The Podcast: Episode 1 – Polygraphs and the Kavanaugh Nomination

In this episode, podcast host George Maschke discusses Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s polygraph examination in connection with her allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, critical journalism on polygraphy inspired by this development, a proposed polygraph dragnet at the White House, a recent interview of polygraph critic Doug Williams on the Lions of Liberty podcast, and’s 18th anniversary online. (Direct download, 7.9 MB MP3)

Show notes:

On Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh:

“California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault,” by Emma Brown. The Washington Post, 16 September 2018.

“Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation at Risk After Accusation by Christine Blasey Ford,” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg. The New York Times, 16 September 2018.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls on Brett Kavanaugh to take a lie detector “test.”

General reporting on polygraphy:

“Polygraph tests don’t work as lie detectors and they never have: It’s time to stop pinning our hopes on pseudoscience” by Eleanor Cummins in Popular Science.

“Why Do We Still Believe in Polygraphs?” by Alice B. Lloyd in the Weekly Standard.

“The Truth About Polygraph Tests: They’re junk science, inadmissible in court, and about as reliable as a pack of Tarot cards,” by Claire Berlinski in City Journal.

Senator Rand Paul Suggests Lie Detector “Tests” to Identify Author of New York Times Op-Ed

John Odermatt’s interview of polygraph critic Doug Williams on the Lions of Liberty podcast show, Felony Friday.

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