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The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason.

The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason.
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The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason.






The Skeptic Zone #483 - 21.Jan.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:35 Vale – Barry Williams It is with great sadness that we report the news of the passing of Barry Williams, who died on January 20, 2018, at the age of 79, following a series of heart operations. Includes Barry on the TODAY TV show in 1986, Newspaper story from 1994 and an interview with Maynard in 2015. 0:30:16 Susan Gerbic with news from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia We...


The Skeptic Zone #482 - 14.Jan.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:57 Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes Britt Hermes, a noted skeptical campaigner, has been taken to court in Germany by US-based naturopath ‘Dr’ Colleen Huber, claiming that Britt has defamed her. For this reason, Australian Skeptics Inc is managing a fundraising campaign to assist Britt in her current legal action. 0:10:50 Trish Hann and Medical...


The Skeptic Zone #481 - 7.Jan.2018

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:15 Big Trees are...... BIG! Join Dr Eugenie Scott and Richard Saunders as they wander through Big Trees State Park in California. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a state park of California, United States, preserving two groves of giant sequoia trees. It is located 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Arnold, California in the middle elevations of the Sierra...


The Skeptic Zone #480 - 31.Dec.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:45 Flat Earth.... Again! On a fine sunny day in San Francisco, Moriel Schottlender chats to Richard Saunders about the ongoing conspiracy theory of the Flat Earth. 0:23:40 Running a Skeptics in the Pub Pint Sized Fun – Australia has had a close association with the history of those informal gatherings known as Skeptics in the Pub. Tim...


The Skeptic Zone #478 - 17.Dec.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:17 Again with the UFOs A video capturing an unidentified object flying off the coast of San Diego in 2004 has been released by the US Department of Defense. The program (2007 - 2012) collected video and audio recordings of reported U.F.O. incidents, including footage from a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet showing an aircraft surrounded by some kind of glowing aura traveling at high speed and rotating as it...


The Skeptic Zone #478 - 17.Dec.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:12 Mayanrd's Spooky Action! Time again for Sydney Skeptics in the Pub. December's guest was Samuel Hutchinson who gave a preview of his documenatary film ' Conspirituality'. We also here from pubbers who give their opinon on the project. Includes A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev. 0:23:13 Anti-vaxxer on the hunt for $$$ The on-again-off-again head of the Australian [anti] Vaccination-skeptics...


The Skeptic Zone #477 - 10.Dec.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:10 The Raw Skeptic Report with Heidi Robertson "VACCINES killed my baby.” That’s the alarming headline on a pamphlet currently being dropped in letter boxes around the country. It’s emotive, terrifying, and wrong. Story by Jane Hansen. 0:16:30 Mayanrd's Spooky Action! More interviews and insights from Skepticon 2017 including; Mandy-Lee Noble Tim Mendham 0:26:08 An interview with Alan Melikdjanian aka Captain...


The Skeptic Zone #476 - 3.Dec.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:50 Water Divining .... still a thing? We chat to Prof. Richard Wiseman in the UK about companies still using the services of water diviners to look for ..... water! 0:26:30 Mayanrd's Spooky Action! Reactions of the audience to the Skeptic Zone LIVE. Includes interviews with Dr Karl, Dr Brad, Heidi Robertson, Mandy-Lee Noble, Stefan Sojka and more. 0:42:34 A Skeptical Birthday Join a small but...


The Skeptic Zone #475 - 26.Nov.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:50 Mayanrd's Spooky Action! We join Mayanrd at the pre-convention drinks in Sydney. Skeptics from all over Australia and overseas crammed into one pub! Includes Paul Gibbs, Beth Place, Heidi Robertson, Paul Roberts, Eran Segev, Joanne Benhamu, Trish Hann, Dr Brad McKay, Jessica Singer and Richard Saunders. 0:31:00 2017 Bent Spoon to NICM; Skeptic of the Year Christine Bayne Every year, Australian Skeptics hand out a range of awards – some...


