391 episodes

Skeptics with a K is the podcast for science, reason and critical thinking from the Merseyside Skeptics Society. Each episode features Mike Hall, Michael Marshall, and Dr Alice Howarth chatting about the things which interest them, often from a skeptical angle.

Skeptics with a K Merseyside Skeptics Society

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    • 4.9 • 89 Ratings

Skeptics with a K is the podcast for science, reason and critical thinking from the Merseyside Skeptics Society. Each episode features Mike Hall, Michael Marshall, and Dr Alice Howarth chatting about the things which interest them, often from a skeptical angle.

    Episode #380

    Episode #380

    Alice looks at the promotion of platelet-rich plasma for ‘ovarian rejuvenation‘, and Marsh digs into media reports that Jeremy Clarkson has been voted Britain's sexiest man. Meanwhile, Mike helps Emma running around Lake Windermere and the team marvels at the Northern Lights.
    Mixed and edited by Morgan Clarke.
    Tickets for QED are available now, at the early-bird price of £164 for the full weekend, or just £45 for the online live stream. Pick up yours at qedcon.org today!

    Episode #379

    Episode #379

    Alice looks at the alternative medicine diagnosis of ‘adrenal fatigue’, and Mike talks about the Baltimore bridge disaster and asks when conspiracy theories swallowed the world. And the team discuss the first round of speakers announced for this year's QED.
    Tickets for QED are now available, priced £164 for the full weekend. Pick up yours at qedcon.org

    Episode #378

    Episode #378

    Alice discusses the manufacture of argan oil, and the medicinal claims made for it and other similar oils. Meanwhile, Marsh reflects on compassionate skepticism following the death of Daniel Dennett.
    If you want to support the podcast, you can donate via Patreon - or leave us a glowing review on your podcasting app of choice!
    Mixed and edited by Morgan Clarke.

    Episode #377

    Episode #377

    Marsh looks at the relationships between the Free Speech Union and the anti-mask/climate change denial website the Daily Sceptic. Meanwhile, Mike reports on court documents which reveal how Facebook steals data by spying on your encrypted internet traffic.
    Plus, Alice and Mike feed the animals at the zoo.

    Episode #376

    Episode #376

    Alice asks why a relatively small article on cider vinegar for weight loss got so much traction, and Mike looks at companies making overblown claims for cheap products via YouTube advertising. Meanwhile, the team gets the grips with our new recording setup.
    Mixed and edited by Morgan Clarke.

    Episode #375

    Episode #375

    Marsh looks at the environmental and social impact of outdoor digital advertising, and Mike gives the low down on the risks of glyphosate-based weedkillers. Meanwhile, Mike goes to watch Dune 2, Marsh goes to the athletics, and Alice is back!
    We survive on donations from listeners like you. If you want to support the show and the work we do, you can sign up for a regular donation at patreon.com/merseyskeptics.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Elena8 ,

More Fantastic than the Book of Facts

The surprising combination of deep skeptical knowledge and skilled cursing makes this podcast a "must listen". I tuned in to these guys a few years ago and enjoyed them so much I played all the old episodes and have been following them every since. I very much appreciated the addition of Dr. Alice and her sciencyness.
SWAK delivers skeptically important news, humour, and new (to me) words like 'scouse'. I especially enjoy the longer, deeper discussions of some topics that we don’t hear much about, like the White Rose and Goop sex product scams.
Cheers from British Columbia guys
PS. Not tired of the placebo “effect” yet.

Jmaw42 ,

Delightful

Fun, quirky, and informative Skeptics with a K is a charming and enjoyable podcast. The cast are very well read and can speak authoritatively on a number of topics but are also genuine, humble, and quick to acknolwedge the limits of their understanding and correct themselve when they make a mistake. In short, Mike, Alice, and Marsh are the type of skeptics that we should all strive to become (particularly when it comes to their adorable Northern English accents). I'm a fairly new listener but I thoroughly enjoy the show and cannot recommend it enough.

NoeticWoman ,

Brilliant

This is one of the top 2 skeptical podcasts on the planet, in my opinion. I so wish they had time to publish every week, however, the content is so good and so thoroughly researched, it’s understandable why they aren’t able to. This is a truly brilliant podcast. (If you’re curious, Marsh, the other 1 is ‘Body of Evidence’ from Canada)

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