This week we look back at some of our favourite space themed reports – including interviews with NASA scientists working on Kepler and the Curiosity space rover, an interview with former Apollo astronaut Al Worden (!), and we also remember Patrick Moore.
Kepler Retires by Kash Farooq (ft Dr Jon Jenkins from NASA) Curiosity Landing by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dr Joy Crisp, deputy project scientist on the Curiosity mission at NASA!) Apollo Astronaut Al Worden Interview by Carl Hutchinson Analogue Missions by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Prof Gordon Osinski) Patrick Mem-Moore-ial by Carl Hutchinson (ft Jon Culshaw and more!)
Blasphemy in France (1:31) by Marc Naimark Banking Benefits (11:33) by Alex Douglas One Web For All (21:07) by Chris Hofstader The File (29:43) by Cory Hazlehurst Sexist Sci-fi (37:26) by Liz Lutgendorff
Flying Spaghetti Monster Censored (1:54) by James O’Malley (ft Rory Fenton) Space Balloons! (13:52) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Daniel Levesque) Olympic Pictograms (30:25) by Henry Hocking Vatican UN Report (36:08) by Paul Orton (ft Keith Porteous Wood) Marriage Certificates (44:43) by Morgan Phillips (ft Ailsa Sadler)
Creationism in Schools (1:29) by Jonny Scaramanga Black Holes (9:07) by Kash Farooq (ft Prof Andrea Ghez) Atheist Scouts (16:40) by Ralph Parlour Musical Dissonance (24:06) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dr Neil McLachlan)
This week we have an exclusive interview with Rufus Hound, in which he explains his reasons for standing for the National Health Action Party in the European Elections. We also find out more about the most recent Jesus & Mo controversy, why banking computers often fail – and catch up with the Festival of the Spoken Nerd ahead of their latest nationwide tour.
Why Rufus Hound Got Political (2:00) by James O’Malley (ft Rufus Hound!) Mo’ Controversy (34:06) by Matt Flaherty Banking Systems (49:00) by Morgan Phillips (ft Frances Coppola) New FOTSN Tour (62:18) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Helen Arney, Steve Mould & Matt Parker) Benefit Plug (74:34) by Neil Denny
This week we speak to the Project Scientist on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, and a scientist who studies concrete – bonus points if you listen to that second piece on the Victoria Line. We also find out how the first ever PubHD night went, figure out how far away we are from hoverboards.
Rosetta Launch (1:20) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dr Matt Taylor, ESA Project Scientist!) What’s the deal with concrete? (21:33) by James O’Malley (ft Dr Leon Black) PubHD (31:00) by Kash Farooq (ft Regan Naughton, Sera Baker, Dave Farmer & Christian Perrin) Hoverboards (42:29) by Henry Hocking Gay Floods (52:21) by Dean Burnett
Net Neutrality (1:28) by David Eastman Assisted Dying (5:53) by Andy Gault Atheist Asylum Seeker (10:18) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Bob Churchill) Life Jackets & Oxygen Masks (18:45) by Drew Rae Eruv of this Nonsense (30:27) by James O’Malley Care.Data (35:27) by Adam Jacobs History Projects (43:59) by Vicky Stiles
This week we figure out if Michael Gove was talking rubbish about the First World War (spoiler: he was!), discover if monogamy is dead, find out why science’s favourite metaphor won’t work any more… and much, much more!
It’s Not Simple, Mr Gove (1:33) by Rich Godbehere Origins of WWI (9:41) by Sean Slater Is Monogamy Dead? (17:43) by Rosie Wilby Media Law (21:42) by Alex Fitch Dead Metaphor (32:38) by Sean Ellis Wiki Petition (39:12) by Salim Fadhley Zombie Stats (46:06) by Adam Jacobs Dimensional Travel (52:17) by Nathan Rae The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we speak to COMMANDER CHRIS HADFIELD, who recently spent six months on board the International Space Station, whilst simultaneously becoming a hero to everyone on Twitter. We find out Hadfield’s thoughts on the current on-going ISS ammonia leak, how he got involved in Robin Ince & Brian Cox’s Christmas show, what it was like meeting Stephen Hawking, and much more.
Plus back on earth we speak to a man suing the FBI because of Freedom of Information, figure out if scientists should boycott the major journals, and weigh up whether Christmas is a good thing, or a bad thing.
COMMANDER CHRIS HADFIELD Interview (1:46) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Chris Hadfield) Suing the FBI (31:26) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Ryan Shapiro) Scientific Publishing (55:13) by Andrew Holding Sochi Pride Houses (59:02) by Marc Naimark Boo Christmas (67:38) by Chris Chapman Yay Christmas (74:02) by Charlotte Hooson-Sykes
This week we look at the persecution of non-religious people around the world and how we deal with grief. Yep – it’s an upbeat show this week! We also consider MP’s pay rises, and Stu tells us how David Cameron stole his joke!
Humanist & Atheist Persecution (1:33) by James O’Malley (ft Bob Churchill) Handling Grief (23:06) by Dean Burnett MPs should get a raise (30:28) by Dr*T David Cameron Stole My Joke! (37:40) by Stu Richards The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two