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The Skeptic Zone #504 - 17 June 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

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The Raw Skeptic Report.... with Heidi Robertson

Heidi heads to the city of Brisbane, Queesland to aid the stand of Light for Riley at the Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo. After a wander around to snoop out any woo, Heidi chats to Catherine Hughes about her ongoing campaign to protect babies in the name of Riley Hughes.

Light for Riley

https://www.facebook.com/lightforriley

0:25:45

Fair Trading takes beef with unsubstantiated cancer cure

A Queensland business has been ordered to pay more than $11,000 by the Brisbane Magistrates Court today (13 June 2018) for failing to substantiate claims, following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.

https://tinyurl.com/y9cuklg7

0:30:05

The Data Skeptic - An interview with Kyle Polich

Are you skeptical of data, computers, numbers and data in general. We chat to Kyle Polich who might just have the podcast for you!

https://dataskeptic.com/

Also...

Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

Light for Riley

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The Skeptic Zone #504 - 17 June 2018

0:00:00

Hunting for Bigfoot

0:01:48

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:12

Interview with Yvette d'Entremont

Yvette d'Entremont, also known as SciBabe, is a public speaker, science blogger, and former analytical chemist. She has a background in forensics and toxicology.

0:23:00

Skeptics in the Pub - USA

We head for Skeptics in the Pub in the city of Berkeley California to find Susan Gerbic and a band of merry thinkers.

0:32:00

Brian Dunning - BigFoot, Lava Caves and Science Friction

We explore in the state of Oregon looking for Bigfoot but end up in a lava cave. Also we hear about a new movie project.

Science Friction

https://sciencefriction.tv/

Also...

Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

Saunders' talk in Bend, Oregon

https://www.meetup.com/Skeptics-in-the-Pub/events/250879095/

The SciBabe

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The Skeptic Zone #503 - 10 June 2018

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Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:50

Michael Marshall from The Good Thinking Society

The British Homeopathic Association lost their legal case against NHS England, with the judge dismissing all four parts of their case. The BHA had sought to overturn NHS England’s announcement in November 2017 of new guidance which advises GP’s not to prescribe homeopathic remedies.

https://goodthinkingsociety.org/homeopaths-legal-challenge-to-nhs-england-fails/

BHA’s reply to legal loss - Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MOwo6XHZ5M

0:22:15

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Once again Maynard heads for Sydney Skeptics in the Pub to ask those hard questions. We hear from Jessica Singer, Eran Segev, Aletha Dean, Trish Hann, Lara Benham, Tim Mendham and more. What can skeptics learn from believers?

0:33:00

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Interview with TV's Dr Brad McKay. "Doctor Shopping", Drug use, warm milk, spooning, Bilirubin, Spanish Flu and more.

Also...

Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

SkeptiCal 2018

http://www.skepticalcon.com

SkeptiCal Pre-Conference Skeptics in the Pub

https://www.facebook.com/events/172114056794746/

Saunders' talk in Bend, Oregon

https://www.meetup.com/Skeptics-in-the-Pub/events/250879095/

Michael Marshall

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The Skeptic Zone #501 - 27 May 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:12

Interview with Sharon Hill

Sharon Hill’s Spooky Geology - June Skeptics Café speaker in Melbourne. Sharon is a Pennsylvanian geologist who researches the paranormal, pseudoscience, and anomalous natural phenomena. She is the author of Scientifical Americans: The Culture of Amateur Paranormal Researchers. Skeptics Café is a regular monthly event in Melbourne and members of the public are welcome.

Monday June 18, The Clyde Hotel Carlton, 8pm (or join us for a meal from 6 pm)

https://vicskeptics.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/sharon-hills-spooky-geology/

Paracon 2018 Sydney

http://www.paraconaustralia.com

https://www.amazon.com/Scientifical-Americans-Culture-Paranormal-Researchers/dp/1476672474

0:24:05

Choice Magazine needs your help

The consumer association is urging Federal Senators to block proposed legislation that would legalise dangerous claims on complementary medicine.

https://ajp.com.au/news/choice-calls-out-supplement-claims/

0:30:08

The Cass Files - With Dr Cassandra Perryman

Why do people reject the truth? Find out with Dr Cassandra.

Also...

Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

SkeptiCal 2018

http://www.skepticalcon.com

CSIcon 2018

http://www.skeptiCalCon.com

Sharon Hill

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The Skeptic Zone #500 - 20 May 2018

0:00:00 Message from James Randi
0:00:45

Introduction

Richard Saunders & Stefan Sojka

0:07:10

Australian Skeptics Flu Vaccination Day

Skeptics in Sydney take advantage of the Australian Skeptics Flu Vaccination afternoon. We are in the good hands of Dr Brad McKay, an Australian doctor, television personality and author. He is best known for his television series Embarrassing Bodies Down Under.

