Monthly Archives: June 2012

Episode 142 – 29th June 2012

BIG show this week: Armando Iannucci, PRESIDENT OBAMA’s GRANDMOTHER and Greg Palast! Tracking asteroids to avoid doom, girly science and, er, circumcision.



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Twitter Joke Trial Update (2:21) by James O’Malley (ft David Allen Green)
Armando Iannucci on his OBE & Veep (8:12) by James O’Malley (ft Armando Iannucci!)
Vulture’s Picnic (20:41) by James O’Malley (ft Greg Palast)
Obama’s Grandmother (33:50) by Martin Robbins
(actually ft Sarah Obama, Obama’s Kenyan grandmother)
Neoshield (41:33) by Kash Farooq (ft Prof Alan Harris)
Science: A Girl’s Thing (50:50) by Belinda Parmar
Circumcision Decision (57:25) by Sven Rudloff
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 141 – 22nd June 2012

We speak to the leader of the Libyan Democratic Party, find out about ecocide, and why we should cut down on the world population. We also tackle political narratives and have a deeper look into Prometheus (spoiler alert: it’s terrible).



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Libyan’s Secularists (2:00) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Ahmed Shebani)
Political Narratives (14:56) by Cory Hazlehurst
Ecocide (22:13) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Polly Higgins)
Fundies and Climate Change (32:02) by Jonny Scaramanga
Population Matters (39:16) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Roger Martin)
Prometheus and Panspermia (46:08) by Alex Fitch
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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BHA Conference 2012 – Part 1

The 2012 British Humanist Association conference took place in Cardiff on June 8th-10th. We were there and managed to record the talks. Here’s the first bunch of podcasts.

Professor Richard Dawkins is the world-renowned ethologist, evolutionary biologist, author, vice president of the British Humanist Association, and recipient of the 2012 ‘Services to Humanism’ award.


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Kevin Warwick is Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading. Sometimes called ‘The First Human Cyborg’ the Institute of Physics selected Kevin to illustrate the ethical impact scientific work can have: the others selected were Galileo, Einstein, Curie, Nobel, Oppenheimer, and Rotblat.


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Ben Hammersley was born in Leicester in 1976. He is a renowned British internet technologist, journalist, author, broadcaster, and diplomat. His credits include Editor at Large of Conde Nast’s Wired UK magazine.


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Roger Martin was a career diplomat for 22 years, serving in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the UN before resigning ‘in fury’ to become an environmentalist. He is now Chair of the environmental charity Population Matters.


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Professor Sir David King FRS is the former UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office of Science. He is currently Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford.


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Mark Stevenson is a British author, comedian, businessman, public speaker and futurologist, as well as a former semi-professional musician. His stand-up material focuses on science and he recently released a book entitled An Optimist’s Tour of the Future.


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You can also hear assorted interviews with some of the people featured above on Episode 140 of The Pod Delusion.

Episode 140 – 15th June 2012

We speak to a number big names this week: Dan Dennett gives us his take on Alan Turing, former government chief science advisor Sir David King teases us about what really went on behind the scenes of the Iraq war, and Ben Hammersley explains why technology makes politics difficult. We also tackle Gove’s proposed new curriculum, archiving film for the future and find out if evangelical christian women really want to go out with Jesus?



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Dan Dennett on Turing (2:10) by Deborah Hyde (ft DAN DANNETT!)
Evolution: The New Classics (12:54) by Richard Dawkins
Sir David King Interview (16:22) by Liz Lutgendorff
Ben Hammersley Interview (26:29) by James O’Malley
Gove’s Curriculum (36:41) by Rob Weeks
The Digital Dilemma (45:14) by Glen Travis
Jesus Is My Boyfriend (52:49) by Jonny Scaramanga (ft Kylie Sturgess)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 139 – 8th June 2012

We balance the BBC’s horrendous Jubilee coverage with some relentlessly nasty jubilee coverage (ie: we talk reasonably about the Republic protest), we find out all about Workfare, talk about BRAINS, and discover what happened when Hayley complained about some misleading faith healing advertisements.



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Republic Protest (2:50) by James O’Malley (ft Jim Jepps and James Gray)
Workfare (17:24) by Cory Hazlehurst
Enlightenment Cafe Update (25:16) by James O’Malley
(ft Andy Franzkowiac and Claire Benson)
HOTS Faith Healing (30:44) by Hayley Stevens
Brainy Chat (41:49) by Dean Burnett (ft Barry Gibb)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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