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TheESP – Ep. #358 – Vlad the Impaler

TheESP – Ep. #358 – Vlad the Impaler


- also be prepared for next year's Christmas! We start by reflecting on Putin's "war" against Ukraine now that he (by accident?) admitted that that is what it is. In TWISH we hear ...
TheESP – Ep. #357 – Psychic predicted death of 96-year-old

TheESP – Ep. #357 – Psychic predicted death of 96-year-old


- however, the other 1063 predictions failed This week all the hosts are back from their adventures in foreign lands to record just before Christmas. We revisit the topic of Twitter and we ...
TheESP – Ep. #356 – Homeopathy works by law

TheESP – Ep. #356 – Homeopathy works by law


- with an interview with Ralf Neugebauer! This week in Pontus' absence we lament overt the possible future of Twitter and the stupidity behind the Reichsbürger movement before being joint by Ralf Neugebauer ...
TheESP – Ep. #355 – Live from down unda!

TheESP – Ep. #355 – Live from down unda!


- with the Bent Spoon Award & a happy birthday to VoF! We start by exploring the anthroposophic connections of the Griffins, the founders of Canberra, then move on to celebrate the 40th ...
TheESP – Ep. #354 – Down unda, part 2

TheESP – Ep. #354 – Down unda, part 2


- Brisbane Skeptics in the Pub! Our two-week long tour to Australia is soon coming to an end, but we have been lucky enough to be welcomed by lovely people in Sydney, Melbourne, ...
TheESP - Ep. #353 - Down unda, part 1

TheESP – Ep. #353 – Down unda, part 1


- Sydney Skeptics in the Pub!
Our two-week long tour to Australia has begun, the main event of which will be the Australian Skeptics National Convention (SkeptiCon) in Canberra between 3rd and 4th ...
TheESP – Ep. #352 – COP27, is it worth it?

TheESP – Ep. #352 – COP27, is it worth it?


- plus, the Princess who will never be Queen - and why that's a good thing
Should we all abandon Twitter and move to Mastodon? Call us contrarians, but we'll wait and see! ...
TheESP – Ep. #351 – Camilla's Queenly Cleanse

TheESP – Ep. #351 – Camilla’s Queenly Cleanse


- Czech / Slovak Skeptical TV-series 'Investigátori' renewed for second season!
The gang is reunited and there's so much to talk about - memories of QED, the Ockham Award, the Rusty Razor and ...
TheESP – Ep. #350 – Live at QED!

TheESP – Ep. #350 – Live at QED!


- Claire and Brian joins us, while Luna fills in for András
As we are joined by Claire Kroulik-Klingenberg and Brian Eggo, Luna steps up to fill the shoes of András who to ...
TheESP – Ep. #349 – All about Skepticon Australia!

TheESP – Ep. #349 – All about Skepticon Australia!


- and BTW, Elvis really has left the building - no matter what psychic mediums say
This week we first chat about a "psychic medium" who is friendly with Elvis and touch on ...
TheESP – Ep. #348 – Beware the 'Rice Burger' Movement

TheESP – Ep. #348 – Beware the ‘Rice Burger’ Movement


- and get your flu shot, people!
This week the full crew is back and we urge you to take the flu seriously. We recommend a video of a presentation by Germany skeptic ...
TheESP – Ep. #347 – The beginning of the end for German homeopathy?

TheESP – Ep. #347 – The beginning of the end for German homeopathy?


- Lauterbach takes on pseudoscience
Brian Eggo steps in to save the day as he covers for both András and Annika this week. We talk about listener reactions to last week's episode and ...
TheESP – Ep. #346 – Baby hatches

TheESP – Ep. #346 – Baby hatches


- we're back in the Dark Ages
We start this week with commenting on the winners of the two first Nobel Prizes this year - Svante Pääbo who won the prize in Medicine ...
TheESP – Ep. #345 – Turbo Cancer?

TheESP – Ep. #345 – Turbo Cancer?


- don't listen to the fish and chips physician
This week we have several things to get through before the actual show - the Swedish Skeptics at the international book fair in Gothenburg, ...
TheESP – Ep. #344 – Krajewski. Cardinal Krajewski

TheESP – Ep. #344 – Krajewski. Cardinal Krajewski


- Frankie has found his own 007!
This week we reveal further plans about our travels and about Skepticamp at QED. We also have listener feedback about air quality in planes regarding last ...
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TheESP – Ep. #306 – Happy Hogmanay!

