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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'.

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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Sydney, Australia

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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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@SkepticZone

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English


Episodes

The Skeptic Zone #653 - 18.April.2021

4/17/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:13King St. Newtown Join Richard Saunders has he walks the length of Newtown's (an inner west suburb of Sydney) main street, stopping along the way to investigate no end of New Age and health stores. https://www.google.com/maps/@-33.898499,151.1854725,16.1z 0:24:03Fake Medicine - Book Launch We travel to Geebooks in Glebe, Sydney to attend the launch of the new book by Dr Brad McKay, 'Fake Medicine'. Joining Richard is Australian Skeptics...

Duration:00:44:36

The Skeptic Zone #652 - 11.April.2021

4/10/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:55Maynard's Spooky Action UFOs wirh Dr Steve Roberts and Brian Dunning With the 55th anniversary of Australia's famous UFOs story, 'Westall 1966', Maynard chats to Brian Dunning and Dr Steve Roberts about this strange event. They also look at other famous UFO accounts including the case of the pancake cooking...

Duration:00:50:03

The Skeptic Zone #651 - 4.April.2021

4/3/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:12You Can Count on Adrienne with Adrienne Hill Migraines Adrienne has suffered from migraine headaches, with some mind-bending auras, for most of her life. What is a migraine? According to the Mayo Clinic, "migraine can cause severe, throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It's often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound." These attacks can last hours or days and many...

Duration:00:46:31

The Skeptic Zone #650 -28.March.2021

3/27/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:23Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan Around 1,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in Australia. Often, ovarian cancer feels like nothing. For that reason, most women are diagnosed when they are Stage III or IV. Siobhan tells us her story with this cancer and her advice for women. (With the help of Mr. Tom Toms the cat.) Siobhan O'Sullivan is an Australian political scientist and political theorist. Her research has focused, among other...

Duration:00:53:03

The Skeptic Zone #649 -21.March.2021

3/20/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:08You Can Count on Adrienne with Adrienne Hill Not for Prophet From the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine from Australia, Adrienne reports on the ups and downs of checking thousands of mystical predictions covering the years 2000 - 2020. https://www.skeptics.com.au/wp-content/uploads/magazine/The%20Skeptic%20Volume%2041%20(2021)%20No%201%20(Cover).pdf 0:24:06Maynard's Spooky Action Dr Brad McKay - Part #2 Dr Brad McKay is an...

Duration:00:47:28

The Skeptic Zone #648 -14.March.2021

3/13/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:50Maynard's Spooky Action Dr Brad McKay - Part #1 The return of Maynard. In this, the first of a three part interview with Dr Brad McKay, Maynard finds out about Dr Brad's new book and asks the big questions about Vampire Facials and much more. Dr Brad McKay is an Australian science communicator, TV host and GP at his clinic in Sydney. He is an experienced broadcaster, interviewer and public commentator, appearing regularly on TV and...

Duration:00:51:19

The Skeptic Zone #647 - 7.March.2021

3/6/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:06You Can Count on Adrienne with Adrienne Hill A new segment for The Skeptic Zone. Do bad things really happen in 3s? Adrienne looks at some of the psychology about this "bad things" myth and finds how easy it is for people to come to believe there might be something in it, even something mystical. 0:11:40Alert on Anti-Vaxxers Police are making a list of anti-vax protesters with concerns that they could target storage facilities. A...

Duration:00:34:33

The Skeptic Zone #646 - 28.February.2021

2/27/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders and Maynard 0:04:45Crystal Healing: The Science and Psychology Behind What Works, What Doesn't, and Why An interview with Dan Lynch and Julie A. Kirsch Whether you're new to the practice of crystal healing or have a level of experience with it, chances are you have questions: What works? What doesn't? How and when should I spend my money etc? Forget the magic, the mysticism, and the mythology. You've come to the right place for answers. Dan R....

Duration:00:48:00

The Skeptic Zone #645 - 21.February.2021

2/20/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:43Pete Evans Banned (Again!) Pete Evans' Instagram shut down for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. Also his bid for a Senate seat has been widely criticised. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/pete-evans-instagram-account-has-been-shut-down-for-spreading-coronavirus-misinformation 0:11:21Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "Argument from Gibberish". This occurs when a person makes a claim that something is...

Duration:00:50:10

The Skeptic Zone #644 - 14.February.2021

2/12/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:23Queensland Chiropractic Bad Advice Chiropractor forced to take down video on COVID-19, claiming 'nonsense' about 'big bad bug' and other bad advice. https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/chiropractor-forced-to-take-down-video-on-coronavirus-claiming-nonsense-about-big-bad-bug/news-story/57390e8ab06cce03ba5eba8e23f7f694 0:09:12Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The Fallacy of the...

