and surviging the crushing culture of sexual violence pervasive throughout the Caribbean, and social media hasn't been the same since! You don't want to miss this episode folks - this is our ...

122 MIN2016 DEC 5
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YS Radio (S04, ep10): #lifeinleggings

YS Radio (S04, ep09): Men and Intimacy

What's the deal with men and intimacy? Why are men's ideas about intimacy so divergent from the ideas that women possess? And, is intimacy really what we think it is? Come get intimate with the Yardie Skeptics this Sunday, November 27th at 12:30pm EST as we pull on those masculine heart strings and get the low down on what's up with masculine ideas of intimacy. We already made two trips to the bedroom earlier this month, so perhaps what we need this time around is a little discourse, before the intercourse! Joining us live in studio will be: Dr. Peter Weller - clinical psychologist and founder of CARIMAN Owen "Blakka" Ellis - humourist, actor, and gender researcher Klyde Brooks - poet To listen to any episode live, or catch the archived version afterwards, simply click the link below. Feel free to call in and share your views live on air or interact with other listeners in the live chatroom. For a full list of ways to contact the Yardie Skeptics, click this link:https://docs.google....

122 MIN2016 NOV 28
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YS Radio (S04, ep09): Men and Intimacy

YS Radio (S04, ep08): Post Election Group Therapy conclusion

It's starting to settle in now - Trump is indeed the next president. We're not dreaming, but it's no less of a nightmare. Last week we opened the flood gates of discussion with a packed studio when we allowed our guests to voice their opinions on the results of the recent US elections and the implications for the social climate moving forward in the USA. We return this Sunday, November 20th at 12:00noon EST (half hour earlier just this Sunday) to conclude our "group therapy" session, and as usual we want to hear from you! Our special guest will be Ambassador Richard Bernal who was unable to connect with us last week due to technical difficulties. He will discuss with us the options open to the Caribbean to beincorporated construcively in US foreign policy. Tensions are at fever pitch all across the USA as racists slowly start to crawl out of the woodworks now that they realize they have a man in the castle. But with Trump already backpedalling on some of his campaign rhetoric, might...

123 MIN2016 NOV 21
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YS Radio (S04, ep08): Post Election Group Therapy conclusion

YS Radio (S04, ep07) : Post Election Group Therapy

Kiss mi neck! The unimaginable has actually occured! What started out as a side show distraction to the US presidential campaign has now turned into a living nightmare for millions in the USA and the world over. Did it really happen? Will Americans have to sit by and watch as 8 years of the Obama presidency become undone? How have Caribbean folk abroad been dealing with the bombshell election results? Where do we go from here? Well this Sunday Nov. 13th at 12:30pm EST the Yardie Skeptic are inviting you to come and sit on our couch and tell us what's on your mind. That's right folks, we are open for group therapy on our next episode as we seek to unpack, analyze, and indeed recover from the shock of an impending Trump presidency! To listen to any episode live, or catch the archived version afterwards, simply click the link below. Feel free to call in and share your views live on air or interact with other listeners in the live chatroom. For a full list of ways to contact the Yardie ...

123 MIN2016 NOV 14
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YS Radio (S04, ep07) : Post Election Group Therapy

YS Radio (S04, ep06) : Sex, Religion & Intimacy Pt 2

- Can the bible be used as erotica? - How do you tell your spouse you're into BDSM? - Can orgasms bring couples closer spiritually? - What man wants a woman with an extensive sexual history? We dealt with all of those topics in the last episode and it was still just the tip! This Sunday November 6th at 12:30pm we plan to plunge into this topic all the way up to the hilt and wont withdraw until we're completely spent! You heard that right folks, last week's quickie discussion was indeed a broadcastus interruptus so we are back for a round two on the Yardie Skeptics radio show! We hope to re-invite our erudite panel from last week back into the bedroom: Dr. Karen Carpenter, psychologist & sexologist Shaneka Harris, IT specialist and "sexpert" and our mystery guest Michael who caused a heated discussion when he insisted that women are either wives or "thots!" If you are a Christian, or know one who wants to contribute, don't hesitate to call us on Sunday. You can't afford to miss this ...