TheESP – Ep. #306 – Happy Hogmanay!


With Eggman at the helm, we close the year
We hear about Brian's adventures at "Scotland's most haunted hotel", hear about the passing of biologist EO Wilson and rejoice at the (so far) ...
TheESP – Ep. #305 – Merry Christmas!

TheESP – Ep. #305 – Merry Christmas!


Who was that Jesus-guy anyway?
We get into the holiday season even as Sweden, Italy and other countries implement new covid measures. In TWISH we try to sort out if and when Jesus ...
TheESP – Ep. #304 – There's an octopus in my vaccine

TheESP – Ep. #304 – There’s an octopus in my vaccine


Also, Santa is not real and Annika pokes Christmas trees
The Ockham Awards have been announced, ESA helps a Chinese rover and the Belgian Skeptics, SKEPP, finally wins against a SLAPP*) suit filed ...
TheESP – Ep. #303 – 'Armed' against the jab

TheESP – Ep. #303 – ‘Armed’ against the jab


Also, Pope Francis is a heretic
It's farewell to Jens Spahn and welcome to the new German health minister Karl Lauterbach - will he be the one to defund homeopathy? Let's hope so! ...
TheESP – Ep. #302 – Dangerous denial

TheESP – Ep. #302 – Dangerous denial


Conspiracy theories are hazardous to your health
In this episode we first reflect a little over the new governments in Germany and Sweden. Pontus had Richard Saunders (of the Skeptic Zone fame) at ...
TheESP – Ep. #301 – mRNA vaccines are NOT gene therapy

TheESP – Ep. #301 – mRNA vaccines are NOT gene therapy


We're back in the saddle for another 300!
Before we start today we reflect on the COP26 fiasco, celebrate the recent golden thin-foil hat award and the Russians' latest adventures in space. Also ...
TheESP – Ep. #300 – Special Listener Q&A

TheESP – Ep. #300 – Special Listener Q&A


And if you didn't know, Luna can be a bit of a Drongo
For six years and 300 episodes we've been doing this, and we won't stop anytime soon! In this week's special ...
TheESP – Ep. #299 – Petra Schling

TheESP – Ep. #299 – Petra Schling


“If it looks like medicine, but it has ‘supplement’ written on it, it’s fraud!”
In the episode we interview Petra Schling who is a biochemist and a teacher at the “Biochemie Zentrum” of ...
TheESP – Ep. #298 – Susan's 100 million!

TheESP – Ep. #298 – Susan’s 100 million!


Also, it's time for some #Metoo in the Vatican...
This week we catch up with the fabulous Susan Gerbic whose Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia has hit a fantastic milestone. But we also have ...
TheESP – Ep. #297 – Iris Hinneburg

TheESP – Ep. #297 – Iris Hinneburg


Which pill would you take?
We start this week with handing Pontus a Really Wrong award for something he said last week. András is back and among other things he describes his experience ...
TheESP – Ep. #296 – Mandatory vaccination

TheESP – Ep. #296 – Mandatory vaccination


How hard can it be to get people to do the right thing?
We start out with some exiting news about Annika's upcoming online talk, a huge milestone for Susan Gerbic and Guerrilla ...
TheESP – Ep. #295 – Leo Burtscher and Climate Change

TheESP – Ep. #295 – Leo Burtscher and Climate Change


In this episode we interview the German astronomer and climate activist, Dr. Leonard (Leo) Burtscher. Leo is a staff scientist at the observatory of Leiden University as well as active in the German ...
TheESP – Ep. #294 – Race to Space

TheESP – Ep. #294 – Race to Space


Sixty years later, Captain Kirk is finally taking off
We're happy to report that a special meeting of ESP hosts took place in Frankfurt this week. In other news, the film industry is ...
TheESP – Ep. #293 – Where the Sun Don't Shine

TheESP – Ep. #293 – Where the Sun Don’t Shine


Put it up your bum!
Are people losing their wits as covid restrictions are lifted? Elections and referendums are happening and András goes beyond spacetime in an upcoming book and this week marked ...
TheESP – Ep. #292 – Querdenker terrorists

TheESP – Ep. #292 – Querdenker terrorists


Radicalized anti-covid activists
After recent events in Germany and Italy we worry that anti-maskers now may be a terrorist threat. In This Week in Skepticism we hear about Jacob Grimm and the possibility ...
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TheESP – Ep. #255 – Happy New Year 2021!

