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TheESP – Ep. #256 – Bring On the Vaccines

TheESP – Ep. #256 – Bring On the Vaccines

This week we start the new year with an update on the Swedish pandemic laws and recommend you check out the speech that András gave at Monterrey Skepticamp 2021. In skeptical history we celebrate the ...

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TheESP - Ep. #241 - One Million Unanswered Prayers

TheESP – Ep. #241 – One Million Unanswered Prayers

Pontus' coming book 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 then ...

TheESP – Ep. #240 – SARS-CoV2 Virology w. Gábor Kemenesi

TheESP – Ep. #240 – SARS-CoV2 Virology w. Gábor Kemenesi

This week we interview Hungarian researcher and virologist Gábor Kemenesi. He is a research fellow at the Virological Research Group within the Szentágothai Research Centre of the University of Pécs in Hungary, specializing in zoonoses, ...

TheESP – Ep. #239 – "Gossip is Worse than Covid"

TheESP – Ep. #239 – “Gossip is Worse than Covid”

This week we start off with having a quick chat with our old buddy Michael ("Marsh") Marshall regarding the relaunch of the UK magazine called the Skeptic. In this week's history segment we talk about ...

TheESP – Ep. #238 – Brian Deer and The Doctor Who Fooled the World

TheESP – Ep. #238 – Brian Deer and The Doctor Who Fooled the World

This week we interview none other than Brian Deer, the investigative journalist that spent years digging up how the discredited ex-doctor Andrew Wakefield misled the public about the safety of vaccines. We dig deep into ...

TheESP - Ep. #237 - Plandemic II - worst movie ever

TheESP – Ep. #237 – Plandemic II – worst movie ever

This week András returns to the mothership to hear us discuss the UFO sighting in Cussac in France. Francis gets a pass this week and then we dive into the news: - Covid-19 update - ...

TheESP - Ep. #236 - Martin Moder of the Austrian Science Busters

TheESP – Ep. #236 – Martin Moder of the Austrian Science Busters

This week we interview molecular biologist, science communicator and overall cool guy Martin Moder, who is one of the Austrian Science Busters and who is also active in the Austrian Society for Critical Thinking. We ...

TheESP - Ep. #235 - Show Me a Real Acupuncturist

TheESP – Ep. #235 – Show Me a Real Acupuncturist

This week Brian is back(!) as András has gone missing(?) We chat again about the wonderful online events out there: you should definitely check out the Edinburgh Skeptics on the Fringe productions. We then talk ...

TheESP – Ep. #234 - Lysenkoism, science and BS

TheESP – Ep. #234 – Lysenkoism, science and BS

This week we first chat about some of the great current skeptical online events, like NECSS and Skeptics in the Pub. We also enjoy the good news that the worlds largest fusion reactor is now ...

TheESP - Ep. #233 - Homeomathematics

TheESP – Ep. #233 – Homeomathematics

This week starts with the wonderful news that Annika is now a full time ESP member and co-host. We couldn’t be happier! We start with a minor correction to a story from last week and ...

TheESP - Ep. #232 - Assisted Death

TheESP – Ep. #232 – Assisted Death

This week we welcome Annika back and first chat a bit about comets and astronomy and about some of the excellent online skeptical events there now is to follow, like the UK Skeptics in the ...

TheESP – Ep. #231 – How to Argue with a Racist, with Adam Rutherford

TheESP – Ep. #231 – How to Argue with a Racist, with Adam Rutherford

This week we are joined by the brilliant British geneticist, broadcaster, science journalist and author, Dr Adam Rutherford. He’s written several books of international acclaim like “Creation: The Origin of Life and the Future of ...

TheESP – Ep. #230 – Tinfoil hats against nonsense

TheESP – Ep. #230 – Tinfoil hats against nonsense

This week Europe has lost a star in the sky and we hear about how Louis Pasteur managed to create a rabies vaccine back in 1885 (NB: he wasn’t even a medical doctor). Pope Francis ...

TheESP - Ep. #229 - Reality vs politics, lies and fairy tales

TheESP – Ep. #229 – Reality vs politics, lies and fairy tales

This week we can't help but mention the Polish presidential elections and Susan Gerbic's latest interview with Pontus. We commemorate Ignaz Semmelweis on his birthday before moving on to deliberating over the future of the ...