0:17:00

The Think Tank

The long awaited return of the Think Tank with guests, Eran Segev, Lara Benham, Tim Mendham, Amanda Rose, Triah Hann and Maynard.

Includes messages from :

Squaring the Strange Podcast - George Hrab - Heidi Robertson - Susan Gerbic - Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - The Skeptic Guide to the Universe Podcast - Eran Segev -Dr. Cassandra Perryman - Prof. Paul Willis - The ESP Podcast - Jo Benhamu - Derek Colanduno - Skeptics with a K Podcast - Shelly Stocken - Mandy-Lee Noble - Jo Alabaster - Brian Dunning

1:07:26 Easter Egg?

Also...

Thank you to all the reporters over the past 10 years and thank you to those who support the show. No rest for your producer as show 501 is already in the works.

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Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

SkeptiCal 2018

http://www.skepticalcon.com

CSIcon 2018

http://www.skeptiCalCon.com



The Skeptic Zone #499 - 13 May 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:40

Oh My Stars! Interview with Dr Pamela Gay

Dr Pamela Gay is an American astronomer, educator, podcaster, and writer, best known for her work in astronomical podcasting and citizen science astronomy projects. She is the Director of Technology and Citizen Science for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and a long time friend of The Skeptic Zone.

Pamela interviews Richard Saunders on Twitch

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/260004763

“New views of Jupiter” showcases swirling clouds on giant planet

http://www.europlanet-eu.org/new-views-of-jupiter-showcases-swirling-clouds-on-giant-planet/

0:24:50

The Raw Skeptic Report.... with Heidi Robertson

This week Heidi takes a look at the claims made by a self-proclaimed natural healer. Do they stack up?

0:40:35

Skeptic Zone Listeners come to the aid of Science

Dr Ken Harvey and Mal Vickers would like to offer there sincere thanks to the following people. Stephen Edmonds, Mark Dawson, Dane Lewis, Stephen Gun and Matthew Bishop for their help in capturing web pages for science.

0:43:20

The Blind Seer

Richard Saunders looks into a famous case of the disappearance of young children, and Australia’s baptism into the world of psychic detectives.

The Blind Seer - report in 'The Skeptic'. (pdf)

https://tinyurl.com/yd7zy6k2

Also...

Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

SkeptiCal 2018

http://www.skepticalcon.com

CSIcon 2018

http://www.skeptiCalCon.com


Dr Pamela Gay

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The Skeptic Zone #498 - 6 May 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:30

Michael Kruse and Bad Science Watch Canada

Rabid dog saliva homeopathic remedy no longer to be sold in Canada and other news from the land to the north.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/04/30/rabid-dog-saliva-homeopathic-remedy-no-longer-to-be-sold-in-canada.html

http://www.badsciencewatch.ca

0:29:25

Maynard's Spook Action

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub and a talk by Ian Bryce about Stephen Hawking... but Maynard would rather talk about his favourite movie, Can't Stop the Music! Lots of interviews and an insight into the woo in South Africa.

Also...

Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

SkeptiCal 2018

http://www.skepticalcon.com

CSIcon 2018

http://www.skeptiCalCon.com


Michael Kruse

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The Skeptic Zone #497 - 29 April 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:10

Bob Connolly - Director of "James Randi in Australia"

An interview with the award winning Australian film maker and director who in 1980 was commissioned by Dick Smith to direct the documentary, "James Randi in Australia".

James Randi in Australia - video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqoYrSd94kA

THE 1980 DIVINING TESTS - by James Randi

https://tinyurl.com/ycur583e - (See page 2)

Bob Connolly - imbd

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0175264/

0:41:00

Skeptical movment needs your help

We have learnt that the Australian government will soon be taking down a website that holds a lot of information useful to skeptics and Friends of Science in Medicine members. If you have some spare time and you have skills in the automated copying of webpages, please get in contact.

fsmcomplaints at gmail dot com

0:43:16

The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble

Health claims for Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk drink that originated in the Caucasus Mountains made with kefir "grains", a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter.

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1516-31802017000600578

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4401881/

Also...

