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The Skeptic Zone

The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and his team of reporters for your weekly dose of skeptical news and interviews, reports and comments. Past guests have included, James Randi, Stephen Fry, Tim Minchin, Eugenie Scott, Dr Phil Plait, Michael Marshall, Dr Steve Novella, Dr Pamela Gay, Jon Ronson, Dr Ben Goldacre, Simon Singh, Prof. Richard Wiseman, Dick Smith, Banachek, Prof. Chris French, George Hrab, Tim Ferguson, Dr Paul Willis and many, many more.Featuring Australian radio legend Maynard with his Spooky Action, Jo Alabaster from the 'Evidence Please' blog, Eran Segev's Grain of Salt, Dr Rachael Dunlop with 'Dr Rachie Reports' and Heidi Robertson aka 'The Raw Skeptic'.

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The Skeptic Zone #345 - 31.May.2015

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders and Jo Alabaster 0:07:36 Maynard's Spooky Action... Maynard heads to Paracon Australia 2015 at the iconic Blue Mountains hotel The Carrington in Katoomba. He chats to Travis Walton an American logger who was allegedly abducted by a UFO on November 5, 1975. 0:27:36 A Week in Science The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science. 0:31:35 Podcasting Sydney Meetup Richard Saunders and Maynard attend the first meeting of Sydney Podcasters and chat to organiser, Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan. 0:36:40 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster  Blackmores funds Sydney Uni chair in ‘integrative medicine’ - Vitamin and supplements company Blackmores is funding a “chair in integrative medicine” at Sydney University.  0:46:00 Skepticamp Sydney 2015  A short report... with more to come. This week CUPCAKES!

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31 May 2015

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The Skeptic Zone #451 -11.June.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:06:45 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson An interview with Dylan O'Donnell, an astronomer from Byron Bay who tells of "Star Stuff" where Australia’s leading experts on Space, Cosmology, Astronomy, Astrophsyics, Astrophotgraphy and Science come together for a series of keynote talks on everything from Aboriginal astronomy, space photography, and even the end of the universe. https://starstuff.com.au 0:21:17 The debate about homeopathy is over. These verdicts prove it. Writing at Health Spectator, Prof. Edzard Ernst lists international health organisations that have issued strong statements against Homeopathy. Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor at the University of Exeter, is the author of Homeopathy: The Undiluted Facts and the awardee of the John Maddox Prize 2015 for standing up for science. https://health.spectator.co.uk/the-debate-about-homeopathy-is-over-these-verdicts-prove-it/ edzardernst.com 0:27:25 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Ben Lewis https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-humans-just-got-older-and-wiser/ Recently discovered human fossils in Morocco have just added 100 000 years to the history of homo sapiens. 0:29:05 Ghost Tour with Stranger Things Down Under We join the Stranger Things Down Under group, as they set out for a ghost tour of Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. With Lara Benham Trish Hann Alethia Dean https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder http://www.cockatooisland.gov.au/haunted-tours Also... NECSS - New York https://necss.org CSI Con - Las Vagus http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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11 Jun 2017

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The Skeptic Zone #339 - 19.April.2015

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders. 0:04:30 The Raw Skeptic Report This week Heidi Robertson talks about her week in front of the TV cameras and the current vaccination situation in Mullumbimby.  0:30:40 A Week in Science The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science. 0:35:00 StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson News on the upcoming TV show on the National Geographic Channel. 0:40:42 An open letter to Brisbane City Council Ross Balch reads a letter in response to a banner promoting the kooky, nutty, crackers, absurd, daffy and ridiculous delusion of Homeopathy.

