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The Skeptic Zone #452 - 18 June 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:45

Queen’s Birthday honour for Ken Harvey

Dr Ken Harvey, one of Australia’s leading campaigners against pseudomedicine, has been honoured with a Member (AM) in the general division of the Order of Australia in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Harvey is well-known to Skeptics for his ongoing battle, both through and with the Therapeutic Goods Administration, over claims made by alt med companies in their advertising and promotional material. His complaints have all been upheld upon investigation.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/06/14/queens-birthday-honour-for-ken-harvey

0:10:50

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Casey Harrigan

Alcohol is bad for your health. Then it's good. Now it's bad again? Scientists aren't changing their minds - you might just need to look closer at what they're saying.

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-cheers-to-brain-health/

0:12:37

Late Night Radio Skeptics

Saunders' radio segment throughout Australia with Mike Williams. This week we look at Cold Reading.

http://www.4bc.com.au/podcast/richard-saunders-4/

0:29:16

Susan Gerbic Raod Trip

Our international correspondent from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia reports on the recent SkeptiCal meeting and travels to Los Angeles to attend the world premiere of the new science outreach documentary, Principles of Curiosity.

http://principlesofcuriosity.com

Also...

NECSS - New York https://necss.org
CSI Con - Las Vagus http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Susan Gerbic

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The Skeptic Zone #451 - 11 June 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:45

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

An interview with Dylan O'Donnell, an astronomer from Byron Bay who tells of "Star Stuff" where Australia’s leading experts on Space, Cosmology, Astronomy, Astrophsyics, Astrophotgraphy and Science come together for a series of keynote talks on everything from Aboriginal astronomy, space photography, and even the end of the universe.

https://starstuff.com.au

0:21:17

The debate about homeopathy is over. These verdicts prove it.

Writing at Health Spectator, Prof. Edzard Ernst lists international health organisations that have issued strong statements against Homeopathy.

Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor at the University of Exeter, is the author of Homeopathy: The Undiluted Facts and the awardee of the John Maddox Prize 2015 for standing up for science.

https://health.spectator.co.uk/the-debate-about-homeopathy-is-over-these-verdicts-prove-it/

edzardernst.com

0:27:25

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Ben Lewis

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-humans-just-got-older-and-wiser/

Recently discovered human fossils in Morocco have just added 100 000 years to the history of homo sapiens.

0:29:05

Ghost Tour with Stranger Things Down Under

We join the Stranger Things Down Under group, as they set out for a ghost tour of Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour.

With

Lara Benham
Trish Hann
Alethea Dean

https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder

http://www.cockatooisland.gov.au/haunted-tours

Also...

NECSS - New York https://necss.org
CSI Con - Las Vagus http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Stranger Things Down Under group

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The Skeptic Zone #450 - 4 June 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:08:22

Shingles Attack!

Richard Saunders learns first-hand of the real life consequences of having Chicken Pox around 50 years ago. Includes an excerpt from the documentary "The Vaccination Chronicles" with G.P. Dr Richard Gordon talking about the condition.

0:19:20

Edith Cowan Uni bans crystal healing training seminars

The seminars have apparently been running on the university grounds since 2011, and the next was due to take place on June 25. But in response to queries from Australian Skeptics Inc, ECU Vice-Chancellor Prof Steve Chapman says that “We have written to the organisation and requested that they remove all reference to these events on their website.”

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/05/31/edith-cowan-uni-bans-crystal-healing-training-seminars

0:23:40

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Ben Lewis

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-iheart-hacking

If you were going to hack a device, a pacemaker might not be your first choice. But with over 8000 security vulnerabilities it might be your easiest choice.

0:26:10

Speical Report from Susan Gerbic

Join Susan as she wanders around the Monterey Bay Aquarium and tells of the importance of supporting scientific institutions to save them from resorting to so-called Ghost Tours.

http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.com.au

0:32:20

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

Armed with a new PhD from the University of Wollongong, anti-vaccination campaigner Judy Wilyman has lashed out at a West Australian journalist who questioned the science behind a new documentary on supposed links between vaccines and autism.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/antivaxxer-putting-her-new-phd-to-good-effect/news-story/e13162f0b86d332e688ea81761413314

0:39:16

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Maynard tries is hand at CPR! Will the dummy survive?

