A Christmas special episode devoted entirely to the many things that could destroy the earth and humanity. We talk about the Mayan prophecies, the believers, the history, as well as real threats to our survival from space, from technology and from nuclear weapons. Plus we also manage to squeeze in the more localised world ending scenarios of unhealthy eating and the sequel to seminal videogame Elite.
What The Mayans Said (2:53) by Sven Rudloff The Prophecy and the Believers (9:26) by Salim Fadhley (ft Kevin Whitesides and Andrew Wilson) Early Modern Millennials (23:24) by Rich Godbehere Space Apocalypse (29:21) by Kash Farooq (ft Phil Plait!) Points of Failure (40:37) by Drew Rae Nuclear War (49:07) by Blakeley Nixon Jamie Oliver Vs Ready Meals (55:10) by Simon Howard Elite: Dangerous (61:39) by Kate Russell (ft David Braben) Profiting From The End (73:01) by Tom Hodden The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
The amazing music is by Dr*T and Milton Mermikidies
Jim Al-Khalili is announced as the new British Humanist Association President and we speak to the BHA’s Chief Exec about what the amazing new census numbers mean for non-religious people in the UK. It’s not so great for non-believers elsewhere though as a new report shows – and we also pick apart the Snoopers Charter, which was shot down this week by Nick Clegg. Plus a new mental health manual could have a big impact, why Northern Ireland is still flagging, and why Erasmus Darwin was awesome.
Census Results and a new BHA President (2:11) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andrew Copson) Atheist Persecution Worldwide (9:11) by Bob Churchill Snooper’s Charter Slapdown (19:56) by Jenny Woods Mental Health Diagnosis Pronosis (29:35) by Max Davie Reviewing Peer Review (36:30) by Drew Rae Flying The Flag (42:13) by Rory Fenton (ft Brian McClinton) Erasmus Darwin (48:48) by Philip John Video Codecs (55:11) by Trent Burton
Is David Cameron finally right about something? Why do Bristol University Christian Union think that women should be seen and not heard? What’s the deal with the human rights act? Kate speaks to Games Workshop co-founder and fantasy gaming legend Ian Livingstone and ruminations on arthouse film following Cineworld’s takeover of PictureHouse cinemas.
Agreeing with Cameron on Leveson (2:21) by James Firth Bristol Christian Union Fiasco (10:58) by Jenny Bartle Women: Seen and Not Heard? (15:49) by Nathan Rae Human Rights Act (22:41) by Georgia Gale Grant Ian Livingstone Interview (28:21) by Kate Russell Geoengineering (36:40) by Drew Rae Cineworld take PictureHouse (45:13) by Alex Fitch Pale Blue Cafe (56:00) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Trent Burton) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two