Token Skeptic Podcast

Why do we believe weird things? What does feminine intuition really mean? How do you become an effective activist for science and reason? Are you ready for a monthly show that poses these questions and more? Tune into the Token Skeptic for a slightly more skeptical look at stories in the news, urban legends, good science, pseudoscience, and what makes popular culture pop. Hosted and produced by philosophy teacher and radio broadcaster Kylie Sturgess.

The Podcasts

Token Skeptic #72 - On Unbelievable - Interview With Lawrence Leung

Tremendous thanks to both Simon Taylor for helping me secure this interview and Belinda Nicholson (who appeared in the 365 Days of Astronomy episode 'The Stars Are Her Laboratory’ for lending me the astrophysics tea-room at the University of Melbourne to record it! Please note - Simon has a GREAT new project, a skeptically-funny comic series called 'Flim Flam' - send in your support by sending in your pledge to get it happening.

Lawrence Leung is an Australian comedian, writer and director from Melbourne, Victoria. He is best known for his television series Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own AdventureIf the truth is out there... then let's look at the evidence! This is Lawrence Leung's 'Unbelievable'.

He has performed in shows in London's West End, at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, and around Australia extensively. This interview investigates the origins of the show, his history as a questioning comedian regarding interesting paranormal claims and what exactly was he up to when he was at Melbourne University (that you won't find on Wikipedia)?? 

Special guest stars during this interview - occasional astrophysics students looking for a cup of tea.

Check out 'Unbelievable' on ABC1 from 9.30pm, Wednesday June 15th! Lawrence's official website can be found at

This show is available on Zune, mp3 via Libsyn or iTunes. Visit – and I’d love to get your feedback at Theme songs are 'P&P' by Derek K Miller of and '365' by Milton Mermikides, of Please considering supporting the show - head to the Merchandise link on the Token Skeptic site and keep an eye out for the forthcoming Token Skeptic book, available through

Direct download: Token_Skeptic_72_-_On_Unbelivable_-_Interview_With_Lawrence_Leung.mp3
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Token Skeptic #61 - On Paranormality - Interview With Dr Richard Wiseman

Richard Wiseman is the UK’s most popular psychologist, with books topping the bestseller charts, over 10 million views on his YouTube channel and more than 60,000 followers on Twitter. A former professional magician, he has spent the past 20 years investigating the psychology of the paranormal.

His new book, Paranormality: Why We See What Isn't There, tackles the psychology of seemingly supernatural phenomena. Dr Wiseman is also the Professor of Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.

The official site for the book is at and you can subscribe to his popular blog at and his Twitter account at

This show is available on Zune, mp3 via Libsyn or iTunes. Visit – and I’d love to get your feedback at Theme songs are ‘P&P’ by Derek K Miller of and ‘365′ by Milton Mermikides, of

Direct download: Token_Skeptic_61_-_On_Paranormality_-_Interview_With_Richard_Wiseman.mp3
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In 2011 I was the organiser of the 10:23 Campign in Australia, with groups represented in Sydney, Brisbane, Victoria, Canberra and Perth. An interview with some of the participants features on the Token Skeptic podcast:

In January, I noticed that on Twitter Dr Paul Willis was heading on his way to Antarctica - so I quickly wrote to him and to the organisers of the 10:23 campaign in the UK to sign him up as a participant! This is the eventual result. Probably the most interesting experience yet as a coordinator!

Thanks to Paul, all the organisers Australia-wide and to Marsh and all the UK organisers.

Direct download: 10-23_Campaign_With_Dr_Paul_Willis_In_Antarctica_-Token_Skeptic_Podcast.m4v
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