The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and his team of reporters for your weekly dose of skeptical news and interviews, reports and comments. Past guests have included, James Randi, Stephen Fry, Tim Minchin, Eugenie Scott, Dr Phil Plait, Michael Marshall, Dr Steve Novella, Dr Pamela Gay, Jon Ronson, Dr Ben Goldacre, Simon Singh, Prof. Richard Wiseman, Dick Smith, Banachek, Prof. Chris French, George Hrab, Tim Ferguson, Dr Paul Willis and many, many more. Featuring Australian radio legend Maynard with his Spooky Action, Jo Alabaster from the 'Evidence Please' blog, Eran Segev's Grain of Salt, Dr Rachael Dunlop with 'Dr Rachie Reports' and Heidi Robertson aka 'The Raw Skeptic'.
February 11th, 2011
Episode 128 of 450 episodes
0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:50Interview with film maker, Blake Freeman"Gawd Bless America" is a Documentary Comedy coming to theaters in the USA in March and soon to Australia. The film follows Blake Freeman, who sets out to disprove the notion that aliens, people with psychic abilities and ghosts live among us. 0:21:00Maynard's Spooky Action!Maynard reports from the front line of scientific research and investigates a new DEATH RAY!! (Well not really.) Find out more on the show when Maynard chats to Robbie McNaughton from The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Our thanks to A.B.C. radio for this audio.0:26:15Tracey Spicer slaps down Meryl Dorey.. again!Anti-vaccination campaigner Meryl Dorey claims vaccination is akin to child rape. Tracey Spicer takes Dorey to task on Sydney Radio 2UE and takes a call from long time skeptic Peter Bowditch from ratbags.com0:31:00Dr Rachie Reports -With Dr Rachael DunlopThe Australian government seems confused about homeopathy.Dr Rachie reports that she was unable to find a clear and concise explanation of what it is on their official websites. They appear to be bundling it in with pharmacy medicines, thereby implying that it works and further, they are lending it legitimacy by designating it official looking numbers on the official register of government approved Australian medicines.0:41:0010:23 Challenge 1023All over the world, consumers and skeptics took a very public stand against the fraud that is Homeopathy.Dr Rachie reports from the local protest in Sydney, Australia. 0:49:00James Randi's 10:23 Challenge Skeptic James Randi challenges sellers of scam medications as hundreds stage worldwide "overdose" on homeopathic pills and puts one million dollars on the line.