TheESP – Ep. #255 – Happy New Year 2021!


We are extremely happy to welcome the first ever ESP Skepti-baby! Annika and her newborn girl are doing very well and they send their regards to the listeners. Whoohoo! We spend the episode ...
TheESP – Ep. #254 – Council for Inclusive Capitalism

TheESP – Ep. #254 – Council for Inclusive Capitalism


This week we start by recommending a German Podcast Christmas Special, we report that Sucharit Bhaktdi won the Goldene Brett award and talk about the Saturn / Jupiter planetary conjunction. Pontus reports the ...
TheESP – Ep. #253 – Big Dicks and Aliens

TheESP – Ep. #253 – Big Dicks and Aliens


This week we talk about that alt-med and antivaxxers have been visible on TV and how a town in Austria had to change its rather unfortunate name. We celebrate the anniversary of the ...
TheESP – Ep. #252 – Philosophy and Ethics w. Nikil Mukerji

TheESP – Ep. #252 – Philosophy and Ethics w. Nikil Mukerji


This week we talk to Nikil Mukerji, a German author, philosopher and skeptic. He has a position at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and academic director of philosophy, politics and economy. He ...
TheESP - Ep.#251 - 1st of the Next 250

TheESP – Ep.#251 – 1st of the Next 250


This week we reflect a on the new vaccines that are coming. Annika sings(!) to celebrate the quiz performance of Pontus, Brian and Claire last week and then she tells us about ...
TheESP - Ep.#250 - United Federation of Skeptical Podcasts

TheESP – Ep.#250 – United Federation of Skeptical Podcasts


This week we celebrate 250 episodes and five years on the road with the ESP. We invited all guest hosts who ever have sat in for a show and they all joined us ...
TheESP - Ep. #249 - Homophobic Orbán

TheESP – Ep. #249 – Homophobic Orbán


This week Pontus is a bit under the weather so András and Annika send him their "thoughts and prayers" (don't worry, he is fine). Then we mention an interesting documentary about SCAM ...
TheESP – Ep. #248 – Skepti-baby Alert!

TheESP – Ep. #248 – Skepti-baby Alert!


This week we first chat a bit about Trump, having covid in your family and an opportunity to talk to Swedish MPs. We also mention the Vienna terror attacks and the Hay ...
TheESP – Ep. #247 – Stephan Lewandowsky

TheESP – Ep. #247 – Stephan Lewandowsky


This week we talk to Stephan Lewandowsky, professor of cognitive psychology and one of the drivers behind the Debunking Handbook 2020, the recently published follow-up to the previous debunking handbook from 2011. A ...
TheESP – Ep. #246 – RIP, James "the Amazing" Randi

TheESP – Ep. #246 – RIP, James “the Amazing” Randi


This week we remember James "the Amazing" Randi, a great skeptic and generous person who like no one else influenced the skeptic movement. His legacy lives on. We also reflect a bit ...
TheESP – Ep. #245 - Lust for Blood

TheESP – Ep. #245 – Lust for Blood


This week we notice the new I am Greta movie strangely so far is only in theaters and not online. Covid number are going up, especially in Germany where conspiracy theories are ...
TheESP - Ep. #244 - Go Women in Science!

TheESP – Ep. #244 – Go Women in Science!


This week we start by celebrating that several women received the Nobel Prize this year. Well deserved and a good trend! We also look at the latest Global warming news delivered by ...
TheESP - Ep. #243 - Belgian Skeptics Sued!

TheESP – Ep. #243 – Belgian Skeptics Sued!


This week we start by urging you to register nominations for the Ockham Awards, handled by The Skeptic. The deadline is 31 October. That's the same date that Skepsis in the Netherlands ...
TheESP - Ep. #242 - Stefanie Handl, the Skeptic Vet

TheESP – Ep. #242 – Stefanie Handl, the Skeptic Vet


This week we interview veterinarian Dr. Stefanie Handl from Vienna, Austria. Her special fields are nutrition and diets for pets. She is a member of the “Gesellschaft für kritisches Denken” (“Society for Critical ...
TheESP - Ep. #241 - One Million Unanswered Prayers

TheESP – Ep. #241 – One Million Unanswered Prayers


This week we first chat about András lending his voice acting skills to a sketch in the Skeptic Zone, Pontus teases the coming release of his sci-fi novel the Dooma and ...
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TheESP - Ep. #202 - 2019 Wasn't All Bad

TheESP – Ep. #202 – 2019 Wasn’t All Bad


This week we wrap up the year and wish all our listeners a Happy Holiday. We revisit something we got wrong about Das Goldene Brett last week and celebrate the birthday of Johannes ...
TheESP - Ep. #201 - HPV vaccines are safe!