Duration:00:46:50

The Skeptic Zone #643 - 7.February.2021

2/6/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:44Test Your E.S.P. From 1977 comes this test from 'The Australian Women's Weekly'. How do you rate your psychic abilities? Have you ever experienced astral travel, levitation, mental telepathy . . . or seen a ghost? https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/5845338 0:19:03Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The Appeal to Common Sense". The ‘Appeal to Common Sense’ is a specific version of ‘Alleged...

Duration:00:47:28

The Skeptic Zone #642 - 31.January.2021

1/30/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:24The Great Australian Prediction Project A look at some of the 'psychic' predictions for HM Queen Elizabeth II over the past 20 years. What was foreseen or maybe not foreseen for the monarch? 0:16:45Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "Fallacy of Composition". This fallacy is about transferring or projecting the properties shared by a set of individual components to the whole group or product as if...

Duration:00:23:10

The Skeptic Zone #641 - 24.January.2021

1/23/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:42The Great Australian Prediction Project A look at some of the 'psychic' predictions for Donald Trump over the past 20 years. What was foreseen or maybe not foreseen for the former president? 0:20:13Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The Perfect Solution Fallacy". The perfect solution is an 'all or nothing' way of thinking, unless the outcome is 100% perfect, the baby may end up being thrown out with...

Duration:00:43:45

The Skeptic Zone #640 - 17.January.2021

1/16/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:20Society of Homeopaths in Hot Water From 'The Good Thinking Society'. Professional Standards Authority suspends the Society of Homeopaths (UK). The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) announced it had suspended the accreditation of the Society of Homeopaths (SoH). - Read by Lara Benham https://goodthinkingsociety.org 0:09:24Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "Red Herring". This is when someone...

Duration:00:45:26

The Skeptic Zone #639 - 10.January.2021

1/9/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:25An interview with Adrienne Hill Adrienne Hill from Canada tells us about Tourette Syndrome and some of the so-called alternative treatments that have been offered over the years. https://tourette.ca https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/resource/tourette-ocd/home Monterey Skepticamp Youtube (at 4:53:10) https://youtu.be/DktlgzdFUTI 0:22:30Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at the fallacy of "Affirming the...

Duration:00:41:20

The Skeptic Zone #638 - 3.January.2021

1/1/2021
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:36COVID-19 Conspiracy An alleged quarantine escapee left her hotel after she denied the existence of coronavirus in a series of bizarre online rants. Self-proclaimed "world changer" Jenny D'ubios sparked a manhunt in Perth when she was found missing from her Perth hotel while in COVID-19...

Duration:01:04:16

The Skeptic Zone #637 - 27.December.2020

12/26/2020
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:00Pete Evans Booted Off Pete Evans has been removed from Facebook just days after telling Sydney followers to not get tested for COVID-19. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/facebook-boots-celebrity-chef-pete-evans-over-covid-19-misinformation-20201223-p56px0.html 0:11:30Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The Slothful Induction Fallacy". This is when even though there is enough good...

Duration:00:38:30

The Skeptic Zone #636 - 20.December.2020

12/19/2020
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:07Susan Gerbic We find out what GSoW are doing to support those fighting COVID-19. Also the latest ravings from two time Bent Spoon winner, Pete Evans. https://abouttimeproject.wordpress.com 0:17:00A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Uri Geller in the 1970s. http://www.trove.nla.gov.au 0:38:55Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle...

Duration:00:48:23

The Skeptic Zone #635 - 13.December.2020

12/12/2020
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:36Doctor at LARGE Ken McLeod reports on how anti-vaccination campaigner Judy Wilyman is trading on her flawed doctorate, and the implications for her, the University of Wollongong, and the community. - Read by Richard Saunders. https://www.skeptics.com.au/wp-content/uploads/magazine/The%20Skeptic%20Volume%2040%20(2020)%20No%204%20(Cover).pdf 0:27:16A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a...

Duration:00:38:45

The Skeptic Zone #634 - 6.December.2020

12/5/2020
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:54Living a Skeptical Life From a talk given some years ago by Richard Saunders at a meeting of the Victorian Skeptics, what does it mean to be a skeptic from day to day? The Mysterious Monsters 1975 https://youtu.be/44BUjnxwC_g 0:31:04A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the Water Divining in 1912. http://www.trove.nla.gov.au 0:38:37Australian Skeptics...

Duration:00:40:19