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The Skeptic Zone #556 - 16 June 2019

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:08:10 Flat Earhers flat out with excuses

We talk to Ross Blocher from the Oh No! Ross and Carrie Podcast about the day members of the Committee For Inquiry set out to prove (again) that the world really is a sphear.

CFI Investigation Video

Oh No! Ross and Carrie

0:24:42 Skeptical Con Interview

Guest reporter Susan Gerbic reports from Skeptical 2019 in San Francisco where she interviews Thomas Westbrook from Holy Kool-aid on YouTube.

0:28:50 Poles Apart

Are the magnetic poles about to flip? Ken McLeod takes a break from the AVN - sort of - to look at some silly science.


Skepticon 2019

Maynard's Love Shack and Movie nights

Ross Blocher

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The Skeptic Zone #555 - 9 June 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:03:35 Bigfoot and the FBI

We catch up with famed skeptical investigator Ben Radford for his opinion on the latest news regarding Bigfoot in the FBI.

0:13:13 Britt Hermes successful in defamation lawsuit

Britt Hermes has been successful in the defamation law suit brought against by US naturopath Colleen Huber.

On May 24, 2019, the District Court (Landgericht) of Kiel, Germany ruled against Huber in the lawsuit that Huber brought against Hermes in September 2017.

0:19:36 Cold Feet over Cold Fusion with Ian Bryce

Long time skeptical investigator from Australia Skeptics Ian Bryce has been published in the Skeptical Inquirer regarding a claim of cold fusion.
0:35:50 Where to look online for reliable, skeptical information

We head to Sydney Skeptics in the Pub to ask pubbers where they prefer to look online to get their skeptical news and information.

0:47:26 Sad day for Embiggen

As you might have heard, Embiggen Books is closing down on June 22. Embiggen has been a perennial presence on skeptical bookshelves and at Skeptics conventions from their beginnings on Queensland's Sunshine Coast to their more recent presence in Melbourne. Refusing to stock pseudoscience, they have promoted science and skepticism relentlessly, but the trials of the book trade and publishing in general have finally caught up. So, send Embiggen off with pride and at least a little cash in the pocket - go down to 197 Lt Lonsdale Street in the middle of Melbourne and buy a boxload.

Skepticon 2019

Social Canberra Skeptics

Surf Coast Spring Skepticamp

Ben Radford

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The Skeptic Zone #554 - 2 June 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:03:15 "Chemtrails" on TV

Ken Mcleod is a retired air traffic controller and national manager of aviation search and rescue, Australian aviation representative on two UN committees, and once upon a time a private pilot. Recently he appeard on national TV in Australia to cross swords with a Chemtrail Conspiracy Theorist.

Video: Studio 10 segment

0:18:36 UFOs - the first 50 years

From the pages of 'The Skeptic', the journal of Australian Skeptics.

Dr Steve Roberts takes a look at how UFOs and movie cultures have interacted from the 1940s up to the 1990s.

0:38:06 Pint of Science in Canberra

Belinda Wilson is a conservation ecologist who specialises in reintroduction biology, behavioural ecology, and spatial dynamics.

She has worked in the university, government and private sectors, and is currently undertaking a PhD in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University, researching the reintroduction biology of the eastern quoll. Interview by Kevin Davies.

0:43:43 Maynard's Spooky Action....

Join Maynard and Lance Leopard in Glebe, Sydney on the 4th of June for Maynard's Movie Night.


Skepticon 2019

Skepticamp Brisbane

Belinda Wilson

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The Skeptic Zone #553 - 26 May 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:04:00 CFI takes legal action against Walmart

Walmart is committing wide-scale consumer fraud and endangering the health of its customers though its sale and marketing of homeopathic medicines, the Center for Inquiry alleges in a lawsuit filed in the District of Columbia on May 20.

We talk to Nicholas Little CFI's Vice President and General Counsel

0:22:00 The ghost tour of haunted Melbourne

On Saturday July 10, 1999, three adventurous Victorian committee members (Rosemary Sceats, Bob Nixon and Jane Curtain) embarked on a fascinating journey through "haunted Melbourne". By Jane M Curtain

0:37:08 Maynard's Spooky Action....

We look at the number of votes for 'The Involuntary Medication Objectors (Vaccination/Fluoride) Party (IMOP)' at the 2019 Australian Federal Election.

Also we hear from Brian Dunning about his new film 'Science Friction'.

0:55:43 Local Council shuts door on Anti-Vaxxers

The Inner West Council in Sydney is taking a strong stand for the health and safety of its local residents.


Skepticon 2019

Surf Coast Spring Skepticamp

Nic Little

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The Skeptic Zone #552 - 19 May 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:02:50 Down the Rabbit Hole

An interview with author Mick West about his new podcast and a discussion about conspiracy theories is in general.

0:21:00 Skeptics Vs Psychic Surgeon

In 1984, two members of Australian Skeptics went undercover to try and expose a psychic surgeon. The whole thing ended up in court with surprising results.


Skepticon 2019

Skepticalcon San Francisco

Mick West

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The Skeptic Zone #551 - 12 May 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders

A Piece of His Mind... with Prof. Paul Willis

The Mystery in the Dinosaur's Belly

Palaeo Pictures is a video documentary production company specialising in stories from palaeontology. They are run by an expert palaeontologist with extensive media production experience. They tell their stories through the palaeontologists and they follow the research as it is actually happening.

0:19:00 Dr Karl... on the RUN!

We catch up, just about, with one Australia's leading science communicators. Dr Karl talks about the Flat Earth movement and the impact of Anti-Vaxers.

0:26:42 Rolling up our Sleeves against the Flu

For the second year running, Australian Skeptics host a flu vaccination clinic in Sydney. Interviews with people prepared to roll up the sleeves to fight the flu. Many thanks to Dr Brad McKay.

Includes the first episode of the new web series, 'fact_me_oz' with Trish Hann.

0:40:10 A Pint of Science

Pint of Science Australia runs events to bring researchers across all fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine to share their recent discoveries with the local community. You don't need any science background to attend a #PintAU19 event. It's an opportunity to find out how research today is impacting our lives tomorrow, ask questions, and to meet some really inspiring people.

A chat with Tom and Jirana, the National directors for Pint of Science Australia.

0:49:16 Life is Wild.... With Michelle Franklin

Do you remember a few years back when a rich and famous actor decided to bring his beloved pets to Australia on a holiday, but instead of doing it the legal way, by putting them through quarantine first, he decided to just smuggle them in and not tell anyone....


Skepticon 2019

Skepticalcon San Francisco

Jesscia and Dr Brad

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The Vaccination Chonicles
Solar Flare


Verna Morris, Maureen Chuck, Ken McLeod, Monica Saville, Dr Richard Gordon, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, John Bundock, Peter Bowditch and Lauren Cochrane with Ada and Jack.



Solar Flare logoThe Band of Power

Join the cast of the Skeptic Zone Podcast, and host of special guests, in their first audio adventure as they board the Australian Space Ship Solar Flare to fight the forces of woo thoughout the galaxy!

Also featuring the hit song
FAR by George Hrab.

It's old time radio from the future!

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