TheESP – Ep. #201 – HPV vaccines are safe!


This week we start our journey towards episode 300 and first reflect on climate change with Greta Thunberg as Time Magazine's person of the year and Australia heading for a sever heatwave just ...
TheESP - Ep. #200 - Two hundred!

TheESP – Ep. #200 – Two hundred!


This week we celebrate our 200th episode and that we continue our journey into our fifth year! We re-unite with our first ever guest, Gábor Hraskó (president of the Hungarian Skeptics) to philosophize ...
TheESP - Ep. #199 – Life’s too fun!

TheESP – Ep. #199 – Life’s too fun!


This week Claire Kroulik-Klingenberg joins Jelena and Pontus for the 199th episode – we’re into our fifth year, folks! In This week in Skepticism, Jelena tells the story of how a young pre-Sherlock-Holmes ...
TheESP - Ep. #198 - Jehovah’s Witnesses w Lydia Finch

TheESP – Ep. #198 – Jehovah’s Witnesses w Lydia Finch


This week we have a very interesting interview with Lydia Finch, an ex-Jehovah’s Witness turned skeptic. As a sort of a follow-up from two weeks ago, we felt we wanted to dive a ...
TheESP - Ep. #197 - Deadly Chiro-Practices

TheESP – Ep. #197 – Deadly Chiro-Practices


This week we welcome Brian back for an unprecedented two-weeks-in-a-row appearance and then we dive into how the Piltdown Man hoax went undetected for many years, but was revealed this week 66 years ...
TheESP - Ep. #196 - 99.9% of All Scientists

TheESP – Ep. #196 – 99.9% of All Scientists


This week it’s the return of Brian(!) as we have sent András on a field trip to Malaysia. We celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Glasgow Skeptics and then explore signs that some ...
TheESP - Ep. #195 - EU rules on GMO are bananas

TheESP – Ep. #195 – EU rules on GMO are bananas


This week pope Francis is all talk and no show, there was a secret love affaire between a Cardinal and a Queen of Sweden in 1654 and Massimo Polidoro’s book Il Mondo Sottosopra ...
TheESP - Ep. #194 - Polio: Two Down, One to Go

TheESP – Ep. #194 – Polio: Two Down, One to Go


First: A big shout-out to fellow skeptics Claire and Jakub who are getting married on the day of the release of this episode! This week we learn about William Benjamin Carpenter, an early ...
TheESP - Ep. #193 - Global Vaccination Summit w Ovidiu Covaciu

TheESP – Ep. #193 – Global Vaccination Summit w Ovidiu Covaciu


This week we have a very interesting catch up with Ovidiu Covaciu who attended the International Global Vaccination Summit organised by the European Commission and the WHO. But before that we celebrate that ...
TheESP - Ep. #192 - Dark Side of the Moon

TheESP – Ep. #192 – Dark Side of the Moon


This week we first have a look to see if it was really the President of Finland who said he preferred reindeer to Trump before we congratulate the Spanish Skeptics for ceasing the ...
TheESP - Ep. #191 - No dick, no vote

TheESP – Ep. #191 – No dick, no vote


This week we declare that we’re fans of Brian Cox and we deliberate some more on the book ‘Shoot for the Moon’ by Richard Wiseman (see ep. 190) and how we can apply ...
TheESP - Ep. #190 - Richard Wiseman and Shoot for the Moon

TheESP – Ep. #190 – Richard Wiseman and Shoot for the Moon


This week we first have a brief follow-up on German Health Minister Jens Spahn’s failure do defund bogus homeopathy and how the IHN (Informationsnetzwerk Homöopathie) has published an open letter to the minister ...
TheESP - Ep. #189 - with Massimo Polidoro

TheESP – Ep. #189 – with Massimo Polidoro


This week we first hear from the fantastic Massimo Polidoro who tells all about CICAP Fest from two weeks ago. We then look forward to a new film which is a fictional tale ...
TheESP – Ep. #188 – European Skeptics Congress 2019, part 2

TheESP – Ep. #188 – European Skeptics Congress 2019, part 2


This week the team is all together at last! András us tells a bit about his adventures at the incredibly exiting CICAP Fest in Padua, more on this to follow next week. In ...
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TheESP – Ep. #152 - Year End 2018

