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TheESP – Ep. #315 – ‘Shche ne vmerla Ukrainas’

TheESP – Ep. #315 – ‘Shche ne vmerla Ukrainas’

The first line of the Ukraine national anthem translates to ‘Ukraine is not dead yet’
This episode is a special about the Russian war and invasion of Ukraine. No TWISH, no Pope and ...
TheESP – Ep. #314 – Meta says and Meta does

TheESP – Ep. #314 – Meta says and Meta does

Also, Benedict works in mysterious ways
We talk about the great new CFI fellows announced, wonder what happens to Ukraine (please note that we recorded this episode one day before the invasion...) and ...
TheESP – Ep. #313 – Bärbel Winkler

TheESP – Ep. #313 – Bärbel Winkler

Translating the works of Skeptical Science
Bärbel Winkler is the project coordinator for the translation projects at Skeptical Science and has been organising the translation of documents like the two consecutive versions of ...
TheESP – Ep. #312 – Charles, the Alternative Prince

TheESP – Ep. #312 – Charles, the Alternative Prince

Edzard Ernst joins us to tell all about his new book
Before we get into the interview with Edzard Ernst we are a bit nostalgic about hearing that the end of the ISS ...
TheESP – Ep. #311 – Two years of Covid in Europe

TheESP – Ep. #311 – Two years of Covid in Europe

We are all animals
Annika is back in Europe and for unclear reasons we may all move to an uninhabited island in Sweden (don't hold your breath). The German Informations­-Netzwerk Homöopathie (INH) is ...
TheESP – Ep. #310 – Double Fault

TheESP – Ep. #310 – Double Fault

Djokovic wrong again, and both popes get poked
We start with the fact that everyone and his uncle seems to have covid nowadays, and access to testing is hard. As mentioned last week, ...
TheESP – Ep. #309 – It's a 'League' of Homeopaths

TheESP – Ep. #309 – It’s a ‘League’ of Homeopaths

No mercy for No-vaxx Djokovic
Sweden had some unusual northern lights last weekend (which Pontus missed) and the Tonga volcanic eruption had an impact on Annika's plans. Don't miss Pontus on next week's ...
TheESP – Ep. #308 – Elisabeth Bik

TheESP – Ep. #308 – Elisabeth Bik

Watch out researchers!
This week we have a special treat for you - we're joined by the one and only Elisabeth Bik! Our interview with her takes us into the wonders of how ...
TheESP – Ep. #307 – What do people believe?

TheESP – Ep. #307 – What do people believe?

Special report: Large Study Released by the Swedish Skeptics (VoF)
We start out welcoming the new year and chatting about the James Webb telescope, Omicron and that the Swedish King and Queen just ...
TheESP – Ep. #291 – Broken System, Broken Neck

TheESP – Ep. #291 – Broken System, Broken Neck

According to chiropractors, broken necks are within "good practice".
In this episode we catch up on last weekend with Hungaro Con and SkepKon. We also mention last week's Ig Nobel Prizes and how ...
TheESP – Ep. #290 – Trypanophobia

TheESP – Ep. #290 – Trypanophobia

Fear of needles is probably a big factor in vaccine hesitancy.
In this episode we first mention that Sweden just announced an end to Corona restrictions as per the end of this month ...
TheESP – Ep. #289 – Herd Immunity

TheESP – Ep. #289 – Herd Immunity

Don't take Ivermectin!
In this episode we first have a few events to plug: The launching of the book Fake! in Budapest, Congreso Esceptico in Spain, Skeptics in the Pub Online about 9/11 ...
TheESP – Ep. #288 – Fake! with Annemarie Bon

TheESP – Ep. #288 – Fake! with Annemarie Bon

In this episode we interview Dutch writer, science populariser and educator Annemarie Bon, who’s many works focus on helping children understand the world around us. Having started her career as a biochemical engineer, ...
TheESP – Ep. #287 – What's Wrong with a Little Tantra?

TheESP – Ep. #287 – What’s Wrong with a Little Tantra?

