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The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason.






The Skeptic Zone #512 - 12.August.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:04 Dr Vyom Sharma Magic - Science - Medicine Meet Vyom at Skepticon 2018 in October. 0:16:45 Naturopath banned for life following baby’s near-death Marilyn Bodnar, an “extreme diet” naturopath who was acquitted of a manslaughter charge in 1987 when one of her clients starved themselves to death on a water-only diet, has now been banned for life from “providing any...


The Skeptic Zone - Special Report - 10.August.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Heidi Robertson 0:01:40 The Raw Skeptic Report.... with Heidi Robertson A special report and review of the new documentary “Vitamainia”, screened in the Anti-Vax heartland of Mullumbimby, NSW. Also local council under fire for a screening of “Sacrificial Virgins”.


The Skeptic Zone #511 - 8.August.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:15 Claire Klingenberg heading to Scotland We chat to Claire about her work as the President of the European Council of Skeptical Organizations and learn of her upcoming trip to speak in...


The Skeptic Zone #509 - 22.July.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders With updates on Geoengineering and Tsunami warnings. 0:07:45 The Raw Skeptic Report.... with Heidi Robertson A pro vaccinatoin poster created by the North Rivers Vaccinaton Supports has gone viral around the world with thousands flocking to download a copy. It even crashed the web site! Download the Poster 0:22:33 AVN... no......


The Skeptic Zone #509 - 22.July.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:25 Why communication from a ‘locked-in’ child is a miracle we must question If Jonathan Bryan can communicate we should celebrate, but hard evidence is needed before we change how severely disabled children are cared for. By Christopher French and Michael Marshall Video of Jonathan...


The Skeptic Zone #508 - 15.July.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders and Maynard 0:05:10 Maynard's Spooky Action.... Once again Maynard heads to Sydney's Skeptics in the Pub to chat to pubbers and ask the bi questions... "Would you like to be abducted by Aliens?" Also interviews with Dr Angela Mattke, Dr Brad McKay and many others 0:44:26 Center for Inquiry files lawsuit over homeopathy The Center for Inquiry has filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia on behalf of the general public against drug...


The Skeptic Zone #507 - 8.July.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:40 The Diet Skeptic Report - With Mandy-Lee Noble This week the Diet Skeptic and special guest Dr Chris Noble PhD will be looking at psychological acupuncture, a counselling therapy referred to as Emotional Freedom Techniques often abbreviated to EFT or more commonly described as tapping. EFT is being used for a plethora of physical and mental health conditions as well as life coaching and self-improvement but this report will examine the...


The Skeptic Zone #506 - 1.July.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:30 Interview with Mick West In Escaping the Rabbit Hole, author Mick West shares over a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience investigating and debunking false conspiracy theories through his forum,, and sets forth a practical guide to helping friends and loved ones recognize these theories for what they really are. 0:19:50 The Sci Babe coming to...


The Skeptic Zone #505 - 24.June.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:35 The Raw Skeptic Report.... with Heidi Robertson Heidi heads to the city of Brisbane, Queesland to aid the stand of Light for Riley at the Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo. After a wander around to snoop out any woo, Heidi chats to Catherine Hughes about her ongoing campaign to protect babies in the name of Riley Hughes. Light for Riley 0:25:45 Fair Trading takes beef with unsubstantiated...


The Skeptic Zone #504 - 17.June.2018

0:00:00 Hunting for Bigfoot 0:01:48 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:06:12 Interview with Yvette d'Entremont Yvette d'Entremont, also known as SciBabe, is a public speaker, science blogger, and former analytical chemist. She has a background in forensics and toxicology. 0:23:00 Skeptics in the Pub - USA We head for Skeptics in the Pub in the city of Berkeley California to find Susan Gerbic and a band of merry thinkers. 0:32:00 Brian Dunning - BigFoot, Lava Caves and...


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. 0:22:15 Maynard's...


The Skeptic Zone #502 - 3.June.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:00 Mind - Body - Wallet Once again, with no regard for personal sanity, our small but brave band of skeptics venture into the world of woo, magic, woo, quackery and woo. Will they make it out in time to find a drink? 0:21:00 Amazing Claims for pets Is your cat sick and tired of being sick and tired? We look a the claims being made by a new age pet health company. 0:26:40 Unvaccinated medical students Guest reporter Trish Hann...


The Skeptic Zone #501 - 27.May.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:12 Interview with Sharon Hill Sharon Hill’s Spooky Geology - June Skeptics Café speaker in Melbourne. Sharon is a Pennsylvanian geologist who researches the paranormal, pseudoscience, and anomalous natural phenomena. She is the author of Scientifical Americans: The Culture of Amateur Paranormal Researchers. Skeptics Café is a regular monthly event in Melbourne and members of the public are welcome. Monday June 18, The Clyde Hotel...


The Skeptic Zone #500 - 20.May.2018

0:00:00 Message from James Randi 0:00:45 Introduction Richard Saunders & Stefan Sojka 0:07:10 Australian Skeptics Flu Vaccination Day Skeptics in Sydney take advantage of the Australian Skeptics Flu Vaccination afternoon. We are in the good hands of Dr Brad McKay, an Australian doctor, television personality and author. He is best known for his television series Embarrassing Bodies Down Under. 0:17:00 The Think Tank The long awaited return of the Think Tank with guests,...


The Skeptic Zone #499 - 13.May.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:40 Oh My Stars! Interview with Dr Pamela Gay Dr Pamela Gay is an American astronomer, educator, podcaster, and writer, best known for her work in astronomical podcasting and citizen science astronomy projects. She is the Director of Technology and Citizen Science for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and a long time friend of The Skeptic Zone. Pamela interviews Richard Saunders on...


The Skeptic Zone #498 - 6.May.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:30 Michael Kruse and Bad Science Watch Canada Rabid dog saliva homeopathic remedy no longer to be sold in Canada and other news from the land to the north. 0:29:25 Maynard's Spook Action Sydney Skeptics in the Pub and a talk by Ian Bryce about Stephen Hawking... but Maynard would...


The Skeptic Zone #497 - 29.April.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:10 Bob Connolly - Director of "James Randi in Australia" An interview with the award winning Australian film maker and director who in 1980 was commissioned by Dick Smith to direct the documentary, "James Randi in Australia". James Randi in Australia - video THE 1980 DIVINING TESTS - by James Randi - (See page 2) Bob Connolly -...


The Skeptic Zone #496 - 22.April.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:06:00 Let's Have a Random Rant! With Dr Paulie Our new reporter Dr Paulie interviews John Cook, a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, researching cognitive science. Critical Thinking Cafe Plos One paper “Neutralizing misinformation through inoculation: Exposing...


The Skeptic Zone #495 - 15.April.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:05 Maynard's Spook Action March for Science 2018 The March for Science celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet. Maynard interviews Adam Spencer. 0:22:44 Naturopath jailed. The sentencing EXTREME diet naturopath Marilyn Bodnar has been sent to prison for her role in the...


The Skeptic Zone #494 - 8.April.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders Includes trying to make sense of Astrology. 0:12:50 Naturopath jailed EXTREME diet naturopath Marilyn Bodnar has been sent to prison for her role in the baby starvation case. 0:20:55 Breakfast Radio...