Liz Lutgendorff presents this week’s show as James is under the weather. We look at research into dinosaur cannibalism, the big fight in academia over open access, why the RI perhaps isn’t worth preserving after all, and how creationists are taking over American classrooms. Also do we finally have elections for the House of Lords? And how the Brazilian nightclub fire could have been less deadly with some extra health and safety rules.
Cannibalism in Giant Tyrannosaurs (2:00) by Kash Farooq (ft Dave Hone) Open Access and Academé Luddites (12:12) by Rich Godbehere What’s the point in the RI? (20:44) By Dr*T Elections to the Lords at last! (29:00) by Cory Hazlehurst Health & Safety (36:34) by Claire Benson Texas Freedom Network (43:36) by Salim Fadhley (ft Dan Quinn) Tragedy Actor Conspiracies (52:20) by Tom Hodden AHS and Thinkweek Plug (57:10) by Liz Lutgendorff and James O’Malley (ft Jess Vautier and David Shorthouse) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Tetrapod News! (1:47) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dr Stephanie Pierce) Royal Destitution (14:35) by James O’Malley (ft Mary Perkins) Doping (24:18) by James O’Malley (ft Dr Mark Burnley) Neanderthal Cloning (34:50) by Kash Farooq and Peter Harrison Fracking (39:37) by Drew Rae Pharmacists and Homeopathy (46:28) by Chris Chapman Britain and the EU (53:58) by David Biggins The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
Nick Cohen – British journalist, author and political commentator. He is a columnist for The Observer, a blogger for The Spectator, and Standpoint magazine. His most recent book You Can’t Read This Book is about free speech and censorship.
Suzanne Moore – Journalist and columnist who has written for The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, The Independent and others.
Evan Harris – Former Liberal Democrat MP and currently a prominent member of the Hacked Off campaign, which is campaigning for the implementation of the Leveson recommendations.
Natalie Fenton – Co-Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre. She has written a number of books including “New Media, Old Media: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age”
The panel was chaired by Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman.
The Leveson Debate Highlights (1:24) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Nick Cohen, Suzanne Moore, Evan Harris, Natalie Fenton and Helen Lewis) Secularist Court Wins (11:15) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Pavan Dhaliwal and Richy Thompson) Sunday Assembly (26:43) by James O’Malley (ft Sanderson Jones) Bad Charity PR (36:56) by Marsh Django and Spaghetti Westerns (42:35) by Alex Fitch The Death of DVD (54:17) by David Biggins Horse Burgers (63:39) by Sean Ellis
Internet Comment Polarisation (2:00) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dominique Brossard) Screening Vultures (14:45) by Max Davie The Tube At 150 (19:37) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Christian Wolmar) The BBC and Police Press Releases (31:47) by Michael Marshall Sociobiology (41:21) by Carl Packman Disability on TV (48:51) by Christian Hofstader (read by Tannice Pendegrass) The Leveson Debate (54:51) by James O’Malley (ft Helen Lewis) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Buy tickets for The Leveson Debate (on January 17th)
Gia Milinovich on attitudes to women amongst geeks, anti-vaxxers and Cbeebies, how Captain Scarlet had hidden depth, LEDs are 50 years old, are Bitcoins the future and what were some of the worst ghosts last year? And more – it’s the first Pod Delusion of 2013!
Gia Milinovich Interview (2:00) by James O’Malley Cbeebies and Dr Ranj (12:29) by Dean Burnett Health Inequalities and the Census (21:57) by Sean Davidson Captain Scarlet and the Cold War (29:24) by Simon Howard Worst Ghosts 2012 (36:52) by Hayley Stevens Bitcoin (46:42) by Sara Passmore LEDs at 50 (51:28) by Sean Ellis Young Atheists Handbook to Schools (58:06) by James O’Malley (ft Ian Horsewell) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
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