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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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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 #819 - 16.June.2024

6/15/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:16UFOs... Where Are You? We take a look at a recent press stories from Australia and Britin regarding UFO promoter and Australian journalist Ross Coulthart. Also we wonder what we can glean from Wiki about his current notoriety. https://www.skeptic.org.uk/2024/05/ufos-the-unidentified-flying-circus-comes-to-town 0:10:44Skepticamp Interviews #3 Guest reporter Rob Palmer attended the inaugural Triangle SkeptiCamp that took place on 25th of May 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. In part #3 of a series of interviews from the event, Rob chats to Faith and Ramiro Rodriguez from the organisating team, as well has Melanie Trecek-King from Thinking is Power.https://triskep.org/home/triangle-skepticamp-2024 0:21:18The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham Are Skeptics Happy? By Alison White Alison White asks if being a skeptic is a blessing or a bane... or even a curse. A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 32 No. 3 http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:34:30A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to The New Age - Part #1. 1988.5.14 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoGlobal Skeptics in the Pub - 19 July 2024 (7pm) http://www.skepticalcon.com/global-skeptics-in-the-pub

Duration:00:54:03

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The Skeptic Zone #818 - 9.June.2024

6/8/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 00:02:26SkeptiCal 2024 We talk to famed fighter of nonsense Dr Eugenie C. Scott about the upcoming SkeptiCal Conference. SkeptiCal is the scientific skepticism conference brought to you by Northern California Skeptics. The SkeptiCal Conference brings stimulating and entertaining speakers (including Australia's own Dr Karl Kruszelnicki) to a world-wide audience of science fans, critical thinkers, and, in the words of Carl Sagan, questioners of "extraordinary claims". Join them for two engaging days of speakers, interviews, and discussions. And - test your wits on a round of SkeptiCal trivia, and try your hand at SkeptiCal's popular Skepardy! game. http://www.skepticalcon.com 0:12:38Skepticamp Interviews #2 Guest reporter Rob Palmer attended the inaugural Triangle SkeptiCamp that took place on 25th of May 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. In part #2 of a series of interviews from the event, Rob chats to Kenny Biddle, chief investigator at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and attendee Jane Selkie. https://triskep.org/home/triangle-skepticamp-2024 0:25:40Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:39:08A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to 'Alternative Medicine'. 1981.08.27 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoGlobal Skeptics in the Pub - 19 July 2024 (7pm) http://www.skepticalcon.com/global-skeptics-in-the-pub

Duration:01:03:03

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The Skeptic Zone #817 - 2.June.2024

6/1/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 00:02:58Kate & Allie This week Kat and Adrienne take a skeptical look at 'Baby Helmets'. Are they truly necessary or just another example of our culture's obsession with over-protection? What is the medical point of view? Baby helmets, also known as cranial orthoses, are seen by some as intervention for infants with positional plagiocephaly (flat spots on the head) or brachycephaly (narrow, elongated head shape). 0:12:20Bend Nerd Night Energy Trivia. Join Brian Dunning from the Skeptoid podcast as he leads a round of trivia at 'Nerd Night' in Bend, Oregon. Test your knowledge! https://facebook.com/groups/1113943728813195 0:20:38Skepticamp Interviews #1 Guest reporter Rob Palmer attended the inaugural Triangle SkeptiCamp that took place on 25th of May 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. In part #1 of a series of interviews from the event, Rob chats to Coleman Watts, the host of the 'Think This Through' YouTube channel. He also catches up with Erika Engelhaupt, science journalist and author of 'Gory Details'. https://triskep.org/home/triangle-skepticamp-2024 0:32:48A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Seances. 1967.10.01 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1973.02.12 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1994.08.04 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Duration:00:53:05

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The Skeptic Zone #816 - 26.May.2024