TheESP – Ep. #152 – Year End 2018


A bit of a different episode this week, released on the last day of the year to remind our listeners (and ourselves) of the most important things that happened in 2018. Lots of ...
TheESP - Ep. #151 - Newton's birthday, the Pope's promise, CICAP's new chapter & Xmas in Sweden

TheESP – Ep. #151 – Newton’s birthday, the Pope’s promise, CICAP’s new chapter & Xmas in Sweden


Pontus and Andras host this slightly Christmas-themed episode with the birthday of Sir Isaac Newton and the New Style Calendar, Pope Francis promising no more sexual abuse cases covered up by the catholic ...
TheESP – Ep. #149 – Julia Offe

TheESP – Ep. #149 – Julia Offe


On this Episode: This week Pontus and Jelena talks to German Science Communicator and Skeptic Julia Offe. Julia Offe has a PhD in molecular biology and is active within GWUP, the German Skeptics ...
TheESP - Ep. #148 - Antonia de Oñate, Psuedoscience and Brexit fake news

TheESP – Ep. #148 – Antonia de Oñate, Psuedoscience and Brexit fake news


Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Interview with Antonia de Oñate; News; Really Wrong; Farewell and Quote; Outro; Out-takes Show Notes: 00:00:55 Greetings 00:05:14 This Week in ...
TheESP - Ep. #147 - Frankie eats lasagna, heroes of science comm & Spanish government fighting CAM

TheESP – Ep. #147 – Frankie eats lasagna, heroes of science comm & Spanish government fighting CAM


This week our three hosts discuss a great number of things including how a delusional German physician got away with killing people, and how Pope Francis thinks right to tackle poverty. Loads of ...
TheESP - Ep. #146 - Pixie Turner

TheESP – Ep. #146 – Pixie Turner


On this Episode: On this week's episode Jelena and Andras interviews British biochemist, nutritionist, blogger, author and public speaker Pixie Turner, to talk about the science-based approach to healthy eating, dietary and lifestyle ...
TheESP – Ep. #145 – Elsevier monopoly?

TheESP – Ep. #145 – Elsevier monopoly?


András and Pontus join ranks to talk about Massimo Polidoro, Elsevier vs. open access and a film that drives Polish disapproval of the Catholic Church. Plus why people don't trust science and other ...
TheESP - Ep. #144 - No Zero Tolerance for Abuse

TheESP – Ep. #144 – No Zero Tolerance for Abuse


Join us to hear about Pope Francis' failing October synod, Galileo and how homeopathy is getting a really hard beating in Spain. In other news the Good Thinking Society fights Goop, EU tries ...
Ep. #143 - QED Live Recording with Claire Klingenberg, Brian Eggo and Jay Novella

Ep. #143 – QED Live Recording with Claire Klingenberg, Brian Eggo and Jay Novella


Segments: Intro; Greetings; Clash of the Candies; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes This episode is the first of its kind as it is ...
TheESP – Ep. #142 – Aron Ra

TheESP – Ep. #142 – Aron Ra


On this Episode: On this week's episode Jelena interviews Aron Ra - atheist activist, former president of Atheist Alliance of America, host of Ra-Men podcast. He is a current regional director of the ...
TheESP - Ep. #141 - Ig Nobel Prize, Rosaries, Factfulness and the WHO making a big mistake

TheESP – Ep. #141 – Ig Nobel Prize, Rosaries, Factfulness and the WHO making a big mistake


Segments: Intro; GreetingsThis Week in Skepticism; ; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes This week we look at the history of the Ig Nobel Prize, try to find out (Spoiler alert: ...
TheESP - Ep. #140 - Massimo Polidoro and CICAP Fest 2018

TheESP – Ep. #140 – Massimo Polidoro and CICAP Fest 2018


On this Episode: This week we welcome Massimo Polidoro back to our show. This time he tells us about how the latest edition of CICAPFest went (it was a great success in Padova, ...
TheESP - Ep. #139 - Fake Cancer Cures in Trouble and the Discoverer of Pulsars Gets Revenge

TheESP – Ep. #139 – Fake Cancer Cures in Trouble and the Discoverer of Pulsars Gets Revenge


Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Really Right; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes Claire Klingenberg sits in for András on this episode where the Pope blames the devil for revealing all ...
TheESP - Ep. #138 - Darren McKee and Effective altruism

