Monthly Archives: September 2011

Episode 104 – 30th September 2011

Can neutrinos really travel faster than light? What’s Lawrence Krauss going to be doing in London? And are the BBC part of a godless conspiracy? Find out on this week’s show!

[Direct MP3 Link] [Podcast Feed] [Add to iTunes]

Support the Pod Delusion! Why not subscribe £5 a month to support what we do?

Faster Than Light Neutrinos (1:53) by Kash Farooq (ft Ben Still)
Lawrence Krauss Interview (12:18) by Liz Lutgendorff
BCE-Gate (25:00) by Dave Cross
Pope in Germany (30:41) by Sven Rudloff
Spontaneous Human Combustion (39:03) by Sean Ellis
Protesting (46:15) by Nick Boorer
Reflective Learning (51:55) by Drew Rae
Architecture (58:03) by Andrew Gould
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

Follow-Up Links:

Lawrence Krauss Lecture:
Find more information and buy tickets to see Lawrence Krauss speak at Conway Hall in London on 16th October 2011 here. Enter code “KRAUSS” to receive a 2-for-1 discount!

Pod Delusion EXTRA:
Pod Delusion ExtraOn the Extra Feed this week, we have lots of exciting things:

Episode 103 – 23rd September 2011

Were the wrong tactics used to try to save Troy Davis? Should we debate with creationists? What’s happening on Ada Lovelace Day? And much more!

[Direct MP3 Link] [Podcast Feed] [Add to iTunes]

Support the Pod Delusion! Why not subscribe £5 a month to support what we do?

Secular Europe March (1:26) by James O’Malley (ft Keith Porteous Wood and David Pollock)
Death Penalty (11:22) by Drew Rae
Teach Kids To Code (19:33) by Salim Fadhley (ft Emma Mulqueeney)
Ada Lovelace Day (27:44) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Suw Charman-Anderson)
Michelle Bachmann (35:57) by Adam Cuerden
Keep God Out Of Government (44:05) by James O’Malley (ft Jon Holmes)
BHA Creationism Letter (52:38) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Richy Thompson)
Debating Religion (pt 1) (58:18) by Justin Brierley
Debating Religion (pt 2) (65:40) by Richard Firth-Godbehere
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

Follow-Up Links for Drew:

Unfortunately, the sources for Drew Rae’s report are all paywalled. Here are links to a few abstracts which give a flavour of the research he summarised.

Other Follow-Up Links:

Pod Delusion EXTRA:
Pod Delusion ExtraOn the Extra Feed this week, we have lots of exciting things:

The Pod Delusion Episode 103

Secularism 2011 – Part 2

Saturday 10th September was the National Secular Society‘s Secularism 2011 conference at Conway Hall in London. We were there recording the entire day – so here are all of the talks in full. Here’s the second batch – we’re still waiting for permission from Dr Evan Harris, but will be updating our post as soon as we get it. Click here for the first batch.

Baroness Turner
Barnoness Turner of Camden was created a Life Peer in 1985. She was a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission 1982-88, the Occupational Pensions Board 1977-93; Council Member OPAS (Pension Advisory Service) 1989-2007; and Chair, PIA Ombudsman Council 1994-97. She has spoken out in the House of Lords about faith schools, collective worship and RE and is a firm supporter of gay rights.

Anthony Lempert (Part 2!)
Dr Lempert’s second talk to the assembled conference, this time telling a horrifying story about his experiences when withdrawing his daughter from her school’s curriculum mandated ‘compulsory daily worship’. A must listen for any parents!

Keith Porteous-Wood
Keith is the Executive Director of the National Secular Society. He lobbies in Westminster, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, working with sympathetic lords and MPs. He led the NSS campaign to end the blasphemy laws and is currently behind their intervention at the European Court of Human Rights to defend the UK’s equality laws from religious attacks.

Sue Cox
Sue is co-founder of Survivors Voice Europe and Director of the addiction specialists SMART UK. Survivors Voice Europe is an international community of men and women, all of whom have been sexually abused by catholic clergy. Along with her colleagues Ton Leerschool from Holland and Tomasso Dellora from Rome, Survivors Voice Europe has made connections in many countries, and made real headway in connecting isolated survivors to each other and to empowerment.

Listen to the other talks from the conference here!

March & Rally for a Secular Europe

So today we were at the March & Rally for a Secular Europe in London.

The following is a Pod Delusion Extra podcast of the rally in its entirety – take a listen!

[Podcast Feed] [Add to iTunes]

Here’s some of the audio we posted throughout the day…

The first people were arriving:

Some right-wing secularists:

The AHS (Student Groups) Contingent:

Getting ready to set off on the march (ft National Secular Society Executive Director Keith Porteous Wood):

BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson leading the chants as the march sets off:

The Pod Delusion’s Liz Lutgendorff starts a chant:

Chatting to David Pollock, President of the European Humanist Federation:

Drew from the Pagan Federation at the rally:

Episode 102 – 16th September 2011

[Direct MP3 Link] [Podcast Feed] [Add to iTunes]

President Jesus (0:52) by Paul Day
Exoplanets (10:06) by Kash Farooq & Dr Matt Burleigh
Rodial (14:42) by Adam Cuerden
Ask For Evidence (22:08) by James O’Malley (ft Sile Lane from Sense About Science)
Chinese Censorship (29:50) by Nick Boorer
NASA and Asteroids (37:24) by Drew Rae & David Couch
Peter Atkins Interview (43:50) by Gavin Hubbard
Comics Film (50:36) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dave Kellett & Fred Schroeder)
The sketch was by David Lovesy & Brian Two

Follow-Up Links:

Pod Delusion EXTRA:
Pod Delusion ExtraOn the Extra Feed this week, we have lots of exciting things:

CineSci6 – Fritz Lang’s Metropolis

CineSci6 is a new series of events at Clapham Picture House exploring the science behind some classic films by first screening the film, and then having the science writer Simon Frantz discuss the film with an expert. You can find out more about how to attend the events on the Science in the Pub website (the next film on October 16th is Forbidden Planet!).