5/26/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 00:02:32You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill. 0:19:42Reviewing the UFO Documentary We chat to Brian Dunning about the thousands of reviews and comments left on his documentary, 'The UFO Movie THEY Don't Want You To See'. Some are insightful, many are just plain ridiculous. It's clear that his movie has certainly caused a stir in the UFO community. http://theufo.movie 0:36:04Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:47:42A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Fortune Tellers. 1909.02.27 - The Beverly Times W.A. 1918.03.07 - The Telegraph QLD 1934.01.09 - Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser QLD 1938.12.21 - Argus Melbourne 1949.09.26 - The Daily Mercury QLD 1909.10.29 - The Star, Sydney 1922.08.04 - The Canowindra Star, NSW 1903.03.06 - The Geelong Advertiser 1932.08.08 - The North West Champion, NSW http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoNerd Night in Bend, 28 May, 2024 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nerd-night-presents-science-trivia-and-strange-energies-tickets-899522735717 Skepticamp New Mexico. 1st - 2nd June, 2024 https://www.skepticampnm.com

Duration:01:03:38

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The Skeptic Zone #815 - 19.May.2024

5/18/2024
Show Notes 0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:32For Crying Out Loud! It's Kat McLeod This week Kat relates her journey, over the past year, from attending a skeptical conference in Canada to becoming a reporter for the Skeptic Zone. This is right from the 'who could have ever see this coming?' files and is a great illustration of how important it is to support skeptical events. Plus we hear Kat's theme music for the first time. 0:11:28Ben Radford, Australia Bound The legend himself! Ben Radford has been a fulltime scientific investigator and writer for 25 years. Now for the first time he is heading to Australia to talk at the Austraian Skeptics National Convention in November in Sydney. Will he find the elusive Yowie during his trip? We also hear about other meetings Ben is attending and more about the Squaring the Stange Podcast. 0:23:56The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham The History of EUTSBy Barry Williams (aka Sir Jim) In this classic article, Sir Jim R. Wallaby investigates energies unknown to science... and those that are. A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 38 No. 4 http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:37:54A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the Sixth Sense. 1981.08.09 - The Sun Herald 1981.08.16 - The Sun Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoNerd Night in Bend, 28 May, 2024 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nerd-night-presents-science-trivia-and-strange-energies-tickets-899522735717 Skepticamp New Mexico. 1st - 2nd June, 2024 https://www.skepticampnm.com

Duration:01:00:40

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The Skeptic Zone #814 - 12.May.2024

5/11/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:14You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill. This week, Adrienne gives us an overview of the recent 'We Can Reason' conference held in Calgary, Canada. We hear about each of the invited speakers and meet one of the delegates, a listener of the Skeptic Zone right from episode #1, Brenda Hill. Next it's a road trip to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, which houses one of world's premier collection of dinosaur fossils. Here Richard Saunders gives us his thoughts on this wondrous example of science in action. Finally, on the drive home, Adrienne interviews Jonathan Jarry, one of the hosts of the popular Body of Evidence podcast from Canada. Jonathan was also an invited speaker at the conference.https://tyrrellmuseum.com 0:23:18Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:35:48A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Psychic Predictions. 1972.01.02 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1973.12.30 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1981.01.02 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1989.01.01 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1992.12.30 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoSckepticamap New Mexico. 1st - 2nd June, 2024 https://www.skepticampnm.com

Duration:00:54:55

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The Skeptic Zone #813 - 5.May.2024

5/4/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders with Adrienne Hill and Kat McLeod 0:02:20Kate & Allie at We Can Reason - Calgary Canada We are delighted to accounce that 'Kate', Kat McLeod from Edmonton, is our newest reporter on the Skeptic Zone. Hear her reaction as Richard Saunders confirms her appoitment. Weclome Kat! Her segment will be know as "For Cryin' Out! It's Kat McLeod". Also we hear more about the convention, Adrienne's video presentation from LA Skepticamp, and a short interview with speaker Jonathan Jarry. LA Skepticamp Videos https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb82CF-DGYCfxT6IKckZtm6KnMNMqxDQr 0:09:34The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham This week Tim heads to the regional city of Armidale in Australia's 'New England' area to help launch a new Skeptics in the Pub. We hear from the organiser, Walkely Award winning journalist Amelia Willmer. Armidate Skeptics in the Pub is held at the Wicklow Hotel, 6pm last Wednesday of the month. https://www.facebook.com/WicklowHotel 0:22:38You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill. This week Adrienne tries her luck with AI as it writes two scripts for her. One in 'her' style, and one in the style of a skeptic from Newfoundland! What could possible go wrong? 0:28:28A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Uri Geller. 1977.10.11 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Duration:00:49:57