In this episode we first plug the upcoming Skeptics in the Pub Online about 9/11, Luc Montagnier is the topic This Week in Skepticism and the Pope gets poked for nepotism and corruption ...
One Of Those Weeks…

One Of Those Weeks…

Hi all! We're so sorry, but we missed our schedule for last week. We did record a great interview, but it just wasn't possible to get the edit done in time. We will save ...
TheESP – Ep. #286 – What Happened to Measles?

TheESP – Ep. #286 – What Happened to Measles?

In this episode we first chat about the Pegasus project and what implications it might have. We also note that the Russian Nauka module was a little trigger happy when joining with the ...
TheESP – Ep. #285 – Grow Up and Be a Skeptic!

TheESP – Ep. #285 – Grow Up and Be a Skeptic!

In this episode we note that skeptics in Germany has raised a lot of money to support victims of the floods. Formidable Dutch skeptic Frits van Dam passed away on 26 July and ...
TheESP – Ep. #284 – After the Flood

TheESP – Ep. #284 – After the Flood

In this episode we open up by discussing the terrible floods in Germany, the claims made by esoterics and how you can help. We also note that covid misinformation numbskull Sucharit Bhakdi has ...
TheESP – Ep. #283 – Pavel Šmejkal

TheESP – Ep. #283 – Pavel Šmejkal

In this week's episode we start with an update on the successful Virgin Galactic flight and congratulate Natalie Grams for getting married(!), and also comment on the Euro 2020 final won by Italy ...
TheESP – Ep. #282 – Stupid Ideas

TheESP – Ep. #282 – Stupid Ideas

This week Annika is back making sure we don't run out of dad-jokes, András' travel guide work is resuming while Pontus is just playing golf (and not very well). We discuss the new ...
TheESP – Ep. #281 – Schools of Horror

TheESP – Ep. #281 – Schools of Horror

This week we're joined by Brian Eggo who sits in for Annika. We talk about the Edinburgh Science Festival, skeptical events and the recent ESA astronaut recruitments. In This Week in Skepticism we ...
TheESP – Ep. #280 – No Gays, Please! We're Catholic

TheESP – Ep. #280 – No Gays, Please! We’re Catholic

This week we chat a bit about Madeira, covid scares and rainbow flags in Germany. In this week we highlight Karl Landsteiner who discovered the human blood groups and Pope Francis asks Italy ...
TheESP – Ep. #279 – On the Ark to Nowhere

TheESP – Ep. #279 – On the Ark to Nowhere

This week summer is here (but András is not) and we get a tip from Bob on about good vaccine tracker. Blaise Pascal was born almost 400 years ago this week (how times ...
TheESP – Ep. #278 – Whatever It Is, I'm Against It

TheESP – Ep. #278 – Whatever It Is, I’m Against It

This week we get a well deserved correction from listener Cyril on how to pronounce Marquis de Sade's full name and we hear about German teenagers party dangerously in secret in strange locations ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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: - ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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) ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
TheESP - Ep. #187 - Antibiotic Resistance Worse Than Climate Change?

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

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

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

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

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

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 learn ...
TheESP - Ep. #184 - Not well for Pell

TheESP – Ep. #184 – Not well for Pell

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

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

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 has ...
TheESP – Ep. #182 – Anthroposophical Ups and Downs

TheESP – Ep. #182 – Anthroposophical Ups and Downs

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 Archbishops ...
TheESP – Ep. #181 – Medical Misinformation

TheESP – Ep. #181 – Medical Misinformation

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

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

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 #climatechange, ...
TheESP - Ep. #179 - Religious Liberty?

TheESP – Ep. #179 – Religious Liberty?

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! We ...
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

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 German petition ...
TheESP - Ep. #177 - Monarchy is stupid!

TheESP – Ep. #177 – Monarchy is stupid!

