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The Skeptic Zone #381 - 7.Feb.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:04 Dr Phil Plait

We catch up with Dr Plait and talk about the late astronaut Edgar Mitchelll as well as Pluto and UFOs.
0:27:06

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:31:27 Anti-Vaxxers react to Mark Zuckerberg

Some of the more extreme nastiness from the anti-science trolls.
0:34:35 Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

Another great evening in Sydney where we ask the big questions!

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Dr Phil Plait

Crash Course Astronomy

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Phil Plait

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The Skeptic Zone #380 - 31.Jan.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:22 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo reports on the importance of being on the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry.
0:12:00 Dr Richard Wiseman

We catch up with Dr Wiseman who tells us about is very, very clever magic videos, a 'psychic' dog and the study of dreams.
0:38:35

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:24:20 Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard interviews Dr Ken Harvery about his action against the Chiropractic board and ongoing investigations into quackery.
1:01:20 The passing of Fred the Skeptic Zone cat.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Dr Richard Wiseman

Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry

Chiropractic board in firing line

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Surfcoast-Summer-Skepticamp

Val e Fred

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The Skeptic Zone #379 - 24.Jan.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:15 Recollect: Health and Medicine

Richard visits the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and gets a guided tour by Tilly Boleyn and Frankie Lee of the history of medical devices.
0:41:00

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:44:10 Psychic TV Australia

Online threats are alleged to have been made against some of the 'psychics' on Psychic TV, a business promoting a 'dial a reading' service.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Recollect: Health and Medicine Powerhouse Museum

Psychic TV Clip

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Tilly Boleyn

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The Skeptic Zone #378 - 17.Jan.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:17 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo has a message for Pauline Hanson who appeard on the 'Sunrise' TV program.
0:07:50

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:10:54 Dr Rachie Reports... with Dr Rachael Dunlop

This week, Dr Rachie reports on the University of Woolongong's decision to award a Ph.D for a thesis claiming that conspiracies are behind the Australian Immunisation Schedule.
0:23:40

Bent Spoon for University of Wollongong?

By Tim Mendham, read by Richard Saunders

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Letter to Pauline Hanson

Judith Wilyman PhD controversy - Wiki

Judy Wilyman PhD thesis critique

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

 

Jo Alabaster

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The Skeptic Zone #377 - 10.Jan.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:08 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo reports on the horror that is Black Salve. A warning to everyone.
0:15:27

Guest Reporter Kevin Davies from Canberra Skeptics

Kevin chats to Dr. Rachelle Duvall, Research Physical Scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Embassy Science Fellow.

0:20:13

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:23:18

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard interviews pub goers at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub. What are their predictions for 2016 and what do they think about New Year Resolutions?

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

 

Jo Alabaster

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The Skeptic Zone #376 - 3.Jan.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:16 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo reads from the AGE Newspaper. Chiropractors promoting anti-vaccination views despite rules.
0:11:00

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:13:50 Report

Queensland childcare centres and the new vaccination laws. Report from Australian Skeptics.
0:18:18

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard interviews more people at the recent Austalian Skeptics National Convention.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

 

Maynard

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The Skeptic Zone #375 - 27.Dec.2015

End of Year Special

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Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:02:00

In conversation with Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki AM

A chat with Australia's most trusted science communicators

 

Dr Karl

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The Skeptic Zone #374 - 20.Dec.2015

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:50

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard interviews Jake Farr-Wharton, a guest presenter at the recent Austalian Skeptics National Convention.

0:22:50 Report

Anti-vaxers taking posters and pamphlets promoting vaccination in hospitals and clinics.
0:28:36 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo reads a letter from the Friends of Science in Medicine. How can the government save health dollars?

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Friends of Science in Medicine

The Imaginary Friends Show Podcast

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Anti-vaxers taking posters and pamphlets promoting vaccination in hospitals and clinics

Jake Farr-Wharton

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The Skeptic Zone #373 - 13.Dec.2015

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:00

The "ESP" Podcast

An interview with the movers and shakers of the European Skeptics Podcast - András Gábor Pintér, Jelena Levin and Pontus Böckman.

0:22:30 Chickenpox outbreak at
“tolerant” Victorian school

Report from Australian Skeptics Inc..
0:25:12 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:28:18 Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard heads for Sydney Skeptics in the Pub and chats with guest speaker Ross Balch about Viruses and other tiny things.
0:40:13 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo looks at so-called psychics with their so-called preditctions (cough.. guesses) for the coming year. Can Skeptics do any better?

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Anti-vaccination supporters holding chickenpox parties

Chickenpox outbreak at “tolerant” Victorian school

The ESP Podcast

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

ESP Podcast

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The Skeptic Zone #372 - 6.Dec.2015

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:50

The SkepDoc

An interview with Dr Harriet Hall about her new online video series on Science Based Medicine.

