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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 #729 - 25.September.2022

9/24/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:24You Can Count on Adrienne Pseudoscience in Education In this discussion, Adrienne Hill, Kelly Burke, and the Skeptical Fairy Godmother Angel from the internet, aka the tooth fairy, aka Michelle Bijkersma, get together to discuss pseudoscience in education within their three countries of Canada, the USA and Australia. This is an edited version of the conversation, only touching on a few of the topics they cover in the full recording. But...

Duration:01:01:40

The Skeptic Zone #728 - 18.September.2022

9/17/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:18Did Nostradamus Predict death of the Queen? Some claim Nostradamus predicted with accuracy the year in which Queen Elizabeth II would die, but also that he foresaw the crowning of Prince Harry as king. It turn out either is true. We look into the claim and hear from some who believe it to be true. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/nostradamus-king-charles-harry 0:17:14The Skeptical Fairy on a Train Appearing from a thunderclap and a...

Duration:00:59:16

The Skeptic Zone #727 - 11.September.2022

9/10/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:00Queen Elizabeth II - Predictions With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, we take a look at some of the predictions made about her over the last 20 years, catalogued in the database of the Great Australian Psychic Prediction Project. 0:11:52Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:19:48The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham The...

Duration:00:53:30

The Skeptic Zone #726 - 4.September.2022

9/3/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:30A Psychic in Court With a guilty verdict handed down in the Chris Dawson murder trial, Richard Saunders recounts the day he was in court in 2020 to hear the testimony of a so-called 'Psychic' who has a tenuous link to the case. This report, together with comments form Nicholas Cowdery AO, QC, appeared in the March 2020 issues of 'The Skeptic'. 0:25:52The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham The Unicorn - Part 2 - By Anthony G Wheeler Do...

Duration:01:01:37

The Skeptic Zone #725 - 28.August.2022

8/27/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:34Tik Tok Astrology Hundreds of Tik Tok videos are dedicated to Astrology. What do they tell us about this ancient belief system? What can we learn? Find out as we review a small selection of those who claim to read the stars. 0:18:48Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:28:24The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham The Unicorn -...

Duration:00:59:45

The Skeptic Zone #724 - 21.August.2022

8/20/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:40Maynard's Spooky Action Family Science Day at Parramatta The Mystery Investigators team take part in Family Science Day at Parramatta Square. No spoon is safe as Richard Saunders, Ian Bryce and Maynard entertain hundreds of mums, dads and kids. Maynard also asks the big question "What does science mean to you?" With special thanks to Frankie Lee, the City of Parramatta, Western Sydney University and The Powerhouse Museum. 0:19:38Mind...

Duration:00:59:20

The Skeptic Zone #723 - 14.August.2022

8/13/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:36Interview with Jon Guy Put simply, Think Straight is an owner's manual for the human brain. Drawing from the vast history of scientific and cognitive research, this book is a tour de force through the science and philosophy of the human mind, and what it means to think as a rational human being in the 21st century. https://twitter.com/SkepticJonGuy https://www.amazon.com/Think-Straight-Owners-Manual-Mind/dp/1633887979 0:15:34The Book of...

Duration:00:57:36

The Skeptic Zone #722 - 7.August.2022

8/6/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:30Ben Radford America the Fearful National panics about crime, immigrants, police, and societal degradation have been pervasive in the United States of the 21st century. Many of these fears begin as mere phantom fears, but are systematically amplified by social media, news media, bad actors and even well-intentioned activists. There are numerous challenges facing the U.S., but Americans must sort through which fears are legitimate threats and...

Duration:01:05:06

The Skeptic Zone #721 - 31.July.2022

7/30/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:55VALE Jim Wilshire A tribute to our late voice-over man and decades long friend of producer Richard Saunders. Video: Jim in action recording for The Skeptic Zone in 2011 https://youtu.be/nFByyeTIqEQ 0:14:08Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:23:02Maynard's Spooky Action We catch up wtih our roving and raving reporter....

Duration:00:55:19

The Skeptic Zone #720 - 24.July.2022

7/23/2022
The Skeptic Zone #720 - 24 July 2022 Show Notes 0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:54Lessons in Science and Pseudoscience Science educator Melanie Trecek-King tells us about her recent report in 'The Skeptic' magazine (Australia) about the differences between science, pseudoscience and science denial. Melanie is a science educator at a community college in Massachusetts. A few years ago, while teaching general education biology to students who really didn't want to be...