TheESP – Ep. #138 – Darren McKee and Effective altruism


On this Episode: This week's episode features an interview that Andras recorded in Budapest with Canadian skeptic and host of The Reality Check podcast Darren McKee, who talks about Effective altruism and why ...
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Episode #105 - Smallpox, fake news and the Taoiseach is a coward

Episode #105 – Smallpox, fake news and the Taoiseach is a coward


In our final episode for 2017 we look back at a skeptical year in Europe. We talk about smallpox, how measles continues to spread and how a prominent skeptic becomes head of the ...
Episode #104 - Pre-Holidays show with Gleb Tsipursky and David Fitzgerald

Episode #104 – Pre-Holidays show with Gleb Tsipursky and David Fitzgerald


On this episode: Segments Intro; Greetings; Interviews; Farewell; Song; Outro Show notes: 00:00:00 INTRO music 00:00:27 Greetings 00:07:12 Interview with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky about the Pro-Truth Pledge and why it is important ...
Episode #103 - Vaccinations, threats over glyphosate, the John Maddox Prize & the Nobel-disease

Episode #103 – Vaccinations, threats over glyphosate, the John Maddox Prize & the Nobel-disease


On this episode: We start with some corrections this week before we turn towards things like Nostradamus, vaccination rates in Romania, Peter Boghossian touring Europe, German Minister of Agriculture getting threats over glyphosate, ...
Episode #102 - More Superheroes!

Episode #102 – More Superheroes!


On this episode: Segments Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interviews; Outro Show notes: 00:00:00 INTRO music 00:00:27 Greetings and Feedback Check out the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project at https://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject/ 00:09:12 Interview with Andreas ...
Episode #101 - Belgian UFOs, the King of Germany and András goes into politics

Episode #101 – Belgian UFOs, the King of Germany and András goes into politics


On this episode: The brilliant Brian Eggo ("Eggman") joins us from Glasgow as guest host and tells all about the Skeptics in the Pub movement in the world. Then we dig into Belgian ...
Episode #100 - Superheroes of Skepticism

Episode #100 – Superheroes of Skepticism


On this episode: Segments Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interviews; Outro Show notes: 00:00:00 INTRO music 00:00:34 Greetings and Feedback We jump right into the interviews 00:03:52 Interview with Gábor Hraskó 00:13:43 Interview ...
Episode #099 - Prince Charles, homeopathy and onions in your ears

Episode #099 – Prince Charles, homeopathy and onions in your ears


On this episode: This week we talk about Massimo Polidoro’s new book, the latest Heinz Oberhummer Award and the origins of the Spanish skeptic movement, then move on to discuss Prince Charles who ...
Episode #098, feat. Austra Muizniece - Rigvir scam, Exploding heads and the Higgs Boson

Episode #098, feat. Austra Muizniece – Rigvir scam, Exploding heads and the Higgs Boson


On this episode: We check out Skepticism in Latvia with an interview with Austra Muizniece who talks about the Rigvir scam. We also get two shorter interviews from the Ratio Conference in Bulgaria: ...
Episode #097

Episode #097


On this episode: This week, while DenkFest and Ratio are both on, we release two interviews that Andras recorded in Zürich when they stopped there during the About Time Tour 2017 with Susan ...
Episode  #096

Episode #096


A massive shout-out to Richard Saunders for dedicating such a great chunk of the latest episode of The Skeptic Zone Podcast to us winning the Ockham Awards 2017. Then you can listen to ...
Episode #095 - QED 2017 Edition

Episode #095 – QED 2017 Edition


This episode is a post QED show that features interviews with Rüdiger Ludwig from GWUP (German Skeptics), James Williams, Natalie Newell and Geoff Whelan. Segments Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interviews from QED Show notes: ...
Episode #094

Episode #094


This episode is a post European Skeptics Congress show that features interviews with Eran Segev, president of Australian Skeptics Inc. and Martin Mahner, who runs the office of the German skeptical organisation, gwup | ...
Episode #093

Episode #093


On this episode: On this episode we have a guest: Claire Klingenberg, who was the chief organiser of ECS 2017 and is the newly elected chair of ECSO. Than we talk about Marie Stopes ...
Episode #092

Episode #092


We are checking in from Wroclaw, where we attended the 17th European Skeptics Congress and recorded a show sitting in a hotel room together. You can listen to a couple of our short interviews ...
Episode #091