TheESP - Ep. #228 - Let Science Take the Lead

TheESP – Ep. #228 – Let Science Take the Lead

This week Pontus and András bring you the latest from all over Europe mixed with some history and a little bit of Poking the Pope(s). This week marks the 646th anniversary of the onset of ...

TheESP - Ep. #227 - Thank you, Jelena!

TheESP – Ep. #227 – Thank you, Jelena!

This week we first learn about how the 1854 cholera outbreak led to advances in the knowledge about diseases and outbreaks thanks to the clever and rigorous work by the physician John Snow, now regarded ...

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TheESP - Ep. #187 - Antibiotic Resistance Worse Than Climate Change?

TheESP – Ep. #187 – Antibiotic Resistance Worse Than Climate Change?

Become a Patron! This week we celebrate the birthday of the ‘Ask for Evidence’ campaign, the Pope gets stuck in an elevator and we debunk three myths about the Amazon forest fires. Counterfeit Medicine is ...

TheESP – Ep. #186 - European Skeptics Congress 2019, part 1

TheESP – Ep. #186 – European Skeptics Congress 2019, part 1

Become a Patron! This week it was Congress time! András and Pontus (unfortunately, no Jelena) spent a wonderful weekend in Ghent, Belgium, at the European Skeptics Congress 2019, where they had a blast! At the ...

TheESP - Ep. #185 - Rain dance for the Amazon

TheESP – Ep. #185 – Rain dance for the Amazon

Become a Patron! This week it is true that the Amazon (Amazonas? Amazonia?) is burning and glaciers are dying, but misinformation is still everywhere. Especially, meditation and rain dances will not help. Instead we should ...

TheESP - Ep. #184 - Not well for Pell

TheESP – Ep. #184 – Not well for Pell

Become a Patron! This week we start by noting that the measles numbers in Serbia from last week must be nonsense (it’s much worse) and again urge you to support Retraction Watch. We then report ...

TheESP - Ep. #183 - Free Energy, 'Flygskam' and hard numbers on Measles

TheESP – Ep. #183 – Free Energy, ‘Flygskam’ and hard numbers on Measles

Become a Patron! This week we hear about free energy devices, about Pope Francis’ friend who stands accused of sex-abuse, and that Metro in Sweden is closing down taking with it their ‘Viral Examiner’ that ...

TheESP – Ep. #182 – Anthroposophical Ups and Downs

TheESP – Ep. #182 – Anthroposophical Ups and Downs

Become a Patron! This week we reflect on the current heatwave and on climate change, we give a shout-out to James Randi who turned 91 this week(!) and Pontus pokes the pope for letting his ...

TheESP – Ep. #181 – Medical Misinformation

TheESP – Ep. #181 – Medical Misinformation

Become a Patron! This week and from now on, you can now listen to us on Spotify too! If you do, this episode will tell you about how Lamarck, born today 275 years ago, got ...

TheESP - Ep. #180 - Sander van der Linden on Bad News and prebunking

TheESP – Ep. #180 – Sander van der Linden on Bad News and prebunking

Become a Patron! This week András interviewed Sander Van Der Linden, who is a social psychologist and has done extensive research into how we should approach the fight against #fakenews and the spreading of #misinformation about ...

TheESP - Ep. #179 - Religious Liberty?

TheESP – Ep. #179 – Religious Liberty?

Become a Patron! This week we celebrate Britt Hermes’ lawsuit victory and that Annika got married (yay!) and urge everyone top make plans for ESC in Belgium – there’s still time to get your tickets! ...

TheESP - Ep. #178 - Camp Quest with Andreas Kyriacou, plus IQ testing and killing science

TheESP – Ep. #178 – Camp Quest with Andreas Kyriacou, plus IQ testing and killing science

' Become a Patron! This week while Pontus is away, we talk to Andreas Kyriacou from Switzerland about Camp Quest Switzerland before moving on to other events, IQ testing and a lot more, including a ...

TheESP - Ep. #177 - Monarchy is stupid!

TheESP – Ep. #177 – Monarchy is stupid!

' Become a Patron! This week Jelena discloses the location of her new place to live - and it's far away! Then we hear about how Pasteur would not have been even close to pass ...

TheESP - Ep. #176 - Fighting Pseudo-therapies

TheESP – Ep. #176 – Fighting Pseudo-therapies

Become a Patron! This week we clarify the difference between a ‘skeptic’ and a ‘denier’ when it comes to climate change and plug the Rationalist International Conference (Cambridge, 27-28 July) before Jelena debunks the myth ...

