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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 point?

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/209776/fantasyland-by-kurt-andersen/9781400067213/

0:16:30

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Ben Lewis

Your 5 Step Asteroid Success Plan. Want to become an asteroid mining magnate? Thanks to a new law in Luxembourg we've come up with a foolproof five step plan.

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-your-5-step-asteroid-success-plan/

0:18:40

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, one of Australia's top science communicators, talks to Maynard about dreams, memories, tiny spiders and loud shirts!

0:38:17

Live report from an Anti-Vax Rally in Sydney

Richard Saunders
reports from a remarkable poorly attended ant-vaccination rally in Sdyney and is confronted by one of the organisers.

Also, The NSW Parliament has passed legislation removing exemptions for conscientious objection in vaccination rules and tightening vaccination requirements for childcare centres and schools.

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will no longer be allowed to enrol them in child care with the “conscientious objector” option scrapped from January 2018.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/09/14/nsw-parliament-no-conscientious-objection-to-vaccination

0:52:35

Australian Skeptics $100,000 Prize, turned down on TV

Ruthie Phillips, who bills herself as “Australia’s Top Clairvoyant-Medium”, has turned down an offer to be tested for the Australian Skeptics’ $100,000 challenge.

The offer was made to her by Australian Skeptics Inc committee member Richard Saunders on Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise program on September 9.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/09/11/top-clairvoyant-refuses-skeptics-100000-challenge

Richard Saunders on Sundrise TV - Video
https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/37020419/prove-youre-a-psychic-and-win-100-000/#page1

Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Comedy Writing Masterclass with Tim Ferguson
http://www.cheekymonkeycomedy.com/comedy-writing-masterclass-2

Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Dr Karl

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The Skeptic Zone #464 - 10 Sept 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

Including an update on anti-vaccination GP John Piesse.

http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/medical-regulator-police-raid-antivax-gp-john-piesses-mitcham-clinic-20170909-gye3ak.html

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 expo.

https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder

http://www.ozparaexpo.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/sydney.ufoclub

http://www.moonlarkmedia.com

http://www.appighosthunts.com

0:18:45

A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev

This week Eran chats to Dr Keren Landsman

Dr Landsman is an Israeli physician specialising in epidemiology and public health. She writes science fiction and the Hebrew blog ‘End of the world’.

http://www.realitybugs.me

http://midaat.org.il/

0:32:31

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Ben Lewis

Some scientists think humans have an upper age limit of 115, but others think we could live far longer. Our life expectancies are increasing, but the very oldest humans just aren't getting older.

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-the-limit-of-your-lifespan/

0:36:36

Chris Higgins talks about SkeptiCamp in Manchester

A SkeptiCamp is a free conference that celebrates the incredible work done by grassroots skeptics and activists.

At SkeptiCamp, it’s the attendees who are responsible for the creation and delivery of the days content, and anyone is welcome to present a talk. You don’t need to be a published author, famous podcaster or professional communicator to get involved. SkeptiCamp is about providing an open and accessible platform for all members of the skeptical community to share their ideas, collaborate and discuss the topics they’re passionate about.

skepticamp.co.uk

0:45:00

Australian Skeptics $100,000 Prize

For amost 40 years, Australian Skeptics have offered a cash prize to anyone who can prove they have paranormal powers.

Paranormal proof: Australian Skeptics' $100,000 prize still unclaimed 37 years on
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-04/australian-skeptics-paranormal-proof-prize-still-unclaimed/8852060

Richard Saunders on Sundrise TV - Video
https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/37020419/prove-youre-a-psychic-and-win-100-000/#page1

Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Dr Keren Landsman

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The Skeptic Zone #463 - 3 Sept 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:27

A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev

This week Eran chats to Cara Santa Maria.

Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. She is also part of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast.

http://carasantamaria.com

0:27:24

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Casey Harrigan

In the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the most dangerous things in the boxing ring might have been the gloves. This is why the ref's call - and declaration of Mayweather as the winner - was the right call.

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-the-most-dangerous-thing-in-boxing-may-be-the-gloves/

0:29:10

An interview with Prof. Paul Willis

Paul is a former Director of the Royal Institution of Australia, presenter on ABC TV's Catalyst program, palaeontologist and career science communicator.