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19 Apr 2015

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The Skeptic Zone #462- 27.Aug.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders Including Evan Bernstein from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe remarks during the solar eclipse. 0:07:14 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats to Astronomer Dr Pamela Gay, the Director of Technology and Citizen Science at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Planet maps and more! https://www.astrosociety.org http://www.astronomycast.com 0:17:50 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson Exciting news for the Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters Group as they have been nominated the North Coast Primary Health Network’s 2017 Community Choice Excellence Award. You can view their video and vote here: http://ncphn.org.au/excellence/community-choice 0:22:16 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Shuj Esufali Let's make algae Australian of the Year! The first evidence of an algae explosion which led to all life on Earth has been found in central Australia. It's time we recognised this little Aussie battler. bit.ly/2whTkFj 0:24:04 Anti-Vax doctor outs himself after a screening of VaXXed. A Melbourne doctor who promotes “natural healing” and who helps parents to avoid compulsory vaccinations for their children is reportedly being investigated by Australia’s health watchdog. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/24/doctor-investigated-over-helping-unvaccinated-children-avoid-no-jab-no-play-law-reports http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/antivax-melbourne-gp-john-piesse-faces-suspension-by-medical-regulator-20170824-gy30qt.html https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/26/melbourne-gp-accused-of-helping-parents-avoid-vaccinations-reprimanded-13-years-ago 0:40:48 Maynard's Spooky Action.... Maynard at Sydney Science Festival - Schools Event at the Australian Museum Interviews with... Tthe Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute http://amsi.org.au Dr Anne Marie Musser Honorary Research Associate at Australian Museum - Jenolan Caves - University of New South Wales http://www.jenolancaves.org.au Thomas Jeffries from the Joint Academic Microbiology Seminars http://www.jams.org.au Olga from the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on Darling Harbour https://www.wildlifesydney.com.au Also hightlights and fun with the Mystery Investigators show. http://www.mysteryinvestigators.com Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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27 Aug 2017

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The Skeptic Zone #547 - 14.April.2019

Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:56 Maynard's Spooky Action Maynard heads for Sydney Skeptics in the pub and asks pubbers the big question, "What topics, if any, should skeptics give up?" 0:19:24 Maynard's Spooky Action - part #2 Australia in Space. An interview with Kerrie Dougherty about Australia's involvement in the space race. Kerrie Dougherty is an independent space historian, curator and writer and a lecturer in the Space Humanities department of the International Space University. https://www.amazon.com.au/Australia-Space-Kerrie-Dougherty/dp/1925309657 0:27:10 Mind your Spirit, Body and Wallet We look at 30 years of the Mind Body Spirit festival in Australia. An interview with Tim Mendham editor of 'The Skeptic Magazine' from Australian Skeptics. 0:43:30 So-called 'Psychic Detectives' sensing nothing There's a reason police don't work with psychics. Psychics don't work. Which is a bit of an issue in the results-orientated realms in which police and search-and-rescue personnel operate. With the best will in the otherworld, not one example of face-scrunched, chest-tightening, I-feel-such-a-chill emoting has yet solved a single New Zealand murder or resolved a search. https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/opinion/111702736/psychic-information-an-oxymoronic-offering-for-police-searches Also Skepticon 2019 https://skepticon.org.au Flu Vax Day https://www.skeptics.com.au/2019/04/09/free-flu-vaccination-day-in-sydney-may-4/ Canberra Skeptics talk https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/SocialSkepticsCanberra/

56mins

13 Apr 2019

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The Skeptic Zone #503 - 10.June.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:50 Michael Marshall from The Good Thinking Society The British Homeopathic Association lost their legal case against NHS England, with the judge dismissing all four parts of their case. The BHA had sought to overturn NHS England’s announcement in November 2017 of new guidance which advises GP’s not to prescribe homeopathic remedies. https://goodthinkingsociety.org/homeopaths-legal-challenge-to-nhs-england-fails/ BHA’s reply to legal loss - Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MOwo6XHZ5M 0:22:15 Maynard's Spooky Action.... Once again Maynard heads for Sydney Skeptics in the Pub to ask those hard questions. We hear from Jessica Singer, Eran Segev, Aletha Dean, Trish Hann, Lara Benham, Tim Mendham and more. What can skeptics learn from believers? 0:33:00 Maynard's Spooky Action.... Interview with TV's Dr Brad McKay. "Doctor Shopping", Drug use, warm milk, spooning, Bilirubin, Spanish Flu and more. Also... Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018 https://convention.skeptics.com.au SkeptiCal 2018 http://www.skepticalcon.com SkeptiCal Pre-Conference Skeptics in the Pub https://www.facebook.com/events/172114056794746/ Saunders' talk in Bend, Oregon https://www.meetup.com/Skeptics-in-the-Pub/events/250879095/

