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The Skeptic Zone #401 - 26.June.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:09:15

Michelle Franklin and ghosts?

We catch up with Michelle from the Darwin Skeptics who tells us about her recent appearance on radio to give the skeptical point of view on a good old fashion ghost story.

0:22:00

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson interviews Tracy from the Facebook group, 'Stop The Austrailian Vaccination Skeptics Network' (or SAVN). Find out what impact they have had via their untiring efforts.

0:37:44

Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit

Carl Sagan had a wonderful mind that was capable of cutting through all the noise and clearly communicating and inspiring millions. He may indeed be sadly missed, but his words and thoughts still echo loudly even today.

0:43:55

Dr Will Grant from CPAS

Kevin Davies interviews Dr Will Grant, a lecturer, researcher and graduate studies convener at CPAS.

Dr Grant's research and writing has focused on the intersection of society, politics and science, and how the relationships between these are changing with new technologies.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Darwin Skeptics

Stop The AVN

Carl Sagon's Baloney Kit

CPAS

Wholesome Show

Canberra Skeptics

Michelle Franklin

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #400 - 19.June.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders and Stefan Sojka

0:09:15

Good Thinking with Michael Marshall

NHS Liverpool CCG ends funding for homeopathy - The Good Thinking Society welcomed today’s decision by NHS Liverpool CCG to decommission homeopathy services. The decision comes after months of public consultation which showed overwhelming support from Liverpool residents for an end to funding.

0:30:52

The Cass Files with Dr Cassandra Perryman

Meet our new reporter, Dr Cassandra who is a PhD in Psychology, specialising in research methods, analysis, and ethics. She's a bicoastal girl who talks to her cats, and reads way too much Pratchett, Gaiman, and Butcher.

0:36:33

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Supanova 2016

Look out! It's Maynard and Tim Ferguson for a quick hello and a chance for Richard to thank Maynard for all his hard work.

0:40:00

Labor scraps rebates for natural therapies

Update...

Taxpayers won't be subsidising them if Bill Shorten becomes prime minister.

0:45:44 The Skeptics Guide to the Universe

The SGU rouges drop by to wish the Skeptic Zone a happy 400th episode.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

The Good Thinking Society

NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

Labor slammed planned natural therapies rebate cut

Thee Skeptics Guide to the Universe

 

Show 400

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #399 - 12.June.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:09:18

Labor scraps rebates for natural therapies

Taxpayers won't be subsidising them if Bill Shorten becomes prime minister.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen announced on Friday that from July 1, 2017, taxpayer-funded private health insurance rebates would no longer be available for natural therapies.

0:12:10

The Good Thinking Society welcomes NHS Liverpool CCG’s report on homeopathy funding

Continued funding or end of funding to be decided on June 14. The Good Thinking Society welcomed a report from NHS Liverpool CCG on the subject of homeopathy, which showed overwhelming support from Liverpool residents for an end to funding.

0:16:24

Does Naturopathy work? The truth about ‘natural’ medicine - Shelley Stocken

Recent reports of a Sydney naturopath allegedly endangering the life of a baby; the son of a naturopath shunning radiotherapy for “alternative therapies”; and a disgraced Gold Coast doctor turning to naturopathy rather than maintaining her registration raise the question, what’s the deal with naturopathy?

0:22:53

Dr Brad McKay on TV

Dr Brad appears on TODAY Extra and calls out homeopathy for what it is! What do the viewers think?

0:31:46 Failed stockbroking firm consulting a psychic

Glenn Rosewall, executive chairman of the failed stockbroking firm BBY, was consulting a psychic and ‘vibrational healer’ for at least 12 months prior to the firm’s demise, according to sources.
0:37:43

Threats of assault against Reasonable Hank

Explicit and direct threats of physical assault towards the blogger uploaded to facebook.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

The Good Thinking Society

Labor scraps rebates for natural therapies

Does Naturopathy work? The truth about ‘natural’ medicine - Shelley Stocken

Dr Brad McKay on TV

Failed stockbroking firm consulting a psychic

Threats of assault against Reasonable Hank

Shelly Stocken

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The Skeptic Zone #398 - 5.June.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:09:18

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard at Paracon 2016 Part #2

High up in the Blue Mountains, Maynard goes looking for ghosts, aliens and the unknown... but instead finds...

  • Sheryl Gottschall
  • Delegates
  • Calvin Von Crush
0:32:42

The Raw Skeptic Report

Anti-vaccination activists crash immunisation seminar

A public seminar on immunisation in Perth was forced to close early after anti-vaccination activists hijacked the event and called doctors liars.

0:48:15 Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

This week we ask the big question, what would you think if we make contact with aliens?

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Calvin Von Crush Official

Anti-Vax activists Disprut Meeting - Video

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Calvin Von Crush

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #397 - 29.May.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders and Maynard

0:04:05

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard at Paracon 2016 Part #1

High up in the Blue Mountains, Maynard goes looking for ghosts, aliens and the unknown... but instead finds...

  • Richard Saunders
  • Alex Cayas
  • Beth Luscombe

Part #2 next week

0:27:02

Media Guide to Skepticism

With Sharon Hill

To provide a clear, easy-to-read guide about the “Skeptical” viewpoint as subscribed to by many who might call themselves Skeptics or critical thinkers; to distinguish practical Skepticism from the popular use of the phrase “I’m skeptical,” and from those who claim to be “skeptics” regarding some well-established conclusions (such as climate change).

0:40:30 Legal action against fake cancer sufferer

Consumer Affairs Victoria is preparing to take legal action against fake cancer sufferer Belle Gibson following an in-depth investigation into alleged contraventions of Australian consumer law.
0:45:44

Skeptic Zone / Bunga Bunga Cross Over

Maynard and Tim Ferguson confront Richard Saunders about... the Mars landings?

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Paracon Australia

Australian Skeptics Dinner Talk

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Alex Cayas

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #396 - 22.May.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:28

The Australian Sex Party

We chat to Dr Meredith Doig to discover more about this political party and their strong stand on science and reason.

0:20:45

Dr Rachie Reports... with Dr Rachael Dunlop

The vitamin and supplement industry is big business in Australia. An estimated 75% of the population use some form of complementary medicines, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, aromatherapy and homeopathic products.

But some vitamin supplements and protein powders at best don’t work and, at worst, can cause harm.

0:31:00

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson with more news of Chiropractors allegedly caught sneaking into maternity wards to treat newborns.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

The Australian Sex Party

Dr Rachie - The Conversation
Supplements are an expensive
and potentially toxic lucky dip

Paracon Australia

Reasonable Hank Blog

Australian Skeptics Dinner Talk

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

MADD Club video - Action with Maynard

Dr M Doig

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #395 - 15.May.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:05

Employing Naturopaths in Chemists

Comments on a report by Jane Hansen about the push to sell even more quackery in your local chemist shop.

0:15:20

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard and the Doctor

Lindsay "The Doctor" McDougall is an Australian rock guitarist and radio presenter. Since 1996, he has been the lead guitarist in punk rock band, Frenzal Rhomb. What are his views on being skeptical?

0:25:18

Anti-vaccination PhD

Details have come to light about the examiners’ assessments of Judy Wilyman’s anti-vaccination PhD thesis at the University of Wollongong, with “serious concerns” and “very critical” comments made about the anti-vaccination document that claims pro-vaccination conspiracies on a global scale.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Employing naturopaths in chemists

Paracon Australia

Australian Skeptics Dinner Talk

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

The Doctor and Maynard

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #394 - 8.May.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders & Maynard

0:03:24

Choice Magazine

Join Maynard, Tim Mendham and Richard Saunders as they head to the HQ of Choice Magazine and chat with Tom Godfrey.