Duration:01:02:52

The Skeptic Zone #719 - 17.July.2022

7/16/2022
Dedicated to the memory of Jim Wilshire Show Notes 0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders Vale Jim Wilshire 0:04:06Oh No! It's Ross Blocher We catch up with one one hardest working skeptical podcasters in the business, Ross Blocherfrom the popular "Oh No Ross and Carrie" show. https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/oh-no-ross-and-carrie 0:18:56Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne...

Duration:00:54:22

The Skeptic Zone #718 - 10.July.2022

7/9/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:36I Think We Need To Think News and views with Susan Gerbic. The end of a paranormal test in New Zealand, GSoW news and the great Jerry Andrus project. https://www.abouttimeproject.org 0:18:31Mentalism with Mark Edward Mark Edward pulls the wool over Richard Saunders and Susan Gerbic with an amazing display of mentalism with ESP cards. http://themarkedward.com 0:30:54A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised...

Duration:01:04:11

The Skeptic Zone #717 - 3.July.2022

7/2/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:24Lunch with the Bay Area Skeptics Join us for a long awaited get together, south of San Francisco with members of the Bay Area Skeptics as they look forward to SkepiCal 2022, the upcoming online convention. Lunching with Richard Saunders are Dr Eugenie Scott, Jay Diamond, Leonard Tramiel, Yau-Man Chan and Greg Dorais. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! The 2022 SkeptiCal Conference will be ONLINE over the weekend of July...

Duration:00:45:35

The Skeptic Zone #716 - 26.June.2022

6/23/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:58Irrational Beliefs in Australia Is Australia truly a land of mystery and wonders? I can only answer that with "yes it is". We are the land of the oldest living culture in the world, that of the indigenous peoples, we have natural wonders from the coast to the desert and great modern cities to rival any in the world. However, like so many other countries, Australia too has no end of paranormal, supernatural and pseudoscientific...

Duration:00:53:25

The Skeptic Zone #715 - 19.June.2022

6/18/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:50Brian Dunning, Bigfoot, Science Friction and more A vist to Skeptoid HQ in Oregon and chat to Brian Dunning about his long running podcast, the Bigfoot in his yard and the sucess of the documentary "Science Friction". https://sciencefriction.tv 0:14:30Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Richard Saunders. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:26:38The Book of Tim. With Tim...

Duration:00:54:12

The Skeptic Zone #714 - 12.June.2022

6/11/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:12Susan Gerbic in Haunted Las Vegas Join Susan as she explores the Zac Bagans haunted museum in the company of Kenny Biddle, Ben Radford and Coral Pollock. What do a bunch of skeptics make of a so-called paranormal location? https://thehauntedmuseum.com 0:20:27TikTok Homeopathy This classic of quackery has found its way onto the popular social media platform. What do TikTok users say about this pretend medicine? Are they for it, against...

Duration:00:56:40

The Skeptic Zone #713 - 5.June.2022

6/4/2022
Show Notes 0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:42New Age Merry-Go-Round Join Richard Saunders and skeptical supporter Daryl Colquhoun as they once more head to the bizarre yet predictable alternative universe known as Mind Body Spirit. This festival of far-fetched and unproven ideas stretches back over 20 years. What new and ridiculous items can be seen this year? 0:18:56Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by...

Duration:00:53:02

The Skeptic Zone #712 - 29.May.2022

5/28/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:00Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan An historic vote in the NSW parliament has given Dr Siobhan the comfort of knowing people in her situation, appraoching the end of life, will be able to choose when they take their final breath. Euthanasia was legalised in NSW in the past week, bringing the state in line with the rest of...

Duration:01:03:59

The Skeptic Zone #711 - 22.May.2022

5/21/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:56UFOs Invade the US Congress Again with the aliens! Yes once again UFOs disguised as jets and balloons are makimg the news. This time, those who can't handle the truth have taken their conspiracy theories all the way to capital hill in Washington. https://www.the-sun.com/news/5356929/us-wreckage-ufos-truth-congressman Mick West's...

Duration:00:59:19

The Skeptic Zone #710 - 15.May.2022

5/14/2022
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:12You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill Adrienne Hill and Susan Gerbic visit "Explore & More", The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum in Buffalo NY and talk to Rebecca Glon, IT & Exhibits Manager. http://www.exploreandmore.org 0:17:46TikTok Paranormal We scroll through the endless, live TikTok videos featuring people who think they have psychic insights. Others include dowsing rods, pendulums, bones, giant matches and...

Duration:00:59:32