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 today’s ethical ...
TheESP - Ep. #176 - Fighting Pseudo-therapies

TheESP – Ep. #176 – Fighting Pseudo-therapies

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

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

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 his ...
TheESP - Ep. #174 - Eating beaver

TheESP – Ep. #174 – Eating beaver

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

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

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 Europe ...
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

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 court ...
TheESP - Ep. #136 - Jay Novella

TheESP – Ep. #136 – Jay Novella

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

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

Segments: Intro; Greetings; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Really Right; 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

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 for ...
TheESP - Ep. #133 - Malek Tohme

TheESP – Ep. #133 – Malek Tohme

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

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

Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Right; 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

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 there ...
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

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

On this Episode: We talk to leading science and medical reporter Amina Manzoor at the largest Swedish Dagens Nyheter Together with her colleague Maria Gunther, Amina recieved the Swedish Skeptics' "Enlightener of the ...
TheESP - Ep. #128 - 50K€ Homeopathy Challenge, News and Climate Therapy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 book ...
TheESP - Ep. #123 - Enrico Zabeo

TheESP – Ep. #123 – Enrico Zabeo

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. Please ...
Episode #090 - feat. Claire Klingenberg

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 ...
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 ...
Episode #088, feat. Dr Susan Blackmore

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, the nominations for which are still open. Our ...
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 ...
Episode #086, feat. Konrad Talmont-Kaminski

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 Segments Intro; Greetings & Feedback; ...
Episode #085, feat. Leo Igwe

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 ...
Episode #084, feat. Holm Gero Hümmler

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 ...
Episode #083

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 ...
Episode #082

Episode #082

Segments Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Outro Show notes: 00:00:00 INTRO music 00:00:27 Greetings & feedback
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 ...
Episode #080, feat. Diego Fontanive

Episode #080, feat. Diego Fontanive

  Segments Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Diego Fontanive; Farewell; Outro Show notes: 00:00:00 INTRO music 00:00:37 Greetings & feedback VoF is offering 15 free tickets for the 17th European Skeptics Congress to its ...
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 ...
Episode #078, feat. Luigi Garlaschelli

Episode #078, feat. Luigi Garlaschelli

Segments Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Luigi Garlaschelli; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes Show notes: 00:00:00 INTRO music 00:00:37 Greetings & feedback Andras announces a European road trip between the 17th European Skeptics Congress ...
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 ...
Episode #076, feat. Susan Gerbic

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 ...
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 ...
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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 ...
Episode #036, feat. Fiona O'Leary

Episode #036, feat. Fiona O’Leary

&npsp; 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 ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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: ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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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 Thinking”) which ...
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. #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. #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. #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. #222 - Susan Gerbic, Wikipedia & changing the world page by page

TheESP – Ep. #222 – Susan Gerbic, Wikipedia & changing the world page by page

This week our team welcomes Susan Gerbic back to the show to talk about her and Mark Edward's sting operations to reveal psychics and their techniques in conning people and why Wikipedia is probably the ...
TheESP - Ep. #210 - Cranky Uncle vs Climate Change with John Cook

TheESP – Ep. #210 – Cranky Uncle vs Climate Change with John Cook

On this episode we interview Australian cognitive scientist and founder of the Skeptical Science website John Cook about his upcoming book 'Cranky Uncle vs Climate Change' that showcases typical climate science denial situations in a ...
TheESP - Ep. #208 - The Nuclear Option with Iida Ruishalme

TheESP – Ep. #208 – The Nuclear Option with Iida Ruishalme

This week we interview Finnish activist Iida Ruishalme to talk about nuclear power and green energy. Iida is a biologist specialised in biomedical research, an environmentalist, a writer and a science communicator. She also a ...
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 little more ...
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 Jelena singlehandedly ...
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 explaining why ...
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 about the ...
TheESP - Ep. #180 - Sander van der Linden on Bad News and prebunking

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

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 #climatechange, #vaccinations and ...
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

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 German petition to hold ...
TheESP - Ep. #171 - Rigvir with Austra Muizniece

TheESP – Ep. #171 – Rigvir with Austra Muizniece

On this Episode: This week we welcome back Latvian activist Austra Muizniece, fearless fighter against the fake 'cancer treatment’ Rigvir. Shamelessly and corruptly approved in Latvia just two days before Latvia joined the EU, Rigvir ...