Yeah... Nah!

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Yeah... Nah! is a fortnightly podcast from the New Zealand Skeptics focusing on the latest news of skeptical interest both locally and internationally.

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2023-03-22: Puzzling Heteronym Submission
Mark has found a failing of ChatGPT, but it’s not what you think. Bronwyn and Mark talk about their recent experience making an oral submission for the Therapeutic Products Bill. Finally, the team talks to Stuart Landsborough; lifelong skeptic, recent retiree, and the founder of Puzzling World and the NZ $100,000 Psychic Challenge.
Mar 22, 2023
2022-03-08: Eastern Drag Census
We are a smaller contingent this week, but not by much. Dan Ryan returns to share how his and Mark’s investigation into the Chinese sect Eastern Lightning is progressing. Census day was March 7th, and we wonder whether the recent deluge of Star Wars content will impact the Jedi population. We also talk about Drag… Continue reading 2022-03-08: Eastern Drag Census
Mar 08, 2023
2023-02-21: Above Russ Hacking Bill
One, two, three, four, five… five committee members on the Yeah…Nah! podcast, Buckle in for a bit of a longer episode this week, as we sit in front of our microphones and talk about all and sundry. Craig practically had a private audience with Destiny Church acolyte Lincoln Russ; Bronwyn discusses one of the most… Continue reading 2023-02-21: Above Russ Hacking Bill
Feb 21, 2023
2023-02-08: Gothard Pet Herbalist
This episode is a cracker. We pour one out for Darwin, Craig’s very good boy who recently crossed the rainbow bridge. Guest host Katrina talks about Henry the 8th and the Herbalists Charter of 1542, while Bronwyn talks about all things Bill Gothard.
Feb 08, 2023
2023-01-24: Natural Mattress Cult
The team sticks to the basics this week. We voice our concerns about the Therapeutic Products Bill, and whether there is too much wiggle room for natural health products (aka NHPs). Mark goes on a rant about advertising on podcasts (and has a weirdly specific hate for mattresses), Bronwyn gets to briefly mention Chris Butler… Continue reading 2023-01-24: Natural Mattress Cult
Jan 24, 2023
2023-01-11: Slim Scots Bot
This week, with the sad absence of Bronwyn, regulars Craig and Mark are joined by recurring guest Alexander Maxwell, as well as Peter Harrison, former head of the Association of Rationalists and Humanists. The show starts off with a discussion about unethical advertising of diet plans, progresses to talk about whether we can have our… Continue reading 2023-01-11: Slim Scots Bot
Jan 12, 2023
2022-12-20: Battery Powered Tarot Fire
Mark returns, Bronwyn’s multitasking needs work, Craig tries to convince himself that everything is fine and Robyn Ramsden is our guest this week, on Yeah…Nah! Mark kicks off the festivities with a modern urban legend about boiling disposable batteries to recharge them. Keeping with the topic of the danger of batteries, Robyn Ramsden gives us… Continue reading 2022-12-20: Battery Powered Tarot Fire
Dec 27, 2022
2022-12-13: Sue Grey and Richter’s Scale
Due to puzzling circumstances, Mark sat this episode out – but the show must go on. Freelance journalist Anke Richter joins us from the South Island as we talk unvaccinated blood, shake our heads (again!) in (deepening) dismay about Sue Grey and Liz Gunn, and express our shock at Sean Plunket being the voice of… Continue reading 2022-12-13: Sue Grey and Richter’s Scale
Dec 14, 2022
2022-11-27: Electric Trad Conference Crusade
Bronwyn, Craig and Mark are live at the 2022 NZ Skeptics Conference, talking to the audience about their recent skeptical encounters. Craig has been arguing with people on Twitter about Electric Vehicles (EVs) and whether they’re environmentally friendly, while Bronwyn has been researching the conservative fad that is Trad Wives. Mark talks about his time… Continue reading 2022-11-27: Electric Trad Conference Crusade
Nov 28, 2022
2022-11-15: Green Caeayaron Frank Fraud
Bronwyn, Craig and Mark commiserate about the Go (not so) Green Expo, while special guest Alistair Blenney tells us more about pineal gland activator Caeayaron (Kyron) and their earthbound human voicemail, Suzanna Emmanuel. Bronwyn discusses the importance of being vigilant about scientific fraud in the West, while Mark continues to sift through the garbage that… Continue reading 2022-11-15: Green Caeayaron Frank Fraud
Nov 15, 2022
2022-11-01: Celibate Climate Cranium Cult
