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The Skeptic Zone #482 - 14 Jan 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:57

Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes

Britt Hermes, a noted skeptical campaigner, has been taken to court in Germany by US-based naturopath ‘Dr’ Colleen Huber, claiming that Britt has defamed her. For this reason, Australian Skeptics Inc is managing a fundraising campaign to assist Britt in her current legal action.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

0:10:50

Trish Hann and Medical Superstitions

Diagnostic Radiographer Trish Hann tells us of some of the supersitions she has encountered in her years of work at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Also her concerns with chiropractic neck manipulation.

https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/rpa/services.html

0:40:20

NSW children die from ’preventable’ diseases

FIFTY-FOUR NSW children have likely died from diseases for which a vaccine was available, and almost half of the deaths over the past decade were considered “preventable”. Story by Danielle Le Messurier, The Daily Telegraph

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/nsw-children-die-from-preventable-diseases/news-story/84af0ebaaeeb6e6f47fc8f3dd190771c

Also...

Australian Skeptics on the radio

https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=Skeptics

Trish Hann


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The Skeptic Zone #481 - 7 Jan 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:15

Big Trees are...... BIG!

Join Dr Eugenie Scott and Richard Saunders as they wander through Big Trees State Park in California.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a state park of California, United States, preserving two groves of giant sequoia trees. It is located 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Arnold, California in the middle elevations of the Sierra Nevada.

https://www.stateparks.com/calaveras_big_trees_state_park_in_california.html

http://w3w.co/myths.blitz.tighter

0:22:58

Maynard's Spooky Action!

During the recent Australian Skeptics convention, Maynard interviewed Catherine Hughes from the Light for Riley group. Also Mandy-Lee Noble with more insights into the pros and cons of weight loss.

https://www.facebook.com/lightforriley/



Big Trees


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The Skeptic Zone #480 - 31 Dec 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:45

Flat Earth.... Again!

On a fine sunny day in San Francisco, Moriel Schottlender chats to Richard Saunders about the ongoing conspiracy theory of the Flat Earth.

https://www.popsci.com/10-ways-you-can-prove-earth-is-round

https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home

0:23:40

Running a Skeptics in the Pub

Pint Sized Fun – Australia has had a close association with the history of those informal gatherings known as Skeptics in the Pub. Tim Mendham reports on the highs, lows and current state of the SitP movement.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine/

0:37:00

Fortune Teller - Musée Mécanique

The Musée Mécanique, one of the world's largest (over 200) privately owned collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines in their original working condition. (You can play them!)

Located on Pier 45 at the foot of Taylor Street in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Free Admission Every Day!

http://www.museemecaniquesf.com/



Moriel Schottlender


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The Skeptic Zone #479 - 24 Dec 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:17

Again with the UFOs

A video capturing an unidentified object flying off the coast of San Diego in 2004 has been released by the US Department of Defense. The program (2007 - 2012) collected video and audio recordings of reported U.F.O. incidents, including footage from a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet showing an aircraft surrounded by some kind of glowing aura traveling at high speed and rotating as it moves.

https://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/pentagon-ufo-video/

https://badufos.blogspot.com.au/2017/12/about-those-glowing-auras-in-pentagon.html

0:12:00

Maynard's Spooky Action!

During the recent Australian Skeptics convention, Maynard interviewed Michelle Vernon from University of Newcastle Atheist & Skeptic Society and also science presenter Adam Spencer.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/UoNAtheistSociety/

https://www.adamspencer.com.au/

0:25:35

2017 - The year in review

We hear from Susan Gerbic - Celestia Ward - Evan Bernstein



Adam Spencer


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The Skeptic Zone #478 - 17 Dec 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:12

Maynard's Spooky Action!

Time again for Sydney Skeptics in the Pub. December's guest was Samuel Hutchinson who gave a preview of his documenatary film ' Conspirituality'. We also here from pubbers who give their opinon on the project.

Includes A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev.

https://www.facebook.com/mustgofasterfilms

0:23:13

Anti-vaxxer on the hunt for $$$

The on-again-off-again head of the Australian [anti] Vaccination-skeptics Network (AVSN) is trying to raise $5000 per month via the Patroen site to “help make my dream of widespread vaccination education become a reality and – nearly as important – make nocompulsoryvaccination the anti-choice government’s and pharma’s biggest nightmare!”

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/11/29/anti-vaxxer-meryl-dorey-spruiking-for/

0:28:05

Spoon Bending on the Radio

Richard heads into the studios of Talking Lifestyle in Sydney to bend some spoons with presenters John Stanley and Garry Linnell. Audio credit Macquarie Media 2017.

See the highlight video here:

https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/podcast/video-gellers-spoon-bending-fact-or-fiction

Also...

Bunga Bunga LIVE 19th of Dec.
http://maynard.com.au/bunga-bunga-xmas-2017/

Radio Studio


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The Skeptic Zone #477 - 10 Dec 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:10

The Raw Skeptic Report with Heidi Robertson

"VACCINES killed my baby.”

That’s the alarming headline on a pamphlet currently being dropped in letter boxes around the country. It’s emotive, terrifying, and wrong. Story by Jane Hansen.

0:16:30

Maynard's Spooky Action!

More interviews and insights from Skepticon 2017 including;

Mandy-Lee Noble
Tim Mendham

0:26:08

An interview with Alan Melikdjanian aka Captain Disillusion.

http://captaindisillusion.com

The Unbearable Loneliness of Being Right on the Internet: Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbeXdotc5FU

0:43:43

A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev

This week Eran chats to Jakub Kroulik at the European Skeptics Congress about Exorcism by Hypnosis.

Also...

Bunga Bunga LIVE 19th of Dec.
http://maynard.com.au/bunga-bunga-xmas-2017/

Blue Mountains Skeptics Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1121976514605992/

Capt. D


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The Skeptic Zone #476 - 3 Dec 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:50

Water Divining .... still a thing?

We chat to Prof. Richard Wiseman in the UK about companies still using the services of water diviners to look for ..... water!

https://richardwiseman.wordpress.com/

0:26:30

Maynard's Spooky Action!

Reactions of the audience to the Skeptic Zone LIVE.

Includes interviews with Dr Karl, Dr Brad, Heidi Robertson, Mandy-Lee Noble, Stefan Sojka and more.

0:42:34

A Skeptical Birthday

Join a small but happy crew at the club at the end of the street as we eat, drink and be merry and chat about skeptical issues like... UFOs.

Also...

Bunga Bunga LIVE 19th of Dec.
http://maynard.com.au/bunga-bunga-xmas-2017/

Mordi Skeptics
https://www.meetup.com/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub/

UFOs - Are they myth... or do they actually exist?
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/darwin/programs/afternoons/ufo-sceptic-richard-saunders/9202932

Australian Skeptics
- Late night radio segment with Mike Williams
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Australian Skeptics
- Breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell
https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=Skeptics

Prof. Richard Wiseman


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The Skeptic Zone #475 - 26 Nov 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:50

Maynard's Spooky Action!

We join Maynard at the pre-convention drinks in Sydney. Skeptics from all over Australia and overseas crammed into one pub!

Includes Paul Gibbs, Beth Place, Heidi Robertson, Paul Roberts, Eran Segev, Joanne Benhamu, Trish Hann, Dr Brad McKay, Jessica Singer and Richard Saunders.

0:31:00

2017 Bent Spoon to NICM; Skeptic of the Year Christine Bayne

Every year, Australian Skeptics hand out a range of awards – some positive, and the not-so-desirable Bent Spoon. This year’s winners include a couple of key campaigners against pseudomedicine, and one university-based proponent of pseudomedicine.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/11/19/2017-bent-spoon-to-nicm-skeptic-of-the-year-christine-bayne/

0:37:05

Blue Mountains Skeptics in the Pub

We take a train up to Wentworth Falls in the Blue Moutains west of Sdydney to kick off the first Skeptics in the Pub. Good food, good beer and a piano. With Peter Bowdtich and Tim Medham.

Blue Mountains Skeptics Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1121976514605992/

Grand View Hotel
https://tinyurl.com/y6uudb94

0:49:05

United action by Skeptics on anti-vax presentation – Sydney Council under fire

The cancellation of the listing for an anti-vaccination lecture, posted on the City of Sydney Council’s “what’s on” site, is indicative of the sort of rapid and definitive results that can be achieved by concerted and united action by Skeptics.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/11/20/united-action-by-skeptics-on-anti-vax-presentation-sydney-council-under-fire/

Also...

Bunga Bunga LIVE 19th of Dec.
http://maynard.com.au/bunga-bunga-xmas-2017/

Mordi Skeptics
https://www.meetup.com/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub/

Star Trek Continues
http://www.startrekcontinues.com/

Australian Skeptics
- Late night radio segment with Mike Williams
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Australian Skeptics
- Breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell
https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=Skeptics

Jessica Schab


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The Skeptic Zone #474 - 19 Nov 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders, Stefan Sojka and Maynard

0:05:20

A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev

The skeptical community has a role to play when it comes to stopping sexist behaviour and harassment. Eran gives us his point of view and what we can do.

0:17:00

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson looks at a Tick Repellent.

0:36:24

"Dr" Stefan Sojka

Scientists, vested interests, big pharma, corporate media, greenies, the illuminati and the social justice warriors of the far left have been hiding a shocking truth from you… We are living in a parallel universe to the one we thought we were living in!

0:44:40

The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble

Looking at the science behind your weight and fad diets.

Bacon, L., & Aphramor, L. (2011). Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift. Nutrition Journal, 10(1), 9. https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-2891-10-9

Matheson, E. M., King, D. E., & Everett, C. J. (2012). Healthy Lifestyle Habits and Mortality in Overweight and Obese Individuals. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 25(1), 9–15. https://doi.org/10.3122/jabfm.2012.01.110164

McAuley, P. A., & Blair, S. N. (2011). Obesity paradoxes. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(8), 773–782. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.553965

Wing, R. R., & Phelan, S. (2005). Long-term weight loss maintenance. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 82(1 Suppl), 225S. https://doi.org/82/1/222S [pii]

Also...

Gold Coast Skeptics
https://www.gcskeptics.com/

Australian Skeptics
- Late night radio segment with Mike Williams
http://www.2gb.com/podcast/richard-saunders-from-australian-skeptics-society/

Australian Skeptics
- Breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell
https://omny.fm/shows/john-and-garry/the-skeptics-debunk-all-things-ufo-or-do-they

Jessica Schab


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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
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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!

Solar Flare episode 1


The Skeptic Zone Podcast is an independent production by Richard Saunders and the team of reporters. The views and opinions expressed on the Skeptics Zone Podcast are not necessarily those Australian Skeptics Inc. or any other skeptical organisation.
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