Coming soon – Be Reasonable!

Next week sees the launch of a new monthly podcast from the Merseyside Skeptics Society, featuring Hayley Stevens and Michael Marshall: Be Reasonable.


Each month, we’ll be speaking to people who believe in ideas and theories that run contrary to the mainstream scientific and skeptical worldview, in order to examine how such beliefs are constructed and what evidence people feel supports their case.

Be Reasonable is about approaching subjects with respect and an open mind, engaging with people of differing viewpoints in an environment where debate is polite and good-natured, yet robust and intellectually rigorous.

Episode One features an interview with Anita Ikonen – a Swedish national who describes herself as a medical intuitive. Anita believes she can detect medical information about a person by simply looking at them. She runs a website called Vision From Feeling which documents her abilities, and her attempts to test them.

You can find Be Reasonable at the Merseyside Skeptics website, on iTunes, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and you can get in touch with the show by contacting

We look forward to exploring the other side of skeptical issues with the people who strongly believe them, and we hope you’ll join us.

  1. #1 by Olov L on January 24, 2013 - 17:44

    This is good news! A podcast featuring Hayley Stevens and Michael Marshall – what could go wrong? Too bad Tristan isn’t in it, but I guess you can’t win them all.

  2. #2 by Chris on January 24, 2013 - 19:25


    Those two are so good at talking with those who make psychic claims.

  3. #3 by Gari on January 25, 2013 - 01:20

    Sorry guys, a podcast too far for me, it just seems to me to be taking the interview portion of the old RI podcast, which I always thought an excellent idea. I loved and miss that show, but the good thing about it ending was no more of that atrocious, self-obsessed woman with that awful, awful speech defect, every “um”, “er” and “erm” peeved me greatly.

    I won’t be listening.

  4. #4 by Aaron on January 25, 2013 - 01:55

    Thanks for sharing Gari… I certainly will be listening!

  5. #5 by Trystan on January 25, 2013 - 02:07

    At least give it a listen Gari as it may surprise you. I imagine it will be the only skeptical podcast interviewing believers on a regular basis.

  6. #6 by Adam Cuerden on January 25, 2013 - 05:56

    Oh, awesome. Hayley and Marsh are fantastic, and they both did amazing work on RI.

  7. #7 by Chris on January 25, 2013 - 11:50

    Really looking forward to it!

  8. #8 by Rebecca on January 25, 2013 - 12:48

    I *delighted* that they are rolling out this, speaking with those “on the other side” is so challenging but is a very rewarding listening experience – it’s a tough thing to do respectfully!

  9. #9 by Murff on January 25, 2013 - 16:12

    Really looking forward to this, should be very interesting to hear from he other side about how they came to believe what thy do. Thanks in advance for the work!

  10. #10 by Arth4 on January 26, 2013 - 00:28

    Please register this with the Microsoft Store so I can get it on my Windows Phone! Thx!

  11. #11 by Qayin on January 27, 2013 - 13:45

    Happy to hear that.
    I miss my RI podcast. The most interesting thing was these interviews with the believers.
    It was always good lesson of dialog and understanding that crowd.
    Great news. Can’t wait.

  12. #12 by Ian Teeling on January 29, 2013 - 13:12

    Listened to Be Reasonable episode 1 this morning, congratulations to all involved, great job. Welcome back to my I Pod Hayley.

  13. #13 by Stephen on January 29, 2013 - 18:08

    I’ve been listening to loads of podcasts recently and haven’t found anything quite like this.

    I like Michael and think Hayley is always engaging and interesting. Gari must have been having a bad day!

  14. #14 by Gari on January 29, 2013 - 21:47

    @ Trystan.

    You may be right but I do not like that woman, a lot of what makes her, her, is what is wrong with skepticism today, imo.

    I personally think that this idea pretty similar to the RI interview, I liked RI, and the way that you gave the other side of the divide a chance to say something, without someone continually laughing or treating these people as simple minded, deluded fools.

    However, that woman is annoying on many fronts, but her suitability for interviewing people dropped a long way of the list when she interviewed that psychic on RI and asked, aggressively I thought, why she used the ‘entertainment only’ disclaimer in her work, the implication being she was hiding behind it.

    I cringed, anyone who has done a modicum of research into these ‘psychic’ people knows that the ‘entertainment only’ disclaimer was a condition put upon the ‘psychics’ BY LAW. I thought missing that point demonstrated a gross lack of professionalism.

    Anyhow, are you ever getting back into podding? I miss the wit and world-view – plus I wouldn’t mind some tips on making crop circles 😉

  15. #15 by Mike on January 31, 2013 - 07:04

    Actually Gari, the law requires that the psychic substantiate any claims made that are not for entertainment purposes, which means that the ‘entertainment only’ disclaimer is a tacit admission that the psychic cannot substantiate the claim(s). Well worth asking the question then, to see how they justify that.

    Anyone who has done 10 seconds of googling knows that, so you might have to fall back on the real reason you don’t like Hayley, whatever that is. I wonder.

  16. #16 by Soren on January 31, 2013 - 09:43

    Well what do you know Gari – the woman has a name! Why don’t you try using it, then perhaps you would sound slightly less annoying?

  17. #17 by Trystan on February 1, 2013 - 13:44

    Hi Gari

    Oddly enough I am back in the podcasting world:

    It isn’t a skeptical show as such; but it has skepticism in it. Have a sniff. 😉

  18. #18 by Murff on February 5, 2013 - 16:14

    If you try to please everyone all the time, someone is not gonna like it. I think we found him 🙂

    I guess Hayley is not his cup of tea, I guess a “thanks for listening” and a “have a nice day” is all you can do.

  19. #19 by popo on February 23, 2013 - 06:53

    being a true skeptic, i don’t trust your website and its conent. why should we? what’s the proof that your intention is unbiased. you are promoting your own version of skepticism.

  20. #20 by Olov L on February 28, 2013 - 17:14

    I’ve listened to the first two episodes and they lived up to my expectations. Good job, people!

    Apologies to Trystan for misspelling his name earlier.

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