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. #290 – Trypanophobia
In this episode we first mention that Sweden just announced an end to Corona restrictions as per the end of this month and we question if that’s that really wise. This week marks twenty years since 9/11 and the repercussions are still with us. The pope has been saying some strange things lately, and is he really well? Then we get into the news:
- UK: Four Met Police officers injured in anti-vaccine protest
- SWEDEN / GENERAL: Why people wait to get vaccinated
- GERMANY: Two cool things to watch for German speaking people; on climate crisis and on Rothschilds
To round off the Italian communications project “Comminicare Il Cancro” gets today’s prize for being Really Right!
TheESP – Ep. #289 – Herd Immunity
In this episode we first have a few events to plug: The launching of the book Fake! in Budapest, Congreso Esceptico in Spain, Skeptics in the Pub Online about 9/11 and the upcoming Ig Nobel ceremony. In This Week we discuss Mary Shelley who was born this week in 1797 and then we skip the pope and instead plunge into the news:
Continued demonstrations against the vaccine passports
Researchers in UK: We probably shouldn’t use the word ‘Infodemic’
Do not take Ivermectin!
What exactly did Martin Luther say about life in times of plague?
Snopes is asking for help
The Swedish authorities get this week Really Wrong for allowing Steiner schools to ruin the lives of thousands of children.
Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes
TheESP – Ep. #288 – Fake! with Annemarie Bon
In this episode we interview Dutch writer, science populariser and educator Annemarie Bon, who’s many works focus on helping children understand the world around us. Having started her career as a biochemical engineer, she later turned towards writing for children and she was editor-in-chief of the children’s magazine Taptoe until 2001. The Hungarian translation of her latest book Fake! is just about to get published and we thought it would be a good idea to have her on the show to talk about the book and what it has to offer to kids and adults alike.
TheESP – Ep. #287 – What’s Wrong with a Little Tantra?
In this episode we first plug the upcoming Skeptics in the Pub Online about 9/11, Luc Montagnier is the topic This Week in Skepticism and the Pope gets poked for nepotism and corruption. Then we dig into the news:
- Grandma directed healthcare fraud through Black Magic
- Sixth IPCC report on climate change – we’re screwed
- July warmest month on record – ever
- Increasing covid cases in Iceland despite high vaccination rates
- Covid test scams
- Society of Homeopaths withdraws from the Accredited Registers programme of the Professional Standards Authority
The recent Swedish Tantra Festival was a Really Wrong idea!
Intro; Greetings; This Week In Skepticism; Pontus Pokes The Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote And Farewell; Outro; Out-Takes
The ESP - Episode 286Plus - One Of Those Weeks…
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TheESP – Ep. #286 – What Happened to Measles?
In this episode we first chat about the Pegasus project and what implications it might have. We also note that the Russian Nauka module was a little trigger happy when joining with the ISS, turning it around 45 degrees for no good reason. In This Week we salute Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim, the excellent science communicator before we have a well-needed Covid-19 update. Then we dig into the news:
- Measles follow-up: what became the 2016-2019 epidemic?
- Covid-denier‘s Hungarian Chamber of Doctors’ membership suspended
- Social media giants criticized for being a ‘safe space for racists’
- Massive melting event in Greenland
- 14000 scientists warn world about ‘untold suffering’ as result of ignoring climate change
- German court faults Facebook‘s past handling of hate speech
- Systemic Agro-Homeopathy – the latest craze
-86-year-old Basque woman first to get assisted death in Spain
To round off, we hand out a Really Wrong award to Advanz Pharma and a Really Right award to the CMA, all concerning unreasonable pricing of medication.
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Love this show!!!!!! 😻😸😻😸😻😸
Love this show!!!!!! 😻😸😻😸😻😸
I've been listening to the ESP since the show's debut, and find the hosts' approach highly entertaining as well as delivering a great heads-up on skeptical matters across the pond. The segments and interviews are well done and informative, and I often find myself taking notes while listening. Were I a bonobo, I'd give the show four thumbs up, but sadly I'm limited to only two! Good work, O fine hominins!
Normally I don't review a podcast until I've listened to a bunch of eposides. But I'm so impressed after only 3 that I feel like I can give my opinion. Also I'm not a big fan of another English speaking skeptic podcast (we need a lot more non-English podcasts IMO) But when I heard this was going to be coming out I "skeptically" held my breath to see what they were planning on doing.
And now I think they are doing a great job. They are still trying to find their feet and decide the format, which I like as you now that this is going to be around for many years, but maybe not in the current format. (Which I actually like, but who knows) These three's voices sound great together and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the accents. Its obvious that they enjoy working together, they are having fun, so it makes the listener feel like they are a part of the fun as well.
I think that this is an important podcast as they are unitifying all of the European skeptic groups and becoming a hub (or a bridge) so that people can become aware of what is happening in this massive area. I don't speak a bunch of languages (I barely speak English) so it would be impossible for me to keep up with what other groups are doing. The ESP is my best option as it allows me to follow one podcast every two weeks to get a good grasp of what is happening. And there is a lot.
So I recommend this podcast to everyone, even if you are not in Europe.