50mins

9 Jun 2018

Rank #6

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The Skeptic Zone #463- 3.Sept.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders   0:05:27 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats to Cara Santa Maria. Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. She is also part of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast. http://carasantamaria.com 0:27:24 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Casey Harrigan In the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the most dangerous things in the boxing ring might have been the gloves. This is why the ref's call - and declaration of Mayweather as the winner - was the right call. https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-the-most-dangerous-thing-in-boxing-may-be-the-gloves/  0:29:10 An interview with Prof. Paul Willis Paul is a former Director of the Royal Institution of Australia, presenter on ABC TV's Catalyst program, palaeontologist and career science communicator. His life has centred around telling stories for science. His career in science communications has seen him on television across the country with the ABC and acting as Director at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), Australia’s premier science communications organisation. His is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in Palaeontology at Flinders University. https://www.mediaengagementservices.com.au 0:46:40 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson In the last of her reports from 'Star Stuff', Heidi chats to Frank about Astro Anarchy. https://www.facebook.com/Astro-Anarchy-295399253967757  0:50:56 Anti-Vax GP update Embattled anti-vaccination GP John Piesse has agreed to temporarily stop practising as a doctor after he was advised that his medical registration could be suspended. also 'World's number 1 anti-vaxxer' Kent Heckenlively denied entry to Australia The self-proclaimed "world's number one anti-vaxxer" has been denied permission to visit Australia.Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday Kent Heckenlively? would not be able to tour Australia later this year as part of an international campaign calling for a pause in childhood vaccinations. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/worlds-number-1-antivaxxer-kent-heckenlively-denied-entry-to-australia-20170831-gy7u82.html http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/antivax-melbourne-gp-john-piesse-agrees-to-stop-practising-as-a-doctor-20170831-gy87dp.html  Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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3 Sep 2017

Rank #7

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The Skeptic Zone #453 -25.June.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:45 Exploring the Exploratorium We join Dr Paul Doherty at San Francisco's premier science outreach centre, the Exploratorium. Will Richard Saunders fall through the looking-glass? Why are there so many sciecne teachers in the building? Find out all this and more as we take a guided tour. https://www.exploratorium.edu 0:34:20 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Ben Lewis Trees Alone Can't Save UsRelying on planting trees to offset carbon emissions will be physically impossible, as new calculations show that they would take up too much space. https://www.australiascience.tv 0:36:36 Bees, Bees and is there still honey for tea? The delights of beekeeping are brought to us in the back yard of physical anthropologist and advocate for science education, Dr Eugenie Scott. https://ncse.com http://www.worldofbeekeeping.com Also... Tim Mendham from Australian Skeptics chats on radio about the Bermuda Triangle and Hanging Rock. http://www.2gb.com/podcast/tim-mendham-australian-skeptics NECSS - New York https://necss.org CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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25 Jun 2017

Rank #8

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The Skeptic Zone #577 - 3.November.2019

Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:09 Another strike against Homeopathy The head of the NHS launches an outspoken attack on the homeopathy industry for peddling deadly anti- vaccine myths. Simon Stevens accuses practitioners of spreading toxic 'misinformation' about jabs, which poses 'a significant danger to human health'. We get the background on the story from Michael Marshall from the Good Thinking Society. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7619805/NHS-chief-blasts-homeopathy-dangerous-blames-industry-fuelling-antivaxx-myths.html 0:14:16 CSIcon 2019 Interviews - Part #2 Guest reporter Rob Palmer talks to Elizabeth Loftus about false memories, Jim Underdownabout investigating paranormal claims, Janyce Boynton about Facilitated communication and Joe Schwarcz about demystifying science. 0:33:16 Geeks, Gamers, Nerds & Kids Tim Mendham, editor (and EO) of 'The Skeptic' magazine from Australian Skeptics, reads an item from Vol. 39 No.1. What is the cross-over between the Nerds and the Skeptics? https://www.skeptics.com.au Also Skepticon 2019 https://skepticon.org.au BAS talk http://baskeptics.org Canberra Skeptics https://www.meetup.com/SocialSkepticsCanberra/

48mins

2 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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The Skeptic Zone #586 - 5.January.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders, live from Skepticamp 2020 Monterey, USA 0:01:54 Talking to the Dead at RSL Clubs Tim Mendham and Richard Saunders report on Australian Skeptics' investigations into those performers who claim to contact the dead at venues dedicated to the memory of those fallen in war. - Read by Richard Saunders. https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine/ 0:32:06 Maynard's Spooky Action... Interviews from Skepticon 2019. This week... SGU Book Sales Bob Novella from SGU Deligate Sam Ross Balch from Brisbane Mark Edward Nightmare Alley - Movie https://youtu.be/4zW1uWX5ShE Also Maynard's 2020 Calendar http://maynard.com.au/2020-maynard-calendar Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII https://tinyurl.com/SkepticampVIII