The Skeptic Zone #474 - 19.Nov.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders, Stefan Sojka and Maynard 0:05:20 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev The skeptical community has a role to play when it comes to stopping sexist behaviour and harassment. Eran gives us his point of view and what we can do. 0:17:00 The Raw Skeptic Report This week Heidi Robertson looks at a Tic replant. 0:36:24 "Dr" Stefan Sojka Scientists, vested interests, big pharma, corporate media, greenies, the illuminati and the social justice warriors of...


The Skeptic Zone #473 - 12.Nov.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:37 CSIcon 2017 Part #3 Join us at CSIcon 2017 as we interview Ross Blocher from "Oh No, Ross and Carrie!" The podcast where they don’t just report on spirituality, fringe science and the paranormal (from a scientific, evidence-based standpoint), but dive right in by joining religions, attending spiritual events, undergoing “alternative” treatments, partaking in paranormal investigations, and more. At Oh No, Ross and Carrie!, they show up, so...


The Skeptic Zone #472 - 5.Nov.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:07:06 CSIcon 2017 Part #2 Join us at CSIcon 2017 as we interview Joe Nickell and ask about JFK conspiracy theories, strange monsters and more. On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald 0:24:30 A Grain of Salt with Eran...


The Skeptic Zone #471 - 29.Oct.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:13 CSIcon 2017 Part #1 Join us at CSIcon 2017 as we wander the rooms and halls looking for skeptical people to interivew. This week: Eugenie C. Scott Rob Palmer Brian Dunning Extended interview with Britt Marie Hermes 0:23:05 Australian patients vulnerable to quacks We live in the most scientific of ages where...


The Skeptic Zone #470 - 22.Oct.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:40 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats THE ESP PODCAST at the European Skeptics Congress. András G Pintér, Hungary - Jelena Levin, Latvia - Pontus Böckman, Sweden. The European Skeptics Podcast is an independent, weekly show hosted by three skeptics from different countries, representing several organisations and projects. The main focus of the podcast is to support European level actions within the skeptical...


The Skeptic Zone #469 - 15.Oct.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:40 Interview with Ben Radford We ask Ben about so-called "Psychic Detectives", people who investigate crimes by using purported paranormal psychic abilities. Benjamin Radford is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and a Research Fellow with the non-profit educational organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has written over a thousand articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal,...


The Skeptic Zone #468 - 8.Oct.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:06:40 Interview with Dr Pamela Gay We find out how Dr Pamela Gay and you can help NASA analyze more than 1.5 million images taken by astronauts on the International Space Station! They need your help analyzing these images – this is a task only a human like you can accomplish. Please join them in enhancing NASA’s extensive catalogue of astronaut images that can be used for science and enjoyed for their...


The Skeptic Zone #467- 1.Oct.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:07:00 Interview with Stevyn Colgan Stevyn Colgan is a British writer, artist and speaker. A former researcher and scriptwriter for the BBC TV series QI and the regular QI Annuals, and for QI's BBC Radio 4 sister show The Museum of Curiosity. Why did the policeman cross the road? TED...


The Skeptic Zone #466- 24.Sept.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:00 Susan Gerbic All roads lead to Europe and the European Skeptics Congress. We catch up with Susan Gerbic as she travels from country to country, making her way to the main event. 0:16:35 Bent Spoon nominations for 2017 The nominations for the 2017 Australian Skeptics’ Bent Spoon award have been published, featuring an array of potential winners and dis-honourees. The Spoon is...


The Skeptic Zone #465- 17.Sept.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:05 An interview with Kurt Andersen We discuss his new book FANTASYLAND: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History Conspiracy Theories: Nearly 1/2 of Americans believe that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. 1/3 believe global warming is a hoax. 1/3 believe that extraterrestrials have visited (or now reside) on earth. 1/4 believe that U.S. officials planned the 9/11 attacks. How did we arrive at this...


The Skeptic Zone #464- 10.Sept.2017

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders Including an update on anti-vaccination GP John Piesse. 0:06:15 Stranger Things Down Under at the Oz Paranormal Expo Join Lara Benham, Alethia Dean and Richard Saunders as they once again brave the wonders of the paranormal...


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