His life has centred around telling stories for science. His career in science communications has seen him on television across the country with the ABC and acting as Director at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), Australia’s premier science communications organisation. His is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in Palaeontology at Flinders University.

https://www.mediaengagementservices.com.au

0:46:40

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

In the last of her reports from 'Star Stuff', Heidi chats to Frank about Astro Anarchy.

https://www.facebook.com/Astro-Anarchy-295399253967757

0:50:56

Anti-Vax GP update

Embattled anti-vaccination GP John Piesse has agreed to temporarily stop practising as a doctor after he was advised that his medical registration could be suspended.

also

'World's number 1 anti-vaxxer' Kent Heckenlively denied entry to Australia

The self-proclaimed "world's number one anti-vaxxer" has been denied permission to visit Australia.Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday Kent Heckenlively? would not be able to tour Australia later this year as part of an international campaign calling for a pause in childhood vaccinations.


http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/worlds-number-1-antivaxxer-kent-heckenlively-denied-entry-to-australia-20170831-gy7u82.html

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/antivax-melbourne-gp-john-piesse-agrees-to-stop-practising-as-a-doctor-20170831-gy87dp.html


Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Cara Santa Maria

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The Skeptic Zone #462 - 27 Aug 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

Including Evan Bernstein from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe remarks during the solar eclipse.

0:07:14

A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev

This week Eran chats to Astronomer Dr Pamela Gay, the Director of Technology and Citizen Science at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Planet maps and more!

https://www.astrosociety.org

http://www.astronomycast.com

0:17:50

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

Exciting news for the Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters Group as they have been nominated the North Coast Primary Health Network’s 2017 Community Choice Excellence Award. You can view the video and vote here:

http://ncphn.org.au/excellence/community-choice

0:22:16

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Shuj Esufali

Let's make algae Australian of the Year!
The first evidence of an algae explosion which led to all life on Earth has been found in central Australia. It's time we recognised this little Aussie battler.

http://www.bit.ly/2whTkFj

0:24:04

Anti-Vax doctor outs himself after a screening of VaXXed.

A Melbourne doctor who promotes “natural healing” and who helps parents to avoid compulsory vaccinations for their children is reportedly being investigated by Australia’s health watchdog.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/24/doctor-investigated-over-helping-unvaccinated-children-avoid-no-jab-no-play-law-reports

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/antivax-melbourne-gp-john-piesse-faces-suspension-by-medical-regulator-20170824-gy30qt.html

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/26/melbourne-gp-accused-of-helping-parents-avoid-vaccinations-reprimanded-13-years-ago

0:40:48

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Maynard at Sydney Science Festival - Schools Event at the Australian Museum

Interviews with...

Tthe Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute
http://amsi.org.au

Dr Anne Marie Musser Honorary Research Associate at Australian Museum -
Jenolan Caves - University of New South Wales
http://www.jenolancaves.org.au

Thomas Jeffries from the Joint Academic Microbiology Seminars
http://www.jams.org.au

Olga from the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on Darling Harbour
https://www.wildlifesydney.com.au

Also hightlights and fun with the Mystery Investigators show.
http://www.mysteryinvestigators.com

Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au


Dr Pamela Gay

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The Skeptic Zone #461 - 20 Aug 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:22

Look out! Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Evan Bernstein
from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe joins us to talk about the upcoming eclipse. Evan also notes the 10 year anniversary since the passing of Perry DeAngelis.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_July_22,_2028

0:18:00

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Kelly Wong

In the green corner: South Australia's newly announced solar thermal power plant. In the black corner: Queensland's proposed coal mine. Which form of energy production will triumph? We know where we're placing our bets

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-australias-energy-showdown

0:19:42

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

While at the recent Star Stuff Astronomy weekend, Heidi met John who has touching story to tell of the struggle of his late son. A cautionary message for us all about the dangers of not vaccinating.

https://campaigns.health.gov.au/immunisationfacts

0:31:44

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Maynard at Sydney Science Festival, live from the Powerhouse Museum

Interviews with...

Yarra the Diamond Python
https://taronga.org.au

Dr Jodi Rowley
http://jodirowley.com

Dr Joanne Ocock
http://www.csu.edu.au/research/ilws/team/profiles/adjuncts/jo-ocock

Dr Rebecca Swanson
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/news?search=Hunter%20river%20reports

https://sydneyscience.com.au/2017

Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au


Dr Jodi Rowley

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The Skeptic Zone #460 - 13 Aug 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:22

Reports from NECSS

This week we chat to Natalie Newell from The Science Enthusiast Podcast.

http://scienceenthusiast.libsyn.com

0:11:30

Interview with Ann Reid #4

Ann Reid from the National Center for Science Education in the USA tells us about science outreach to schools.

https://ncse.com/

0:21:30

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Casey Harrigan

Researchers have found a protein that mimics the effects of exercise on the heart, while it's great news for those with heart failure, it's not an excuse to skip your workouts.