Another Sydney Skeptics in the Pub with a talk by Trish Hann on basic CPR techniques. Maynard also asks pubbers why they think more people don't apply for the Skeptics' prize money. With Jessica Singer - Lara Benham - Dr Brad McKay - Tim Mendham - Ian Bryce and Alethia Dean.

Also...

NECSS - New York https://necss.org
CSI Con - Las Vagus http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
SkepticCal - California http://www.skepticalcon.com
QED - Manchester qedcon.org

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Trish Hann

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The Skeptic Zone #449 - 28 May 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:07:28

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

'Your presence here will cause babies to die' - Dr Lance O'Sullivan stuns guests at anti-vax doco by leaping on stage to explain why their message is a killer.

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/watch-your-presence-here-cause-babies-die-dr-lance-osullivan-stuns-guests-anti-vax-doco-leaping-stage-explain-why-their-message-killer?auto=5445517891001

0:24:10

Disabled boy in danger of malnutrition removed from parents

Online petition calls for malnourished son of anti-vaxxer to be returned home. Supporters of a prominent anti-vaxxer whose disabled and malnourished young son was taken by family services have launched an online petition to have him returned.

Documents obtained by the ABC show the four-year-old boy, whose family lives in Newcastle, was severely underfed and was at immediate risk of serious harm.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-22/petition-calls-for-anti-vaxxers-malnourished-son-to-return-home/8547506

0:29:33

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

Interview with Casey Harrigan

https://www.australiascience.tv

Casey joins us from Australia Science TV to chat about how Brew Ha Ha is made and her role in collecting interesting science reports each week.

0:38:44

Mind Body Wallet for May 2017

We tag along with the Stranger Things Downunder group to discover and rediscover the "wonders" of Mind Body Wallet.

https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder/

0:49:12

“Experimental” Webster technique approved by Chiropractic Australia

Chiropractic is in the news again (or should that be, “still in the news”). ABC Radio National’s The World Today program ran a piece on chiropractors who are still advertising their provision of the Webster technique to pregnant women, in defiance of warnings from the Chiropractic Board and the College of Obstetricians to stop it.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/05/23/experimental-webster-technique-approved-by-chiropractic-australia/

Also...

NECSS - New York https://necss.org
CSI Con - Las Vagus http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
SkepticCal - California http://www.skepticalcon.com
QED - Manchester qedcon.org

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

Casey Harrigan

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The Skeptic Zone #448 - 21 May 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:24

Government funding for UFO group

News reports read by Shelley Stocken, followed by an interview with leading UFO expert Dr Steve Roberts from Australian Skeptics.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/central-coast-ufo-group-funding-mystery-federal-minister-calls-for-urgent-review/news-story/0a8ddefe6910b00e67b660b40dcc06a6

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-18/porter-launches-probe-into-taxpayer-funding-of-ufo-group/8539084

0:25:00

Complementary medicines body under fire over evidence-based and environmental issues

The National Institute of Complementary Medicines is once again under fire for promoting unproven products, as well as having inconsistent views on the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicines.

The Australian Skeptics have renewed their campaign against the NICM, accusing it of “apparent endorsement of unproven ‘traditional medicine’ treatments”.

https://ajp.com.au/news/unproven-issues

0:31:53

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Casey Harrigan

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-earths-accidental-force-field/

Humanity has accidentally crafted ourselves a nifty little space bubble to protect us from cosmic radiation because of very low frequency radio transmissions to submarines. Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

0:34:33

Pro Vaccine Measures in 2017 Budget

The anti-vaccination lobby will not be pleased with the 2017 Federal Budget.

Following on its No Jab No Pay policy, the government has decided that families who fail to immunise their children and who fail to get a health check on their 4-year-olds will lose $28 a fortnight from the Family Tax Benefit.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/05/10/pro-vaccine-measures-in-2017-budget

0:39:11

Disabled boy in danger of malnutrition removed from parents

CHILD protection authorities have removed a severely disabled four-year-old from his parents because the boy was deemed at risk of serious harm due to malnutrition.

