This week we speak to pro-vaccine hero Dr Paul Offit about his new book, discover what they were protesting about at Bilderberg, ask pertinent questions about the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital investigation, and discover the science behind cosmetics.
Paul Offit Interview (1:49) by Liz Lutgendorff Bilderberg Protests (18:28) by Rob Brotherton & Mike Wood MidStaffs (38:41) by Drew Rae Girl On The Net (45:49) by Sean Ellis Beauty By The Geeks (51:06) by Julie Gould The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Fair Admissions (2:01) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Prof Ted Cantle) John Carr is Wrong (11:10) by Kate Russell Legal Aid (15:05) by Emma McClure Carl Heneghan Interview (21:53) by Paul Hopwood Advertising Conspiracy (36:46) by Koen VD Parking Mad (43:36) by Paul Orton (ft Keith Porteous-Wood) Geeks vs Nerds (51:51) by James O’Malley (ft Burr Settles) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Fascism and Racism, Then and Now (1:53) by Victoria Stiles Humanist Marriage Update (8:44) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere Internships and Slavery (12:46) by Alex Brown Fanfiction and Kindle Worlds (22:42) by James O’Malley (ft Kate Keen & Tanya Brown) Fecal Transplants (32:37) by Julie Gould (ft Mary Roach) Geek Stereotypes (38:01) by Tom Hodden Platform Hegemony (45:05) by James O’Malley The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week Liz speaks to internet legend Cory Doctorow about his recent Sense About Science lecture, Cory tackles apathy (if he can be bothered), a spat in the psychiatry world, and what if historians had time machines? And more!
Cory Doctorow Interview (1:53) by Liz Lutgendorff Political Apathy (20:30) by Cory Hazlehurst DSM Spat (29:34) by Max Davie ORGcon (35:44) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Peter Bradwell) Historians and Time Travel (44:23) by Victoria Stiles Nine Worlds (51:20) by James O’Malley (ft Ludi Valentine, Daniel Johnston and Erich Schultz) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
MICHAEL GOVE SPECIAL! But don’t let that put you off. We’ve three pieces about the education secretary including an interview with the teacher Gove attacked for using Mr Men to teach history, a look at Gove’s approach to classic literature, and a piece on how he used PR surveys to justify policy. We also have some exclusive clips from an event celebrating the reform of the libel laws featuring the likes of Dara O’Briain, Nick Cohen, Brian Cox and many more.
Mr Men History (2:36) by James O’Malley (ft Russel Tarr) Gove and Prejudice (11:44) by Sean Ellis Gove and One Poll (18:53) by Marsh Libel Reform Celebration (28:01) by Liz Lutgendoff (ft Dave Gorman, Simon Singh, Chris French, Hardeep Singh, Brian Cox, Nick Cohen, Dara O’Briain and Evan Harris) Cosmic Genome (36:48) by James O’Malley (ft Robin Ince and Trent Burton) Humanist Weddings (45:51) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Pavan Dhaliwal) Homosexuality and DSM (49:17) by Chris Chapman The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week is a bit of an accidental Sky at Night special: we look at the death of the Herschel space telescope with Chris North, and Carl has been speaking to Jon Culshaw and friends & colleagues of Sir Patrick Moore. We also speak to evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk about her new book, Paleofantasy, find out about the potential dangers of e-cigarettes and unpaid internships, and discover a new citizen science project.
Herschel RIP (1:54) by Kash Farooq (ft Chris North)
Paleofantasy (13:08) by Dave Cole (ft Marlene Zuk)
Patrick Mem-Moore-ial (26:00) by Carl Hutchinson (ft Jon Culshaw, Bill Leatherbarrow, John Mason, Keaton Stone & Paul Abel)
Dangerous E-Cigarettes (38:40) by Hayley Johnson
Space Warps! (45:34) by Julie Gould (ft Phil Marshall) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Game Dev Tycoon Piracy Ruse (1:47) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Patrick Klug, the game’s creator!) Should we worry about North Korea? (11:58) by James O’Malley (ft Alistair Coleman) Bangladeshi Bloggers (19:46) by Bob Churchill Synthetic Biology & Design Implications (26:06) by Julie Gould (ft David Benque) Women on Banknotes (35:06) by Marianne Baker Pythagorean Cabaret (41:59) by Dean Burnett
We speak to world renowned primatologist Frans de Waal about his new book, celebrate the passing of the new defamation bill and the libel laws being sorted. The science of nervous breakdowns, how Jehovah’s Witnesses have some dodgy views on domestic violence, and much more!
Libel Reform Success! (3:20) by James O’Malley (ft Mike Harris) Frans de Waal Interview (12:25) by Tessa Kendall Smart Pills (23:31) by Chris Chapman Nervous Breakdowns (28:35) by Dean Burnett Jehovah’s Witnesses & Domestic Violence (39:31) by Naomi Wilcox Cookie Stuffing (49:06) by Drew Rae Jargon (55:35) by Alex Brown
What could have caused the Waco explosion, how one man managed to hack and control a plane with his mobile phone, why the government’s austerity agenda may be based on a faulty Excel spreadsheet, and banging out head against a brick wall over MMR.
Waco Fire (2:36) by Kash Farooq (ft Claire Benson) Plane Hacking (13:48) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Hugo Teso) Austerity & Excel (27:04) by Keir Liddle Wakefield Still Wrong (33:57) by Tannice Pendegrass Thatcher Media Coverage (41:04) by Alex Fitch Women in Science (51:48) by Elizabeth Donnelly (ft Aysha Raza) Voyager (60:14) by Steve Dobson The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Last weekend as QEDcon 2013 in Manchester, and in addition to picking up an Editor’s Choice Award at the Ockham Awards (thanks!), we also had an hour slot in which we could showcase some interesting people talking about interesting things. Here’s a recording of that.
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