300 episodes

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 #627 - 18.October.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #627 - 18.October.2020

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:05:02 The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson.

    Interview with Brian Deer, a British investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine and social issues for The Sunday Times. Deer's investigative nonfiction book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World, was published in September 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Part #3 - Brain tells us of the impact of Wakefield's work on vaccination rates, the other authors of the original paper and the link to Elle Macpherson.

    https://briandeer.com
    0:16:33 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

    This week Michelle looks at "Weasel Words".

    These are words for phrases that seem to point in one direction or give a certain impression, but in reality are often meaningless or even misleading.

    A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.
    0:24:02 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc.

    This week Wishful Thinking, Risky Business, Gambling and more.

    https://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:32:00 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "E.S.P." Can you read my mind?

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Skepticon 2020

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

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    • 54 min
    The Skeptic Zone #626 - 11.October.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #626 - 11.October.2020

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:03:09 The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson.

    Interview with Brian Deer, a British investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine and social issues for The Sunday Times. Deer's investigative nonfiction book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World, was published in September 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Part #2 - Brain tells us of why Wakefield left the Royal Free Hospital, conflicts of interest, buying blood from children, and some of his other investigations.

    https://briandeer.com
    0:22:51 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

    What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:31:42 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc. FLAT EARTHERS. In the paranormal world, there have always been some claims and claimants that have been ... how shall we put it ... weird.

    https://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:37:55 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "Quackery". How many ducks can we line up?

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Skepticon 2020

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

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    • 57 min
    The Skeptic Zone #625 - 4.October.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #625 - 4.October.2020

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:32 The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson.

    Interview with Brian Deer, a British investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine and social issues for The Sunday Times. Deer's investigative nonfiction book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World, was published in September 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Part #1 - An overview of the original Wakefild paper, how the children in the study were recruited, the $100 million dollar lawsuit and how the diagnosis of some of the children was changed to suit the end goal.

    https://briandeer.com
    0:26:45 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

    This week Michelle looks at "Poisoning the Well".

    Also known as smear tactics, this is when you try to discredit your opponent, or an institution, especially in the mind of others, before even entering into a debate or conversation.

    A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.
    0:33:45 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham What Goes Around - Trials by Fire.
    http://www.skeptics.com.au

    0:42:06 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "Haunted House". What was going 'bump' in the night?

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Belgium Skeptics

    https://skepp.be/en/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=5

    Skepticon 2020

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Skeptic Zone #624 - 27.September.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #624 - 27.September.2020

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:05:50 Life is Wild. With Michelle Franklin

    Ever seen a UFO? Many years ago Michelle and her father did and were quite baffled... for a time. What about the time she saw strange red eyes peering at her from the darkness while camping? What this some sort of stragne apparition or did Michelle find a more logical answer?
    0:16:05 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the word "Ouija". What did the spirits say?

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    0:31:26 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

    This week Michelle looks at "The Burden of Proof Fallacy".

    This is when instead of presenting evidence to support your claim, you insist that the person doubting it, prove your claim to be false.

    A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.
    0:39:08 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham What Goes Around - Yetis, Yale, Smuggling and Shooting.
    http://www.skeptics.com.au

    0:46:23 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

    What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    Also Skepticon 2020

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

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    • 59 min
    The Skeptic Zone #623 - 20.September.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #623 - 20.September.2020

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:05:26 COVID-19 Conspiracy Graffiti

    Michelle Bijkersma reports on COVID-19 conspiracy theory graffiti in Melbourne.
    0:10:42 Protests - COVID-19 Conspiracies

    Anti-Lockdown protests at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market as police arrest 74 protesters and issue more than $280,000 in fines.

    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/police-arrest-74-and-fine-176-after-vic-market-protest-20200912-p55v1z.html
    0:17:12 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham What Goes Around - Graphology, Writing, Profiling, Testing and Woo.
    http://www.skeptics.com.au

    0:25:05 The Secret of the Secret

    What is the secret of the secret? Find out as we visit 'The Secret of the Secret Convention'.

    With the voice talents of Abhijit Chanda and András Pintér.
    0:31:19 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "UFO". What is up there in the skies?

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Skeptics Cafe - Live Online Talk by Richard Saunders - 21 Sept. 8:30pm

    https://www.facebook.com/theskepticscafe

    Maynard's Mastermind Quiz - With Richard Saunders

    https://www.facebook.com/maynard1/videos/10158830429649359

    Skepticon 2020

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

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    • 59 min
    The Skeptic Zone #622 - 13.September.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #622 - 13.September.2020

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:20 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the words "Yowie Hunt". Did anyone ever find the Australian Big Foot?

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    0:21:08 CFI - We're Not Backing Down from Walmart

    Snake oil profiteering has emerged as a genuine crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplifying what the Center for Inquiry has been saying for years: Pseudoscientific medicine is dangerous, and those who profit from it must be held accountable.

    https://centerforinquiry.org
    0:25:00 Skeptrack Repoert

    An overview of the live online Skeptrack from Dragon*Con 2020.

    http://www.skeptrack.com
    0:32:18 A visit to a New, New Age Vet

    Can Map-you-luncher, Ke-ring Dlistals, Flo-me-lapthy, Skyo-blaptic, Free-tex-lolagy and Snerbal Stoop-alments save Henrietta the cat?

    With the voice talents of Dr Angie Mattke and Pontus Böckman.
    0:38:57 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

    What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    Also Skeptics Cafe - Live Online Talk by Richard Saunders - 21 Sept. 8:30pm

    https://www.facebook.com/theskepticscafe

    Skepticon 2020

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    Corona Conspiracy - Upload Your Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 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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