TheESP - Ep. #175 - The Brilliant Mind of Gwyneth Paltrow

TheESP – Ep. #175 – The Brilliant Mind of Gwyneth Paltrow

Become a Patron! This week we remember Willem (‘Wim’) Betz, the iconic Belgian physician, researcher and skeptic, co-founder of SKEPP (Belgian Skeptic Organisation) and CSICOP fellow, who sadly passed away on 8 June. Pontus reports ...

TheESP - Ep. #174 - Eating beaver

TheESP – Ep. #174 – Eating beaver

Become a Patron! This week András sticks his neck out, announcing that he will give a talk at the upcoming CICAP Fest in Padua in September - in Italian! We then learn about Margherita Hack ...

TheESP - Ep. #173 - The ‘Tender Pope’, Homeopathy and SkepKon interviews

TheESP – Ep. #173 – The ‘Tender Pope’, Homeopathy and SkepKon interviews

Become a Patron! This week we catch up a bit regarding VoF (the Swedish skeptics) and talk about a new Manifesto against pseudoscientific treatments. We also get a bit nostalgic about a UK referendum about ...

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Ep. #137 - Coconut oil, public health, the pope and the photo encyclopedia of bogus claims

Ep. #137 – Coconut oil, public health, the pope and the photo encyclopedia of bogus claims

Become a Patron! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes This week we talked about Susan Gerbic's new interview with Massimo Polidoro, a ...

TheESP - Ep. #136 - Jay Novella

TheESP – Ep. #136 – Jay Novella

Become a Patron! On this Episode: QED in Manchester is drawing closer! We speak to Jay Novella of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe (the SGU) whose total cast will be there in October. Hear ...

Ep. #135 - ET healing, first contact in Germany, wet cupping, plus religion

Ep. #135 – ET healing, first contact in Germany, wet cupping, plus religion

Become a Patron! Segments: Intro; Greetings; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Really Wrong; Farewell and Quote; Outro; Out-takes Show Notes: 00:00:27 Greetings While unfortunately Jelena is not present, this week we talk about an ET ...

TheESP - Ep. #134 - Psychic Taxes, Homeopathy and One Hell of a Bus Ride

TheESP – Ep. #134 – Psychic Taxes, Homeopathy and One Hell of a Bus Ride

Become a Patron!  Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong; Radio Ad; Farewell and Quote; Outro; Out-takes Show Notes: 00:00:26 Greetings As Eggman (Brian Eggo) sits in ...

TheESP - Ep. #133 - Malek Tohme

TheESP – Ep. #133 – Malek Tohme

Become a Patron! On this Episode: We have good news from Ukraine, when we talk to Malek Tohme, who is starting up the Ukraine Humanist, Rationalist, Skeptic Modernists in the city of L'viv! And a ...

TheESP - Ep. #132 - Science in trouble, educating politicians & finding pseudoscience

TheESP – Ep. #132 – Science in trouble, educating politicians & finding pseudoscience

Become a Patron! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes Show Notes: 00:00:27 Greetings We quickly go from ear-candles to ass-candles and then the Pope ...

TheESP - Ep. #131 - Edinburgh Skeptics on the Fringe

TheESP – Ep. #131 – Edinburgh Skeptics on the Fringe

Become a Patron! On this Episode: We talk with the fabulous and twice Ockham's Award winning Edinburgh Skeptics Society! Heather Pentler and Sean Slater tell us all about the upcoming Skeptics on the Fringe when ...

TheESP - Ep. #130 - Eugenics, GSoW and the pope solves the crisis in the middle east

TheESP – Ep. #130 – Eugenics, GSoW and the pope solves the crisis in the middle east

Become a Patron! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes Show Notes: 00:00:55 Greetings This week we bring you stuff to think about like Eugenics, ...

TheESP - EP. #129 - Amina Manzoor

TheESP – EP. #129 – Amina Manzoor

Become a Patron! On this Episode: We talk to leading science and medical reporter Amina Manzoor at the largest Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN). Amina Manzoor fights the good fight in the media to spread ...