123 MIN2016 NOV 7
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YS Radio (S04, ep06) : Sex, Religion & Intimacy Pt 2

YS Radio (S.04, ep.05) : Sex and Religion

"Sex and Religion" Ever since Adam picked that sweet, succulent, scintillating forbidden fruit, sank his teeth into it and let the juices explode into the back of his throat, we've all been screwed. How has religion influenced or views and attitudes towards sex? Has religion allowed us to free our inhibitions or has it blue balled us into sexual frustration? Don't miss out on this steamy episode, jump into the bedroom with the Yardie Skeptics! Live on air we'll be joined by: Dr. Karen Carpenter, psychologist & sexologist Damien Williams, biblical scholar and Christian minister Shaneka Harris, IT specialist and "sexpert" Call in number:(619) 924-9749

125 MIN2016 OCT 31
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YS Radio (S.04, ep.05) : Sex and Religion

Yardie Skeptics (S.04, ep.04) : Social Media & Modern Communication

"Social Media and Modern Communication" Now that we're able to communicate with each other instantaneously from thousands of miles away and in different time zones, have we become better as a result? Are we slowly forming more meaningful communities around shared ideals, or have we simply drifted apart as islands of individualism and narcissism? Does social media promote the democratization of information and ideas, or is it simply controlled by players who have the right culture, language, and power? Special guests: Dr. Alison Irvine-Sobers, sociolinguist, Dr. Natalie Bennett, sociologist & Dr. Joseph Farquharson, lexicographer. To listen to any episode live, or catch the archived version afterwards, simply click the link below. Feel free to call in and share your views live on air or interact with other listeners in the live chatroom.

124 MIN2016 OCT 24
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Yardie Skeptics (S.04, ep.04) : Social Media & Modern Communication

Latest Episodes

YS Radio (S.04, ep.13) Season Finale: Church & State

It's a wrap, folks! The Yardie Skeptics are leaving the building after yet another riveting season batting for reason and skepticism over the past few months. Thank you for your support! Needless to say, we're going out guns blazing! We turn our attention to that impenetrable wall between church and state. In the case of some states, like Jamaica, this wall is more like a sieve, where the distinction between the two is blurred. Does it have to be like this? Can the state operate in a context without being influenced, derailed, or hijacked by the actions of the church? Or must we in Jamaica get used to parliament being a part time revivaltent? Join us in this discussion along with featured guest Dr. Latoya Lazarusof the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic StudiesUWI, Cave Hill, who published an article entitled; "Religion and rights: Is there still room for Christianity at the table?" If that wasn't enough, we'll also be joined by veteran Jamaican journalist and champio...

122 MIN2017 JAN 30
Comments
YS Radio (S.04, ep.13) Season Finale: Church & State

YS Radio (S04, ep12): The Church & Rape Culture pt.2 Solutions

The Yardie Skeptics are back this Sunday, January 22 at 12:30pm EST to conclude our discussion on the church and rape culture. The social media outrage surrounding the Moravian church sex scandal is still scorching hot even as the story has lost some traction in traditional media. Is there a risk of this being a nine-day wonder or will Jamaicans finally seize the moment for a revolutionary change in attitudes towards sexual violence? Joining us live on air will be Jamaican academic Nicole Cameron, PhD candidate in health communication at the Washington State University. She and her coauthors recently wrote a paper in which they argue that exposure to sexualized images of women in the media desensitizes bystanders from intervening in acts of sexual agression towards women. We've always suspected this to be the case, now we have the data to support it! Don't miss this episode! as we turn our attention to possible solutions!

