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The European Skeptics Podcast is a project in support of the skeptic movement across Europe, by providing a forum for all national and international organisations and initiatives, relevant to science and skepticism.

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The European Skeptics Podcast is a project in support of the skeptic movement across Europe, by providing a forum for all national and international organisations and initiatives, relevant to science and skepticism.

    TheESP – Ep. #284 – After the Flood

    TheESP – Ep. #284 – After the Flood

    In this episode we open up by discussing the terrible floods in Germany, the claims made by esoterics and how you can help. We also note that covid misinformation numbskull Sucharit Bhakdi has lost his publisher for being an anti-Semite. In the This Week we talk about Gregor Mendel and then we hear that Pope Francis is now openly challenging his predecessor Benedict. The we go through the news:

    - Vaccine protests in Cyprus
    - Organized tour of Sweden by anti-vaxxers
    - Multidrug-resistant bacteria found in dog raw-food
    - Greenland suspends oil exploration because of climate change
    - Man behind one of the Muhammad caricatures dead
    - Macchiarini follow-up – whistle-blowers file complaint with the Strasbourg Court

    Polish researcher Harald Walach gets today’s prize for being Really Wrong after trying to say that masks and covid vaccinations are dangerous.

    Enjoy!

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    TheESP – Ep. #283 – Pavel Šmejkal

    TheESP – Ep. #283 – Pavel Šmejkal

    In this week’s episode we start with an update on the successful Virgin Galactic flight and congratulate Natalie Grams for getting married(!), and also comment on the Euro 2020 final won by Italy. We then have a chat with Czech GSOW member Pavel Šmejkal, a prolific member of Susan Gerbic‘s Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project. In This Week in Skepticism, Angela Merkel was born 17 July 1954. Then we dig into the news:

    - Death of 17 year-old girl used by antivaxxers
    - Teaching handbooks and leaflets to teach and understand CoViD and conspiracy theories
    - Trust in mainstream news sites up from last year
    - Amazing verdict regarding homeopathy
    - Latest craze – Snow White and her skin colour
    - New book about pseudomedicine
    Enjoy!

    The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

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    TheESP – Ep. #282 – Stupid Ideas

    TheESP – Ep. #282 – Stupid Ideas

    This week Annika is back making sure we don’t run out of dad-jokes, András’ travel guide work is resuming while Pontus is just playing golf (and not very well). We discuss the new development in space tourism before we get into this week in skepticism with Nicola Tesla. We hear how the pope is coming after Cardinal Becciu, how he still won’t apologies for the Canadian school scandals and how he needed to get his rear end adjusted (insert butt joke here). Then we go into the news:

    - Tricking the covid-test with orange juice
    - Promotion of pseudoscience by the UK government
    - Female Ukraine soldiers made to march in heels
    - A ruined village is for sale – no inhabitants, but a ghost
    - Warmest June in Stockholm in 265 years
    - Spanish congress on conspiracy theories on 9/11

    Vladimir Putin and the Russian government get a Really Wrong for creating a culture and laws that make it impossible to show an ad depicting a family with two moms. Food company VkusVill gets a Really Right for at least trying to be rational.

    Enjoy!

    The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    • 58 min
    TheESP – Ep. #281 – Schools of horror

    TheESP – Ep. #281 – Schools of horror

    This week we’re joined by Brian Eggo who sits in for Annika. We talk about the Edinburgh Science Festival, skeptical events and the recent ESA astronaut recruitments. In This Week we “celebrate” the birthday of debunked fraudster Peter Popoff and then we are horrified by the discoveries of even more graves at the Canadian Catholic Schools. We then go into this week’s news:

    - Alternative medicine is losing popularity in the pandemic
    - Manipulated video featuring Greta Thunberg
    - Scam texts about package deliveries
    - Health organizations publish free book The Vaccination Book for Everyone
    - EU Climate Law confirmed by European Parliament

    Enjoy!

    The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    • 1 hr
    TheESP – Ep. #280 – No Gays, Please! We’re Catholic

    TheESP – Ep. #280 – No Gays, Please! We’re Catholic

    This week we chat a bit about Madeira, covid scares and rainbow flags in Germany. In this week we highlight Karl Landsteiner who discovered the human blood groups and Pope Francis asks Italy if his schools could please be allowed to bully anyone who does not fit in to the binary man – woman template. We then head for the news:

    - Attacks against journalists calls for special measures
    - Did the WHO tell women to not drink alcohol?
    - Homeopathy update, France
    - Healing practitioner in court
    - Information portal to tackle vaccine misinformation launched
    - Heatwave with surface temperatures of 48°C
    - Sense About Science comes out with new tool to help communication about COVID conspiracies

    Enjoy!

    • 45 min
    TheESP – Ep. #279 – On the Ark to Nowhere

    TheESP – Ep. #279 – On the Ark to Nowhere

    This week summer is here (but András is not) and we get a tip from Bob on about good vaccine tracker. Blaise Pascal was born almost 400 years ago this week (how times fly) and Pope Francis gives Cardinal Marx some good PR while proving he still knows how to play the dictator card. Then we dive into the news:

    ‘Unseaworthy’ Noah’s Ark replica detained at Ipswich Waterfront
    Waldorf / Steiner school scandal in Sweden
    New law against ‘promotion of homosexuality’
    Follow-up: Doctor behind fake covid-19 tests and travelers’ certificates to stand trial
    To round off, a gross pseudotreatment for babies gets the prize for being Really Wrong.

    Enjoy!

    The Events Calendar: https://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

    • 45 min

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