The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and the crew for interviews and reports from around the world.
The Skeptic Zone #393 - 1.May.2016

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Introduction Richard Saunders

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:17pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #392 - 24.April.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders and Maynard

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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.

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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.

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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.

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_392_160424.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:14pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #391 - 17.April.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders

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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".

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The Raw Skeptic Report
This week Heidi Robertson gives us her no nonsense report on Diphtheria.

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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.

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_391_160417.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:42pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #390 - 10.April.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders

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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.

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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 vacination.

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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.

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_390_160410.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:31pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #389 - 3.April.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders

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Paracon Australia 2016 - Alex Cayas
We chat to the director of this spooky event and find out why skeptics should attend.

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NHMRC $3.3 MILLION ON WIND FARM RESEARCH – “MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN”?
From Australian Skeptics

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Maynard's Spooky Action..
Maynard catches up with Ian Wolf from the long running Diffusion Science Radio Show.

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Anti-vaccination lobby flags High Court challenge to ‘no jab, no pay’
Anti-vaccination activists are seeking funds to pay for a shot at overturning the government’s “no jab, no pay” policy in the High Court.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:06pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #388 - 27.Mar.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders
Includes a tribute to Phyllis Saunders and the reading of an item by Steven W Thrasher, "Don't tell cancer patients what they could be doing to cure themselves"

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The Raw Skeptic Report
This week Heidi Robertson with news about online memes and posters.

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Friends of Science in Medicine
Integrative medicine: more than the promotion of unproven treatments?

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Maynard's Spooky Action..
Maynard reports from the Podcasters Sydney meetup group.

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_388_160327.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:29pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #387 - 20.Mar.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders

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Report : Update on Wilyman PhD
A short update on the continuing controversy

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The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics
What goodies await in the new issue of this long running journal.

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Chiropractic in Question
We look at some of the claims and practices of Gonstead Chiropractic. Also, are Chiros as qualified as GPs?

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_387_160320.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:18pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #386 - 13.March.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders

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Report : An Evening with Alan Alda
Alan Alda was in Australia and gave a talk in Canberra about the importance of good science communication.

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Good Thinking Investigates: Peter Popoff
Good Thinking has been investigating ‘faith healer’ Peter Popoff and his highly-lucrative current business of promising to heal sickness and cancel debts in exchange for ‘seed faith’, in other words: cash donations.

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Psychic Sunday in Fairfield
Richard Saunders drops by a Psychic Fair to see if any psychics are on offer.

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Chiro Board says “toe the line” or else
The Chiropractic Board of Australia, which regulates Australia’s 5000 chiropractors, has released a statement reinforcing that practitioners need to ensure their advertising complies with the requirements of the National Law, or they risk prosecution and disciplinary action.

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_386_160313.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:19pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #385 - 6.March.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders

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The Raw Skeptic Report
This week Heidi Robertson gives us her no nonsense report on Chicken Pox.

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Good Thinking Investigates: Osteopathy
Many osteopaths claim to treat colic with cranial osteopathy – a therapy with no evidence of effectiveness.
Following Good Thinking's recent investigation into similar claims made by chiropractors, they decided to find out what an osteopath would tell a distressed parent seeking advice…

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Anti Vax in the media
Chris Savage, noted anti-vaccination campaigner, has set up operations in Bali, offering intravenous magnesium injections to treat autism.

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Sydney Skeptics in the Pub
What do skeptics say to "Chemical Free" food?

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_385_160306.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:21pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #384 - 28.Feb.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders

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Holes in the Plot
From science fiction fans to water dowsers, why do people work so hard to preserve their belief systems? In this talk, Richard Saunders looks at the thinking and mental gymnastics.

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Peter Bowditch - Vaccination in Oberon
A letter to the editor by long time skeptic,
Peter 'Ratbags' Bowditch.

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Good Thinking Investigates: Chiropractic
In 2008, the British Chiropractic Association unsuccessfully sued science writer Simon Singh for highlighting that there is no reliable evidence that chiropractic can treat colic. Six years later, we wanted to find out whether chiropractors would still treat babies suffering from colic.

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_384_160228.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:28pm AEST