We continue to dangle the carrot of becoming a permanent co-host in front of Alexander Maxwell, and this time we have been rewarded with his thoughts on phrenology, activism and Dr. Kellog. Mark talks about No Nut November, Bronwyn tries to segue everything so that she can chat about ISTA and Highden, and Craig kicks… Continue reading 2022-11-01: Celibate Climate Cranium Cult
Nov 02, 2022
2022-10-18: 27 Bronner Jones
What do esoteric soap labels, schadenfreude, and dearly departed celebrities have in common? Not much; and while Bronwyn, Craig, and Mark don’t subscribe to apophenia in any form, they sure as hell are going to try to build clever segues between them. Events: The NZ Skeptics Conference will be held in Wellington on November 25th-27th,… Continue reading 2022-10-18: 27 Bronner Jones
Oct 18, 2022
2022-10-05: BioKodeLab Chinese Chess
It’s a full house on this week’s podcast. Tim Atkin joins us to talk about his recent submission to the newsletter, and Mark tries to determine if teledildonics had a role in US Grandmaster Hans Niemann’s cheating scandal. Craig shares that the Auckland Skeptics in the Pub had its first regular meeting, and everyone speculates… Continue reading 2022-10-05: BioKodeLab Chinese Chess
Oct 05, 2022
2022-09-20: Mormon Cacao Destiny Temple
It’s been a fun-filled weekend for all three of us, with a skeptic themed road trip to Craig in Auckland for Bronwyn and Mark. As well as talking about our fascinating tour of the Mormon Temple, we also chat about our evening at Auckland Skeptics in the Pub, our cacao ceremony breakfast, a visit to… Continue reading 2022-09-20: Mormon Cacao Destiny Temple
Sep 20, 2022
2022-09-06: ISTA Arise Human Condition
Former NZ Skeptics committee member Lisa Ryan is our special guest this episode, giving us the rundown on the aftermath of the ARISE Pathfinding report. Craig demurs to tell us exactly why the christian pseudo-cult (or is that Pseudo-Christian cult…) Human Condition plagues his social media sidebar, Bronwyn talks about her current special interest of… Continue reading 2022-09-06: ISTA Arise Human Condition
Sep 07, 2022
2022-08-23: A FARCing Special Episode
Join Craig as he lives vicariously through Bronwyn and Mark’s stories from the Freedom and Rights Coalition’s March and People’s Court. The day was thankfully anti-climatic, but the legacy of Destiny’s original, anti-civil union “Enough is Enough” march loomed large with the official launch of a still unformed, Tamaki-driven, coalition party. Events: The NZ Skeptics… Continue reading 2022-08-23: A FARCing Special Episode
Aug 23, 2022
2022-08-16: Gloriavale Acupuncture Furry
The hosts of the Yeah…Nah podcast are big fans of documentaries. Everyone saw Stuff Circuit’s Fire & Fury investigation into the current distributors of misinformation in New Zealand, and reminisced about the ghosts of cranks past. Daniel Ryan joins the team to discuss acupuncture, and also joins in on our chat about the new Gloriavale… Continue reading 2022-08-16: Gloriavale Acupuncture Furry
Aug 16, 2022
2022-08-02: Churchill Plankton IQ
Oh no, the Yeah…Nah podcast returns. Mark talks about a poorly researched, racist documentary that he’s watching so that you don’t have to. Bronwyn and Mark chat about their recent pieces on high IQ societies, and Craig issues a correction about his article about endangered plankton. We also talk a little bit about fluoride, and… Continue reading 2022-08-02: Churchill Plankton IQ
Aug 03, 2022
2022-07-19: Hippocratic Georgia Moon Crystal
Another week, another instalment of the Yeah…Nah podcast. We have some listener feedback from our previous episode, and Mark talks about the scam that is Moon Crystal Healing Bracelets. The group then laments the destruction of the Georgia Guidestones, and with it the conspiracies it inspired. Bronwyn closes out the show with some literal ancient… Continue reading 2022-07-19: Hippocratic Georgia Moon Crystal
Jul 20, 2022
2022-07-05: Genderbread Charity Bones
Yeah…Nah returns, and you might get whiplash from this week’s topics. It’s Craig’s turn to be on the receiving end of critical feedback, for his use of inclusive language in his Roe vs Wade article. Bronwyn and Mark discuss their recent foray into kiwi Christian culture, with their field trip to Prayer@Parliament. Mark also examines… Continue reading 2022-07-05: Genderbread Charity Bones
Jul 06, 2022
2022-06-21: Sentient ACE Voices
Yeah…Nah is back as promised. We have shifted our fortnightly recordings by a week for the foreseeable future, but you, dear listeners, won’t miss out. In this installment, the team try to stay on topic as Mark debates whether the Google AI is actually sentient or was asked leading questions, Craig discusses the newest pivot… Continue reading 2022-06-21: Sentient ACE Voices
Jun 22, 2022