125 MIN2017 JAN 23
Comments
YS Radio (S04, ep12): The Church & Rape Culture pt.2 Solutions

Yardie Skeptics (S.04, ep.11): The Church & Rape Culture

DISGRACE!! After the bombshell news that 62-year-old pastor at Nazareth Moravian Church in Jamaica, Rupert Clarke, was caught in a sexually compromising position with a minor in the community, the entire island has been split down the middle with those who are calling for a total overhaul of the way the church operates and those who want compassion for the accused rapist. The fallout from the incident continues to deepen as evidence of a cover-up by church leadership has emerged as well as suggestions that the Rev. Clarke has had sexual relations with other girls in the SAME family while they were minors!! Tek di wheel!! You don't want to miss this Sunday's episode as the Yardie Skeptics return for just a fewmore episodes to close out Season 4. Join us on Sunday, January 15th at 12:30pm EST and share your views and on what has been an ongoing attempt to directly and indirectly maintain the culture of sexual abuse inside the church. Joining us live on air will be Dr. Michael Abrahams...

122 MIN2017 JAN 16
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Yardie Skeptics (S.04, ep.11): The Church & Rape Culture

YS Radio (S04, ep10): #lifeinleggings

#lifeinleggings: Caribbean Women & Sexual Violence Not since the critically acclaimed Yardie Skeptics' sister network Air Me Now dealt with the topic of violence against women, have the Cool Dude and Fire Breather shone the light on the culture of sexual violence which affects and impacts Caribbean women from the cradle to the grave. Why are we, in 2016, still not fully ready to acknowledge and combat the spectre of sexual violence which terrorizes our Caribbean women and girls? This Sunday, Dec. 4th at 12:30pm EST the Yardie Skeptics addresses #lifeinleggings which has been taking social media by storm over the past week and a half. Two brave women in Barbados decided to start the movement and create a space for Caribbean women of all ages and walks of life to share their stories of navigating and surviging the crushing culture of sexual violence pervasive throughout the Caribbean, and social media hasn't been the same since! You don't want to miss this episode folks - this is our ...

122 MIN2016 DEC 5
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YS Radio (S04, ep10): #lifeinleggings

YS Radio (S04, ep09): Men and Intimacy

What's the deal with men and intimacy? Why are men's ideas about intimacy so divergent from the ideas that women possess? And, is intimacy really what we think it is? Come get intimate with the Yardie Skeptics this Sunday, November 27th at 12:30pm EST as we pull on those masculine heart strings and get the low down on what's up with masculine ideas of intimacy. We already made two trips to the bedroom earlier this month, so perhaps what we need this time around is a little discourse, before the intercourse! Joining us live in studio will be: Dr. Peter Weller - clinical psychologist and founder of CARIMAN Owen "Blakka" Ellis - humourist, actor, and gender researcher Klyde Brooks - poet To listen to any episode live, or catch the archived version afterwards, simply click the link below. Feel free to call in and share your views live on air or interact with other listeners in the live chatroom. For a full list of ways to contact the Yardie Skeptics, click this link:https://docs.google....

122 MIN2016 NOV 28
Comments
YS Radio (S04, ep09): Men and Intimacy

YS Radio (S04, ep08): Post Election Group Therapy conclusion

It's starting to settle in now - Trump is indeed the next president. We're not dreaming, but it's no less of a nightmare. Last week we opened the flood gates of discussion with a packed studio when we allowed our guests to voice their opinions on the results of the recent US elections and the implications for the social climate moving forward in the USA. We return this Sunday, November 20th at 12:00noon EST (half hour earlier just this Sunday) to conclude our "group therapy" session, and as usual we want to hear from you! Our special guest will be Ambassador Richard Bernal who was unable to connect with us last week due to technical difficulties. He will discuss with us the options open to the Caribbean to beincorporated construcively in US foreign policy. Tensions are at fever pitch all across the USA as racists slowly start to crawl out of the woodworks now that they realize they have a man in the castle. But with Trump already backpedalling on some of his campaign rhetoric, might...