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/AustSkeptics/events/248315106/

http://www.skeptiCalCon.com


Bob Connolly

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The Skeptic Zone #496 - 22 April 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:00

Let's Have a Random Rant! With Dr Paulie

Our new reporter Dr Paulie interviews John Cook, a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, researching cognitive science.

https://www.skepticalscience.com

http://evidencesquared.com

Critical Thinking Cafe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAp1Foj7BzY

Plos One paper “Neutralizing misinformation through inoculation: Exposing misleading argumentation techniques reduces their influence”

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0175799

0:23:04

ASI’s vaccination day for Sydney-siders – May 19

Don’t tell the anti-vaxxers, but Australian Skeptics Inc will be hosting a flu vaccine day for Sydney-Siders at the East Sydney Doctors clinic on Saturday, May 19, from 2pm.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/04/12/asis-vaccination-day-for-sydney-siders-may-19/

0:25:25

Lauren Cochrane - Australian Skeptics new Social Media Manager

We chat to Laruen about her new role in helping to get the sketpical message out on social media.

Also...

http://www.skeptiCalCon.com

Lauren Cochrane

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The Skeptic Zone #495 - 15 April 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:05

Maynard's Spook Action

March for Science 2018

The March for Science celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet.

Maynard interviews Adam Spencer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3QGgd7fGCU

https://marchforscienceaustralia.org

0:22:44

Naturopath jailed. The sentencing

EXTREME diet naturopath Marilyn Bodnar has been sent to prison for her role in the baby starvation case.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/nsw/NSWDC/2018/76.html


Adam Spencer and Maynard

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The Skeptic Zone #494 - 8 April 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

Includes trying to make sense of Astrology.

0:12:50

Naturopath jailed

EXTREME diet naturopath Marilyn Bodnar has been sent to prison for her role in the baby starvation case.

http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/courts-law/naturopath-faces-sentencing-in-starving-baby-case/news-story/bc594346e08341bfee402f19471b830d

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-05/naturopath-sentenced-to-seven-months-in-jail/9622276

0:20:55

Breakfast Radio Skeptics

John Stanley and Garry Linnell chat to Richard Saunders one last time about the world of woo.

http://radiotoday.com.au/goodbye-talking-lifestyle-hardly-knew

0:30:00

Fort Collins Skepticamp 2018

Join Susan Gerbic has she chats to people at Fort Collins Skepticamp 2018.

http://skepticamp.wikia.com/wiki/Fort_Collins_Skepticamp_2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD2XBXFhPhA

0:37:20

March for Science 2018

The March for Science celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet.

We are a nonpartisan group, marching to demand action in the following areas:
Literacy, Communication, Policy, and Investment.

https://marchforscienceaustralia.org


Money in the stars


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The Skeptic Zone #493 - 1 April 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:26

The Great Prediction Project in Melbourne

Join Dr Steve Roberts and Richard Saunders has they head to the State Library of Victoria to sort through over 900 issues of "New Idea" magaine.

https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/

0:23:38

All back issues of "The Skeptic" magazine from Australian Skeptics - PDF

https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine

0:28:00

Interview with Dr Steve Robers

Where have all the UFOs gone? Is the TRUTH (Newspaper) out there? - No, it's no longer published! From 1989 we bring you a tall story of UFOs landing in Australia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_(Melbourne_newspaper)


Dr Steve Roberts


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The Skeptic Zone #492 - 25 March 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:08:40

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.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

0:11:33

Rob Palmer and Susan Gerbic reply to Kirill Alferov

The story is not all bad for skeptical outreach as Rob and Susan chip in with their thoughts to our interview from last week.

0:23:50

Ban for hospital where the Queen's homeppath works

The hospital where the Queen’s homeopath works has been banned from offering homeopathy to NHS patients for disobeying health service policy.

An audit found that the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine had been wrongly charging the alternative treatment to taxpayers. The hospital is Europe’s biggest publicly funded centre for alternative medicine and has been offering homeopathy since it was founded in 1849.

https://goodthinkingsociety.org/nhs-homeopathy-ends-in-london/

0:27:43

Roadblocks to Good Science | A Panel Discussion - Excerpt

The Center for Inquiry presents Dr Rachael Dunlop, Cara Santa Maria, and Britt Hermes for a conversation on the real and perceived problems in science. What prevents people from understanding or discovering science, the roadblocks that stop good science and research, plus solutions on how to solve these problems. This talk took place at CSICon Las Vegas on Sunday, October 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpFoFTQ5YdI

Also

All back issues of "The Skeptic" magazine from Australian Skeptics - PDF

https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine

Dr Rachael Dunlop, Cara Santa Maria, and Britt Hermes


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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
http://youtu.be/mTprFOmIjIg

Buy the DVD

 

Solar Flare logoThe Band of Power

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
FAR by George Hrab.

It's old time radio from the future!

Solar Flare episode 1


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