2022-06-07: Mailchimp Cancel Culture Lawyer
Two weeks of Yeah…Nah in a row? It’s the gift you never knew you wanted, but it’s exactly what you need. And it’s a bumper of an episode too, with Deanne the barrister answering all of our questions about defamation and shady practitioners. We also talk about the unexpected delay in this week’s newsletter release,… Continue reading 2022-06-07: Mailchimp Cancel Culture Lawyer
Jun 08, 2022
2022-05-31: Political Birdshit Counterspin Gun
May has come to a close, and the Yeah…Nah! Podcast brings you the first podcast for June. SPECIAL GUEST STAR Alexander Maxwell returns to discuss how “white dielectric material” humanises the Cosmic Microwave Background. Mark attended the Counterspin Roadshow during its stop in Wellington, and shares his insights on the post-protest movement (and also confirms… Continue reading 2022-05-31: Political Birdshit Counterspin Gun
Jun 01, 2022
2022-05-17: Ring Rife SIDS
Mark is out of home isolation, and the team are back in top form for another Yeah…Nah episode. Craig and Bronwyn talk about an enzyme that could predict vulnerability of Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy, and the media misrepresentation of this study. Mark talks about the quack treatment that is RIFE therapy, and about Ken… Continue reading 2022-05-17: Ring Rife SIDS
May 18, 2022
2022-05-03: COVID Trespass Zinga
It’s the Yeah… Nah! Podcast, COVID Edition, as Mark joins us from home lockdown. Or should we say Markdown? No? Nevermind… The Occupation of Parliament is the gift that keeps on giving, as your dedicated podcasters take in the ongoing aftermath with updates on the sovereign citizen sheriffs at an ANZAC day ceremony, former MPs… Continue reading 2022-05-03: COVID Trespass Zinga
May 04, 2022
2022-04-19: Mātauranga Psychogenic Homeopathy
The Yeah… Nah! Podcast is coming in hot with another fortnightly installment of skeptical news from New Zealand and beyond. The team keeps it biblical by taking in the ongoing aftermath of David Farrier’s expose of Arise, while dissecting fears around Mātauranga Māori being a slippery slope towards the teaching of creationism in science (when… Continue reading 2022-04-19: Mātauranga Psychogenic Homeopathy
Apr 20, 2022
2022-04-05: Arise Mary Kay Putin
The Yeah… Nah! Podcast is giving you your regular skeptical fix. Special guest Alexander Maxwell, Associate Professor of History at Victoria University, is joining us to talk about the role of Russian propaganda in the War in the Ukraine. Craig muses on the abysmal quality of the website, Mark gets deep with David Farrier’s… Continue reading 2022-04-05: Arise Mary Kay Putin
Apr 06, 2022
2022-03-23: Deepfake Mormon Lairds
The team is at it again for the next instalment of the Yeah… Nah! Podcast. Craig contemplates the political implication of deepfakes, Mark is on a mission to educate Mormon missionaries, and Bronwyn considers the con that is buying souvenir plots in Scotland. Check out our last two newsletters for details on these stories and… Continue reading 2022-03-23: Deepfake Mormon Lairds
Mar 23, 2022
2022-03-08: Colin Woodhouse Interview
In this special episode, Bronwyn and Mark interview Colin Woodhouse, and learn more about his advocacy for non-religious pastoral care.
Mar 09, 2022
2022-03-08: Firestarting NFT Chaplain
For this week’s Yeah… Nah! Podcast, the team reflects on the fiery end to the parliamentary occupation, Mark despairs that NFT scams have reached our Antipodean shores, and we’ll hear an excerpt of Bronwyn and Mark’s interview with Colin Woodhouse, and learn more about his advocacy for non-religious pastoral care. Our chat with Colin was… Continue reading 2022-03-08: Firestarting NFT Chaplain
Mar 09, 2022
2022-02-22: Profest Rating Conversion
In this installment of the  Yeah… Nah! Podcast, the trio continue to deconstruct the so-called “Profest” at Parliament, Mark engages in a programming thought experiment, and Bronwyn talks about the success of the The Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill. Check out our last two newsletters for details on these stories and more: 2022-02-14 2022-02-21 The… Continue reading 2022-02-22: Profest Rating Conversion
Feb 24, 2022
2022-02-08: Nano Audiophile Convoy Guru
In this debut episode of the Yeah… Nah! podcast, Bronwyn and Mark discuss their field trip to the Convoy 2022 gathering at Parliament, Craig pokes holes in claims of undisclosed nanotechnology contained in the pfizer vaccine, Mark and Craig indulge their inner audiophiles, and Bronwyn uses the recent controversy with Christchurch’s Lotus-Heart Restaurant to set… Continue reading 2022-02-08: Nano Audiophile Convoy Guru
Feb 07, 2022