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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 #668 - 25.July.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #668 - 25.July.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:15 Freedom Protests in Sydney

    At the worst possible time, protesters march through the main streets of downtown Sydney, with cries of "freedom". We ask the question, "what's the harm in believing in conspiracy theories?"

    https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/australia/wild-scenes-as-sydney-antilockdown-protesters-clash-with-police/news-story/e5b47e5103e55a7c6ebd1eb6d0094a78
    0:11:06 Past Live Tours

    Join Richard on a stroll to discover the shopfront of a business offering hypnosis to solve your problems by investigating your previous lives. Included is a review of the website and a look into references to hypnosis online.

    https://www.pastlifetours.com.au

    http://skepdic.com/hypnosis.html
    0:26:03 Interview with Ben Radford

    Following on from our hypnosis segment, we chat to paranormal investigator Ben Redford from the 'Squaring the Strange' podcast about his experiences, thoughts and opinions on the topic of hypnosis.

    https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com
    0:36:32 A Dive into a Trove

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

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Skeptic Zone #667 - 18.July.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #667 - 18.July.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:05:00 Lockdown Showdown

    Anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne.

    Melbourne was plunged into chaos hours before the state entered its fifth lockdown as protesters took to the streets.

    https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/antilockdown-protesters-storm-melbourne-hours-after-daniel-andrews-announcement/news-story/b8ddd8f95df6640bd0936add28f6d8f1
    0:12:55 Skeptical Prize Money

    We chat with Leonard Tramiel from the USA and Ian Bryce from Australia about the prize money on offer for proof of the paranormal.

    https://centerforinquiry.org/press_releases/prove-your-paranormal-powers-and-win-250000-from-the-cfi-investigations-group/
    0:21:49 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:31:36 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the "psychic + tests".

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    Maynard - THE CASTANET CLUB COMES TO YOU!

    http://maynard.com.au

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Skeptic Zone #666 - 11.July.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #666 - 11.July.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:03:12 You Can Count On Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill

    What's the deal with 666? This week Adrienne is joined by Kelly Burke to discover that if you look for it, the number 666 pops ups everywhere. Humans certainly are the pattern seeking, storytelling animal.

    Numberphile 666 - video

    https://youtu.be/UkZqFtYtqaI
    0:22:10 The Book of Tim

    This week Tim Mendham talks about being on the front line at Australian Skeptics HQ and the work that goes into creating 'The Skeptic' magazine.

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:41:50 Maynard's Spooky Action

    Maynard reveals to the world the incredible Broadway singing bowl.

    https://soundcloud.com/maynard-1/the-castanet-club-broadway
    0:45:09 A Dive into a Trove

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

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


    Sydney Skeptics in the Pub - Coffee

    https://youtu.be/TjszwS_VJnc

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Skeptic Zone #665 - 4.July.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #665 - 4.July.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #665 - 4 July 2021

    Dedicated to the memory of Shelley Stocken

    The Skeptic Zone is very sad to inform you that our much loved former reporter Shelley Stocken died unexpectedly on Saturday 26 June 2021. She was surrounded by family. Episode #665 is dedicated to her memory, including a replay of one of her reports. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family. Shelley's reports were interesting, funny and educational. Her work in the skeptical community made a difference.
    She was a delight to know and work with.
    Thank you Shelley, from the team at the Skeptic Zone.
    Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:02:43 Take Stock. With Shelley Stocken

    From 2016 when new reporter Shelley Stocken looked into the myths and reality of so-called Demonic Possession.

    http://mentalillnesspolicy.org/coping/demonic-possession-mental-illness.html
    0:15:21 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:25:47 A Dive into a Trove

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

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
     

    • 45 min
    The Skeptic Zone #664 - 27.June.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #664 - 27.June.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:03:23 More COVID-19 Madness

    Thanks to alert listeners of the Skeptic Zone, we have yet more examples of COVID-19 conspiracy flyers.

    Palmer's dangerous ads

    https://youtu.be/DKG9jxbqJzU?t=690
    0:15:18 You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill.

    This week Adrienne is joined by Kelly Burke for a look at some of the more 'wafflely' predictions from the Great Australian Predition Project.
    0:26:38 The Book of Tim

    Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics. 'Seers, Spies and Satan'.

    Vol 35 No 2 - June 2015

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:35:32 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to 'Psychic' and 'Fraud'.

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    What Sound Does a Duck Make?

    https://www.conspiracyofonesolo.com

    Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

    https://www.meetup.com/AustSkeptics/events/277460698

    Medical Republic Podcast

    http://medicalrepublic.com.au/where-is-the-tga-when-you-need-them/47753

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Skeptic Zone #663 - 20.June.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #663 - 20.June.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:02:55 Operation Onion Ring

    Susan Gerbic strikes again! We are begining to wonder why these "psychics" don't see it coming! Once again Susan and her team go undercover to tumble someone who claims to talk with the dead and this time it involves children.

    https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/right-turns-only-circling-back-to-seatbelt-psychic/

    https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/operation-onion-ring-thomas-john-and-the-children/
    0:18:38 The Book of Tim

    Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics. 'Seances'.

    Vol 35 No 3 - Sept. 2015

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:26:03 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:36:53 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to 'The Flat Earth'.

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

RobP1957 ,

Bravo from an American

Although the podcast typically deals with Australian issues regarding pseudoscience and quackery, much of this is universal - even to an American like me.

This was one of the first skeptical podcasts I discovered, and the show pushed me off the fence and got me to become a skeptical activist myself. In fact, several years after I found the podcast, I was interviewed on it, and then went on to serve as a guest reporter for three episodes!

parker-1 ,

Good job

Keep up the good work.

Beauuuui ,

Better than SGU

If you like your skeptical podcast with less giggling and self congratulatory back slapping then this could be a good choice. I personally like my skepticism and science straight up. Thanks for a great product.

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