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The Skeptic Zone #508 - 15 July 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders and Maynard

0:05:10

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Once again Maynard heads to Sydney's Skeptics in the Pub to chat to pubbers and ask the bi questions... "Would you like to be abducted by Aliens?"

Also interviews with Dr Angela Mattke, Dr Brad McKay and many others

0:44:26

Center for Inquiry files lawsuit over homeopathy

The Center for Inquiry has filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia on behalf of the general public against drug retailer CVS for consumer fraud over its sale and marketing of useless homeopathic medicines. CFI, an organization advancing reason and science, accused the country’s largest drug retailer of deceiving consumers through its misrepresentation of homeopathy’s safety and effectiveness, wasting customers’ money and putting their health at risk.

https://centerforinquiry.org/press_releases/cfi-sues-cvs

Also...

Richard Saunders on ABC Overnights Radio (starts at 2:06:45)

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/overnights/overnights/9954180

Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict

https://www.facebook.com/CanberraSkeptics/

Dr Angela Mattke

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The Skeptic Zone #507 - 8 July 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:40

The Diet Skeptic Report - With Mandy-Lee Noble

This week the Diet Skeptic and special guest Dr Chris Noble PhD will be looking at psychological acupuncture, a counselling therapy referred to as Emotional Freedom Techniques often abbreviated to EFT or more commonly described as tapping. EFT is being used for a plethora of physical and mental health conditions as well as life coaching and self-improvement but this report will examine the evidence for reducing food cravings and weight loss.

0:15:30

You belong in Oakland Zoo - With Dr Eugenie Scott

Join Richard Saunders and Dr Eugenie Scott as they wander around this impressive zoo in the city of Oakland, California.

http://www.oaklandzoo.org/

0:34:00

TGA’s new complaint system fails the Ease-a-cold test

By Dr Ken Harvey

Stimulated by an article in “The Conversation” on Pharmacare Laboratories Ease-a-Cold, Dr Ken Harvey decided to try the TGA’s new complaint system.

http://www.medreach.com.au/?p=2654

https://theconversation.com/science-or-snake-oil-does-easeacold-really-help-to-shorten-your-cold-98311

Also...

Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub - 12th of July

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

Dr Eugenie Scott

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The Skeptic Zone #506 - 1 July 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:02:30

Interview with Mick West

In Escaping the Rabbit Hole, author Mick West shares over a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience investigating and debunking false conspiracy theories through his forum, MetaBunk.org, and sets forth a practical guide to helping friends and loved ones recognize these theories for what they really are.

https://www.metabunk.org/escaping-the-rabbit-hole-book.t8971/

0:19:50

The Sci Babe coming to Australia

There have been a couple of changes for the speaker line-up at the Australian Skeptics 34th National Convention in Sydney, October 13-14.

We’re excited to announce that Yvette ‘SciBabe’ d’Entremont is coming to Australia to share her experiences fighting the forces of ignorance and pseudoscience, especially in the field of food, nutrition, and ‘wellness’.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/06/27/speaker-changes-at-2018-convention/

0:22:10

Interview with Dr Angela Mattke

Join Dr Angela Mattke (MD, FACEP) as she traces the sceptical path through medical history.

Dr Angie is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine as an Emergency Physician and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She practised in Atlanta for years, but loves being on the move. Dr Angie has combined her passions for emergency medicine, patent protection and travelling and now works all over the United States.

She is the Assistant Director of Skeptrack at DragonCon in Atlanta and has given talks at many skeptics meetings in the United States and Australia.

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

Also...

Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

Mordi Skeptics

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

Mick West

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The Skeptic Zone #505 - 24 June 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:35

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

0:00:00

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



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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

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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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