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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 #575 - 20.October.2019
Show Notes 0:00:00 Indroduction Richard Saunders 0:03:30 Mind Body Wallet time again Join Richard Saunders, Peter "Ratbags" Bowditch and Lara Benham as they, once again, descend into the pit of woo that is Mind Body Spirit in Sydney. 0:17:30 Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia in action Barbara O'Neill is an Australian naturopath and lecturer on health issues who, in 2019, was banned for life by the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) from providing free or paid health services. We look at the new Wiki page regarding her case. 0:27:00 Fighting Words - Part #1 Tim Mendham, editor (and EO) of 'The Skeptic' magazine from Australian Skeptics, reads a feature from Vol. 39 No. 2. A look at the history and meaning of "Free Speech". 0:37:35 Tricks of the Trade Australian Skeptics co-founder Phillip Adams recalls the time James Randi fooled the room with nothing more than a table top and a cigarette. As published in 'The Weekend Australian Magazine'. Also Skepticon 2019
The Skeptic Zone #574 - 13.October.2019
Show Notes 0:00:00 Indroduction Richard Saunders 0:03:00 CHOICE Shonkys Far too many people lose money or suffer impacts to their health and wellbeing due to products that are overpriced, ineffective or downright dangerous. We all deserve better. The Skeptic Zone Podcast reports from the annual Shonkys Awards. 0:21:04 Trish & Chips! With Trish Hann Trish is interviewed by Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where she talks about the latest science in the treatment of strokes. 0:31:00 I Think We Need To Think... with Susan Gerbic Susan updates us on more of the work going on at Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. 0:36:52 Dr Fiona Fidler for Skepticon 2019 Dr Fidler is a psychologist with a PhD in history and philosophy of science, who has worked in conservation science for roughly the last decade. She is generally interested in how scientists and experts make and communicate decisions. In this interview, Dr Fidler gives us an overview of her upcoming presentation at Skepticon 2019. Also.. Skepticon 2019
The Skeptic Zone #573 - 6.October.2019
Show Notes 0:00:00 Indroduction Richard Saunders 0:04:25 NZ Skeptics vs. Jeanette Wilson NZ-based, self-described "spiritual medium" Jeanette Wilson has started touring the country with her Psychic Surgery show. New Zealand Skeptics are running a campaign to try to disrupt this by contacting the venues and making them aware of the sort of thing they're hosting. We talk to NZ Skeptics Chairperson, Craig Shearer. 0:24:22 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson Naturopath O'Neill banned for life The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission has given a life ban to naturopath Barbara O'Neill. The order permanently prohibits O'Neill from "providing any health service, whether on a paid or voluntary basis, to any person". The term "health service" includes "health education services", which were a feature of the northern NSW Misty Mountain Health Retreat founded by O'Neill and her husband Michael in 2001. Breaking the terms of the prohibition order could incur a six months prison sentence. 0:38:19 Maynard's Spooky Action... Maynard asks pubbers at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub the big question... What do they think of the recent action taken by the New Zealand Skeptics to stop a so-called psychic healer? With President of Australian Skeptics Inc. Jessica Singer, Tim Medham and others. Also Skepticon 2019 - Skeptoid 13th Birthday - BrusFri - Noise Reduction -       Skeptic Zone Promo .wav - 30 sec. Download Here  
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Sep 25th, 2008
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Oct 19th, 2019
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