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The Skeptic Zone #812 - 28.April.2024

4/27/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:48Can AI Replace Your Host? Is AI all that it's cracked up to be? This week Richard Saunders tempts fate by asking AI to write a script in his own style. Are the results worth it? You be the judge..... Mate! 0:12:12Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:24:58The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham What Goes Around By Tim Mendham The Vatican, Meteorites and Science. A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 43 No. 4 http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:33:22A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Haunted Houses 1955.07.19 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1955.07.30 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1970.02.25 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1986.10.26 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoWe Can Reason - Calgary Canada https://wecanreason.com

Duration:00:59:56

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The Skeptic Zone #811 - 21.April.2024

4/20/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:34You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill. Kate and Allie revisit another frightening herbal development this time from Japan. With guest Kat McLeod. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/japan-supplement-pill-recall-death-illnesses-kobayashi-pharmaceutical-co 0:12:38Dr Steve and the UFOs For many decades, Dr Steve Roberts has been investigating reports of UFOs. In this informal chat with Richard Saunders, Dr Steve looks at various recent UFO fads and some from history. 0:23:08The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham What Goes Around By Tim Mendham Scares, Sounds, Sickness and Spooks! A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 42 No. 3 http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:30:54A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "Crop Circles", a blast from the past. 1991.12.22 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1991.06.24 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1991.09.10 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoWe Can Reason - Calgary Canada https://wecanreason.com

Duration:00:52:12

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The Skeptic Zone #810 - 14.April.2024

4/13/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:00You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill This week Adrienne talks to the organizers of the Los Angeles Skepticamp on the day after the event which was held on March 24, 2024. Interviewed are Wendy Hughes, Heather Henderson, Paula Lauterbach, Jane Selkie, Deborah Warcken, and Susan Gerbic. https://skepticampla.fmtpo.com https://www.youtube.com/@HeatherHenderson https://www.abouttimeproject.org 0:14:16The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham Join Tim Mendham and Richard Saunders at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub as they talk about the special guests lined up for the Australian Skeptics national convention in November. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:21:48Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:34:12A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Australian Skeptics. 1984.07.05 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1987.02.11 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1989.03.17 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1994.11.14 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1998.03.30 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoWe Can Reason - Calgary Canada https://wecanreason.com

Duration:00:56:44

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The Skeptic Zone #809 - 7.April.2024

4/6/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:30My Mum Talks To Aliens - Or Does She? A review of a TV documentary from 2010. Mary Rodwell travels Australia seeking out those who claim to be abducted by UFOs. Can she convince her son during the course of the two week adventure? What, if any, real evidence does the documentary provide? https://youtu.be/zZ6dJergQ8o https://www.metabunk.org/threads/debunked-2007-avebury-ufo-sighting-military-exercise-flares.6411/ 0:18:34The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham The Pauline Conspiracy By Dr Paul Willis Paul Willis puts on both his pop hat and his tinfoil hat to look at a classic plot from the Fab Four. A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 34 No. 3 http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:30:18Milbourne Christopher Milbourne Christopher (1914 - 1984) regarded those individuals who claimed extrasensory perception or psychic powers to be actually using magic trickery. He wrote three book-length exposes regarding those he said were false seers or psychics: ESP, Seers & Psychics; Mediums, Mystics & The Occult; and Search For The Soul. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milbourne_Christopher 0:47:18A Dive into a Trove With Kat McLeod A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Anti-Vacation in tne 1950s. 1952.03.14 - The Barrier Miner 1954.10.25 - Daily Mercury in Queensland 1955.05.26 - The Central Queensland Herald 1958.10.03 - The Australian Jewish Times http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoWe Can Reason - Calgary Canada https://wecanreason.com

Duration:01:03:04

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The Skeptic Zone #808 - 31.March.2024