Last year his parents stopped the prescribed total nutrition formula diet fed through a tube into the boy’s stomach in favour of a “natural diet of pureed fruit and vegetables” and cannabis oil.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/disabled-boy-in-danger-of-malnutrition-removed-from-parents/news-story/e939768a2f0927b89fbd1abb2e8658ee

Also...

NECSS - New York https://necss.org
CSI Con - Las Vagus http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
SkepticCal - California http://www.skepticalcon.com
QED - Manchester qedcon.org

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

Dr Steve Roberts

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The Skeptic Zone #447 - 14 May 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:08:24

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

Rates of Whooping Cough are on the increase in the very region of NSW infested by the anti-vaccination brigade. This week Heidi looks at this increasing problem for not only children, but for the rest of society.

Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters
http://nrvs.info

0:23:30

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Ben Lewis

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-csiro-email-leaks/

Emails leaked from the CSIRO show that it can sometimes be Scientist Vs Management ... but we've got a better idea about where scientific leaks should wind up!

0:25:20

EUROPEAN SKEPTICS CONGRESS

Claire Klingenberg joins us to talk about the 17th European Skeptics Congress.

17TH EUROPEAN SKEPTICS CONGRESS - September 2017

http://euroscepticscon.org

http://www.sysifos.cz

0:33:25

Dr Rachie Reports... with Dr Rachael Dunlop

From 2010, Dr Rachie and Dr Krissy Wilson appear on the Glenn Wheeler radio show to chat about Power Bands, UFOs and more.

Also...

Richard Saunders' radio segment on Cold Reading
http://www.4bc.com.au/podcast/richard-saunders-4

NECSS - New York https://necss.org
CSI Con - Las Vagus http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
SkepticCal - California http://www.skepticalcon.com

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

Clair Klingenberg

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The Skeptic Zone #446 - 7 May 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

Includes interviews from Skeptics in the Pub and Susan Gerbic on the phone?

Susan Gerbic's talk
http://www.baskeptics.org

0:12:00

Interview with Michael Marshall

eBay removes listings for dangerous cancer ‘cure’ after investigation by Good Thinking

eBay has removed all listings for black salve after an investigation by Good Thinking revealed that the dangerous (and ineffective) alternative cancer ‘cure’ was not only available for purchase from the company’s website, but could be delivered via their ‘Click and Collect’ service to a large number of high street stores.

Good Thinking
http://goodthinkingsociety.org/

QED
https://qedcon.org/

0:31:20

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Casey Harrigan

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-britain-goes-coal-free/

Britain has gone coal-free for 24 hours for the first time since the Industrial Revolution!

0:35:16

Interview with Dr Paul Doherty - And Then You're DeadBook Cover

What would happen if you stuck your head into a nuclear particle accelerator? What if you jumped into an interstellar black hole, or slipped out of a deep-sea submarine wearing only a pair of Speedos?

And Then You're Dead: The world's most interesting ways to die, gives serious answers to these horribly interesting questions in a way a layperson can understand.

Dr Paul Doherty is co-director and senior staff scientist at the famed San Francisco Exploratorium Museum. He has co-written numerous books, including The Exploratorium Science Snackbook, Explorabook, and Klutz Book Of Magnetic Magic.

http://www.booktopia.com.au/and-then-you-re-dead-paul-doherty/prod9781760290962.html

San Francisco Exploratorium
https://www.exploratorium.edu/

Also...

NECSS - New York https://necss.org
CSI Con - Las Vagus http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org

Australia - http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/05/04/tickets-now-available-for-skepticon

Origami Pigasus to print
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Origami_Pigasus.jpg

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

Michael Marshall

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The Skeptic Zone #445 - 30 April 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:16

Ben Radford

A new skeptical podcast is in town! Squaring the Strange brings evidence-based analysis and commentary to a wide variety of topics, ranging from the paranormal to the political. Investigating ghosts. Debunking conspiracies. Dodging chupacabras. If a claim seems strange, Ben and Pascual will try to square it with the facts.

https://squaringthestrange.wordpress.com

0:27:35

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Kelly Wong

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-new-hope-for-premmies/

Brew Ha Ha – New Hope for Premmies - An artificial womb has been successfully used to gestate premature lambs, and the next step could be to help premature human babies. But it does raise some questions.