47mins

4 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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The Skeptic Zone #585 - 29.December.2019

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:14 Maynard's Spooky Action... Interviews from Skepticon 2019. This week... Thomas Westbrook - Holy Koolaid LLC is an anti-cult, educational organization that promotes scientific skepticism and free thought and is at the helm of the secular, pro-science movement. Founded in 2015 by Thomas Westbrook, Holy Koolaid's online show has garnering millions of views with tens of thousands of subscribers and dozens of media appearances/collaborations. https://holykoolaid.com 0:21:19 Dr Euginie Scott and SkeptiCal 2020 Dr Scott tells us about the next SkeptiCal one day convention in the San Francisco Bay Area. Also we discover a rare book by James Bond! https://www.bibliomania.ws 0:30:32 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham This week Tim looks at those giants from the history of science who were just everyday people. How important is Citizen Science to the world? This report comes from an article called 'People Power'. https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine Also Maynard's 2020 Calendar http://maynard.com.au/2020-maynard-calendar Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII https://tinyurl.com/SkepticampVIII SkeptiCamp Monterey 2020 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skepticamp-monterey-2020-tickets-86152659925

49mins

28 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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The Skeptic Zone #539 - 17.February.2019

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:35 Interview with Mark Edward Mark Edward is a professional mentalist who specializes in magic of the mind. He has spent more than 25 years in world-class venues from high-end night clubs and theaters to hundreds of private party and corporate events. As one of only five specially chosen and trained mediums in the history of Hollywood's famed Magic Castle, he has performed 15 years of seances that helped him perfect the role of spirit medium and psychic entertainer. https://www.audible.com.au/pd/Psychic-Blues-Audiobook/B07ND6HDWH 0:19:40 Psychic or just Sick? From the pages of 'The Skeptic Magazine. Is there any harm in psychic acts? "It made my stomach turn to have to watch it. It was dreadful. The subject matter was just trivialised and thrown away. The real actual pain and grief of the people who were there to get some sought of connection, looking for hope and desperately trying to have closure on their pain, was just washed over in light entertainment." - By Peter Booth https://www.skeptics.com.au/wp-content/uploads/magazine/The%20Skeptic%20Volume%2025%20(2005)%20No%202.pdf 0:36:45 The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble This week Mandy-Lee gives us an overview of her training to become an editor for Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_Ainscough 0:46:53 Maynard's Spooky DJ Action! Maynard the DJ behind the Madd Club and many other happenings over the decades, presents a night of shameless sounds that cerebrate the pop and pretentiousness of the late 20th century. Saturday 16 March 2019 at 8:00pm LOCATION Red Bar 36 Glebe Point Rd (Upstairs), Glebe, NSW 2037 https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=468290 Also https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/surf-coast-summer-skepticamp-vii-tickets-51130149654

56mins

17 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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The Skeptic Zone #527 - 25.November.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:40 Maynard’s Spooky Action...  Interviews from Skepticon 2018 Part #5 Kate Browne Dr Vyom Sharmer Eran Segev and more https://www.finder.com.au/ 0:25:00 Science Friction with Brian Dunning Finally, a documentary about scientists who get misrepresented by the media. Those TV documentaries you see, and the science experts they feature? Did you know that producers often edit them out of context, and twist their words, to make it seem like they promoted some pop sensationalism instead of the real facts? Science Friction is going to expose these faux documentaries by name, and will give the scientists a chance to clear the record.  https://sciencefriction.tv/ 0:40:00 Maynard with Fiona Patten The Reason Party stands for forward-thinking, evidence-based and inclusive change for Victoria. We represent reasonable people who want real change for the better.  https://reasonvic.org.au/

