697 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 #686 - 28.November.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #686 - 28.November.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:06:00 Squaring the Strange with Celestia Ward

    Our favourite and very talented caricature artist from Las Vegas Celestia Ward drops by to chat about her career as a skeptical podcaster on 'Squaring the Strange'.

    https://linktr.ee/Squaringthestrange

    https://www.2headsstudios.com

    Extra video content. You can watch the complete interview with Celestia Ward, with Richard Saunders, on YouTube via the link below.

    https://youtu.be/RWFbBW4iPM8
    0:34:20 The Book of Tim

    Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics.
    Bookkeepers - Magicians - Witches and Scientists.

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:42:36 A Dive into a Trove

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

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

    https://quackwatch.org/related/reiki
    Also Skeptics in the pub, Sweden - with Richard Saunders

    https://www.vof.se/blogg/skeptics-in-the-pub-online-the-adventures-of-richard-saunders

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    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Skeptic Zone #685 - 21.November.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #685 - 21.November.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction

    Richard Saunders

    With Susan Gerbic, Rob Palmer, Michelle Bijkersma, Lara Benham and Lynden Shields.
    0:05:00 The ESP

    We catch up with the team from the European Skeptics Podcast to congratulate them on reaching 300 episodes.

    The European Skeptics Podcast (The ESP) is a weekly podcast recorded in English and hosted by three skeptics from several different European countries: Andras Gabor Pinter from Hungary, Pontus Bockman from Sweden and Annika Harrison from Germany.

    https://theesp.eu
    0:14:50 Australian Skeptics Awards for 2021

    Tim Mendham presents The Fred Thornett Award - Prof Kristine Macartney
    The Barry Williams Media Award - Melissa Davey

    Jessica Singer presents The Bent Spoon Award - Craig Kelly

    Richard Saunders with in memoriam Michael Wolloghan
    Shelley Stocken
    Martin Hadley

    0:19:00 The Book of Tim

    Loch Ness #2 - Tim takes a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most famous pictures of the Loch Ness monster, known as the surgeon's photograph. What is the truth behind this mysterious image?

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:29:52 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:37:04 A Dive into a Trove

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

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

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    • 1 hr
    The Skeptic Zone #684 - 14.November.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #684 - 14.November.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:00 COVID vaccine nurse at Perth clinic charged with fraud

    Western Australian Police have charged a nurse with fraudulently recording that a patient had been given a COVID-19 vaccine when the jab was allegedly never administered.

    https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Media-Centre/Media-Releases/4296-Registered-Nurse-Charged--Vaccine-Fraud

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-08/nurse-who-allegedly-faked-covid-vaccines-charged/100602566
    0:14:42 The Book of Tim

    Loch Ness #1 - Tim takes a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most famous pictures of the Loch Ness monster, known as the surgeon's photograph. What is the truth behind this mysterious image?

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:23:16 The Think Tank

    Joining us this week in our virtual restaurant for a drink and discussion are Susan Gerbic, Adrienne Hill, Lou Hillman, Rob Palmer, Leonard Tramiel and Kelly Burke.
    Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    • 57 min
    The Skeptic Zone #683 - 7.November.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #683 - 7.November.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:03:47 Uri Geller, James Randi and the CIA

    We find a document written by James Randi that was circulated in the CIA concerning so-called psychic Uri Geller. What did Geller's former manager have to say about the tricks and shenanigans in the 1970s? Find out with this review.

    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/uri-geller-no-faker-really-25333616

    https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP96-00791R000100450002-7.pdf
    0:24:40 The Book of Tim

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

    Vol 40 No 1 - June 2020

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:32:25 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:40:28 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to yet more UFOs.

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    Also Donation for Ovarian Cancer research

    https://www.facebook.com/donate/4426098814149126

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    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    • 59 min
    The Skeptic Zone #682 - 31.October.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #682 - 31.October.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:10 Maynard's Spooky Action

    Maynard and Richard Saunders join Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan on a field trip to visit Sydney's most "haunted" street. We also find out more about Dr Siobhan's journey with Ovarian Cancer.

    Special extended content of this story on YouTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykB67Sj5cYs
    0:24:55 The Book of Tim

    Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics. Sturgeon's Law.

    Vol 32 No 2 - June 2012

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:31:15 The Arm of the Octopus

    Our reporter Michelle Bijkersma was surprised to find a strange letter in her letterbox. On the envelope was a hand-drawn picture of an octopus and the letter itself posed questions about the creature's arm. What does it all mean? Find out with Michelle.
    0:35:40 A Dive into a Trove

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

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

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    • 53 min
    The Skeptic Zone #681 - 21.October.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #681 - 21.October.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:03:10 Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - Part #2

    Famed science communicator Dr Karl tells us about COVID in chickens, making vaccines on a 3D printer, fighting climate change and Mr. Spock.

    Dr Karl is an Australian science communicator and popularizer, who is known as an author, and as a science commentator on Australian radio and television. Dr Karl is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow in the Science Foundation for Physics at the School of Physics, University of Sydney.

    http://www.drkarl.com

    http://www.tiktok.com/@drkarl
    0:25:44 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:32:10 I Think We Need To Think

    Susan Gerbic tells us about putting together Wikipedia pages for noted skeptics and celebrating the fact that her organisation has now chalked up over 100 million page views.

    http://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject
    Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    • 54 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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