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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 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'.

    The Skeptic Zone #717 - 3.July.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #717 - 3.July.2022

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:02:24 Lunch with the Bay Area Skeptics

    Join us for a long awaited get together, south of San Francisco with members of the Bay Area Skeptics as they look forward to SkepiCal 2022, the upcoming online convention.

    Lunching with Richard Saunders are Dr Eugenie Scott, Jay Diamond, Leonard Tramiel, Yau-Man Chan and Greg Dorais.

    TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
    The 2022 SkeptiCal Conference will be ONLINE over the weekend of July 16/17.

    https://www.skepticalcon.com
    0:14:48 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

    What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?
    Read by Adrienne Hill.

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:26:10 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Uri Geller. 1975, 14 February - The Australian Jewish News 1984, 29 November - The Australian Jewish Times 2001, 23 March - The Australian Jewish News 2000, 24 November - The Australian Jewish News http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

    • 45 min
    The Skeptic Zone #716 - 26.June.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #716 - 26.June.2022

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:02:58 Irrational Beliefs in Australia

    Is Australia truly a land of mystery and wonders? I can only answer that with "yes it is". We are the land of the oldest living culture in the world, that of the indigenous peoples, we have natural wonders from the coast to the desert and great modern cities to rival any in the world. However, like so many other countries, Australia too has no end of paranormal, supernatural and pseudoscientific claims.

    https://neo-skepsis.blogspot.com/2022/06/por-que-es-que-los-lugares-lejanos.html
    0:14:30 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    The Man Who Dated The World & GOT IT WRONG! By Martin Bridgstock

    James Ussher is still used by young earth creationists as an authoritative source for the age of the earth. In this report, Martin Bidgstock explores the life and time of this man and how he come to his conclusions.

    A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 38 No. 3

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:29:44 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the more odd ball stories over the years.

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au 1937, 12th December - Sunday Mail Brisbane 1991, 2nd March - The Canberra Times 1950, 21st October - The Daily Telegraph

    • 53 min
    The Skeptic Zone #715 - 19.June.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #715 - 19.June.2022

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:02:50 Brian Dunning, Bigfoot, Science Friction and more

    A vist to Skeptoid HQ in Oregon and chat to Brian Dunning about his long running podcast, the Bigfoot in his yard and the sucess of the documentary "Science Friction".

    https://sciencefriction.tv
    0:14:30 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

    What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?
    Read by Richard Saunders.

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:26:38 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    We drop by Australian Skeptics HQ and chat to Tim Mendham about the latest issue of the journal 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics.

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:38:10 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "Psychic Scams".

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au 2000, 28th January - Alington Heights Daily Herald Suburban Chicago 1982, 21st July - Fairfeild Ledger 1997, 1st August - Panama City News Herald

    • 54 min
    The Skeptic Zone #714 - 12.June.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #714 - 12.June.2022

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:03:12 Susan Gerbic in Haunted Las Vegas

    Join Susan as she explores the Zac Bagans haunted museum in the company of Kenny Biddle, Ben Radford and Coral Pollock. What do a bunch of skeptics make of a so-called paranormal location?

    https://thehauntedmuseum.com
    0:20:27 TikTok Homeopathy

    This classic of quackery has found its way onto the popular social media platform. What do TikTok users say about this pretend medicine? Are they for it, against it or both?
    0:37:54 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "reflexology". This week's trove segment is brought to you by Adrienne Hill.
    28.01.2000 - The Australian Jewish News 20.09.2010 - Beausejour Clipper Weekly 14.02.1990 - Grandview Exponent 27.08.1988 - Medicine Hat News http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

    • 56 min
    The Skeptic Zone #713 - 5.June.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #713 - 5.June.2022

    Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:02:42 New Age Merry-Go-Round

    Join Richard Saunders and skeptical supporter Daryl Colquhoun as they once more head to the bizarre yet predictable alternative universe known as Mind Body Spirit. This festival of far-fetched and unproven ideas stretches back over 20 years. What new and ridiculous items can be seen this year?
    0:18:56 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

    What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?
    Read by Adrienne Hill.

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:27:32 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to a "School for water divining".

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

    • 53 min
    The Skeptic Zone #712 - 29.May.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #712 - 29.May.2022

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:00 Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan

    An historic vote in the NSW parliament has given Dr Siobhan the comfort of knowing people in her situation, appraoching the end of life, will be able to choose when they take their final breath.

    Euthanasia was legalised in NSW in the past week, bringing the state in line with the rest of Australia.

    https://skepticzone.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-zone-682-31october2021

    https://www.gogentleaustralia.org.au/

    https://www.abc.net.au/religion/siobhan-o%E2%80%99sullivan-will-vad-laws-be-available-to-me/13883018
    0:21:36 TikTok Ghost Hunters

    We scroll through the endless, live TikTok videos featuring people who think they can contact ghosts or spirits. Spooky goings on from the comfort of your own device.
    0:39:00 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "James Randi".

    1984, 13 March - The Dover Times Reporter 1998, 1 January - The Times Record, NY 1998, 31 March - The News Herald http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

Krystie Jo ,

Who, What, Why, When & How

Richard answers all the questions or points you where you can find the answers for yourself. He asks probing questions with insight and respect. He does not dismiss the person or insult the believer. Richard tells you why something is bunkum and does not assume you would have prior knowledge. There are entertaining interviews and provoking articles.

Too often other Skeptics podcast presenters instantly dismiss the belief, insulting the believers. They do not provide any critical questioning or demonstration why it is not true. Calling ‘Flat-Earthers’ or ‘Anti-Vaccinationers’ names does not explain to me why their views are detrimental to society and could cause harm.
Richard is respectful, informative and is a nice person.
Have removed the other skeptic podcasts. Maybe when they stop being so ‘up themselves’ and full of righteousness, I may listen to them again. Remember, it is almost impossible to reason with a fanatic- Including Skeptics.

Jonathan from Australia ,

I alway smile when I see a new episode has arrived.

A great podcast. Richard is very engaging and the show is always in informative and thoughtful.

fitzmasterfunk ,

Time to rethink

Waaaaay too “Richard Saunders”. Time for a new voice.

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