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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 #802 - 18.February.2024

    The Skeptic Zone #802 - 18.February.2024

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:10 UFOs Keep Attacking!

    Alas for the poor UFO diehards, the UFOs just won't come. So they are channelling their anger at this sad state of affairs, towards the skeptics, who point out the fact that the UFOs are still not coming. Once again, Susan Gerbic and Brian Dunning are in the firing line of the believers.

    https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/i-blame-the-australian-skeptics/
    0:16:28 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:29:42 Dr Eugenie Scott

    Recorded live before an audience at Berkeley Public Library, Dr Eugenie Scott tells Richard Saunders about the importance of studying teeth throughout human history. Also, how goes the battle against the creationists and the climate change denies?
    0:43:30 A Dive into a Trove

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

    1985.09.21 - The Sydney Morning Herald
    1988.06.16 - The Sydney Morning Herald
    1979.05.18 - The Sydney Morning Herald
    1994.04.23 - The Sydney Morning Herald

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Surf Coast Skepticamp 2024
    Special Guests, via video hook up to Oregon, Brian Dunning and Richard Saunders

    http://tinyurl.com/scsc2024

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Skeptic Zone #801 - 11.February.2024

    The Skeptic Zone #801 - 11.February.2024

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:07:14 Swings and Roundabouts

    Richard Saunders reports on the fortunes and pitfalls of that merry-go-round of wellness, Mind Body Spirit. - In October 2023, Tim Mendham, Dr Sue Ieraci and Saunders took the long and crooked road to the Festival of MindBodySpirit (MBS) held at the convention centre in Sydney's Darling Harbour. As long-time readers of the Skeptic magazine know full well, this was not their first trip through the gates of ignorance and empty claims.

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:28:26 I Think We Need to Think

    From Idea to Proclamation: Making 'Critical Thinking Awareness Day' a Reality. Susan interviews Daniel Reed from the West Virginia Skeptics Society.

    http://www.westvirginiaskepticssociety.com

    http://www.westvirginiaskepticssociety.com

    http://www.danielareed.com

    https://skepticalinquirer.org/authors/daniel-a-reed/

    https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/from-idea-to-proclamation-making-critical-thinking-awareness-day-a-reality/

    https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/no-psychics-and-mediums-are-not-the-new-therapists
    0:42:36 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to so-called psychics.



    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Surf Coast Skepticamp 2024
    Special Guests, via video hook up to Oregon, Brian Dunning and Richard Saunders

    http://tinyurl.com/scsc2024

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Skeptic Zone #800 - 4.February.2024

    The Skeptic Zone #800 - 4.February.2024

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:02:42 You Can Count on Adrienne

    For this 800th episode, Adrienne Hill will honour Richard's remarkable milestone by delving into the delightful domain of "800", exploring Guinness World Records, sports feats, and celestial numerology. DCCC.
    0:11:56 Episode 800 Greetings #1

    Messages from The European Skeptics Podcast Skeptics With a K Podcast
    0:14:10 Maynard's Spooky Action

    Maynard takes a look back at some of the highlights of his reporting on The Skeptic Zone Podcast over hundreds of episodes and many years.
    0:19:37 Episode 800 Greetings #2

    Messages from Oh No! Ross and Carry Podcast Rob Palmer
    0:21:16 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:33:07 Episode 800 Greetings #3

    Messages from Brian Dunning Susan Gerbic Squaring the Strange Podcast Tim Mendham
    0:35:40 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to so-called psychics.

    1992.06.21 - The Sydney Morning Herald
    1984.11.05 - The Sydney Morning Herald
    1963.12.03 - The Sydney Morning Herald


    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Healers, Quacks or Mystics - Alt Med TV Show c.1980s

    https://vimeo.com/38030198

    Surf Coast Skepticamp 2024

    http://tinyurl.com/scsc2024
     
    (For Miko)

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Skeptic Zone #799 - 28.January.2024

    The Skeptic Zone #799 - 28.January.2024

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:00 Ben Radford Kills Bigfoot?

    How can you kill something that was never alive? We ask Ben about the history of this elusive cryptid and why he thinks it has never been captured. We also discover that the diehard Bigfoot believers now blame the skeptics for the lack of succes in presenting evidence for the hairy monster.
    0:18:40 Susan Gerbic Under Attack!

    Is Susan a secret agent of the government or Satan.... or both? Why are "confused" people outraged at her work and the work of GSoW? Find out as we chat to Susan from her War Room deep u derground in a not so hidden location.
    0:34:40 The Strange Comments of UFO Believers.

    The success of Brian Dunning's movie, "The UFO Movie They Don't Want You To See", has led to some very strange comments coming from those who think we are being visited by aliens from distant worlds.

    http://www.theufo.movie
    0:40:24 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Alternative Medicine #2.



    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Surf Coast Skepticamp 2024

    http://tinyurl.com/scsc2024
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Skeptic Zone #798 - 21.January.2024

    The Skeptic Zone #798 - 21.January.2024

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:05:18 You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill

    The Winchester Mystery House. Adrienne has a special interest in finding out the truth of this famous, rambling mansion in southern California. Although legend has it the house was built to cater for the superstitions of its owner, the truth is actually far more interesting. Adrienne and friends visit the house to find out more.

    The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in San Jose, California, that was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearms magnate William Wirt Winchester. The house became a tourist attraction nine months after Winchester's death in 1922. The Victorian and Gothic-style mansion is renowned for its size and its architectural curiosities.

    Adrienne and friends discussing the Winchester Mystery House
    https://youtu.be/2xyL5gQ3EmI

    Wikipedia entry
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_Mystery_House
    0:19:14 Anti-Vaxxers in New Zealand

    Reports of an anti-vaxxer being sentenced to prison for marketing and selling fake Covid-19 medications. Also conspiracy theorists trying to disrupt the wedding of former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern.

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/antivaxxer-roger-blake-jailed-for-selling-bleach-as-covid19-cure-in-new-zealand/news-story

    https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/jacinda-ardern-and-clarke-gayfords-wedding-picketed-by-antivaxxers/news-story
    0:27:26 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:40:02 A Dive into a Trove

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

    1982.01.31 - The Sydney Morning Herald
    1983.11.28 - The Sydney Morning Herald

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Surf Coast Skepticamp 2024

    http://tinyurl.com/scsc2024
     

    • 1 hr
    The Skeptic Zone #797 - 14.January.2024

    The Skeptic Zone #797 - 14.January.2024

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders, live from Sydney Skeptics in the Pub.
    0:02:20 Maynard's Spooky Action

    Susan Gerbic Interview. Part #3 of 3

    Maynard interviews the one and only Susan Gerbic, live from The Skeptic Zone Studios. Susan tells Maynard about how her team follow the Wikipedia rules.

    https://www.abouttimeproject.org
    0:17:36 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    An interview with Tim conducted at Sydney Skeptics in the pub. Tim talks about why he got interested in skepticism and the early days of the journal from Australian Skeptics, The Skeptic.

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:27:26 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the TV doctor, Dr James Wright.

    1983.06.19 - The Sydney Morning Herald

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Surf Coast Skepticamp 2024

    http://tinyurl.com/scsc2024

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 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.

Nicky Squabble ,

Still annoying

Every year or so I try to listen to this podcast, being Australian and looking for local skeptical reports. Why is every conversation accompanied by music? And presenter talking like a rock star to himself. I’m a long time listener to SGU, Reality Check and Skeptics with a K, OS skeptic podcasts where presenters still chat but talk normally, and keep music as intro to segments.

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.

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