TheESP - Ep. #128 - 50K€ Homeopathy Challenge, News and Climate Therapy

TheESP – Ep. #128 – 50K€ Homeopathy Challenge, News and Climate Therapy

Become a Patron! Segments: Intro; Greetings; Interview with Norbert Aust; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes Show Notes: 00:00:27 Greetings We comment on Stephen Hawking's funeral and ...

TheESP- Ep. #127 - Annika Merkelbach, SkepKon and GSoW

TheESP- Ep. #127 – Annika Merkelbach, SkepKon and GSoW

Become a Patron! On this Episode: This week we interviewed Annika Merkelbach, who told us what’s new in Germany, how the greatest German skeptical convention SkepKon went and why the country need native speakers to ...

TheESP – Ep. #126 – Colliding worlds, more measles and Poking the Pope

TheESP – Ep. #126 – Colliding worlds, more measles and Poking the Pope

Become a Patron! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong / Really Right; Quote; Outro; Out-takes Show Notes: 00:00:29 Greetings Catching up on our slightly erratic release schedule ...

TheESP – Ep. #125 – Pepijn van Erp

TheESP – Ep. #125 – Pepijn van Erp

Become a Patron! On this Episode: On this episode we interview Dutch mathematician and skeptical activist Pepijn van Erp to talk about his blog, his work at Stichting Skepsis and the Dutch skeptical magazine Skepter ...

TheESP - Ep. #124 - Full Fact, vaccinations, intravaginal manipulations, Rigvir & plants vs bullies

TheESP – Ep. #124 – Full Fact, vaccinations, intravaginal manipulations, Rigvir & plants vs bullies

Become a Patron! Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes Show Notes: 00:00:27 Greetings Andras talks about this travels around Europe and meeting old friends; We remind listeners to ...

TheESP - Ep. #123 - Enrico Zabeo

TheESP – Ep. #123 – Enrico Zabeo

Become a Patron! On this Episode: This week we interviewed Italian skeptic and podcaster Enrico Zabeo, who's one of the founders and hosts of Radio CICAP, the official podcast for the Italian skeptical organisation CICAP ...

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Episode #090 – feat. Claire Klingenberg

On this episode: We tell you all about the fantastic 17th European Skeptics Congress coming up in Wroclaw in less than two weeks. Our guest is Claire Klingenberg, event manager extraordinaire from Sisyfos, the Czech Skeptics' ...

Episode #089

Episode #089

On this episode: The inspiration for Mel Gibson’s the Passion of the Christ, alternative treatments in Valencia, the Heilpraktiker system in Germany, whether Down’s syndrome has been eradicated in Iceland and the new Full Fact ...

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Episode #088, feat. Dr Susan Blackmore

We start our episode with Editor-in-Chief of The Skeptic magazine, Deborah Hyde, who tells us about this year's Ockham Awards that will be happening at QED: Question. Explore. Discover in October 2017, the nominations for ...

Episode #087

Episode #087

This week we're back with a regular episode and joined by Chris Higgins, who talks about SkeptiCamp Manchester. Charles Richet is our special mention on 'This Week in Skepticism'. Then we go on talking about ...

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Episode #086, feat. Konrad Talmont-Kaminski

Our guest on this episode was Konrad Talmont-Kaminski, philosopher and cognitive scientist, who will be among the speakers at the European Skpetics Congress in Wroclaw in September 2018. Ha talks about his research into how ...

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Episode #085, feat. Leo Igwe

This week Pontus and Jelena talks about news and have an interview with the humanist Leo Igwe, speaker at the upcoming European Skeptcis Congress in Poland. Nicola Throp of the Measeyside Skeptics also comes on ...

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Episode #084, feat. Holm Gero Hümmler

Our guest on this episode was Holm Gero Hümmler, nuclear physicist, management consultant and author of the book ‘Relativer Quantenquark’. He blogs at quantenquark.com and he is one of the speakers on the upcoming 17th ...

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Episode #083

This week Pontus and András are joined by Brian Eggo who sits in for Jelena while she's on a European motorbike trip. We talked about Karl Popper's philosophical system of scientific discovery, how much of ...

Episode #082

Episode #082

Unfortunately, due to all three of us hosts being otherwise engaged, we could not provide you with a show this week. But there are a few things we had to mention. Sorry and hope to ...

Episode #081

Episode #081

This week Jelena and Andras explore the world of skeptical conferences like CICAPFest, the European Skeptics Congress and Skeptics on the Fringe in Edinburgh. The Loch Ness Monster, the death of Ryke Geerd Hamer (NGM) ...

