Category Archives: Episodes

Episode 219 – 10th January 2014

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!



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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

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Episode 218 – 20th December 2013 – CHRISTMAS HADTACULAR!

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.



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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

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Episode 217 – 13th December 2013

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!



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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

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Episode 216 – 6th December 2013

This week we explore why Amazon’s drones aren’t ambitious enough, how faith schools are actually discrimination based on class, how GPS works and why Burt thinks that religion is in decline.



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Pigeon Post (1:36) by Nathan Rae
Faith School Map (10:25) by James O’Malley (ft Richy Thompson)
GPS (20:08) by Kash Farooq (ft Prof David Last)
Why Religion Is In Decline (31:51) by Burt Flannery
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 215 – 29th November 2013

This week we discover why feminism needs secularism, why personalised medicine threatens Big Pharma, and discover what on earth a human library is.



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Feminism & Secularism (1:24) by James O’Malley (ft Anne Marie Waters)
Personalised Medicine (12:58) by Adam Jacobs
Human Libraries (21:28) by Neil Denham
Noah (31:06) by Ian Bushfield
Sleazy PR (35:26) by Marsh
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 214 – 22nd November 2013

A big show this week as we speak to the man behind a new documentary on whales in captivity, find out why scientists should be on Question Time, from the man who running a petition about it, look at some crazy JFK conspiracy theories and much more!



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Blackfish (1:28) by Sandra Prow (ft Jeffrey Ventre)
Question Time Scientists (26:46) by Martin Robbins
JFK Conspiracy Theories (31:33) by Blakeley Nixon
Canadian Mayors (38:25) by Ian Bushfield
Abu Dhabi Science Festival (43:18) by Julie Gould
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 213 – 15th November 2013

This week we look at Tesco’s new advertising plans… whilst they look at us. We also talk about a controversial Islamic speaker on tour in the UK, the success of Sunday Assembly and find out if it’s possible to explain a PhD to lay people. We also speak to both developmental psychologist Ute Frith, and the new chair of Conway Hall… who may already be familiar to some listeners!



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Attention Pollution (1:40) by Sean Ellis
Leeds Sunday Assembly (8:08) by Ian Bushfield
Mufti Menk (12:38) by Chris Malburn
PubHD (22:58) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Kash Farooq)
New Conway Hall Chair (29:42) by James O’Malley (ft Liz Lutgendorff)
Uta Frith Interview (33:29) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere
An Englishman Abroad (45:01) by Andy Waterfield
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 212 – 8th November 2013

This week’s show is all about our contributors – and specifically how you can get involved! If you’re a regular listener to The Pod Delusion you’ll know that we have an open submissions policy – but how to start? This week we look back on some of our favourite segments from our regular contributors, and try to inspire you to get involved yourself!



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This week’s show is all about YOU getting involved with The Pod Delusion! If you’d like to contribute a segment, join our contributors mailing list or other suggest something we should cover, drop James a line on:

editor (at) poddelusion.co.uk

Contributing is easy! You can find our extensive guidelines and help on contributing here.

We also have something of a competition – a kind anonymous donor has offered us a QED ticket to give away to our best new contributor, who contributes before the end of the year! So if you need more of an incentive, how about that?

Episode 211 – 1st November 2013

This week we find out what happened at Mozfest (and speak to the director of the Mozilla foundation!), figure out the truth about pirates – as well as discover what’s going to be happening at QED and why religion became so popular.



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Mozfest (1:40) by Julie Gould (ft Mark Surman & Kaitlin Thaney)
Pirates (12:48) by Chris Chapman
QED Plug (19:20) by James O’Malley (ft Marsh)
History of Religion (27:35) by James O’Malley (ft Matthew Kneale)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 210 – 25th October 2013

This week we catch up with TV’s Helen Czerski, who’s currently in a boat somewhere in the North Atlantic studying bubbles! We also examine the government’s new nuclear energy plans and David Byrne’s comments about services like Spotify. Plus we wonder if degree mills really make a difference.



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Helen on a Boat! (2:01) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Helen Czerski!)
Nuclear Europe (19:46) by Drew Rae
David Byrne Moaning (27:13) by Steve Page
Degree Mills (35:58) by Kevin Friery
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Psst! There’s still tickets available for Monday’s Soho Skeptics when Yiannis Baboulias!