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-theres-no-such-thing-as-an-exercise-pill/

0:24:20

Anti-vaccination advocate 'banned from Australia' after documentary tour

The producer behind a controversial anti-vaccination film which has been touring Australia has been banned from returning to the country for three years.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/controversial-antivaxers-banned-from-australia-after-documentary-tour-20170808-gxs44o.html

0:38:13

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Maynard at Skeptics in the Pub

Do our pubbers have psychic powers? Find out when Maynard reports on a series of tests live from the rooms at the Occidental Hotel.

With Ian Bryce and Jessica Hazzard-White.

Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au


Natalie Newell<empty>

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The Skeptic Zone #459 - 6 Aug 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:30

The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble

Australia is one of many countries that have water fluoridation programs currently operating, however there are forces at work trying to remove this important health initiative.

0:15:00

Professor Stefan sojka

The 'Eat Less' diet!

0:16:23

VaXXed on Tour in Australia

We report on some of the media coverage of this anti-vaccination crusade.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-26/school-tricked-into-allowing-anti-vaxxer-film-screening/8745154

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/08/01/anti-vax-film-screened-at-anu

https://www.immunisationfoundation.org.au/light-for-riley

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/inside-the-antivaccination-cult/news-story/10ba867d15778a30d88b3ae4ed262a05

http://www.2gb.com/podcast/ray-hadley-bars-anti-vaxxers-for-life

https://omny.fm/shows/mornings-with-neil-mitchell/neil-mitchell-speaks-with-dr-john-cunningham-about

https://christianporter.dss.gov.au/media-releases/no-jab-no-pay-lifts-immunisation-rates

0:32:00

Interview with Ann Reid #3

This week Ann Reid from the National Center for Science Education in the USA tells us about the work she conducted into sequencing the genome of the 1918 Spanish Influenza Virus.

https://ncse.com/

0:45:18

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Ben Lewis

Turns out T-Rex was only capable of a 20km/hr power walk, not a flat out sprint. It would still probably catch you though. bit.ly/2ualQW8

0:46:52

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

ANTI-VAXERS and vaccination slackers suffering from preventable diseases are clogging ­Australia’s hospitals and putting a massive burden on the public health purse.

People with vaccine-­preventable diseases spent a total of 338,686 days in hospital across the nation in 2015-16, new figures reveal. (by Jane Hansen)

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/patients-lacking-vaccination-spend-on-average-nearly-week-in-hospital/news-story/1a04add4738309c9ae6b503c30fd45d9

Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au


Mandy-Lee Noble

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The Skeptic Zone #458 - 30 July 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:10

More Good Thinking with Michael Marshall

Marsh brings us up to date with the latest news on homeopathy in the UK with recommendations being looked at that would help curtail this quackery.
http://goodthinkingsociety.org

0:15:00

Reports from NECSS

Bob Novella from the The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe Podcast joins us to chat about what it's like to perform live in front of a skeptical audience..

0:23:00

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Shuj Esufali
NASA is looking at the art of origami to help it send people to Mars!
https://www.australiascience.tv

0:24:40

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

Hendra virus infection is a serious condition which can be fatal. The virus was first discovered after an outbreak of illness in horses Hendra, Brisbane in 1994.

0:35:20

Interview with Ann Reid #2

This week Ann Reid from the National Center for Science Education in the USA tells us about the problems faced when trying to communicate the science of climate change.
https://ncse.com/

Also...

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub
https://www.meetup.com/AustSkeptics/events/239712993/

Space Time with Stuart Gary and guest Eran Segev
https://audioboom.com/channel/starstuffwithstuartgary

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Mordi Skeptics in the Pub
https://www.meetup.com/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub

Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au


Bob Novella

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The Vaccination Chonicles
 
Solar Flare

Featuring

Verna Morris, Maureen Chuck, Ken McLeod, Monica Saville, Dr Richard Gordon, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, John Bundock, Peter Bowditch and Lauren Cochrane with Ada and Jack.

YouTube
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Join the cast of the Skeptic Zone Podcast, and host of special guests, in their first audio adventure as they board the Australian Space Ship Solar Flare to fight the forces of woo thoughout the galaxy!

Also featuring the hit song
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It's old time radio from the future!

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