123 MIN2016 NOV 21
Comments
YS Radio (S04, ep08): Post Election Group Therapy conclusion

YS Radio (S04, ep07) : Post Election Group Therapy

Kiss mi neck! The unimaginable has actually occured! What started out as a side show distraction to the US presidential campaign has now turned into a living nightmare for millions in the USA and the world over. Did it really happen? Will Americans have to sit by and watch as 8 years of the Obama presidency become undone? How have Caribbean folk abroad been dealing with the bombshell election results? Where do we go from here? Well this Sunday Nov. 13th at 12:30pm EST the Yardie Skeptic are inviting you to come and sit on our couch and tell us what's on your mind. That's right folks, we are open for group therapy on our next episode as we seek to unpack, analyze, and indeed recover from the shock of an impending Trump presidency! To listen to any episode live, or catch the archived version afterwards, simply click the link below. Feel free to call in and share your views live on air or interact with other listeners in the live chatroom. For a full list of ways to contact the Yardie ...

123 MIN2016 NOV 14
Comments
YS Radio (S04, ep07) : Post Election Group Therapy

YS Radio (S04, ep06) : Sex, Religion & Intimacy Pt 2

- Can the bible be used as erotica? - How do you tell your spouse you're into BDSM? - Can orgasms bring couples closer spiritually? - What man wants a woman with an extensive sexual history? We dealt with all of those topics in the last episode and it was still just the tip! This Sunday November 6th at 12:30pm we plan to plunge into this topic all the way up to the hilt and wont withdraw until we're completely spent! You heard that right folks, last week's quickie discussion was indeed a broadcastus interruptus so we are back for a round two on the Yardie Skeptics radio show! We hope to re-invite our erudite panel from last week back into the bedroom: Dr. Karen Carpenter, psychologist & sexologist Shaneka Harris, IT specialist and "sexpert" and our mystery guest Michael who caused a heated discussion when he insisted that women are either wives or "thots!" If you are a Christian, or know one who wants to contribute, don't hesitate to call us on Sunday. You can't afford to miss this ...

123 MIN2016 NOV 7
Comments
YS Radio (S04, ep06) : Sex, Religion & Intimacy Pt 2

YS Radio (S.04, ep.05) : Sex and Religion

"Sex and Religion" Ever since Adam picked that sweet, succulent, scintillating forbidden fruit, sank his teeth into it and let the juices explode into the back of his throat, we've all been screwed. How has religion influenced or views and attitudes towards sex? Has religion allowed us to free our inhibitions or has it blue balled us into sexual frustration? Don't miss out on this steamy episode, jump into the bedroom with the Yardie Skeptics! Live on air we'll be joined by: Dr. Karen Carpenter, psychologist & sexologist Damien Williams, biblical scholar and Christian minister Shaneka Harris, IT specialist and "sexpert" Call in number:(619) 924-9749

125 MIN2016 OCT 31
Comments
YS Radio (S.04, ep.05) : Sex and Religion

Yardie Skeptics (S.04, ep.04) : Social Media & Modern Communication

"Social Media and Modern Communication" Now that we're able to communicate with each other instantaneously from thousands of miles away and in different time zones, have we become better as a result? Are we slowly forming more meaningful communities around shared ideals, or have we simply drifted apart as islands of individualism and narcissism? Does social media promote the democratization of information and ideas, or is it simply controlled by players who have the right culture, language, and power? Special guests: Dr. Alison Irvine-Sobers, sociolinguist, Dr. Natalie Bennett, sociologist & Dr. Joseph Farquharson, lexicographer. To listen to any episode live, or catch the archived version afterwards, simply click the link below. Feel free to call in and share your views live on air or interact with other listeners in the live chatroom.

124 MIN2016 OCT 24
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Yardie Skeptics (S.04, ep.04) : Social Media & Modern Communication
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