55mins

24 Nov 2018

Rank #13

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The Skeptic Zone #459 - 6.Aug.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:30 The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble Australia is one of many countries that have water fluoridation programs currently operating, however there are forces at work trying to remove this important health initiative. 0:15:00 Professor Stefan sojka The 'eat less' diet! 0:16:23 VaXXed on Tour in Australia We report on some of the media coverage of this anti-vaccination crusade. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-26/school-tricked-into-allowing-anti-vaxxer-film-screening/8745154 http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/08/01/anti-vax-film-screened-at-anu https://www.immunisationfoundation.org.au/light-for-riley http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/inside-the-antivaccination-cult/news-story/10ba867d15778a30d88b3ae4ed262a05 http://www.2gb.com/podcast/ray-hadley-bars-anti-vaxxers-for-life https://omny.fm/shows/mornings-with-neil-mitchell/neil-mitchell-speaks-with-dr-john-cunningham-about https://christianporter.dss.gov.au/media-releases/no-jab-no-pay-lifts-immunisation-rates 0:32:00 Interview with Ann Reid #3 This week Ann Reid from the National Center for Science Education in the USA tells us about the work she conducted into sequencing the genome of the 1918 Spanish Influenza Virus. https://ncse.com/ 0:45:18 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Ben Lewis Turns out T-Rex was only capable of a 20km/hr power walk, not a flat out sprint. It would still probably catch you though. bit.ly/2ualQW8 0:46:52 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson ANTI-VAXERS and vaccination slackers suffering from preventable diseases are clogging ­Australia’s hospitals and putting a massive burden on the public health purse. People with vaccine-­preventable diseases spent a total of 338,686 days in hospital across the nation in 2015-16, new figures reveal. (by Jane Hansen) http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/patients-lacking-vaccination-spend-on-average-nearly-week-in-hospital/news-story/1a04add4738309c9ae6b503c30fd45d9 Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Maynard and Bunga Bunga may

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5 Aug 2017

Rank #14

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The Skeptic Zone #579 - 17.November.2019

Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:49 Anti-Vax Zealot in Medical Centre The bizarre story of a conspiracy theorist bluffing his way into a medical centre to get them to remove pro-vaccination posters from the walls. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/anti-vaxxer-impersonated-official-demanded-clinic-pull-health-posters-20191114-p53am5.html https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/impersonation-commonwealth-public-officials https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwH13-sneXs 0:13:08 Skeptical Investigations As part of a record of the history of Australian Skeptics, Ian Bryce tells of some of the early investigations into amazing claims in the 1980s. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsudGI1mVCMP3D-YedfDUFzgEvtc_UfgA 0:25:38 Bent Spoon Nominations for 2019 At a recent Sydney Skeptics in the Pub event, Richard Saunders told the audience of some of some of the nominations for this year's Australian Skeptics Bent Spoon award for the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle. https://www.skeptics.com.au/features/bent-spoon/ 0:30:57 Tim Mendham - Editor Tim tells us how he gathers stories for publication in 'The Skeptic' Magazine from Australian Skeptics. 0:35:32 The Hole in the Pole - Part #2 Virtually every religion refers to a subterranean world which is variously an afterlife (hell, purgatory, or Elysian Fields) or a secret place where other civilisations do their business. The Greeks had Hades, the Jews Sheol, the Tibetan Buddhists have Shamballa, the Nordic people have Svartalfaheimr, the Hindu Patala. And, of course, the Christians have Hell. Tim Mendhamlooks at varoius adventres to try and find the world beneath. https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine Also Skepticon 2019 https://skepticon.org.au

54mins

16 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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The Skeptic Zone #461- 20.Aug.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:22 Look out! Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Evan Bernstein from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe joins us to talk about the upcoming eclipse. Evan also notes the 10 year anniversary since the passing of Perry DeAngelis. https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_July_22,_2028 0:18:00 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Kelly Wong In the green corner: South Australia's newly announced solar thermal power plant. In the black corner: Queensland's proposed coal mine. Which form of energy production will triumph? We know where we're placing our bets https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-australias-energy-showdown 0:19:42 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson While at the recent Star Stuff Astronomy weekend, Heidi met John who has touching story to tell of the struggle of his late son. A cautionary message for us all about the dangers of not vaccinating. https://campaigns.health.gov.au/immunisationfacts 0:31:44 Maynard's Spooky Action.... Maynard at Sydney Science Festival, live from the Powerhouse Museum Interviews with... Yarra the Diamond Python https://taronga.org.au Dr Jodi Rowley http://jodirowley.com Dr Joanne Ocock http://www.csu.edu.au/research/ilws/team/profiles/adjuncts/jo-ocock Dr Rebecca Swanson http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/news?search=Hunter%20river%20reports https://sydneyscience.com.au/2017 Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

59mins

20 Aug 2017

Rank #16

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The Skeptic Zone #558 - 30.June.2019

Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders and Ben Radford 0:07:04 Trish & Chips... with Trish Hann Sally Morgan is a British television and stage performer who claims to have psychic abilities. In mid 2019 she brought her stage show to Australia. On hand outside the theatre for her Sydney performance were members of Australian Skeptics.   Mark Tilbrook confronted my Sally Morgan's people - video https://youtu.be/sCdvA7Lu1jM BBC News - Paul Zenon on 'Psychic Sally' - video https://youtu.be/4Xu2cUAVlr8 0:16:05 The long and the sad history of Psychic Detectives Ben Radford joins Richard Saunders to once again look into people who think they have magical, psychic powers and have plagued the police for decades. 1935, 26 January - Australian Women's Weekly https://trove.nla.gov.au 0:36:45 Interview with Tony Ortega Guest reporter Susan Gerbic interviews Tony Ortega an American blogger who is best known for his daily blog about the Church of Scientology called The Underground Bunker. https://tonyortega.org

54mins

29 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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The Skeptic Zone #582 - 8.December.2019

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders and Maynard 0:03:05 Skeptical Road Trip Join Maynard and Richard Saunders as they drive from Sydney to Melbourne to go to Skepticon 2019. Along the way they take photographs with of the Bent Spoon at various landmarks and try to beat the boredom of 10 hours on the road. 0:11:29 Maynard's Spooky Action... In the first of a long series of interviews from Skepticon 2019, Maynard talks to.. Mark Edward Susan Gerbic Les Oates Jay Novella All'antico means 'the traditional way' and in the spirit of a classic Trattoria, the meals echo true home style cooking from Nonna's Southern Italian kitchen. http://www.allantico.com.au 0:39:14 Geo Engineering with Tim Mendham Once again Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, the journal from Australian Skeptics. https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine 0:50:38 Australian Skeptics Annual Awards All the winners and from this year's ASI awards, held at Skepticon 2019.

1hr 2mins

7 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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The Skeptic Zone #587 -12.January.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:27 Skepticamp Monterey, California 2020 Join us for not only Skepticamp Monterey, but also for the pub meet and greet the night before and dinner after the event. With Bud Miller, Susan Gerbic and others. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/monterey-county-skeptics-and-humanist-association-of-monterey-bay-area-12224475493 0:16:47 VAXXED Bus creeps into Monterey That rolling blight on society, the VAXXED Bus, turns up in like a very bad penny into Monterey, California. Susan Gerbic was on the scene and reports for the Skeptic Zone. https://kion546.com/news/monterey-county/2020/01/09/parents-protest-vaccinations-in-monterey/ https://www.ksbw.com/article/small-group-of-anti-vaxxers-promote-film-in-monterey/30462328 0:31:28 Maynard's Spooky Action... Interviews from Skepticon 2019. This week, Highlights from the annual dinner, part #1 Dr Vyom Sharma Magician Prue Spencer Science Teacher Sarah Webb Magician Prue Spencer https://youtu.be/4zW1uWX5ShE Also Strange Energies. An evening with Richard Saunders, Portland, Oregon https://www.meetup.com/Oregonians-for-Science-and-Reason-Portland/events/267828306/ Maynard's 2020 Calendar http://maynard.com.au/2020-maynard-calendar Cabberra BBQ https://www.meetup.com/SocialSkepticsCanberra/ Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII https://tinyurl.com/SkepticampVIII Prue Spencer   Skeptic Zone Promo .wav - 30 sec. Download Here

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11 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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The Skeptic Zone #535 - 20.January.2019

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:24 Oh No! It's Ross Blocher! We travel to the city of Portland, Oregon to see the live show of 'Oh No Ross and Carrie!' http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/oh-no-ross-and-carrie 0:10:40 Climate Science and Educational Outreach In Oakland, California we visit the National Science for Science Education to interview Brad Hoge, Director of teacher support. Brad joined NCSE in 2017 to help steward NCSEteach into its next phase. He has been a classroom teacher, a children's museum curator, a research scientist, and a science educator, including working as an associate professor at the University of Houston - Downtown. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rice University, and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M. http://www.ncse.com 0:36:16 Science Friction and Bigfoot As the snow falls, we chat to Brian Dunning from the Skeptoid podcast about the latest updates with his movie project. Then it's onto our favourite topic Bigfoot! https://sciencefriction.tv

50mins

19 Jan 2019

Rank #20