722 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 #711 - 22.May.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #711 - 22.May.2022

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:05:56 UFOs Invade the US Congress

    Again with the aliens! Yes once again UFOs disguised as jets and balloons are makimg the news. This time, those who can't handle the truth have taken their conspiracy theories all the way to capital hill in Washington.

    https://www.the-sun.com/news/5356929/us-wreckage-ufos-truth-congressman

    Mick West's videos
    https://youtu.be/qsEjV8DdSbs

    https://badufos.blogspot.com/2022/05/uaps-baffle-congress-and-dod.html
    0:25:33 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:34:20 A Dive into a Trove

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

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

    • 59 min
    The Skeptic Zone #710 - 15.May.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #710 - 15.May.2022

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:12 You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill

    Adrienne Hill and Susan Gerbic visit "Explore & More", The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum in Buffalo NY and talk to Rebecca Glon, IT & Exhibits Manager.

    http://www.exploreandmore.org
    0:17:46 TikTok Paranormal

    We scroll through the endless, live TikTok videos featuring people who think they have psychic insights. Others include dowsing rods, pendulums, bones, giant matches and more.
    0:37:56 A Dive into a Trove

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

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au 1909, 17 January - The Sunday Times 1924, 1 March - The Herald - Victoria 1939, 13 March - The Northern Star

    • 59 min
    The Skeptic Zone #709 - 8.May.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #709 - 8.May.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #709 - 8 May 2022

      Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:02:50 You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill

    This week Adrienne finds herself riding shotgun alongside Susan Gerbic as the tour they east coast of the USA. Also we learn about the new award given to Susan for her skeptical activism.

    Grief Vampires, Wikipedia and More - Presented by Susan Gerbic

    https://youtu.be/b6_dVTsBcxA
    0:13:46 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:22:40 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    Father Figure. Part 2. By Dr Tony Wheeler

    A look at the truth and the myth behind Father Christmas or Santa Claus.

    A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 15 No. 4

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:32:50 A Dive into a Trove

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

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au 1991, 22 October - Tharunka - UNSW Student Newspaper 1968, 10 June - The Canberra Times 1968, 6 June - The Canberra Times 1971, 12 July - The Canberra Times 1966, 10 October - The Canberra Times 1988, 28 January - The Canberra Times

    • 59 min
    The Skeptic Zone #708 - 1.May.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #708 - 1.May.2022

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:03:37 Maynard's Spooky Action

    Maynard interviews author George Ivanoff about his new book, "The Supernatural Survival Guide".

    How should young people approach investigating the strange, the mysterious and the unknown? What can we learn from George's book about the claims of the paranormal in Australia?

    THE SUPERNATURAL SURVIVAL GUIDE will tackle these and other questions about all things paranormal. There is so much WEIRD stuff out there . . . but the TRUTH is IN HERE!

    https://georgeivanoff.com.au/books/survival-guide
    0:23:28 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    Father Figure. Part 1. By Dr Tony Wheeler

    A look at the truth and the myth behind Father Christmas or Santa Claus.

    A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 15 No. 4

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:34:49 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised newspapers on a search for references to skeptical stories from the United States.

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

    • 57 min
    The Skeptic Zone #707 - 24.April.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #707 - 24.April.2022

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:22 Homeopathy on Trial

    On January 13, the Center for Inquiry reached a major milestone in its groundbreaking consumer-protection lawsuits against retail giants Walmart and CVS. CFI is suing these mammoth corporations over their deceptive sale and marketing of homeopathic products under the Consumer Protection laws of the District of Columbia, and on January 13, CFI Legal Director Nick Little presented oral argument for our cases before the DC Court of Appeals.

    https://centerforinquiry.org/news/cfi-meets-walmart-and-cvs-in-dc-court-over-homeopathy-lawsuit/

    https://cdn.centerforinquiry.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/14130827/CFI-v-Boiron-Complaint-FINAL.pdf
    0:18:46 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:26:22 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    Out of Body, Out of Mind. Part 2. By Prof. Marcello Costa

    Pinocchio, self-mutilation, having someone else's limbs and feeling presences - our sense of body is strange and wonderful thing.

    A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 30 No. 1

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:37:12 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "Naturopaths". 1995, 20 June - The Times - Victor Harbour, South Australia 1946, 14 May - The Telegraph - Brisbane 1946, 15 May - The Telegraph - Brisbane 1951, 6 Apil - The Courier-Mail - Brisbane 1953, 6 September - Truth - Brisbane https://quackwatch.org/naturopathy/

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Susan Gerbic, 11am AEST Sunday 24th. - https://bond.zoom.us/j/96246943879

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Skeptic Zone #706 - 17.April.2022

    The Skeptic Zone #706 - 17.April.2022

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:05:35 Science Friction with Brain Dunning

    You know those TV documentaries you see, and the science experts they feature? Did you know that producers often edit them out of context, and twist their words, to make it seem like they promoted some pop sensationalism instead of the real facts?

    Science Friction exposes this practice and gives the scientists a chance to clear the record.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B09RQFWJ4L

    https://tubitv.com/movies/661210/science-friction
    0:18:54 Maynard' Spooky Action

    A visit to Manard's International Studios (annex) in Sydney.

    http://maynard.com.au
    0:27:47 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    Out of Body, Out of Mind. Part 1. By Prof. Marcello Costa

    Pinocchio, self-mutilation, having someone else's limbs and feeling presences - our sense of body is strange and wonderful thing.

    A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 30 No. 1

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:40:24 A Dive into a Trove

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

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

    • 58 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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