835 episodes

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 #824 - 21.July.2024

    The Skeptic Zone #824 - 21.July.2024

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:03:42 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    Challenging Times By Barry Williams

    Over 20 years ago, one Victor Zammit, a retired Sydney solicitor, apparently decided to take the skeptics on at their own game and has issued a challenge of his own. "$1 Million Challenge to Disprove Evidence of Life After Death." -
    A reward of one million US dollars is offered to any skeptic anywhere in the world who can rebut and refute, beyond absolute, all the evidence for the existence of the afterlife.

    Tim is joined by Richard Saunders to discuss this bizarre challenge from almost 2 decades ago.

    A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 21 No. 4 (2001)

    http://www.skeptics.com.au

    Media Watch TV, Astrology Story
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8FKJ9pcWCvw&t=796
    0:37:06 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:47:38 A Dive into a Trove

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

    1986.08.18 - The Sun Herald


    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Nominations for the Australian Skeptics Bent Spoon Awardhttps://www.skeptics.com.au/about/activities/bent-spoon

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Skeptic Zone #823 - 14.July.2024

    The Skeptic Zone #823 - 14.July.2024

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    00:04:00 Astrology Trash is Bad News

    We report on a bizarre situation in Australia where it is proposed to run a regular astrology segment in the evening TV news bulletin. Is this an act of desperation to gain more viewers? What has been the reaction from other media?

    https://www.skynews.com.au/business/media/channel-7-defends-stupid-new-astrology-segment-following-scathing-criticism-over-addition-to-evening-news-bulletin/news-story/c42a2558c156dc5a7432ecfbd4faed2c

    https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/channel-7-defends-controversial-news-segment-after-radio-hosts-takedown/news-story/5ae7fe3e1c5dd95117463d75f0f523ad
    0:15:50 The Loons From Canada

    Kate and Allie get together to talk about some North American and Australian relationship slang as they explore the hypothesis of Love Languages.
    0:28:08 Maynard's Spooky Action

    Maynard and Richard catch up to talk about the upcoming global event, Skeptics in the pub, held all around the world on 19th of July at 7 pm.

    https://www.skepticalcon.com/global-skeptics-in-the-pub
    0:34:46 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to James Randi and his expose of the Rev. Peter Popoff.

    1988.02.20 - Sydney Morning Herald


    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

    The Secrets of the Psychics. Video
    https://youtu.be/Pc3uHqtH8bg&=677

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Skeptic Zone #822 - 7.July.2024

    The Skeptic Zone #822 - 7.July.2024

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    00:06:52 Ben Radford talks UFOs

    Once again we welcome the world renowned skeptical investigator, author, podcaster, and deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, the one and only Ben Radford. In a wide ranging interview Ben talks about the Roswell UFO incident, cryptozoology, and his upcoming visit to Sydney Australia to take part in Skepticon 2024 - the Australian Skeptics National Convention in November.
    0:29:36 Australian Skeptics Newsletter #200

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:44:36 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the Roswell New Mexico UFO case of 1947.

    1947.07.09 - The Glen Innes Examiner
    1947.07.09 - The Newcastle Sun
    1947.07.10 - The Advocate, Bernie Tasmania
    1947.07.10 - The Sun, Sydney


    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roswell_incident

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Global Skeptics in tne Pub
    https://www.skepticalcon.com/global-skeptics-in-the-pub

    Videos from the New Mexico Science and Reason
    https://m.youtube.com/@TheNMSR
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Skeptic Zone #821 - 30.June.2024

    The Skeptic Zone #821 - 30.June.2024

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    00:04:14 Cold and Hot Reading

    We play a clip of a recent radio appearance by Richard Saunders (ABC Australia), where he discusses so-called psychics and some of their tricks.

    Also the reading of a report by Ian Bryce, from the pages of 'The Skeptic', when he, Saunders and Alynda Brown tested a 'Palm Reader' in Australia.

    Richard Saunders on ABC Radio Australia.
    https://www.abc.net.au/listen/programs/overnights/ovn-skeptics/104010516
    0:26:06 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to The New Age - Part #3.

    1988.5.14 - The Sydney Morning Herald


    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    0:47:58 A Kate & Allie

    On a Roll?

    • 1 hr
    The Skeptic Zone #820 - 23.June.2024

    The Skeptic Zone #820 - 23.June.2024

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    00:05:02 You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill.

    SkeptiCampNM - Presented by New Mexicans for Science and Reason

    Adrienne flies to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend a meet up of local and regional skeptics.

    Interviews with... Stirling Forsyth, Mary Catherine Harris, Tom Parker, Kurly Tlapoyawa, Sonia Veronica, Frank T. Etscorn, and from the Squaring the Strange podcast Celestia Ward, Ben Radford and Pascual Romero.

    https://talesfromaztlantis.com
    0:21:46 For Crying Out Loud! It's Kat McLeod.

    This week Kat takes a look at the pseudoscience of Grathology.

    James Randi investigates Grathology.
    https://youtu.be/iyXozHKWsDs
    0:30:10 Skepticamp Interviews #4

    Guest reporter Rob Palmer attended the inaugural Triangle SkeptiCamp that took place on 25th of May 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

    In part #4 of a series of interviews from the event, Rob chats to the one and only powerhouse of Skeptical Activisim, Susan Gerbic.

    https://triskep.org/home/triangle-skepticamp-2024
    0:40:44 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to The New Age - Part #2.

    1988.5.14 - The Sydney Morning Herald


    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Richard Saunders on ABC Radio Australia.
    https://www.abc.net.au/listen/programs/overnights/ovn-skeptics/104010516

    • 57 min
    The Skeptic Zone #819 - 16.June.2024

    The Skeptic Zone #819 - 16.June.2024

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:03:16 UFOs... Where Are You?

    We take a look at a recent press stories from Australia and Britin regarding UFO promoter and Australian journalist Ross Coulthart. Also we wonder what we can glean from Wiki about his current notoriety.

    https://www.skeptic.org.uk/2024/05/ufos-the-unidentified-flying-circus-comes-to-town
    0:10:44 Skepticamp Interviews #3

    Guest reporter Rob Palmer attended the inaugural Triangle SkeptiCamp that took place on 25th of May 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

    In part #3 of a series of interviews from the event, Rob chats to Faith and Ramiro Rodriguez from the organisating team, as well has Melanie Trecek-King from Thinking is Power.https://triskep.org/home/triangle-skepticamp-2024
    0:21:18 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    Are Skeptics Happy? By Alison White

    Alison White asks if being a skeptic is a blessing or a bane... or even a curse.

    A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 32 No. 3

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:34:30 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to The New Age - Part #1.

    1988.5.14 - The Sydney Morning Herald


    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Global Skeptics in the Pub - 19 July 2024 (7pm)
    http://www.skepticalcon.com/global-skeptics-in-the-pub
     

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

curmudgeon15 ,

Love it!

Informitive, entertaining and just fun!

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.

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