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Robynn 'Swoopy' McCarthy

Robynn "Swoopy" McCarthy is an American skeptic and podcaster. She is the producer and co-host, with Derek Colanduno, of the talk show Skepticality,[1] the official biweekly podcast of The Skeptics Society's Skeptic magazine.[2] She is the Director for the Podcasting fan track at Dragon*Con.[3]

Swoopy has been the main researcher and writer for the Skepticality podcast since co-host Colanduno suffered an aneurysm-like brain Arteriovenous malformation in September 2005. Besides her scientific skepticism, she has an artistic side with interests including audio production, photography, and fine arts.[4]

McCarthy is currently attending medical school and is employed full-time and has reduced her role in the show's production.[5]

She has been interviewed on the XM-Sirius show & podcast Slice of SciFi,[6] and on The Skeptic Zone.[7]

McCarthy is the namesake for the asteroid 106537 McCarthy.[8] It was named after her by Jeff Medkeff because he felt Swoopy had "pioneered the new media of podcasting and put it to service for skeptical thinking."[9]


  1. ^ Ho, Rodney (July 19, 2005). "With 'podcasting,' anyone's a deejay". The Providence Journal. Providence, Rhode Island. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
  2. ^ Skeptic Society: Podcast, retrieved July 27, 2009. (Masthead says: "The official podcast of SKEPTIC magazine").
  3. ^ Dragon*Con Fan Tracks: Podcasting, Dragon*Con, April 23, 2009, archived from the original on June 28, 2008, retrieved July 27, 2009.
  4. ^ Skepticality hosts, archived from the original on June 12, 2010, retrieved October 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "About Us - Skepticality". Skepticality.
  6. ^ "#159: Interview with Derek Colanduno & Swoopy". Slice of SciFi. Farpoint Media Network. May 3, 2008. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
  7. ^ Saunders, Richard (December 26, 2008), "#10 Derek and Swoopy - Murder for Entertainment and Profit", The Skeptic Zone, Australian Skeptics, retrieved August 8, 2009. (Interview from 02:42 to 28:15).
  8. ^ McCarthy at the JPL Small-Body Database
  9. ^ Medkeff, Jeff (March 25, 2008). "Asteroids Named For PZ Myers, Phil Plait, Rebecca Watson, Michael Stackpole". Blue Collar Scientist. Archived from the original on May 26, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2009.

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