0:29:20

James Randi in Australia - Press reviews from 1980

The archives of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper prove to be a gold mine of information about the 1980 visit of James Randi. We read how Randi and Dick Smith ran water divining tests at the time. Also coverd is the infamous occasion Randi was kicked off the Don Lane TV chat show.

Sydney Morning Herald - 17 Aug 1980
https://tinyurl.com/klckzem

Sydney Morning Herald - 11 Oct 1980
http://tinyurl.com/kmt78w9

Sydney Morning Herald - 9 Novt 1980
http://tinyurl.com/mw5ho4n

Nine News - Don Lane Show (walkoff)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQp3rI6B9Z4

0:46:30

Maynard and Tim Ferguson

What have Maynard and Tim been up to since winning their podcasting award? We head to Madame Frou Frou cafe in Glebe to crash their breakfast.

http://www.maynard.com.au

Also...

Sydney Skeptic in the Pub
https://www.skeptics.com.au/2014/03/02/sydney-skeptics-in-the-pub-14/

Origami Pigasus to print
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Origami_Pigasus.jpg

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

Ben Radford

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The Skeptic Zone #444 - 23 April 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:35

Anti-Vaxxers ordered to "Please Explain" Fundraising

The NSW government has served papers on the Australian [anti] Vaccination-Skeptics Network as one step in the government’s inquiry into its fundraising activities.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/04/16/anti-vaxxers-ordered-to-please-explain-fundraising/

0:11:50

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Casey Harrigan

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-sperm-drug-smugglers/

Researchers have created a hilarious but incredible new way of tackling cancers. They've recruited sperm to deliver drugs direct to cancer cells. Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee.

0:14:42

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Sydney March for Science

A HUGE day out for Maynard and the Skeptic Zone crew in Sydney as we cover the March for Science on the 22nd of April. Included in the report is the press release from Australian Skeptics, and interviews with...

Dr Karl - Eran Segev - Jessica Singer - Tim Mendham - Prof. Mike Archer - Alethea Dean - Julie McCrossin - Lara Benham and many, many more!

Full video report here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXN2iA48qrw

0:58:40

Washington D.C. March for Science

The talented Celestia Ward and the skillful Dr Angie Mattke send us a report live from the march in Washington.... followed by reflection on the event.... and pizza!

http://www.2headsstudios.com

Also...

Origami Pigasus to print
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Origami_Pigasus.jpg

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

Dr Karl and Maynard

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The Skeptic Zone #443 - 16 April 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

Incudes an update on the Belle Gibson story and details on the March for Science in Sdyney.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/apr/07/belle-gibson-hit-with-30000-in-court-costs-over-false-cancer-claims

https://marchforscienceaustralia.org/

0:11:32

Late Night Radio Skeptics

Saunders' radio segment throughout Australia with Mike Williams. This week we look at strange energies and even stranger claims.

http://www.4bc.com.au/podcast/richard-saunders/

0:23:46

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Kelly Wong

https://www.australiascience.tv/?s=Brew

Black liquorice jelly beans are the worst jelly beans! A Canadian man was recently hospitalised because of his addiction to these treats

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee ? bit.ly/2o0fMN6

0:25:15

$10 Million Dollars!

Vitamin company Blackmores has donated $10 million to the National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University.

The amount – described as “untied” and “a gift” – is a 50/50 split between the Blackmore Foundation, run by Marcus and Caroline Blackmore, and the Blackmores company itself. It is said to be “the most significant investment into research and development in the history of the company”.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/04/04/blackmores-donates-10m-to-uws-alt-med-researchers/

0:32:24 The Investigators - Psychic Services

From 30 years ago, "The Investigators" TV show checks out various sellers of new age flim flam. Also interviewd is Barry Williams from Australian Skeptics.

Also...

https://www.skeptics.com.au/features/bent-spoon

Origami Pigasus to print
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Origami_Pigasus.jpg

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

Skeptical Cats

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The Vaccination Chonicles
 
Solar Flare

Featuring

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.

YouTube
http://youtu.be/mTprFOmIjIg

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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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