Monthly Archives: May 2012

Episode 138 – 1st June 2012

We find out if the anti-GM protesters managed to smash up the GM crops experiment, what the latest on the Twitter Joke Trial is, and why the proposals for equal marriage don’t go far enough. We also have more on LOCOG’s draconian brand enforcement and discover why file sharing might not be all that bad for the music industry.



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Rothamsted Update (2:16) by James O’Malley (ft Mark Lynas)
Twitter Joke Trial Update (9:15) by Matt Flaherty
Equal Marriage Doesn’t Go Far Enough (18:35) by Naomi Phillips
Olympic Branding (24:06) by Alex Fitch
File Sharing & The Music Industry (36:40) by Salim Fadhley (ft Prof Bob Hammond)
Paul Zenon Interview (47:56) by Brian Two
Questival (56:26) by James O’Malley (ft Jenny Bartle)
Surprise (60:23) by Martin Robbins & Dean Burnett
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 137 – 25th May 2012

A bit of a censorship special this week as we find out how awful things are in Eurovision host nation Azerbaijan, discover how over here LOCOG are clamping down on dissent and censorship of The Pirate Bay is raising some interesting questions. We also find out all about the latest rationalist theatre, investigate spiritualism and, er, look at breast implants.



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Azerbaijan and Human Rights by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Paidraig Reidy)
Space Hijackers Hijacked by James O’Malley (ft Agent Undecided)
BitTorrent and Censorship by Salim Fadhley
Festival of Spoken Nerd Tour by James O’Malley (ft Helen Arney, Matt Parker and Steve Mould)
Enlightenment Cafe by James O’Malley (ft Andy Franzkowiak)
Spiritualism by Adam Cuerdon (ft Christopher)
PIP Implants by Peter English
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 136 – 18th May 2012

We speak to HUGH GRANT, Tom Watson, Harriet Harman, Rich Peppiatt, Owen Jones & more at the rally for media reform, find out why the BBC isn’t biased, why Norway divorced its church and state and get the latest on Derek Acorah’s escapades.



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Media Reform (2:29) by Liz Lutgendorff & James O’Malley
(ft Hugh Grant, Tom Watson MP, Harriet Harman MP, Jacky Davis, Evan Harris, Owen Jones, Rich Peppiatt, Mary Ellen Field & Jacqui Hames)
BBC Bias? (23:02) by Cory Hazlehurst
Secular Norway (31:26) by Sean Ellis
Shareholder Revolts (38:28) by Alex Fitch
Derek Acorah (46:33) by Hayley Stevens
Word of Faith (53:20) by Jonny Scaramanga
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Sense About Science Trip To Rothamsted

Sense About Science’s Sile Lane and Tracy Brown took a trip to Rothamsted Research in Harpenden to discover more about the controversial genetically modified wheat experiment, which anti-GM activists have threatened to disrupt later this month. In this podcast scientists Toby Bruce and Huw Jones explain the research that they are doing and how the experiment is setup – as well as answer questions from people via Twitter and Facebook.


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Episode 135 – 11th May 2012

This week we discover what genetic modification experiments they’re actually doing in Rothamsted – the place that anti-GM campaigners have announced they intend to trash in a few weeks time. We also speak to Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the woman who discovered pulsars – and discover the intriguing ethical dilemma behind “do not resusitate”. And more!


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Libel Reform in the Queen’s Speech (2:42) by James O’Malley (ft Sile Lane)
Don’t Destroy Research (6:10) by Tracey Brown & Sile Lane (ft Toby Bruce & Huw Jones)
Kony 2012 (19:05) by Michael Story
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell Interview (27:04) by Liz Lutgendorff
Do Not Resusitate (36:05) by Simon Howard
ACE creationism (45:38) by Jonny Scaramanga
Before Watchmen (51:08) by Declan O’Riordan
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 134 – 4th May 2012

This week we find out why geeks need to get more political by speaking to Mark Henderson, author of the ‘Geek Manifesto’, speak to Professor Jim Al-Khalili about his new book on paradoxes in science, discover why FRAND is no friend of free software, and go down the Ancestor’s Trail. And more!


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The Geek Manifesto (2:40) by James O’Malley (ft Mark Henderson)
Open Standards and FRAND (15:08) by Salim Fadhley (ft Glynn Moody)
Paradoxes in Science (24:20) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Jim Al-Khalili)
The Ancestor’s Trail (36:54) by James O’Malley (ft Chris Jenord)
Protest Voting (44:32) by Alex Fitch
Biobank is Good (50:34) by Peter English
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brain Two

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