Episode #091


On this episode: Before we head out to the 17th European Skeptics Congress, we bring you news from Germany, Denmark, Italy and the UK, talk about Sigmun Freud and his weird theories. We try ...
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TheESP hosts

Episode #054 – Christmas


This is a Christmas-themed episode with even a few events to talk about. Check it out! Segments: Intro; Greetings & Feedback; What’s On In Europe?; Really Wrong; True or False?; Quote: Outro; Out-takes Show ...
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Episode #053


This time we talk events, quacks, Christmas, the PISA test, how skeptics sometimes get it wrong, how widespread the belief in alternative medicine is in Hungary and so much more. Segments Intro; Greetings & ...
Episode #052

Episode #052


This is a shorter episode with no long interview, but 3 shorter ones, along with the usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week. The last run of QED reports ...
Episode #051

Episode #051


This time our team is joined by foreign liaison of the Czech Skeptics Club Sisyfos, Claire Klingenberg who talks about the 17th European Skeptics Congress. Then we talk events, quacks, UFOs, OpenTrialsFDA, Santa and much ...
Episode #050, feat. Britt Hermes

Episode #050, feat. Britt Hermes


Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with former naturopath Britt Hermes who recently received the 2016 Ockham's Award ...
Episode #049

Episode #049


On this episode, you'll find news, events and interesting topics, including Skepsis, the Norwegian skeptical organisation revitalised, the status of homeopathy in the Czech Republic, AllTrials starts TrialsTracker, an automated tool to find unpublished ...
Episode #048, feat. Prof. Chris French

Episode #048, feat. Prof. Chris French


Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with parapsychology professor Chris French. You can also listen to three short interviews ...
Episode #047, feat. Edinburgh Skeptics & QED

Episode #047, feat. Edinburgh Skeptics & QED


On this episode, you'll find news, events and interesting topics, including 1023 in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria and Germany, Edzard Ernst's new book, The Golden Board 2016 Awards in Germany, unlicensed blood drug for ...
Episode #046, feat. Simon Singh

Episode #046, feat. Simon Singh


Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with science educator, author, journalist and founder of the Good Thinking Society, ...
Episode #045 - QED special

Episode #045 – QED special


This show is a special QED & Skepticamp report combined with some of the usual segments featured on odd-numbered episodes. We talked about the highlights of this wonderful festival of rationalism in Manchester, as ...
Episode #044, feat. Claus Larsen

Episode #044, feat. Claus Larsen


We recorded this show at QED - Question. Explore. Discover. in Manchester, UK. Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our ...
TheESP hosts

Episode #042+1


On this episode, you'll find news, events and interesting topics, including QED, Rosetta, ComCept officially instituted, ECSO website launched, The Good Thinking Society winning another battle, Spanish pharmacists taking action against selling homeopathy, Swedish ...
Episode #042, feat. Natalie Grams

Episode #042, feat. Natalie Grams


Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with ex homeopath Dr Natalie Grams, who's the founder and leader of ...
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Episode #041


On this episode, you'll find news, events and interesting topics, including Nessie, Bayer buying Monsanto, the European Skeptics Congress Facebook page launched, as well as Paul VI’s legacy, the Good Thinking Society pushing the ...
Episode #040, feat. Isil Arican

Episode #040, feat. Isil Arican


Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with skeptical blogger, podcaster and science educator Isil Arican, who's the founder ...
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Episode #004, feat. Kirill Alferov

Episode #004, feat. Kirill Alferov


Interview with Kirill Alferov, founder of the Russian Skeptic Society, host of the Skeptic podcast and chief organiser of the first Skeptic Society Conference in Moscow in 2014. Segments: Intro; Listener feedback; On this ...
Episode #003, feat. Michael Marshall

Episode #003, feat. Michael Marshall


Interview with Michael Marshall, project director at the Good Thinking Society, co-founder of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and co-host of its official podcast, 'Skeptics with a K'. Segments: Intro; Listener feedback; What's on in ...
Episode #002, feat. Catherine de Jong

Episode #002, feat. Catherine de Jong


Interview with the Chair of the Dutch Association Against Quackery and board member of the European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO) Segments: Intro; Listener feedback; On this day; What's new in Europe?; Interview with ...
Episode #001, feat. Gábor Hraskó

Episode #001, feat. Gábor Hraskó


Interview with the Chairman of The European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO) Segments: Intro; On this day; What's new in Europe; Interview with Gábor Hraskó; FAQ to Skeptics; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; True ...
TheESP – Ep. #403 – Retract homeopathy!

