Episode 107 – 21st October 2011

We speak to a Nobel Laureate and a Cabinet Minister in the same show. What’s all that about? Also: Dale Farm, Transgender in the Media, and the END OF THE WORLD.


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2011 Nobel Winner Brian Schmidt Interview (1:36) by Kash Farooq
David Willetts Roberts Lecture (13:26) by James O’Malley
Roberts Lecture Reactions (15:57) by Liz Lutgendorff
Dale Farm (25:30) by Adam Jacobs
Evangelical HIV Cures (35:29) by Naomi Phillips
Transgender and the Media (41:00) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Nathalie McDermott)
Translating Solaris (48:19) by Salim Fadhley (ft Bill Johnson)
End Of The World (Again) (57:28) by Tom Hodden
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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3 thoughts on “Episode 107 – 21st October 2011

  1. Re: Dale Farm, though there has been a lot of prejudice present in the coverage and commentary of events, in the media and in general, it should be noted that:
    1) Much of the anger directed at events I have encountered was that the many years of court-grinding given to the case would not have been given to offers, because there is one rule for them, etc (Yes, it is funny how the same right wing commentators both want to have their prejudicial cake and eat it some times) which is exactly as wrong but on the opposite end of the scale and…
    2) Half the farm has been perfectly legally settled and is not being evicted.

  2. Solaris is a wonderful book, and it has spawned two wonderful film adaptations. The Tarkovsky film is a true cinematic masterpiece, but I won’t go into it here because it wasn’t talked about in the podcast. I would like to say, however, if anybody is put off the Soderbergh film by what was said in the podcast, that IMO it is very beautiful, very moving, and a great film in it’s own right. I think it relates to the novel in the same way as Blade Runner relates to Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. It takes elements of the novel as an inspiration and creates a story which is very different, but so long as one understands that it is a masterpiece in its own right. I feel about it the same way as I do about modern Shakespeare productions which change the setting. Just because Trevor Nunn’s version of the Merchant of Venice was set in the 1940s doesn’t mean that every other version of the play was burned so we can’t see them anymore, so why complain?

    Also, I feel I should mention the BBC radio adaptation of Solaris by Hattie Naylor, starring Ron Cook and Joanne Froggatt. It is, in my opinion, a true masterpiece of radio drama, and like both film adaptations I found it so moving that it made me cry.

    That said, I’m so happy to now have the new translation which is read by Alessandro Juliani, Mr. Gaeta from Ron Moore’s Battelstar Galactica. I have read the old translation and despite it’s flaws I consider it one of the best SF novels I have read. I’m very much looking forward to hearing this new one.

  3. Is there a way to buy Bill Johnston’s edition of Solaris? I can only find the audiobook online, and I would like to read the book-book.

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