0:22:13

Chiropractor Cracks Baby's Spine

Yet more on the story that doctors condemn. A shocking video of a crying FOUR-DAY-OLD baby having her back cracked by a chiropractor has gone viral online.

0:33:00

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Conspiracy theories at Skeptics in the Pub

Maynard looks behind the stinking curtain of conspiracy and chats to Dr Chris Fleming, Jessica Singer, Dr Brad McKay and Ian Bryce.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

CHOICE Magazine

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy calls for action against rogue chiropractors

The Crack Heard Round the World

Jon Faine interviews CAA Deputy President

Ian Rossborough on TV's Studio 10

Paracon Australia

Australian Skeptics Dinner Talk

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Tom Godrey

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #393 - 1.May.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:41

Chiropractor Cracks Baby's Spine

More on the story that doctors condemn. A shocking video of a crying FOUR-DAY-OLD baby having her back cracked by a chiropractor has gone viral online.

0:11:48

The Rotten Thread of Conspiracy Theories

This week Australia stopped to remember the Port Arthur massacre of 1996. Sadly but predictably, conspiracy theories continue to dog the friends and family of those lost.

0:25:20

Vaxxed

Amid World Immunisation Week, a film by a frontman for the anti-vaccination movement is being rolled out in US cinemas. From the Brisbane Times.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

The Project - Port Arthur

Skeptoid - The Port Arthur Massacre

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

Paracon Australia

Vaxxed - Brisbane Times

Australian Skeptics Dinner Talk

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Port Arthur

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #392 - 24.April.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders and Maynard

0:05:05

Maynard's Spooky Action..

At the Lawrence Leung Show

We attend the new live show, "Very Strange Things" and chat to Eran Segev and Lawrence about magic, mentalism and being skeptical.

0:24:43

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson is live on the spot to bring us reports from the first Skeptic in the Pub in the Northern Rivers of NSW.

0:39:23

Chiropractor Cracks Baby's Spine

Doctors condemn shocking video of a crying FOUR-DAY-OLD baby having her back cracked by a chiropractor - because she is suffering from colic.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Lawrence Leung's new show

Rainbow Region Skeptics in the Pub

Chiro wars on ABC RN

Doctors condemn shocking video

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Lawrence Leung

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #391 - 17.April.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:55

Lawrence Leung

We catch up with Australia's clown prince of skeptical fun and adventure to find out about his new live show, "Very Strange Things".

0:21:10

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson gives us her no nonsense report on Diphtheria.

0:36:18

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Random interviews from a Skeptics' Dinner

Maynard chats with

  • Dr Mel Thomson from Melburne
  • Cassandra Perryman from Brisbane
  • Wade Ness from Brisbane
  • Tim Mendham from Sydney

Includes A Walk In The Black Forest
and a ride in the Skeptic Zone car.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Lawrence Leung's new show

Brisbane Skeptic Society

Maynard and Saunders promo video for Paracon

Paracon Australia

Cowgirl chooses alternative therapies to treat cancer

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

LL

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #390 - 10.April.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:15

Maynard's Spooky Action..

The evolution of antievolutionism.

Maynard Interviews Dr Nick Matzke, a postdoctoral scientist at ANU, holding a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council.

Includes A Walk In The Black Forest.

0:26:07

Dr Rachie Reports... With Dr Rachael Dunlop

In the past week, Dr Rachie appeared on the popular Sunrise TV show to talk about the case of parents who cannot agree on vaccination.

0:31:25 Gold Coast mother passed on whooping cough to baby after refusing vaccine.

The mother, who has gone public in a video posted on the Gold Coast Health website to warn others, said she had refused the vaccine because she was a healthy “organic” kind of woman.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

The fabulous art of Celestia Ward - Two Heads Studios

Maynard and Saunders promo video for Paracon

Paracon Australia

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Maynard

Direct download:
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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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Also featuring the hit song
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It's old time radio from the future!

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