Monthly Archives: January 2013

Episode 172 – 1st February 2013

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.



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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

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Episode 171 – 25th January 2013

How scientists got tetrapods wrong, who’s trying to save the Royal Institution, how doping in sport works, should we clone neanderthals and what the frack is wrong with fracking? And more!



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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

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The Leveson Debate – 17th January 2012

What are we to make of the Leveson Report? Is the Leveson Report a threat to public interest journalism? This was the topic of a debate hosted by the Soho Skeptics and Conway Hall.



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On the panel was:

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.

Episode 170 – 18th January 2013

Highlights from the Leveson debates, European secularist court victories, an atheist church, dodgy charity PR, and some burgers with horse in it.



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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

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Episode 169 – 11th January 2013

A scientific study into internet comments, celebrating the London Underground at 150, how the BBC are regurgitating press releases, why sociobiology is mad, and find out about THE LEVESON DEBATE!



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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

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Episode 168 – 4th January 2012

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!



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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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