3/29/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:36Kenny Biddle Tiks on Tiktok It's hard to believe, but much of what you see on Tiktok may not be all it seems! Chief Investigator for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Kenny Biddle, hunts for claims of the paranormal on Tiktok. Can he explain the unexplainable? https://www.tiktok.com/@kennybiddle42 0:20:56Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:32:20A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to yet more UFOs. 2014.01.27 - Woman's Day 2010.11.29 - New Idea http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoDick Smith's Helicopter Adventure - Parkinson 1982 https://youtu.be/TM_0q3m5i40 We Can Reason - Calgary Canada https://wecanreason.com

Duration:00:58:16

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The Skeptic Zone #807 - 24.March.2024

3/23/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:00Skeptical Highlights of Dick Smith As we send our birthday wishes to Dick Smith, who just turned 80 years old, we look back at his influence on the skeptical movement in Australia. We also cover his great friendship and productive cooperation with James Randi. James Randi in Australia - With Dick Smith https://youtu.be/gN-0FEqAkQM This Is Your Life - Dick Smith 1997 https://youtu.be/FEXr2Wh4fPQ 0:17:32The Skeptic Magazine, From Australian Skeptics - March 2024 A look through some of the features and stories of the current issue of this long-running magazine, including a closer look at a report by Richard Saunders into the so-called "power bands" of the last 15 years. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:26:04The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham It's Behind You! By Adam van Langenberg Do you ever get that feeling that you're being stared at? Then, when you turn around, you notice somebody looking right at you? Sometimes with a knife? Adam does, and he suspects that most other people do as well. There are lots of reasons why this could happen. It could be a case of confirmation bias. A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 32 No. 3 http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:34:28A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to UFOs. 1991.09.07 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1972.07.02 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1986.09.14 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au Also https://www.alantacolley.com/upcoming-gigs https://wecanreason.com

Duration:00:57:00

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The Skeptic Zone #806 - 17.March.2024

3/16/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:10You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill Redefining Beauty, one tongue press at a time? Can keeping your mouth shut make you more attractive? While some people believe so, it may not be for the same reasons you think. Adrienne Hill has an interesting conversation with Kat McLeod to discuss the controversial beauty trend and viral sensation known as "mewing"; the origins and the myths. 0:19:08Alanta Colley - Live Show Trick or Treatment at Melbourne International Comedy Festival : 25- 31 March Big pharma gets a bad rap, but what about big chakra? Could horse de-wormers cure a global pandemic? Can I mainline the placebo effect? Come on a science comedy journey through the wild and weird and occasionally effective world of alternative medicine with Alanta Colley as your test subject. https://www.alantacolley.com/upcoming-gigs https://thebutterflyclub.com/show/trick-or-treatment 0:28:46Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:41:14A Chat with Dr Eugenie Scott In a follow up interview, Dr Eugenie Scott expands her thoughts on the development of human teeth. Also how you can get involved in the San Francisco Bay Area Skeptics. https://baskeptics.org

Duration:01:04:32

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The Skeptic Zone #805 - 10.March.2024

3/9/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:18Strange Bedfellows Once again, Susan Gerbic finds herself under attack from an odd assortment of UFO and conspiracy believers. This time they are trying to change her Wikipedia page to include what they think is the truth. it really is a case of the blind leading the blind. https://www.abouttimeproject.org 0:23:08Nerd Night in Bend, Oregon Join Kathy Rightmire, Brian Dunning and Richard Saunders as they enjoy Nerd Night in the city of Bend in Oregon. This is a regular meet up much like Skeptics in the Pub. Includes a portion of Brian's talk, "Sounds from Beyond". https://skeptoid.com/events/30257 0:35:14A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Bigfoot and Oregon. 1977.05.17 - The Canberra Times 1973.10.26 - PNG Post 1976.08.30 - The Canberra Times http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Duration:00:56:59

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The Skeptic Zone #804 - 3.March.2024