0:16:30 The Raw Skeptic Report with Heidi Robertson

This week Heidi looks at the facts and myths behind Meningococcal and interviews Marty who lost his legs to this disease.
0:34:35 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:38:48 Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard heads for Sydney Skeptics in the Pub to find out what would make the best Christmas gift for a skeptic.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Science Based Medicine online video series

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Harriet A. Hall

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The Skeptic Zone #371 - 29.Nov.2015

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:12

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard intdrviews Dr Mel Thomson, an Infectious Disease Researcher at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

0:23:25 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo looks into "cupping therapy", after it hit the media this week thanks to a rugby player and our friend Dr Brad McKay.
0:29:13 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:34:40 Feeding Tube

We chat to Tamara Robertson, from the new web video series, 'The Feeding Tube'.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Maynard - the farce awakens

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Papae Sceptico

Power Balance in Mexico

OVEN TO SELL BREAD - HORNO PARA VENDER PAN

The Feeding Tube

Dr Mel Thomson

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The Skeptic Zone #370 - 22.Nov.2015

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Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:00

Good Thinking vs. Homeopathey

This week Michael Marshall of the Good Thinking Society fills us in on the latest moves to rid the UK of the quackery of Homeopathy

0:28:00 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo reports on the case of a mother who was brave enough to share her child's plight with Whooping Cough. The reaction from the the anti-vax crowd was predictible.
0:35:05 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:40:07 Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard chats with Joanne Benhamu, a Vice-President of Australian Skeptics and a Clinical Nurse Consultant who coordinates clinical trials in radiation oncology.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Good Thinking Society

Michael Marshall BBC Breakfast - Homeopathy

Jo Benhamu

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The Skeptic Zone #369 - 15.Nov.2015

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:20

The Raw Skeptic Report with Heidi Robertson

This week Heidi updates us on the recent Australian Senate hearing into 'No Jab No Pay'.

0:10:10 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
013:44 Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard with Vox Pops from Skeptics in the Pub in Sydney, including an interview with Dr Rachie and Dr Teresa Nicoletti.
0:38:50 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

From the web site of Australian Skeptics, Jo reads a report on a recent award for Prof Edzard Ernst.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Edzard Ernst wins ‘science defender’ prize

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Paris

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The Skeptic Zone #368 - 8.Nov.2015

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Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:17

The Raw Skeptic Report with Heidi Robertson

This week Heidi reports on the recent Australian Senate hearing into 'No Jab No Pay'. A lesson in how to give and how not to give a good account of yourself.

0:17:40 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
021:15 Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard with Vox Pops from the Australian Skeptics National Convention.
0:29:30 Feature Interview

Maynard talks to Dr Eugenie Scott about the ongoing problems in the USA with those pesky creationists!
0:51:45

UFOs (Again?)

Dr Steve Roberts and Richard Saunders with a giant pile of UFO books. Is the truth in there?

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Northen Rivers Vaccination Supporters

Heidi and Genie

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The Skeptic Zone #367 - 1.Nov.2015

0:00:00

Stormy Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:30

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard has a quick chat to John Flansburgh from 'They Might Be Giants', an American alternative rock band formed in 1982 that LOVE science.

0:11:32 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:14:50 Report on the Homeopathy Plus Court Case

Maureen Chuck live from Skepticamp Brisbane brings us up-to-date with the lasted legal action taken against Homeopathy Plus.
0:33:50

Feature Interview

Maynard talks to Joe Nickell, a prominent skeptic and investigator of the paranormal. He has helped expose such famous forgeries as the purported diary of Jack the Ripper.

This is part #2 of a 2 part interview.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Joe Nickell

They Might be Giants - Tour

Mo Chuck

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The Skeptic Zone #366 - 25.Oct.2015

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:30

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard at the Australian Skeptics Convention. This week he chats to

David Balch
James Fodor
Angie Mattke

0:20:23 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:24:25 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo reports on a visit to the Sydney Mind Body Spirit (Wallet) fair.
0:31:31

Feature Interview

Maynard talks to Joe Nickell, a prominent skeptic and investigator of the paranormal. He has helped expose such famous forgeries as the purported diary of Jack the Ripper.

Part #1 with part #2 next week.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Joe Nickell

The Godless Theist

Joe Nicell

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The Skeptic Zone #365 - 18.Oct.2015

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders - Jo Alabaster - Maynard

0:05:30

Behind the Scenes - Million Dollar Challenge

Richard Saunders live at Brisbane SkeptiCamp.

0:20:30 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:24:40 2015 Australian Skeptics' Awards

With Eran Segev, Tim Mendham and Joanne Benhamu.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Zone Table at Con

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