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The Skeptic Zone #397 - 29.May.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders and Maynard

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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?

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_397_160529.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:31pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #396 - 22.May.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders

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The Australian Sex Party
We chat to Dr Meredith Doig to discover more about this political party and their strong stand on sceince 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.

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_396_160522.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:22pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #395 - 15.May.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders

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

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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.

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_395_160515.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:39pm AEST

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.

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_394_160508.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:56pm AEST

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.

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.

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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.

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_393_160501.mp3
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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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 vacination.

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.

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

0:22:40
Maynard's Spooky Action..
Maynard catches up with Ian Wolf from the long running Diffusion Science Radio Show.

0:38:22
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.

Direct download: the_skeptic_zone_389_160403.mp3
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.

0:23:05
Friends of Science in Medicine
Integrative medicine: more than the promotion of unproven treatments?

0:29:40
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