In this first podcast, Simon Frantz discussed the classic Fritz Lang film Metropolis with author Simon Ings. You can hear it below or subscribe to the special CineSci6 podcast.

[Podcast Feed] [The Pod Delusion]

CineSci6 is organised by James Robson and Paolo Viscardi, and facilitated by Kate Coventry. The discussion is led by Simon Frantz.

Secularism 2011 – Part 1

Last Saturday was the National Secular Society‘s Secularism 2011 conference at Conway Hall in London. We were there recording the entire day – so here are all of the talks in full. Here’s the first batch – we’re still waiting on permission to broadcast some of the others, but hope to be posting them soon.

Nick Cohen
Nick is an Observer columnist and author of Cruel Britannia, Pretty Straight Guys: The Strange Death Of Labour England, among others. Nick Cohen is an eloquent supporter of secularism and regularly takes a swipe at the growing number of church-run schools and the Left’s tendency to pander to religious fundamentalists. The Orwell Prize for political writing shortlisted What’s Left? in 2008. His latest book, in 2009, is Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England. Fourth Estate will publish You Can’t Read This Book, his history of modern censorship in January 2012.

Dr Anthony Lempert (Part 1 – on secularism in medicine)
Dr Lempert was at the conference representing the Secular Medical Forum, which campaigns to a secular approach to major health issues such as abortion.

Baroness Mary Warnock
Baroness Warnock was created a life peer in 1985. She is by professional training a philosopher. She has also been a prominent figure in education, a fellow and tutor in Philosophy at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, Head Mistress of Oxford High School and Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge. She is author of a number of books, most recently Dishonest to God: On Keeping Religion Out of Politics.

Baroness Warnock was a member of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) from 1973 to 1981. She was chair of the UK committee of inquiry into special education (1974–78), and from 1979 to 1985, she advised the UK committee on animal experiments. From 1982 to 1984 she chaired an inquiry into human fertilisation, the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology, whose final report is often called the Warnock report.

Anne Marie Waters
Anne Marie is spokesperson for the One Law for All Campaign which works to end sharia courts and tribunals in Britain on the grounds that they work against human rights and equality before the law. She is a lawyer with a strong interest in family law and human rights, and the interaction of the two.

Paul Blanchard
Paul has been an active secularist and humanist for over twenty years. Paul is Chair of the Labour Party Humanists and runs Right Angles, a PR and Social Media consultancy. He recently was involved in organising last years “Protest the Pope” rally and has been very active in the campaign to remove bishops from the House of Lords. He frequently appears in the media putting forward the atheist/secular position, and is a regular on BBC’s The Big Questions and The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2.

We’ll be posting more soon!

Chatting with the Guardian Science Podcast – a Pod Delusion Special

Ahead of last week’s Science Online conference in London, Graham Steel and James O’Malley sat down with Alok Jha, Mo Costandi and James Meikle from the Guardian to discuss science reporting and related issues.

Topics tackled include churnalism, linking to papers, and the changes in the landscape of science journalism over the last couple of years.

[Podcast Feed] [Add to iTunes]

03:09 – 13:27 Discussion about the background of the Guardian’s Science Weekly Podcast
13:28 – 17:44 How much science literacy can you assume in your audience when reporting on science?
17:55 – 32:07 Churnalism.What is it and how common is it in terms of Journalism and Blogging?
32:10 – 36:10 Including links to Science Manuscripts in online news articles
36:11 – 42:15 George Monbiot’s Guardian article “Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist”
42:16 – 52:01 The change in the landscape/ecosystem of science blogging over the last 12 months or so
52:07 – 52:44 The use of social media during the recent riots in London and elsewhere
52:50 – 58:37 World’s first clinical trial of stem cells to treat strokes is set to move to its next phase

Episode 101 – 9th September 2011

This week we take an evidence based approach to the 50p tax rate, find out what on earth a synchrontron is and find out what Robin Ince thinks of skepticism and the arts.

[Direct MP3 Link] [Podcast Feed] [Add to iTunes]

50p Tax (2:30) by James Firth
Abortion Counseling (11:34) by Tania Glyde
The Spectre of Racism (15:46) by Henry Boddington
Four Lions (23:24) by Tom Williamson
Synchrotrons! (30:16) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andy Dent)
Science Is Vital (39:12) by James O’Malley (ft Della Thomas)
CineSci6 (41:50) by James O’Malley (ft Paolo Viscardi & James Robson)
Skepticism and the Arts (44:06) by Trent Burton (ft Robin Ince)
The sketch was by David Lovesy and Brian Two
The song was written by Drew Rae and performed by David Lovesy

Please come to our second birthday LIVE RECORDING in LONDON! Details here.

Follow-up Links:

Pod Delusion LIVE IN LONDON on Tuesday 13th September!

To celebrate The Pod Delusion’s second birthday we’re teaming up again with London Skeptics in the Pub and will be recording a live edition of the programme in LONDON! Do come along – we’ll have a number of great speakers talking on interesting things, topped off with some music by the amazing HELEN ARNEY, who you may remember from the Uncaged Monkeys Tour.

So if you like, science, skepticism, a bit of politics and some INTERESTING THINGS. Then come on down, it’ll be a great evening!

Tuesday 13th September, 7pm

The Monarch Bar
40-42 Chalk Farm Road
London NW1 8BG

And if you’re coming, do tell us on the Facebook event or in the comments below: