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The Skeptic Zone #339 - 19.April.2015

0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders.
0:04:30

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson talks about her week in front of the TV cameras and the current vaccination situation in Mullumbimby.

0:30:40 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:35:00 StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

News on the upcoming TV show on the National Geographic Channel..
0:40:42

An open letter to Brisbane City Council

Ross Balch reads a letter in response to a banner promoting the kooky, nutty, crackers, absurd, daffy and ridiculous delusion of Homeopathy.

 

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Heidi Robertson on Prime News

Heidi Robertson on NBN News

Heidi Robertson on The 7.30 Report

Alison Gaylard on the TODAY Show

Brisbane Skeptic Society

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

The Raw Skeptic

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The Skeptic Zone #338 - 12.April.2015

0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders with news on the Australian Government's action on anti-vaxxers.
0:11:24

András Pintér

We chat to András Pintér from the Hungarian Skeptic Society and find out what's going on with science and reason in that part of the world.

0:33:10 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:37:46

Maynard's Spooky Action...

Maynard heads to Sydney Skeptics in the Pub and chats to Gabrielle Maston, a qualified clinical and sports dietitian, about food facts and fads.

 

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

No jab – no play and no pay for child care

Szkeptikus Társaság

Two decades of skepticism in Hungary

Swedish Skeptics

Evidence Please

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

András Gábor Pintér

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The Skeptic Zone #337 - 5.April.2015

0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders, Jo Alabaster and Maynard
0:05:00

Dr Keren Landsman

We chat to Dr Keren Landsman from Tel Aviv about the efforts in Israel to combat the anti-vaccination movement.

0:25:35 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:29:38

Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo once again takes on World Homeopathy Awareness week and hopes everyone will indeed become aware of this outlandish quackery.

0:41:10

Maynard's Spooky Action...

Maynard heads to Sydney Skeptics in the Pub and asks the big questions... Have you tired a fad diet and do you have a plot for the new X-Files?

 

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

midaat.org.il

Evidence Please

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Pontus Bockman

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The Skeptic Zone #336 - 29.March.2015

0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders, Jo Alabaster and Maynard
0:03:20

Swedish Skeptics

We chat to Pontus Bockman, a board member of the Swedish Skeptics, about the movement in the land of Ikea, ABBA, Ace of Base, and Meatballs.

0:26:07 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:30:00

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson looks at the best treatment for asthma.... and then reports on some of the bad ideas and treatments from the mixed up world of alt. med.

 

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Swedish Skeptics

Accredited First Aid with Heidi Robertson

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters Group

Pontus Bockman

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The Skeptic Zone #335 - 22.March.2015

0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:03:30

Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo, with the help of Richard Saunders and Ian Bryce, looks at some of the claims made by new age shops in Newtown, Sydney.

0:36:55 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:40:04

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson reports on the sad news of a baby lost of Whooping Cough. Also an important announcement by the NSW government.

 

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Canberra Skeptics

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters Group

Jo Alabaster and Heidi Roberston

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #334 - 15.March.2015

0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:03:30

New Zealand is Skeptical!

We chat to Mark Honeychurch from NZ Skeptics and find out what's going on way down under.

0:23:20 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:27:15

NHMRC on homeopathy

NHMRC releases statement and advice on homeopathy and the homeopaths are not very happy.

0:39:00

A chat with Jeff Wagg

Jeff was in Sydney with a group of adventure seekers to set sail to the south Pacific.

 

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

The NZ Skeptics Society

If you knew Shuzi the Shuzi ‘nano-vibrational technology’

NHMRC releases statement and advice on homeopathy

CMA Disappointed with NHMRC Statement on Homeopathy

Australian Homoeopathic Association's statment

College of Curiosity

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Saunders and Wagg

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The Skeptic Zone #333 - 8.March.2015

0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders and Maynard
0:03:40

More love from mother Russia

We chat to Kirill Alferov to find out what the Russian Skeptics are up to and how they go about testing strange claims.

0:29:00 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:33:15

Testing the Premium Wine Card

Join us at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub as we put the Premium Wine Card to an informal test.

 

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Premium Wine Card

Canberra Skeptics

Kirill Alferov

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The Skeptic Zone #332 - 1.March.2015

0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders and Jo Alabaster
0:08:10

Maynard's Spooky Action...

Maynards interviews Alex Wodak, a physician and the director of the Alcohol and Drug Service, at St Vincent's Hospital, in Sydney, Australia.

He is a notable advocate of drug reform laws. Wodak helped establish the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, the NSW Users AIDS Association, and the Australian Society of HIV Medicine. Wodak is President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and was President of the International Harm Reduction Association.

0:26:26 Professor Brian Schmidt AC, FRS

Kevin Davies from Canberra Skeptics catches up with Brian Schmidt for a quick chat after a presentation.
0:31:00 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:36:06

'Wellness Warrior' Jess Ainscough dies from cancer

Jo Alabaster and Richard Saunders discuss the sad death of Jess Ainscough who gave up medicine for alternative remedies.

 

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Leonard Nimoy

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The Skeptic Zone #331 - 22.February.2015

0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders and Jo Alabaster
0:04:24

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson looks at the best first aid treatment for burns.... and then reports on some of the worst, including sunlight and hot water!

0:21:15 Dr Bob and Movie "Psychics"

Dr Bob, aka Dr Steve Roberts, gives his views on movie and TV show "Psychics".
0:29:00 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:32:05

An interview with Ash Pryce

Popular UK entertainer Ash Pryce talks about this tour and stage show 'How to Talk to the Dead' about the claims of those who say chat to the departed.

 

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Accredited First Aid with Heidi Robertson

How to Talk to the Dead - Tour by Ash Pryce

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Ash Pryce

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The Skeptic Zone #330 - 15.February.2015

0:00:00 Introduction

Jo Alabaster
0:02:12

Maynard's Spooky Action...

Maynard heads to Sydney Skeptics in the Pub and interviews Dr Brad McKay from TV's 'Embarrassing Bodies Down Under'. What does Dr Brad think to so-called "Alternative Medicine"?

Then Maynard chats to some pharmacists who were in the audiance about quackery in the Chemist Shops.

Finally he asks Eran Segev what he thinks about the retirment of James Randi.

0:21:17 Dr Bob and UFOs

Dr Bob, aka Dr Steve Roberts, gives his views on the lack of UFOs in recent years. Come back E.T.!
0:27:28 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:32:20

Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

This week Jo reviews the anti-vaccination book aimed at children, "Melanie's Marvelous Measles".

 

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Snopes - Roald Dahl and the Measles

Melanie's Marvelous Measles reviews on Amazon

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Maynard and Co

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #329 - 8.February.2015

0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:07:35 Dr Rachie Reports

Maynard chats to Dr Rachael Dunlop to find out what she's up to and what she's doing next.
0:20:10 The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson steps out of her milk bath and gives us an update on the Raw Milk story.
0:31:45 Meet Dr Bob

Dr Bob, aka Dr Steve Roberts, tells us about his trvia quiz.
0:35:50 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:39:47 Maynard's Spooky Action...

Maynard heads to Sydney Skeptics in the Pub and finds out what people think of the retirement of James Randi. Then Maynard chats to Dr Karl Kruszelnicki at the JJJ 40th party.
 

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Origami Posters by Richard Saunders

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Mordi Skeptics in the Pub

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #328 - 30.Jan.2015
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:03:27 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Update on the Tenpenny tour of Australia... Cancelled!

0:14:10 The National Center for Science Education

Richard Saunders visits the NCSE and chats to Eugenie Scott and new executive director Ann Reid.

0:41:14 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:44:40 Maynard's Spooky Action...

Maynard chats to Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne a medical microbiologist and lecturer in communicable disease epidemiology at the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity and School of Public Health, University of Sydney.

 

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

The National Center for Science Education

Mordi Skeptics in the Pub/

Dr Scott & Reid

Direct download:
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