3/2/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:00Skepticamp 2024 Brian Dunning and Richard Saunders had the pleasure of appearing live via video to the Surf Coast Skepticamp meeting. In this selection from the presentation, Brian and Richard discuss thier interest in the skeptical movement, podcasting and making documentary movies. 0:26:32Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill and surprise a special guest!. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:39:20A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to psychics. Gerard Croiset - Report on the Skeptic Zone https://skepticzone.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-zone-499-13may2018 1978.07.29 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1984.05.19 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1955.07.19 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Duration:00:56:48

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The Skeptic Zone #803 - 25.February.2024

2/24/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:06:56Healers Quacks or Mystics - A Review In 1983, ABC TV broadcast a 6 part documentary on alternative medicine. On this week's show we take a look at the series and explore some of the claims made at the time. After 40 years, what can we learn from this uncritical series. https://vimeo.com/nevilldrury 0:27:00A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to so-called psychics and clairvoyants. 1978.12.31 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1987.03.22 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1986.07.02 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Duration:00:49:49

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The Skeptic Zone #802 - 18.February.2024

2/17/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:10UFOs Keep Attacking! Alas for the poor UFO diehards, the UFOs just won't come. So they are channelling their anger at this sad state of affairs, towards the skeptics, who point out the fact that the UFOs are still not coming. Once again, Susan Gerbic and Brian Dunning are in the firing line of the believers. https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/i-blame-the-australian-skeptics/ 0:16:28Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:29:42Dr Eugenie Scott Recorded live before an audience at Berkeley Public Library, Dr Eugenie Scott tells Richard Saunders about the importance of studying teeth throughout human history. Also, how goes the battle against the creationists and the climate change denies? 0:43:30A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to psychics. 1985.09.21 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1988.06.16 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1979.05.18 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1994.04.23 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoSurf Coast Skepticamp 2024 Special Guests, via video hook up to Oregon, Brian Dunning and Richard Saunders http://tinyurl.com/scsc2024

Duration:01:08:48

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The Skeptic Zone #801 - 11.February.2024

2/10/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:07:14Swings and Roundabouts Richard Saunders reports on the fortunes and pitfalls of that merry-go-round of wellness, Mind Body Spirit. - In October 2023, Tim Mendham, Dr Sue Ieraci and Saunders took the long and crooked road to the Festival of MindBodySpirit (MBS) held at the convention centre in Sydney's Darling Harbour. As long-time readers of the Skeptic magazine know full well, this was not their first trip through the gates of ignorance and empty claims. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:28:26I Think We Need to Think From Idea to Proclamation: Making 'Critical Thinking Awareness Day' a Reality. Susan interviews Daniel Reed from the West Virginia Skeptics Society. http://www.westvirginiaskepticssociety.com http://www.westvirginiaskepticssociety.com http://www.danielareed.com https://skepticalinquirer.org/authors/daniel-a-reed/ https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/from-idea-to-proclamation-making-critical-thinking-awareness-day-a-reality/ https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/no-psychics-and-mediums-are-not-the-new-therapists 0:42:36A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to so-called psychics. http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoSurf Coast Skepticamp 2024 Special Guests, via video hook up to Oregon, Brian Dunning and Richard Saunders http://tinyurl.com/scsc2024

Duration:01:04:01

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The Skeptic Zone #800 - 4.February.2024

2/3/2024
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:42You Can Count on Adrienne For this 800th episode, Adrienne Hill will honour Richard's remarkable milestone by delving into the delightful domain of "800", exploring Guinness World Records, sports feats, and celestial numerology. DCCC. 0:11:56Episode 800 Greetings #1 Messages from 0:14:10Maynard's Spooky Action Maynard takes a look back at some of the highlights of his reporting on The Skeptic Zone Podcast over hundreds of episodes and many years. 0:19:37Episode 800 Greetings #2 Messages from 0:21:16Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:33:07Episode 800 Greetings #3 Messages from 0:35:40A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to so-called psychics. 1992.06.21 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1984.11.05 - The Sydney Morning Herald 1963.12.03 - The Sydney Morning Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au AlsoHealers, Quacks or Mystics - Alt Med TV Show c.1980s https://vimeo.com/38030198 Surf Coast Skepticamp 2024 http://tinyurl.com/scsc2024 (For Miko)

Duration:01:05:30