TheESP – Ep. #403 – Retract homeopathy!

- with Norbert Aust
After the normal meet and greet, we have an interview with Norbert Aust - German skeptic and one of the initiators of INH, Information Network Homeopathy. He brings us ...
TheESP – Ep. #402 – Crime and Punishment

TheESP – Ep. #402 – Crime and Punishment

- with Paula Dahlberg
Full length episode, plus an interesting interview this week. We first note that science has discovered the "Pontus plate" (much to our liking) and also that if you are ...
TheESP – Ep. #401 – Dr. Cara Santa Maria

TheESP – Ep. #401 – Dr. Cara Santa Maria


Starting off our next 400 episodes, we interview the amazing Cara Santa Maria of Talk Nerdy and Skeptic Guide to the Universe fame. We get into things about her that you may not ...
TheESP – Ep. #399 – Globuli mit der Maus

TheESP – Ep. #399 – Globuli mit der Maus


SkepKon 2024 is coming up in May 2024! It will be held in Augsburg and there is a call for papers out, see link in the show notes. This episode comes out on ...
TheESP – Ep. #396 – Florian Aigner

TheESP – Ep. #396 – Florian Aigner


...science communicator extraordinaire!

This week we are talking to Florian Aigner, an Austrian physicist, science editor, author, science communicator and skeptic. He lives in Austria and works at the TU Vienna (Technical ...
TheESP – Ep. #386 – Furfy and Fairdinkum

TheESP – Ep. #386 – Furfy and Fairdinkum


...holiday on Crimea? This war is no vacation
Sweden seems clear for NATO, but there is still time for Erdogan to trip things up. Two Skeptical awards are coming up, das Goldene ...
TheESP – Ep. #385 – It's getting hot out there

TheESP – Ep. #385 – It’s getting hot out there


...plus Nicola Throp tells all about QED!
This week we're saved once again by Brian Eggo, as we suddenly find ourselves very short on staff. What a guy! Some initial info is ...
TheESP – Ep. #381 – Brian Deer and Andrew Wakefield

TheESP – Ep. #381 – Brian Deer and Andrew Wakefield


This week we have a real treat for you - an interview with Brian Deer, the journalist who more than anyone showed the world how fraudulent Andrew Wakefield was when he claimed that ...
TheESP – Ep. #380 – Susan Gerbic on skeptical activism

TheESP – Ep. #380 – Susan Gerbic on skeptical activism


We start by commenting on the sad passing of Tina Turner - even sadder since she at one point turned to homeopathy. That was a choice that she later regretted and it most ...
TheESP – Ep. #379 – WHO's giving sweet advice?

TheESP – Ep. #379 – WHO’s giving sweet advice?


...plus interviews from SkepKon
Please support Oliver Rautenberg in his defence against a SLAPP-suit! What's up with the Turkish presidential elections? Annika delivers short interviews from SkepKon with Maximilian Doeckel and Rebecca ...
TheESP – Ep. #357 – Psychic predicted death of 96-year-old

TheESP – Ep. #357 – Psychic predicted death of 96-year-old


- however, the other 1063 predictions failed This week all the hosts are back from their adventures in foreign lands to record just before Christmas. We revisit the topic of Twitter and we ...
TheESP – Ep. #356 – Homeopathy works by law

TheESP – Ep. #356 – Homeopathy works by law


- with an interview with Ralf Neugebauer! This week in Pontus' absence we lament overt the possible future of Twitter and the stupidity behind the Reichsbürger movement before being joint by Ralf Neugebauer ...
TheESP – Ep. #355 – Live from down unda!

TheESP – Ep. #355 – Live from down unda!


- with the Bent Spoon Award & a happy birthday to VoF! We start by exploring the anthroposophic connections of the Griffins, the founders of Canberra, then move on to celebrate the 40th ...
TheESP - Ep. #353 - Down unda, part 1

TheESP – Ep. #353 – Down unda, part 1


- Sydney Skeptics in the Pub!
Our two-week long tour to Australia has begun, the main event of which will be the Australian Skeptics National Convention (SkeptiCon) in Canberra between 3rd and 4th ...
TheESP – Ep. #351 – Camilla's Queenly Cleanse

TheESP – Ep. #351 – Camilla’s Queenly Cleanse


- Czech / Slovak Skeptical TV-series 'Investigátori' renewed for second season!
The gang is reunited and there's so much to talk about - memories of QED, the Ockham Award, the Rusty Razor and ...