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Episode #080, feat. Diego Fontanive

  On this episode our guest was Diego Fontanive, who's the founder of the EOF Project (End of Fear) that aims to understand our epistemic acceptances and apply meta-cognition in order to achieve a better ...

Episode #079

Episode #079

This week we talk about Swedish Skeptics treating their members to 15 tickets to the European Skeptics Congress and how we were interviewed by Skeptical Inquiry before we talk about the famous Oxford Evolution debate ...

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Episode #78, feat. Luigi Garlaschelli

This week's episode is dedicated to our interview with Italian chemist, skeptic and paranormal investigator Luigi Garlaschelli, who has investigated and debunked many miraculous claims, including weeping Madonnas, stigmata, the blood of San Gennaro and ...

Episode #077

Episode #077

This week we are coming back with our regular segments featuring topics like the 17th European Skeptics Congress, CICAPfest2017, James Randi's appearances in Europe, the BMJ being infiltrated by quackery, the harm in using homeopathy ...

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Episode #076, feat. Susan Gerbic

  This week's episode is dedicated to our latest interview with Susan Gerbic, the Wikipediatrician, who's the leader of the international project called Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. We talked about what's new, how people can ...

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Episode #038, feat. Ovidiu Covaciu

Episode #038, feat. Ovidiu Covaciu

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 and podcaster Ovidiu Covaciu, founder and president of the Romanian ...

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Episode #037

On this episode, you'll find news, events and interesting topics, including cupping on Wikipedia, a poltergeist in Glasgow, a new tool for understanding health research and anthroposophy schools to face end in Sweden. We also ...

Episode #036, feat. Fiona O'Leary

Episode #036, feat. Fiona O’Leary

Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Fiona O'Leary, founder of Autistic Rights Together (ART). Segments: Introduction and greetings; ...

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Episode #035

On this episode, you'll find news, events and interesting topics, including QED, cupping and ways to win at the Olympic Games, ART and the need to support Fiona O'Leary against the movie "Vaxxed" as well ...

Episode #034, feat. Deborah Hyde

Episode #034, feat. Deborah Hyde

Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with folklorist and cultural anthropologist Deborah Hyde, Editor-in-chief of the UK magazine 'The ...

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Episode #033, feat. Penny Lane

On this episode, you'll find news, events and interesting topics, including Pokémon Go, The Good Thinking Society vs the BBC, banners to indicate retraction in scientific papers, a guy jailed for insulting the Dutch King, ...

Episode #032, feat. Brian Eggo

Episode #032, feat. Brian Eggo

Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Brian Eggo (Eggman), leader of Glasgow Skeptics and organiser of both Glasgow ...

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Episode #031

On this episode, you'll find news, events and interesting topics, including Brexit, problems with science writing, British veterinarians to call for action against the use of homeopathy & the fallacy of political correctness. Segments Intro; ...

Episode #030, feat. Linda Strand Lundberg

Episode #030, feat. Linda Strand Lundberg

Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Linda Strand Lundberg, president of the Swedish Skeptics Association (VoF). Segments: Introduction ...

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Episode #029

On this episode, you'll find news, events and interesting topics, including Brexit, Sense About Science to open EU office, NHS Liverpool to stop funding homeopathy and Marko Kovic, president of Skeptiker Schweiz publishes an article ...

Episode #028, feat. Claire Klingenberg

Episode #028, feat. Claire Klingenberg

Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Claire Klingenberg, foreign liaison for the Czech Skeptics' Club Sisyfos. Segments: Introduction ...

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Episode #027

On this episode, you'll find news, events and interesting topics, including Brian Clement touring in Europe, Romanian doctors in trouble and much more. Segments Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What's on in Europe?; ...

Episode #026, feat. Susan Gerbic

Episode #026, feat. Susan Gerbic

Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Susan Gerbic aka 'The Wikipediatrician', who is the founder and manager of ...

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Episode #025

On this episode, you'll find news, events and interesting topics, including open access to science journals in Europe, homeopathy in Germany, the state of GMO bans across the continent and pseudoscience in Greece. Also, Pontus ...

Episode #024, feat. Amardeo Sarma

Episode #024, feat. Amardeo Sarma

Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Amardeo Sarma, who is the co-founder and chairman of the German Society ...

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